Cowboys to interview Mike McCarthy, Marvin Lewis despite no announcement on Jason Garrett

Chris Cwik
The Cowboys are making things awkward with Jason Garrett. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
The Cowboys are making things awkward with Jason Garrett. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

The Dallas Cowboys are in no rush to fire Jason Garrett. The 53-year-old is not expected to be part of the organization moving forward, but the Cowboys have made no official announcement regarding Garrett’s status.

The team, however, may have sent a pretty strong message on that front Saturday.

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Despite still technically employing Garrett, the Cowboys will interview former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

That is pretty weird, and certainly gives off strong vibes that Garrett is out in Dallas.

And yet, we still aren’t sure that’s the case. While ESPN’s Ed Werder reported the organization would move on without Garrett, the team has sent mixed messages regarding his future. During exit interviews with players, Garrett gave the impression that he would return in 2020. At least one player was confused after meeting with Garrett.

McCarthy, 56, wants to return to coaching after taking a season off. He had plenty of success with the Packers, winning a Super Bowl in 2010, but his relationship with quarterback Aaron Rodgers had reportedly deteriorated by the end of his tenure with the team.

While McCarthy’s ability to work with players could be an issue moving forward, at least one of McCarthy’s former quarterbacks believes McCarthy would do a “great job” wherever he lands. Brett Favre came out in support of McCarthy, saying McCarthy works well with quarterbacks.

The team is also expected to talk to former Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Lewis compiled a .518 winning percentage over 16 seasons with the Bengals. He went 0-7 in the postseason with the team.

The Cowboys are willing to see if either man is the right choice to lead the team moving forward. They’ll do so despite Garrett still being under contract, which makes this whole thing way more awkward.


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