No Extension Planned For Jason Garrett?

As the Cowboys plan to make two recent backup quarterbacks their core offensive assistants, they are not planning an extension for their former backup-turned-longtime head coach.

After talk of a Jason Garrett extension surfaced earlier this month, nothing on that front is now being planned, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. No short- or long-term re-up is on tap at this time, per Archer. Garrett is going into the final season of his five-year, $30MM contract.

En route to the NFC East title, the Cowboys finished the season 7-1 and won a playoff game for the first time since the 2014 season. Garrett has been Dallas’ head coach since the 2010 season. He is now the NFL’s sixth-longest-tenured head coach. The five ahead of him — Bill Belichick, Sean Payton, Mike Tomlin, John Harbaugh and Pete Carroll — have each won Super Bowls, four of those coaches having been to at least two.

It would make sense for the Cowboys to apply pressure for Garrett to sustain success, as he enters his ninth full season as a head coach. He has not taken the Cowboys to back-to-back playoff brackets. The 52-year-old HC coached into a lame-duck year in 2014, when a 12-4 Cowboys team nearly voyaged to the NFC championship game. Garrett signed his current deal after the season. A similar timeline may have to occur this year, with Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweeting another lame-duck season will be the franchise’s plan.

The Cowboys are tabbing 29-year-old Kellen Moore, who was still at Boise State when Garrett’s Dallas tenure began, to become the league’s youngest active OC. Moore is expected to call plays, leaving Garrett in his usual CEO role.

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12 comments on “No Extension Planned For Jason Garrett?

  1. JJB0811

    Pressure? That dude has racked up probably north of $40m as a HC. Let alone his earnings as a player. Good for him. But if he were to be let go, I think he’d be alright.

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    • crosseyedlemon

      This is a guy who responded to pressure a few years ago by icing his own kicker….lol. Jerry must be double dipping on his meds again.

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  2. TheTruth12

    Calling it now Garrett gets fired midseason, and announce Romo as the HC after the season.

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    • jeb39999

      I think he may survive the season if Zeke plays but they will fire him with anything less than a Super Bowl and then they will hire Romo.

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    • crosseyedlemon

      Moore and Romo may get their shot but we all know the Cowboys real ace in the hole will be Rob Ryan.

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    • Breezy

      If Kellen Moore shot all the way up to HC in 2 years…

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      • Z-A

        It’s either that or the Cowboys are just going to go Year to Year until Lincoln Riley is done collecting 700k annual bonuses.

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  3. Jimmy Johnson’s Ghost

    OMG. Please let this story be true. Howdy has robbed Jerrah of so much $ he should wear a ski mask on the sideline.

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    • Chun

      Agreed! Jones has romo syndrome. He wants his pet to win a super bowl!!

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