Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones gave a strong endorsement of Jason Garrett on Wednesday to KTCK-AM in Dallas, saying he could not imagine circumstances that would make the team want to replace its head coach in the offseason.
"I just think he's done an outstanding job with this team," Jones said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "There has been adversity in this season. He's handled it well. He's never complained, never blinked. I know our guys play hard for him. I don't believe anybody has refuted that. No one wants to win more games than Jason. I know he's disappointed that we haven't won more games, but at the same time, we do have a winning record right now. We're in the hunt."
The Cowboys are 7-6 and currently one game out of the last wild-card spot in the NFC, along with the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins.
Garrett has had to cope with a costly injury to running back DeMarco Murray, and more recently, with the tragedy surrounding Jerry Brown Jr.'s death. The team's lapses, especially in home games, have given rise to media speculation about prominent NFL coaches or ex-coaches coming to Dallas to replace Garrett. The names of Jon Gruden, Mike Holmgren and even the Saints' Sean Payton have been mentioned.
Garrett is 20-17 since taking over the team from Wade Phillips during the 2010 season.