Apparently Jerry Jones has given himself a stern talking to in the wake of the Jason Garrett promotion. Apparently from here on out — his head coach is going to have final say on all decisions, starting right now. Promise!
Jones reportedly said via ESPN:
“Jason will have the final say on any person that leaves the coaching staff or comes to the coaching staff. There won’t be a player on this team that Jason does not want on the team.
“I wanted to make sure that our fans knew the extent of his power, the extent of his ability to do the kinds of things we traditionally would frankly like for the coach to be able to do. Don’t be naïve here. You know that I’m criticized for making decisions in areas that fans and other people would like coaches to make. I’m criticized for that.
“I particularly wanted to be sure that you understood that because of the differences in our age. The facts are that he brings that energy, he brings that qualification and I wanted you to see the respect that I have for him.”
Wow. It sounds like Jerry Jones has learned the hard way that he needs to let go of the strings a bit and give his coach some authority. The hard way is of course creating an unshakable negative culture in the organization while harvesting one playoff berth in a decade… in part because Jones of course insisted on keeping a strangle-hold on all football related operations until its most recent and quite ugly demise in 2010 with the firing of Wade Phillips. To each his own…
In any case, Jones seems confident that Jason Garrett is going to handle his team with a wisdom well beyond his years. You know, despite the age thing.