Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones still has full support for head coach Jason Garrett despite two straight 8-8 seasons that ended with playoff berths on the line.
During Saturday’s “State of the Cowboys” address, Jones said it was a “mistake” to call 2013-2014 a “make-or-break” season for Garrett.
Before reporters could even ask about Garrett and the two years remaining on his contract, Jones revealed:
“I look to the future with Jason and not just through his contract that we’re sitting here with right now. But it is not what is implied when you say, ‘Well, this is an Armageddon year for him.’ It is not that with me.”
Several weeks prior to the State of the Cowboys meeting, the team overhauled its defensive staff while Jerry Jones said he was going to make thing “uncomfortable” at team headquarters.
The Dallas Cowboys are an even.500 with a 128-128 record going back to the 1997 season. When asked about getting out of the team’s rut, Garrett responded:
“We are what we are to this point. But at some point in your life, you have to let the past go, whether it’s been great, good, mediocre or not so good. And you focus on learning from those experiences and getting better and take advantage of the opportunity in front of you.”
Garrett and his team’s owner both agree that the Cowboys are healthier than they were during last seasons final game against Washington.
Speaking about last season’s injuries, Jerry Jones agreed:
“That was a pretty tough hand. I said the other day that we are a better team. I probably should have said the better team now than when we finished up last year. We had a healthy Romo, but apart from that, we were pretty banged up.”
With Jerry Jones feeling good about his head coach’s capabilities and a healthy Dallas Cowboys roster to start the 2013-2014 season, it’s looking like an up season for the team.