Jerry Jones has had a couple of days to think about the comments he made about his coaching staff following Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots, and the Dallas Cowboys owner is standing by what he said.
During his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan, Jones said he felt no differently on Tuesday than he did on Sunday. However, he made sure to take responsibility for some of the struggles the Cowboys have had this season by pointing out that he is the general manager of the team. He also reiterated that he is not considering making any in-season coaching changes.
Jane Slater, who covers the Cowboys for NFL Network, seemed surprised by how “intense” Jones was in the interview.
Jones has always gone out of his way to publicly support Jason Garrett, which is why it was somewhat surprising when he publicly criticized him following a tight road loss to one of the best teams in the NFL. However, the Cowboys made some inexcusable coaching blunders in the game that Troy Aikman even noticed during the broadcast, so you can understand Jones’ frustration despite the team’s 6-5 record.
Garrett is very clearly on the hot seat, and Jones is now essentially willing to confirm that. While he didn’t say a whole lot with his response to questions about the criticism from his boss, Garrett knows the Cowboys have to close out the year strong in order for him to earn a contract extension.
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was criticized for his decision to kick a field goal with just over six minutes remaining in Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots, but the lack of communication surrounding the call he made may have been the most troubling part about it.
The Cowboys, trailing 13-6 at the time, had 4th-and-7 from the New England 11-yard line with 6:08 left in the game. Garrett opted for the field goal, despite the fact that Dallas was going to need a touchdown no matter what and had struggled to move the ball all game. When asked this week if he communicated with offensive coordinator Kellen Moore about what he was planning to do before the situation arose, Garrett had a concerning response.
“I don’t think it’s a good idea to constantly interject on a guy calling a play,” he said, per ESPN’s Todd Archer. “You want pick your spots in those situations.”
Garrett obviously made the decision to kick the field goal rather than go for it on 4th down, but it would reflect poorly on him if he did not communicate with Moore prior to that. Moore is the one calling the plays, so it would help to know if the head coach had ruled out taking the three points, which some coaches would have in that situation. That could have changed the playcalling on the series.
Dallas got deep into New England territory on that drive thanks to a 47-yard completion from Dak Prescott to Randall Cobb. It was a rare mistake by the best defense in football, and one that didn’t seem likely to happen again. Rather than rely on his team putting together another drive against a defense that was playing lights-out, many feel Garrett should have taken the shot on 4th-and-7 rather than cutting the Patriots’ lead to four. Either way, it sounds like the communication could have been better.
Jerry Jones was highly critical of his coaching staff following Sunday’s loss, and Garrett doesn’t seem to be helping his cause after the fact.
If you’re wondering how Jason Garrett has lasted as long as he has as the Dallas Cowboys’ head coach, look no further than this.
Garrett was asked about the criticism he faced from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones after Sunday’s 13-9 loss to the New England Patriots. The Cowboys head coach said a lot of words without saying much.
There’s a certain Tom Brady-like skill to saying that much without saying anything, other than acknowledging you need to be better.
Why has Garrett lasted so long as Cowboys head coach? Well, he’s only had one losing season since taking over as head coach. But the big thing is that he lets Jerruh hold center stage. How many other head coaches would be comfortable with their owner speaking to reporters after games and being the biggest figure in the organization the way Jones is? How many would be comfortable entering a contract season as a lame duck and not get upset publicly after being criticized by said owner? Garrett takes a lot of crap from Jones and lets the owner shine. That’s part of why he’s so well-equipped to have that job.
Jerry Jones seemingly made it clear on Sunday that all the talk about Jason Garrett being on the hot seat is true, and it sounds like the Dallas Cowboys head coach will need to do more than just close out the regular season strong in order to keep his job.
Garrett is in the final year of his contract, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said Monday that the coach “certainly needs to make the playoffs and beyond” if he wants an extension from the Cowboys after the season.
That would suggest that simply reaching the postseason would not be enough for Garrett to assure he is brought back in 2020. Troy Aikman suggested over a month ago that Garrett needs to take the Cowboys at least to the NFC Championship Game in order to keep his job, so perhaps that is how Jones views things.
The Cowboys feel they have the right roster in place to contend for a title, and Jones alluded to poor coaching with some remarks he made after Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots. Dallas spent huge money on an extension for Ezekiel Elliott and believes Dak Prescott is a franchise quarterback, so Jones is obviously upset with the underachieving.
Despite all that, the Cowboys remain in first place in the NFC East with a record of 6-5. Losing to the Patriots probably didn’t irritate Jones as much as some of the egregious coaching blunders late in the game. A few more of those and Garrett will likely be looking for a new job after the season, though he may already have his eye on one.
Week 12 of the NFL season saw some surprising teams win, a few lopsided scores, and one owner lose it over his team’s coaching in a loss. There was some bad kicking, turnovers, and a quarterback benching as well that were all part of the disappointments from the week of games. Here are the biggest disappointments of NFL Week 12.
Jason Garrett, head coach, Cowboys
It’s hard not to point the finger at Jason Garrett after seeing some of the coaching decisions he made in the Cowboys’ loss to the Patriots. He kicked a field goal down 13-6 on a 4th-and-7 rather than go for the touchdown, which was likely Dallas’ best chance of tying or winning the game. He started off the game passing the ball despite the wet and windy conditions rather than go run-heavy early. The kick return game was abysmal and a reflection or poor coaching. It’s no surprise Jerry Jones was so upset afterwards.
