FRISCO - Four times in the 10-year Dallas Cowboys reign of coach Jason Garrett, "America's Team'' faced essentially the same end-of-season win-and-you're-in scenarios: Beat the NFC East opponent on the other sideline.
Four times, Garrett's Cowboys lost.
Along came NFL Week 17. Sunday at the New York Giants, and Garrett - now serving as the Giants offensive coordinator - found a way to help the Giants to a 23-19 win.
And while New York remains a non-playoff team with a poor record ... The Los Angeles Chargers must’ve seen something they like.
Jason Garrett is being granted a head-coaching interview with Los Angeles.
While in charge of the Cowboys, Garrett achieved a career 85-67 record and had just one losing season over the course of a decade. Within the Chargers interview, Garrett would in theory rely on the credit he might get for the development of Dak Prescott. ... A key issue in any potential mentorship of young QB Justin Herbert.
The Cowboys' time with Garrett could be judged as a relative success ... or as a failure to win “the big one.” Is Garrett's single year in New York with young quarterback Daniel Jones a success?
New York, previous to beating the Cowboys, had scored 26 points in three weeks - an unusual resume-builder for Garrett.
Cowboys fans and Giants fans surely don’t understand all of this. But the Chargers? Maybe they view Jason Garrett as somebody who can close - an interview, anyway.