According to reports, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett will not be re-signed to his position with the team.
An insider told ESPN’s Ed Werder that the team sowed an “abundance of care and respect” for Garrett, but team owner and general manager Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones have decided to give the coach his walking papers.
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.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) January 3, 2020
Garrett’s current contract ends on January 14, and his status with the team has been in doubt since early last year, the sports site reported.
“The Cowboys missed the playoffs in 2019 and finished 8-8 for the fourth time in Garrett’s nine seasons as coach,” ESPN noted. “He will finish as the second-longest-tenured and second-winningest coach in team history to Tom Landry with a record of 85-67, but he won just two playoff games and was unable to get past the divisional round.”
The Cowboys have not yet made an official announcement about Garrett but are reportedly about to set out for a search for a head coach for the first time in fourteen years.
Still, Jones has sent mixed signals about Garrett. Jones recently told KRLD radio that he was not all that excited to look for a new coach and even said Garrett would stay on in 2020.
“The problem is you don’t know who can guarantee you a Super Bowl. I’ve seen a lot of coaches, I’ve seen their names mentioned but they can’t guarantee me a Superbowl or guarantee my players the Superbowl,” Jones said early in December.
“There’s boxes to be checked,” Jones added. “Jason Garrett will be coaching in the NFL next year.”
However, now it looks like Jones has changed his mind.
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