Jerry Jones: No need to give Jason Garrett vote of confidence every week
Late last month, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Jason Garrett will return next season as head coach regardless of how this year plays out.
After Dallas blew a 23-point lead in a 37-36 loss to the Packers on Sunday, Jones was asked about Garrett’s job status and said he’s already given him a vote of confidence and won’t do it every week.
“Let me be real clear. My refusal to comment one way or the other is not in any way a change from anything that I’ve said earlier about Jason’s future as our coach,” Jones told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after the game. “Let me be real clear, and that’s all I’m going to say about it.
“You’ve got a game. We’re talking about this ballgame right here today. Every time in sport when a coach loses a ballgame, you’ve got to have a vote of confidence, so we’re not getting involved in that. The coach is as sick as I am about how bad we played in the second half.”
Asked if his long-term commitment to Garrett had wavered, Jones said, “Let me just say this: I’m clear, and I don’t choose to talk about that or talk about several things about the franchise right now. This is not appropriate to talk about it right now. We’ve just had a loss. Are you going to be back? Are you going to be back? Are you going to be back? Each one of you guys going to be back? I’m going to be back. So will everybody else be back that’s in there? Everybody that’s eligible and has got a contract.”
The comeback was the largest in Packers’ franchise history.
Tony Romo threw two fourth-quarter interceptions, including one that led to the game-winning touchdown.
“This is one of the hardest losses that I’ve experienced. That’s a shame that we’ve lost that ballgame,” Jones said. “When you have that kind of lead and you are playing well, and we were playing well, then it’s a shame to lose a ballgame like that.”
The Cowboys (7-7) trail the Eagles by one game in the NFC East, but Dallas still controls its own destiny with games in Washington and home against Philadelphia to close the regular season.