Jerry Jones says Cowboys coach Jason Garrett will be back in 2014

Jerry Jones still seems confident in Jason Garrett. (USATSI)
Jerry Jones still seems confident in Jason Garrett. (USATSI)

So much for Cowboys coach Jason Garrett being on the hot seat. In Jerry Jones' mind -- and that's the only mind that matters in this situation -- Garrett isn't coaching to save his job.

That's because the Cowboys owner said Thursday that Garrett will return to coach the team in 2014, according to ESPN Dallas.

The Cowboys, coming off their bye week, are 5-5 and a 1/2 game out of first place in the NFC East. But as I pointed out in my Top 10 list, Dallas has a good shot at winning that very-weak division and making the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

And I guess even if the Cowboys miss out on the postseason, Garrett's job is safe.

Which would have seemed unlikely last offseason when Jones took away Garrett's role of offensive play-caller and bestowed it upon offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. All along, Jones and Garrett have said it was a good move, because it would allow Garrett to concentrate on other team matters.

Yet, that hasn't produced a team that's shown it's capable of running away with the weakest division in the league this season. Perhaps that's because the defense -- and new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin -- hasn't been as impressive as Jones would like to see.

To be fair, Jones has said since the offseason that Garrett is the man for him, claiming that 2013 was NOT an armageddon season for Garrett.

But lest Garrett get too comfortable with yet another year of security, consider this.

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