Woof, what an ugly game for the Raiders. After playing three straight at home and winning them all, the Raiders headed back onto the road, and it did not go well in any phase of the game. They lost 34-3 and did not score after a field goal on their opening possession. Derek Carr threw a pick-six and did so little in the game he was replaced by Mike Glennon in the second half. The Raiders may end up back at .500 after next week’s game at Kansas City.
Jerry Jones had an ominous message for his coaches after Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots.
The Dallas Cowboys owner spoke with reporters after the 13-9 defeat and expressed frustration and disappointment. He seemed to blame some problems — especially on special teams — on coaching.
Jones appeared to allude to the coaching as he concluded his talk with the media.
Jason Garrett’s job has been in question all season. He’s in the final year of his contract, and Troy Aikman has suggested Garrett needs a deep playoff run to retain his job. He didn’t help himself with decisions like kicking a field goal on 4th-and-7 late and throwing a pass on 3rd-and-1 late instead of running the ball.
Special teams coordinator Keith O’Quinn should also be concerned. His kickoff return team was terrible and failed to adjust to the wind. Even Aikman noticed something while watching the game that O’Quinn should have.
Dallas is now 6-5 and hosts Buffalo in Week 13.
The Dallas Cowboys got off to a rough start against the New England Patriots on Sunday, and a video that surfaced made it seem like Dak Prescott may have taken out some of his frustrations on Jason Garrett.
Prescott was jogging to the sideline in the first half just before the Cowboys punted the ball, and a clapping Garrett stuck his hand out to give the quarterback a high-five. Prescott ran right past him.
In all likelihood, Prescott simply didn’t see it. For starters, Garrett stuck his hand out at the last second. Then there was the weather element, as it was about 40 degrees and pouring ran during the game. Prescott had his hands tucked inside his hand warmer and looked like he wanted to get inside that jacket as quickly as possible.
All that said, the exchange — or lack thereof — was noteworthy for a lot of people because there was a similar situation earlier in the year when it seemed like several defensive players completely ignored Garrett. That video was a bit more concerning and came late in a game when the Cowboys were losing to the New York Jets.
There’s no reason to think Prescott would give Garrett that treatment.
The Dallas Cowboys have continued to show support for Jason Garrett publicly, and they may decide to give the head coach a contract extension after the season if they don’t want to risk losing him to a division rival.
The Giants are Garrett’s “preferred destination” if the Cowboys choose to part ways with him, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. Rapoport adds that the Giants would have fired Tom Coughlin back in 2014 if they could have landed Garrett, but Garrett signed an extension with Dallas.
Good head coaches are tough to find in the NFL, and New York’s interest in Garrett could play a role in what the Cowboys decide to do. While Dallas has fallen short of expectations in recent years and been inconsistent once again this season, Garrett has had only one losing season since he took over as head coach in 2010. The Cowboys are just 2-3 in the playoffs under Garrett, but they probably wouldn’t want to risk watching Garrett help turn things around in New York.
The Cowboys bounced back with a win last week following a home loss to the Minnesota Vikings that prompted some troubling remarks from Jerry Jones. Garrett reportedly had a positive meeting with his players after that loss and his message was well received.
Garrett is in the final year of his contract, so the Cowboys would not have to fire him if they choose to go in a different direction. He’s essentially coaching for his job down the stretch.
Pat Shurmur is also on the hot seat with the Giants, though the work he has done with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones is said to be working in his favor.
The Dallas Cowboys rebounded from a loss to the Minnesota Vikings at home last week on Sunday Night Football to beat the Detroit Lions on the road in Week 11. They scored 35 points and the offense looked good as Dak Prescott passed for four touchdowns.
Facing an easier defense played a big role in the turnaround. Something else that is getting credit is a reported meeting Jason Garrett had with his players during the week.
NFL Media’s Jane Slater reported on Sunday that Garrett met with his players on Thursday and took accountability for some things. That apparently was well-received by the players and played a role in the team being more motivated.
Some of the team’s playcalling during the loss to Minnesota came into question, as did the handling of a punt return late in the game. Garrett took immediate responsibility for the fair catch on the punt the day after the game. The midweek meeting apparently helped as well.
Stories like this are big for Garrett considering his job status has been in question this season.
Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is taking responsibility for a strange decision in the final 30 seconds of Sunday’s game that may have cost his team.
Down 28-24 to the Minnesota Vikings with under 30 seconds left, punt returner Tavon Austin bizarrely called for a fair catch at his own 46. Austin did this in spite of the fact that there were no Vikings players within 15 yards of him, and he could likely have gotten past midfield, if not further, had he tried to return the punt. That would have set up an easier drive for quarterback Dak Prescott.
After the game, Austin essentially threw the coaching staff under the bus.
On Monday, Garrett took the blame, saying they’d poorly communicated to Austin what he was supposed to do on the punt.
In fairness to Garrett, Austin called fair catch early, so it’s entirely possible the Vikings would have closed him down more quickly if they thought there was a chance of a return. Still, it’s an awful look, and a clear sign of confusion in the ranks. And it’s probably not going to make owner Jerry Jones happy, since he already had some grave concerns about what the defeat could mean in the long-term.