Stephen Jones: Garrett gets better every year
After three consecutive 8-8 seasons, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett stunned the football world by turning his team, which fans and media left for dead in the off-season, into a 12-4 NFC East champion. Garrett went from the hot seat to the green seat as he, and every Cowboys fan, awaits the front office to sign the 48-year-old coach to an extension at the end of the Cowboys’ season.
Cowboys Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Stephen Jones keeps seeing Garrett improve annually.
"I think he gets better every year," Jones said on Dallas-area 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] Friday. "He was good when we got him. We obviously thought a lot of him."
Jones says Garrett keeps "learning the game in terms of strategy each and every year." The results in 2014 have proven it. Gone are the days of icing kicker Dan Bailey before a game-winning field goal attempt, or ignominiously blowing a large fourth-quarter lead that would assuredly win the game.
"This year I thought he did a great job with some of the leads we had," said Jones. "And, you know, we continue to run the ball and protect our leads."
Aside from the Texans game where the team gave up 10 unanswered fourth-quarter points to allow overtime and the Bears game where Chicago scored 15 unanswered points to cut the Dallas lead to 10 with just over six minutes to play, Dallas has held on to their commanding leads thanks to the effective running of the league’s leading rusher, DeMarco Murray.
Jones likes the future with Garrett as head coach.
"I think that we can do some things that are special, not only this year but as we move forward in the future. You know, with some of our young talent that we have here that there’s a lot to look forward to in terms of our organization."
Garrett would be the fifth head coach in franchise history to lose his first-ever postseason game, while a win would put him in the category with Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer as the only Cowboys coaches to win their first playoff game.