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Cowboys’ Jason Witten Retiring To Join ESPN

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Despite mulling over the decision for a few days, Dallas Cowboys’ tight end Jason Witten is hanging up his cleats for a gig in the booth for ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

The decision comes a few days after reports surfaced stating that Witten was retiring to pursue the job opportunity at ESPN.

Earlier on Wednesday, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said there was no timeline on when Witten would make a decision.

According to a report from ESPN, another network made an interesting offer to Witten that would allow him to keep playing and potentially walk away in 2019 for a job with them.

Had Witten returned for a 16th season, he would have been the longest-tenured player in franchise history, but he will leave as the Cowboys’ all-time leader in games played, consecutive games played, starts, catches and receiving yards.

The Cowboys drafted Stanford tight end Dalton Schultz in the fourth round of the NFL Draft in preparation of Witten’s eventual departure.

The Cowboys may not have seen the production in 2017 out of Witten that they had seen over the majority of his career, but his locker room leadership and chemistry with quarterback Dak Prescott were valuable.

Witten is a sure-fire Hall of Famer.

 

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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Cowboys’ Jerry Jones Staying with Jason Garrett

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Despite the obvious failure at the helm, for yet another season, Dallas Cowboys’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones is staying with head coach Jason Garrett for now, despite a brutal loss to the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving.

The 26-15 loss to the Bills marked the sixth loss over the past nine games for the Cowboys, who dropped to 6-6 on the season but remain in first place of the NFC East, regardless if the Philadelphia Eagles win on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

“This is not the time for me [to make a coaching change],” Jones said outside the locker room in an emotional statement. “I’m looking ahead at another ballgame. I’m looking ahead at winning four or five straight and helping write a story they will talk about, how it looks like you’re down and out. And I mean that. That’s the way that I’m operating. Every decision that I make over the next month will be with an eye in mind to get us in the Super Bowl now.”

Garrett should have been fired years ago, following a string of 8-8 seasons, but has somehow, rather baffling too, managed to hold on to his job despite looking completely lost at times.

“You just have to get back to work,” Garrett said. “That’s the nature of the National Football League. It’s hard every week. You are going to deal with adversities over the course of the year. You’re going to have to deal with the successes over the course of the year. You have to learn from them and move on and get ready for the next challenge.”

“I’m going to do the same thing I’ve always done when I get a setback or get my butt kicked. I’m going to get up in the morning and I’m going to look for ways [to help], and I’m not going to panic,” Jones said. “I’m going to look for ways to improve the situation. I’m still glad that when I get up in the morning, I can look for ways to help our team. One of them is not a coaching change. One of them is not reworking the offense or the defense. Those aren’t alternatives for us to be ready to play over the next month and give us a chance to be what we want to be.”

“We’re talking about the last games, opportunity to get it together, the fact that it can happen, the fact we have a lot invested in Jason,” Jones said. “Jason is certainly, in my mind, the coach that could turn this thing around and cause us to have a great year. There’s no question in my mind he should be the head coach to do that.”

“No belief has been lost. No confidence has been lost,” Cowboys’ quarterback Dak Prescott said. “This is simply execution, and that’s on the players. That’s what that conversation was. Credit the leaders. Credit to Michael Bennett, those guys that started that. It was a great conversation, a lot of great words. But it’s just all about us executing and just getting the job done.”

“He’s someone who approaches each and every day with the same mindset and mentality,” Prescott said. “That’s what you need in this league. You can’t get too up and you can’t get too down. You have to stay the same. What he gives to this team, the energy and focus level, we’re thankful for him and we need him to do what we have to do.”

Garrett is clearly not the right guy to be leading this team, and the Cowboys will, unfortunately, have to waste another season finding that out, yet again, the hard way.

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Cowboys’ Jerry Jones Upset Over Referee’s Flag on Jason Garrett

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The Dallas Cowboys looked to be exposed during their 34-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, and Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones isn’t too thrilled, expressing his frustration over a flag thrown on Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.

Garrett, who is normally even keeled, was hit with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty when he angrily threw a challenge flag on the ground when disputing a potential catch by Cowboys’ wideout Amari Cooper.

Referee Ron Torbert said that Garrett was hit with the penalty,explaining that “It was for abusive language toward an official.”

“Apparently he didn’t like how I threw the [challenge] flag,” Garrett said, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer.

“We had already challenged a potential pass interference earlier [and] you know in that situation you have to use the flag to get the call corrected and you’re not going to have one for later in the game,” Garrett said.

“Obviously, I didn’t handle that situation as well as I should have. I knew we were going to get the play because I saw it and unfortunately we had to use that flag there. And he made the decision to throw a flag on me.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was more fiery in his criticism.

“Oh, I hope the little darling didn’t hear something he hadn’t heard before,” Jones said. “We should all stop the wheel over that if he got [a penalty for] abusive language.”

Garrett was upset with a pass interference penalty on defensive back Anthony Brown during the third quarter.

“The standard is very high for them to overturn,” Garrett said. “That was more of a situational challenge. I don’t think it was pass interference. If I thought it was pass interference I wouldn’t have thrown the flag, but understanding the standard is high because of the situation, you have to give yourself a chance. … Oftentimes when you slow it down, things look a little more magnified than they are. I know it’s hard to get those things overturned, but it’s too big of a play not to do it.”

Garrett’s antics were seemingly well received by the players.

“I love it when Coach Garrett does things like that,” Cowboys defensive linemen Tyrone Crawford said. “He deserves to do whatever he needs to do for this football team and whatever he feels like. No one should question that. If you do, if you got a problem with it, then you’ve got a problem with all of us. That’s just how it is with us.

“We’re not worried about what people are saying outside of this. We’re a family in here, and that’s how it’s going to go. Period.”

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Cowboys, Dak Prescott Not Close to New Deal

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The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott are not close to agreeing on a new contract, and no extension is expected in the near future, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Despite the gloomy news, there is no doubt that a new deal will be worked out eventually as the Cowboys want to keep Prescott and Prescott wants to stay with the Cowboys for the long-term.

Prescott is not moving down from his price, and with a quarterback market that will continue to inflate once the Kansas City Chiefs address a new contract with superstar Patrick Mahomes, the Cowboys will likely have to get closer to, or exactly meet Prescott’s demands.

Prescott, 26, is having another fine season, and is a big reason why the Cowboys are off to the impressive start that they are.

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