Amid the constant discussion about Jason Garrett’s job security — with Jerry Jones unable to keep himself from talking about it — there appears to be a disconnect between coach and owner in their messaging.
Troy Aikman, the Hall of Fame Cowboys quarterback and Fox analyst, noted how Garrett operates on a micro level, taking things one day at a time, while Jones is consumed with a run to the Super Bowl.
“We’ve got a head coach who we know for 10 years has been saying, ‘We’re focused on Tuesday. Today. That’s all we’re worried about is having the best practice today that we can possibly have.’ And that’s been his messaging throughout, and the owner’s talking about getting on a run to win the Super Bowl. And they’ve lost three of their last four,” Aikman said on KTCK radio, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The disconnect was also shown recently with conflicting stances regarding struggling kicker Brett Maher, whom Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones, Jerry’s son, said the team was going to stick with before the team worked out kickers.
“You’ve got a head coach who comes down and says we’re going to evaluate the kicker, and then the front office says right after that – probably in a press conference right outside the locker room – that they weren’t evaluating the kicker,” Aikman said. “All those things have an impact, and it slowly trickles down.
“So, I think there are a lot of factors that have played into this – coaching, obviously hasn’t been great at times in certain situations, players haven’t played great, but the front office hasn’t been great in allowing the head coach to do his job, either.”
The Cowboys have not met their high expectations and have lost two straight, but at 6-6 they’re still atop a terrible NFC East heading into Thursday night’s game in Chicago.