Yesterday after losing to the Philadelphia Eagles 24-22 and being eliminated from playoff contention for the fourth straight year in a row, Dallas Cowboys owner and GM, Jerry Jones, reiterated that Jason Garrett would return as head coach next season.
“I said that a month ago,” Jones said when asked if he remained committed to Garrett as his coach following the Cowboys’ 24-22 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, which marked the third straight season in which Dallas failed to win a de facto NFC East title game in Week 17. “I stand by what I said a month ago.”
The Cowboys are now 29-27 under Garret finishing 8-8 over the last three seasons and missing the playoffs for the fourth straight time in a row — the longest postseason drought in Jerry Jones 25-year tenure as owner. Despite Garret’s job being safe, Jones refused to comment on whether or not his coaching staff would be given the same immunity.
“I’m not discussing that at all,” Jones said. “I have spoken a little more appropriate time here about three or four weeks ago. I said at that time that I was with Jason, that I thought that his future and what he’s going to be doing with us was good. But this isn’t the time and I don’t even like the way it feels or looks to speak to anything about our coaches.”
Despite speculation that 73-year-old defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin will not be returning to the Cowboys for a second season after the defense gave up a whopping 6,645 yards — third most in NFL history — Kiffin says he has not been concerned about his job security and does not plan on retiring.