Cowboys Name Garrett Head Coach
The Dallas Cowboys have decided to promote Jason Garrett to head coach, removing the interim tag he held for the final eight games of the regular season on Thursday.
Garrett, 44, the head coach in waiting since 2007, took over for the fired Wade Phillips (who was named the Houston Texans defensive coordinator early Thursday morning) after the Cowboys fell to 1-7. He finished the season 5-3, passing the Jerry Jones evaluation and doing it without quarterback Tony Romo, who was out with a broken collarbone. He becomes the eighth head coach in Cowboys history, and the first former Dallas Cowboy to become head coach. (He played in Dallas as a backup from 1993-99)
Jerry Jones did not want to do an extensive search and sources believe that he picked up Garrett quickly in order to prevent other teams with coaching vacancies to make a move to hire him. He interviewed wide receivers coach Ray Sherman to comply with the NFL's Rooney Rule of interviewing at least one minority candidate and Miami assistant head coach Todd Bowles was also interviewed by Jones.
Garrett joins Leslie Frazier as coaches who have had the interim tag removed from their title to head coach. Frazier became the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings on Monday after a 3-3 stint to end the season.