Jason Garrett will remain head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, and owner Jerry Jones said he never considered making a change.
"I think what is important here is I haven't given any consideration," Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. ""I like what we're doing, I like what he's doing as a head coach. Yes we are going forward."
The Cowboys finished with an 8-8 record for the third straight year and are at home for the playoffs for a fourth straight season. Garrett is 29-27 in three-plus years as head coach.
"It is unbelievable, unthinkable really for me to be sitting here three years in a row and this game ended up putting us at .500 and this game eliminating us from going to the playoffs," Jones said Sunday. "I had thought that some of the changes we had made this year would put us in better shape. It's extremely disappointing for our fans. This is very disappointing. There's no feel-good in this loss, because there was a lot at stake obviously not the least of which is getting to come right back here next week and play. We're very disappointed."
Regarding the future of coordinators Bill Callahan and Monte Kiffin, Jones was vague while seemingly offering modest support to Kiffin.
"I think you've got to assume that their contract status is their decision until we do different," Jones said. "Whatever their contract status is ... whatever it is it is.
"We had a rough year but we didn't have a rough year because of coaching in terms of our defense."
Tight end Jason Witten and defensive end DeMarcus Ware have seen the Monday after a loss to end the season, knocking the Cowboys out of the playoffs one too many times.
It doesn't get any easier or any better to deal with.
"It is a disappointing season, ending 8-8," Ware said. "I mean, you get tired of it. After a while, each year, you feel like you lose something. It's something that you lose from each one of the years, so it's like, how do you come back from that."
Said Witten: "Obviously, it's a disappointing day, to be in this situation, not preparing for a playoff game. Everybody's disappointed. Every time you experience this, it's been tough. It's something I hope I never have to experience again. But, yeah, this one was really tough. To get there three years in a row and come up short, it hurts. Ultimately, we've got to do a better job."
Neither Witten nor Ware have the answers of what it will take for the Cowboys to get out of their mediocre funk and get over the hump.
Ware doesn't even know if the Cowboys' front office has all the right answers.
"I don't think there is always for sure a road map, but you got to have a road map early," Ware said. "You can't have it late. You got to start that road map right now. You have to start all the way from watching games to getting ready for getting surgeries or whatever you need to get, getting healthy, all the way to OTAs, knowing what's going on. It goes all the way through the offseason to make sure that once training camp hits you know everything is right."
Witten put it on the players. He said they just have to find a way to play better when it matters most.
"I really do think that you just have to obviously play better," Witten said. "Throughout seasons, there's games we can go back and look at and circle and say if there's different outcomes in those games, you're in a different situation. I think a lot of teams would probably say that across the league, so you can't use that as a crutch and an excuse. You ultimately across the board, players have to play better and give yourself a chance to win those games."
Garrett told his team following last week's victory against the Redskins how much proud he was of them and their ability to fight through adversity.
He repeated those remarks in a somber post-game locker room following the loss to the Eagles. The Cowboys played without starting quarterback Tony Romo yet came close to upsetting the Eagles, foiled by a last-minute interception from backup quarterback Kyle Orton.
"Obviously, our goal is to make the playoffs," Garrett said. "We had a great opportunity to win the division here. I thought our team fought and battled through adversity all year and having this game to give ourselves a chance to win. I told them again, I'm proud to be a part of the group."
Garrett, however, said fighting hard and not making the playoffs is not good enough. The goal is to make the playoffs and the Cowboys came up short again.
"At the end of the day we didn't get the job done," Garrett said. "We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and see how we can take the next step."