We don't know for certain whether Garrett will be retained or fired, and we're not certain when a decision will be made, as owner Jerry Jones opted not to reveal such information Sunday. Jones declined to comment on any decisions regarding Cowboys coaches or players and added he doesn't have a "shareable timetable" for when he might decide on Garrett's fate.
Garrett's team finished 8-8 and behind Philadelphia in the underachieving division, fitting for Garrett's talented-but-underachieving squad. There were glimpses that revealed the Cowboys' potential realized -- a win over the Rams and Sunday's triumph over the Redskins -- but too often, Dallas fell short of achieving its goals on both sides of the ball. Questions related to Garrett's security have been asked for weeks, and it became clear in the final two weeks Jones would wait until the end of the regular season before making a decision.
Garrett ascended from former Cowboys backup quarterback (1993-1999) to Dallas offensive coordinator under Wade Phillips (2007-2010) to head coach (interim in 2010, permanent starting in 2011). He's made the playoffs three times in nine seasons, advancing no further than the divisional round, and posted an 85-67 record, including a 2-3 postseason mark.
This season has felt like a decisive one, though, because of the talent with which Garrett was armed and the disappointing results, despite statistical success. Dallas finished as the No. 1 offense in the NFL in terms of total yards per game, yet the Cowboys won just eight games.
For Jones, that might not be enough. Stay tuned.