Jason Garrett reacts to Jerry Jones guaranteeing his return in 2018
Jason Garrett on Wednesday weighed in on Jerry Jones all but assuring he’d be back as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys next season.
“It’s not something I really think about very much,” Garrett said Wednesday before practice, via The Dallas Morning News. “I get focused on what I need to do to do my job as well as I can do it. That’s what my intention is, my focus is every day.”
“I know a lot about our coaching staff,” Jones said Tuesday. “I certainly know a lot about Jason Garrett. Because of that, I can very quickly and candidly say his job is not an issue here at all.
“… Let’s just say that it’s not in the best interest of the Cowboys to be considering a coaching change.”
The Cowboys have obviously endured an extremely disappointing season. Following a 13-3 campaign last season, the Cowboys (8-7) simply are playing out the string when the team closed out 2017 Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game absence due to suspension obviously did not help matters. There were nevertheless rumblings that it was at least possible Garrett would not be back next season.
Jones seemingly refuted any such notion with his comments this week. Jones, however, conceivably could change his mind at any point. It has been a tumultuous season for the Cowboys, both on and off the field.
Although the case can be made it was Jones, not Garrett, who was responsible for much of the turmoil in light of his heavy-handed meddling in Roger Goodell’s contract extension. Perhaps Jones feels Garrett deserves another shot given many of the reasons behind the Cowboys’ struggles were somewhat beyond the coach’s control.