Watching Jerry Jones answer difficult questions is always a comical affair, usually ending with long lines of explanation that really don't tell us much at all. With the Cowboys training camp opening, Jones was at it again.
"He's [Jason Garrett] been directly involved in the coaching of Romo for six years," Jones said via Les Carpenter of Yahoo Sports. "When he got here, Romo never had the same guy two years in a row. We've got to take advantage of that. His safety-net presence for what we're doing [not only as a team] but on offense is a big part of the plan. He gives us a real advantage."
"Romo has [shown] the kind of skills [to] everyone who has ever been around him to do what we are asking him to do," Jones continued. "But I don't mind telling you that it would be tough to go there if you didn't have Jason who is the safety net."
Jerry Jones has a history of ditching coaches in short order, but he's shown more than the usual dose of commitment for Jason Garrett. The reason for that may be tied to the fact that Garrett was brought into the fold in Dallas with the plan of eventually becoming the head coach. The other part, as Jones pointed out, is simply that Jones doesn't want to squander what Tony Romo brings to the table.
The real takeaway from Jones' comments is that once Tony Romo proves himself to be an expendable piece of the puzzle, something some think he already has proven, Jason Garrett will no longer have a legitimate role with the team. Likewise, once Garrett proves that he's not helping Tony Romo's continued development, the Cowboys will almost certainly be looking for a new head coach.