By: Mark Lane (@therealmarklane)
FRISCO — The Pro Football Writers Association named Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett the 2016 NFL Coach of the Year for leading the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and the top seed in the NFC playoffs.
Garrett, who has been the Dallas head coach since taking over as an interim for the fired Wade Phillips in 2010, has compiled a 58-46 record with the Cowboys, including a 1-2 record in the postseason.
The Cowboys’ NFC East title in 2016 is the second one earned by Garrett in his six and a half seasons with Dallas, tied with Phillips for the most by any Cowboys head coach since 1996.
Garrett was without franchise quarterback Tony Romo for the first eight weeks of the regular season. But rookie quarterback Dak Prescott did a magnificent job leading the Cowboys to an 8-1 record, including wins at Green Bay and Pittsburgh, that led Romo to make a concession speech of sorts to acknowledge Prescott as the starter and that he would not pursue the starting job so as to not distract the team from its lofty postseason goals.
The Princeton graduate once played backup quarterback for the Cowboys from 1992-99 before spending the final four seasons of his career with the New York Giants, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Miami Dolphins. Nick Saban, after leaving LSU, kept Garrett around as a quarterbacks coach for two seasons before the Cowboys hired Garrett as offensive coordinator in 2007.