Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tried his best to distance himself from the
rumor surrounding Saints coach Sean Payton on his radio show on Tuesday.
Jones said he can't have any contact with Payton and that he knows nothing of Payton's business with the Saints or his contract situation.
Jones, however, was more convoluted when it came time to talk about the status of his own coach, Jason Garrett.
On one hand, Jones preached patience and even compared Garrett to Tom Landry and Bill Belichick, who struggled early in their careers before winning Super Bowl titles and becoming legends.
"You have to look at his short tenure and potential for the future,"
Jones said. "Yes I made a coaching change with coach who only been here
two years (Chan Gailey). I regretted it. That was not the thing I should
have done. It's one of the few things I would take back as far the
coaching thing. Look at Belichick being fired in Cleveland and ends up at
New England. The books are full of coaches who started slow and ended
up doing an outstanding job. I don't have to remind you of Coach
Landry's early years."
On the other hand, Jones said the Cowboys have talent better than their 3-5 record. He says they have quarterback they can win a Super Bowl with in Tony Romo. They have linebacker DeMarcus Ware and nose tackle Jay Ratliff in their prime. The time is now for them to win and they can't waste on a coach learning on the job.
"We have talent," Jones said. "We don't have time to have a bad time, not in their careers.
We can't have a coach gaining experience. That's the challenge. We have to get to the ground running. We are not doing it right now."
Asked specifically how he will evaluate Garrett, Jones said the Cowboys need to a win game and get some positive momentum going. Jones said he is frustrated with the team's record but he hasn't given up up of a playoff run. He said they need to start winning, starting Sunday against the Eagles, a team that is also struggling at 3-5.
"We need to win a game," Jones said. "I looked for an uptick when Jason took over. I look for that now. The arrow going up."