Garrett not coaching for his job, Jones says

Updated: December 24, 2013, 11:32 AM ET

Calvin Watkins |

With the Dallas Cowboys playing for a playoff berth on Sunday in their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium, owner/general manager Jerry Jones left no doubt about coach Jason Garrett’s job status.

Jones said Garrett isn’t coaching for his job and any reports saying otherwise are inaccurate.

“That’s not right, that’s just not correct,” Jones said on his radio show on 105.3 FM The Fan Dallas-Fort Worth on Tuesday morning. “I’ve addressed that three to four weeks ago and he is not, and that’s all you need to say about it.

“I have said the last couple of games I don’t want to talk about it because it looks like, because someone else needs an answer, it is a point of consideration and I’ve said it earlier. I did it purposely several weeks back that certainly in terms of looking at the future, his future is bright in my eyes with the Cowboys.”

Garrett enters the Eagles game with a 24-23 overall record in three NFL seasons. He’s yet to reach the postseason, losing games in the regular season finales in 2011 and 2012.

Jones, however, likes Garrett’s abilities to manage a team, especially with how he’s handled the numerous injuries. The Cowboys, according to a source, will be without quarterback Tony Romo because of a herniated disk, although the team refuses to rule him out for the game.

Garrett has been criticized for a lack of consistency in his game-management skills and for an inability to push his team to a division title or wild-card berth. But Sunday, a victory would give the Cowboys their first NFC East title since 2009.

“You don’t have anybody that doesn’t have flaws,” Jones said. “Once you accept that, and there could be several flaws, but the positives if you go forward, the positives outweigh those.”

Calvin Watkins joined in September 2009. He’s covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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