The most awkward breakup in football has finally come to a conclusion.
Jason Garrett is OUT as the Dallas Cowboys’ head coach, per FOX Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer.
Dallas’ season has been over for a week, but the uncertainty of Garrett’s job has been more-or-less up in the air since the Cowboys made no officially announcement of a dismissal. Granted, Garrett’s exit from Dallas has been anticipated since the season ended with the team missing the postseason. And as Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk notes, Garrett’s contract didn’t officially expire until January 14. So at some point, official word of a split had to come sooner or later before the team could officially move on with its coaching search.
Then again, it’s not as if the Cowboys were keeping a low profile while Garrett was still technically under contract.
Seriously, this happened in the time between the end of the season and before Dallas let it be known that Garrett wouldn’t be returning:
Sources: Former #Packers coach Mike McCarthy is headed to Dallas to speak with the #Cowboys. The team has not announced anything on coach Jason Garrett, though they are expected to move on from him and are laying the groundwork for a search.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 4, 2020
In addition to former Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy, the Cowboys are meeting with former Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis on Saturday as well, according to multiple sources. Lewis spent last season as an adviser to Herm Edwards at Arizona State after… https://t.co/W36AhwHnM2
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) January 4, 2020
So even while Garrett’s status sat in limbo, the Cowboys had been lining up potential replacements for interviews. Yes, while Garrett was still technically under contract. Awkward!
Eventually, Garrett’s time with the Cowboys was going to come to an end. And that time is now. Fittingly enough, the announcement came during the time slot when the Cowboys would have been playing had they made it into the postseason. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, the announcement comes just weeks after the Bears did their part in knocking the Cowboys out of sole-possession of first place in the NFC East and ultimately paved the way for the Eagles to make the postseason. Go figure.
The final tally is an 85-67 record, more 8-8 seasons (4) than playoff appearances (3), and zero (0) Super Bowl titles.