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Is Jason Garrett Out as Dallas Cowboys' Coach?

Garrett's position definitely appeared to be in question in December 2019.

Published Dec 31, 2019

Updated Jan 6, 2020
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys walks across the field before the game against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
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Claim:
Jason Garrett is out as Dallas Cowboys' coach.

The Dallas Cowboys ended 2019 with questions lingering about the future of their coach, Jason Garrett.

Rumors circulated that Garrett would be fired from his post with the NFL team after a subpar performance in 2019 and in spite of a win over the Washington Redskins on Dec. 29,  prompting readers to ask Snopes.com to verify. The sports news site ESPN reported that Garrett was set to meet on Dec. 31 with team owner Jerry Jones and Jones' son, Stephen, who is the Cowboys' executive vice president.

On Jan. 5, 2020, the team made it official with an article on the Dallas Cowboys website reporting that the team opted to part ways with Garrett:

Team owner/general manager Jerry Jones confirmed the news in an official statement.

“We are extremely grateful to Jason Garrett for his more than 20 years of service to the Dallas Cowboys as a player, assistant coach and head coach,” Jones said. “His level of commitment, character and dedication to this organization has been outstanding at every stage of his career.”

The news gives some clarity to a story that has gotten quite confusing since the Cowboys were eliminated from the postseason last weekend. Following that win against Washington, Jones declined to comment on Garrett’s future, stating he had no timetable for a decision.

According to a press release issued by the NFL on Jan. 6, 2020, the Cowboys are expected to hire former Green Bay Packers Coach Mike McCarthy.

Sources

Archer, Todd. “Source: Jerry Jones to Meet with Jason Garrett Again Tuesday.”   ESPN. 30 December 2019.

Helman, David. "Cowboys Part Ways with Jason Garrett."   Dallas Cowboys. 5 January 2020.

Shook, Nick. "Cowboys Expected to Hire Mike McCarthy as New Coach."   NFL.com. 6 January 2020.

Updates

Updated rating to "True" and added new information about Garrett's status with the Cowboys.

Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who started her career as a daily newspaper reporter and has covered everything from crime to government to national politics. She has written for ... read more

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