Jerry Jones defends Jason Garrett’s decision to punt on 4th-and-1 in OT
Rumors this week suggested that Jason Garrett’s controversial decision to punt on 4th-and-1 in overtime during Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans put the beleaguered Dallas Cowboys head coach squarely in Jerry Jones’ doghouse. The Cowboys owner attempted to refute such chatter by defending Garrett’s decision on Tuesday.
“I don’t want to second guess that call,” Jones said during his regular weekly appearance on KRLD-FM [105.3 The Fan], as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “There really are good arguments on both sides of the ball about what to do or not to do there. We know how it works. If it pans out for you, then you get a lot of pats on the back and if it doesn’t that’s what you’re paid to do, make those hard calls.”
Jones’ comments Tuesday seemingly are a reversal of what he intimated immediately after the game. The outspoken Cowboys owner appeared to directly criticize Garrett by insinuating the team has been getting outplayed and mentioned such situations as the 4th-and-1 in overtime merit taking risks.
Jones did reveal that he and Garrett talked about the decision on Monday, but such discussions are typical.
“You can give some reasons for kicking there,” Jones said of Garrett’s call.
It’s rarely an easy task to divulge exactly what Jones is thinking at any time, even when he makes definitive comments on a specific situation as he did Tuesday when defending Garrett. Further, a new book about the Cowboys alleges Jones is “averse to starting over with a new coach” and is comfortable with Garrett despite the team’s ongoing struggles.
Whether or not Garrett is on the hot seat, though, may be another story given Jones’ occasional propensity for impulsive decision-making. A 2-3 Cowboys team again is apparent disarray certainly is not helping Garrett’s cause.