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Jason Garrett hasn’t talked to Jerry Jones about a new contract

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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.

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36 Responses to “Jason Garrett hasn’t talked to Jerry Jones about a new contract”
  1. rwhited2 says: Feb 21, 2014 6:48 AM

    I’d say Garrett’s odds of being the coach for the Cowboys next year are about 50%…

  2. seabreezes51 says: Feb 21, 2014 7:07 AM

    Since they haven’t yet figured out what his job is, butler, chauffeur …whatever.. It’s kinda hard to figure out a contract.

  3. jucam1 says: Feb 21, 2014 7:21 AM

    Wait, lets not be hasty Jerry!,.. All fans of other NFC East teams want you to stick to your expert opinion and resign Garret for at least another 4 years as your team’s coach! Also don’t listen to the crazy media and stick with Romo, Monty, and MOST importantly!… you as the GM. I know there “rumors” out there that your team is a joke, your QB is a choke artist, your coach is a pathetic puppet, and that you are senile and an insane owner/GM. DO NOT listen to those silly rumors!…. We think you are doing a great job, and listening to these “crazy” people would be a major mistake!. We love the course you are on buddy! I say you double down and extend Tony, Jason, and Monty!… I’m sure you’ll be in the SN any day now…btw, thanks for all the entertainment, it’s been a pleasure watching you run your team

  4. jstdad says: Feb 21, 2014 7:22 AM

    Need to keep this guy in place!

    Love, The rest of NFL

  5. fissels says: Feb 21, 2014 7:26 AM

    Do great job Jason and you’ll get that contract

  6. jerryyouradisgrace says: Feb 21, 2014 7:44 AM

    This is because Jerry is going to make it official and be the next head coach of the cowboys

  7. cgravyboat says: Feb 21, 2014 7:53 AM

    He just looks like such a lazy bum coach from the sidelines. Belichik coaches his players in-game. Pete Carroll and the Harbros are emotional and get after if. Heck, even Rex Ryan made a horrendous team into a semi-contender. And you know what? The cowboys play LAZY. The last time they had a legitimate coach was Bill Parcells.

  8. watchfullhose says: Feb 21, 2014 8:00 AM

    He’s the Joe Flacco of NFL coaches (cowboys fans hope).

  9. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Feb 21, 2014 8:06 AM

    Sanest thing Jerry Jones has ever done. Garrett deserves an extension if he makes the playoffs next season. He deserves to be fired if he doesn’t. Even Jerry can understand something that simple.

  10. mrbigass says: Feb 21, 2014 8:11 AM

    It would be like Shari Lewis firing Lamb Chop…….

  11. wishingtonredslur says: Feb 21, 2014 8:18 AM

    “How about a new contract?”
    “Which team would you like it with?”

  12. lamontjoe says: Feb 21, 2014 8:20 AM

    Garrett is still there because Jerrah hasn’t located his next puppet.

  13. borisbulldog says: Feb 21, 2014 8:37 AM

    Someone please tell Garrett that when you near 60, you don’t where those Johnny Depp shades!

  14. borisbulldog says: Feb 21, 2014 8:38 AM

    “My focus is on being the best coach I can be each and every day.”

    ———————————–

    Umm, what if your best is a perennial 8-8 record?

  15. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 21, 2014 8:52 AM

    Sometimes it pays to work smarter not harder, but I applaud the effort. Now it’s time to get the job done. Being close is just a fancy way of saying you were a successful loser, it doesn’t register as a positive in my mind, so stop talking about all the near division wins, that means nothing!

  16. athwartships says: Feb 21, 2014 9:05 AM

    JJ is weighing his options of having finally found a hand puppet that fits right and wanting a winning season.

  17. jcmeyer10 says: Feb 21, 2014 9:07 AM

    I’m literally waiting for Jerrah to hire himself as the coach.

