Jason Garrett will return as Dallas Cowboys coach


The Dallas Cowboys still have a long way to go before making the playoffs this season. But coach Jason Garrett apparently has done enough to secure his job for next season.

"Take his name off the hot seat. He is safe," Fox Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer said of Garrett on Fox's Sunday pregame show.

Glazer reported that Garrett's handling of the aftermath of linebacker Jerry Brown's death has helped to solidify the coach in the organization. Fox host Curt Menafee then followed up with the perfect question. What if the Cowboys tank the final two weeks?

Glazer said he asked that but was told it didn't matter.

"(Garrett) will absolutely be back," Glazer responded.

Suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton will have to look elsewhere if he wants leverage in his contract negotiations.

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UPDATE: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport after Sunday's 34-31 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints that he never "even thought about anything different than Jason being our coach."

"I have no thoughts about making a coaching change," said Jones, who added that he was "real pleased" with how Garrett and his staff are coaching. The Cowboys face a winner-take-all game against the Washington Redskins next week.

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