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Sunday, January 2, 2011
The latest on Jason Garrett's status

By Matt Mosley

The NFL Network reported Sunday morning that the interim tag has been removed from Jason Garrett's job title with the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have denied that report, but ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins is reporting that Garrett's the leading candidate for the full-time role.

As of Sunday morning, team owner Jerry Jones had not interviewed Cowboys wide receivers coach Ray Sherman, which would satisfy the Rooney Rule. I think most of us realize that Jones has been rooting for Garrett to win the job, and outside of a major setback against the Philadelphia Eagles today, that's what will happen.

Garrett took over a 1-7 team that had quit on coach Wade Phillips and has led the Cowboys to a 4-3 record. With the Eagles resting Michael Vick and several other starters Sunday, it wouldn't surprise me if Garrett picked up his fifth win as interim coach. But something tells me that Jones will wait a couple weeks to make some public announcement about Garrett.

His team may not be playing in the North Texas Super Bowl, but Jones could still generate some headlines by naming Garrett the head coach that week. Garrett certainly had a setback against the Cardinals on Christmas night, but I don't believe that loss was a deal-breaker.

He'll be named head coach soon enough, but I'd be surprised if the announcement comes down this evening.