Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 1/5/13
Cowboys-romo-talks
On the day Jerry Jones named his new full-time head coach two years ago, he insisted that Jason Garrett would have final say on everything that happens on the roster and the coaching staff. There was a belief, by some, that Jones' longtime relationship with Garrett and his father would provide the foundation for a respectful working arrangement. But in the aftermath of another 8-8 season that doesn't include a playoff trip, Jerry has taken back that promise. Garrett told reporters Monday that he expected to continue calling plays and that he felt like the "program" was moving forward. It only took Jones a day to undercut his head coach in suggesting that changes were in store. He could've at least had the decency to pretend that some of these changes were Garrett's idea, but that's not his style. He let it be known on his weekly radio show (105.3) that he was "irritated" and that it would be "uncomfortable" for the next few weeks and months at Valley Ranch. And that's why Garrett had to change his tune when he hopped on the club's flagship station Wednesday. "We would talk it through," said Garrett in response to a question regarding play-calling. "Again, line one for me in the position that I'm in is what's best for the Dallas Cowboys in every way, shape or form, however were doing. Anything and everything is on the table." And does that include Garrett's job? It's been seven days since the season ended and Jones hasn't definitively answered the question of whether Jason will return as the head coach in 2013. It's highly unlikely that he'll make a change at this point, but obviously he's mulling a lot of things over. His absence at Valley Ranch has been conspicuous over the past few days. And he hasn't left a lot of clues regarding what changes he's planning to make, which has left a lot of room for speculation. I know that staffers at Valley Ranch have begun the process of evaluating everything that took place on the field this season. They want to be ready when Jones pops his head in the office and starts asking questions. But my best guess is that he's spent the last few days soliciting ideas from folks outside the organization. It wouldn't surprise me if he's been on the phone with his good friend Mike Holmgren. And perhaps even Jimmy Johnson will receive a call. Jones likes to listen to several ideas and then incorporate the things that ring true to him. A lot of what he was doing this past Tuesday came off as grandstanding for an angry fan base, but I do believe he will take action at some point. It's not going to appease folks just to hear that Jerry's upset. After the 2008 season ended with a 44-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in a win-or-go-home game, Jones attempted to hire Dan Reeves as an offensive consultant. That deal fell through because Jones wanted Reeves to commit to a specific number of hours in the office, and the longtime coach found that somewhat offensive. No matter what changes are implemented, Jones has already demoted Garrett in a sense. The appearance he's created is of a head coach waiting around for his walking orders. Jason said the other day that he can't divulge which changes that he and Jerry have discussed. But there's a good chance he doesn't have a good sense for what's about to happen, either. The organization has to wait for Jones to return from his fact-finding mission. (He didn't even bask in the glow of the Cotton Bowl on Friday). Until then, everyone is free to speculate on what happens next. The Cowboys certainly have some players moving in the right direction Dez Bryant, Anthony Spencer, Dwayne Harris but there's also a lot of uncertainty. They have to figure out why starting right tackle Doug Free took an enormous step backwards and whether it's time to release him. And the same applies to wide receiver Miles Austin, who posted his second consecutive disappointing season. It's obvious that inside linebackers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter are core players moving forward, but you wonder how injury-prone they will be throughout their careers. And there's the same worry with running back DeMarco Murray, who missed six weeks with a foot injury. Jones has already made his decision at quarterback. Despite Tony Romo's dreadful performance last Sunday, he's still the Cowboys' best option. This is not considered a strong draft for quarterbacks and there's no one interesting on the free-agent market. The Cowboys will sign Romo to a long-term deal this offseason and hope they can surround him with enough talent to finally break through. The alleged rebuilding of the offensive line has been an utter disaster. Tyron Smith appears to be solid at left tackle, but everything else is up in the air. The Cowboys threw a bunch of money at two free-agent guards this past offseason. Nate Livings did a decent job at left side, but it's hard to imagine him as the long-term answer. The Cowboys need to either draft or sign in free agency a starting center, guard and possibly a right tackle. This is the result of the organization taking shortcuts instead of truly looking to rebuild the offensive line. Now, we wait for Jerry to return from the mountaintop. He's already effectively stripped Garrett of whatever authority he still possessed. And quite honestly, having a puppet for a head coach makes him pretty comfortable. Of course, there's one move Jerry could make that might transform the entire organization...oh forget it. Sorry I even brought it up.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dwight Howard: ‘I have not asked the Rockets to trade me’

Nazem Kadri fined $5,000 for throat-slashing gesture

Hassan Whiteside suspended one game for elbowing Boban Marjanovic

Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has torn labrum

Report: Antonio Tarver suspended six months, fined $50,000 for positive test

Texans owner wants team to draft a top quarterback

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Subban undergoes larynx surgery, out at least eight weeks

Report: Raiders staying in Oakland for 2016 season

Cavaliers showing trade interest in Kings’ Ben McLemore

Report: Rockets shopping Dwight Howard

Jim Fassel takes issue with Cam Newton's warmup MVP cleats

Report: NFL upholds Vontaze Burfict’s three-game suspension

Kobe Bryant shoots down notion he wants All-Star MVP record

Justin Tuck will sign one-day contract to retire with Giants

Ronda Rousey returns to training

Von Miller likely to get franchise tag from Broncos

Barry J. Sanders transferring to Oklahoma State

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

USWNT start Olympic qualification in style by scoring in first 12 seconds

Magic Johnson wants Peyton Manning to join Rams

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

Franchise tag has been a useful tool for John Elway, Broncos

The 16 best NBA All-Star Game sneakers ever

Eight most potentially combustible MLB clubhouses

Matt Barnes coyly denies IG post was shot at Derek Fisher

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker