It should come as no surprise that Jerry Jones delivered a vote of confidence for head coach Jason Garrett on his weekly radio show on 105.3-FM The Fan on Tuesday morning because, throughout this highly-frustrating season, Jones has supported his head coach at every turn.
With the loss to the Falcons in Atlanta on Sunday night, Garrett is .500 as a head coach in the NFL, at 16-16. He’s 3-5 on the season, and has lost 9 of his last 13 dating back to last season. But, as Jerry is quick to point out, Garrett is still early on in his career as a head coach; 2012 is just his second full season at the helm of the Cowboys.
Pair that with the fact that Jerry has long stated his aversion to making hasty coaching changes, and it seems that Garrett might be here for a while.
“I think you got to look at his short tenure as our coach as well as potential for the future,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Now, that’s a combination that’s worth looking at real good. Because, yes, I made a coaching change with a coach in here that had only been here two years--Chan Gailey. I regretted it. That was not the thing to do at the time. A lot of people would take issue with the statement I just made, but it’s probably one of just a few things regarding the coaching thing that I would take back. That was a pretty quick tenure for him. Fair is not the word, but I don’t know that it was fair to our team and our fans.”
Jerry took things a step further, pointing out that Garrett isn’t alone in struggling early in his career as a head coach, and using heavyweight names such as Tom Landry and Bill Belichick as examples of coaches who found success only after they had a few not-so-lovely seasons under their belts.
“Having said all that, you need to look at how short of a time that Jason’s been here. You need to look at the potential that he has. You need to look at a coach like Bill Belichick, that went up to Cleveland and was fired, and then turned around and was looking, trying to get a job and then ends up working his way back and ends up in New England later on. The books are full of coaches that initially started slower and ended up doing outstanding jobs. … Specifically, I do know of coaches that had they not stuck with them, Coach Landry, we don’t have to remind ourselves of his early years as a young coach.”
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