Things were looking good in Big D over the first three weeks of the 2019 regular season, which saw the Dallas Cowboys dominate en route to a 3-0 start that had the hype train revved up like it was the early 1990s.
But tougher competition ushered in a two-game losing streak that Dallas aimed to put the brakes on in Week 6 as they came upon what many assumed would be an easy win against the New York Jets.
Things didn’t go as planned however, as the Cowboys struggled for much of the game and came up short on a two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the score with under 1:00 remaining, instead sending Dallas to their third consecutive loss and a .500 record.
After the humiliating defeat, former Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens, who has never been shy about sharing his criticisms, took aim at the franchise and, perhaps more specifically, head coach Jason Garrett.
Hey @realjerryjones!! Still think Jason Garrett is the answer?! For a decade, A DECADE NOW, it's the same old song and dance! I knew they were going to @JasonWitten on the 3rd down prior to TD and knew they were going to him on the 2-pt conversion. Not too late 2 bring me back ????
I'm laughing right with ya @stephenasmith!!!! They really brought @JasonWitten like he was the answer, a ”difference maker!” Really?! ????????♂️ I'm just saying! They got too much talent on that team to be ”undercoached” https://t.co/XS0hqmWI6b
The Dallas Cowboys once again entered the season with high expectations, and Troy Aikman believes head coach Jason Garrett will have to either meet or exceed them if he wants to remain with the team in 2020.
Garrett showed a great deal of frustration on the sideline during Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers, which led to Aikman talking on the FOX broadcast about the pressure the coach is under this season. Aikman said there is a feeling in Cowboys circles that Garrett has to lead the team to the NFC Championship Game or better in order to keep his job.
“There’s a lot of pressure mounting for this Cowboys team,” Aikman said. “There certainly is on Jason Garrett. The expectations coming into the season — no contract, he’s in his last year. A lot of people believe he’s got to get to the NFC Championship Game for him to get a new contract.”
Sunday’s game was enough to test Garrett’s patience from the outset, as the Cowboys were driving into Green Bay territory early when Dak Prescott threw one of his three interceptions. The game instantly turned from there, and it was all Packers the rest of the way. Garrett got into it with an official at one point over whether or not he should throw a challenge flag, and he ended up drawing a penalty on a later play for spiking the red flag at the official’s feet.
Garrett has grown used to talk of him being on the hot seat during his 10 or so years as the head coach in Dallas, but Jerry Jones has never expressed anything less than full confidence in him. That said, we all know money talks. If Jones had no doubts about Garrett, he would have extended his contract instead of letting him enter a lame duck year.
The assumption that Garrett needs to reach the NFC Championship Game to keep his job may be a bit extreme, but the Cowboys certainly need to make the playoffs. If they don’t, it will be almost impossible to justify giving Garrett an extension.
Jason Garrett was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after spiking a challenge flag in front of referee Scott Edwards during Sunday’s Dallas Cowboys-Green Bay Packers game.
The Cowboys had a first-and-10 situation late in the third quarter from their 30 and Dak Prescott floated a pass down the left sideline to Amari Cooper. Cooper definitely got one foot in, but there was a question about whether he got the second in. The call on the field was that Cooper was out of bounds.
Garrett challenged the call and spiked his flag in front of Edwards, which led to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
The Cowboys take the field for their first preseason game of the year on Saturday at Levi’s Stadium against the 49ers in Santa Clara. We’ll see how close they are at that point.
For now, the biggest question facing the Cowboys is what will happen with Ezekiel Elliott, who is holding out. The team is facing several contract extensions for their top young players. The Cowboys say they have made “generous” offers to try and sign these players.
Jerry Jones awkwardly avoided a question about the future of Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett when speaking with the media on Friday.
Jones was sitting alongside Garrett when asked by a reporter what he needs to see from the coach to extend Garrett’s contract. Jones twice pretended like he couldn’t hear the question before laughing and saying “next question” as he avoided it.
Jones has long held loyal to Garrett, who has been the team’s head coach since taking over for Wade Phillips during the 2010 season. The team has had three winning seasons in a row and advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs last year. Jones likely wants to see more signs of success from this year’s team before committing to Garrett again.
Jason Witten’s year off of football apparently did not negatively affect him.
Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett attended the team’s annual “Taste of the Cowboys” to benefit the North Texas Food Bank. According to Cowboys reporter Rob Phillips, Garrett said Witten has looked good during the team’s voluntary offseason program and looks like the same player before his retirement.
Cowboys are now in Phase 2 of the voluntary offseason program. How does Jason Witten look? “Really hasn’t skipped a beat,” Jason Garrett said at annual Taste of the Cowboys benefiting @ntfb. “Looks the same. Looks fast, looks quick, looks flexible.” #cowboyswire
Witten retired after the 2017 season and was hired by ESPN to serve as an analyst on “Monday Night Football.” His transition to broadcasting did not go well and was magnified by ex-teammate Tony Romo’s ascendance in the same capacity. After a season of criticism as a broadcaster, the tight end announced in late February he would return to the Cowboys.
Jason Garrett is currently set to enter the 2019 season as a lame duck coach, and that is apparently the way the Dallas Cowboys plan on it remaining.
ESPN’s Todd Archer reports that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has no intention of adding another deal onto Garrett’s contract or signing the coach to a long-term extension. The deal runs through the end of next season.
Jerry Jones is not expected to extend the contract of Cowboys’ HC Jason Garrett, short or long term, as he now enters the final year of his contract, per @toddarcher.
There has seemingly been talk every year for the past several that Garrett is on the hot seat, but that once again cooled off as the Cowboys made a late-season push and reached the playoffs. They defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the wild-card round before being eliminated by the eventual NFC champion Los Angeles Rams.
Jones has always gone out of his way to publicly support Garrett, but actions speak louder than words. If the Cowboys aren’t willing to give Garrett even a one-year extension, they are admitting they have at least some doubt over his future with the franchise.