Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones finally fired Jason Garrett on Sunday, a week after their season ended a disappointing 8-8 season with a win over the Washington Redskins.
“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 in a statement. “His level of commitment, character and dedication to this organization has been outstanding at every stage of his career.”
That the news was announced during the Eagles’ playoff game against the Seahawks may or may not have been a coincidence.
The NFC East will have three new coaches scheming against Birds boss Doug Pederson at the start of next season.
Garrett was head coach of the Cowboys for 9 1/2 years, compiling an 85-67 record that included four 8-8 seasons, three NFC East titles and two playoff wins — but none beyond the divisional round.
Dallas started the season 3-0 but lost eight of its last 13 games. The Cowboys finished one game behind the Eagles in the NFC East. In the season’s 16th week, the Eagles beat Dallas, 17-9, at Lincoln Financial Field to all but put the division away.
Garrett was 11-9 against the Eagles in his career, including 7-3 in Philadelphia.