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Jones, speaking on his radio show Friday morning on KRLD/105.3 The Fan, defended Garrett and himself against criticism from fans and outsiders.
“We’ve got to get some playoff wins,” Jones said. “Jason needs a championship. We all do. Our fans do. We get that done and you’re going to be shocked how all of a sudden his record of coaching and his coaching qualities all of a sudden become the most noted thing about him, not the lack of playoff victories.”
Jim Garrett, who passed away in February, was a long-time Cowboys scout.
“Both were brilliant had great minds, loved football,” Jones said. “All Jason ever heard in his life was sports and football. There was certainly enough to not be shocked if he turned out to be a heck of a coach.
“The facts are, there’s some good and there’s some not so good. There’s no place in the NFL [where there isn’t]. There always is,” Jones continued. “The real world is it’s not personal to me why he has the criticism or why I have the criticism for not making changes. That’s what this is about. I have never had a single day since I’ve been involved with something I love to do as much as I do the Dallas Cowboys that I was not [receiving] serious criticism. From the first day we walked in here.”
Jones said Jim Garrett had wonderful qualities “but had some warts, too.”
“And I knew Jason was his father’s son,” he said. “And really, I would say my own experience in sport and my own experience in my life and watching my parents come from nothing and having hard times and not having the money, all of that manifest itself in the type of criticisms I hear with Jason.”