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Owens ripped Garrett in a recent interview on 105.3 The Fan, saying it "really doesn't make sense" as to why Garrett remains employed going into his eighth full season as head coach.
"[The Cowboys are] not really expanding or progressing even as a team under his coaching tenure there," said Owens, the Hall of Fame receiver who spent three seasons with the team (2006-08).
"At the end of the day, how can you keep allowing the players to be the scapegoat for what's not happening, especially when you have a head coach that's supposed to be offensive-minded?" Owens said. "They're supposed to direct and lead the team to where it hasn't gotten in a number of years, and they've pretty much been in a standstill under coach Jason Garrett.
"It all boils down to players being the scapegoat for his inability to lead the team as he should. For me, it's mind-boggling. I don't understand. And I think Jerry -- again, he's the owner at the end of the day, he has to feel good with himself about the decisions -- but I just don't understand why this guy [Garrett] still has a job."
As Owens alluded to, owner Jerry Jones has stood by Garrett in recent months. Jones vouched for Garrett last season when the Cowboys went through the worst offensive stretch in team history, and again in the days following a season in which the Cowboys missed the playoffs for the fifth time in seven full seasons under Garrett.
"I feel good about our head coach," Jones said at the end of last season.
Then, at the Senior Bowl, Jones addressed Garrett's status.
"It’s fair for you to ask," Jones said, "but he’s not on my hot seat."
Instead, Jones is hoping Garrett rebounds in 2018 and wins coach of the year honors again as he did in 2016.
Garrett has two years and $12 million left on a five-year contract extension he signed after the 2014 season. He is 68-55 since becoming the Cowboys' head coach midway through the 2010 season, and is the second-longest-tenured coach in franchise history behind Hall of Famer Tom Landry.