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December 31, 2013

Jones says he decided to keep Garrett 'several weeks ago,' in part because Cowboys have had chances to win NFC East

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he made the decision to retain Jason Garrett as head coach “several weeks ago.”

“I didn’t make that decision yesterday,” he told KRLD 105.3 FM “The Fan” Tuesday in his weekly appearance. “I made that decision several weeks ago. What is important here is that I haven’t given it a consideration. What happened was I was answering questions, ‘Was I going to keep him?’ several weeks ago, and I answered, ‘Yes,’ then. Yes, we are going forward.”

Asked how he justified that decision, Jones said the Cowboys have been “in it.”

“We have been in it the last three years,” he said. “Of course, Jason has been on this staff going on seven years. We have been in it during his time as head coach. We have been in it right there, playing for it in the last game the last three years. I’m in complete step with our fans that want more than 8-8.”

Jones continued, “All you have to do is win a couple more. We have won some games that were hard-fought to get those eight wins. So having said that, I think there is a positive to have the team right there in a position to win the East, fighting for it, certainly prepared. That was a bearing on my decision with Jason.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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