  18. billco6192013 says: Feb 21, 2014 9:09 AM

    YOUR DONNNNNNNNNNNE CARROT TOP ,MONTE KIF.WILL BE DALLAS NEW HEAD COACH 2015.Jerry is in love with this guy and you are not winning anything,but they will keep you around in the office because you havent challenged Jerry.As A GIANT FAN WE WILL MISS YOU BUT ROMO IS GOING TO GIVE EVERYBODY ELSE A CHANCE IN THE DIVISION SO NO WORRIES.

  19. SparkyGump says: Feb 21, 2014 9:11 AM

    Vince Lombardi would be .500 with that team and it’s GM.

  20. 23rdusernameused says: Feb 21, 2014 9:16 AM

    you’re doing a great, 8and8, job, little Red! Keep up the good, no great, work!
    signed, fans of 31 other nfl teams!

  21. kneelbeforesod says: Feb 21, 2014 9:19 AM

    And by “contract”, he means scribble on a paper napkin soiled with cheap bourbon.

  22. northernwisc says: Feb 21, 2014 9:22 AM

    well i don’t see how with the cap struggles they will be facing this year how he will be able to take that next step. with romo coming back from injury and not knowing how healthy he will be, it will be tough for them to even compete next year for the division.

    i am fine with that because i think garrett has been part of the problem even before he was the head coach. don’t extend him and hire chucky next year.

  23. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Feb 21, 2014 9:30 AM

    I wouldn’t want to extend one there either. If you have a chance to get out from under the Dallas Overlord you should take.

  24. itsnotforme says: Feb 21, 2014 10:30 AM

    Don’t worry Jason, I’ll tell everyone what a great coach you were after I fire you and hire Dave Campo back for another term.

  25. steves11 says: Feb 21, 2014 10:33 AM

    If Jason Garrett considers 8-8 “close” to winning the division that doesn’t speak very well for the division. All it does is scream mediocrity.

  26. officialgame says: Feb 21, 2014 10:53 AM

    There is a 50, 50 chance. Kind of like his record every year.

  27. craigkintexas says: Feb 21, 2014 10:54 AM

    “The love of money is the root of all evil”….it’s sad to see Jason stay around and get embarrassed just for the money. Does he have no pride? It’s almost like he has the abused wife syndrome!!

  28. chawkup says: Feb 21, 2014 11:16 AM

    If only JJ could hire a few more coaches to consult with, that would definitely put the Cowboys over the hump.

  29. dbatrox21 says: Feb 21, 2014 11:24 AM

    Crack the want-ads, Jase….Checked out your schedule? Looking 6-10 square in the eyes.

  30. hrmlss says: Feb 21, 2014 11:59 AM

    Knock Knock Knock
    Jason: Hey Jerry, about my contract….
    Jerry: You still work here? Where’s my glasses caddy, I need to look into who screwed up and didn’t fire you. I told that GM to get it done. Where did I put my pudding cup?

  31. tvjules says: Feb 21, 2014 12:01 PM

    No worries. Garrett’s 10 year contract will be announced right after the season ticket renewal deadline has ended.

  32. tindeaux says: Feb 21, 2014 12:05 PM

    I think jason garrett is concerned about jones would show him the door as supposed to the new contract. Hence, he (garrett) has been avoiding to see jones.

  33. rainmaker1982 says: Feb 21, 2014 12:47 PM

    Jason Garrett would have some nerve to ask for a new contract.

    Cowboys had their best team in 2007 and Jones blew by not keeping Parcells. I believe that team wouldn’t have cracked and beat the Giants for the 3rd straight time and go onto the Super Bowl.

    The Cowboys window is just about shut. Especially with Garrett coaching.

  34. discountdoublecheck says: Feb 21, 2014 2:45 PM

    He hasn’t spoken to the owner about an extension yet. How bout the GM? Oh wait…

  35. brettfavresmidget says: Feb 21, 2014 3:03 PM

    Jerrah talked to the GM and was given a new title, but couldn’t get a pay raise.

  36. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 21, 2014 4:46 PM

    The 2014 season is the “playoffs or bust” tour for Jason. Reminds me of the situation with Rivera at Carolina last season. However I don’t expect a similar ending.

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