Jerry Jones praises Jason Garrett

IRVING, Texas -- Despite a 4-4 record, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said coach Jason Garrett's job status is looking better by the day.

On his twice-a-week radio show, Jones said Friday morning the offseason moves the team made in terms of Garrett getting rid of the play-calling duties and turning into a walk-around coach have benefited the team.

"If I were evaluating the season, looked at it and we're 4-4, this one's over, I would look and see how we got to 4-4," Jones said. "And his arrow would be pointed up.

"The key thing about Jason is his ability to take things that happened, experiences he's had -- things we learned the other day -- and feel confident that as you go into the future, you'll incorporate that in future decisions. I think we got that going for us. I wish everyone could see how hard he works, how conscientious he is, how smart, logical he goes about his business. All of this is good."

Garrett is 20-20 as Cowboys coach heading into Sunday's home game against the Minnesota Vikings (1-6).

Yet, Garrett has made some hard decisions during his tenure.

He's benched starting players for mental mistakes and ineffective play, helped the team get through the death of practice squad player Jerry Brown last year and is credited with an overall ability to hold players accountable.

Garrett is signed through the 2014 season. There haven't been talks about a contract extension, but Jones has heaped nothing but praise on the coach.

"I think when I look at where we are or where we can be as a team, then we've definitely benefited from how he is coaching the team as opposed to where he was as coordinator as well as head coach," Jones said. "We've benefited from that. Now, we're 4-4. It looks like we're in a rut. But when I look at how close those games have been, then I can see it could've been better than 4-4. That's the way I would look at it if this were it."