Jones refutes reports about Garrett's status

Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones

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Jason Garrett, left, remains the interim head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, team owner Jerry Jones said on Sunday.

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by JOE TRAHAN

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Posted on January 2, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 2 at 9:10 PM

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PHILADELPHIA — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Sunday  refuted reports that said Jason Garrett is the team's new coach, although Jones said  he is ready to move quickly as soon as the team's season finale with the Eagles  is done. 

"I just think it's in our best interest to go ahead and get a decision made as soon as we can," Jones said.  "And I will move on that kind of basis and work real hard to get a decision made as early as we can."

The NFL Network reported earlier Sunday that Jones had already made his mind up to remove the "interim" tag from Garrett's title.  In order for that to be the case, the team would have had to interview a minority candidate to satisfy the NFL's "Rooney rule." 

The NFL network said Jones interviewed Cowboys receivers coach Ray Sherman.  Jones says that's not true. "It's the same status we had Monday, and I had not ever planned to do any interviewing until after this game today," the Cowboys chief said.

Jones says he would still like to interview Sherman, and when asked if his mind was made up, Jones said, "I don't think that I'd want to talk about that at all because that wouldn't be fair to anything we might do in the interviewing process."

Speaking of interviews, Jones said he will not need to sit down further with Garrett to make up his mind.

"Certainly I've had a good chance and great opportunity here to watch Jason as head coach, watch what he's doing and so all that's been a plus," said Jones,  "And certianly it won't require an interview with him."

Following the Cowboys' victory in Philadelphia on Sunday, Jones was again asked about Garrett. He said we won't have to wait long for a final decision.

"Days, days. Not a week," said the Cowboys owner.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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