On Tuesday, former Cowboys running back and Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith told 105.3 The Fan that Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel's current lifestyle could make for a short career. In an interview with Fox Sports Daybreak radio that same day, Smith also weighed in on topics closer to home: Specifically: the Cowboys, owner and general manager Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett.
On Jones and his relationship with Garrett: "I don't think anybody can explain anything that Mr. Jones is doing, so I'm not going to even attempt to try to explain it," Smith said (via the Dallas Morning News). "But it is a different kind of relationship (between Jones and Garrett), and it's a relationship that I honestly believe is on a shoe string. Because success is something that the Dallas Cowboys are definitely striving for and definitely need to have this year. ... And I see that shoe string being a little baby shoe string. That means that it's on a short little leash."
To recap: Jones' and Garrett's relationship is on a little baby shoe string, which, translated, means that Garrett is on a short leash, presumably to win.
Either way, back in December, a day after the Cowboys put the finishing touches on another 8-8 season (the team has never had a winning record under Garrett -- or qualified for the playoffs), Jones declared that he remained committed to his head coach.
Jones reiterated those sentiments this March, going so far as to say that any decision on Garrett, who's entering the final year of his contract, wouldn't hinge on the Cowboys making it to the postseason.
"He's more capable today than he was when he took over as head coach," Jones said at the time. "If that arrow is going up, it just makes sense to have our future with Jason.''
In the past, Jones has been known to say one thing and do another. Either way, it's reasonable to think that if Garrett doesn't get the Cowboys over .500, he'll be looking for work next January.