Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com
IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is grateful for the patience displayed by owner/general manager Jerry Jones in allowing him to keep his job.
However, Garrett knows his team has failed to deliver results.
“We understand it’s a bottom-line business,” said Garrett, who remarked his conversations with Jones on Monday were positive. “We did not get the job done. I have to live with that, our staff has to live with that, our players have to live with that. We get that. We understand that. A tremendous amount goes into this. A tremendous investment by everybody, and no one is more disappointed than we are by not getting it done. We have great fans; they’re disappointed. They invest a lot into it as well. But what you have to do is get back up and keep swinging.”
The Cowboys have missed the postseason the past three seasons under Garrett, losing out on a playoff berth in Week 17 games each time. All three of the Cowboys’ NFC East opponents have eliminated them from a possible postseason berth in the final game of the regular season.
In the last month of the season, Jones reiterated his commitment to Garrett because he said his arrow was pointing up.
Yet, after three seasons, Garrett is 24-24 as coach with no playoff appearances. In comparison, Minnesota fired Leslie Frazier after three seasons and one playoff appearance Monday. Frazier went 21-32-1 in his time with the Vikings.
The firing of four NFL coaches Monday didn’t go unnoticed by Garrett, who noted it was “a very difficult day.”
Garrett said he still has the support of his players and will continue to promote his program of doing things a certain way.
“I don’t think there is always for sure a road map, but you got to have a road map early,” defensive end DeMarcus Ware said. “You can’t have it late. You got to start that road map right now. You have to start all the way from watching games to getting ready for getting surgeries or whatever you need to get, getting healthy, all the way to [organized team activities], knowing what’s going on. It goes all the way through the offseason to make sure that once training camp hits you know everything is right.”
As for Garrett’s key assistants, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and offensive coordinator/playcaller Bill Callahan, the head coach was noncommittal regarding their status.
Garrett said it wasn’t the time to assess them despite the fact that Jones fired last season’s defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, and made Callahan the playcaller over Garrett going into the 2013 season.
Garrett said he didn’t take over play-calling duties from Callahan during the season or in the loss to the Eagles. If anything, Garrett said, the change in playcallers allowed him to put his hands on different aspects of the team.
As the Cowboys head into another uncertain offseason, projected to be $30 million over the salary cap, with several veterans, Tony Romo, Sean Lee and Ware, trying to return from injuries, Garrett understands what’s expected of him more than ever from Jones.
“He makes a great commitment to the Dallas Cowboys, I think we all know that,” Garrett said. “I knew that as a player, an assistant coach and now as a head coach. His desire and commitment to winning, it’s our job to help him do that, and we take that responsibility very seriously. I’m certainly grateful for the opportunity, and the way we show that gratitude is to give everything we got.”