The Cowboys are 5-5, and given their mediocrity the past few years under coach Jason Garrett, it seemed the final six games would determine if Garrett would return for another season.
But apparently owner Jerry Jones has made up his mind that Garrett is his guy for 2014, no matter what happens the rest of this season.
DallasCowboys.com said that when asked if Garrett would be back next year, Jones "emphatically said, 'yes.'"
"It's not that (an Armageddon year) for Jason, and I'm disappointed that we don't have a better record,” Jones said, according to the Cowboys' site. “But he has got us in position to win the division and got a team here that I firmly believe has the ability to be one of the better-playing teams at the end and in position to get in the playoffs. We see logically how to get in the playoffs, we have that, for all practical purposes, in our control. Now that's a pretty good spot to be in after 10 games. And so a lot of this story is to be played out. It does not have a bearing on whether or not he will be our coach next year."
After finishing 5-3 as interim coach in 2010, Garrett has gone 8-8 the last two seasons and is .500 again this year. When Dallas installed offensive coordinator Bill Callahan has its play-caller this past offseason, it seemed Garrett was on thin ice. Apparently he's pretty safe.
Just because Jones said Garrett is safe doesn't bind him to stick with that decision if the Cowboys don't make the playoffs. Perhaps Jones said what he did now to eliminate that storyline and distraction for the rest of the season.
Jones also doesn't seem swayed by public opinion, and if he has decided that Garrett is coming back, it's probably a safe bet that he's going to stick with that decision regardless of any backlash.
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