Jerry Jones doesn’t want to talk about it. Jason Garrett isn’t interested in the subject either.
At some point, though, the two will talk to each other about a new contract for the Cowboys coach.
Garrett began this season in the final year of his deal, likely needing to make the playoffs to extend his time in Dallas. He has the Cowboys on the way to doing just that, with an NFL-best 6-1 record. It is the team’s best start since 2007.
While insisting he won’t negotiate Garrett’s contract publicly, Jones made it clear he sees a bright future for Garrett with the Cowboys.
“I don’t know that anybody has had a better, brighter vision of Jason’s future than I do,” Jones said after Sunday’s 31-21 victory over the Giants. “I’ve always thought he had the potential to be a serious, consistent, winning coach in the NFL and still think that. ... I’m just glad to see him have this kind of success.
“His players hang on every word, and they’re seeing what he’s preaching works. That’s an ideal set of circumstances for a coach that is looking for a big future in the NFL.”
Garrett, 48, is process-driven. The only surprising part of his 32 minutes of media availability Monday was that he used the word “process” only twice. The second time came in regards to his future, drawing laughter.
“No, I’m serious,” Garrett said. “If you just keep trying to do things the right way, the results on the scoreboard will hopefully take care of itself. And that’s just the way I think. That’s the way we try to help this team.”
Garrett wouldn’t add anything when asked if his agent, David Dunn, will talk contract with the Cowboys.
“That was the last answer I’m going to have about my contract,” Garrett said. “Seriously, I’m thinking about getting ready for the Redskins.”
Garrett’s price tag is likely rising by the victory, though. His record stands at 35-28 since he took over for Wade Phillips in the middle of the 2010 season. He surpassed Phillips and Bill Parcells for the fourth-most victories in team history Sunday.
“Jason has certainly shown, even in .500 situations, that he’s got a lot to bring to a football team and a lot to bring to the NFL,” Jones said. “I’d like to be able to tell you his success would have made a much bigger difference [in Jones’ feelings about Garrett], but I really can’t. You just think that if you do it right, then good things will happen.
“I know that a good friend of mine, Larry Lacewell, said that in some ways we’ve been some of the unluckiest that he’s seen relative to some good things happening. Well, in a way, I think that about Jason, and I know no one around here will buy or test luck very long. He’s had those pretty unfortunate things that didn’t go his way as far his record is concerned as a coach. I’m glad to see it going his way for him now.”
Just don’t ask Jones about Garrett’s contract.
“I’m just not going to talk about it,” Jones said more than once Sunday. “We’ve got so many contracts that we’re supposed to be needing to be talking about, now that things are going good. I’m not even going to begin to start anywhere. I’m just going to squat.
“... I’ve got a lifetime of when it’s too much, just sit down and think about it.”
Like it or not, Jones will have to talk the talk sometime soon.
Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Rolando McClain, Bruce Carter, Doug Free, Justin Durant and Anthony Spencer, among others, become free agents in 2015. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is among the assistant coaches whose contracts expire after this season.