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Monday, December 30, 2013
Cowboys reassured with Jason Garrett's return

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas – Unlike in Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Houston, Tampa Bay, Detroit and Minnesota, the Dallas Cowboys players know who will be their coach in 2014.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones has chosen to remain with Jason Garrett after three straight .500 seasons that ended with the Cowboys losing their last game with the NFC East championship on the line.

“It’s very reassuring,” tight end Jason Witten said. “I think the guys in this locker room would do anything for Coach Garrett. We’re so fortunate to have him. You want to win for each other but you also want to win for a guy that pours everything into your football as a head coach and gives you every opportunity. Ultimately you understand it’s a bottom line business and you come up short, but that was great for me to hear and I think for our team to hear because he’s very well respected in this locker room and guys are all in for him as the head coach.”

Without quarterback Tony Romo and linebacker Sean Lee and with a defense that was beaten up throughout the season, the Cowboys came within 1:49 of winning the NFC East. Jones said last week on 105.3 The Fan that injuries would play a factor in any decision making regarding the coaching staff.

Rob Ryan did not get the same consideration last year with the Cowboys moving to the 4-3 and hiring Monte Kiffin.

The Cowboys had five losses by eight points.

“When you think about the things he brings to the team, him being a great leader to us, motivating us each and every week no matter what the circumstance is,” defensive end DeMarcus Ware said. “He has three seasons where, yeah, he’s been 8-8 and not been part of the NFC East championship, but that lets you know he is there. We do have opportunities, and we can’t forget that. He’s a great coach. I’m behind him 100 percent.”