OXNARD, California – Cowboy owner Jerry Jones saved the biggest news at the end. Or the worst news, depending on your point of view.
Asked if this was a playoff or bust season for head coach Jason Garrett, Jones said:
"No. That's the best answer I can give, and the most beautiful."  And that ended the 45-minute news conference that opened the training camp on Wednesday afternoon.
Most of us in the media (and I imagine that the majority of cowboy fans) The opposite was the case: a team that went 9-7 while Ezekiel Elliott's suspension over the club throughout the season hung up, before he finally missed six games, should improve, right? Emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art…7805 & lang = DE His strength is that he only had one loss record in seven seasons, but he also had three 8 ̵
"If I am so brave, I would say that he is a much better coach than last year or year before or the year before," Jones said.
It's a strange chorus Jones once said, that long learning curve that Princeton Garrett needed, although in his fourth season as the team's playmaker, he was the offensive coordinator when he got the top job. Remember, Philadelphia's Doug Pederson did not even play for Andy Reid in Kansas City before he found the Eagles job. He won a Super Bowl in his second season with a second-quarterback.
The Sean McVay of the Rams won the NFC West in his first season as head coach. Garrett was in his second Ivy League school when McVay was born.
Nevertheless, the Jones story continues. Jason took his time and is getting better and better …
Garrett said he believes he has improved in every aspect of the job and has decided not to name a specific area. And he acknowledged that he and the staff will be challenged to keep the offense going after the resignation of Jason Witten and the release of Dez Bryant.
"These are two very, very special players, but it's the nature of the game. Others will be ready to step up," said Garrett.
How Allen Hurns and rookie Michael Gallup at a wide receiver and Blake Jarwin and rookie Dalton Schultz at a close performance will say a lot about how long Jones has been at his "no defeat or failure."
Maybe that's what Jones firmly believes, or it may simply be the kind of thing you say, when the Californian air fills you with optimism, while the head coach sits directly to your left. "I'd say that our coach and our coaching staff are the one The main reason is that I am excited about what we have in store this year, "Jones said.
Keep in Remember that Jones has uttered his love for ambiguity in the past and often The opening of the Cowboy Training Camp 2018 with such a glowing praise for Garrett and his associates leaves only two options: the team can return to the playoffs and fellow employees Awards are given to get a young team on track, or the team can fail, and employees who have failed to bring a certain amount of playoff fame to the AT & T Stadium will be held accountable.
Ultimately, I think Jones is going ahead with all that. He really likes Garrett and thinks he is the man for the job, but he also knows that this is a results-driven business and Garrett has not achieved anything to talk about. After seven full years he was in the playoffs as often as Chan Gailey.
Jones opened the press conference, saying he felt like the club "eating and eating our cake". 19659003] The next six months will tell whether the cowboys can regain their footing and prove their superiority in the NFC East, or whether it's time for Jones to eat his words with all the cake.
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