Jerry Jones: Tony Romo not ruled out, Jason Garrett’s job safe
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones addressed a couple of hot Cowboys topics on the radio Tuesday morning. Jones added nothing new to the injury status of quarterback Tony Romo but reaffirmed his faith in head coach Jason Garrett.
Jones said Romo — who reportedly suffered a herniated disk in the Cowboys’ dramatic 24-23 win over the Redskins — has not been ruled out of what boils down to a winner-take all NFC East title game against the Eagles on Sunday. ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reported earlier Monday that Romo would miss the remainder of the season. Jones said Romo continues to undergo treatment in hopes of being cleared by doctors to play in Philadelphia. Jones said he couldn’t change Romo’s status from “question mark” because of HIPAA regulations.
Jones stood by last week’s declaration that Garrett would return as the Cowboys’ coach in 2014 even if the team missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Jones again said he would not give weekly votes of confidence to Garrett, because he is not coaching for his job this weekend.
From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
“I addressed that three or four weeks ago. He is not. That’s all you need to say about. I have said the last couple of games I don’t want to talk about it, because it looks like that because someone else needs an answer, that it’s a point of consideration. I’ve said early, I did it purposely several weeks back, said that certainly in terms of looking at the future, his future is bright with the Cowboys.”
Garrett is 29-26 since becoming the Cowboys’ head coach late in the 2010 season. A loss against the Eagles would give the Cowboys their third consecutive 8-8 record under Garrett.
“The other thing in Jason’s case is at this time in his career, he’s learning leaps and bounds and learning every day,” Jones said Tuesday on the radio. “I want our team to take advantage of that. There’s been nothing in the time he’s been the head coach, and there’s been nothing in the time he was the coordinator before that and a player before that, that shows that he does not have the ability to do everything required of a head coach in the NFL. He’s got it. Let me be real clear: He’s got it, and he’s shown that.”