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Jerry Jones: Not make-or-break season for Cowboys coach Jason Garrett

Jerry Jones: Garrett not coaching for job

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Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, left, and owner Jerry Jones, right, speak at the "State of the team" news conference during NFL football training camp on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Oxnard, Calif. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn't happy with his team playing the middle with three straight 8-8 seasons, but that doesn't necessarily mean Jones thinks his head coach is on the hot seat.

Jones words, especially after they are transcribed, often can be hard to interpret. But he appears to be saying that Jason Garrett doesn't need to win a defined number of games this season to keep his job.

"In terms of the record of this team, this is not a make or break situation for Jason," Jones said, per "Members of this staff, we've got a job to do. We obviously are gonna see what we're doing this afternoon and what we're doing the next day and the next day and the next day."

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Jones always has respected Garrett, to the point where he was hired to an undetermined role prior to Jones naming Wade Phillips the head coach. Of course, Garrett succeeded Phillips and has a record of 29-27 overall. But Garrett has not made the playoffs in his three-plus seasons.

Still, Jones appears to be very comfortable with where he is on a personal level with his coach.

"I know firsthand we've got a relationship," Jones said. "There's nobody that has a better feel for me than Jason in terms of relationship. We both know where our expectations are and when it's looking good and when it's looking dire. I don't expect it to be the latter." 

So there are expectations ... we just don't know what they are. The Cowboys have a bad defense, no bones about it, and their offense has questions with Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray battling injuries the past few seasons. But Jones sent a fairly strong, if not somewhat vague, show of support for his coach, so this might not be the kind of season where Garrett is coaching for his Cowboys life.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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