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Jerry Jones: Jason Garrett 'has a bright future with the Cowboys'

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Jerry Jones says coach Jason Garrett has a bright future in Big D. (USATSI)
On Sunday, there was a report that unless the Cowboys found a way to win the NFC East and make the playoffs, coach Jason Garrett would be fired.

Two days later, owner and general manager Jerry Jones had this to say about Garrett's job security, “He has a bright future with the Cowboys," he told 105.3 The Fan.

“In Jason's case, at this time in his career, he's learning leaps and bounds and learning literally everyday. I want our team to take advantage of that. There's been nothing in the time he's been a head coach, nothing in the time he was a coordinator and a player before that, that shows that he does not have the ability to do everything required to be a coach in the NFL. That's the basis on how I feel the way I do.”

The implication: Garrett's future won't suddenly dim should the Cowboys lose to the Eagles Sunday.

(If this sounds familiar, it should; Jones gave a similar answer back in May.)

In 55 games as Dallas' head coach, Garrett is 29-26. In 2010, after taking over for Wade Phillips, he led Dallas to a 5-3 record. The team went 8-8 in 2011 and 2012, and currently sits at 8-7.

If the Cowboys are to make the playoffs for the first time in Garrett's tenure, they will have to beat the Eagles, possibly without the services of quarterback Tony Romo, who reportedly has a herniated disk. But Jones isn't conceding that his franchise QB will be sidelined; on Monday evening the owner would only say that Romo has back spasms and that "he might be cleared to play."

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