Cowboys' Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett not discussing new contract publicly
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett both said they will not address a possible new contract for Garrett with the media.
Garrett, who has a 35-28 record with the team, is in the last season of his current deal. During his first three full seasons with the team, the Cowboys finished 8-8 every year and missed the playoffs each season.
With the team off to a 6-1 start, Jones declined to talk about Garrett's next contract but offered a vote of confidence in his 48-year-old coach.
“I don’t know that anybody has had a better, brighter vision of Jason’s future than I do,” Jones said after Sunday’s 31-21 victory over the New York Giants. “I’ve always thought he had the potential to be a serious, consistent, winning coach in the NFL and still think that. ... I’m just glad to see him have this kind of success.
“His players hang on every word, and they’re seeing what he’s preaching works. That’s an ideal set of circumstances for a coach that is looking for a big future in the NFL.”
Garrett, who was a backup quarterback for Dallas in the 1990s, said he is focused just on this season and hopes a successful year will lead to smooth negotiations.
"If you just keep trying to do things the right way, the results on the scoreboard will hopefully take care of itself. And that’s just the way I think. That’s the way we try to help this team.”
Garrett wouldn’t add anything when asked if his agent, David Dunn, will talk contract with the Cowboys.
Quarterback Tony Romo, receiver Dez Bryant and league-leading rusher DeMarco Murray have propelled the Cowboys to the third-most total yards in the NFL and the fifth-most points. The team's defense has improved to 14th in yards allowed after finishing last in 2013.
The Cowboys have won six straight games after a season-opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers and are in first place in the NFC East.
The Cowboys host the 2-5 Washington Redskins on Monday night.
- Paul Palladino