Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he has no plans to replace Jason Garrett

By any measure, the Cowboys' season was a huge disappointment. Mercifully, it's over, and despite the 4-12 record, owner Jerry Jones has every intention of keeping Jason Garrett as coach.

"Let me be real clear: There's no thought of replacing Jason. At all," Jones said, via  "I only say that to get ahead of anything that might be said about me addressing coaching. Jason is the ultimate decision-maker regarding the staff. And so that remains for us to sit down and really evaluate the staff."

Still, Jones concedes that he was shocked this team could lose so many games -- the most since the Cowboys went 3-13 in 1988.

"I'm just really taken aback by the fact that we're sitting here with four wins after this year," Jones said. "This was never anticipated. As a matter of fact, I thought we did one of the best offseason jobs of addressing our needs and really acquiring some serious talent where we had the most need. I thought maybe we'd had the best offseason that we had had. The year before, I was a little skeptical. Last year, you guys made me the executive of the year. This year, I think I'm on my way out."

Of course, there was no way to account for losing Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. And while Greg Hardy might be a fine defensive end, a team without a franchise quarterback is doomed. Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel confirmed as much, and it's something Jones will no doubt think about in the coming weeks and months, particularly if Johnny Manziel should happen to be looking for work.

But the Cowboys have a top-5 pick, which means their next quarterback could come via the draft.

"My goal was to have Romo be irreplaceable -- that meant he was doing things that very few other people could even think about doing," Jones said. "Well, we got our wish, and he is irreplaceable when he's not in there for what we're doing and for our offense. So, he'll get well and we'll plan as though he's going to play healthy, but at the same time ... when you're up this high in the draft, or you're up this high with ammunition, and you do have a future need at that strategic position, that alone would cause you to start looking at the position. So it begets a logical thought that, 'Well, how many times you want to be up here?' You hope you're not here again at this level in the draft, or this level in the overall business of the NFL. As you know, draft picks can mean trades, and it just becomes value, [and] we're sitting here with a quarterback need."

Romo will be 36 when the 2016 season begins.

Jerry Jones was surprised the Cowboys won just four games in 2015. (USATSI)
Jerry Jones was surprised the Cowboys won just four games in 2015. (USATSI)
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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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