MOBILE, Ala. -- Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said he doesn't believe in a lame-duck status for coaches, saying it was a "politicians" word.
The man who enters that lame-duck status, coach Jason Garrett, isn't concerned about entering the final year of his deal with the Dallas Cowboys either.
"I'm focus on doing my job and our staff's job as well as we can do it," Garrett said. "That's always been my approach in this game, as a player and a coach and that’s what I'm focused on. The business side takes care of itself. We got to do a better job to breakthrough and become the team we want to be."
You can look at how other teams approached lame-duck statuses with their coaches. Washington fired coach Mike Shanahan before he entered the final year of his contract, and Rex Ryan received a contract extension from the New York Jets.
The Cowboys have elected to keep Garrett with his current deal in place.
Something could happen when the 2014 season begins in terms of a contract extension, Jones has done it before, most recently with former coach Wade Phillips.
Garrett however, would have to convince Jones he needs a contract extension during the season. For that to happen, the Cowboys would have to get off to a strong start, but the way things have gone for this franchise, losing in a win-or-go home game the past three seasons, it's doubtful Jones would extend Garrett before the end of the 2014 season.
So Garrett must work under these conditions and hope his team responds to the challenge of reaching the postseason.
"We just have to simply get better," Garrett said. "We've been close the last three years, as we all know, the opportunity in that last game of the season to win our division, the last two years it's a two-minute drive from winning our division. We didn't get that done and we have to live with that reality. We have to look at the things that are positive and build on them, and correct the other things and (the Senior Bowl) is one of the real early stages of correcting the other things; Trying to add personnel to our team that can really make a difference to help us get to the next level."