ARLINGTON, Texas After meeting with dozens of reporters after another middling 8-8 campaign came to a close Sunday night, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was pressed about how he would go about trying to put his finger on what was missing from his club.

It's like Jello. said the Cowboys owner. You try to hold on to it, but it just slips through your fingers.

Jones doesn't have all the answers, but he seems convinced head coach Jason Garrett will help him find them. Jones says he's standing by his comments of a few weeks ago and Garrett will be back next year to guide the Cowboys as the team's head coach.

Garrett has led the Cowboys to a mediocre 24-24 record over the last three seasons. He's 29-27 overall as a head coach, including his 5-3 record as interim head coach in 2010.

He understands .500 is nowhere near good enough.

Unfortunately, in this league we haven t taken the next step. That s something we have to look at and see how we can break through and take that next step, said Garrett.

If nothing else, Garrett's Cowboys are entertaining. They've majored in pulling off the unexpected. Oftentimes that can be a negative, but not so in their season finale' against the Eagles.

With starting quarterback Tony Romo on the mend after back surgery Friday, few gave the Cowboys a shot against the Eagles, who've now won seven of their last eight games.

But the Cowboys once again showed they're taking on one positive trait of their head coach: No matter the circumstances, they continue to try to do their best; they don't quit.

I thought we gave ourselves a great opportunity tonight to win the NFC East, Garrett told reporters. We were right there at the end of that ballgame and we didn t get it done. We all have to live with that; coaches, players and everybody. We ll learn from this experience and go forward.

And for now at least, Garrett will move forward with the Cowobys.


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