As we approached the final game of the NFL Wild Card weekend, Jason Garrett was still the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, despite the team starting the interview process with several candidates, including Mike McCarthy.
Now, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports has confirmed that the Cowboys have officially parted ways with Garrett and is reporting that Dallas has agreed to terms with McCarthy.
Earlier, Glazer spoke about the interview sessions on Sunday and mentioned that Garrett was still hoping (and lobbying) the Cowboys let him keep his job. It's a difficult position for a head coach to be in – knowing that the team is moving on and looking for your replacement, while simultaneously hoping that you don't have to uproot your life for a different job.
The blame for the Cowboys 8-8 season doesn't fall entirely on Garrett. Sure, head coaches get the ax first in most cases, but it's common knowledge that Jerry Jones has the keys to the car in Dallas. Changing coaches is unlikely to fully solve the issues that plague America's Team.
In addition to the interview with McCarthy, the Dallas Cowboys have had an interview with former Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the McCarthy interview, and Patrik Walker of CBS Sports confirmed.
According to Walker, the Cowboys are considering Lewis for more of a coordinator role, and that the team is also looking at NCAA head coaches as candidates.
While the blame can never be placed solely on one person, it's difficult to think of Jason Garrett's near decade with Dallas as a success. Dallas does have three NFL East titles under Garret's leadership, but his overall record of 85-67 isn't anything to write home about, and in Dallas, it's Lombardi Trophy or bust.
As for McCarthy, it is hard to argue with his level of success. Per stats from Pro Football Reference, in 13 years as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Mike McCarthy sported a 125-77 record, and a .618 W-L%. While the Packers won just one Super Bowl under McCarthy in 2010, overall the Packers went 10-8 in playoffs under McCarthy's leadership, and won six NFC North titles.