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Uncertainty still looms over Jason Garrett in Dallas

Jason Garrett, Jerry Jones

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, left, watches as owner Jerry Jones answers a question during a news conference at NFL football training camp, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in Oxnard, Calif. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)


The news that Cowboys tight ends coach John Garrett has applied for the head-coaching job at Delaware meshes with a weekend report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is pushing coach Jason Garrett to give up play-calling duties and possibly to fire his brother, John.

Per Mort, John Garrett has been calling around the league for other jobs; the effort to become the head coach at Delaware may simply be another example of John Garrett looking for a landing spot.

The deeper question remains whether Jones is trying to craft a pretext for parting ways with Jason Garrett. It’s one thing for Jerry Jones to flat-out fire Jason Garrett. It’s another thing for Jones to want Jason Garrett to make changes, for Jason Garrett to decline, and for the two men to decide as a matter of basic business realities that they simply can’t work together.

It appears less rash and impulsive if the end result appears (or at least plausibly can be sold) as mutual. Even if it really isn’t.