Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local
The Jason Garrett era in Dallas, Texas is finally over. The Dallas Cowboys announced they will not be renewing Jason Garrett’s contract, effectively ending his 9 season-long tenure as head coach. The official announcement came Sunday. After 3-0 start to the NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys struggled to find their rhythm all season. Reports have shown the Cowboys organization interviewing other candidates for the head coaching job. Some of the biggest names are former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. The firing of Jason Garett marks a much-needed change for Cowboys organization.
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones had a deep respect for Jason Garrett. “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,” Jerry Jones said in a statement. “His level of commitment, character, and dedication to this organization has been outstanding at every stage of his career. … 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.”
During Jason Garrett’s career with the Cowboys, he maintained an 85-67 record. Garrett took the Cowboys to the playoffs winning only two games out of three appearances. During the 2019 NFL season, the Cowboys finished the season with a 8-8 record.
The season was a media whirlwind with the end of Garrett’s contract coming up. Jerry Jones has been optimistic about Jason Garrett coaching again in 2020. “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 instilled the virtues of enthusiasm, hard work, and appreciation for the profession in all of the men who played with him and for him,” Jones said. Due to the current landscape of the NFL, Garrett will have tons of teams looking to shake up their coaching personnel. While the Cowboys look towards the future, they will have plenty to choose from.
Mike McCarthy and Marvin Lewis are some of the Cowboys’ top choices for the coveted head coaching job. In his 13 seasons with the Packers, Mike McCarthy took his team to the playoffs nine times. McCarthy’s career record is 125-77-2, with one Super Bowl with the Packers.
Marvin Lewis, former Cincinnati Bengals head coach, had a 16 year run with a career record of 131-122-3. In his seven appearances in the playoffs, Marvin Lewis failed to win at least one game. Lewis might have an advantage with Jones family, with Lewis serving on the NFL’s competition committee with Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones. The next Cowboys head coach will have a lot of talent to work within the coming season. Cowboys’ luck might have just turned around.