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.
Jason Garrett will not meet w/Cowboys ownership today to discuss his fate, a source said. Garrett’s discussions w/ Jerry & Stephen Jones resume on Thursday.
Side note: to all who predicted the Cowboys would drop a news bomb during the #WinterClassic, hope you didn’t lose any $$.
— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) January 1, 2020
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.
We are being told there will be no announcements being made tonight here at the Star in Frisco on Jason Garrett
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) December 30, 2019
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.
Jason Garrett’s meeting with the Jones family is concluded. Cowboys have nothing scheduled for today at The Star. Don’t read anything into this delay. It doesn’t change the inevitable. It’s still a matter of when, not if.
— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) December 30, 2019
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.
We’re told that a member of the staff texted a person close to him, and said “We’re fired.” The response was “All of you?” And the response was “Yes.”
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) December 30, 2019
A member inside the Cowboys organization says that this is not the case yet. It may be the case soon, but it has not officially transpired.
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) December 30, 2019
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.
Dak Prescott was asked about his thoughts on the possibility this could be Jason Garrett’s last game as the head coach in Dallas:
“I think its the last game on mine as well so I’ll be damned if I speak on anyone else’s future or their place.”
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) December 26, 2019
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.
Jason Garrett when asked about this being his final regular season game under contract: “Same approach as I’ve always taken. Don’t really think much about that stuff. Come to work today and do everything I can to help our team have a great Thursday in our preparation for Sunday.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 26, 2019
Jason Garrett consistently deflects questions about his future by saying he’s focused on the moment. So, when will he think about his future with this club?
“I guess at some point in the future,” he said.
— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) December 26, 2019
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.
The Dallas Cowboys made more head-scratching decisions in their latest disappointing loss on Sunday, but Jason Garrett insists they were calculated and not the result of disorganization.
The Cowboys had the ball at the Philadelphia Eagles’ 23-yard line trailing 17-9 with 1:26 left in the game. After Prescott threw an incomplete pass intended for Amari Cooper on third down, both Cooper and Randall Cobb were subbed out of the game for 4th-and-8. Cobb had been effective in the game prior to that with five catches for 73 yards, and many wondered if Cooper was hurt. He said he was not.
“The coaches took me out,” Cooper told reporters after the game, via David Helman of Cowboys.com. “I just ran a deep ball and they took me out.”
In an interview on 105.3 The Fan Monday morning, Garrett confirmed that Cooper was pulled off the field. He said the Cowboys intentionally went with a two-tight end set for the play and got the look they wanted but failed to execute.
Didn’t use timeout on the call because they felt good about the decision there. On Amari Cooper’s health: “everyone’s banged up this time of year” https://t.co/QiZxKE5s1c
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) December 23, 2019
While that may reflect poorly on offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, it certainly doesn’t help Garrett’s cause. It’s hard to justify not having two of your top receivers on the field for a must-convert 4th-and-8, though questionable decisions have become the norm for Garrett in what will likely be his final season in Dallas.
Garrett also decided not to go for it late in the game on 4th-and-1 when he punted and 4th-and-4 when he opted for a field goal. The Cowboys could have clinched the NFC East with a win, and now they need two things to happen in Week 17 in order to make the playoffs. Garrett could, in theory, save his job if Dallas gets into the postseason and makes a run, but there’s no reason to expect that to happen at this point.
The Dallas Cowboys have been in a tailspin lately but still have a shot to make the playoffs thanks to the poor quality of the NFC East this season.
Dallas has lost three in a row and four of their last five. But they’re still tied for the division lead at 6-7.
Jason Garrett is trying to break the team’s slump and came up with a new way to do it: motivate his players with a highlight reel to show them how good they can be.
In effort to get the Cowboy out of their slump coach Jason Garrett showed his team a reel of their highlight plays this week to show them how good they are at their best. It included a few plays from last season.#coaching
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) December 12, 2019
Garrett is in a difficult spot due to a lack of support from Jerry Jones. He will have a difficult time reaching players who recognize the coach has little authority since he is unlikely to be back next year. But the one thing he might be able to do is help motivate them, and this is one way to do it.
Jerry Jones better hope it works, since the owner’s comments really threw off the team.
- Jason Garrett