Dallas Cowboys

Jerry Jones: Jason not being our coach probably hasn’t crossed my mind

Even with Jason Garrett spending last season in the final year of his deal, Jerry Jones said he always expected Garrett to return as coach.

Garrett agreed to a five-year, $30 million deal earlier this week.

The Cowboys also have come to terms with offensive play-caller Scott Linehan, who could assume the title of offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

On his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM, Jones wouldn’t address the assistants re-upping. He said he wanted to save that for a press conference later Thursday.

“I kind of want to put this in an ice bowl and present it today, at some time, on just where we are across the board,” Jones said on the radio.

But Jones said keeping Garrett was a foregone conclusion in his mind.

“When I look at Jason, I see a lot of things for a long time,” Jones said. “…I see a lot of things. The most important thing that I wanted to see is progress. What I mean progress just a real taking the ball and running with it, getting better. There are a lot of ways to express that. He’s done that.

“I’ve been very comfortable with Jason. He’s a guy who was offered head coaching jobs back here about five years ago, and he turned those down to stay as coordinator, because he liked working here, liked being a part of the organization, liked being a part of the Cowboys. That carries a lot of weight. Everybody’s got some great things, some good things about them, and everybody’s got a shortcoming or two or three. Jason’s got fewer of those than he did several years ago. He’s got fewer of them than most people, and he’s got a lot of pluses. Jason not being our coach probably hasn’t crossed my mind.”