Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declined to give a second vote of confident to coach Jason Garrett following a collapse against the Green Bay Packers where they squandered a 23-point lead.
Jones told Dallas reporters after the 37-26 loss it would be a mistake to assume that by him not addressing Garrett's job security it means that he's in trouble.
Jones had previously given Garrett a vote of confidence in November, but didn't repeat that following the loss to Green Bay.
“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 said. “This is not appropriate to talk about it right now. We've just had a loss.”
Why not reaffirm his commitment?
“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,” Jones said. “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. ..
“I slammed that door back here, when was it, four weeks ago. 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. That's not accurate, that's not accurate at all.”
So, what's next?
“And we've got a lot of work to do here as you can see,” Jones said. “We've got a real challenge ahead of us. This is a bitter, bitter disappointment to lose this game right here in our stadium, and we've got an opportunity to sweep the East by playing the Redskins and by playing the Philadelphia Eagles. We'll start with the Redskins, and if we do we'll win the East. That was our first goal. Then y'all will be seeing me and asking me if I'm giving him a raise, an extension.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun