IRVING (105.3 THE FAN) — After three consecutive 8-8 seasons and zero playoff appearances, one question looms as the Cowboys head into the offseason: Will head coach Jason Garrett be fired?
Owner Jerry Jones was defiant in his answer on Sunday. Garrett chimed in on Monday.
“I don’t want to get into those details, but we’re operating business as usual and that’s how were handling the situation,” said Garrett on 105.3 The Fan’s New School on Monday morning. “That topic has not come up in any negative way, so we’re going to work today.”
On a day when Mike Shanahan (Redskins) and Leslie Frazier (Vikings) have already been canned, Garrett says that he and Jones have not yet discussed his position as head coach — at least in a negative light.
According to Jones, the decision was made more than a month ago when he declared Garrett ‘safe’ — regardless of the season’s outcome.
“I’ve said that a month ago. I stand by what I said a month ago,” said Jones immediately following Sunday night’s loss.
If Garrett is retained as head coach, he intends on evaluating everything from the system to the players to the staff, which includes an evaluation of his current coaching assistants and coordinators.
“You always go back and reflect on what you’re doing. You evaluate how you’re doing things, who you are doing those things with, and how you can get better,” said Garrett. “Again, that process will go on regardless of what the records are.”
Though the team failed again to win a division-championship season finale, Garrett is taking some positives from a season which saw its fair share of adversity.
“The mental toughness — the mentality that we had all year long to overcome a lot of different things to get to that point — I thought was really, really impressive. I said this after the ballgame, I’m just proud to be a part of it.”
Whether he continues to be a part of it moving forward has yet to be determined.
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