ESPN's Ed Werder explained Thursday why there may be a delay:
Jane Slater of NFL Network provided this update later in the evening.
"And at this hour no one has confirmed that a conversation has transpired with Jason Garrett to suggest ANY final decision," Slater tweeted.
"Players said he said 'goodbye without saying goodbye' Monday. It’s been a strange week folks. It’s like it’s going to happen but no word yet that it has."
Slater dropped this news earlier in the day:
Garrett has gone 85-67 since taking over for Wade Phillips midway through the 2010 season. He's led the Cowboys to three playoff appearances.
This year's team finished 8-8 and missed out on the postseason by one game to the NFC East-winning Philadelphia Eagles.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday that it was expected for Garrett and the Cowboys to part ways eventually.
A days-long delay between the end of the regular season and a head coach's firing isn't unprecedented. Bobby Belt of NFL Network noted a few examples:
Bobby Belt @BobbyBeltTX
Since the 2014 season, the longest any team has waited to announce a head coach wasn't returning was three days after their season ended (Tampa with Lovie Smith following the 2015 season). Every other team announced same day or the day after. Dallas' season ended four days ago.
But the practice is still unusual and begs the question as to whether Garrett may still have some sort of role within the organization if he's relieved of his head coaching duties.
Werder tossed out the idea earlier on Thursday:
Ed Werder @WerderEdESPN
I’m live on #NFL Live in 90 minutes. As Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett resume their series of meetings, I can tell you this: people inside the building have begun to wonder if Garrett is going to have a role with the 2020 #Cowboys - whether as head coach or in another capacity.
The theory of Garrett becoming the team's general manager has been posited, but Slater shot down that thought:
Werder also addressed concerns about the Cowboys potentially losing out on head coaching candidates due to the delay:
It is unknown when Garrett and the Cowboys front office will meet next, but Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News reported that they did not connect Thursday:
In addition to his coaching, Garrett was also Dallas' backup quarterback from 1993 to 1999 and played for two Super Bowl-winning teams.