Jerry Jones did not want to shake his hand Sunday night about the future of coach Jason Garrett with the Cowboys, but said he was open to the possibility of some kind of disturbance inside the organization.
Jones told reporters he did not have a “shared timetable” to decide whether to bring Garrett back for a tenth full season in charge of the team (Garrett replaced Wade Phillips in mid-2010). Dallas was eliminated from the playoffs in Week 17 despite the Redskins’ 47-16 victory. The Eagles claimed the NFC playoff spot, beating the Giants and sending the East Division.
Later in his television newsletter, Jones said he could see significant changes in the offseason, though it was not clear if he was talking about personal changes or changes in team personnel.
NFL PLAYOFF PICTURE: Updated AFC, NFC Scores for Week 17
“I’m making changes and I can definitely see myself making a lot of changes in many areas, only times are asking for it, I’m in for a change, I’m changing a lot,” Jones said.
Jones also declined to evaluate Garrett’s work leading the Cowboys to an 8-8 record, a game behind the 9-7 Eagles. However, he reiterated how much he considers Garrett personally.
VIDEO: Cowboys-Redskins Highlights
“I’ve met Jason, really, I feel like I’ve been in professional football. His dad (Jim) was here when I came here and was looking for us for 20 years. His dad said, ‘Stay next to Jerry.’ “Said Jones.
“The bottom line is that I have all the respect in the world for him and his generation and I think it’s a great asset, not just for us but for the NFL.”
MORE: Top contenders, if Cowboys, Garrett some ways
Garrett, meanwhile, has again moved on to questions about what could happen to him the following days now that his contract has expired.
“We had an unforgettable day with our football team and an emotional locker room afterwards,” Garrett told the news conference after the game (via the Dallas Morning News). “You want to live in those moments and you want to embrace those moments and a special group of men I have been around and coached and coached with just so proud of what our team did today. But, again, you just want to enjoy it day and devour the day’s emotions. “
Garrett set a regular season record of 85-67 and a playoff 2-3 with the Dallas. The Cowboys have made the postseason three times and have only lost one season under Garrett, though the team has also gone 8-8 four times.