Jason Garrett: Jerry Jones’ loyalty ‘makes you want to run through the wall for him’
Jerry Jones has now on repeated occasions indicated Jason Garrett will indeed return as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys for the 2017 NFL season. And Garrett couldn’t be more grateful.
Despite some rumblings that the Cowboys owner may be inclined to make a head coaching change, Jones has remained remarkably loyal to Garrett. And Garrett says that kind of loyalty more than demands reciprocity.
“It means a great deal,” Garrett said of Jones’ loyalty, via SportsDay. “It means a great deal. He’s been an outstanding owner and certainly a huge figure in this league for a long time. He loves football. He loves the NFL. He certainly loves the Cowboys. Anybody who has had the good fortune to play for him or coach for him, they feel that. He has been a loyal guy to a lot of people in this organization for a long time. It certainly makes you want to run through the wall for him.”
Garrett, then the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator, was named interim head coach by Jones during the 2010 season after Wade Phillips was fired following a 1-7 start. Garrett led the team to a decent rebound by posting a 5-3 record. Since then, the Cowboys have mostly underwhelmed, posting three straight 8-8 records in 2011-13. The Cowboys then went 12-4 before losing in the divisional playoffs to the Green Bay Packers following the 2014 season.
A 4-12 season followed in 2015, which preceded rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott leading the team to an NFC-best 13-3 record in 2016, one that again ended with a loss to the Packers in the postseason. The Cowboys then of course disappointed with a 9-7 mark this past season.
Garrett was asked if he was rewarded Jones for his loyalty.
“Each and every day I wake up trying to be the best coach I can be for this football team, making decisions and working the right way,” Garrett said. “I will just continue to do that.”
And Garrett can thank Jones for the opportunity to do so. Whether it pays off or not for the Cowboys remains to be seen.