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Cowboys' Jones: Garrett's job safe

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Owner Jerry Jones said head coach Jason Garrett isn't coaching for his job in 2013 and is in no imminent danger of being fired.

Jones ended the 2012 season promising to make things uncomfortable for everyone at Valley Ranch and focused on finding an offensive coordinator to alleviate Garrett of minding the most minor details and possibly play-calling.

Dallas finished 8-8 last season and the Cowboys haven't made the playoffs since 2009. The wild-card round win over the Eagles that year is the team's only postseason victory since 1996. There's pressure from the top to change that, considering Jones' expectations for the past several years -- beginning three years ago when the owner/GM said the Cowboys would be in the Super Bowl at new Cowboys Stadium -- to not just hit the postseason, but reach the NFL pinnacle.

But is Garrett, 21-19 since replacing Wade Phillips, coaching for his job?

"He's not," Jones said at the NFL owner's meetings in Boston. "What we're doing is taking the assets that we have, and Jason being right at the top -- certainly our premier asset -- and we're using him to the best of our ability."

That's Jones' motivation for adding the title of offensive coordinator to for Bill Callahan, a head coach at Nebraska and with the Oakland Raiders.

Garrett was promoted from offensive coordinator to interim head coach when Phillips was fired. Garrett retained play-calling duties but Jones suggested in December the team might consider re-assigning that role.

Callahan called plays as a head coach at Nebraska and with the Raiders.

"(Garrett) is not only for it, he is encouraging it," Jones said.

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