Jerry Jones status as the worst general manager in the NFL at least in the eyes of the Sporting Newsbefore this season began, but not strongly disputed in other corners Matt Bryant Jersey is in jeopardy because of the Cowboys division title and run to the second round of the playoffs.Yet, in his combined role as owner and GM, if Jones cant bring back Jason Garrett, Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray, heriskslosing all the ground he gained in the stunning turnaround of a season that ended with such heartbreak and controversy in Green Bay.IYER: Sorry, Cowboys, but it was the right call | PHOTOS: NFL’s 10 most controversial callsEven with those obstacles looming, Jones’ resurgence was significant enough for him to pull out of last place and leave it all alone to … Reggie McKenzie of the Raiders, No. 31 in Sporting News’preseason rankings. One other contender, the Jets’ John Idzik, wasfired, whileWashington’s Bruce Allen and Miami’s Dennis Hickeyhad their positions watered down.Going into this season, the Cowboys had won one playoff game since 1996 six head coaches and numerous big-name players ago. This time, they likely came within one controversial call of playing in Seattle for a berth in the Super Bowl.Garrett, the head coach who took them there and who Jones has championed since long before he actually gave him the job five years ago, worked the season as a lame duck, with he and Jones deciding not to negotiate during Vic Beasley Jersey the season.Now, Jones told reporters after Sundays lo s, Garrett is his top priority.Im very complimentary of the coaching job weve done, starting with Jason, Jones said, according to the Dallas Morning News. He did just an outstanding job, and hes my coach of the year. Having been part of what made him have that succe s is what he did with the coordinators (Bill Callahan and Rod Marinelli). They did a great job as well.In general, this staff is one that youd like to keep going with a lot of other things influencing your ability to keep a staff together.Callahan, Marinelli and offensive play-caller Scott Linehanare have expiring contracts as well, and all would surely be in demandif they did not re-sign.MORE: Marinelli reportedly taking Bucs DC job | Top candidates for NFL openingsYet none of Devonta Freeman Jersey them, even Garrett, will be the magnets for offseason attention that Bryant and Murray will be. A case can be made that both are the best players at their position in the NFL right now; both are first-team All-NFL and are just 26.If either or both of them get away, Garretts job gets much harder, and his chance at repeating or sustaining this years succe s takes a severe plunge. This seasons 12-4 finish, remember, was his first winning season after three straight 8-8 marks.Jones has previously said hes willing to use the franchise tag on Bryant, whose contract talks in the past have been contentious. The tag for wide receivers is projected in one report as $12.71 million, and it could be higher, as last years figures were higher than projections.The projected tag for running backs is $10.5 million. Murray led the NFL and set a franchise record with 1, Brian Poole Jersey 845 yards.The Cowboys are right at next years projected cap, so just keeping Bryant and Murray will take some major roster shuffling, much le s retaining their other free agents and going shopping themselves.Jones smartly built the NFLs best offensive line, locked down an elite left tackle with Tyron Smiths contract extension, saw a gamble on linebacker Rolando McClain pay off, narrowly avoided the potential disaster of drafting Johnny Manziel in the first round last spring, and got away with cutting Pro Bowl pa s rusher DeMarcus Ware for cap reasons.In the two decades since he and Jimmy Johnson split, Jones has never looked better in the job than he does right now.But if he cant keep this team together for next season and beyond, and it begins wallowing in mediocrity again, then hell have to answer that same question again:Why does this owner put up with the terrible job done by his general manager?
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