Jerry Jones has voiced his support multiple times for coach Jason Garrett since the Dallas Cowboys’ season ended, and Wednesday he did so again at the Senior Bowl.
Jones wasted little time in saying he had full confidence that Garrett and his staff could rebound from a disappointing 4-12 season that has landed them with the fourth overall pick in the upcoming draft.
“I have all the confidence that you need to have in Jason,” Jones said. “I really like our staff. We certainly, there’s an old adage in evaluating players, since we’re here at the Senior Bowl – if you see them do it, you know they can do it. If they’ve done it one or two times then they can do it. Now we’ve seen this staff perform and have a good year, ’14. That’s why I’m confident that if we get some stability at certainly some key positions on offense that we can have the team that we want to have.”
The Cowboys had a breakthrough season under Garrett in 2014, going 12-4 and winning the NFC East title. They won a wild-card game over Detroit before falling to Green Bay in the divisional round, a game marked by a controversial non-catch call that might have cost the Cowboys a trip to the NFC Championship game.
The Cowboys entered last season with heightened expectations and belief that a 20-year championship drought could be coming to an end. But Garrett and his staff couldn’t figure out a way to win when starting quarterback Tony Romo went down, fracturing his left collarbone twice during the season.
Garrett acknowledged after the season that the Cowboys had taken a step back for the first time in his tenure, but is optimistic that he can regroup and get the Cowboys headed in the right direction. And he certainly has the owner convinced that will happen.
“One thing he is, he has an inordinate work ethic and he really does focus and really is going to be that way no matter what our record was the prior season,” Jones said. “So I know that it’s frustrating to him to have the kind of year we had, but he was showing that and not in a way that hindered him coaching. But he was frustrated as I’m sure as he is right now at times during the season.”