Jerry Jones isn’t exactly taking his time with the Cowboys Head Coaching vacancy. The suggestion from his comments below is that he wants to wrap up the hiring of Jason Garrett before he heads to the Senior Bowl.
Here are Jones’ comments via Sports Radio Interviews:
On if an announcement could be made as early as today:
“I think we’ll have a lot of this done by the afternoon here [Tuesday]. We’ve been working hard … and have got a lot set up. We probably won’t really be ready to talk about this until [Wednesday] sometime.”
On whether Jason Garrett could be looking at other jobs:
“I’m not going to get into that one way or the other. Again, it’s just because it has to do with, you might even say, competition between clubs. … Jason, of course, does have a contract for next year with the Cowboys right now, so you have to, just like to talk to anybody that is now with another club, there is a form and a procedure.”
On whether he’ll be at the Senior Bowl this weekend:
“I’ve never missed one and the answer is yes.” Is Jason Garrett?: “I’ll bet he goes, one way or the other.”
The other aspect of the hiring the candidate sooner rather than later would be, as Jones mentioned, competition from other ball clubs wanting to interview Garrett. I think it’s a good move for them to hit the gas hard on this, pay him what it takes, and continue to get the team behind him ASAP and parlay the win over the Eagles into a positive psychological state for the team heading into the off season. There is no question the Cowboys finished the season in a spirited manner under Garrett, the offense basically exploded over the last 8 games. I would have to agree with Jones’ actions here, the quicker they can nail down their staff and get everyone on the same page, the better.
Like the Giants, there will be a ton of evaluation happening in Dallas the off season and you would obviously want your lead decision makers in place before anything else occurs.