Jerry Jones: Jason Garrett not ‘on shaky ground’
Jerry Jones insists that there’s much ado about nothing as it pertains to outside speculation concerning Jason Garrett’s status. The Dallas Cowboys owner’s comments come despite the surprising lack of any formal announcements related to pending changes to the head coach’s staff.
The Cowboys are expected to promote current quarterbacks coach Kellen Moore to the offensive coordinator job left vacant when the team fired Scott Linehan. Jon Kitna is also expected to replace Moore as QBs coach.
Still, the fact that the Cowboys have not officially announced the coaching changes has caused some to believe that Garrett’s hold on the head coaching job may be tenuous.
That is most certainly not the case, Jones insists.
“Within the staff we’ve made several commitments. But the reason that it’s not being talked about is not that Jason is on shaky ground,” Jones said during an appearance on Dallas’ 105.3 The Fan, as transcribed by ESPN. “… It’s just that we’re putting together ideas and didn’t want to necessarily make that a featured topic around the Super Bowl. … Everything is as it should be.”
Jones added he expects Garrett will be “making an announcement here real quickly” about the changes to the coaching staff.
Absent a contract extension, Garrett will be serving as a lame-duck coach in 2019 by virtue of having only one year left on his contract. Following the Cowboys’ wild-card round victory over the Seahawks, Jones appeared to indicate an extension for Garrett was imminent.
Such talk quickly cooled, however, after the Cowboys were eliminated from the postseason with a loss to the Super Bowl-bound Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round. That said, Jones nevertheless praised Garrett on Thursday.
“We’ve got a coach that basically now has a lot of experience,” Jones said, via the New York Post. “We want to benefit from it. He is a great safety net for everything that we’re going to do with a young staff like we’ve got. I think we’re in an ideal position.”