Are the Cowboys trying to find a job for Jason Garrett other than head coach?

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The most publicity-hungry sports organization has suddenly become a cone of silence.

Three full days after the Dallas Cowboys’ season of sky-high expectations ended without a playoff appearance, Jason Garrett remains the coach. And owner/G.M. Jerry Jones remains silent about his plans.

Garrett and Jones reportedly will meet yet again on Thursday. It will be the third meeting between Jerry Jones, Cowboys COO Stephen Jones, and Garrett since Monday.

So what’s to discuss? If Garrett and the Cowboys were negotiating the nuts and bolts of a new contract to coach the team, his agent would be involved at some point — and someone would be tempted to leak it. And if the Cowboys were considering keeping Garrett as the head coach, it would be smart to leak the possibility, so that fans and media can begin to get their brains around the prospect of Garrett staying put.

Here’s an idea: What if the Joneses are trying to find a way to keep Garrett around, but not as the head coach? What if (and I’m just spitballing) the Cowboys are considering hiring someone like Gary Kubiak to be the head coach, but with very narrow and specific duties given the health issues that caused him to stop being head coach of the Broncos three years ago?

Kubiak has rejuvenated Minnesota’s offense this year. Maybe Kubiak could do the same in Dallas, with Garrett occupying a new kind of job with a new kind of title, like simply “coach” to Kubiak’s “head coach.” Or assistant head coach. Or assistant to the head coach.

Or co-head coach. Maybe the Cowboys will be the second NFL team to have two head coaches (Greasy Neale and Walt Kiesling served as co-head coaches of the Steagles, a blended Eagles and Steelers team during World War II), with Kubiak installed a half-step above Garrett and with Garrett doing most of the heavy lifting that otherwise would be done by Kubiak.

Again, it’s all speculation. But the situation cries out for speculation, given that there’s precious little (no) information at all.

For such a loose-lipped franchise to suddenly clam up suggests that something is going on. And it’s starting to feel like something much more elaborate than an elongated farewell out of respect to Garrett. It’s starting to feel like the Cowboys want to find a way to keep him, without Garrett being in charge of he football team on game days.

67 responses to “Are the Cowboys trying to find a job for Jason Garrett other than head coach?

  1. Jerry wants to keep Garrett as HC sooooo bad.

    Nobody else will allow Jerrah to be Jerrah like Garrett will.

    The longer this goes on the more obvious it is becoming. Garrett will be back on a one year prove it contract. When he fails again, it will be another year long prove it contract.

    And so it goes.

  2. Why would Kubiak leave where he is, to basically do the same thing is Dallas? He has said he is happy, he has had no problems with anyone in Minnesota and has actually complimented the way this has worked? He would just be jumping to a team with a Megalomaniac Owner a HC yes-man, and team full of bad boys? Talk about Ulcers! The Cowboys don’t have to say anything about Garrett, He has played out his contract. He hasn’t been fired, he is simply a friend and yes man to the Owner. he has made millions so ids in no need of employment right now… Good God.. give it a break. They are probably paying Garrett to help find another HC before he buys a house on the Beach and lives out the rest of his life in comfort!

  3. This was my suspicion too. Jones is very loyal, and seems especially fond of Garrett. I think he wants to keep him on in some way. There’s just … no way it’s going to work.

  4. Maybe Jerrah is just waiting for the NY6 bowls to be done so he can approach one of those coaches?

  5. Or with another event in Dallas today(80k hockey game at the Cotton Bowl) the Cowboys have some respect for the Stars.

    Plus, Garrett has a contract that lasts a few months and Jones likely knows who he’s going to hire, so there is not urgency to announce anything other then an impatient press and analysts waiting to drop their hot takes and hit peices,

  6. Jerruh does NOT want him going to the Giants and coming back to bite him. He’s waiting or yes finding him another job. Lol

  7. Your speculation is as good as any that would save Jones’ decision to hire Garrett in the first place. He could be in charge of motivating the team by showing videos of the team playing in games from the last few seasons but trying to trick the players that the clips were from recent games. They really should cut the cord and let Garrett walk away toward the sunlight like they show in movies about cowboys.

