Jones in no rush for call on Kiffin, Callahan

Updated: December 31, 2013, 11:56 AM ET


By
Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com


The futures of the Dallas Cowboys‘ offensive and defensive coordinators, Bill Callahan and Monte Kiffin, haven’t yet been decided by team owner/general manager Jerry Jones, he said Tuesday on his weekly radio show.

Jones said Callahan and Kiffin are both under contract and he hasn’t spoken fully with coach Jason Garrett about the coaching staff.

“We’ll be looking at that in the future,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan Dallas-Fort Worth. “There’s no hurry on that.”

While Jones didn’t commit to Callahan and Kiffin long-term he did reiterate his belief in coach Jason Garrett’s future. Jones said Garrett will return in 2014 and said that decision was made weeks ago.

Jones said he only announced it because he was asked about Garrett’s job status.

“One thing that’s positive here is that we’re in it, we’ve been in it the last three years,” Jones said alluding to the Cowboys’ needing to win a Week 17 game to clinch a playoff spot in each of the last three seasons.

“Of course, Jason has been on this staff for going on seven years now, so we’ve been in it during his time as head coach. We have been in it, right there playing for it, in the last game for the last three years. I’m in complete step with our fans that want more than 8-8.”

The Cowboys finished one of their worst defensive seasons in franchise history when they lost to the Eagles in the regular season finale on Sunday night. The Cowboys allowed 432 points, the second-most allowed in franchise history and 6,645 yards, the third-most in franchise history and second-most in league history.

Jones noted the numerous injuries to a defense that didn’t have starting middle linebacker Sean Lee in the last few weeks and battled through health issues with defensive end DeMarcus Ware, defensive tackle Jason Hatcher and nickel cornerback Morris Claiborne.

Kiffin, 73, said Monday he wants to return and has no plans on retiring.

“It’s no laughing matter, I’m proud to be a Cowboy. I’d like to get another shot next year, we’ll see,” he said.

On offense, the Cowboys finished 16th overall, but had the 24th-ranked rushing offense. Callahan was criticized for his lack of a commitment to the running game earlier in the season.

Running back DeMarco Murray did finish with 1,124 yards, 10th in the NFL, but the Cowboys ran a franchise-low nine times in a victory over Minnesota on Nov. 3.

Garrett said he never retook the play-calling duties from Callahan and denied doing so in the Eagles game.

During the season, the only change Garrett made to the offense was moving quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson to the press box to assist Callahan in reading defenses. Garrett relayed Callahan’s play calls to the quarterbacks’ head sets.

“We had a rough year, but we didn’t necessarily have a rough year because of coaching, in terms of our defense,” Jones said. “All of that will be considered as we look forward. I haven’t really sat down and discussed it, looked at it, and I don’t know how much thought Jason has given to it during this latter part of the season.”

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

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