Jason Garrett was by no means coming again as the Cowboys’ head coach in 2020. This was painfully apparent after a stacked Dallas group completed 8-Eight and missed the playoffs regardless of taking part in in an inimitably winnable NFC East.
Yet, Black Monday got here and went with none official information of Garrett’s future. More days handed with radio silence as nicely. Head teaching candidates got here and went from the Cowboys’ services in Arlington, however no official announcement was made about the group’s still-employed, 10-year head coach.
Until the third quarter of the Eagles’ playoff opener Sunday night, that’s. The Cowboys formally introduced they wouldn’t renew Garrett’s expiring contract at 6:51 pm ET: roughly 12 minutes into the third quarter of Philadelphia’s Wild Card Round game towards the Seahawks.
“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,” Jones mentioned in a submit on DallasCowboys.com. “His level of commitment, character and dedication to this organization has been outstanding at every stage of his career.”
That submit additionally made mild of the group’s hesitation to seal Garrett’s destiny, although it failed to give a cause why Jones determined to wait a minimum of six days after head coaches Pat Shurmur and Freddie Kitchens had been fired. Garrett was below contract by means of January 14, so Jones might have made his announcement at any time in the coming week — or on Saturday, when information of Marvin Lewis and Mike McCarthy’s interviews went public. Instead he selected Sunday night time …proper in the center of Philadelphia’s playoff game.
That hesitation gave needy golf equipment like the Giants, Panthers, Browns, and Washington a leg up when it got here to scheduling interviews for potential teaching candidates. It additionally restricted Garrett’s choices ought to his companies be desired by one other NFL group in 2020.
Those are all negatives that might be balanced out by one extraordinarily petty optimistic for Jones. He, in the midst of his division rival’s playoff game, hijacked some headlines and shifted the Sunday highlight from the Eagles to his Cowboys. While that will not have been his plan from the starting, it could be the silver lining on the elimination of a head coach Jones clearly revered after nine-plus seasons on the sideline.