Irving, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Thursday that head coach Jason Garrett will return in 2014 regardless of whether the Cowboys make the playoffs or not.
"It's not that (an Armageddon year) for Jason, and I'm disappointed that we don't have a better record," Jones said. "But he has got us in position to win the division and got a team here that I firmly believe has the ability to be one of the better-playing teams at the end and in position to get in the playoffs. We see logically how to get in the playoffs, we have that, for all practical purposes, in our control. Now that's a pretty good spot to be in after 10 games. And so a lot of this story is to be played out. It does not have a bearing on whether or not he will be our coach next year."
Garrett, who joined the Cowboys in 2007 as the offensive coordinator, was named interim head coach following the firing of Wade Phillips after the club's 1-7 start in 2010. Garrett was named the official head coach after the season.
The Cowboys have finished 8-8 the last two years and have lost the season finale both seasons with the NFC East title and a playoff spot on the line.
This season, Dallas is 5-5, a half-game behind Philadelphia in the division. The Cowboys, who haven't made the playoffs since 2009, face the 4-6 Giants on Sunday in a key game for both teams.