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Jerry Jones defends Cowboys coach Jason Garrett: He ‘will get us where we want to go’

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Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones gave a full-throated defense of head coach Jason Garrett despite a 2-3 start and an offense in disarray.

“What we’ve got here is an asset that I think will get us to where we want to go, and that’s a championship,” Jones said on KRLD/105.3 The Fan. “He’s got outstanding background in our game. He’s gained a Harvard, or whatever kind of degree, the best in the world in the NFL through being your head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. And I want to put all of that together and use it. Now, does he have some things that others may do better or does he have some things that he can do better? Of course.”

Garrett attended Princeton and Columbia and has been head coach since taking over for Wade Phillips halfway through the 2010 season. Jones said he appreciates how thoroughly Garrett thinks through things and how he handles the media, often with a dry, unflashy demeanor while seldom becoming animated or flustered by probing or negative questioning.

“He is absolutely the real deal. There is no fraud in Jason Garrett,” Jones said. “He’d just rather give you a clever or a no-answer with a little bit of sensitivity to it. He’d rather just give you an answer than say ‘I’m not going to comment’ in some cases. And that you gets you in trouble just almost every time you give an answer. I haven’t learned that yet.”

Jones was asked if he’s too close to Garrett to make a tough decision if the team goes south. He appreciated the question but didn’t answer it.

“That’s fair game with our fans … I love it that everybody makes it fair game. I really do,” he said. “I just want us to have that kind of interest in what we’re doing. I clearly understand when we have expectations and don’t meet them. Those feelings aren’t unique to us. Everybody’s got the same kinds of feelings. So, I get it. I understand it. I had known that when this thing goes the other way or doesn’t meet the expectations, get ready, there’s going to be a lot of criticism about things that aren’t even related to the game or to the issue.”

Jones added: “Jason does. If you’ve got the close-in read on him, you know, and by the way, he’s well thought out, better when you are sitting down and going over ‘what about this way or how about doing it that way’ or what have you. You’ll have a nice, good, logical reason for it not having gone that way every time. So, he thinks it through. He works hard. The main thing everybody ought to know is how hard he works. You say, ‘Well, that’s not enough. We all work hard.’ But he works very hard.”

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