Dallas Cowboys finally move on from Jason Garrett as coach

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DALLAS, Tx. (AP) -- Jason Garrett is out as coach of the Dallas Cowboys after missing the playoffs with an underachieving team in a make-or-break season.

Garrett had the second-longest tenure at 9½ seasons behind Tom Landry’s 29 years.

Garrett took over when Wade Phillips was fired halfway through the 2010 season.

The Cowboys finished 8-8 in the final year of Garrett’s contract. It’s the fourth time Dallas finished 8-8 and missed the postseason under the 53-year-old coach.

The Cowboys fueled high preseason expectations with a 3-0 start before dropping eight of 12 and losing control of their playoff fate.