Posted January 12, 2013

Report: Jerry Jones wants Jason Garrett to stop calling plays, fire brother John

NFL, Uncategorized
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was criticized for his play-calling during the Cowboys' 8-8 season. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was criticized for his play-calling during the Cowboys’ 8-8 season. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Although he has thus far survived the wave of firings since the NFL’s regular season ended, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is reportedly being pressured by owner Jerry Jones. Jones is pushing Garrett to relinquish play-calling duties, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen (via ProFootballTalk).

Garrett, the former Cowboys quarterback and offensive coordinator, is known as an offensive specialist, while the team hired Monte Kiffin as defensive coordinator this week to replace axed coach Rob Ryan. But Garrett came under fire after Dallas missed the playoffs for the third straight year at 8-8, particularly for his clock management.

Jones also wants Garrett to fire his brother, John, the team’s tight ends coach who is calling around the league in search of other jobs, according to Mortenson.

John Garrett also played at Princeton and participated in Cowboys training camp as a wide receiver in 1988. He came to Dallas as a coach along with his brother in 2007 and also held the title of “passing game coordinator” the last two years.

The move could be Jones’ way of forcing Jason Garrett out, writes PFT’s Mike Florio:

It also could mean that the Princeton-educated Garretts sense that Jones is trying to provoke a showdown that will result in Jason Garrett leaving as the head coach without Jones flat-out firing him.  Indeed, it’s one thing for Jones to roll out of bed one morning and decide to make a coaching change.  It’s quite another for Jones to want his head coach to make changes and for his coach to resist, creating an impasse that leads to only one logical conclusion.

The Cowboys are 21-19 during Garrett’s tenure as head coach. He replaced the fired Wade Phillips halfway through the 2010 season.


48 comments
butterbean
butterbean

Can someone please ask Jerry Jones, what is the number? How many years before he hires a GM and let's the coach, coach the team without interference? He made his comment in 1993 after winning back to back Super Bowls about "500 coaches doing the same thing". We've now gone 17 years without a Super Bowl or even a NFC Championship run, SO, what is the number? 20 years? 25 years? How long before he hires a GM and let's them do their job?

Anaximenes1
Anaximenes1

garrett can't coach a lick---but, jerry likes low paid gofers so he will not fire him.  jerry makes millions if the team sucks or not---the money just keeps rolling in!!!

whatamithinking?
whatamithinking?

Reading all the comments posted and watching this season has led me to definitely  to believe that the sport of football is all about the commercial value of the team and not what the team can actually do.  Its all about how many fans can the team bring into the seats and how much in merchandise can be sold on and off season?  Its just a number now and not about the fans or the teams.   JJ wants Garrett to stop calling the plays because plain and simple JJ wants to call the plays and make the decisions for his own over-glorified self... But in retrospect JJ needs to get that 10-foot pole out of his backside and let the right people do their own jobs instead of causing mayhem and irritation.

KIT2
KIT2

Jerry Jones looks rediculous at spring training with his coaches outfit and whistle around his neck.  He is a joke.  He needs to go ahead and coach the team to last place and get it out of his system.  He makes me want to go outside and vomit.....

austexcal
austexcal

Jimmy, come back! It's not too late!

JimG
JimG

Florio's assertion is ridiculous. Why would Jerry Jones care what anybody thinks about firing his HC?  Missing the playoffs three years in a row is plenty of excuse for the boot in today's WIN NOW league.  Blown leads & 4th qtr meltdowns have eroded the owner's confidence in his offensive guru.  Jerry wants Garrett to be the sideline VP on gameday and allow someone else to run the offense from the booth. Perfectly reasonable.  Swallow the humble pie and be glad you still have a job, Jason.

Doc Holiday
Doc Holiday

Jason Garrett=Merril Hodges both Think they are great QB's but the truth is Both rode the pine their Whole carrers.

DaveRyan
DaveRyan

Jerry Jones nicknamed the Cowboys "America's Team". What a joke and so is Jones! They'll never be a contender anymore as long as Jones "thinks" he can coach/run that team.

ChrisHansard
ChrisHansard

Jerry Jones is the problem in Dallas and has been since the day he bought the team. No coach will ever be effective in the Big D because JJ stands over the shoulder of every coach he hires and dictates what he wants done. He has never allowed the coaches to do their jobs and he interferes with and hinders every coach he hires. Jones needs to hire an actual GM and be a silent entity.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

He should agree if JJ fires himself as GM and also fires his son, LOL.

bhayes420
bhayes420

The problem isn't Garrett, or Romo, or Ryan.  The problem starts at the top with a man named Jerry.  He just doesn't know pro football enough to make personnel decisions.  He never has.  The team won on Jimmy Johnson's talent for a few years after he left, but it all started down hill for the 'Boys when Johnson was forced out by Jerry's huge ego.  I think the 'Boys are done as a serious contender, no matter who they bring in talent or coach wise, until Jones wakes up and brings in a true GM and actually gives him/her power to run the team.  

