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Monday, December 26, 2011
Jason Garrett: No issue with Jerry on sideline

By Todd Archer


IRVING, Texas -- While the appearance of Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones on the sideline during the first quarter of Saturday’s loss to Philadelphia caused quite a stir, coach Jason Garrett shrugged it off Monday.

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“It’s not a big issue to me at all,” Garrett said. “We are a team. We are a team as players, coaches and personnel people and certainly our general manager and owner. And we communicate. And we feel communication is important. And we just wanted to be on the same page in that situation. So I thought we handled the thing the right way in terms of not risking Tony [Romo] anymore and not risking Felix [Jones]anymore. We had a couple guys on defense who seemed to be doing OK during the game, so we gave them the opportunity to play. Anytime you go out there you want to win the game. But we felt like it was important to manage that situation that we did to get ourselves in the best position that we could be in this week against the Giants.”

With the defense on the field, Jones gave Garrett an update on Romo’s injury as well as the New York Giants’ win, which made the Eagles’ game largely irrelevant to the team’s playoff chances. The Cowboys would have had slim wild-card hopes had they beaten Philadelphia but needed Atlanta to lose its final two games.

Does Jones ever sit back and ponder the idea of moving aside and hiring a GM?

"No, I don't," Jones said during a local radio interview with The Ticket (KTCK-AM 1310). "When I bought the team I said that there's no way I could make the kind of commitment that I'm making to buy the team ... and not have the final say relative to the kinds of things that general managers decide. So, I don't see that at all. What I do see is a better straight line way of making decisions and that has born out over the years. Now we need to win a Super Bowl."

During a two-part, 25-minute interview with host Norm Hitzges, Jones answered several questions about the Cowboys and his future with the franchise, including his thoughts on possibly being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

On if he ever considers backing out of his position with the club:

"I would hope that nature would be the decision that prevails. That's hopefully good health. But I know that I should know more about what we're doing and what I'm doing then I did 22 years ago. I've had a lot of experiences. I've had a lot of things that I thought was going to work that didn't work. But we've got a lot of experiences and hopefully we can make better decisions than we did 10 years ago or five years ago."

On if he can picture himself retiring:

"Well, when you enjoy what you're doing as much as I do then what are you retiring from? I understand and I've done that. I've had that briefcase in my particular case and made calls 17 hours a day. I would probably stop that at some point to do something that I enjoyed more. But as far as running the Cowboys, being involved in the NFL, being involved in sports, I don't know what I would do relative to what you'd be doing that I enjoy more than what I'm doing. So I don't see retiring from that."

On if he'll be inducted into the Hall of Fame some day:

"Oh I don't know about that. What I do know is that I want to try to do everything, whether it be my decision on spending resources or whether it be my energy, I want to do everything to win. And that stadium is about winning. That's what it was about. I know that that stadium can generate revenue and can help us win. I know that stadium creates attention. That stadium was built for television, so that Al Michaels and people would really talk it up when we were playing at the stadium. That ultimately evolves around to more revenue. The healthier you are, no matter if it's a church or it's a city or it's individuals, the healthier you are in that area, the more you can cut and shoot, the more you can use your athletic ability, so to speak. I think that bodes well for the Dallas Cowboys and I think it bodes well for the Cowboys of the future."