Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says one of the advantages to having the head coach also be the offensive coordinator – a setup that he likes – is that when the offense scores, the team feels like the head coach helped get them in the end zone.
“If you get it in the end zone and your head coach is the coordinator, there’s more of a feeling he got it in the end zone and he helped us get it in the end zone like the quarterback did,” Jones said Tuesday on his radio show on KRLD 105.3 FM “The Fan.”
Jones was making a point about the difficulty of an offensive coach’s job. He said because offensive plays are more fragile than defensive plays, offensive coaches gain stature when they accomplish their goal of scoring.
“If a coach is successful on offense as well as being the head coach, that gives him more influence, in my mind,” Jones said. “Joe Gibbs is the one that basically explained that to me a long time ago.”
Jones was answering questions from the show hosts about whether Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is weighed down with his head coach and coordinator responsibilities.
“I thought you were going to ask ... are the defenses throwing enough at you today that it’s more difficult to be an offensive coordinator today?” Jones said. “I don’t know. I really can’t answer that one. You could easily make the case. But I don’t have the statistic or a fact- based answer for you there. I will say this: That if you get it in the end zone and you’re head coach is the coordinator, there’s more of a feeling he got it in the end zone and he helped us get it in the end zone like the quarterback did.”
Jones said the hardest-working person on a team is the offensive coordinator.
“They’ve got more to do in a game week than anyone,” he said. “Consequently, they really have the hardest job as well as having the most to do. They have to coach offense. Your players don’t rely on as much instincts as you do on defense. And coaches don’t rely on it as much. In other words, you’ve got to have discipline, you’ve got to know where you’re going, and frankly, you can have a player mess it up on defense and still make a defensive play. You have a player mess it up on offense, and chances are, you’ve ruined the play. And that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but not much. So it’s tougher, in general, in my mind. Having said that, if a coach is successful on offense and as well as being the head coach, that gives him more influence, in my mind.”
Jones said he does not believe it’s too much for Garrett right now.
“He certainly has the capacity to handle a lot of things,” Jones said. “... I do know that you can cover too much ground and you let detail drop through the cracks when you cover a lot of ground. The advantages are also there. At this particular junction, Jason does not have too much on his plate.”
Jones also said he won’t rule out Garrett one day being a “walk-around” coach, the kind that supervises the coaching of the team.
“Jason could easily be a walk-around coach,” Jones said. “All you’ve got to do is get him an offensive coordinator. Again, you take away some of the plusses that go with being the coordinator and the head coach.”
-- Carlos Mendez