After plenty of drama on Monday with Jason Garrett’s various meetings at the Star resulting in no announcement, many thought that Tuesday would bring something formal. Instead, it turned out to be groundhog day, as the same routine repeated itself.
The waiting game in Dallas continues. Two days after the season ended, there is still no resolution on Jason Garrett’s status with the Cowboys.
NFL Network’s Jane Slater reported Tuesday that there will likely be no news today on Garrett, and the remaining coaches and staffers in the building are heading home. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport added that the Cowboys’ meeting on Tuesday with Garrett lasted less than an hour and everyone left with no resolution.
Since the Cowboys were eliminated from the playoffs in Week 17 with an 8-8 record, the belief has been that Garret would be out as the Dallas coach. With each passing day, the situation becomes murkier.
Every hour that passes without the Cowboys officially announcing that Jason Garrett will no longer be the head coach helps feed concerns that Dallas might actually retain him. But according to Adam Schefter, that’s not the case.
Cowboys and Jason Garrett are scheduled to meet at noon CT today, per sources. Resolution likely, but not definite. Expectation continues to be Garrett and Dallas will part ways, but the Cowboys are run as a family, Garrett has been a part of family, and it’s hard to part ways.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 31, 2019
Jason Garrett was once the right man for the Cowboys’ job. The problem is that coach never evolved - Jean-Jacques Taylor, Dallas Morning News
Jason Garrett is likely not going to be coaching the Cowboys next year, and many fans will be ecstatic at that development, but it’s easy to forget the coach was once considered the right man for the job he’s about to lose.
Garrett left the Joneses with no other choice. Understand, they have no desire to let Garrett go. They prayed for his success. But this season is the biggest collection of wasted talent since Jones bought the franchise in 1989. The Cowboys must move on from Garrett. It wasn’t always like that.
When he took over for Wade Phillips, this team needed direction. It needed an identity. Garrett provided both. It’s the reason the Cowboys practiced in full pads the first day he took over after Phillips was fired following a 1-7 start in 2010. Garrett wanted a more physical, tough-minded team than the one he inherited.
Consistency is something Garrett never found as a head coach. His team never had consecutive 10-win seasons or made the playoffs in consecutive years. Four times he finished with an 8-8 record. This year was the absolute worst when it came to consistency.
They finished sixth in the NFL in point differential; the other five teams made the playoffs. Actually, Dallas was the only team among the top 11 in point differential to miss the playoffs. They didn’t win a game in which they scored fewer than 30 points.
While Jason Garrett, along with potentially every other coach on the team right now, continues to wait on word from Jerry Jones, one assistant is getting ready for an interview. Kris Richard will be meeting with the New York Giants for their vacant head coaching job.
Cowboys defensive passing game coordinator Kris Richard had three interviews for head coaching jobs a year ago. He has at least one scheduled in this hiring cycle.
Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that Richard will interview for the Giants’ head coaching position on Thursday.
Richard interviewed with the Jets, Dolphins and Buccaneers last January. He nearly got the job in Miami that went to Brian Flores instead. The Cowboys, with Richard calling the plays, were a disappointment on defense. They finished ninth in total defense and 11th in points allowed.
Why it would be a mistake for the Cowboys to franchise tag Dak Prescott - Darreck Kirby, Clutch Points
While most eyes are on the status of Jason Garrett, the end of the regular season ramps up the timeline for the Cowboys to get a deal done with franchise quarterback Dak Prescott, who had a huge season statistically. Amid concerns that Dallas might try to franchise tag him, here’s why that would be a mistake.
While the season may have been a disaster on many fronts for Dallas, one thing this campaign did solidify is that Prescott is the franchise quarterback moving forward. This is thanks in large part to the best statistical season of the fourth year QB’s career, one in which he threw for career-highs in passing yards (4,902), touchdowns (30), and yards per attempt (8.2). He did all of this while throwing just 11 interceptions. Additionally, the Cowboys featured the number-one offense in terms of total yardage in the league. So, why not pay the man under center powering the engine?
There’s some speculation that Dak Prescott’s contract situation at least somewhat distracted him as the season wore on. Paired with Troy’s prior context, it’s not hard to see how Prescott could feel under-appreciated by not just a portion of the fan base, but his own front office. Carson Wentz got paid for lesser stats and despite numerous injuries. Jared Goff got paid despite being a glorified bus-driver during his team’s Super Bowl run.
To deny Prescott what he’s earned despite not being drafted anywhere near the top 2 picks of the 2016 draft as Wentz and Goff were, and to instead tell him to “prove it,” is essentially a slap to the face.
In addition to Dak Prescott’s soon-to-expire contract, the Cowboys have a fairly long list of players set to become free agents this offseason. There are some really big names on that list aside from Prescott, too, so the front office will have their hands full once their coaching situation gets figured out.
It’s a harsh reality once an NFL season ends: The current Cowboys roster will never look the same again.
Change is inevitable in the free agency era. And with the season over, the Cowboys will eventually turn their attention to a roster that includes nearly 30 players eligible for varying forms of free agency when the new league year begins in March.
Of course, players such as quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper are viewed as franchise cornerstones who are widely expected to return even though they have yet to reach long-terms deals.
Report: Bay Area duo Ron Rivera, Jack Del Rio likely to team up in Washington - Gary Peterson, Mercury News
While the Cowboys are still figuring out what they’re going to do with their coaching staff, and while the Giants are conducting interviews, the Redskins have already found their head coach and their defensive coordinator. Both coaches were at one point or another rumored as potential candidates in Dallas, for what it’s worth.
If the NFL Network is on the ball, Ron Rivera, known fondly in the East Bay, will be hired as head coach of the NFL’s Washington franchise in a matter of hours.
And if Adam Schefter knows his stuff (he does) Rivera, a Cal Bear in the early 1980s, will quickly commence building his staff starting with another son of the East Bay — Jack Del Rio, a high school three-sport man among boys at Hayward High, who grew up to be the head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
Rivera, a linebacker at Cal, was the 1983 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. Using that experience as a springboard, Rivera played nine years for the Chicago Bears, including the team’s ridiculously dominant 1985 season that ended in a Super Bowl victory. Then he used that experience as a springboard to a nine-year gig as head coach of the Carolina Panthers, whom he led to a 76-63-1 record, a Super Bowl, and during which he was voted NFL Coach of the Year. Twice.
What should we make of the continued weirdness surrounding the Jason Garrett situation? We got into it on the latest episode of The Ocho.
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