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November 27, 2012

Jerry Jones says he likes HC being OC because when offense scores, there’s a feeling head coach helped them score

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

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Garrett is in fact a clone HC not of Sean Payton but of Norv turner. Both Garrett & Norv are soft as marshmallow and weak individuals to boot. The only difference between them is that Norv is an excellent Offensive Co-Ordinator whereas Garrett is just a plain old simple fraud whose Press conferences are full of worn out old cliches and the same old tired rhetoric about nothing substantial. And BTW, Garrett is averse to running the football that is why there is NO RUNNING GAME in a club that is FAMOUS FOR ITS GREAT RBs. Shame on you Garrett, you dumbo fraud!!!

This is not a good set of reasons for the HC and OC to be the same person. Consistent success is a good reason.

That said, the major failing with the combined HC/OC role is that, when the defense is out on the field, the OC can't get together with the Offense and discuss strategy changes and make corrections during the game. He has to wait for half time. By that time the game is lost.

The record and performance bears this out.

Pluses? Look at the offensive woes of this team. So, if it makes the team feel better when they get in the end zone, does it make the team feel worse when the off coord/head coach CAN'T get the team in the end zone?

This offense has been a disgrace. They did not score a first half TD against Carolina, Atlanta, Clev and Wash. And it took them til the last 30 seconds of the half to get one against Chicago.

Jerry Jones needs to stop trying to convince the public that there are any "pluses" with Jason Garrett. There are NONE. Thats as head coach or off coord. He is in over his head. He NEVER has the team ready to play. They are sloppy, unmotivated, undisciplined and show no guts whatsoever.

If he wants to keep this clown as head coach, its his choice. But dont try selling to the fans that there are "pluses" to Jason Garrett. He is as big a zero as head coach as Jerry is as GM.

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