Jerry Jones on Phillip Rivers: He's just an outstanding quarterback and that's what he does
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is admittedly one to change his mind.
He is famous for the quote: “Just cause I said it doesn’t make it so.”
So keep all that in mind when Jones emerged from the locker room following Thursday’s 28-6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers and expressed support and confidence in coach Jason Garrett and his staff.
It was the slumping Cowboys’ third consecutive loss in blowout fashion by a combined score of 92-22, including previous losses to the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles by scores of 27-7 and 37-9.
It marked the first time franchise history that the Cowboys have scored 10 or fewer points in three consecutive games and the first time since 2004 that the Cowboys have lost three consecutive games by 20 or more points.
At 5-6, the Cowboys are a long shot to make the playoffs. It’s questionable whether they will even finish with a winning record.
It was Jones who felt the need to talk to the team after the game in hopes of lifting their spirits.
Yet, he said he remains supportive of Garrett and the job his staff is doing.
Garrett signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension after going 12-4 in 2014. The contract expires after the 2019 season.
“No. Just no. Again, I don’t step out of the dressing room and evaluate the coaching position at all,” said Jones, when asked about the job security of Garrett and the staff. “Candidly and I don’t even want to say it so that somebody might repeat it. Absolutely not. We’ve got some things that we’re not playing good. We’re not a good team right now. We can be a good team”
Jones said similar things about Wade Phillips in 2010 before firing him after a 45-7 loss to Green Bay Packers and a 1-7 start, one year after winning a playoff game for the first time since 2006. That quarterback Tony Romo was injured didn’t matter to Jones.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott’s absence is a factor in the Cowboys’ struggles. The three losses have come in the first three games of a six-game suspension he serving for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Jones is admittedly shocked the Cowboys haven’t done better without Elliott. But he doesn’t blame the staff.
“Well, I think that again, I’ve got a lot of optimism for our talent,” Jones said. “I do. Now we all know that it has to get better, has to get together. I really think this coaching staff is tops. I think Jason is able to use everything that he’s learned, as coordinator, as coach over these last years, and we’ve just got to get it together.”
Garrett is 63-52 since taking over for Phillips midway through the 2010 season. He has two winning seasons during his first six full seasons.
Three 8-8 seasons were followed by a 12-4 season, a 4-12 season and last year’s 13-3 campaign.
“What I’m reluctant to do here is say a affirmative thing about our staff, and look like that endorsement,” Jones said. “I don’t want to look like they’re getting the proverbial endorsement. That’s not what’s happening.
“The vote of confidence, yes, I want to say it the best way I can. That’s not what I’m saying. I feel good about our staff, I’m not equivocating about it, and this isn’t the negative vote of confidence at all. I feel good about it.”
The Cowboys came into 2017 hoping to finally make a Super Bowl run for the first time since 1995.
Now they might be looking to flip-flop double-digit wins and double-digit loss seasons for the fourth consecutive year.