The Cowboys’ 42-7 victory against the Colts on Sunday, securing the NFC East title and their first playoff berth, was another notch on the ledger of coach Jason Garrett and his bid for a contract extension.
Garrett entered the season as a lame duck coach in the final year of his contract after three 8-8 finishes and a 29-27 record in the three and half years as head coach.
Even though owner Jerry Jones refuses to guarantee as much, it’s a foregone conclusion that he will be part of the Cowboys future after a breakthrough season that could see them finished regular season with 12 wins if they take care of business against the Redskins in the season final.
“You know I don’t talk about our contracts and as it turns out he happens to fall in a contract definition of some work to do,” owner Jerry Jones said. “It’s no secret that it would be right at the top with two or three fingers of one of the things I’m proudest of the success we’re having is how it’s reflected on Jason and his ability to go forward as the fine coach that he is, but he’s developed a lot of skill, he’s done what all of us do, he’s improved, improved, improved and our fans need to have the advantage of that as we look forward in my mind.”
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The Cowboys are here because of the culture change ushered in by Garrett when he took over for fired Wade Phillips halfway through the 2010 season. Quarterback Tony Romo said Jones’ patience with Garrett’s philosophy and system is finally paying off.
“Jason is the best head coach in the league that no one talks about,” Romo said. “I mean, he’s really gifted at his ability to communicate to his players. He’s got a great mind for the game of football. I mean he’s truly…One of the best things Jerry has done was just stand by him and let his system, his mantra, his philosophy play itself out. I think that you’re seeing the dividends, you’re reaping the rewards of having him stay in place. Jason is going to figure it out. He’s as good of a coach as I’ve ever been around. He’s special.”