Cowboys' Jones defends Garrett attending WS game
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is not concerned about head coach Jason Garrett traveling to Los Angeles to attend Game 3 of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers, despite some external criticism.
"I'm not associated with anybody that works any harder than Jason Garrett," Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. "I can assure that he did have his mind on our team. ... I know where Jason Garrett's mind is and I know where his work ethic is. A little bit of a respite now and then as far as the bye week is not an issue."
Garrett attended the game, which lasted for a World Series-record 18 innings, on Friday during the Cowboys' bye week, sitting behind home plate and hanging out with country singer Brad Paisley.
His presence drew criticism from former Cowboys Super Bowl-winning head coach Jimmy Johnson, who said on Sunday's pregame show on Fox, "I think it sends the wrong message, not only to the fans, but to the players. At 3-4, there's work to be done."
The Cowboys' coaches were given time off through the weekend, and the players were not required to return from the bye until Wednesday, with the Cowboys' next game on Monday night against the Tennessee Titans.
Jones said he's not concerned about Garrett being distracted or putting in any less than his utmost effort.
"No one recognizes more the visibility and, if you will, interest in what we are doing when we aren't playing football on that particular weekend and so everyone takes that into account," Jones said. "But as far as, again, going back to Jason. I just chuckle when I think about there might be some criticism as to where his mind is and his work ethic."
Garrett, 52, is 70-57 as the Cowboys' head coach in eight-plus seasons.
His tenure is already 47 games longer than any of the other six Cowboys head coaches since Jones bought the team. Johnson coached 80 games with Dallas before parting ways with the team in March of 1994 after winning a second consecutive Super Bowl.
--Field Level Media
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