Cowboys owner Jerry Jones working 'without a net' on Jason Garrett extension

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones working 'without a net' on Jason Garrett extension

Jerry Jones has yet to commit to extending coach Jason Garrett.

Despite Jones’ high praise of the longtime play-caller, he has yet to give Garrett a new contract. He will enter the 2019 season on the final year of a five-year, $30 million deal he signed in 2015.

“I just like the dynamics considering the relationship we have, the trust we have, our goals,” Jones said during a 50-minute interview at the NFL combine, via ESPN. “I do my best work without a net. I really do. I’m better with a little risk involved, and so in essence there’s a little bit of no net here. And the real question is why not?​

“He’s not in danger of having any issue with his credibility with the players or anybody else. It’s well-known the support I have for him. And no one — no one breathing -— wants him to win and win big more than I do. We haven’t done anything here with what we have done or haven’t done relative to contract. We haven’t done anything to forego having a long relationship. We haven’t done one thing by taking our position we have right now, in my mind. And we’ve got the kind of situation that I think our fans want.”​

Garrett’s last extension came after he was coaching for his future for the first time since being named head coach in 2011. He led the Cowboys to a 12-4 record and a spot in the playoffs that year.​

This past season, Dallas went 10-6 and beat the Seahawks in the wild card round only to lose to the Rams, 30-22, in the divisional round.

Garrett is the second-longest-tenured Cowboys coach, but he has been unable to get the team past the divisional round in three playoff trips. Still, Jones thinks highly of the work Garrett has done over the last eight seasons.

“He’s never lost a team. Ever. Under any circumstances, even when we’ve had some real dark days to look at looking ahead, he’s never lost a team in terms of their belief in him and in terms of their will to work for him as far as a head coach,” Jones said. “That’s impressive, very impressive. I’ve seen good works there. Hopefully that can come together, we get him a Super Bowl, he’ll be maybe the longest-tenured coach in the history of the Cowboys.”

Regarding a new contract, Jones added: “His contract is one that is squarely in the eye of the needle relative to that part of running a football team, getting his contract done and we’ve got several that are in that category, but we are in that activity, we’re in that window, we’re in that time when you do this. There’s nothing notable here other than the fact that it’s as substantive as it is. But there’s nothing notable about where we are and where we aren’t in our dialogue with him. It’s business as usual. Nothing to flare over here.”