  8. I’d say it’s more likely they’re trying to get him to “retire” as a head coach and stay with the organization as a front office executive, such as V.P. of football operations (parallel to what Coughlin was in Jacksonville).

    At a minimum, it seems that Jerry wants to talk to other candidates for HC, without slamming the door on a Garrett return

  9. Or maybe they are trying to trade Garrett to a HC needy team. Maybe said team is the Browns as Garrett is a Cleveland native. And maybe they are trying to trade Garrett for OBJ. It’s all speculation.

  10. Hmm. Why? Maybe Jones should hire the Bobs from Office Space to ask Jason Garrett one question …

    “What would you say you DO here?”

    Is Garrett the speechmaking master motivator like Bill Parcells?

    Eh … no.

    Is Garrett the brilliant xs and os guy like Belichick?

    Doubt it.

    Is Garrett the QB whisperer like Sean McVay?

    Not so much.

    Can he manage a game clock inside 2 minutes?

    Someone clue me in.

  11. I would add Lincoln Riley’s name to the thought that Garrett would mentor/coach an individual. LSU knocked the smile off Riley.

  12. Maybe they fired Garrett but he refuses to leave Jerry’s office and he’s standing there clapping.

    Maybe Jerry is selling the Cowboys to Jason Garrett.

    Maybe it’s aliens.

    Maybe they are dyeing Garrett’s hair to dark brown and they’ll change his name and call him a new coaching hire.

    Maybe Jason Garrett is Jerry Jones!!!

  13. Spitball the caliber of head coach that goes to Dallas with both Jerry and Jason in the room.

  14. After the comments Jerry Jones made about college coaches and the hit you take while they adjust to the NFL, the most obvious answer is that he’s trying to convince Garrett to stay on as an adviser to a college coach that has no NFL experience. Garrett can help that person have a smoother transition and provide some guidance. Like him or not, he does have a lot of NFL experience from being a player, position coach, coordinator and head coach.

  15. Want to see a team divided and constant turmoil, keep Garrett on the field in any capacity. Want to find a quality coach that can tolerate Jerry, try finding one that also wants the former head coach on the field at the same time in any capacity. What a dumpster fire. Fire Garrett and move on

  16. I already made that comment LAST WEEK!! The Cowboys have made no announcement on Garrett’s future because they sent him home to decide what he wants to do. Jerry told Jason that he didn’t want to fire him, and Jason now has to decide if he wants to take another position, or release a statement stating that he and the Cowboys have decided to mutually part ways. That way Jerry didn’t fire him which would be admitting he made a mistake, and Garrett gets to say he wasn’t fired he left on his accord…End of Story

  17. Kubiak has rejuvenated Minnesota’s offense this year. Maybe Kubiak could do the same in Dallas, with Garrett occupying a new kind of job with a new kind of title, like simply “coach” to Kubiak’s “head coach.” Or assistant head coach. Or assistant to the head coach.
    —————————–
    Or ….. general manager?

  18. The Cowboys are right where they were when they promoted
    Jason Garrett. The Cowboys are right where they were when
    they hired Wade Philips. The Cowboys are right where they
    were when they hired Eric Mangini. The Cowboys are right
    where they were when they hired Chan Gailey, all the way
    back to the retirement of Barry Switzer. The same two Jones
    who hired, micromanaged and undermined the last
    Cowboys’ coach are the same two Jones who will hire,
    micromanage and undermine the next Cowboys’ coach

    The Cowboys can change head coaches, hell they can
    change shoe laces if they want, it ain’t gonna make no
    difference.

  19. I have felt all along that the Cowboys would offer Garrett another position with the team. Garrett is probably open to it but would like to at least see if there are other coaching opportunities available elsewhere before deciding. Most of the fan base in Dallas would like to see him gone but would probably warm to the idea of him remaining with the team in a different role, provided Jerry makes a good hire at the head coach position.

