Because of the steaming dung heap that is the NFC East, the Dallas Cowboys are still right in the playoff hunt, even though their record is a lowly 4-8. Considering Tony Romo has broken his collarbone twice and is probably out for the remainder of the regular season (and factoring in Dez Bryant’s missed time), it’s kind of understandable. No one expected Brandon Weeden or Matt Cassel to approximate Romo’s performance.
But that didn’t stop Jerry Jones from bashing his coaching staff for not magicking a couple wins here and there. Sure, you can imagine he’d look at the three 5-7 teams above the ‘Boys in the standings and wonder what might have been, but he is just straight-up pissed:
“I am stunned that we haven’t been able to win more games without Tony,” said Jones, who signed [head coach Jason] Garrett to a five-year, $30 million extension last offseason.
“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.”
Jones is fully throwing his coaches under the bus here, and maybe they should bear some of the blame, but the simplest answer for the Cowboys’ struggle has been that Romo’s replacements have been terrible. Cassel hasn’t approached the level of competence we thought he might, and only Jones believed Weeden was capable of anything.
But this is just Jerry being Jerry, stirring sh*t up whenever he gets moody or bored. He’s the most actively harmful owner this side of Dan Snyder, and if the Cowboys can’t find a way into the playoffs, he has his poor talent evaluation to blame — seriously, he was all in on Weeden — more than any coaching decisions.