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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has enough faith in head coach Jason Garrett to tell the press that Garrett doesn’t necessarily have to make the playoffs in 2014 to keep his job, but not enough, apparently, to go ahead and give him an extension. Perhaps this helps in explaining why, going into the final season of his four-year deal, Garrett says the sense of urgency at Valley Ranch is palpable.
“You need to show it immediately, as you’re trying to put your program in place you’re playing games and the games count,” Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. “That started in the middle of the 2010 season when I took over as the interim head coach. These games on Sunday count. We understand that. The sense of urgency we have as coaches and players is palpable, is strong.
“Having said that, you’ve got to be careful about being shortsighted and make it all immediate results oriented. You want to put your program in place, you want to bring the right kind of people in, and you want to make the right decisions for your team now and going forward. That’s what we’ve tried to do.”
Garrett clearly believes in his “process”--it’s been one of his favorite go-to words since taking over as head coach in 2010--but he also knows NFL coaches are judged by results.
“We put ourselves in the position to achieve our immediate goal which is to win the NFC East,” Garrett said. “Hopefully that takes us on a path to be a Super Bowl champion. That’s what our tangible goals are. We put ourselves in great position to do that, each of the last three years we just haven’t gotten that done. But we understand the balance of trying to put a program in and understanding you have to win in this league. We’ll continue to approach it in a very similar fashion.”
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