Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has publicly supported coach Jason Garrett and his staff in recent days.
Jones said after Thursday’s 28-6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers that he hadn’t thought about making a coaching change, and reiterated that on his 105.3 The Fan radio show Friday.
“Jason Garrett was named Coach of the Year of the whole NFL last year,” Jones said. “That was yesterday. This is today. The point is, I like this coaching staff.”
Garrett expressed no concerns about his job security in a conference call on Friday.
“The biggest thing we’re focusing on is cleaning up this game and trying to get better as a football team,” Garrett said. “That’s really where all of our attention is.”
At 5-6, the Cowboys are a long shot to make the playoffs in a year that started with Super Bowl hype. They have only a 7.2 percent chance to make the postseason, per MakeNFLPlayoffs.com.
Garrett is signed through the 2019 season after Jones handed him a five-year, $30 million extension after the 2014 season. He is 63-52 since taking over in the middle of the 2010 season, but has just two winning seasons in his first six full seasons.
Now, the Cowboys are in the worst offensive stretch in franchise history. Thursday’s 28-6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving marked their third straight game scoring fewer than 10 points.
That’s a level of futility never seen in this organization before. But Garrett has no intentions of making drastic changes to try and spark the offense.
Asked if he’d consider taking over play-calling duties from offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, Garrett said: “I have great confidence in Scott Linehan. He does an outstanding job for us. We’ll continue to work as an offensive staff, as a group of coaches, to try to find ways to put our players in the best position to consistently drive the ball and make some big plays and score some points.”
The defensive struggles have been just as worrisome.
The defense is not making impact plays. They have gone without a sack or takeaway in two straight games. They’ve gone 29 drives without a takeaway, and 27 drives without a sack.
Despite the struggles, Garrett believes his players are still motivated and playing hard. He has seen no signs of quit in them.
“I think our team is playing hard,” Garrett said. “There’s no question about that. I think if you look at the tape, you see that. Yesterday was a physical game in all three phases.
“We haven’t played as well as we need to in the second half of these ballgames. We’re looking at that as a coaching staff, how we can do that better and how we can sustain consistent execution for an entire ballgame.”