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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: May 22, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 5:56 pm

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

Two things has to happen before the Cowboys will win another championship is to do something with the defensive secondary and second is to address the offensive line. Until those things happen, the Cowboys will not be a championship team. Half the problem is Jerry Jones thinks he knows football...he doesn't.

The offense the Cowboys play is made for running and gunning...qnd that's Jason Garrett's style. He's pass happy and in love with his own play calling. That shouldn't be the Cowboys style, but it, Garrett needs a benchcoach, because he doesn't have a clue of what's going on in the game except for his offense.

All the coaches in the NFC East, Eagles, Giants, and Redskins, have all either coached in or won a superbowl. Garrett doesn't have enough could tell in the Giants and Cardinals losses. What fool ices his own kicker, then he mismanaged the clock in both those games as well. He's also mismanaged Tony Romo, throwing when they should be running and running when they should be wonder Romo is confused out there, but he still has a 102 passer rating, fourth in the NFL.

Nothing is really safe with Jerry Jones at the helm...least of all Garrett.

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 5:53 pm

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

Lets layout it all out on the table. Garrett got Wade fired. Plain and simple. You have had to watch the play calling to see that. Now that it is his name above the door, he has gone way to conservative with the offense.  There is no way this team shouldn't be putting up 30 something a game. During the last Giants game, who didn't know on Dallas's last drive that the plays called were going to be run, run pass.  Everyone knew, especially the Giants. This should be one of the most explosive offenses in football. Yes, Romo haters, Romo has made some mistakes but if you take the time to think about it, other than the Jets game, he was put in bad positions because of the play calling.  I'm not a Cowboy fan and not a Romo hater but if Jones is going to keep Garrett and still want to energize the fan base, I think you make an offer to Indi.  Romo, F Jones and Austin for Manning.  Saturday is a free agent, so you go after him as well. Of all the possibilities for Manning, what team fits better than the Cowboys? Think of the marketing for the NFL. Brother v brother twice a year.

Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 5:50 pm

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

I think it's actually kinda nice to see an owner have the coach's back. Too tired of these owners who know little to nothing about the game criticizing the coaches for say a 4th quarter loss. It's not like the owners ever call out a player and say hey why'd you drop that pass or commit that penalty?

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2011 5:31 pm

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

The problem is, Jones wants to own the team and coach it. There i said it! Jerry Jones just needs to stay up in the booth and shut his mouth. I know if i had the BOSS sniffing down my neck the whole game i would be a bit conscientious. I just dont understand! I realizehe owns the team, hell everyone knows that. But, and thats a major but, Jerry is not God or even Elvis! At most a metermaid. Jerry pounces around like he's the Godfather of football. What he don't understand is, he's  just looking like a baboon. I realize Jones wants to be involved  but he has to know is place to.. Sitting up in his luxury box drinking beer.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 5:30 pm

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

So he fires a legend (Tom Landry) but says thought of firing Garrett (not even close to a legend) is ridiculous?

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 5:18 pm

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

A few mistakes in his first year as a head coach is understandable for Garrett.  It's not exactly an easy job.  You have to wonder how much the pressure of coaching the Cowboys has played into it.  If he was a first year coach at St. Louis, I doubt the media would even have noticed, much less made such a big deal about any coaching decisions that supposedly cost his team a win.  And maybe he doesn't even make those questionable decisions if there isn't so much pressure to win immediately, like there is with the Cowboys.  Anyway, Jerry would have to be a moron to fire Garrett after only his first season as a head coach.  And say what you like about Jerry, not very many people think of him as a moron.  Narcissistic, egotistical, but not a moron.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 5:06 pm

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

Big time coaches provide big time results. See J. Johnson and Bill Parcells. Garrett is not a big time coach and never will be. Jones craves too much of the spotlight to share the stage. This team has more talent than an 8-7 team, but the window could close. See San Diego, they need  a major rebuilding project. 1994 was a long time ago Jerry, time to let go.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 4:48 pm

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

What is he supposed to say, he's toast?

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