Jerry Jones says Cowboys players have ‘too much invested to quit’
Jerry Jones doesn’t believe Dallas Cowboys players have quit on the team in the midst of a crippling three-game losing streak, saying they have “too much invested” to do so.
The Cowboys have been outscored 92-22 in those three losses, which occurred amid the absence of Ezekiel Elliott, who is currently serving a six-game suspension following a protracted legal process.
Jones, despite some evidence arguably indicating otherwise, insists there is no quit in the team.
“That’s just not the way it is,” Jones said Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “If you think about it, each player is segmented really to his responsibilities, position and his world is a lot narrower in reality. Doing his job is a lot narrower than a bigger picture. That’s why the coach says, ‘Game by game. Concentrate. Don’t look ahead at two games. Look at one game.’
“My point is, the players are focused on getting their job done. They’re focused on preparation. … You got too much invested to quit.”
Rumors have started to swirl that Jason Garrett’s job security could be at risk in light of the brutal three-game stretch. Jones, however, expressed total faith in the beleaguered head coach.
“I without question have seen Jason evolve. … He is very capable. He really is aware. No one understands any better where we need to improve than Jason does.” Jones said, while pointing out Garrett was named 2016 NFL Coach of the Year. “I just want to remind everybody.”
The Cowboys were expected to struggle somewhat in Elliott’s absence, but arguably not to such an extent. If the Cowboys (5-6) expect to remain in the hunt for a spot in the postseason — a daunting task, to say the least, at this point — the team will have to turn it around quickly, beginning with Thursday night’s showdown with the Washington Redskins.