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The writing was on the wall, it just took a while for the Cowboys to cosign it.

The team announced Sunday afternoon their intent to part ways with head coach Jason Garrett, ending a long and bumpy era for the Cowboys that saw flashes of promise amid a steady stream of struggles and backsliding.

FOX Sport's Jay Glazer broke the news. After a protracted series of meetings, Jerry Jones and the front office finally decided to cut ties with Garrett, whose long history with the team as a player and employee likely accounted for the franchise's feet-dragging in the decision.

Hired by the Cowboys as an offensive coordinator in 2007, Garrett was named interim head coach of the team in 2010 after fourth-year head coach Wade Phillips was fired following a 1-7 start to the season.

77彩票网appGarrett was ultimately given the full-time head coaching role in 2011 and went on to amass an 87-70 record (.559) in 10 seasons with the team. In that time, however, he only managed to win two of five total playoff games, leading to growing frustrations within the fan base and front office.

77彩票网appAs for the future, the Cowboys are said to have a number of high profile names on their wish list for Garrett's replacement.

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Among the names supposedly on that list are Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, retired former NFL head coach Gary Kubiak and New England Patriots defensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

77彩票网appIn any case, a new era is here for Dallas, and someone will be walking into a situation loaded with lofty expectations in 2020.

Dan Carson is a digital producer for the Houston Chronicle. You can read his work on Chron.com and follow him on 77彩票网app.