ARLINGTON, Texas - Because all of us were born yesterday, or the day before yesterday, we are to believe that a head coach/manager entering the final year of his contract with no hint of a guarantee of an extension is a good thing.
This is what Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is selling about manager Ron Washington, who is in the final year of his contract. JD did today to a gathering of the media that watched a handful of the Rangers workout at the Ballpark.
"I just don't like commenting on anyone's status," Daniels said as he complimented Washington's work (611-524, 2 AL pennants in 7 seasons). "We know what he's about."
He also said: "He's been a huge part of what we've done here. I expect that to continue going forward."
Roughty 1,000 miles south east of Randol Mill Road in Arlington sat Cowboys owner/GM/president/asst. head coach Jerry Jones in Mobile, Ala. at the Senior Bowl expressing similar feelings for his head coach. The only difference is there is no hard confirmation that Jason Garrett is in the final year of his deal, although it is widely believed that '14 is his last season under contract.
Jerry told reporters at the Senior Bowl he is in "no rush" to extend JG. How could he be?
He also said that Garrett coaching in the final year of his contract is "mistakenly taken as if the future is not there, and that's wrong."
And that is also a load.
JD said he did not think a clubhouse will be affected by Wash's contract status. He did not say whether or not he believed in the bogeyman.
Every player looks at his head coach, or manager, differently if he doesn't have the security and backing of management. Security and backing is an extension. JD knows this, too.
The final year of a deal tests a head coach/manager to the extreme. If they play for him then, they care and he has a chance. If they don't, he's done.
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