After that question was when Jerry let out his statement that people at Valley Ranch for the coming weeks and even months need to be very uncomfortable. Throughout the interview he wanted to stress a need to hit the fundamentals. I think in retrospect Jerry Jones was telling all of us a lot more than we realized.
One reason I think so is because after he said people were going to be uncomfortable he was once again questioned about Jason Garrett and his development moving forward, and this time the praise from the owner came easy. He said that “in terms of his character, in terms of the kind of individual that you want as a leader and in a coach he’s at the top of the list. There’s no comparison. He’s got it.”
So let’s analyze just this part for a moment. He didn’t say anything, good or bad about Rob Ryan, but when asked about Garrett’s development he basically became his agent. This got me to wondering if the relationship with Rob Ryan was shall we say, frosty? In retrospect I absolutely think it was. If you go to NFL.com and go to their videos section for the Cowboys there is a video of Jerry greeting the players and coaches after a hard fought win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Jerry hugged players. He hugged Jason Garrett.
When Rob Ryan was coming by they barely made eye contact. Was that an indication there was already some friction? It certainly is possible. Especially as you hear Jerry in recent days talking about the losses to Chicago and Seattle when Rob Ryan had an almost fully healthy Defensive Squad. Many have correctly noted it wasn’t Rob’s squads who fell apart those days, but clearly if Jerry is stewing about those losses and then the two men were not celebrating with each other while almost everyone else was, there was friction.