Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones refused to give coach Jason Garrett a vote of confidence after Sunday’s loss to the Packers, saying he has already given him a vote of confidence and will not do it every week.
“Let me be real clear. My refusal to comment one way or the other is not in any way a change from anything that I’ve said earlier about Jason’s future as our coach,” Jones said.
“Let me be real clear, and that’s all I’m going to say about it.”
Jones said three weeks ago that Garrett will be the Cowboys’ coach in 2014.
He was asked Sunday if that would change if the Cowboys failed to make the playoffs.
“You’ve got a game. We’re talking about this ballgame right here today,” Jones said. “Every time in sports when a coach loses a ballgame, you’ve got to have a vote of confidence, so we’re not getting involved in that. The coach is as sick as I am about how bad we played in the second half.”
Asked if his long-term commitment to Garrett had wavered, Jones said, “Let me just say this: I’m clear, and I don’t choose to talk about that or talk about several things about the franchise right now.
“This is not appropriate to talk about it right now. We’ve just had a loss.”
Asked for clarification on how firm he was about Garrett being the coach next year, Jones said, “I was firm for one night at that time and that doesn’t call for me having to be firm every morning I get up. So I was real firm then, so take that to the bank. I’m not going to sit here and every time I see you guys, ask whether I’m firm or not. We can all play that game.”
Jones, told he is getting a chance to “slam the door” on speculation about Garrett’s future, said, “I don’t need a chance. I slammed that door back here — when was it? Four weeks ago? That door was slammed. I don’t need another chance.”
Out of LBs
The Cowboys are bracing for news that Sean Lee is going to miss the rest of the season, another blow to a linebacker corps that also lost Ernie Sims and Justin Durant in Sunday’s loss to the Packers.
A team source said the Cowboys expect to hear this week that Lee is finished for the season, as he undergoes further evaluation for a neck injury.
Sims left the game on the last play of the first half when he hurt his hip. Durant left in the first quarter because of a hamstring injury, the second time this year he has been lost because to a hamstring. And Bruce Carter was inactive because of a hamstring injury.
The Cowboys finished the game with rookies DeVonte Holloman and Cameron Lawrence and second-year player Kyle Wilber at linebacker.
Dan Bailey added to a team record for 50-plus-yard field goals in a season, hitting his fifth and sixth of the year Sunday against the Packers, and extended his team record for career 50-yarders to 11.
His two 50-yard field goals also tied the team record for 50-yarders in a game, which he now shares with Eddie Murray, who did it on Dec. 12, 1993, at Minnesota.