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Jason Garrett speaks to the media as the Dallas Cowboys prepare to head into the offseason.
- Any benefit that came out of this last game and the trend of consecutive key losses
- How do you keep veterans (like Romo, Witten) from getting frustrated beyond rebound
- Where do you draw hope when the 8-8 result is the same for the past few years
- Have any specific areas been identified that absolutely needs to be fixed in offseason
- Does getting better defensively include sticking with this scheme/current coaching staff
- Based on last years changing of DC, how has the evaluation of Kiffin-Marinelli compared
- Have any decision makers ruled out changing the defensive scheme
- What feedback/discussions have taken place recently about his (Jason Garrett’s) future
- When will decision be made regarding coordinators and position coaches
- What areas have shown progress that’s been made over the past three seasons
- What was the message to the team today during the exit interviews and meetings
- Feeling fortunate to have another year to put program in place when others don’t
- Does message/program need to be changed/altered; are players buying in to program
- How hard is it to build a program with an aging core of players
- At what point does it take playoff appearances to prove this program is worthwhile
- How do you break away from the recent history of losing close games by a few points
- How does the team benefit from the mistakes that have been made (Jerry Jones remark)
- How do you feel that you have grown/evolved since being involved with Cowboys
- How disappointed in key defensive players when they didn’t play consistently this season
- Does he feel like he’s benefited from changes in offensive play calling this season
- Will the current play calling structure continue next season
- Did Garrett take over primary play calling duties during the last part of this season
- The dynamic between the personnel department and the coaching staffs influence
- Can the team get over the hump without making significant changes in the offseason
- Confidence in Tony Romo being able to return without lingering or recurring back issues
- DeMarcus Ware had career low numbers in sacks; he still a good fit going forward
- Is Ware at point in his career where he would be more valuable as a pass rush specialist
- Is there a point in the “cap era” that players salaries (Ware) need to be reevaluated/justified
- What’s like to see coaches with Super Bowl rings or little time on job getting fired today
- Does he think it would be a good idea to draft a quarterback in May 2014
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ARLINGTON, Texas – Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones stood firm by his statement in the wreckage of another disappointing season.
Jones endorsed Jason Garrett to return as his head coach way back on Nov. 21, when the Cowboys were 5-5. Moments after his team had fallen short of an NFC East title for a third straight year, Jones reiterated that position.
“I have spoken at a little bit of a more appropriate time here three or four weeks ago, which I said at the time that I was with Jason, and I thought that his future and what he was going to be doing with us was good,” Jones said. “But this isn’t the time, despite how it feels or looks, to speak to anything about our coaches.”
Jones’ reluctance to speak on the issue could be seen as non-committal, but he was emphatic when asked a second time, in what turned into a 30-minute meeting with the media.
“I’ve said that a month ago, and so I stand by what I said a month ago,” he said.
It was bound to be a hot topic in the immediate aftermath of the Cowboys’ 24-22 loss to Philadelphia. Sunday marked the third-straight year during Garrett’s tenure the Cowboys have finished 8-8, and the third-straight year they have lost the division on the final night of the season.
For his part, Garrett said he was too focused on the season finale against the Eagles to give much thought to his job status – whatever it may be.
“I’m just focused on doing my job. We put a lot of time, effort, energy, and our guts into this ballgame and it is a disappointing loss for us, so that’s where all our focus and energy was,” he said.
For the second straight season, a late-game interception by the Cowboys dashed killed that focus and energy. Jones called the result extremely disappointing and hard to swallow – though he did credit Garrett and the team for resiliency during an up-and-down season.
“It’s unbelievable, unthinkable really for me to be sitting here three years in a row and this game putting us at .500 and this game eliminating us from getting to the playoffs,” Jones said. “I had thought that some of the changes we made this year would put us in better overall shape — our defense.”
He added: “I thought this team really took the challenges that were served up to it. Every team has them even the team we were playing tonight. But I thought we handled our challenges really well, and I give Jason Garrett a lot of credit for that about how we handled our challenges throughout the year and obviously, our injury situation.”
If Garrett’s job status is secure, it remains to be seen if any other changes will be made this offseason. Jones declined to speculate on the future of any other coaches.
Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, whose defense has been heavily criticized this season, said he isn’t focused on the future, though he’d like to return.
“I’m not thinking about that right now – I’m more concerned about not winning this football game,” he said. “I didn’t plan on retiring, so I’d like to keep on coaching – I really would.”
ARLINGTON — Dallas Cowboys fans faced Sunday night’s game against Philadelphia with excitement — but also some reservations.
With many players out hurt, the team had a high hurdle to overcome the Eagles to win the NFC East title and a pass to the playoffs.
Ron Barnes, 55, of Denton said the 8-7 record going into Sunday’s game had left him feeling lousy.
“I mean it’s just by the grace of God that we’re in a position where we might win the division,” Barnes said. “We’re lucky to be in the game.”
But he said he’ll always be there for his team.
“I mean they’re our team,” Barnes said. “I was born and raised in Texas. … Through thick and thin, I guess, and I hate the Eagles anyway.”
Eric Campos, 37, of Killeen said he came to Sunday’s game, though the season had left him frustrated, especially because of all the injuries.
The thing that keeps Campos going? Hope.
“We’re still Cowboys fans,” he said.
Elsa Rodriguez, 61, of Corpus Christi was primed to enjoy the game, regardless of the outcome, because it was her first time seeing the Cowboys in person.
But she conceded the team’s performance this season had taken a toll on her.
“The Cowboys have been nerve-racking. … So many emotions,” Rodriguez said.
Through it all, though, she has remained loyal.
“I wish they would just win them all easily, but that doesn’t happen. … They’ll still be my team,” Rodriguez said. “My whole family is Cowboys fans.”