Dallas exploring 'all possibilities' at coach

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters at Valley Ranch on Friday that it's too soon to assume that Jason Garrett will become the permanent head coach of his team. He's pleased with how Garrett has performed, but he doesn't want fans to think he's forgotten about the 1-7 start.

"Rather than sound like I'm not promoting Jason, but what I'm really trying to say is we are very disappointed as to why we're even having the conversation to begin with," Jones told reporters per ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon. "It's called our record. I don't want anybody to confuse the positive from me with not understanding how much we need to be responsible for what we've done so far this year.

"On the other hand, Jason's doing very well. I want to be real careful about, from my standpoint, overdoing any things [to indicate] that he's got all the answers. I don't want to do that either. He's already been put in a tough situation, to have his coaching debut coming under these circumstances. I don't want to add to that."

But I think it's safe to say that Garrett's the leading candidate. I think Jones wants him to win the job because it would mean a lot less turnover on the coaching staff. And the owner would also be able to save some money.

"I explore all possibilities," Jones said. "I always do. I look for what-ifs, and things where individuals where in the case of a coach, they haven't expressed the direction of where they are going with their careers. I work through that."