"Just how we see at any time how another team can win," Jones said. "When you look at our division opponents and who they are playing and you look at who we've got to play, it's hard to measure from here."
Jones backed his coach in a similar way at the start of training camp in July, saying he didn't believe this was an "Armageddon" year for Garrett, who is 26-24 in his first 50 games. The owner's latest words were welcome news in the locker room.
"He's a great coach," said defensive tackle Jason Hatcher, the team's sacks leader. "I know you guys think differently. Y'all rag him all the time, but I think he's an awesome coach and I wish the best for him in the future and I'm glad the Cowboys will have him back. He deserves it."
Receiver Dez Bryant has spoken frequently about Garrett's role in helping a young player who struggled with his maturity on and off the field.
"He always stays on me because he believes in me, and I thank him for it," Bryant said. "He's always checking on us. He sees how our day goes. I know everybody around the league don't get that."
Notes: The Cowboys released CB Micah Pellerin and signed LB Orie Lemon, raising doubts about rookie LB DeVonte Holloman's availability after missing four games with a neck injury. Holloman practiced Wednesday but was not on the field Thursday. Pellerin played in two games after signing off the practice squad. Lemon signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played in five games last season. Kansas City released him at the end of training camp, and he was signed to Arizona's practice squad Oct. 8.
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