Jones: Loss won't determine Garrett's fate

Jason Garrett had a fast start as an interim coach, having won his first two games, but a loss on Thanksgiving Day to New Orleans ended the brief win streak.

A win in Indianapolis last week was impressive but the Eagles' 30-27 victory on Sunday night pushed Garrett's record to 3-2 with three games remaining in the regular season.

Jerry Jones said the Eagles loss isn't a determining factor in whether or not Garrett can get the job full-time.

"Of course not," Jones said. "But I am pleased with how we are. I don't know how I could stand here and say that [Sunday] after losing, as well as the overall record we've got at [this stage of] the season."

One thing that is certain about the Cowboys, at least right now, is they are playing at a competitive level and some of that must be contributed to Garrett.

Jones said Garrett doesn't need a certain amount of wins to get the job.

He can't give Garrett the job outright until he goes through an interview process, which includes interviewing a minority candidate. It's of the belief the Cowboys will go through the process of interviewing other coaches, whom they might be is uncertain. If the NFL and the union can't reach a new labor deal in the spring, Jones could also hold off from making a hire until that is done.

Garrett is signed through 2011 with a reported salary of $3.5 million, which makes him the highest paid assitant coach in the NFL. It's not known if Garrett received a raise when he was elevated to an interim coach.

"I know him well, very well," Jones said of Garrett. "So that's important, but it's also, I think encouragin as I hope our fans saw a team that just wouldn't give up out there [Sunday night]. I'm pretty pleased about atht because [Philadelphia] was a good ball team."