Report: 'Current expectation' is Jason Garrett fired if no playoffs

Pam Oliver caught a football to the face Sunday.
Jason Garrett might not be smiling for long if the Cowboys can't win. (USATSI)

The Cowboys closed out Week 15 is hilariously bad fashion, coughing up a 23-6 halftime lead they held on Matt Flynn and the Packers. It's causing the drama to heat up in Big D and it's putting a significant strain on Tony Romo and Jason Garrett.

According to Ed Werder of ESPN, there's tension between Garrett and Romo and the quarterback and the coach aren't on the same page at the moment. It's not unreasonable to think that such tension stems from Garrett's decision to point out a missed playcall by Romo from last week.

It's also not unreasonable to assume that if the Cowboys spiral continues, Garrett's job could be in trouble. Werder reports as much Sunday morning, noting that the "current expectation" is Garrett will be fired unless the Cowboys can manage to "win the NFC East [and] make the playoffs."

This shouldn't come as a surprise.

Jerry Jones can dish out votes of confidence for Garrett this season and in the future all he likes. The Cowboys control their own destiny with two weeks remaining in the season and "just" need to beat the Redskins and the Eagles in the next two weeks to win the division and make the playoffs.

That's not necessarily an easy task, especially with how terrible the Dallas defense has been in recent weeks. But it's certainly a doable task.

And if Garrett can't pull it off it won't be in the least bit surprising to see him lose his job.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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