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Jones: Romo 'full strength,' Garrett's job secure

Posted on: December 30, 2011 4:32 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2011 8:18 pm
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Jerry Jones says Jason Garrett's not going anywhere. (Getty Images)
By Eye on Football staff

Much has been made about the possibility that Jerry Jones could bail on first-year Cowboys coach Jason Garrett if Dallas misses the playoffs, primarily because of the notable and numerous fourth-quarter collapses the Cowboys suffered this year.

However, our own Mike Freeman wrote Friday that there's a "zero percent" chance Garrett's fired, and he's not alone: Jones called the notion that he'd fire Garrett "ridiculous" regardless of the outcome of Sunday's NFC East championship game.

And since Jones is looking into his crystal ball, he's also ready to tell Cowboys fans this: not only will Tony Romo play Sunday, but he'll be 100 percent when he takes the field.

"He's going to be playing at full strength," Jones said on KRLD-FM Friday morning (via ESPN Dallas). "It's just a very big-time feel-good to know that we're going to be going in with this kind of quarterbacking. He's had an outstanding year. He's a top, top quarterback and he's got a good team around him. In my belief, a very good team around him, so the stage is set for us to play well in a big game."

Though Romo, who's listed as probable on this week's injury report, wore a wrap on his injured hand during practice Friday, ESPN Dallas reports that he likel won't wear any protection on his throwing hand Sunday, because the swelling has decreased.

"Romo is where we had dreamed that he would be and hoped he would be relative to after his injury last week," Jones said. "So I feel good there. It should be even better by Sunday night and he's getting good work in."

He feels the same way about his head coach. As in, Garrett is getting in good work and that he's not going anywhere.

"That's just ridiculous. We're just getting started with Jason," Jerry Jones said on 105.3 FM, per Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. "It's just not the case at all. Nobody is worried about the coach's job here. We'll answer this thing as many ways as you want to answer it with as many circumstances, 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."


This isn't the first time Jones has gotten Garrett's back; two weeks ago, Jones said Garrett wasn't on the hot seat.

But Jerry's also said that not making the playoffs would be a "real serious career disappointment" given the way Romo's played in 2011. And Jerry also pulled a much-criticized move when he rolled down to the sidelines against Philly on Christmas Eve to inform Garrett that the game underway had been rendered meaningless.

(For my money, if you own an NFL team and preside as GM and the guy you're paying a lot of money to play quarterback gets hurt and the outcome of the game is rendered irrelevant, you can communicate with your coach in any manner you want. Call, write, send a carrier pigeon, record a message on the Cowboys Stadium Jumbotron. Whatever. It's your cash.)

Some folks believe Jones would consider taking a different route if Jeff Fisher is readily available and willing to come to Dallas, but does that really accomplish what Jerry wants (read: stability and success) in 2012? Because it might not.

Garrett's made some serious gaffes this year, as I've noted, but he's also coached great games at times, and he's arguably just a few fourth-quarter miscues from having the Cowboys well over 10 wins.

If Jones believes he's the long-term answer as a head coach -- and he clearly does -- then he can't bail on Garrett after just one year. Which is precisely why he won't.


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Comments

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 12:11 pm
 

Jones: Romo 'full strength,' Garrett's job secure

Hey Egals fan, I can't fiind the Egals on the NFC playoff board as shown by ESPN and Fox. Please explain why.



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2012 11:18 am
 

Jones: Romo 'full strength,' Garrett's job secure

Romo------He's a toker, he's a joker, he's a cowwwwwboy choker.......



Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:03 am
 

Jones: Romo 'full strength,' Garrett's job secure

Didn't Jones say the same thing about Phillips before canning him?



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 2:16 am
 

Jones: Romo 'full strength,' Garrett's job secure

Jerry is Stupid, why would you tell all that Romo is at Full Strength a day before the game? Most would Report that Romo will play at GameTime. He really put his HeadCoach and Romo in a very High Pressure situation. This should be a good Game but could turn into a Rout if the Giants can put pressure on Romo. Jerry has put Romo Career and Future on the line by make this statement about his QB.   If the Cowboys Win Romo will be a Hero and lose part of that Can't Win Big Games Stigma on his Resume but if they Lose, Romo may lose his job and Owner, Team Mates, and Fans Good Grace as well. This is a Huge Game for Romo.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 11:33 pm
 

Jones: Romo 'full strength,' Garrett's job secure

Everone, EVRYONE, is picking against Dallas. Its' gonna be sweet.



Since: Dec 31, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Jones: Romo 'full strength,' Garrett's job secure

Of course Garrett isn't going anywhere, he takes no attention from Jones, and can be used for blame when needed, which is inevitable with Jones. Fairly evident that attention trumps winning - afterall evidence evident these past 15 years.



Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Jones: Romo 'full strength,' Garrett's job secure

I hope the G-Men and that pass rush harrass that choke artist Romo all night long!



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 2:42 pm
 

Jones: Romo 'full strength,' Garrett's job secure

GO ROMO AND COWBOYS



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 11:32 am
 

Jones: Romo 'full strength,' Garrett's job secure

you nailed it!
6 rings... you haven't got a clue!

Yes prices are high but the biggest reason why prices are high is first driven by mine and your demand for the best players we can buy... not matter the cost. Second Jerry IS a business man and as such he bought the opportunity (and the right!!) to make a profit when he used his own money to buy the Dallas Cowboys. The pu**y "Occupy Wall Street" mentality doesn't apply to Professional Sports and if you don;t like it then why don;t you throw up a tent somewhere in your backyard and live in it on Sundays.

it_usc ahs it 100% right: Tony Romo isn't the problem with this team... it's our God Awful Defense led by the Worst Cornerback in the NFL Terrence Newman!!

Everyone wants to heap the blame the Jet loss on Romo with the two picks:
Yes those were horrible... but so was the stupid a** blocked Field Goal when no one blocked the guy running right up the middle of our line! Are you frickin kiddin' me! That was arguably the worst effort in that game.

As for the Detroit game... that too wasn't Romo's idiotic blunder as that loss lies solely at the feet of Jason Garrett. In the words of Chris Carter.... Come on Man... COME ON MAN!!! We have a First Down... a 6 point lead... with 4 minutes to play... and Jason Garrett calls a Pass Play? Really? I'm willing to bet a huge amount of money every 6th Grader in America knows to RUN THE DAMN BALL in that situation. Every 6th grader... but not Jason Garrett... the Princeton Graduate Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys!! 1 Fisrt Down wins that game. 

I'm not about to give up. on tonights game .. but I don;t expect to beat the Giants in New York. Not wihis team lacking anything resembling a Defense and... in more situations than not... a Head Coach that makes good decisions down the strecth in tight games. 

I'll have my DeMarcus Ware jersey on (by the way hwre he's been for the last month!!) and rooting the Cowboys on... GO COWBOYS!!!      



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 11:15 am
 

Jones: Romo 'full strength,' Garrett's job secure

6rings - no way they beat the gmen, they are beat up and if that wasnt their only problem, the team is in disarray with a bunch of players who care as much as JJ - team is in ddep trouble and after an ass whooping Garrett will be in trouble too! hope they tie and screw each other .. oh that wont help all i know is my Lions are licking their lips right now!


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