Jason Garrett isn’t interested in discussing his job status.
He takes a day-to-day approach in coaching and life, and was in no mood to talk about being in the final year of his contract on Thursday. The Cowboys, after all, are days away from their biggest game of the season against the Eagles on Sunday night with the NFC East lead on the line.
“All I have interest in is this practice that starts in 10 minutes,” Garrett said.
But it seems like a foregone conclusion that Garrett and the Cowboys will reach an agreement to extend their partnership for well beyond this season.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones made it clear that the organization feels Garrett is “the right guy for this job” during a radio appearance on KTCK-AM on Wednesday night, saying his father, owner Jerry Jones, shares the same sentiment.
“Jason not only was qualified when he took the job, but he improves every day, every week, every month, every year,’’ Stephen Jones said. “You know, one of the things you fear is that you train a guy up and then he leaves and he goes on and he’s even better for the next team than he was for you. Jason has grown leaps and bounds.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do. But I really think Jason is the right guy for this job, and I know Jerry thinks the same thing. I certainly see Jason being a big part of our future.”
Garrett took over the team during the middle of the 2010 season and led them to a 5-3 mark the final eight games. The Cowboys, though, then proceeded to go 8-8 three consecutive seasons without a playoff berth.
They passed the .500-mark this year when they defeated the Bears for their ninth win on Dec. 4.
“It’s an improvement this year and an improvement at a time when a lot of people didn’t think we would improve,” Stephen Jones said. “They actually thought we might go backward and here we are at nine wins with three games to go.”
The Cowboys control their own playoff destiny at this point, too. If they win out, they will win the NFC East and host at least one playoff game.
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