- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- Never mind the nonsense about Jason Garrett’s job potentially being in jeopardy if the Cowboys fail to make the playoffs.
The Cowboys aren’t just committed to Garrett, who has a 13-10 record as he nears the end of his first full season as a head coach, they’re confident that Garrett will lead them to a title in the near future.
“Jason has only been a head coach for a year and a half, and if you talk to any head coach who has been a head coach for a long period of time, they learn something every year they’re coaching,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said during a Thursday appearance on ESPN 103.3’s The Football Show. “Jason is going to continue to learn. We all learn in our jobs and continue to get better. He’s done a great job.
“I fully expect him to only get better. He has such dedication and such focus and such a commitment to becoming a better coach each week that he walks out onto the field and we’re fortunate to have him. He’s obviously a Princeton grad and there’s not a doubt in my mind that he’s only going to get better and he’s going to lead us to a championship sooner than later.”
Jones, owner Jerry Jones’ son and right-hand man in all football matters, holds out hope that sooner might only be a little more than a month away.
The Cowboys (8-7) need a New Year’s Day road win over the New York Giants to punch their playoff ticket. Jones is optimistic that can happen and believes the Cowboys are capable of winning their sixth Super Bowl at the end of what has been a wildly inconsistent season.
“As long as we’re in it, our goal is to go win a championship and win a Super Bowl,” Jones said. “We still think that’s the bar of what we want to have, what’s going to get us satisfied in terms of being successful, the only thing is to win a championship. We feel very strongly that we can still get that done this year.”
The primary reason for Jones’ belief is quarterback Tony Romo, who is having arguably the best year of his career with 3,895 passing yards, 29 touchdowns and only nine interceptions entering the win-or-else regular-season finale.
“We have one of the best quarterbacks in the league in our opinion,” Jones said. “Tony has had a great year up to this point. I think in the NFC, going into this week, he’s the third-highest-rated passer behind two guys who have had career years in [Drew] Brees and [Aaron] Rodgers. We feel like we can be one of those teams that get hot in the playoffs.
“At this time last year, Green Bay was squeaking in and they ended up winning the championship and went on to have a great year this year. We have a lot of confidence in this team. We feel confident going up to New York and feel that we can beat the Giants and then make a successful playoff run.”