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.
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 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.
A team source tells me #Cowboys HC Jason Garrett had a meeting with the players Thursday. While they wouldn’t divulge all that was said, I was told he took accountability for some things. It was really well received by the team and they played hard for each other and him today
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.
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.
If you have the opportunity to fair catch a punt already in Hail Mary range so you can save enough time to give yourself 3 quick passes to your backup tight end for a total of 9 yards so instead of a Hail Mary you can throw a slightly shorter Hail Mary, you have to take it, no? pic.twitter.com/xO3RMvX4dP
On Monday, Garrett took the blame, saying they’d poorly communicated to Austin what he was supposed to do on the punt.
Jason Garrett said they didn't communicate well enough to to Tavon Austin on the final punt. He was not told to fair catch automatically. He could have use judgement to make a play going north and south
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.
If the Dallas Cowboys are considering the possibility of firing Jason Garrett, it is clear they are going to do everything they can to hide it.
There has been a lot of talk about Garrett once again being on the hot seat (was he ever?) with the Cowboys having lost three straight games. However, Jerry Jones and the team’s brass seemingly throw their support behind the head coach every day, and Jones did that yet again when he called Garrett a “top coach” during his Tuesday appearance on 105.3 The Fan.
Jones on Garrett: "We have alot invested in Jason Garrett. He's evolved in what I call a top coach. He bring a lot to the table." adds "It is not a thought I am having" on Jason being in the 'hot seat' @1053thefan
Of course, a team should not evaluate a head coach based on how many other teams would be interested in said coach if he were fired. The Cowboys are dealing with significant injuries on the offensive side of the ball, but there were some troubling signs that players — mainly defensive ones — may have been tuning him out toward the end of Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets.
Even if another team would love to hire Garrett, he does the Cowboys no good if he is losing his locker room. That may not be happening, but it’s certainly something that warrants attention from Jones. Some of the problems Dallas had against the Jets were clearly coaching related, so it’s not as if Garrett is merely a victim of circumstance.
There’s still plenty of time for the Cowboys to get healthy and turn things around, and it sounds like Garrett is going to be afforded the opportunity to ride it out. While it seems unlikely that he would be fired mid-season, there’s a reason Dallas chose not to extend his contract prior to the season. If the team misses the playoffs, his job will be in jeopardy.
Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson’s comments on Monday looked like bulletin board material for the Dallas Cowboys, but Jason Garrett doesn’t seem like he’s rushing to post them there.
Pederson all but guaranteed that the Eagles would win in Dallas in Week 7, projecting confidence ahead of a matchup with the reeling Cowboys. Garrett wouldn’t go into much detail regarding what he’d say to his team when asked about Pederson’s comments, but he didn’t seem urgent to notify them of what Pederson said.
Jason Garrett was asked if he will show these comments to Cowboys players: “We probably don’t want to share what we share with our players too much, but we do our best when we just focus on ourselves and what we need to do to prepare to play our best football.” https://t.co/reDXoDQ85N
Cowboys players will hear about those remarks whether or not Garrett points them out, so it’s not really necessary. If they want to derive motivation from it, so be it. Garrett, who seems to be under increasing pressure despite what the front office says, is more focused on getting the 3-3 Cowboys right in football terms.
If Jason Garrett truly was on the hot seat entering Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, that seat must now be scalding. However, the Dallas Cowboys continue to insist publicly that their head coach is not going anywhere.
Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Monday that he still feels “great” about Garrett and the rest of the coach’s staff. He reiterated once again that the rumors about Garrett potentially losing his job are untrue.
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones was asked on @1053thefan if Jason Garrett is on the hot seat: “Absolutely not. This team just needs to get a win under its belt. I still think we can have a great year. I feel good about it. Feel great about Jason and his staff.”
That may be the case at the moment, but things have a way of changing quickly in the NFL. The Cowboys have an important divisional game upcoming against the Philadelphia Eagles next week before their bye, and one team source told Jane Slater of NFL Network that there could be bigger questions to answer if Dallas loses that game.
A #Cowboys source just now when I posed the question on Jason Garrett’s job security “Too early to jump ship too early to build one too. The thing is you can look up and we’re 13-3 or hell 3-13. Right now it’s premature to take either side.” But adds, “circle back next Monday. “
The Cowboys have now lost three games in a row, but the circumstances have not been easy. They lost road games to the Jets and New Orleans Saints and fell at home last week to the Green Bay Packers, who look like one of the better teams in the NFC. They also entered Sunday’s game without starting offensive linemen Tyron Smith and La’El Collins. Randall Cobb was unable to play and Amari Cooper left early with a quad injury, so some things have been out of Garrett’s control.