Jerry Jones: 'Don't Bet Any Money' on Cowboys Firing Jason Garrett This Season

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2019

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 7:  Head coach Jason Garrett and owner Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys talk on the field before the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Houston, Texans.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Jason Garrett's job appears to be safe—at least through the end of the 2019 NFL season.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones indicated Tuesday he doesn't plan on firing the head coach, who's in the final year of his contract.

"Well, yes. Dispel it, yes," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan of the notion Garrett's future could be in jeopardy (h/t Pro Football Talk's Charean Williams). "Don't bet any money against that happening. You'll lose it."

The Cowboys are 3-2 following a 34-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. They trailed 31-3 in the third quarter before launching a late comeback attempt.

Dallas is still tied for the best record in the NFC East at 3-2, and 10 wins should be enough to secure the division again. The team shouldn't be hitting the panic button.

Having said that, two of the Cowboys' wins came against the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins, who are a combined 0-9.

In general, the questions about Garrett were inevitable when Jones declined to offer him an extension in the offseason.

"I do my best work without a net. I really do," Jones told reporters of his decision. "I'm better with a little risk involved. In essence, there's a little bit of no net here."

It's anybody's guess as to what Jones will qualify as a success, thus justifying a new contract. Garrett has an 80-61 record at the helm but has failed to take the team beyond the NFC Divisional Round. Another trip to the postseason may not be enough if Dallas can't break through and reach the conference title game.

While Jones may not fire Garrett, the next month or so should provide more clarity as to how good the Cowboys are. They play the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 7 before their bye. They then face the Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions and New England Patriots in consecutive games.

If Dallas is still hovering around .500 or below that mark by the time December rolls around, then Garrett could effectively be a lame duck.

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