POSTED: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 10:39am
UPDATED: Friday, January 7, 2011 - 9:25am
****UPDATE*** IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys have picked Jason Garrett as the eighth head coach in franchise history. Owner Jerry Jones officially removed the interim label Wednesday.
Garrett made the choice easy for Jones by going 5-3 during his half-season in charge. He took over a club that had been 1-7 when Wade Phillips was fired.
Garrett was asked to merely make them competitive. He not only compiled a winning record, but his losses were by a total of seven points.
A person familiar with the decision says Jason Garrett is the new coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
The person confirmed the decision Thursday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Cowboys had not yet announced Garrett's hiring.
The Dallas Cowboys have called a Thursday afternoon news conference, presumably to announce their new head coach.
All signs point to Jason Garrett keeping the job after going 5-3 as interim coach. The team had been 1-7 before he was promoted from offensive coordinator and assistant head coach.
The only other candidates team owner Jerry Jones is known to have interviewed are receivers coach Ray Sherman and Miami assistant head coach Todd Bowles.