TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 17: Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys cheers on his team during warmups against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 17, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Despite losing four of their last five games to miss the playoffs, it looks like Jason Garrett will return as head coach of the Cowboys in 2012.
"Unequivocally," Jones said when asked whether he still felt the same way about Garrett. "I feel that Jason is our coach and we can build and do some good things from here. We can take some of the things that we need to do better and address them."
Garrett's first full season with Dallas was a roller coaster ride. Dallas started out the season 3-4, and certainly looked like a pretender after a 34-7 Week 8 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys rebounded, rattling off four straight wins to bring their record to 7-4, which put Dallas in the NFC East driver's seat.
Dallas would lose their next two games in miserable fashion, as Garrett iced his own kicker in Arizona, leading to an overtime loss. Week 14 saw the Cowboys give up a 12 point fourth quarter lead to the eventual NFC East champion Giants.
The season ended with two straight losses to NFC East teams, as the Cowboys fell to the Eagles in a meaningless Week 16 bout before losing to the Giants in the defacto NFC East title game in Week 17.
Still, it looks like Garrett will be back with the Cowboys -- and rightfully so. Garrett never had an opportunity to conduct a proper offseason, thanks to the NFL's long, drawn out lockout. The pressure will certainly be on Garrett to produce another good draft class, and to lead the Cowboys back to the playoffs in 2012.