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Jason Garrett wants to remain with Cowboys: ‘Absolutely, I want to be here’

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Fresh off a heartbreaking and controversial loss to the Green Bay Packers, Jason Garrett indicated that hopes to remain head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

“Absolutely, I want to be here,” Garrett told reporters Tuesday, per NFL.com.

Garrett and his coaching staff were operating this season in the last year of their contracts. Despite the seemingly precarious position on working on the tail-end of their deals, signing Garrett and his assistants is a top offseason priority of owner Jerry Jones.

Jones reportedly referred to Garrett as his “coach of the year” following Sunday’s loss, reiterating and reinforcing sentiments he has expressed throughout the season. Getting Garrett locked up with a new deal likely would help the Cowboys retain offensive coordinator Bill Callahan and play-caller Scott Linehan, both of whom reportedly have attracted interest from other teams.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones indicated that he started working on Garrett’s new contract on Sunday and was still putting it together on Monday.

Garrett himself indicated that if he does stay on with the Cowboys — which certainly appears to be merely a formality at this point — he would hope that his top assistants, namely Callahan and Linehan as well as defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who worked on expiring contracts this season, would remain with the team as well.

“We’re proud of the team we’ve assembled, the staff we’ve assembled, the players we’ve brought in here. I think we’re building it the right way,” he said.

While it appears likely that the Cowboys will be able to retain Linehan and Callahan, Marinelli is expected to join Lovie Smith’s staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Garrett nevertheless hopes to hold on to him as well.

“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.”

With the Cowboys finally cracking the postseason and making substantial organizational progress this season, beginning with a 12-4 record after three consecutive 8-8 campaigns and ending with a playoff victory before its loss to the Packers — not to mention the long-awaited maturation of Tony Romo — maintaining status quo arguably is the wisest course of action for the franchise. That in all likelihood means that most, if not all, of the coaching staff will be back on the sidelines with the team next season.