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Cowboys' Jerry Jones: I Have 'All the Respect in the World' for Jason Garrett

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIIDecember 30, 2019

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - DECEMBER 05:  Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, looks on from the sideline prior to a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 05, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.  The Bears defeated the Cowboys 31-24.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys handled Washington 47-16 in their regular-season finale, but it wasn't enough to make the postseason as the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New York Giants 34-17. 

The Eagles clinched the NFC East, which eliminated the Cowboys from playoff contention.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was expectedly disappointed by how the 8-8 Cowboys' 2019 campaign ended:

Michael Gehlken @GehlkenNFL

Jerry Jones repeatedly calls today’s conclusion of season “very disappointing.” Not commenting on any decisions regarding potential coach changes. Doesn’t have a timetable on Jason Garrett that he’s willing to share. “I have all the respect in the world for him.”

Garrett's contract has expired with the conclusion of this season. 

Jones was noncommittal to Garrett while talking with USA Today's Jarrett Bell following the Cowboys' 17-9 loss to Philly in Week 16:

"It leaves, from my perspective, a lot to consider here. This was a little bit of a surprise. I didn't see the Chicago Bears game coming [a 31-24 loss in Week 14] and this one was a surprise. I thought we were prepared to play. I thought we could play better out here. I'm disappointed.

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It's not hard for me to go in two areas, regarding coaching, whether it be coordinators, position coaches, or for that matter, head coaches. Generally, my radar is turned on. It's not hard for me to get into thinking about coaching."

Taking care of business against 3-13 Washington likely won't factor into the Cowboys' decision regarding Garrett's future, considering Dallas' underwhelming performance all season long put it in a must-win position in Week 17.

Michael David Smith @MichaelDavSmith

Cowboys end the season 8-8 while outscoring their opponents 434-321 over the course of the season. To finish with a +113 point differential and a .500 record is almost unheard of. They had wins by 31, 29, 27, 25, 23 and 18 points and never lost by more than 11.

The Cowboys lost three straight on two separate occasions—Weeks 4, 5 and 6 and then Weeks 12, 13 and 14. 

Garrett holds an 85-67 overall record and 2-3 mark in postseason games since taking over as head coach for the Cowboys in 2010. 

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