Jerry Jones on Garrett's coaching ability
NOV 27, 2012 12:48p ET
The Cowboys owner and general manager spent nearly half of his weekly radio interview on Tuesday talking about Jason Garrett and his ability to balance coaching the entire team and being the offensive play-caller.
Jones can certainly be long-winded with his answers, but this sentence best summed up his thoughts on Garrett: "At this particular juncture, Jason doesn't have too much on his plate."
When Garrett became the Cowboys offensive coordinator in 2007, the team finished second in the league in points scored (28.4) and third in yards per game (365.7). While the yards per game climbed to a 399.4 average in 2009, the points have never gotten close to 2007. In Garrett's two years as head coach, the Cowboys have fallen to the middle of the pack when it comes to scoring average, currently sitting 11th in the NFC at 22.0 points per game.
"I think he certainly has the capacity to handle a lot of things," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. "I've heard all of my life that if you really want a job done right, pick the busiest person you can find to go do it. It has just always worked that way. A small percentage of people do 85 percent of the work. Those are the kinds of things that I've heard. The facts are that I know that you can cover too much ground, and you let detail drop through the cracks when you cover a lot of ground. Advantages are also there."
Jones said he believes the hardest working person in an NFL organization is the offensive coordinator. It'd be difficult to find anyone that would say Garrett isn't that, but perhaps he's over his head with his responsibilities. With his 18-17 record as Cowboys head coach, that argument can be made.
But don't expect changes as long as Jones believes that a person operating solely as head coach doesn't work.
"If a coach is successful on offense and as well as being the head coach, that gives him more influence, in my mind," Jones said. "And I agree with that. Joe Gibbs is the one who basically explained that to me a long time ago."
Jones added: "I will say this, if you get it in the end zone and your head coach is your coordinator, there's more of a feeling that he got it in the end zone and he helped us get it in the end zone like the quarterback did."
Of course, Jones didn't close the door on the possibility of having what he calls a "walk-around coach." He said Garrett could operate in that capacity. But he added that making such a move would eliminate "some of the pluses that go with being the coordinator and the head coach."
The question that has yet to be answered: How long do you wait for those pluses?
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