Jerry Jones Lets His True Feelings Out About Former Head Coach
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seemed to be trying to turn over a new leaf with Jason Garrett. After firing the only head coach the team had ever had, Tom Landry, after buying the team, he was anything but loyal to his head coaches.
Six head coaches preceded Garett with an average tenure of fewer than four seasons and a long of five (Jimmy Johnson). Jones didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger if he thought it was necessary or if the team started to slip—or failed to improve.
So, when he kept Jason Garrett despite having much success, fans were dumbfounded. It was not like Jones to be so loyal. But he finally hit a breaking point after last season’s disappointing finish and let Garrett go.
At the time, Jones handled letting his longest-tenured head coach go reasonably well. But as time goes by, he was bound to let his true feelings out. During a recent interview on 105.3 The Fan, he did just that:
“I think you’ll see a team out there that is probably harder to get a beat on. I think on both sides of the ball that a McCarthy team will have more ambiguity about it. We won’t be as predictable as possibly we’ve been. We’ve had the horsepower to be predictable, run it right down their throat, but you’ll see a team here that gives you a little more to think about on both sides of the ball, and that’s by design. That’s part of him.”
A common criticism of Garrett during his last few seasons was the predictability of the offense and defense. The Los Angeles Rams claimed to have known the Cowboys defensive calls during their playoff win. Doug Baldwin made the same claim earlier in the season when the Seahawks beat Dallas.
So, if Jones was throwing shade at Garrett— it was warranted. If Mike McCarthy can avoid making the same mistake, the future will be a little brighter for the Dallas Cowboys.