Jones insisted on Saturday that Garrett is not on the hot seat, utilizing some unique, apocalyptic terminology to articulate his staunch stance, as Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com documented in a report:
Everything I'm thinking about is not only about how to beat the Giants when we open up [the season], but also about what our future is in a plus manner or in a positive way with Jason. I look to the future with Jason, not just through his contract that we're sitting here with right now. I think he has a couple of years left on his contract, but that's not a thought.
It is not what is implied when you say, "This is an Armaggedon (sic) year for him." It's not that with me.
That's in spite of the fact that in Garrett's two full seasons at the helm, America's Team hasn't reached the playoffs and has posted back-to-back 8-8 campaigns.
Dallas lost to the New York Giants in the final regular season game with the NFC East divisional crown on the line, 31-14, two years ago, and it did so again in 2012 to the upstart Washington Redskins.
Overall, the Cowboys are 21-19 under Garrett. Although they have been on the brink of two home postseason games in back-to-back seasons, it is definitely time for the team to be more consistent and take the next step toward being a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
Should Jason Garrett be fired if the Cowboys don't make the 2013 playoffs?
High expectations inevitably accompany the storied Cowboys franchise. Thus far, Garrett hasn't quite lived up to them.
As MacMahon points out, Jones promised to make this offseason "uncomfortable" and shook things up by firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and bringing in Monte Kiffin to replace him.
Apparently, Garrett doesn't have to worry about his job security—even beyond this season. It remains to be seen how the move to rescind play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Bill Callahan will affect both Garrett's ability to be a head coach and the fluidity of Dallas' offense.
Perhaps, Jones will change his mind about Garrett if the Cowboys miss the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year in worse fashion than the previous two.