IRVING _ Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett acknowledged Monday that he is aware of speculation about Sean Payton being a possible candidate to take his job if Payton becomes a free agent after this season.
But it is not something Garrett will be dwelling on as the Cowboys (3-5) seek to end a two-game losing streak Sunday at Philadelphia.
“Certainly, some people bring those kinds of things to my attention,” Garrett said. “But we’re just focused on what we need to do today. We need to clean up what happened in the game (a 19-13 loss to Atlanta) and … get ready for the Eagles. That’s what our focus is. We’re focused on being our best, day-to-day and week-to-week.”
Garrett, now 16-16 in his tenure as the Cowboys’ coach, said he takes “full responsibility” for both the team’s 3-5 start this season and its recurring offensive struggles. Dallas has managed touchdowns on just 11 of 25 red-zone possessions this season and has a turnover margin of minus-11, next-to-last among NFL teams.
Payton’s contract in New Orleans was voided by the NFL. A former Cowboys assistant coach and Westlake resident, Payton is serving a one-year suspension as part of the bounty-related sanctions against the Saints. Payton has a 62-34 record in New Orleans and a Super Bowl title, which would make him a hot commodity in the off-season if he is able to have his choice of NFL coaching jobs.
Garrett made it clear Monday that correcting the Cowboys’ ongoing woes remains at the top of his to-do list.
“It’s my job. I’m the head coach of the football team, so I’m responsible for 3-5 and all the issues that we have within our team,” Garrett said. “And I’ve got to make sure we get them right.”