Jerry Jones has all but admitted that Jason Garrett needs to finish the season strong in order to return as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys next year, but apparently merely reaching the playoffs or even making a deep postseason run would not be enough.
The Cowboys need to win the Super Bowl for Garrett to earn a contract extension, sources told Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report. The belief is that Jones is ready to make a head coaching change due to the underachievement of the team of the past few seasons, and the new hire would likely be a flashy one.
According to Freeman, Urban Meyer and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are the two names at the top of Jones’ list. Sean Payton has also been mentioned as a possibility, though it seems unlikely that he would leave the New Orleans Saints after he recently signed a massive extension.
“The bottom line is we get graded. I’m in business. I don’t have to win the Super Bowl in business every year. I can come in sixth and have a hell of a year. But in this case, you’ve got to come in first,” Jones said. “You’ve got to come in first. So fundamentally, you’ve asked for something that’s a very narrow window to begin with. I want Jason to get it done.”
It would be hard to imagine the Cowboys moving on from Garrett if they reach the Super Bowl or even the NFC Championship Game, but that could depend upon the availability of other candidates. If Jones has his sights set on someone like Meyer and Meyer is interested, it may be championship or bust for Garrett.
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.
Jerry Jones on @1053thefan on being critical of the Cowboys coaching staff Sunday night and how he feels today: “The same way I felt then. When you’re a GM those coaches are out there because of my ultimate decision.”
Jerry Jones said he hasn’t considered an in-season coaching change, but he takes responsibility b/c he’s ultimately responsible as owner/GM. “At the end of the day, the buck stops with me. I am highly critical and I’m continually evaluating the performance of everybody involved.”
Jane Slater, who covers the Cowboys for NFL Network, seemed surprised by how “intense” Jones was in the interview.
It was uncomfortable at times, it was deliberate, there was accountability on his end as the GM who put this together…that was an intense radio interview with #Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on @1053thefan well done @1053SS@rjchoppy as someone who used to do it weekly…not easy. https://t.co/0bEyRlfyDc
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.
Jason Garrett on Jerry Jones' criticism of him and his staff: “We’ve just got to focus on coaching as well as we can and playing as well as we can. There certainly were some things in the game that we have to get better at, and we're going to work on that as a staff."
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.
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.
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.
Jerry Jones describes himself as frustrated and disappointed – in performance vs Patriots and all the failures leading up to it being so important. Of ST, Jones said, “Thats 100 percent coaching. One hundred percent coaching.”
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.