Jason Garrett's opening statement after talking about interviewing in Baltimore and Atlanta: "These are great experiences that we had a chance to go through. We told ourselves that we wanted to go through the process and really fully investigate these opportunities. Mr. Jones and Wade Phillips graciously allowed us to do that, and we went through that process, and we got back to Dallas fairly late last night and came to the conclusion that, for a variety of reasons, this is the best place for us. The reasons to me, you can articulate them and they're pretty evident. They start with Jerry Jones and what he has done for this organization, for this league and for giving us the chance to be a part of his team. It's a team that I have a history with, and he does a fabulous job as an owner giving us coaches and our players a chance to win. He's just a special guy. He's been a special guy in my life for a long time, and it starts with him. And then it trickles down to Wade Phillips, our head coach. I had a chance to become the offensive coordinator last year and work with a guy who is as fine a guy as I've met in football and really in life. He's just a tremendous person, a tremendous football coach, and he's great for us as coaches to work for and certainly the players respect him immensely [as] a great guy for them to play for. We made great strides this year. We didn't achieve all of our goals, but we're heading in the right direction and under Jerry's guidance and under Wade's guidance, we [trailed off]. When Brill and I looked at each other, we said, 'Boy, we have a great chance here in Dallas.' We have a great feeling for this place, we have a great feeling for Dallas, we have a great feeling for the Cowboys organization, and a lot of it goes back to our history here. But I think maybe this decision to stay here has a lot more to do with the Dallas Cowboys in 2007 and what the Dallas Cowboys can be in 2008. I was talking to [Cowboys public relations director] Rich Dalrymple before. You go through this process, and we're really fortunate to go through it. I learned a lot as a result of it. But you go through the thing and you realize that you make decisions lots of different ways. You make them intellectually, you make them emotionally, you make them with your gut. There's a lot of different things that go into making important decisions in your life. And I reflected back on the last three days – and I didn't know it at the time – I think I might have made this decision when I was standing in front of our offensive team on Monday after we lost to the Giants. There were some things I wanted to say to them about how fortunate I felt to be one of their coaches and to be coaching with some of the other guys that were in the room, and it was really hard for me to get through it. It was hard. I stopped a number of times, but I was persistent because I wanted to get these thoughts out to the guys in the room and how much I respected them and how much I appreciated them. And when I reflect back on these last few days, I think that meeting told me more than anything else what I needed to know about my feelings about this place – my feelings about this place because of my time here in the past, because of what we can be in the future, but maybe more than anything else, what we are right now. There's some great people in this organization, and it starts at the top and works its way down through our head coach and the other coaches that I have the good fortune of working with, and it filters down to our players. This year was a special year for me, and Brill and I feel like because of this and because of the way we feel about this group of people, this was the right place for us going forward. And we're excited about the prospects for the Cowboys in the future."