Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is heading into the final year of his contract, which is a rare thing in the NFL: Coaches almost always either get fired or extended before starting their final years, as owners and coaches alike usually believe a coach’s lame-duck status can be a distraction.
But Garrett says he hasn’t talked to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones about a new contract, and he’s OK with that.
“We didn’t really have conversations about that,” Garrett said, via the Dallas Morning News. “My focus is on being the best coach I can be each and every day.”
Garrett has gone 8-8 in each of his three full seasons as the Cowboys’ head coach, and Jones seems to view that record as not good enough to warrant a contract extension, but not bad enough to warrant a firing. Garrett thinks he can take the next step this year.
“We have been close each of the last three years to win our division,” Garrett said. “We haven’t gotten that done. We have to live with that reality. We are working hard every day to try to be great as coaches to help our football team take the next step.”
If the football team doesn’t take the next step, Garrett probably won’t be the Cowboys’ coach a year from now.