Blog Entry

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

Posted on: December 30, 2011 4:32 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2011 8:18 pm
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.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, Like Us on Facebook, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're add it, add our RSS Feed.

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 10:57 am

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

Bill Parcells was a good choice and he ran him off as well.  Idiots are whom he hires, Wade Phillips?  WTF the team is soft because they have soft coaches.  Romo needs an ass chewing not a hand holder.

Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 10:49 am

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

Jerry Jones Screws the Fans every chance he gets unless your a rich oil dude that don't care..
Hot Dog $7 Hamburger $9 Beer $8 Parking $100 , Tickets $350 a peice , Cowboy Rita $16, Candy Bar $3 , Seat Option $10,000 per seat average.
He said screw you to 3/4 of the real fans at Texas Stadium and now these rich people that don't know football sit on there hands the whole game. The Bloody nose section is where all the real fans are, what a shame Jerry is so greedy..

See a trend? The man is greedy beyond any normal person can imagine.
He is only in it for the buck .. When he let Jimmy Johnson leave, that was the dumbest move in sports history.. JERRY IS ALL ABOUT HIM.. Feel sorry for Garrett , not pressure, lol..

Jerry needs to sit up in his box at Cowboy Stadium and Shut his mouth and let his coaches coach..

He makes it tough to be a Cowboy fan..
PS , they will beat the Giants Sunday..

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 10:27 am

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

   As a sports fan, I hate to see an owner ruin a franchise for as long as Jerry has with the Cowboys. It has got to upset alot of die-hard fans of this team. He has been mis-managing this team ever since he thought he was the answer. I cant understand how he doesn't see the error of his ways, but i do understand why someone on his payroll wont say anything! Something has got to give as this once proud team is about to lose to the Giants and miss the playoffs...again!

   As a Steeler fan, I must say I've enjoyed watching the "boys waddle in the crowded pool of mediocrity, even sometimes finding themselves in the deep-end without their water wings. It has been a pleasure! But, alas, all good things must come to an endand while I dont like Garrett, given the oppertunity, over time, I think he could get it right.

   So, I might only have 2 or 3 more years to enjoy watching the Cowboys shoot each other in the foot, but hey! with Jones as your owner, it could last alot longer.

   Happy New Year EVERYONE!

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:50 am

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

As a Cowboys fan, I never wanted Garrett as HC. When we had Garrett and Sean Payton on our coaching staff, I was more impressed with Sean Payton -we should have kept Payton and let Garrett walk.   I never liked Garrett calling plays when Wade Phillips was the coach.  Plays were too predictable then as they are now.  Wade Phillips was made a scapegoat.  Phillips may not be HC material but the man can coach a defense.  Phillips goes to Houston and turns them into a solid defense.  Dallas's defense?  the same bunch of no hustle, zero tackling ability, no cover skill players.  Outside of Demarcus Ware, Jay Ratcliffe, and Sean Lee,  I do not see anyone hustling or giving full out effort.

I cannot stand how the secondary on Dallas refuses to wrap up on a tackle.  They all just want to try to launch themselves with their shoulder and try to hit someone as hard as they can.  Head down, arms behind them, here they go launching themselves.   I have screamed at the tv as they either completely whiff on the ball carrier or a well placed stiff arm just pushes the Dalllas player out of the way.  Our secondary is just bad or as Charles Barkeley would say " they are turrrible"   Granted without any passh rush outside of Ware, any NFL QB will find an open receiver.  I blame a lot of this on poor drating over the past 6 yrs.  Dallas has hit on some players but have missed on a lot more.     
 (classic example - Steven Jackson available and Dallas takes Julius Jones???? Really Jerry??)     

Jerry went all out to get Namdi (spelled wrongI know) who eventually went to the Eagles.  He could have easily signed other talent like Jonathan Joseph for less money and had a quality defender. I think Jerry locks in on a player and doesn't consider alternatives and that is why Dallas needs a GM     

As for the Giant game, Hey Garrett  lets not run,run pass every time we get the ball.  You know the pass rush is coming, try the screen pass to the rb out in the flat.  Used to be a mainstay when Emmett played, not sure Garrett is aware of a screen pass - too much in love with the delayed handoff.  Defense - use your arms to wrap up an player.  Bradshaw is too good a rb to not wrap up.  Romo, you are not the problem, but how about running the ball 4 or 5 times when the pressure comes.  Obviously slide instead of getting hit, but at least give the Giants something to think about when they blitz.

Next draft - Guys  draft defensive players with the first 3 picks then go offensive lineman.  Any other weaknesses, address in free agency.    &nbs

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 8:45 am

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

how oftenhave we heard a owner say that, andthe guy is gone within aweek.

Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 8:36 am

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

I watch the Cowboys like most of America, as they are always on TV. I'm not a great fan of the team, but they can be interesting at times. And, I do think they have the most fascinating stadium in the history of sports. I do want to go to see a game there one day.
From what I see, it cannot be matched by any other stadium. Jerry is a nutcase and makes the team and sport interesting. I also like the coach, as he is a gentelman, not a Rex Ryan slob making stupid comments each day. 

As for a vote of confidence from any owner, that is usually the kiss of death. 


Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:38 am

where's jimmy?

the cowboys haven't been the same since jerry ran off jimmy johnson.  He's had a bunch of mediocre, yes-men type coaches who can't coach a lick.  but, he makes millions anyway, so he doesn't care much.

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 1:30 am

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

its the defense that's getting beat come on rob wade has houston's defense rolling


Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 12:59 am

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

I could not agree with a statement any more than I do this one.

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 12:56 am

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

JJ is dumb as a brick. He cant even see that he is losing the fan base. Mediocre football isnt tolerated in Texas and definitely not for this long a period. There is a reason they ran an article about ticket sales being the lowest in 3 years. People are tired of hoping JJ will wake up and hire someone who knows about football to run the team. Further, anyone who thinks Garrett isnt responsible for the current situation is delusional. You can blame Romo if you want, but answer this. When you are up by 14 points or more in the late third or early 4th quarter why is your OC (head coach) calling pass plays on first down? Even if you just ran the ball 3 times and punted you burn 2.5 or 3 minutes off the clock and punt and hold onto the field position edge and you dont give up a pick six or give a team the ball on your 20 yard line. STUPID!!!!

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or