Jason Witten played his 250th career game Sunday, all of them under the management of Jerry Jones. You don’t stick around for sixteen years in one organization if you don’t smile and nod a few times to the guy who signs your checks.
Just days after the Cowboys owner and general manager publicly emasculated the Cowboys coaching staff following a bad 13-9 loss to the Patriots while calling the opposing coach “masterful,” Jason Garrett sure could have used some outward support to ice the burn, especially seeing as he does not have a contract after this season.
Jason Witten decided to back upper management instead.
“Passion, emotion, the energy he brings, that is Line 1 for Mr. Jones, I feel like from my perspective,” Jason Witten said Tuesday, via ESPN. “He wants to win. He expects to win. He feels like he’s put a great team together, which he has, and we haven’t played to our expectations of where we should be. That’s completely fair. I think it’s just the raw emotion of it all. He’s been around a lot of great football and knows what he wants it to look like.”
Witten’s comments come in the wake of Ezekiel Elliott delivering a subtle jab to Jones by calling his criticism “outside noise” that the team should not be distracted by.
The Cowboys are in first place in the NFC East but have yet to beat a team with a winning record. Shit has hit the fan at a very bad time, as the Cowboys are slated to battle the 8-3 Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving day.
At the risk of being overdramatic, Jason Garrett must secure a win or he’ll be sleeping under a bridge.