What are the Cowboys doing with Jason Garrett? That’s the big question in Dallas, and there doesn’t appear to be a clear answer.
The Cowboys closed out the year with a blowout victory over the Redskins in their season finale, but they missed the playoffs after the Eagles defeated the Giants to capture the NFC East crown. Ever since the clock hit zero Sunday, it has felt like a matter of when, not if, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would fire Garrett.
As of Tuesday afternoon, though, Garrett is still the team’s coach. After 10 seasons with Garrett at the helm, is Jones ready to start fresh? Or will he stick with Garrett despite a disappointing 8-8 campaign?
Here’s the latest reporting around the league as Garrett awaits his fate:
News, updates on Jason Garrett’s status with Cowboys
— Garrett met with Jones and his son Stephen, who is Dallas’ executive vice president, Monday following the Cowboys’ final regular-season game, but media members were told no official decisions would be made that day.
— Following Monday’s meeting, Garrett spoke with Jerry and Stephen Jones again Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. That conversation ended without any resolution as well.
— David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports Garrett will have yet another discussion with Jerry and Stephen Jones before they determine Garrett’s future with the organization. It is unclear when the next meeting will take place.
— The expectation continues to be that Garrett and the Cowboys will eventually part ways, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, but the veteran NFL reporter notes the franchise operates like a family. This could only become more difficult the longer Jones lets it linger.
— Important date worth noting: Garrett’s contract expires Jan. 14.