Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 12/31/12

Although Jason Garrett avoided the Black Monday axe, the Cowboys coach won't have the same responsibilities on his plate going forward.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirmed that Garrett's job is safe, but Dallas plans to hire an offensive coordinator.

"The Cowboys intend to keep Jason Garrett, I have not heard this morning that that has changed," Rapoport told "Around the League" on Monday. "A better possibility is that the Cowboys could hire an offensive coordinator to call plays for Jason Garrett and allow him to be a walk-around coach and essentially just be the leader of men that they think he can be."

Garrett presumably has the support of owner Jerry Jones, whose team missed the playoffs after losing a heartbreaker to the Redskins Sunday night.

Jones, surprisingly, is bypassing a knee-jerk move; giving Garrett another year is the right decision. He kept the Cowboys in contention all season despite the injury bug ravaging his club and an extremely challenging schedule (six of the first nine games were on the road).

Relieving the 46-year-old of playcalling duties allows him to become a more well-rounded coach, increasing the likelihood Big D returns to the postseason in 2013.

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