Jerry Jones chooses not to talk about Jason Garrett's future

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Jerry Jones was a little less clear when talking about his coach Sunday. (USATSI)
Jerry Jones was a little less clear when talking about his coach Sunday. (USATSI)

Less than a month ago, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made it clear that coach Jason Garrett wasn't coaching for his job and that we could expect to see him back in 2014.

But after the team's epic collapse on Sunday, blowing a 23-point lead to the Packers before falling to Green Bay, 37-36, reporters asked Jones again about the future of Garrett's tenure. This time, Jones declined to throw his full support behind his coach.

"Let me just say this: I'm clear and I don't choose to talk about that or talk about several things about the franchise right now," Jones told reporters (via the National Football Post). "This is not appropriate to talk about it right now. We've just had a loss. ...

"I was firm for one night at that time and that doesn't call for me having to be firm every morning I get up. So I was real firm then, so take that to the bank. Just take that to the bank. I'm not going to sit here and every time I see you guys ask whether I'm firm or not. We can all play that game."

As for Garrett's take on Tony Romo's interception with about three minutes to play and the Cowboys holding a five-point lead, he said after the game that Romo changed the play from a run to a pass.

"The idea was to run the ball and make them use clock," said Garrett, whose squad ran the ball just 18 times Sunday (and threw it 48 times) despite a 26-3 lead at halftime. "Run it and if we throw it, throw high-percentage passes to keep the clock going and make them use their timeouts. Tony threw a pass on what we would call a smoke or a flash -- it's something we have accompanying our runs if he get a bad look. That's what happened on the interception. It was a run call he threw the ball on."

OK, and if that continues the Romo narrative that he's a late-game choker, so be it. He didn't do himself any favors by throwing two late interceptions.

But Romo also wasn't one who gave up 34 points in the second half to Matt Flynn and the Packers. And considering Jones has overwhelming support for Romo -- and rightfully so -- that leaves us with the question about whether Jones completely has bought into Garrett for another season. He probably does, based on his past statements, but by declining to say so again, well ...

"I slammed that door back here, when was it, four weeks ago," Jones said. "That door was slammed. I don't need another chance. And y'all shouldn't ask for one every time you see me under any circumstances, whether we've had a bad practice or whether we've had, as we had today, a real disappointment."

But of course, the questions won't stop coming as long as the Cowboys keep playing like this.

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