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Jerry Jones confirms Jason Garrett is coaching for his job: ‘We have been there before’

Owner Jerry Jones confirms no contract extension for Cowboys coach Jason Garrett: ‘We’ve been here before’

Owner Jerry Jones confirms no contract extension for Cowboys coach Jason Garrett: 'We've been here before'
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Owner Jerry Jones confirms no contract extension for Cowboys coach Jason Garrett: 'We've been here before'

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed that coach Jason Garrett will head into the final year of his contract coaching for his job.

So it’s official: there will be no contract extension for Garrett before the 2019 season.

Jones said he and Garrett have a good relationship. They love and trust each other, allowing them to work without a safety net as they did in 2014 when the former backup quarterback-turned coach was on the final year of his original four-year deal.

Coming off three straight 8-8 seasons, Garrett led the Cowboys to a 12-4 record and his first NFC East title. They beat the Detroit Lions in the wild-card game before losing to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round.

Garrett was then given a five-year, $30-million extension that expires following the 2019 season.

“We have been there before without a contract,” Jones said at the NFL Honors program Saturday night before Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. “He trusts me. I do trust him or he wouldn’t be the head coach to begin with. Our business is made too much of when you look at extensions and non extensions.”

Jones hasn’t had a team reach the Super Bowl since 1995

Garrett declined to comment on having to prove himself to keep his job in 2019.

“I don’t spend a lot of time on the business of football,” Garrett said from the red carpet at NFL Honors. “I spend time trying to build a team we all can be proud of.”

Of course, winning the division and having an early exit in the playoffs won’t get Garrett a new deal this time. It didn’t in 2018, which is regarded as one of his better coaching jobs as he led the Cowboys from 3-5 to a 10-6 finish. They beat Seattle in the wild-card game before losing to the Los Angeles Rams in the division playoffs.

Garrett has three division titles on his resume but just two playoff wins.





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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has covered the Dallas Cowboys as a beat writer/columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches and countless controversies from the demise of the dynasty teams of the 1990s through the rollercoaster years of the Tony Romo era until Jason Garrett’s process Cowboys.


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