Oxnard, CA – Some questions were tougher to answer than others for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at their “state of the team” press conference. Jones sidestepped a question posed to him about head coach Jason Garrett’s job security.
He responded with, “next question.”
The press conference is held every season to kickoff each training camp for America’s Team. They usually discuss storylines and any field questions from the media regarding the team’s plans for the upcoming camp, preseason, and season. This year has been wild with the holdout of running back Ezekiel Elliott, quarterback Dak Prescott, and wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Jones brushed off questions about Garrett’s future. He used the sound of a drill in the background to say, “I can’t hear you.” He repeatedly asked the reporter to repeat themselves before trying to move on with a chuckle. It caused the crowd to laugh as it settled a brief tense moment.
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He said his goal is to have Garrett be “the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys for as long as i’m around to spell it.”
Garrett has a 77-59 record as Cowboys coach and has not taken the team deep into the playoffs. His job seems to be safe for now, but judging by Jones’ response, it seems Garrett’s job might be heating up before the season.
The Cowboys won at home against the Seattle Seahawks in the wild card round of the playoffs last year, 24-22. Then, lost at the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round of the playoffs, 30-22.
Since he bought the team in 1989, Jones holds a record of 262-218. He is 15-12 in the playoffs, with three Super Bowl wins between 1992-1995. The Cowboys have not made it to the NFC Championship in 10 playoff appearances, since winning the Super Bowl in 1995.
If Garrett is unable to win big games this season with an absolutely stacked roster and history with the team, then Jones will be forced to reconsider Garrett’s fate. This is indeed, a show-me season for Jason Garrett.
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The press conference carried plenty of media attention and that buzz will only continue in training camp and through the season. COO Stephen Jones discussed Elliott’s deal, Garrett and Jerry chimed in too. Among the other topics were Cooper, Prescott, defensive end Randy Gregory, and the team’s additions to the PUP list.
Gregory is awaiting a response from the NFL regarding his reinstatement from suspension. Since February, he has been serving an indefinite suspension for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Jones said he spoke with Gregory and thinks he is doing what he needs to do for reinstatement.
According to Garrett, the following players will start training camp on the PUP list: Tank Lawrence, Byron Jones, Tyrone Crawford and Noah Brown.
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