Jerry Jones refutes report of imminent Jason Garrett extension
There have been no concrete hints that Jerry Jones is considering firing Jason Garrett. But apparently that does not mean the Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager is inclined to give his longtime head coach a contract extension anytime soon.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Jeff Sullivan, who writes for the Cowboys’ official site, tweeted Monday that an extension for Garrett could be in the offing and that the seemingly embattled coach is “not going anywhere.”
During an appearance Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], Jones took issue with Sullivan’s observation.
“I don’t know where Jeff is getting his information,” Jones said. “He’s pulling one out of the air there as far as any knowledge. My response should not in any way indicate that I’m thinking about it or whether it’s going to be there, it’s just not something that I would have visited with anybody about, least of all Jeff.
“I happen to know that I’ve never spoken to another soul about that as far as that is concerned.”
Garrett’s name almost always can be found on “Coaches on the Hot Seat” lists, but somehow he has managed to keep his job despite several disappointing seasons under his watch.
Most recently, Garrett, who is under contract through 2019, drew Jones’ ire over a questionable decision to punt on 4th-and-1 in overtime during a loss to the Houston Texans in Week 5. Jones, however, later backed Garrett on the call.
The Cowboys did get things back on track to some extent, even up their season at 3-3 with Sunday’s 40-7 thrashing of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Amid the disparate speculation regarding whether Garrett is on the hot season or in line for an extension comes an interesting nugget: 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.
In other words, perhaps no one really knows where Garrett stands in the eyes of his boss, including Jones himself.