Cow­boys mov­ing on with­out Gar­rett as coach

Orlando Sentinel - - WEATHER - By Schuyler Dixon

FRISCO, Texas — Ja­son Gar­rett is out as coach of the Dal­las Cow­boys af­ter miss­ing the play­offs with an un­der­achiev­ing team in a make-or-break sea­son.

The Cow­boys made it of­fi­cial Sun­day.

Gar­rett had the sec­ond­longest ten­ure with the fran­chise at 9 sea­sons be­hind Tom Landry’s 29 years. Gar­rett took over when Wade Phillips was fired half­way through the 2010 sea­son.

The Cow­boys fin­ished 8-8 in the fi­nal year of Gar­rett’s con­tract. It’s the fourth time Dal­las fin­ished 8-8 and missed the post­sea­son un­der the 53-year-old coach. The Cow­boys fu­eled high pre­sea­son ex­pec­ta­tions with a 3-0 start be­fore drop­ping eight of 12 and los­ing con­trol of their play­off fate.

Owner/gen­eral man­ager Jerry Jones de­cided Gar­rett isn’t the coach who can end the long­est stretch in fran­chise history with­out a trip to the Su­per Bowl.

The in­evitable con­clu­sion was a dif­fi­cult one for Jones, who kept Gar­rett for nine full sea­sons af­ter giv­ing the for­mer backup to three­time Su­per Bowl-win­ning quar­ter­back Troy Aik­man the in­terim job when Phillips was fired half­way through the 2010 sea­son.

Gar­rett’s record is 87-70, play­offs in­cluded.

Dal­las hasn’t been past the di­vi­sional round of the play­offs in 24 straight sea­sons since the club’s fifth Su­per Bowl ti­tle to fin­ish the 1995 sea­son. Gar­rett got them within a vic­tory of the NFC cham­pi­onship game three times in five years, los­ing to Green Bay twice and then the Los An­ge­les Rams last sea­son.

When train­ing camp opened, Jones didn’t want to talk about what it would take for Gar­rett to get an­other con­tract. It had been five years since Gar­rett was coach­ing for his job and the Cow­boys went 12-4 and won a wild-card game be­fore a loss at the Pack­ers that in­cluded the in­fa­mous catch that wasn’t by Dez Bryant.

Jones had high hopes with quar­ter­back Dak Prescott go­ing into his fourth sea­son along with star run­ning back Ezekiel El­liott, who got a $90 mil­lion ex­ten­sion the morn­ing of the first prac­tice of the reg­u­lar sea­son af­ter hold­ing out the en­tire pre­sea­son.

With Dal­las at 3-0, video emerged of Jones min­gling with fans in the French Quar­ter the night be­fore a game in New Or­leans. Dal­las lost 12-10 to start the first of two three-game los­ing streaks.

The Cow­boys have never made the play­offs when los­ing at least three straight games twice in a sea­son, although they had a chance to qual­ify with a win at Philadelph­ia in Week 16. Dal­las lost 17-9, then was elim­i­nated in Week 17 de­spite a blowout vic­tory over Wash­ing­ton when the Ea­gles beat the New York Gi­ants.

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The Cow­boys an­nounced they have parted ways with coach Ja­son Gar­rett.

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