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[Updated]: ESPN reporting Jason Garrett will not be part of Dallas Cowboys organization moving forward

It looks like the Jason Garrett era is about to be officially over.

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The first week of the offseason has been one of patience for Dallas Cowboys fans.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (New Year’s Day) all went by with no announcement from the organization as to the status of their head coach. Jason Garrett entered the season that the team just finished in a contract year, and given how disappointing the results it made sense that a divorce was upon us.

Three days of idle hands had a lot people wondering what a lack of word could mean. While we do not know the answer to that quite yet, we do seem to know one thing. According to ESPN it appears as if it is over and that Jason Garrett will not be part of the Dallas Cowboys moving forward.

According to multiple sources, the Joneses and Garrett did not have their scheduled meeting at The Star on Thursday after meeting on Monday and Tuesday without any resolution on the coach’s status. Garrett’s contract is set to expire on Jan. 14 and his status with the team has been an issue since last February when the Cowboys opted not to offer him an extension.

The Cowboys missed the playoffs in 2019 and finished 8-8 for the fourth time in Garrett’s nine seasons as coach. He will finish as the second-longest tenured and second-most 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.

Once the parting becomes official, the Cowboys will begin their first full-blown coaching search since Bill Parcells’ retirement following the 2006 season. Before hiring Wade Phillips ahead of the 2007 season, the Cowboys cast a wide net in their interview process that included Garrett, Norv Turner, Mike Singletary, Jim Caldwell, Ron Rivera, Todd Bowles, Todd Haley and Tony Sparano.

Assuming this is in fact the case it would put the Cowboys in a position where they are searching for a head coach for the first time since 2011. While that is technically true, at that point it was very obvious that Dallas was going to promote Jason Garrett (who’d led the second half of the season as the team’s interim coach) which means this would be the first true coaching search since 2007 when Bill Parcells retired.

Altogether Jason Garrett led the Cowboys full-time for nine seasons. He won three NFC East titles and two playoff games. The 2019 season was supposed to be one of promise and it never materialized in that way.

If this is in fact the end, may the future be kind to him. He gave everything he had to the Dallas Cowboys and unfortunately it wasn’t enough.


Update: 11:00pm ET

There has been growing discussion in the fallout of ESPN’s report that the verbiage from the worldwide leader doesn’t exactly match that of their reporter Ed Werder. Consider their two tweets and where the differences lie.

Werder refers to the Cowboys parting ways with Garrett as something that is “expected to” happen while the Sportscenter tweet (and all of the push alerts you likely got on your phone) note that Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones “have decided” on it.

Make of that what you will.

Update: 11:23pm ET

Word from NFL Network’s Jane Slater added this to the mix.

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