In his more than nine years as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett was on and off the hot chair like almost every other coach who wasn't called Bill Belichick.
Things looked up at the end of last season when the team won 10-6, their division won, and a playoff game. Given the young stars in quarterback Dak Prescott and the backlog of Ezekiel Elliott, there was reason to believe that the Cowboys could have many more successful seasons ahead of them.
However, this season's mixed results have led early and often to dark speculations about Garrett's future. In the end, the Cowboys decided that Garrett would not return as head coach next season after ending the year 8: 8, according to reports from ESPN and The Dallas Morning News.
Jerry Jones, the owner of the cowboys, is said to have met with Garrett on Monday. And on Tuesday. And after they released New Year's Day, they met again on Thursday. Officially, Garrett was still the head coach. Anything can happen with Jones as the owner of the team, but writing on the wall this season didn't look promising for Garrett.
A quick start is no guarantee
The Cowboys had three straight wins at the start of the season, but these went against the Giants, Redskins and Dolphins – hardly against the N.F.L. Even at 3-0, there was no offer to renew Garrett's contract, which expires on January 14th.
"I think he's so focused on the task at hand," said cowboy manager Stephen Jones, Jerry Jones & # 39; son. said the KRLD-FM radio station in September. "There is nothing there."
During Garrett's tenure, the Cowboys were consistent winners with an 85-67 record and just one season under 0.500. But they only reached the playoffs three times and never made it through the division round.
Unsettling for Garrett, Stephen Jones also said in this interview: "We've had some good seasons playing the playoffs and winning a game. We all know we want to take the next step and play for a championship."
The Cowboys were unable to keep up and lost three losses: two reasonable losses against the Saints and Packers, followed by a shocking loss against a winless Jets team.
Despite the Jets debacle, Jerry had Jones Good things to say about Garrett afterwards: “I felt like we had invested a lot in Jason Garrett. He has become one of my top coaches in my opinion. He would be a very popular trainer if he were here on the open market. There are many pluses. He brings a lot with him. “But he said again that a final decision would be made at the end of the season. Victories were clearly essential.
Missed a crucial win
A 37:10 win over the main rival for the N.F.C. The title in the east, the Philadelphia Eagles, put the cowboys in a good position again.
The team finished 6-4, but then hit a three-game race. It started with a 13: 9 loss to the patriots. It seemed an understandable defeat, but Jones seemed annoyed. "I shouldn't be so frustrated with the composition of this team," he told reporters after the game.
According to sportsbetting.ag, Garrett was a 2-1 outsider to keep his job when the season started. As this bad run continued, the chances became 4-1 and then 7-1.
The 3-game race was limited by a loss to a weak Bears team that left the Cowboys 6-7. The media now openly speculated who Garrett's successor would be. Sports Illustrated: "Who will train the cowboys in 2020?" CBS: "Cowboys are interested in Urban Meyer, Chris Petersen as potential candidates to replace Jason Garrett in 2020." NFL Network reported that only a "deep" playoff run would save Garrett's job.
Despite the heavy casualties, the cowboys recovered to beat the Los Angeles Rams and had the opportunity to win the division and a playoff spot by defeating the Eagles again, this time in Philadelphia at week 16. They were 2- point favorites. You lost 17-9. "It is very disappointing," said Jones after the game. "We all expected that as N.F.C. Ostmeister. Were not."
A win against the sad Redskins in the final was not enough. The Cowboys finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs. The Garrett-is-Fired clock was in full swing.
A loyal servant
Garrett played quarterback in Princeton and his cowboy time began in 1992 when he was a member of the practice group. He made the regular roster the following season and spent seven seasons as a backup quarterback for the team. After brief stays in another location, he retired as a player and returned to Dallas in 2007 as an offensive coordinator.
Garrett, 53, replaced Wade Phillips in the middle of the 2010 season when the Cowboys were 1-7. He worked temporarily and led the team to a 5-3 record for the rest of the season. He was then appointed head coach.
One of the biggest disappointments in Garrett's reign was 2016 when the cowboys had the best record in the NC. With 13: 3, however, they lost their first playoff game against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. It was the post-season debut of Prescott and Elliott, dynamic young players who raised expectations for a new golden era for cowboys. But in the three seasons since then, the team has had a single playoff win.
But the whole thing was less than the sum of the parts. Garrett has been a mainstay for the cowboys for ages in N.F.L. Years. But there were too many seasons around 500 and the big playoff wins never came.