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December 24, 2013

Jerry Jones says Jason Garrett is not coaching for his job Sunday

Jason Garrett will return as coach of the Cowboys next season regardless how they do Sunday in a win-or-go-home game against the Eagles, Jerry Jones declared again Tuesday.

On his radio show on KRLD-FM, the owner took issue with those who insist Garrett is coaching for his job.

"That’s just not right. That’s just not correct," Jones said. "I addressed that three or four weeks ago. He is not. That’s all you need to say about. I have said the last couple of games I don’t want to talk about it, because it looks like that because someone else needs an answer, that it’s a point of consideration. I’ve said early, I did it purposely several weeks back, said that certainly in terms of looking at the future, his future is bright with the Cowboys."

Jones initially gave Garrett a vote of confidence during the week of the Giants game in November. After the loss to the Packers two weeks ago, he said he had already "slammed the door" on speculation about Garrett's future.

Garrett is 29-26 since he took over for Wade Phillips during the 2010 season. The Cowboys were 8-8 in each of the past two seasons, and if they lose to the Eagles on Sunday, will finish 8-8 again. Dallas has not made the postseason since 2009.

"The other thing in Jason’s case is at this time in his career, he’s learning leaps and bounds and learning every day," Jones said Tuesday on the radio. "I want our team to take advantage of that. There’s been nothing in the time he’s been the head coach, and there’s been nothing in the time he was the coordinator before that and a player before that, that shows that he does not have the ability to do everything required of a head coach in the NFL. He’s got it. Let me be real clear: He’s got it, and he’s shown that."

-- Charean Williams



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