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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Updated: May 24, 12:25 PM ET
Jones: Jason Garrett a 'premier asset'

By Calvin Watkins
ESPNDallas.com

Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said coach Jason Garrett is not coaching for his job in 2013 despite coming off consecutive 8-8 seasons.

"Well, no, no he's not ... to the last question: Is Jason coaching for his job? No," Jones told the NFL Network in an interview from the NFL's spring meetings in Boston that aired Wednesday.

"What we're doing is taking the assets that we have, and Jason being right at the top and certainly our premier asset, and we're using them to the best of our ability," he said.

Garrett is entering the third year of a four-year deal with the Cowboys.

It's been a difficult offseason for Garrett, who had to allow his brother, tight ends coach John Garrett, to leave the Cowboys. John Garrett is now the tight end coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Garrett is also thinking about giving up the play-calling duties to Bill Callahan or another coach on the staff. Jones said this move was in the making for several years, but a final decision hasn't been made.

After the Cowboys' season ended with a loss to the Washington Redskins, Jones fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Garrett had developed a strong relationship with Ryan.

The Cowboys eventually hired Monte Kiffin. Ryan is now the defensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints.

"We've been disappointing the last two years," Jones said. "8-8 won't get it. Nobody more so than him. We're going to take what we've got, as an example -- [quarterback Tony] Romo's great experience, ability, decision-making, all of those things, and we're going to try and win more ballgames."