Jerry Jones wouldn’t discuss Jason Garrett’s future:
Jerry Jones said he has no comment on any decisions regarding Cowboys coaches or players at this time. He doesn’t have a “shareable timetable” in regards to Jason Garrett’s future— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 30, 2019
He did have this to say:
Jerry Jones: "I really thought we did some dramatic things last year when we made some (coaching) changes. And I had a lot to do with that. So don't hang that one totally around Jason Garrett's neck. There's a lot of blame to pass around here & I certainly accept my share of it."— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 30, 2019
There is already speculation that a decision has been made and that Garrett is done.
Jay Glazer reported on Fox that Jason Garrett’s tenure as the Dallas Cowboys HC will be over when his contract expires on Wednesday.— Josh Clark (@JoshClark1053) December 30, 2019
Cowboys officially eliminated as Eagles beat Giants, win NFC East - Dave Halprin, BTB
A frustrating season is finally over. The Cowboys’ offense hit all cylinders in the second half of Sunday’s blowout win, but it didn’t matter.
The Cowboys are taking care of their business as they are blowing out Washington. Unfortunately, that was only half the battle. The Philadelphia Eagles have beaten the New York Giants and have won the NFC East. That puts the team from Philadelphia into the playoffs and leaves the Cowboys out in the cold.
The Cowboys had their opportunity last week to win the division but they went up to the City of Brotherly Love and played a horrible game. That’s not the only chance the Cowboys had this year. There were plenty of opportunities for the Cowboys to win the division but when you dump a game against the New York Jets, and then play awful for stretches of the season, you really don’t deserve to win the division or make the playoffs.
Cowboys get empty win in what might be Jason Garrett’s final game - Charean Williams, PFT
It’s fitting, some may say, that Jason Garrett’s final win as the Dallas Cowboys head coach was to become 8-8.
Dallas lost control of its postseason fate in Week 16 with a loss to the Eagles. The Eagles took care of business Sunday against the Giants, winning 34-17 to claim the NFC East and eliminate the Cowboys from playoff contention.
Dallas finished 8-8, the fourth time in nine full seasons that Jason Garrett’s team has finished .500. It was the first time in four seasons that Dak Prescott didn’t have a winning record.
The Cowboys will miss the postseason for the sixth time in Garrett’s tenure, which may have ended with Sunday’s game.
Cowboys blast Washington 47-16, but will watch the playoffs from home - Tom Ryle, BTB
Tom’s final recap of the season.
It was the final frustration in a season that has been one of wasted opportunity and incredibly uneven efforts for Dallas. Had they found a way to win just one of the games they lost, they would have made the playoffs. But they largely crumpled when it mattered. Now we face what promises to be a rather tumultuous offseason, that starts now.
Despite the eventual results, this game still displayed many of the issues that plagued the Cowboys all season. Above all, they were inconsistent. They would have a scintillating drive, then let Washington come right back at them. The defense was great one drive, and Swiss cheese on another. Penalties either stalled their own drives or kept Washington’s alive, such as the facemask call on Jaylon Smith that nullified a sack and led to a Washington TD. Dak Prescott made great throws and had misses, plus lost the handle a couple of times, one of which was recovered by the opponent. Michael Gallup dropped balls and made an absolutely beautiful, toe-tapping touchdown catch. Ezekiel Elliott had his longest run of the season for one score and caught a TD pass, but also came close to losing a couple of fumbles himself. Special teams had some real clunkers, including a punt that only netted 18 yards. The defense got takeaways on the first two Washington possessions, but the offense could only get two Kai Forbath field goals out of it.
Mostly, this was a case of the superior Dallas talent just winning out over a very depleted Washington team. It was a fitting cap to a season where the Cowboys scored at least 31 points in eight victories, but could not find a way to win otherwise. In the eight losses, they scored 24 or less. It is a strange split.
With season over, Jason Garrett must blame himself for Dallas Cowboys’ Era of Average - Mac Engel, The Star-Telegram
An era of average? That is how Engel describes Garrett’s tenure.
