Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was criticized for his play-calling during the Cowboys' 8-8 season. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Although he has thus far survived the wave of firings since the NFL's regular season ended, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is reportedly being pressured by owner Jerry Jones. Jones is pushing Garrett to relinquish play-calling duties, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen (via ProFootballTalk).
Garrett, the former Cowboys quarterback and offensive coordinator, is known as an offensive specialist, while the team hired Monte Kiffin as defensive coordinator this week to replace axed coach Rob Ryan. But Garrett came under fire after Dallas missed the playoffs for the third straight year at 8-8, particularly for his clock management.
Jones also wants Garrett to fire his brother, John, the team's tight ends coach who is calling around the league in search of other jobs, according to Mortenson.
John Garrett also played at Princeton and participated in Cowboys training camp as a wide receiver in 1988. He came to Dallas as a coach along with his brother in 2007 and also held the title of "passing game coordinator" the last two years.
The move could be Jones' way of forcing Jason Garrett out, writes PFT's Mike Florio:
It also could mean that the Princeton-educated Garretts sense that Jones is trying to provoke a showdown that will result in Jason Garrett leaving as the head coach without Jones flat-out firing him. Indeed, it’s one thing for Jones to roll out of bed one morning and decide to make a coaching change. It’s quite another for Jones to want his head coach to make changes and for his coach to resist, creating an impasse that leads to only one logical conclusion.
The Cowboys are 21-19 during Garrett's tenure as head coach. He replaced the fired Wade Phillips halfway through the 2010 season.