Cowboys working on new contract for Jason Garrett, hopeful to keep Rod Marinelli

The Dallas Cowboys went 12-4 during the regular season en-route to winning the NFC East. On Sunday they were one reversed call away from heading to the NFC Championship game.

Head coach Jason Garrett’s contract is expiring as well as many of his assistants.

Speaking on Monday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Garrett left little doubt that he wants to return next season as the Cowboys coach.

“This is a great organization. I think we really built a football team that we can be proud of, and there are some really good things ahead for this team,” said Garrett.

Vice president Stephen Jones told the same station that he had already began working on an extension for Garrett while owner Jerry Jones called Garrett “my coach of hte year.”

The elder Jones called re-signing Garrett the teams top priority this offseason. Garrett is 42-32 during his tenure with the Cowboys.

Like Garret much of the Cowboys coaching staff is working on expiring contracts including passing game coordinator Scott Linehan, defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Callahan.

Following Sunday’s game it was reported by Pro Football Talk that Marinelli was expected to leave the Cowboys and sign with the Buccaneers where he would be reunited with close friend Lovie Smith. Marinelli served under Smith as the defensive coordinator of the Bears from 2009 to 2012.

“I know Rod Marinelli has done a fantastic job for us since he’s been here,” Garrett said. “He’s done a great job coordinating our defense this year. We have every intention of keeping Rod Marinelli in his current role as defensive coordinator. We’ll take care of the business things after we take care of the business of today, but Rod’s a helluva coach and has done amazing things with our football team this year.”