In two full seasons as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett is .500--16-16. He’s never made the playoffs. He has lost two win-and-in games in as many years. But owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who opted to keep his head coach around this offseason while replacing just about every staff member around him, says Garrett is not coaching for his job in 2013.
"Well, no, no he's not ... to the last question: Is Jason coaching for his job? No," Jones told the NFL Network from the Owners Meetings in Boston this week, per ESPN Dallas.
"What we're doing is taking the assets that we have, and Jason being right at the top and certainly our premier asset, and we're using them to the best of our ability,"
The Cowboys’ middling of late certainly isn’t all Garrett’s fault--the personnel really hasn’t been there, as Dallas painted themselves into a corner with a pair of bad drafts in the years leading up to Garrett taking over. But we can’t imagine that if Dallas finishes 8-8 or worse next season that Jones won’t, at the very least, think long and hard about his head coach. This is a man who isn’t unaccustomed to the quick, sometimes unexpected, about face, after all.
"We've been disappointing the last two years," Jones said. "8-8 won't get it. Nobody more so than him. We're going to take what we've got, as an example--[quarterback Tony] Romo's great experience, ability, decision-making, all of those things, and we're going to try and win more ballgames."
Well at the very least, we suppose trying to win more ballgames is better than not trying to win more ballgames.
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