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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