Jason Garrett Officially Out As Dallas Cowboys Head Coach

Matt Galatzan
January 05, 2020 - 7:02 pm
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Per a report from Fox NFL Insider Jay Glazer, after more than a decade with the franchise that began with his hiring as an offensive coordinator in 2007, the Dallas Cowboys officially parted ways with their head coach, Jason Garrett, on Sunday afternoon.

Garrett will leave as the second-winningest coach in franchise history, behind only Tom Landry, with a 77-59 record in 136 regular-season games, a 2-3 postseason record, and three division titles, as well as one AP Coach of the Year Award in 2016.

The problem for Garrett, however, was never winning football games... it was winning the football games that mattered. 

In nine years as the head coach, Garrett won the three division titles but made the playoffs just three times, and never made it past the divisional round.

Whether Dez caught it or not, three playoff appearances and zero in a conference championship game in just under a decade was unacceptable for the world's most valuable and popular sports franchise, at least in the eyes of its owner. 

Despite all of the shortcomings through his first eight seasons, it was his ninth that doomed his standing with the franchise.

The Cowboys came into 2019 as one of the NFC's Super Bowl Favorites and got off to a hot start by winning their first three games, only to lose their grip the division down the final stretch of the season, and miss the playoffs entirely. 

Given the Joneses' special relationship with Garrett, this was no doubt a decision that was very tough to make. For the overall prosperity of the franchise, however, it was finally time to move on. 

Jerry Jones released a statement on the franchise's decision to move on from Garrett shortly after the news broke. 

"We are extremely grateful to Jason Garrett for his more than 20 years of service to the Dallas Cowboys as a player, assistant coach and head coach," said Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones. 

"His level of commitment, character, and dedication to this organization has been outstanding at every stage of his career. In his nine full years as a head coach, he guided our team to three division championships while also having them in position to play for the NFC East title in the last game of the year in four other seasons. His tenure of leadership will be characterized by his ability to produce teams that always played with great effort, emotion and passion, and he represented our organization with great pride, loyalty, and respect."

"Jason Garrett's legacy with the Dallas Cowboys will always be that of someone who strived for greatness every day that he walked through the door, and as someone who installed the virtues of enthusiasm, hard work and appreciation for the profession in all of the men who played with him and for him."

"He is, and always will remain, a cherished member of the Dallas Cowboys family and his contributions to the organization are greatly appreciated."

Garrett is highly respected around the NFL, and likely won't remain jobless for long. That said, the Cowboys needed a clean slate, and they are now going to get it, thanks to the Joneses making the hard choice. 

Dallas will now turn its focus to hiring the head coach that will lead the team into the next decade, with multiple candidates, some known and some as of yet unknown, to be vetted and interviewed by the Joneses. 

With that said, whoever is ultimately selected for the job, is going to have a monster of a task in front of them, as he tries to help turn the NFL's most scrutinized team back into a winner.