Posted December 24, 2013

Jerry Jones: Tony Romo not ruled out, Jason Garrett’s job safe

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Tony Romo reportedly threw the game-winning touchdown pass with a herniated disk.  (AP)

Tony Romo reportedly threw the game-winning touchdown pass against the Redskins with a herniated disk. (AP)

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.”

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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.”


32 comments
George
George

Jerry gives the dreaded "vote of confidence" for Garrett-Top.

:D

(tick tick tick tick tic...)

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

really were using hippa now, look there's only one reason why you sign a 41 year old who is teaching high school now, it's because romo is out, as again it wasn't just schefter who reported it was five count them 5 other media outlets.  look they know he's out and there trying to string the eagles along as long as possible but he's not playing sunday.  again jerry needs to fire himself as gm and let someone else be gm

Fifilo
Fifilo

Dallas, Miami, Tampa Bay, Washington. All would benefit from new owners. How's Oakland been since Al left the building? Have not been paying attention, guess it's too early to tell.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

I've had two herniated disks. Some mornings you wake up and can't move, others it's as if you have no injury at all. The risk of worsening the condition by playing is almost zero. The greater risk is that the herniated portion of the disk will move and lean on a nerve making him unable to play. Trick injury.

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

Cowboys haven't won a playoff game since 1996. Maybe theres a pattern here. can't fire the owner

rkcla08
rkcla08

it's a wonder any cowboy fan can stay true to that team with jones at the helm.  he may be great in building stadiums, but he's clueless in building a team to play in them.

as for the cowboys, who cares.  the media would do well to just not report on that clusterfork of a team.

Shooter McGavin 19711
Shooter McGavin 19711

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. "



Um, I'm not sure what Jerry is on - or if dementia has set in - but Garrett has clearly proven he doesn't get it - and he isn't learning.  At all.  He cost Dallas one with two years ago with terrible play calling and clock management.  And one win last season.  This year?  Two wins and counting.  Garrett NEVER takes personal responsibility, he threw Romo under the bus two weeks ago - and he's clueless.  Of course, Garrett will turn on Kiffin when this season is over.  Garrett turned on Phillips in order to GET the HC position, and he threw Ryan under the bus last year.  Class act that Garrett.  Maybe all people who attend Ivy League Schools really DO lack a soul...


As a Dallas fan, I can tell you that the people who are cheering the loudest for the news that Garrett will be back are the fans (and owners) of the Eagles, Giants and Redskins.


After Sunday's game, Garrett will be 0-3 in win and you're in the playoffs, losing all three week 17 games over the last three years.  Yeah Jerry, he's clearly shown he knows how to get it done...





ngk11
ngk11

How can jj fire Garret in good faith--He does everthing jj says. It wont matter who the HC is obviously, as long as the FOOL GM stays the same

beast
beast

He had a real defensive coach. 

CowboyFanInSacramento
CowboyFanInSacramento

Jason is a smart guy - a nice guy - but his time at the helm has been lackluster at best. The question should be, does he deserve to keep his job based on how the team has performed under his leadership? The answer to that for me anyway would be "no". The Cowboys are the perennial almost but not quite team. The Jason and Jerry combo simply has not gotten the job done in my opinion. They should both go.

Mark20
Mark20

"America's Team" my rear end. If you consider that TX is all of the USA then I suppose they are America's team. With their string of mediocrity, it puts the USA in a bad light.

whitefang01
whitefang01

These are the kind of comments you hear just before the coach gets fired and the QB gets benched.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

God Bless Jerry Jones, may he live forever!

FritoBaggins
FritoBaggins

"Romo continues to undergo treatment in hopes of being cleared by doctors to play in Philadelphia."

Arlington. Unless they're trying to get him ready for next year.

joey311164
joey311164

Jerry Jones is clueless.  Nothing will change with the Cowboys until he sells the team.  Good businessman, lousy GM.

goopygeer
goopygeer

Jerry Jones is saying that it would be OK for Romo to play with a herniated disk?...

What if Rome got creamed in a QB sack, and the disk ruptured?...And maybe cripple Romo?...

Jerry Jones is a (_____________________________) fill in the blank!!!



Matthew W
Matthew W

Hooray for mediocrity! 


Here's to yet another 8-8 year and still not being relevant, thanks Jerry!

rifleman
rifleman

Despite what Jones says now if the 'Boys get blown out Sunday night Garrett might be history....(or at least he should be).

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Jones is showing the early signs of dementia, says one thing day and changes his mind the next......

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

Jones is happy with the way Garrett has learned to play his puppet so well.  He doesn't want to have to begin training a new head puppet.  He's getting too old for that anymore.

PWINGS
PWINGS

Jerry Jones: "Tony Romo not ruled out, Jason Garrett’s job safe."

Captain of Titanic:  "We're just stopping to pick up ice!"

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Garrett has that great gift of mediocrity.  40 - 40 or bust. 

Annabel
Annabel

@CobyPreimesbergerDon't be such a media toadie.    It's not Schefter's call to make.  Pure arrogance on media's part to report Romo is out when owner and coach have not ruled him out.  He's out when the cowboys say he's out, not before.

Shooter McGavin 19711
Shooter McGavin 19711

@FredFlintsone Dallas beat Philadelphia in the playoffs in 2009.  While one win in 17 years is pathetic, please do a little research before posting your drivel.


(and for the record, Tony Romo started that game against Philly)


dt
dt

@Shooter McGavin 19711 I get what you're saying.  But lets not pretend that Wade Phillips's time in Dallas was successful either.  Bill Parcells was the most successful coach this past decade and even his era wasn't GREAT.  The common denominator in the Cowboy's success AND failure is Tony Romo.  He's a great stat QB.  He can lead a team in spurts.  But he chokes under pressure and throws the game away.  He's by no means a finisher and the word "Clutch" will never be associated with his name.  The window for Dallas to win is gone now.  With the talent they had for the past 5 or 6 years they should have had maybe 3 appearances in the SB and possibly wins if they had a QB who can FINISH.  Romo plays well enough for supporters to argue for his job, and chokes enough to make his critics call for his head.

rkcla08
rkcla08

@PhillyPenn sure, in his own egotistical mind.  he is the bane of the nfl...along with fans who laud him.

rkcla08
rkcla08

@Matthew W hooray for the media that keeps writing about him and his idiocy.  no, check that, the media is as clueless as he.  he's the worst story in the nfl and writers refuse to slam him for taking down the game to the stupidity level.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@Sportsfan18 I think there is much truth in what you say. Once Jones emasculates a man he likes to keep him around.

PWINGS
PWINGS

@Rickapolis@Sportsfan18   I'd be tempted to agree with you, Rick. However, I think the real reason is much simpler. No one else wants the job. After seeing the way Jerra blew up his relationships with Bill Parcells and Jimmie Johnson, none of the quality or big name coaches like Cowher or Billick wants the job. Cowher is waiting for Coughlin to retire in New York. Nick Saban is too much of a control freak to allow someone else to choose the talent he's supposed to coach and Jon Gruden has already worked for Al Davis so he's not buying in to Jerra's act. So what are JJ's options? Bring Dave Campo back the way Al Davis brought Art Shell back?

Summary: He's screwed! Remember the old saying about "You made your bed, now sleep in it?" Nighty night, Jerra. Don't let the bed bugs bite!