Yes, thanks for asking, Jason Garrett has heard about this Sean Payton thing.
No, if you don’t mind, he doesn’t want to talk about it.
Garrett, as you might imagine, was asked about the Payton contract situation, and the speculation he could end up in Dallas, given his close relationship with owner Jerry Jones.
“There’s a lot of stories that circulate around our game,” Garrett said, via Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. “So certainly some people bring those kinds of things to my attention, but again we’re focus on what we need to do.
“We had heck of a challenge [Sunday night] in Atlanta, trying to play an undefeated team so that’s where our attention was.”
Translated from coachspeak: “(fingers in ears) Blah, blah, blah, . . . I can’t hear you.”
Sunday’s loss to the Falcons dropped Garrett’s overall record to 16-16, and the Cowboys have a two year-and-counting streak of not making the playoffs, so the speculation is natural.
Asked if he believed he’d be the Cowboys coach next year, Garrett again stayed in the moment.
“We’re just focused on what we need to do today,” Garrett replied. “We need to clean up what happened in the game [Sunday] and build on some of the good and correct the bad and get ready for the Eagles, that’s what our focus is.
“We’re focused on being our best day to day and week to week and this week it will be a great challenge going up to Philadelphia.”
Translated: “We’re about to play a team more disappointing than we are. Give me a week to get the boss off my back, OK?”