Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reiterated his support for coach Jason Garrett after another disappointing season.
However, Jones was not that adamant about Garrett’s assistant coaches.
Garrett’s team finished 8-8 after a 24-22 loss against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Dallas could have made its first playoff appearance since the 2009 season, but Kyle Orton’s late interception sealed another unsatisfactory year by the Cowboys.
Despite Dallas’ consistent lack of achievement under Garrett, Jones repeated his support after Sunday’s loss.
“I said that a month ago," Jones told ESPN.com. “I stand by what I said a month ago.”
Jones is seemingly standing by Garrett, a coach who has compiled a 29-27 record taking over for Wade Phillips midway through the 2010 season. Garrett’s teams have finished 8-8 in the past three seasons. Tony Romo’s back injury could be blamed on the Cowboys missing the postseason in 2013, but Garrett’s ineffective use of running back DeMarco Murray was baffling this season.
Garrett’s job might be safe, but Jones was lukewarm when asked about his assistant coaches.
Jones fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan after a subpar effort last season and replaced him with Monte Kiffin, who is 73-years old. Kiffin’s defense was ranked last in the NFL and allowed 24.2 points per game. Dallas also allowed 6,645 yards, third-most in NFL history.
Surprisingly, Jones told ESPN.com "there's more to look at and evaluate with Monte" than statistics, and noted the defense was hindered by injuries.
That being said, Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer believes Kiffin will be fired.
I have always been told Garrett is safe but Kiffin will be gone
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 30, 2013
"I'm not discussing that at all," Jones told ESPN.com when asked about the future of his assistant coaches. "I have spoken a little more appropriate time here about three or four weeks ago. I said at that time that I was with Jason, that I thought that his future and what he's going to be doing with us was good. But this isn't the time and I don't even like the way it feels or looks to speak to anything about our coaches."
For now, it looks as if Garrett’s job is safe.
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