FRISCO, Texas (TNS) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took advantage of the bye weekend to watch his grandson John Stephen Jones, who plays quarterback at Arkansas, play against Vanderbilt last Saturday.
He also spent time talking on the phone and in person with coach Jason Garrett about the direction of the football team, namely the looming firing of offensive line coach Paul Alexander.
So, Jones had no problem and saw no issue with Garrett attending Game 3 of the World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Son on Friday night in Los Angeles.
His presence at the game was called a bad look by former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, who said it sent the wrong message to players and fans because the Cowboys (3-4) had a losing record at the bye.
"First of all, we don't have anybody, I'm not associated with anybody that works any harder than Jason Garrett," Jones said when asked about Johnson's comments on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan. "I can assure you that he did have his mind on our team.
"Like I said firsthand, we spent parts of the weekend, good parts of the weekend, in conversation Saturday and Sunday regarding this team and how we can improve it. So, I know this. I know where Jason Garrett's mind is and I know where his work ethic is. A little bit of respite now and then as far as a bye week is not an issue."
Jones refused to take a shot at Johnson and his work habits, given their long-standing feud following his controversial departure after leading the Cowboys to Super Bowl titles in 1992 and 1993.
"Again, I'm not going to get into that," Jones said. "That's not relevant. I think it's been a long time since we talked about what any of his habits are."
But Jones said there is no questioning Garrett who is as focused and conscientious as any coach he has ever had.
"I think we all recognize, 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," Jones said. "And, so, everyone takes that into account. But as far as 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."