Tag:Jerry Jones
Posted on: November 12, 2010 3:13 pm

Jerry Jones solicited by SB-winning coaches?

Posted by Will Brinson

It's pretty well established that when Jerry Jones hires a new coach for the Cowboys -- provided he doesn't go with the best-case nuclear option where he coaches the team himself -- it will be someone famous within the coaching world.

Or at least someone successful anyway, and Jones stated on KRLD-FM that he'd heard from "Super Bowl-winning coaches" who were interested in the gig.

"I will say that before I made the decision with Wade Phillips, I had Super Bowl-winning coaches solicit this job," Jones said, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.

This seems pretty logical since it's a good job to get, but boy, does Jason Garrett get any reprieve from additional pressure this year? (Rhetorical A: Probably not.)

Better question: What coaches could have called Jerry? The short list probably involves Mike Holmgren, Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden, Tony Dungy and Brian Billick (AKA "The Usual Suspects"). We can scratch at least one of those guys off the list, as Dungy told Dan Patrick on Friday that he wasn't interested.

"I kind of expect to be contacted by ever"body who has an opening now, just to see if you’re interested," Dungy told Patrick, via Pro Football Talk. “And I guess I probably would do the same thing if I was in that situation. I’m not interested. But you never know what’s gonna happen or who’s gonna call."

Sure, those two statements ("I'm not interested" and "you never know what's gonna happen") are totally contradictory, but whatever, it seems safe to say that Dungy and Jerry might not be the greatest fit on the planet.

Dungy did say that Jerry should hire someone who's "like" him, although he didn't provide any specific names to Patrick before pointing out that Jones would probably need someone "high profile" like Cowher, Gruden or Holmgren.

And that's probably the truth, although "high profile" when you're talking about an NFL head coach doesn't have to mean "flashy" or anything of that nature.

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 1:48 pm

Hot Routes 11.12.10: Balance for the Jets rushing

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • LaDainian Tomlinson's been the story of the Jets rushing attack so far this season (yes, his dominance outweighs how terrible Shonn Greene has been). But the tides could be turning -- Rex Ryan wants to see a "more balanced" split in carries (anticipating about 50 carries a game) between Greene and Tomlinson going forward. RB coach Anthony Lynn points out that Greene -- whose YPC is up near 4.8 in recent games, while Tomlinson's is under 4.0 -- is "built for November, December, January." It makes sense, particularly if the Jets can get some separation in working towards a playoff spot, because there's no reason in wasting LdT during meaningless games of the regular season.
  • How safe is Mike Singletary's job in San Francisco? Tim Kawakami's already putting together a list of potential replacements.
  • Dom Capers, who's killing it with a depleted Green Bay defense this season, isn't inclined to talk about head coaching jobs right now.
  • Joe Flacco believes the Ravens left "a little bit too much time on the clock" for the Falcons Thursday night. This is technically correct, but, and I really hate to agree with Joe Thiesmann here, if you can get six when the Ravens got six, you take the points.
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:35 am

Jimmy Johnson: Jerry Jones 'will never change'

Posted by Will Brinson

The lack of success from the Dallas Cowboys has been, for the most part, pinned on Wade Phillips. After all, they (we think) have a ton of talent and yet they (we know) have very few wins.

But it's completely understandable to put some of the onus for failure on Jerry Jones, as he's the Owner/President/GM. And that's just what former Dallas Cowboys coach (and recent Survivor contestant!) Jimmy Johnson did recently.

"Jerry will never change," Johnson told Sam Farmar of the Los Angeles Times. "Jerry wants to be right in the middle of it. That's why he paid all that money to buy them."

Johnson also added that Stephen Jones, Jerry's son and the Cowboys' COO is "such a huge part of the process too."

"So that's family," Johnson said. "And when it comes to family, there's no stronger bond. Jerry's not going to change because his family's so involved."

There are plenty of folks out there who believe that the Cowboys won't win, regardless of who's coaching the team, until Jerry cedes some of his control over personnel to someone with a better knowledge of how to assemble a team.

And that makes sense given the unwillingness of Jones to can Wade Phillips sooner, despite Wade's obvious inability to control his troops (sloppy play and mental errors have been a trademark of Phillips' regime). But before everyone starts petitioning for Jones' resignation (which ain't coming), it's worth at least giving the Cowboys' talent a shot at how it'll do under a coach who understands discipline, like John Fox, Bill Cowher.

