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INDIANAPOLIS – Jason Garrett insists he’s not focusing on his contract.

The Cowboys head coach has just one year left on a deal the team doesn’t appear rushed to extend.

How does Garrett feel about the ticking clock?

“I don’t really have any feeling about that,” Garrett said Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine. “I’ve always just tried to do my job as well as I can do it and build a team we can all be proud of.

“I never spent much time thinking about the business part of my job.”

Garrett also coached on the last year of his contract in 2014. He signed a five-year extension after the Cowboys won the NFC East then lost to the Packers in the divisional round (the “Dez caught it” game, for those keeping tabs).

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Dallas has won its division three of the last five years. But the team hasn’t returned to a conference championship, much less a Super Bowl, in 23 years. Garrett was promoted from offensive coordinator to head coach in 2010. The only longer-tenured head coaches in the league – Bill Belichick, Sean Payton, Mike Tomlin and John Harbaugh – have won Super Bowls.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones wants Garrett to prove the team can take that next step. The Joneses insist their relationship with Garrett is great and no one supports him more. But they haven’t indicated an extension ahead of 2019.

“No one wants Jason to be around here for the long term more than the Jones family,” executive vice president Stephen Jones told reporters Tuesday. “But at the same time, everybody’s back is against the wall right now.”

Garrett says that’s nothing new.

“Every one of us tries to come into our building with a sense of urgency every day to try to be our best individually and try to be our best for our football team,” Garrett said. “That hasn’t changed for me in 30 years.”

Follow Jori Epstein on Twitter @JoriEpstein.

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