IRVING, Texas -- Jason Garrett will start the stretch run in pursuit of his first trip to the playoffs on the same field where he debuted as coach of the Dallas Cowboys three years ago. His job doesnt depend on whether he gets that post-season berth. At least thats what owner Jerry Jones said Thursday. While saying he was "disappointed" in a 5-5 record that has dropped the Cowboys out of the top spot in the NFC East for the first time this season, Jones said Garrett will return in 2014 regardless of whether the Cowboys end their three-year playoff drought. "Im disappointed we dont have a better record, but he has got us in position to win the division and got a team here I firmly believe has the ability to be one of the better playing teams at the end," said Jones, addressing about a dozen reporters on the teams practice field. "A lot of this story is to be played out. It does not have a bearing on whether or not he will be our coach next year. It has no bearing on that." Asked if Garrett would be his coach next year, Jones twice said yes. The Cowboys are a half-game behind idle Philadelphia (6-5) going into an important division game at the New York Giants (4-6), who can tie Dallas for second after starting the season 0-6. Garrett wasnt sentimental about returning to the site of his first game -- a 33-20 win after Wade Phillips was fired with the Cowboys at 1-7 in 2010 -- and he wasnt particularly moved when told of Jones comments. "Were talking about practicing well today," said Garrett, who was a backup to Troy Aikman in the 1990s and was hired by Jones as offensive co-ordinator in 2007 before Phillips was named head coach. "Thats what were going to focus on, and thats something we emphasize to our team. Thats something we have to live as a coaching staff." The Cowboys finish the regular season at home against the Eagles. They have lost a playoffs-or-bust finale to a division rival each of Garretts two full seasons. Dallas had its worst game under Garrett in a 49-17 loss to New Orleans before last weeks bye, gaining less than 200 yards for the first time in a game Tony Romo started and finished, and giving up more than 600 yards for the second time in three weeks. The defence had never allowed that many yards in franchise history. The Cowboys are still in a favourable position with a 3-0 division record, but a loss to New York would be their third in four games after falling out of first during the bye when Philadelphia beat Washington. Still, Jones doesnt want to call Sundays game a must for his team. "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 weve got to play, its hard to measure from here." Jones backed his coach in a similar way at the start of training camp in July, saying he didnt believe this was an "Armageddon" year for Garrett, who is 26-24 in his first 50 games. The owners latest words were welcome news in the locker room. "Hes a great coach," said defensive tackle Jason Hatcher, the teams sacks leader. "I know you guys think differently. Yall rag him all the time, but I think hes an awesome coach and I wish the best for him in the future and Im glad the Cowboys will have him back. He deserves it." Receiver Dez Bryant has spoken frequently about Garretts 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. "Hes always checking on us. He sees how our day goes. I know everybody around the league dont get that." Notes: The Cowboys released CB Micah Pellerin and signed LB Orie Lemon, raising doubts about rookie LB DeVonte Hollomans 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 Arizonas practice squad Oct. 8. Fake Jordan . -- Brad Gushue of St. Fake Shoes . Jimmy Howard made 44 saves and Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday night. https://www.fakeshoes.net/. Villar connected off Joe Saunders (11-14), sending a drive well over the left-field fence for his first career homer. The Astros scored six times in the first three innings to chase Saunders. Fake Shoes Free Shipping . Jamies number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark. Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota (5): He was calm, poised, and looked comfortable all game. Fake Shoes For Sale . This time, it was Eric Chavezs turn. Stuck in a rut since coming off the disabled list, Chavez hit the first pitch he saw in the ninth inning for a run-scoring single, sending the Diamondbacks to another walk-off victory, 4-3 over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.Scotlands players cannot give any more, says manager Gordon Strachan following Tuesdays 3-0 defeat to Slovakia. The Scots performed well in the first half in Trnava and although they were undone by a Robert Mak goal in the 18th minute, they looked capable of getting back on level terms.But they were less productive in the second period, with Mak adding a second before Adam Nemec scored the third to see the visitors slip down to third in the World Cup qualifying Group F table. Despite the loss, Strachan was quick to praise his players for their efforts at the Stadion Antona Malatinskeho and said they could not be trying harder. Highlights from Scotland’s Group F World Cup qualifier against Slovakia They cant give any more. The people I actually feel sorry for tonight is not myself, not the coaching staff but you feel for the players, he told Sky Sports after the game. They put so much in and for the fans that travelled all the way over here, they were terrific. Were 3-0 down and theres nothing drastic going on, but they are encouraging the players. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just ?￡6.99. No contract. They kept plugging away and kept trying to play the right way to try and get a goal to get us back into it and we had a few chances. We left ourselves open a few timmes but they got stuck in.ddddddddddddThey really are a great bunch in terms of not giving up and plugging away and its heartwarming working with these guys. Russell Martin says Scotlands 3-0 defeat to Slovakia is tough to take The opening goal was a bittersweet one for Scotland as Steven Fletcher was fouled in the build-up without being awarded a free-kick to set Slovakia on their way. Scotland are now one point from a play-off place and three off Group F leaders England, who they play next at Wembley in a months time. That was perplexing [the first goal]. Im wondering how he cant see that. That didnt help us, thats for sure. Were needing that wee break now and then, Strachan added. Scotland can win at Wembley Scotland can win at Wembley against England next month, says Neil McCann Were one point away from a play-off place at this moment. What weve got to do is find the right system to play the next game.We dont usually tinker with it to much. We had an extra midfield player tonight which we felt worked for a long period of the game. We will just have to look at it again. Also See: Scotland slump to Slovakia loss As it happened Scotland can win at Wembley World Cup Qualifying tables ' ' '