Jason Garrett isn’t going to find himself on the hot seat. At least not on Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ hot seat.
“It’s fair for you to ask,” Jones said, “but he’s not on my hot seat.”
Garrett is coming off a 9-7 season in which the Cowboys missed the playoffs for the fifth time in his seven full seasons. But Jones is betting on Garrett to get it turned around.
Jones, who attended Tuesday’s Senior Bowl practices, said he’d like to see Garrett win coach of the year again in 2018 after taking home those honors in 2016.
“I would like for Jason to repeat as Coach of the Year within 24 months,” Jones said. “He’s capable of doing that if we do good next year, be Coach of the Year twice in 24 months. That would be great.”
Instead of firing Garrett or removing offensive coordinator Scott Linehan or defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, Jones believes shuffling several assistant coaches will pay off.
Among the changes:
▪ Kellen Moore will become the quarterbacks coach, replacing Wade Wilson.
▪ Running backs coach Gary Brown and safeties coach Greg Jackson will return.
▪ Former Seattle defensive coordinator Kris Richard will become the secondary coach and defensive passing game coordinator.
▪ Keith O’Quinn is a strong candidate to replace Rich Bisaccia as special teams coordinator.
▪ Wide receiver coach Sanjay Lal had much interest and the Cowboys are happy to have landed him.
▪ Paul Alexander is the new offensive line coach, replacing Frank Pollack.
The Cowboys are still in the process of hiring a tight ends coach and linebackers coach.
Jones said he hopes to have the staff finalized in the coming days.