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January 21, 2014

Garrett says Cowboys feel good about 'under contract' Callahan and Kiffin, but doesn't promise same roles

The Cowboys are keeping embattled coordinators Bill Callahan and Monte Kiffin, but head coach Jason Garrett didn’t promise they would return in the same roles.

“We’ll keep looking at how we can be better as a staff and what roles everybody’s in and what we’re asking them to do,” Garrett said Tuesday at the Senior Bowl, asked if he had to be convinced by owner Jerry Jones to keep the veteran assistants for another year. “But those guys are really good football coaches.”

Speaking a day earlier, Jones said he did not feel as inclined this year to make major staff changes as he did last year, when he brought in Kiffin to change the defensive scheme to a 4-3 and also declared that Callahan would take over play-calling from Garrett.

Garrett sidestepped the idea that Kiffin and Callahan wouldn’t have returned.

“Those guys are under contract. We feel good about that,” he said. “We’re always going to try to do things that are in the best interest of our football team. … We’ll keep looking at what everyone’s roles are and however it settles down.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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