And yeah, Jason Garrett nearly made that list, as he could definitely end up coaching the Cowboys in 2011 -- but he was running the O in Big D when, as Johnson (and everyone else on the planet who watched the Cowboys play the last three weeks) put it, "they quit."

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Posted on: November 8, 2010 5:44 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 6:04 pm

Jones willing to give Garrett long-term chance

Posted by Will Brinson

Jerry Jones took the podium for his press conference at 5:00 PM EST and didn't waste any time -- he confirmed the news that Wade Phillips was fired and that Jason Garrett had been named his replacement (with the title of "Interim Head Coach"). He also confirmed that Paul Pasqualoni

But Jones also pointed out that Garrett isn't the only one up for evaluation -- the players will be evaluated as well.

"I recently addressed the team and my comments to them were very brief and pointed," Jones said. "I told them they should not think that this is in any way an admission of defeat. We have eight games remaining and we will go into each game with only goal -- to win. I told them the evaluation process will begin with finding guys who play the hardest -- I told them we were looking for players who want to win the most."

Jones also stressed a need to "change the culture" of the Cowboys, and argued that Garrett is a perfect candidate to do so, perhaps even in a long-term situation.

"Jason certainly has been a part of long-term thinking for the Dallas Cowboys and for me," Jones said. "But what we're addressing on an interim basis is how to maximize how we're playing right now, this week at practice and with the Giants. And I do believe Jason has the temperament, the disposition to affect a culture change. I think this is important. We know all mens' style is different -- his style is one I think can be real effective."

Whether Garrett can actually change the laissez-faire style of discipline that the Cowboys are accustomed to remains to be seen, especially considering multiple reports circulating that he's not exactly popular with the team (Albert Breer of the NFL Network points out the majority of players 'don't like him at all.')

But if he can, there's a job waiting for him at the end of the rainbow; Jones made it abundantly clear that the remainder of the 2010 season is an interview for Garrett, and two things would determine whether or not his offensive savant stuck around in Big D: winning and effort.

"He does have the opportunity to get the job long term," Jones said. "That opportunity would be obvious if you step back and look at it, and if we do outstanding as a team and have very visible and tangible success, then certainly that's doing your job in a, if you will, crisis situation. And that kind of action goes beyond a resume, especially when you're in the foxhole with them."

That might not make a lot of Cowboys fans happy, as they're not particularly fond of Garrett's inability to energize the offense (and as Andy and I discussed earlier, opening up that can of worms could lead to missing some better coaching candidates).

But that doesn't matter -- Jones can talk about his "accountability" to the fans all he wants, but in the end, the decision is his, as owner, president and general manager, to make. And if he wants Jason Garrett to coach, Jason Garrett will coach.

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Posted on: November 8, 2010 2:25 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 2:42 pm

Phillips fired; analysis on Garrett taking over

Posted by Andy Benoit

The inevitable has happened: Wade Phillips has been fired. According to CBSDFW.com, Phillips is out. The interim J. Garrett (US Presswire)head coach? Jason Garrett.

After the Cowboys’ no-show at Green Bay Sunday night, most people figured Phillips was done. Thus, the big story here is that Jerry Jones has chosen to hand over the head coaching duties to Garrett.

Jones made Garrett one of the highest-paid assistants in the NFL three years ago because, otherwise, the offensive guru would have taken the Atlanta or Baltimore head coaching jobs. But since then, Garrett’s star has dimmed, especially this season. The Cowboys have one of the most simplistic offensive systems in the NFL. They have not been able to establish an identity, particularly in the run game. And, many of the offensive stars have mastered the art of the mental mistake (false starts, failed blitz pickups, etc.)

Jones is likely using the final eight games this season to determine whether Garrett can be the long-term head coach of this club.

By turning to Garrett, Jones is not only minimizing the immediate upheaval that a midseason coaching shakeup causes, he’s also hedging his bets in case the league’s labor strife leads to a lockout. If there is a lockout, teams won’t be able to practice during the offseason, which makes it extremely difficult to bring in a new coaching staff.

