Earlier this year, shortly after the Cowboys put the finishing touches on another disappointing season, owner and general manager Jerry Jones offered this glimpse into the team's future: "I can assure our fans ... it's going to be very uncomfortable for the next few weeks and months at Valley Ranch.”
The implication: There were going to be changes, and the Cowboys would be better for it. A couple things that didn't change, however: Jones ain't giving up his GM duties, and coach Jason Garrett, who perpetually seems to be on the hot seat, isn't in danger of getting fired this season.
Jones gave Garrett that vote of confidence at this week's NFL owners meetings in Boston.
"No, no he's not [coaching for his job]," Jones told NFL.com's Albert Breer. "No, what we're doing is taking the assets that we have and Jason being right at the top -- certainly our premier asset -- and we're using him to the best of our ability."
This comes months after Jones hired Bill Callahan as offensive coordinator, but defended the move by noting that it would benefit everybody, including Garrett, who had previously called the offensive plays.
"Anything we do here that basically takes that responsibility, moves it away from [Garrett] … but give it to the overall team is a positive thing," Jones said in January. "And he is not only for it, he is encouraging it."
And this comes weeks after Garrett reportedly looked less than thrilled that Jones used the Cowboys' first-round pick on Wisconsin center Travis Frederick.
As it stands, Garrett is one of Jones' "premier assets." Not bad for a guy who is 21-19 as the head coach. But Jones can explain that, too.
"The real world is, since Jason has become the head coach, and frankly since his years as offensive coordinator, we really have done some impressive things," Jones said during January's Senior Bowl practices. ... "So that what you're seeing right now when we go over here and make these changes [with assistant coaches], don't think we're throwing all the water out. … The problem is a deal called 8-8."
Garrett's first order of business: getting quarterback Tony Romo, who signed a six-year, $108 million extension earlier this spring, to put in Peyton Manning-type time on the job. Per the request of the owner/GM, obviously.