Troy Aikman takes shot at Jerry Jones amid Jason Garrett mess
The Dallas Cowboys organization yet again finds itself plagued by distractions due to Jerry Jones’ penchant for generating headlines with his off-the-cuff remarks and outsized personality.
In the wake of Jones’ latest cryptic comments about perpetually embattled head coach Jason Garrett, former franchise icon Troy Aikman has come to Garrett’s defense. Aikman also noted that Jones bears some responsibility for the Cowboys’ lack of postseason success over the past two-plus decades.
“There is a lot to this job,” Aikman said of Garrett’s situation this week, as transcribed by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “There is a lot he has to overcome. It’s not run traditionally the way most organizations are and that is to the detriment of the Cowboys.
“You can’t look at three playoff wins over the last 25 years and surmise that all the problems over that time have to do with coaching. I think you have to look at the top and say how are we doing it from the top. I think businesses do that. I think anyone worth their salt evaluate it from the top down.”
Garrett perceptively has been on the hot seat in Big D for years now, with Jones seemingly vacillating between supporting Garrett publicly or throwing him under the bus.
With the Cowboys sitting at 6-6 having lost three of their past four games and mired in a two-game losing streak, it has been difficult to predict in recent weeks what stance Jones will take when it comes to his embattled head coach.
Just last week, Jones appeared to show some semblance of support for Garrett, which followed the Cowboys owner going scorched earth on the entire coaching staff following a 13-9 loss to the New England Patriots on Nov. 24.
Then this week in the wake of an ugly loss to the Bills on Thanksgiving, Jones offered up a rather vague assessment of Garrett’s murky future in Dallas.
Jones of course has never shied away from the spotlight throughout his tenure as Cowboys owner. In fact, he appears to relish it, and his handling of the Garrett situation is simply business as usual for Jones.