Even had the Eagles lost to the Giants, and the Cowboys won the NFC East, this team was not going anywhere. By now, we know they are not better than the best of the NFC, the 49ers, the Seahawks, Packers, etc.
The Cowboys are only better than the bad teams of the NFL.
There are no less than 13,414 “What Ifs” to this impressive bust of a season, beginning with their Week 6 loss against the New York Jets.
Had the Cowboys defeated that bad team, they would have won the division and reached the playoffs.
There is a drunken madness about this season, which former Cowboys quarterback and Fox analyst Troy Aikman summarized perfectly on Sunday during the telecast.
“When they play the best they can, they can beat anybody. I know some say, ‘Yeah, you can say that about everybody.’ No, you can’t. The Cowboys have the talent,” Aikman said. “They can play with anybody .. and, at times, they’ve shown it. But man, when they’re bad, they are really bad.”
Under Garrett, the Cowboys were neither good nor were they especially bad. They just were OK, and as often as those results were accepted even Jerry knows he can’t sell this one any longer.
The Dallas Cowboys’ dreadful season couldn’t have ended more perfectly on Sunday - Andy Nesbitt, USA Today
The way that the Cowboys season ended is fitting, writes Nesbitt.
The Dallas Cowboys saw their disappointing 2019 season come to an end Sunday thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles pulling away from the New York Giants in a fitting rain storm at MetLife Stadium.
Jason Garrett’s squad seemed to have way too much talent to miss the playoffs this year but here they are, ending things at mediocre 8-8 after blowing out the Redskins 47-16 in front of a raucous crowd at “Jerry’s World.”
Even when they win, they lose.
While the Raiders have their “Just win baby” the Cowboys slogan should be “Shoulda, coulda, woulda” because they continue to be the ultimate tease in the NFL.
2020 NFL regular-season opponents for every team - ESPN
Who will the Cowboys play in the regular season next year?
Home: Giants, Eagles, Redskins, Cardinals, 49ers, Browns, Steelers and TBD NFC South team
Away: Redskins, Seahawks, Eagles, Giants, Rams, TBD NFC North team, Bengals and Ravens
2020 NFL Draft Order: Full List of Picks for Every Team After Week 17 - Joe Tansey, Bleacher Report
We have learned where the Cowboys will be selecting in the first-round, barring a trade.
15. Denver Broncos
16. Atlanta Falcons
17. Dallas Cowboys
18. Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh Steelers)
19. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears)
20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)
NFL head coach firings, hirings and openings: Everything to know about hot seats, job candidates and more - ESPN
The regular season has concluded, which means the coaching carousel is just now heating up. The Cowboys are expected to be in the market for a new coach.
Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
Coach: Jason Garrett (85-67 over 10 seasons)
Owner Jerry Jones did not talk for long after the Cowboys’ 17-9 loss to the Eagles that severely damaged their playoff chances, so Garrett’s job status did not come up. Garrett was asked about it after the game and reverted to an answer he has given before about processing Sunday’s game, learning from it and moving forward.
He entered the season with a mandate to win since he did not have a contract beyond 2019. At 7-8, the Cowboys’ playoff hopes are flickering at best. The same likely can be said about Garrett’s future barring something unforeseen. -- Todd Archer
Browns fire coach Freddie Kitchens after 1 season, 6-10 finish - Jake Trotter, ESPN
One coaching move has already been made.
Once again, the Cleveland Browns will be searching for a new head coach.
The team fired Freddie Kitchens on Sunday after one season in which Cleveland finished 6-10, running the NFL’s longest playoff drought to 18 years.
Owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam announced the move in a statement Sunday evening.
”We thank Freddie for his hard work and commitment to this organization but did not see the success or opportunities for improvement to move forward with him as our head coach,” the Haslams said. “Our focus is on hiring an exceptional leader for this football team and we will take a comprehensive approach to this process. We are excited about the core players we have to build around and develop and we look forward to bringing in a strong head coach that will put this group of players in the best position to succeed.”
Here is our official season recap.
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