  20. Says – The Cowboys are right where they were when they hired Eric Mangini. Um, Mangini?

  21. Good organizations don’t allow this controversy. Bad organizations leave their leadership out to dry consistently….
    Browns, Skins, Cowboys, Giants….all examples.

    Look at any highly successful NFL franchise, and aside from astute drafting ( regardless of draft position – but usually not top 10) what you see more than anything is surgical decision making and enduring continuity: Steelers, Ravens, Patriots, Saints, Packers…..With the exception of the Packers, the other four teams have coaches for a decade or longer.

    If Jerry had half a brain for football, and he doesn’t, he’d realize Garrett isnt the problem – he is, but when do narcissists ever really self reflect? If you’re a cowboy fan I feel for you.

  22. He could star in a movie about NHL and Boston Bruin Hall of Famer Aubrey “Dit” Clapper.

  23. Jerry Drummond says:
    January 2, 2020 at 7:38 am
    The Cowboys are right where they were when they promoted
    Jason Garrett. The Cowboys are right where they were when
    they hired Wade Philips. The Cowboys are right where they
    were when they hired Eric Mangini. The Cowboys are right
    where they were when they hired Chan Gailey, all the way
    back to the retirement of Barry Switzer. The same two Jones
    who hired, micromanaged and undermined the last
    Cowboys’ coach are the same two Jones who will hire,
    micromanage and undermine the next Cowboys’ coach

    _____________________________________________________________

    Maybe I fell into a state of apathy and missed this, but when did they hire Eric Mangini?

  24. I’ll say it again, the fact that Garrett himself is not seeking a new head coaching job says A LOT, not only about where this situation is probably heading towards but also about him as an NFL coach. Where is the drive and desire to prove himself and his system, and style of coaching ????? You see it with other coaches the ambition to be the best under their terms. Never wanted Garrett out more, what a disappointment as a coach, we deserve a lot better

  25. Thinking this is just another example of Jones and his thirst for being talked about in the media . He loves the drama just like he did during the Elliot contract saga . Jones knows exactly what he wants to do and embarrassing Garret one more time by leaving him in limbo is worth it to him if it gets him the attention he wants . So typical of his all about me mentality and disrespect for Garret he has shown so many times .

  26. I guess it is less strange now that Garrett isn’t getting calls from other teams, isn’t it?

  27. Most of my blogging friends, myself included, think ole JJ is trying to find a place in the organization for Garrett 🙁 Mike Florio, funny that you mention Kubiak as a potential HC, since his son, Klein, is a Cowboys’ scout. After a decade of futility, many fans just want the Garrett era to be OVER and done with!!!! We are very tired of the circus……..

  28. corefittexas nailed it about Garrett. I think he’s going to be back as Cowboys head coach but if he’s not, the fact that he’s going along with this tells you he doesn’t have the passion to coach and that explains a lot about the performance of this team. And Jerruh is afraid of that mentality going to the Giants? If they told Garrett he wasn’t going to be retained as head coach and he had any dignity, he would have walked. What kind of man stays to help choose or train his replacement? By handling this situation this way, not only are the Cowboys missing out on the good coaching candidates, Garrett is missing out on good assistant opportunities as well. But like I said, moot points because he is coming back as head coach.

  29. Maybe he’s being considered as replacement for Prescott when the Cowboys can’t sign him?

  30. “No matter what happens I’m proud of my guys, and I’m proud of the way we fought till the end. I proud of the things I’ve accomplished here in Dallas even though those accomplishments amounted to nothing” – Jason Clap Clap Garrett

  31. You can’t write stuff like this! World’s most valuable franchise (paralysis by analysis) owned and operated by a meddling owner! Hey Cowboy Nation “Rome is burning while Jerry fiddles.” The better coaches will be all gone by the time he pulls the trigger!

  32. I think it is a combination of Jerry’s thirst for the media spotlight, and keeping them in the spotlight whenever possible, coupled with Jerry trying to find a spot in the management ranks for Red J. Which would really suck, frankly. Cut ties with Garrett and move on with your search. And Jerry, get the hell out of football operations and leave that to Will McClay.

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