One Dallas Cowboys legend is not pleased with the whole Jason Garrett saga.
After news of Garrett’s firing broke on Sunday, FOX analyst Troy Aikman said that the way the Cowboys handled it was “disappointing.”
“He committed everything he had to the organization and to doing the best job that he could,” said Aikman, per The Athletic’s Jon Machota. “He made it a priority, he committed himself. Breakups are always hard, we all understand that at whatever level that they occur, but I don’t know that after all that he gave and committed to this organization that he received the same in return.
“When the organization was unwilling, for whatever reasons, and I don’t know the backstories to it all, but when the organization was unwilling to come out publicly and say that, ‘We are seeking a new coach,’ and yet at the same time, reports are coming out that they’re interviewing potential new candidates for the head coaching position, that’s disappointing,” Aikman continued. “I think in a lot of ways it shines a light on some of the dysfunction, if you will, within the organization and kind of how they got to the point that they’re in now.”
Indeed, the Cowboys dragged out their decision on Garrett for roughly a week, as rumors about big-name replacements swirled. That approach is in contrast to that of teams like the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants, who announced the dismissals of their coaches as soon as the season ended. However, a report said the reason for that was Garrett was lobbying to keep his job, so that would put the blame for the situation on him.
Bryant and Garrett mostly kept disputes in-house when working together in Dallas with a few exceptions here and there, but the wide receiver has been very critical of his former coach in recent years. He has essentially accused Garrett of wasting Dallas’ talent and hasn’t been quiet about his dissatisfaction with his former coach’s leadership. This response to Garrett’s exit is really no surprise.
Garrett and the Cowboys met several times over the past week. There was some speculation that Jerry Jones would decide to keep Garrett around, however, Dallas has already shown interest in potential replacements like Mike McCarthy and Marvin Lewis.
Glazer reported earlier on Sunday that Garrett had been lobbying to keep his job, which was one of the reasons it took the Cowboys so long to formally part ways with the coach. Garrett has a close relationship with the Jones family, so they may have been giving him the courtesy of hearing him out.
The Cowboys are still expected to part ways with Jason Garrett despite waiting to make a formal announcement, but the head coach is reportedly not going down without a fight.
Part of the reason the Cowboys are dragging out the situation with Garrett is that the coach has been lobbying hard to keep his job, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports. Glazer said there have been multiple instances over the past week when the Cowboys inform Garrett he is out and he says, “Hold on! Hold! Don’t do it yet. I still want to be considered for this.”
.@JayGlazer reported on @NFLonFOX that Jason Garrett continues to lobby to be the Dallas Cowboys head coach.
Garrett and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones have a very close relationship, so that could help explain what is taking so long. Jones has a great deal of respect for Garrett, and he may want to give him a chance to state his case as much as he would like — even if Jones has already made up his mind.
According to Glazer, the Cowboys’ interview with former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy went well over the weekend, and he was still in Dallas as of Sunday. They are also still eyeing Mike Zimmer depending upon what happens in Sunday’s game between the Vikings and Saints, though it does not seem like Minnesota has any intention of letting Zimmer go.
Garrett and McCarthy are represented by the same agency, and Michael Lombardi of The Athletic noted on Sunday that it would be unheard of for an agent to let one client interview for another’s job. That likely means Garrett has, for all intents and purposes, been dismissed.
The reality of the Jason Garett situation is that his agent and Mike McCarthy's agent are one and the same, THEREFORE, even though there have been no public decisions there has been a private one. No agent would allow a client to interview for another client's job.
The Dallas Cowboys have yet to make any announcements about Jason Garrett’s job status now almost a week after the regular season ended, and it does not sound like members of the team know any more about the situation than the general public at this point.
Garrett is still expected to part ways with the Cowboys, but Jerry Jones and the team’s front office reportedly have not given any official word to players and members of the coaching staff. Both Jane Slater of NFL Network and 105.3 The Fan’s Mike Fisher have been told players and coaches remained in the dark as of Friday.
At this hour, coaches and players tell me they have not been informed of any changes at the head coaching position. #Cowboys HC Jason Garrett, himself, has yet to respond to my inquiries. If a decision is imminent, it has still not been conveyed.
ALERT: Two prominent members of the #Cowboys staff tell me they've not been informed of a final decision on Garrett, 'despite what the media reports,' one tells me. 'As far as we as a staff are concerned, we're showing up to work. That's what we do.' pic.twitter.com/5IljJOwaKB
The belief is that the Cowboys are trying to do right by Garrett, who has a very strong relationship with the Jones family and deep ties to the organization. It’s also possible that they want potential head coaching replacements to appreciate the way they are handling the Garrett situation.
The Dallas Cowboys’ handling of Jason Garrett has left many wondering this week what is going on. We may finally have some clarity on the matter.
Garrett’s contract with the Cowboys is expiring, and he was widely expected to be replaced as head coach. Strangely, four days after the Cowboys’ season came to an end, there was no word on whether Garrett had been replaced. The lack of an announcement on the matter left some to wonder whether Garrett would remain with the team in some capacity in 2020.
Instead, ESPN’s Ed Werder now reports that the Cowboys are expected to move on without Garrett and soon begin interviewing possible head coach candidates. Werder says the time and care in the handling of Garrett’s situation has been out of respect to the team’s longtime head coach, who has deep ties to the organization.
Source: #Cowboys Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones have moved slowly and with “abundance of care and respect” for Jason Garrett. That phase expected to conclude soon with Garrett not part of organization. Next phase to involve candidate interviews will begin quickly thereafter.
While Dallas missed out on Ron Rivera, there is not much downside to them taking extra time with their care of Garrett before proceeding with a coaching search. They still will be able to interview most candidates available. Plus, their handling of Garrett this week may reflect well on them in the eyes of possible candidates.
The Dallas Cowboys have yet to formally announce a decision regarding head coach Jason Garrett, which is unusual considering how certain it seemed that they were planning to part ways with him. Perhaps that is because Jerry Jones is trying to figure out a way for Garrett to remain with the organization.
Some with the Cowboys have begun wondering if Garrett will still be with the team in 2020, ESPN’s Ed Werder reports. While it is not out of the realm of possibility that Jones could retain him as head coach, Garrett could also move to some other role with the team.
I’m live on #NFL Live in 90 minutes. As Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett resume their series of meetings, I can tell you this: people inside the building have begun to wonder if Garrett is going to have a role with the 2020 #Cowboys – whether as head coach or in another capacity.
Despite the way he has criticized him this season, Jones has an extremely close relationship with Garrett. The Cowboys owner also knows there are few high-profile head coaching candidates who would be able to put up with him always being in the spotlight, and Garrett has always handled that well. That could certainly be a factor.
Garrett’s contract is set to expire this month, so there’s also a chance he and the team could simply be working through logistics. Jones may also be waiting to see if there’s a better option out there before making a final decision on Garrett.
If the Cowboys don’t want Garrett back as head coach next season, it would make little sense for him to remain with the organization. While many of his teams have underachieved, he has an overall record of 85-67 with Dallas and has taken them to the playoffs three times in the past six seasons. There have also been rumblings that Garrett could be a candidate for another high-profile coaching job if the Cowboys let him walk, so he will have options.