Friday, December 30, 2011
Ask all you want, Jason Garrett's job is safe
By Tim MacMahon
IRVING, Texas – The speculation still swirls, so the questions continue to come at Jerry Jones, no matter how clear he has been about his commitment to Jason Garrett as the Cowboys’ head coach.
“That’s just ridiculous,” Jones said Friday on KRLD-FM, referring to the suspicion that Garrett’s job is on the line Sunday night. “As I’ve said earlier – and I think it expressed it very well – we’re just getting started with Jason.”
Garrett’s job is not in jeopardy. It hasn’t been at any point this season. It will not be even if the Cowboys get blown out by the Giants with the NFC East title at stake.
“We’ll answer this thing as many ways as you want to answer it with as many circumstances,” Jones said. “His job has no bearing and is not a part of this ballgame. Yes, he’s going to be our coach next year, period, no matter what the score is.”
There are many reasons to take Jones at his word. Start with the fact that the Cowboys have made major progress since Garrett took over a 1-7 team last season. Consider that Jones has never fired a coach so early in his tenure and puts canning Chan Gailey after two seasons near the top of the list of his biggest regrets.
If you need further evidence, just look at the last time the Cowboys played a win-or-get-in game on the road. Jones guaranteed in no uncertain terms that Wade Phillips would return as head coach the next season. He stuck to his guns even after the 44-6 Philly flop.
It can’t get any worse than that for the Cowboys. And Jones believes his team will only get better under Garrett.