Throughout Jason Garrett‘s tenure as the Dallas Cowboys head coach, there have been several times where the outside noise for his firing grew quite prominent. Despite that, team owner Jerry Jones has continued to stay firm in keeping Garrett in place as the stable option for the franchise. However, the 53-year-old is in the final year of his contract, which has put much uncertainty around his long-term future. With that in mind, Garrett may have a backup plan if he’s finally let go by the Cowboys.
Jason Garrett’s tenure with Cowboys
Since moving up to the head coach position for the Cowboys, Garrett has had a mixed bag of success with the franchise. In nine-plus seasons at the helm, he holds an 83-63 regular-season record, including three trips to the playoffs behind an NFC East division title in each appearance.
Although Dallas hasn’t been a powerhouse throughout his stint, the team has only finished the .500 mark once. At the same time, the Cowboys have continued to hover around that record for much of Garrett’s tenure, notching an 8-8 record three times, and double-digit wins on three occasions.
The franchise has been able to stay relevant throughout the years, but given the amount of scrutiny around the team, the lack of real success has remained a major outside pushing point. That has only grown louder this season as Garrett is still without a long-term extension in place that keeps the door wide open after this season.
The situation could take another intriguing turn over the offseason as he may already have his eye on his landing spot if fired by the Cowboys.
Jason Garrett may be eyeing long-time Cowboys rival
The uncertainty around Garrett’s future beyond the 2019 campaign has been in place since early in the offseason when the team decided not to extend his contract.
It has put massive pressure on him in what has become a make-or-break year for his job in Dallas. However, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported on Sunday morning that the New York Giants could be a potential landing spot if the Cowboys move in another direction.
That notion is quite intriguing given that the Giants still have Pat Shurmur in place in the second year of his tenure. New York may be motivated to move on from Shurmur, given the team’s lack of success under him heading towards their second straight double-digit loss campaign in as many seasons.
What may make this situation a bit complicated is that the team would have to be willing to eat the final three years of Shurmur’s five-year deal if they believe Garrett is the answer. It should be noted that New York showed no fear in that regard, moving on early from Ben McAdoo less than two years into his four-year contract.
Cowboys hold control of Jason Garrett’s future
The rumor mill will continue to churn around the Cowboys as long as Garrett’s contract situation remains in flux.
Aside from Jones voicing his confidence in his team’s longtime head coach, there hasn’t been any movement towards hammering out a new deal between both sides. The front office seems to be more than content to play out the entire season before deciding on Garrett’s fate.
The situation is clearly out of the one-time NFL Coach of the Year’s hands. There is a strong desire from Garrett to stay in Dallas, but that choice isn’t entirely up to him, and looking out at other potential options, such as New York, is more than reasonable. Only time will tell what will unfold with his future on the Cowboys’ sidelines.