TherealdanMcKelvey
TherealdanMcKelvey

Jerry is the best GM in the league...Leave him alone..Look at his record..WoooHoooo.

rtoot
rtoot

Jerry Jones is actually the devil.  Everyone should flee his lair(or is that liar?)

nightowl7395
nightowl7395

I'd like Jerry to trade Romo and fire his GM. Neither one of those will happen either.

renee
renee

It's disappointing to me the G-Men missed the playoffs, but watching the annual Cowpats post-season circus always make me feel better.  Keep it up JJ!  You're the best thing that ever happened to the rest of the NFC East.

m.guszak
m.guszak

How do you know you don't have the right head coach? You want him to be less involved with the team.

Big Daddy1
Big Daddy1

This is not the way to run a football team.Everything Jones does is backhanded and would not sit well with the players. This is the way typical cut throat businessmen work, it rubs people the wrong way. I cannot see how doing things like this can make the players want to be a Dallas Cowboy. I can see it make them think more about themselves and their careers, less about the team. That is a recipe for a losing team. Jerry Jones is the problem but his ego will not let him admit it. He should fire himself, he's the one that made this roster.

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

This is getting more ridiculous by the day. While Garrett and Romo should be the scapegoats (can't include Jones because he will never admit it), if he wants the TE coach gone, he should damn well (excuse me) do it himself. He's the real head coach, anyway. Besides, why is the TE coach being held accountable? Whitten had one of the best years of his career. I am getting more and more sick of this man as I type this. 

m.guszak
m.guszak

Nothing for nothing, but Jason Garrett should be so thankful that he still has a job, that he should be firing his brother as we speak. So many problems with Dallas right now and of course Jones is the biggest. He should call Cowher and tell him that he is giving him total control, hire him and then butt out. He could be winning Super Bowls again, but proving that he knows football is more important. Ego.

j1o4k2o5
j1o4k2o5

Yeah the TE coach, he was the problem alright!

kyyled5
kyyled5

49ers in the playoffs, Cowboys in disarray.

 

All is right with the world. =)

Dustin Madlung
Dustin Madlung

Didn't Witten just have like the best year ever for a tight end? Jones will never get a good coach until he is done being gm. Go Packers

John4
John4

No, Jerry's not right.  If he wants Jason Garrett to limit his play calling, then he should have a meeting with him to clarify the coaching structure with the Cowboys.  The meeting would include which plays would be called, and by whom.  There is no reason for such an internal decision to show up on si com.

As for Jason's brother, no problem.  Jerry Jones, you have made it clear since buying the team that is is "your way or the highway".  If you want John Garrett, the TE coach fired, then fire him.  You NEVER make one brother fire another.  That's not cool or professional.  Also, who is in charge here?  Since we all know the answer, Jerry, be a man and fire your TE coach if you don't want him as an assistant coach for your team.  See?  Simple, and no need for fanfare.  

bbc
bbc

For once Jerry is right. Garrett shouldn't call plays and he should can his brother who apparently is with Cowboys just because he's the HC's brother.

jdelaney60
jdelaney60

 @Doc Holiday Idiot! FYI, his name is Merril Hoge. And he ran for 3139 yards in 8 seasons and scored 21 touchdowns - as a fullback. For four consecutive years - 1988 through 1991 seasons, he averaged 677 yards rushing each season. He led the Steelers in rushing in 1988, 1990 and 1991. Sound like riding the pine?

duh29
duh29

 @DaveRyan Jerry Jones did not give them the nickname...NFL films did long before Jones was ever the owner of the Cowboys...at least know what you are talking about

duh29
duh29

 @ChrisHansard how in the world did the Cowboys ever win 3 Super Bowls with Jones as the owner? 

RobertM
RobertM

 @bhayes420 A GM is mainly supposed to get talent and make sure that it is affordable over time season after season for the organization. On both accounts the GM has been highly successful. He needs a strong coach is all. Romo is excellent but needs a strong person to be accountable to besides and before the owner. Great players on the team but they need to individually be more consistent as players. That is coaching period.

John4
John4

 @Big Daddy1 Very intelligent comment.  The TE coach is not the issue.  The HC and especially the owner are the greatest problems with the Cowboys.  Why blame the TE coach?  What did he do wrong?  

