The Dallas Cowboys lost at home Monday to a mediocre Tennessee Titans team.
It wasn’t even close.
The 28-14 loss dropped the Cowboys to 3-5, two games back of the Washington Redskins in the NFC East.
Jerry Jones: No in-season coaching changes
Despite the disappointment, owner Jerry Jones insisted after the game that there were no changes in store for the Cowboys coaching staff.
NFL Network’s Jane Slater reports that Jones told her that neither head coach Jason Garrett nor offensive coordinator Scott Linehan should anticipate losing their jobs during the season.
“Each player, front office person coach — and me — is going to have to do better,” Jones told Slater.
Massive disappointment in Dallas
Jones’ insistence that no moves are imminent is likely of little comfort to Garrett.
This is not what Jones had in mind when the Cowboys traded a first-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for wide receiver Amari Cooper.
This is not what Jones had in mind when the team decided in 2016 to punt on an injured Tony Romo and hand the reins to then-rookie quarterback Dak Prescott.
The Cowboys went 13-3 that year powered by Prescott and fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott before losing at home in the playoffs to the Green Bay Packers.
The playoff loss stung, but the season gave hope for Jones that he had the core for a contender in a quest for the first Super Bowl in Dallas since the team Jimmy Johnson built.
Cowboys offense not producing
That hope is long gone. Prescott has regressed, and the offense that hummed in 2016 is a clunker in 2018.
It’s a problem that Cooper’s not going to fix.
The Cowboys rank 27th in the league in total offense. They rank 29th in passing offense. They rank 26th in points per game.
Difficult stretch ahead for Dallas
So what’s next for Dallas?
They have a brutal five-game stretch against NFC playoff contenders that includes two games against the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in addition to games against the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.
Going 3-2 in that stretch would be considered a success by almost any measure. And that would still leave the Cowboys staring at a losing record.
Will overhauling the coaching staff give them a better chance during that stretch? Probably not. No amount of coaching is going to overcome the talent issues facing the Dallas offense.
Wade Phillips heard this in 2010
But votes of confidence have not prevented Jones from firing coaches before. PFT points out that Jones gave a similar pledge in 2010 that Wade Phillips would not lose his job mid-season. Three days later, Garrett was the interim head coach before being named head coach the following season.
So Garrett knows the score here.
Hue Jackson was the owner of the hottest seat in the NFL until the Cleveland Browns fired him last week. That mantle now belongs to Garrett.
And despite Jones’ postgame comments, all signs point to the hottest seat in the NFL getting a little bit hotter after an ugly Monday night loss.
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