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Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:36 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 12:54 pm

Phillips on site at Valley Ranch Monday

Posted by Will Brinson

The logical presumption following the Cowboys 45-7 thumping against the Packers on Sunday night is "adios, Wade Phillips." This notion was only strengthened when the Cowboys had a morning coaches meeting, called a press conference for Monday afternoon and it appeared that Phillips was absent from the Cowboys facility at Valley Ranch.

However, Cowboys Rapid Reporter Nick Eatman reports that all is not as bad as it might seem in Big D. Or, at least, that Phillips has been present. 

"Despite reports suggesting otherwise, coach Wade Phillips has been to the team’s facility at Valley Ranch on Monday morning, following the team’s 45-7 loss to the Packers," Eatman writes. "As usual on night games, Phillips flew back with owner Jerry Jones Sunday following the game."

Eatman added a few minutes later that it's "business as usual" at Valley Ranch, and that Phillips has been "hard at work" on-site all morning.

Eatman's news presents an alternate ending to the "Jerry HAS to fire Wade midseason" storyline that's promulgated every sports news outlet Monday -- what if Jerry says that Wade will finish out the season as head coach and then step down?

Sure, that puts him in lame duck status, but wasn't he there anyway? The only difference here is that everyone would actually KNOW he was done at the end of the year, rather than speculating about it. Phillips would have one more shot at inspiring the troops (giving him a chance to audition for a job elsewhere) and Jones would avoid any awkward interim labels.

Or, if I can steal a joke from Andy, maybe Jerry should just coach the team himself. That's a win-win for everyone involved, especially the media.

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Posted on: November 8, 2010 11:31 am
Edited on: November 8, 2010 12:32 pm

All indications are Phillips will be fired today

Posted by Andy Benoit

12:31 ET UPDATE: Our Cowboys RapidReporter , Nick Eatman, says that Wade Phillips has been seen at Valley Ranch, contrary to earlier reports. As usual after night games, Phillips flew back with owner Jerry Jones Sunday following the game. 

By all indications, the ax has already fallen on beleaguered Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips. ESPN reports that Phillips’ leased SUV was not in the Cowboys’ Valley Ranch parking lot as of 9:00 a.m. CT, and Phillips has not been seen around the facility.

Normally, Jerry Jones meets with the Cowboys coaching staff on Monday mornings to watch game film.

In an even more ominous sign, the Cowboys have called a 4:00 p.m. CT press conference. Phillips has not confirmed with the media whether he has discussed his job status with Jones.

After Sunday night’s embarrassment at Green Bay, Jones said, “There are a lot of people here who are certainly going to suffer and suffer consequences. I'm talking about within the team, players, coaches, who have got careers. This is certainly a setback. I know first hand what it is to have high expectations."

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Posted on: November 8, 2010 9:21 am
Edited on: November 8, 2010 1:02 pm

Jerry Jones to meet with coaching staff Monday

Posted by Andy Benoit

UPDATE 10:28 a.m. ET: The Cowboys have called a press conference for 4:00 p.m. CT today. (Cue up Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony – da da da doom)

UPDATE 11:25 a.m. ET: According to ESPN, as of 9:00 a.m. CT, Wade Phillips was not at the Cowboys’ Valley Ranch facility. Normally, the Cowboys coaches and Jerry Jones meet on Monday mornings to watch game film.

Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that Jerry Jones will meet with the Cowboys coaching staff Monday afternoon. No need to add any analysis…everyone’s imagination is doing the work right now.

After Sunday night’s embarrassing loss at Green Bay, Jones had this to say:

"There are a lot of people here who are certainly going to suffer and suffer consequences. I'm talking about within the team -- players, coaches who have got careers. This is certainly a setback. I know firsthand what it is to have high expectations. I think unquestionably that our expectations were thinking we're something we were not, possibly looking at what might be relative to a Super Bowl. All of those things have certainly contributed early.

"But we have so many things that we need to correct and address, as this game so vividly exposed and previous games have. I've got a lot of work to do, got a lot of decisions to make. And it's not just one, two, three or four. There are several decisions. I think everybody in this country would agree that there's a lot wrong with this team that we've got to address, and I'm certainly the one to address it."

If the Cowboys fire Wade Phillips at this point, they'd be in a bit of a bind given the timing and current state of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. But, of course, being 1-7 carries a natural bind anyway.

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