Jerry Jones critical of Jason Garrett for not winning more with backup QBs
By Larry Brown
Jerry Jones was happy his Dallas Cowboys finally won a game without Tony Romo at quarterback, but following Monday’s victory over the Washington Redskins, he was openly critical of the team’s coaches for not having won more this season.
The Cowboys, now 4-8 after the 19-16 win over Washington, are 3-1 in games started by Romo but 1-7 when another QB starts. Brandon Weeden was 0-3 before being released, and Matt Cassel was 0-4 prior to Monday’s victory. That’s something that did not please Jones.
“I am stunned that we haven’t been able to win more games without Tony,” Jones said after Monday’s game via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“And I would have thought that we could have coached it up enough, and put it together enough, that we would not have lost those games without Romo early. We would be in better shape than we are right now.”
The Cowboys are last in the NFC East but still in the playoff race because the rest of the division is so bad. The Eagles, Giants and Redskins are tied for the NFC East lead at 5-7.
Jones also said he felt the Cowboys beat the Redskins on “will” rather than “tactical mastery,” which is a direct shot at his coaches. One issue he had was the lack of targets for top receiver Dez Bryant, who had just three catches for 62 yards Monday. Cassel made a bad read early in the game and missed a sure touchdown opportunity for Dez, which left the receiver furious.
Rather than blame his coaches for not winning more without Romo, perhaps Jones should look at himself for signing Weeden as the team’s backup quarterback. If you look at Jones’ crazy comments about Weeden from early in the year, it’s clear the owner was totally delusional about the backup QB’s ability and left his coaching staff with an ineffective player to run the team. Then when Weeden flopped, Jones was left scrambling to add Cassel, who barely had any time to learn the playbook before stepping in as the starter.
What did Jones think was going to happen with Romo out?
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