After the Dallas Cowboys lost to the Tennessee Titans on Monday night, Jerry Jones had some tough questions to answer.
Dallas was only able to muster 14 points and looked pretty lackadaisical while doing so. They didn’t score any points in the second half and they got sloppy on defense. Overall, it was a forgettable night.
Such a performance is never ideal from your coaching staff, especially if they were already on thin ice. When you add in the fact that they had two weeks to prepare for it all, well it seems like a formula that would lead to some change, does it not?
It’s worth noting that the Cowboys did make a coaching change just last week. They fired offensive line coach Paul Alexander, promoted Marc Columbo, and brought Hudson Houck back. When Jerry Jones was asked last night if there was any scenario where he would make an in-season coaching change, ESPN’s Todd Archer reports he had a very short answer.
“No,” Jones said.
This includes an offensive coordinator change.
#Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones tells me he does not anticipate any coaching changes. Not a head coach change, not an offensive coordinator change in season.— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) November 6, 2018
Jones went on to elaborate that he’s not happy but will have patience.
“I think we realize we have eight games to go, we’ve got a long way to go in this season,” Jones said. “We want to play better than we played tonight, so I certainly think each individual and coach and front-office person is going to have to do better, including me.”
“I very candidly didn’t see this coming,” Jones said. “I thought we would be sitting here with a positive result. This is a surprise to me and is a setback. Now when you’re halfway through the season, losing a ballgame in the NFL, if that causes you to be deterred or to not think that there’s a future ahead of you, then you’ve picked the wrong world to operate in. That’s not the life we’ve chosen.”
Of course, anything is possible. Just because Jerry Jones says he doesn’t anticipate a coaching change happening doesn’t mean a coaching change isn’t necessarily happening. As Pro Football Talk pointed out, Jerry Jones coincidentally said the exact same thing eight years prior to Monday night’s remarks and wound up making a change just days later.
When you lose in the NFL you have to deal with long weeks. At 3-5, the Dallas Cowboys are about to deal with one of the longest of their season, and that’s because it’s a short one as far as preparation time is concerned. Oh, the irony.