By Clarence E. Hill Jr.
Irving _ The benefit of time and hindsight has done nothing to change owner Jerry Jones' opinion about his decision to go the sideline in the middle the Eagles game to talk coach Jason Garrett.
Jones has no regrets about what he did and seemingly didn't care whether it appeared that he was undermining his head coach.
Jones said the issue of quarterback Tony Romo's health, the outcome of the Giants game and the plan for the rest of the Eagles game was too important to wait. He needed to look Garrett in his eyes for a face-to-face conversation.
"I believe in critical times to the extent that you can communicate eye to eye," Jones said during an spot on 1310-AM Monday morning. "It isn’t just words. It’s body language, it’s everything. So it is important to me when I am down there to be evaluating. In this particular case, I did want nothing to drop between the lines communication-wise. We had talked about clearly what would happen if the Giants won, what we would be doing with Felix (Jones) during this ball game and the need to have him healthy if we could do anything about it next week. But what we hadn’t talked about was what if something happened and there was a question mark about Romo, how that would be handled. That’s Jason’s decision. But he doesn’t need to be making that one by himself. So I wanted to very briefly step down there with just a few minutes gone in the first quarter, sit there and say 'here is the lay of the land, Romo has a hand injury. You make the decision, but our emphasis should be on New York '."
Jones said he makes the call on personnel as he has done with every coach he's hired on the Cowboys but he doesn't “call plays”, “decide on philosophy” or anything relative to what "he thinks of as coaching."
Garrett said it’s a non issue for him. He understood why Jones came to the sideline and believes they handled things the right way. To him, that's all that matters
"It’s not a big issue to me at all," Garrett said. "We are a team. We are a team as players, coaches and personnel people and certainly our general manager and owner. And we communicate. And we feel communication is important. And we just wanted to be on the same page in that situation. So I thought we handled the thing the right way in terms of not risking Tony anymore and not risking Felix anymore."
Although he could have got the information from a number of other people on the sideline, Garrett said he didn't now the Giants had beat the Jets, rendering the Eagles game meaningless, unless Jones told him.