Jerry Jones praises Cowboys’ ‘really outstanding coaching staff’
Jerry Jones on Tuesday said he’s “proud” of the Dallas Cowboys’ “really outstanding coaching staff” despite the team being mired in a two-game losing streak.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and the coaching staff have come under fire in the wake of the struggles of the past two weeks, specifically concerning the perceived inability to make adjustments. Much of the need for said adjustments stems in some respects to Ezekiel Elliott accepting and beginning his six-game suspension.
Jones, however, articulated a belief in the coaching staff’s ability to make said adjustments, despite evidence arguably indicating otherwise, as the Cowboys have been outscored 47-0 in the second-half of ugly and demoralizing losses to the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.
“I’ve seen these coaches to a man make some outstanding adjustments in their time with the Cowboys, so I know that they adjust,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “They might not adjust at the right time in a series, they might not adjust at the right time in a ballgame, and obviously they can lose ballgames.
“But this is a really outstanding coaching staff. I’m really proud to have them.”
The Cowboys (5-5) face a critical game on Thanksgiving against the Los Angeles Chargers (4-6) if the team hopes to keep pace in the NFC Wild Card chase.
It merits noting that the Cowboys’ two-game slide has been somewhat overshadowed by Jones’ ongoing battle with the NFL and his fellow owners over Roger Goodell’s contract extension. Jones has made it abundantly clear there is no interest on his behalf of backing off his stance, even though his efforts have been rebuffed at every turn.
The case can be made that Jones’ war with the NFL has proved to be a major distraction for the Cowboys, much as Elliott’s protracted legal battle over his suspension provided additional drama this season. How much those two controversies has impacted the team’s play cannot be quantified, but it’s reasonable to assume some Cowboys players have grown weary of navigating these off-the-field issues.