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November 11, 2012

Jason Garrett is off the hot seat... for at least one week

CBS’s The NFL Today show reported Sunday that Mike Holmgren has “serious interest” in coaching the Cowboys if Jason Garrett is fired. Last Sunday, speculation began that Sean Payton might be the next coach of the Cowboys after ESPN first reported that the league had voided Payton’s contract extension with the Saints.

But the Cowboys' victory over the Eagles quieted the rumor mill for at least one week.

“I think he kept his head down and kept charging,” said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who repeatedly has supported his coach. “Jason is a young guy, but life hasn’t been a bowl of cherries for him in football. I expect him to always be able to really handle criticism. I think he can handle that talk. He can handle rough.

“…I know he looks to the long haul. He should be looking to the long haul. He’s a young guy, and he’s got a bright future ahead of him I think.”

Garrett now is 17-16 in his career as a head coach, which began in the middle of the 2010 season when Wade Phillips was fired. The Cowboys ended a two-game losing streak Sunday against the Eagles and now face an easier part of their schedule.

Garrett never has wavered in his approach, preaching to his players that it is a day-to-day “process.”

“I give Jason a lot of credit,” Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said. “He stays the course.”

-- Charean Williams

Twitter: @NFLCharean

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