The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a terrible season, one which saw them finish last in the NFC East with a 4-12 record. A lot of it had to do with injuries, as both Dez Bryant and Tony Romo were banged up and missed significant time during the season. But injuries are part of the NFL. Most teams send several players to the IR and still manage to field a functional squad.
So, where does the blame lie? How did the Cowboys fall so far in one year? For many diehard Dallas fans, the blame lies with coach Jason Garrett, who (probably) didn’t maximize his talent to the fullest. Owner Jerry Jones has hinted that Garrett needs to shape up, but also offered a somewhat strong endorsement at the conclusion of the season.
“Let me be real clear: There’s no thought of replacing Jason. At all,” Jones said, via ESPN.com. “I only say that to get ahead of anything that might be said about me addressing coaching. Jason is the ultimate decision-maker regarding the staff. And so that remains for us to sit down and really evaluate the staff.”
And then something happened Tuesday night. Jones was spotted in New Orleans, home to potential coach and GM candidate Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints. Jones played down his presence in the Big Easy, telling The Advocate, “No, no, no,” when asked if he was there for Payton.