It took a week longer than most expected, but Jason Garrett has finally been relieved of his duties as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys informed Garrett on Sunday that they will not be renewing his contract, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports first reported.
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.
There had been some talk that Garrett could remain with the Cowboys in a new role in 2020, but it does not sound like that is going to happen.
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.”
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.
There has been some talk that Garrett could remain with the Cowboys in a new capacity, but that seems highly unlikely. Now a week after the end of the regular season, the situation in Dallas is getting stranger by the day.
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.
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.
Eventually, the Cowboys have to make a move. Some have wondered if Garrett could remain with the organization in a new capacity next season, but that seems highly unlikely. Garrett should get other head coaching interviews when Dallas eventually cuts him loose.
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.
This makes some sense.
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.
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.
The situation surrounding Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys will continue for yet another day.
Garrett’s contract with the Cowboys is expiring. Jerry Jones declined to give the head coach an extension entering the season, which ended in disappointment as Dallas failed to make the playoffs. Garrett seemed like a certainty to lose his job, but three days after the end of the Cowboys’ season, he remains employed.
While nobody is certain what is going on, The Dallas Morning News’ David Moore says Garrett will continue discussing his situation on Thursday with Jerry and Stephen Jones.
It’s unclear what’s happening, but the events do seem to show how much Jerry loves Garrett and how hard it is to fire the coach.
It’s possible that the talks are continuing so long because they’re trying to figure out a way to keep Garrett with the franchise in some capacity. There was a report on Monday saying the Cowboys were firing their entire coaching staff, but that hasn’t happened yet either.
There seems to be almost no chance the Dallas Cowboys sign Jason Garrett to a contract extension following a disappointing season that ended on Sunday without a playoff appearance, but the team is holding off on announcing its decision.
Dozens of reporters gathered at the Cowboys’ facility in Frisco on Monday awaiting news about Garrett’s future, and they were told there would be no announcement and to go home at around 5 p.m. local time.
Garrett met with Cowboys players, Jerry Jones and the Jones family for a lengthy amount of time on Monday. It’s unclear why the team is not yet ready to announce a decision, but the belief remains that it is only a matter of time before the two sides officially part ways.
The issue could be one of logistics. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Monday that Garrett’s contract with the Cowboys officially expires on Jan. 14, so the two sides could be working toward a way to move that date up so they can move on from one another sooner.
One report claimed the Cowboys are preparing to clean house beyond just Garrett, though that has not yet been confirmed. Either way, big changes are still expected in Dallas.
The Dallas Cowboys are expected to make major changes after missing the playoffs, and owner Jerry Jones may go above and beyond by cleaning house.
In addition to not bringing back head coach Jason Garrett, the entire Cowboys coaching staff might be let go, according to Mike Leslie of WFAA. Leslie initially reported that the entire staff had been fired before clarifying that the organization says it hasn’t happened yet.
While some likely had their contacts tied to Garrett length-wise, this would still present a major housecleaning. That would include names like offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, who will almost certainly be an intriguing name in coaching circles even if some of the shine wore off after a great start to the season. It does mean that whoever the next coach of the Cowboys is will probably have some significant say in the assembly of a new staff.
What is clear is that Jones was not happy with Dallas missing the playoffs. He had a clear warning for Garrett and the coaching staff toward the end of the season, and Jones appears to not be messing around when things failed to improve down the stretch.
Jason Garrett does not have the type of job security with the Dallas Cowboys that Dak Prescott has earned this season, but the quarterback gave a great reminder on Thursday that he and his coach have one big thing in common.
Sunday could — and likely will — be Garrett’s last game as the head coach of the Cowboys if the team fails to make the playoffs. When asked about the situation, Prescott reminded reporters that he, too, has a contract that is set to expire after the season.
Prescott is scheduled to become a free agent, though there’s no way the Cowboys are going to allow that to happen. They’ll simply use the franchise tag on him if they’re unable to work out a long-term extension in time, but you have to admire Prescott’s self-awareness. While he knows the Cowboys aren’t going to let him walk, nothing is official yet.
Garrett has essentially been on the hot seat from the moment the season kicked off. Otherwise, the Cowboys would have signed him to an extension. He has repeatedly denied that the questions about him being fired have become a distraction for the team, but that’s tough to believe.
The Cowboys need to beat the Washington Redskins on Sunday and have the Eagles lose in order to make the playoffs. If they don’t, they will almost certainly part ways with Garrett. Prescott isn’t going anywhere, but that was a great response to what has probably become an annoying question.
There is a legitimate possibility that Jason Garrett has only one game remaining with the Dallas Cowboys, but the head coach insists he is as focused as ever on the task at hand.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has all but confirmed that Garrett will not be receiving a contract extension if the team does not make a deep run in the playoffs. Dallas is now 7-8 on the season and facing elimination, but Garrett told reporters on Thursday that he is not thinking about Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins potentially being his last with the organization.
The seat underneath Garrett could not have been hotter entering Week 16, and then the Cowboys lost their biggest game of the season against the Philadelphia Eagles. Like many of their other losses this year, there were plenty of questionable coaching decisions in the game.
There’s still a chance the Cowboys could make the playoffs, but they would need to beat Washington and have a ton of other things go their way. While Garrett could probably still save his job if Dallas somehow comes alive and makes it to at least the NFC Championship Game, the odds are stacked against him more now than they ever have been.