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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
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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Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 12:56 am

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

I think "Hubby's Take" hit the nail right on the head, with the first swing of the hammer-

"The problem is, Jones wants to own the team and coach it. "

That statement, in its own, defines exactly why Jason Garrett will be back as head coach of the Cowboys in 2012.  Jerry Jones does not want someone like Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden, or Jeff Fisher, all of whom would want to come in and run things THEIR way.  In Jason Garrett, Jones has his puppet.

Garrett knows how to co-exist with the egomaniac that is Jerry Jones.  Garrett knows what he must do in order to remain in good graces, whether he likes it or not.  Jones obviously, as the owner/GM, makes ALL personnel decisions, and I'm sure Garrett has a hotline in his ear telling him how to run the game.  Do I fault Garrett for this?  No, I think he is doing what he feels and knows he must to continue as head coach.   Do I think it will lead to success for the Cowboys?  No, because Jones is nothing more than an egomaniac owner trying to squeeze every dollar he can out of things, to the point he will put puppets in place that are a lot cheaper to employ than any of the aforementioned respected coaches.

<raises glass>  Here's to continued Cowboys' mediocrity under Jerry Jones as GM.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 12:00 am

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

chevy98350, you are exactly right!  He doesn't have the humility or wisdom to step back and look at the big picture or the trajectory of the Cowboys and realize he has a problem that isn't getting fixed.  I sometimes wonder if he just figures jersies are selling well and the money still rolls in, so there's not a true problem.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:40 pm

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

It's not Garrett that's costing Dallas games, it's the defense in general and the secondary specifically.

Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:18 pm

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

What Garrett needs to do is coach to win the game instead of not to lose the game.  In other words once you get a lead try to increase it instead of maintaining it.  You want to win by 50 if possible instead of trying to hold on to a 10 point lead.  This game is the playoffs because the loser goes fishing.  They better protect Romo and not let him get knocked around.  The Giants will bring pressure with their front 4 and Dallas's oline better be up for the challenge or kiss their playoff hopes goodbye.  Both secondaries are suspect so points will be scored it just a matter of who has the most.Cool

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 8:53 pm

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

jerry jone is loyal to romo and jarrett. at least, since he is the boss, it wonts cost him his job.  

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 7:40 pm

Jerry Jones: Garrett's job safe 'no matter what'

great.....when is Jerry Jones going to put his ego aside and hire a big time coach?

Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 7:16 pm

Jerry Jones: Garrett's job safe 'no matter what'

hmmmm! a vote of confidence eh? smells like you better not get blown out by the gmen this weekend or your ass will be gone! a 7 or 10 point loss ok, but with that secondary eli could light you up big and you and bum jr could be working together again...

how can anyone forget the play calling that cost the cowboys 3 collapse losses - not running the ball up 21 to the lions? come really now? i hope they keep him and that is one less threat in the |NFC   

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 6:43 pm

Jerry Jones: Garrett's job safe 'no matter what'

If any of the other 31 teams had only 1 play-off win in 15 years, they`d have gone through 2-3 GMs by now. If Jones was just playing owner, he`d have gone through 2-3 GMs as well. He`s got such a giant ego, that he can`t even admit he doesn`t know how to do that job.

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2011 6:17 pm

Jerry Jones: Garrett's job safe 'no matter what'

I have to say, a lot happens behind closed doors. And, to comment on penalties, the coaches do get on the players when they screw up. The cameras are just a little too late to the scene. And, sometimes they don't get the situations under control before the camera focuses on them.  Just ask Brady and his Coordinator. Very ugly..

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 6:08 pm

I'm not a cowpatties fan, but...

firing the guy after only one season would be foolish.  Give the guy a chance, let him establish some continuity.

The cowgirls need a better QB, and once Dwayne Harris gets a rhythm on returns he'll be a real threat there.


Tongue out      

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