Dallas Cowboys owner, president, general manager Jerry Jones and chief operating officer Stephen Jones have informed Jason Garrett that he is no longer involved with the team, according to a report from ESPN.
Breaking: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and executive vice president Stephen Jones have decided that Jason Garrett will not be part of the organization moving forward, a source tells @WerderEdESPN. pic.twitter.com/zXf4n1I8kc
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 3, 2020
A source told ESPN’s lead Cowboys reporter, Ed Werder, on Thursday evening that the Cowboys organization had moved slowly and carefully out of respect for the former Cowboys coach.
Source: #Cowboys Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones have moved slowly and with “abundance of care and respect” for Jason Garrett. That phase expected to conclude soon with Garrett not part of organization. Next phase to involve candidate interviews will begin quickly thereafter.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) January 3, 2020
Initially, there was speculation that Garrett would stay involved in the organization in a front office capacity. However, it appears, according to Werder’s report, that the Joneses want a clean break with Garrett, whose contract with the team runs out on Jan. 14.
Garrett led the Cowboys to an 8-8 record in 2019 with no playoff berth, a disappointing follow-up to a 2018 campaign that saw Dallas finish 10-6 and win the NFC East for the second time in three seasons. With quarterback Dak Prescott on an expiring deal, along with receiver Amari Cooper and cornerback Byron Jones, there was an expectation that the Cowboys would repeat as division champions for the first time since 1996, let alone post consecutive playoff appearances for the first time since 2007.
However, Dallas lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 17-9 in a Week 16 game at Lincoln Financial Field that would have won them the East outright. The loss sealed Garrett’s fate.