Former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, former Denver head coach Gary Kubiak and former Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis are a few of the possible National Football League candidates.
This week was supposed to be the time of year the Cowboys were prepping for the playoffs.
Jason Garrett's future with the Dallas Cowboys is reportedly no longer in limbo. He was sacked after a 4-7-1 start last season.
The 56-year-old McCarthy has already interviewed with Cleveland, Carolina, and the New York Giants.
Lewis coached the Bengals to a 131-122-3 record in 16 seasons as coach, before being fired after the 2018 season.
After months of speculation and six days of radio silence from a typical spotlight hungry organization, there are finally two names other than Jason Garrett that have been associated with the head coaching position for America's Team. He compiled a 125-77-2 record over 13 seasons and won Super Bowl XLV. McCarthy's teams made the playoffs nine times, going 10-8.
Because the Dallas Cowboys are the most watched sports team (and the most loved and hated team at the same time), they are heavily scrutinized and their wins and losses are magnified more and etched in history. His playoff record, though, is abysmal: 0-7. He had a 131-122-3 record in the regular season and was sacked after a third straight losing season in 2018.
If the Cowboys did decide to bring Garrett back, but not as the head coach, it probably would have to be in the front office. Per Glazer, Garrett is still lobbying the Cowboys to keep his job as the head coach, despite the team's disappointing 8-8 finish and failure to reach the conference championship game in his nine seasons in Dallas.
McCarthy's Packers twice knocked Garrett's Cowboys out of the playoffs, winning divisional-round games on January 11, 2015 (26-21 at Lambeau Field) and January 15, 2017 (34-31 at AT&T Stadium).
While owner Jerry Jones remains fond of Garrett, who started in the organization as a backup quarterback on the Super Bowl title teams of the 1990s and whose late father was a long-time scout with the team, a contract extension is not in the offing. It was easier, and perhaps more respectful, for Jones to let Garrett's.
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