It's sort of like when very large corporations decide to do some cost cutting.  They start by laying off several entry level employees.  (Entry level employees are cheap and valuable).  What the corporation should do is have their senior partners take pay cuts.  JJ has the same issue.  HE"S THE PROBLEM, but oh, uh, let's blame the TE coach (because everyone knows if the Cowboys had the best TE coach ever they would be SB bound, right)?  The problem is that the Cowboys need ABSENTEE OWNERSHIP and a qualified Head Coach.

Of course the needed solution is too easy.  Is there any way in the world that the current duo of owner Jerry Jones and Head Coach Jason Garrett would be better than ABSENTEE Owner and Head Coach Chip Kelly?  No there is not.  

JJ, Fire Jason Garrett, hire a real GM (Like Jimmy Johnson), hire Chip Kelly as Head Coach,and NEVER interfere.  NEVER go to the sidelines again during a game.  Watch from afar, and watch YOUR Dallas Cowboys become a force again in the NFL.  

It could happen.  

(But since we have Jerry Jones), when pigs fly.   

duh29
duh29

 @doublejtrain68 I could be Wittens coach and i have never played TE in my life and he would still be great so, kind of a useless comment. 

ChrisHansard
ChrisHansard

Cowher is an excellent coach and way too smart to ever agree to work for JJ! The best coach in the world can't win under JJ's reign of dicatorship and constant interference!!

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @m.guszak Cowher wouldn't walk into that circus unless JJ ponied up 10 mill per, he knows it's not a good position to be in.  

John4
John4

 @kyyled5 kyyled5 - well the first part is true, but your second sentence is incorrect and mean!

cjeddie8
cjeddie8

 @duh29  @DaveRyan no kidding the top rated games on every channel this year, the most valuable by 600 million, and the most merchandise sold tells you love us or hate us we're the Lakers and Yankees or America's Team.

scoobydoo2495
scoobydoo2495

 @duh29  @ChrisHansard Because when he first bought the team he stayed out of the football side of things and worked on the business side. He let Jimmy do his thing and it worked. Ego then took over and he wanted to be in on that part of it as well. The results speak for themselves.

cjeddie8
cjeddie8

 @RobertM  @bhayes420 No Jerry's track record as a GM is just terrible.  Joey Galloway, Roy Williams, draft busts, over paying average players...Miles Austin, Doug Free, Orlando Scandrick.

cjeddie8
cjeddie8

 @John4  @Big Daddy1 Dude Martellus Bennett nearly made the Pro Bowl in NY, our TE coach is bad...real bad.

jdelaney60
jdelaney60

 @cjeddie8  @duh29  @DaveRyan Of course, the Lakes and the Yankees have won 5 championships each since the Cowboys last won a Super Bowl. America's Team my ass!

jdelaney60
jdelaney60

 @ChrisHansard  Finished what Landry had already started? What a complete pile of crap that is. The Cowboys went 1-15 in Jimmy Johnson's first season - with Landry's team. Then 7-9 in 1990. At that point the Cowboys were no longer Landry's team. They drafted Troy Aikman after Landry. Emmett Smith after Landry. In 1991, Johnson's 3rd season, they made the playoffs, not with anything Landry did. And in 1992, they won the Super Bowl - not with anything Tom Landry had already started.As for the rest of your post... spot on!

ChrisHansard
ChrisHansard

 @cjeddie8  @duh29  @ChrisHansard Plus, Johnson finished what Tom Landry had already started. The team was being restructured when JJ so disrepectfully replaced the greatest coach ever!  

 

And why do you think Johnson left Dallas?? Ever since JJ bought the Cowboys, he has brought thugs, criminals and cheaters to Dallas. He has ruined everything that Tex Schramm and Tom Landry built; everything that was great about the Cowboys is over. They are an embarrassing bunch of whiney, demanding primadonnas and drug addicts that think they are above the law. I can't stand to watch them anymore.

John4
John4

 @cjeddie8   cj eddie - TE Witten DID make the Pro Bowl.  Martellus was a backup to a better TE.  No issue there.  Martellus goes to the NYG and is a started due to the turnover at TE (and there being no clear cut number one TE) with the Giants.  Compare Witten's 2012 numbers with Martellus' 2012 numbers.  See?  Martellus would STILL be a backup (or number 2) TE in Dallas.  If anything, the Dallas TE coach helped mold a backup TE with Dallas into a number one TE with the Giants.  

If JJ thinks that the Dallas TE coach is the problem, for whatever reason, then JJ is more delusional than I thought.