Let owner Jerry Jones say it: coach Jason Garrett doesn’t have to make the playoffs in 2014 to keep his job.
“I don’t think so,” Jones said at the NFL owners meetings. “I don’t look at it that way at all. It’s no secret that we probably are shoulder to shoulder on the success we’d like for this team to have with him as head coach and what it would do for our fans’ future, our future.
“He’s more capable today than he was when he took over as head coach. If that arrow is going up, it just makes sense to have our future with Jason.”
Of course, if the Cowboys do struggle during the 2014 season there would probably be plenty of other reasons to fire Garrett if needed, so Jones essentially left himself a bit of wiggle room to change his opinion depending on how the season plays out.
Jones certainly doesn’t want Garrett going into the season in a lame duck status, so he’s understandably throwing his support behind him – still – you have to think if Dallas missed the postseason, Garrett’s job would be on the chopping block.