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What does Jerry Jones’ cryptic comment mean for Jason Garrett’s future as Cowboys coach?


first_imgThis is a question Jones will be asked to address often over the next month or so, especially now that the Cowboys have lost three of their last four games in frustrating fashion. On his weekly radio appearance with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, Jones’ answers on the topic fell in line with what he has said in the past. Except for one line.”In my opinion, Jason Garrett will be coaching in the NFL next year,” Jones said. Wait, what?MORE: Ranking Cowboys’ Jason Garrett replacement candidatesThis is an interesting “opinion” for Jones to have considering he directly controls Garrett’s employment future. Rather than suggesting Garrett could land a job in 2020 with one of the 31 other teams in the league, Jones could have doubled down on what feels like increasingly artificial confidence in Garrett. That was his approach for the rest of the interview.”First of all, he’s a good coach … one of the smartest coaches,” Jones said, confirming he plans to keep Garrett in place through 2019. “I’m glad to have him. He is the guy for the job.”Jerry Jones said on @1053thefan he’s retaining Jason Garrett for rest of season because “first of all, he’s a good coach” and “one of the smartest coaches.” His experience level helps balance younger members of staff. “I’m glad to have him. He is the guy for the job.”— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) December 3, 2019Added Jones on how Garrett’s experience benefits Dallas’ current coaching staff: “When I decided to go with a younger makeup of a coaching staff, I decided that. And we did get it. We got Marc Colombo, we got it with Richard really impacting our defense, we got it several areas out there. Our special teams coach, our linebacker coach, When we the year before made a change with our receiver coach, and Kellen Moore the obvious one at coordinator.”I felt strongly that we could do and do that with a young group that still had experience to get. I felt we could to that with Jason Garrett there, he could be the safety net in case the wheels came off.”Jones also mentioned he had seen the list of candidates who could replace Garrett should the Cowboys not extend their coach. (No word on whether it was Sporting News’ list he saw.) He said those coaches “can’t guarantee a Super Bowl.”Obviously, neither can Garrett, whose overall record entering Week 14 of the 2019 season was 83-65, not including a 2-3 mark in five playoff games. Dallas is still looking for its first Super Bowl appearance since 1995.MORE: Mapping out Garrett’s future in DallasThat Jones would say he thinks Garrett will coach “in the NFL” next season rather than “the Cowboys” is interesting, especially in light of an NFL Media report that suggests Garrett and the Giants would have mutual interest should the coach hit the open market. Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones reportedly will not fire coach Jason Garrett before the end of the season. And why would he? As long as Dallas remains alive in the playoff picture, a deep postseason run for a still-talented team remains in play.But what about after the season, when Garrett’s contract with the Cowboys is set to expire? Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio speculated Garrett’s camp leaked that info in an effort to maintain leverage as the coach’s seat gets warmer. Perhaps Tuesday’s comment was a similar move by Jones.Diplomacy. https://t.co/NIJxz3gurV— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) December 3, 2019Regardless, Jones’ lack of commitment to Garrett with his words Tuesday matches his actions. Simply put: If Jones wanted Garrett to continue as the Cowboys’ coach regardless of how the 2019 season plays out, the team owner already would have extended the coach’s contract.The Cowboys, 6-6 and still leading the NFC East over the 5-7 Eagles, have a chance to get back on track with a Thursday night game against the Bears in Chicago this week. Jones on Tuesday claimed “there’s boxes to be checked” for Garrett over the next four weeks and beyond, but he wouldn’t say whether Garrett needs to win a specific amount of games or reach a certain round of the playoffs.last_img read more


Libya draw away to stay above South Africa and Nigeria


first_img0Shares0000Keagan Dolly (C) of South Africa challenges Libya’s Almoatasembellah Ali Mohamed during the sides’ 0-0 draw © AFP / ANESH DEBIKYJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sep 8 – Libya forced a 0-0 draw with South Africa in Durban Saturday to remain surprise Group E leaders in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying competition.When the mini-leagues draw was made, former African champions Nigeria and South Africa were installed as favourites to fill the two places available for the finals in Cameroon. But with two of the six qualifying rounds completed, Libya lead with four points, South Africa and Nigeria have three each and the Seychelles are pointless.Algeria-born coach Adel Amrouche said he hoped the goalless stalemate at Moses Mabhida Stadium in the Indian Ocean port city would bring joy to the Libyan people.“Only football can bring the people together,” said the 50-year-old former coach of Equatorial Guinea, Burundi and Kenya.He was talking after deadly clashes in Tripoli last week between rival militias battling for control of the Libyan capital.Libyan national and club teams have had to host home matches outside the north African country because of safety issues since the 2011 death of dictator Muamar Kadhafi.“I am not coaching Libya for money — I want to help bring happiness to the people by taking the national team to the 2019 Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon,” said Amrouche.The match staged in wet conditions before a small crowd followed a predictable pattern with Libya putting virtually their entire team behind the ball whenever threatened.It led to an international that delivered little excitement and the match appeared destined to finish goalless long before the final whistle.“We battled to gain possession against physically strong opponents and then surrendered the ball too easily at times,” admitted England-born South Africa coach Stuart Baxter.Libya face Nigeria twice between October 8 and 16 while South Africa host and visit the Seychelles at the same time.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more