According to Mike Leslie of WFAA in Dallas, the entire coaching staff for the Dallas Cowboys will be fired, including embattled head coach Jason Garrett, after a disappointing 8-8 season that saw the Cowboys lose a chance at the NFC East title during the last game of the season.
I’m told entire #Cowboys coaching staff has been fired.
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) December 30, 2019
Jane Slater of the NFL Network also reported that Garrett had informed his coaches to begin to “look work elsewhere.”
Multiple sources tell me Jason Garrett met w coaches/assistants today & addressed those with expiring contracts. He told them, “as you well know you can look for work elsewhere” & this would be “sorted out in the 24-48 hours”. Jerry Jones hasn’t informed anyone they’re fired yet
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) December 30, 2019
After reaching the postseason last year and starting the year 3-0 this season, analysts pegged the Cowboys to be legitimate title contenders. However, injuries and questionable coaching decisions led to the Cowboys going 5-8 to end their season.
Garrett, who battled rumors of his dismissal since mid-season, was first hired in 2007 as the offensive coordinator for the Cowboys. After the Cowboys’ slow start at the beginning of the 2010 season under Wade Phillips, Garrett filled in to take over the head coaching position after Wade’s dismissal.
Garrett went 85-67 as head coach with a record of 2-3 in the playoffs, never reaching the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Likely candidates to replace Garrett include Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley, former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, Baylor’s Matt Rhule, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and, possibly, current Dallas tight end Jason Witten.