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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Jason Garrett not focused on contract

By Calvin Watkins


ORLANDO, Fla. -- On Tuesday morning, Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said coach Jason Garrett's job is not on the line. Garrett is in the final year of his contract, and if anything, Jones said he and Garrett are shoulder-to-shoulder in decisions and he's confident 2014 will become better.

Tuesday afternoon at the NFL owners meetings, Garrett said he's glad to not only be on the same page with Jones, but he's not worried about his contract status.

"I've been in this league as a player and coach a long time, my focus has always been on doing my job as well as I can do it, regardless of what my contract status is," Garrett told ESPNDallas. "That’s something I just continue to focus on and we really emphasis that to our players, there’s a business side of football, that’s a part of this thing, but you need to focus on doing what you do as well as you can do it. That's just the way that I've always looked at it."

Jones said Garrett had the right to make changes to the coaching staff, which included hiring good friend Scott Linehan as the offensive playcaller replacing Bill Callahan, who maintains the position of offensive coordinator/offensive line coach.

The Cowboys were on the same page in releasing defensive end DeMarcus Ware, whom Garrett said was one of the best the franchise ever had, and in other decisions such as signing Jeremy Mincey and Henry Melton to improve the defensive line.

"I think that's a critical thing for everybody in the organization," Garrett said. "Everybody being on the same page, it takes communication, communicate deeply and well on a lot of different issues and hopefully you can develop the trust that you need. That applies to head coaches and owner, head coach and all his coaches, those guys among each other and obviously coaching staff with players and players among each other. If you can develop that trust within an organization it’s going to show up on the field and we believe in that strongly and we continue to try and do as well as we can."