Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones knows his team isn’t going to playoffs. It’s yet another year without competing for a Super Bowl, a dramatic dropoff from last year’s team that went 13-3. Those Cowboys also did not compete for a Super Bowl, losing their first playoff game to the Green Bay Packers, but at least they showed promise.
This year, the best they can be is 9-7. They very well could be 8-8. Does that mean it’s the end of the line for Cowboys coach Jason Garrett? Not according to Jones.
“It’s not in the Cowboys’ best interest to be considering a coaching change,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, per Mike Fisher. “His job is not in jeopardy here, at all.
This is likely the right move by Jones on many levels. The team looked so close in 2016. Yes, 2017 went poorly, but much of that had to do with the suspension of running back Ezekiel Elliott, both in terms of the loss of production while he was suspended and the distraction he became.
That’s all over now. The 2018 season can be what the Cowboys hoped for in 2017. A down year spurred by something that was completely out of Garrett’s control isn’t a good reason to make a coaching change.
That said, Garrett was 8-8 in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was 12-4 in 2014, but then 4-12 in 2015. He could be 8-8 yet again in 2017. He has all of one playoff win and two losses in eight years. He’s 66-53 in the regular season.
Most of those numbers are incredibly average. If he can prove the Cowboys are better with Elliott back in 2018, he can secure his job. If they go 8-8 yet again, it’s going to be hard to believe he can ever do anything else.