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Mike McCarthy, Marvin Lewis to meet with Cowboys even as Jason Garrett remains HC

The Cowboys may be starting a search for a new head coach — while their long time head coach remains in the job.

Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys congratulates head coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers after the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 11, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

UPDATE: The Cowboys are also meeting with Marvin Lewis on Saturday, per ESPN’s Todd Archer.

Jason Garrett might still be the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, but that apparently isn’t stopping the organization from considering other options. The team is flying in former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy for a meeting, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.

Garrett has reportedly had meetings with Jerry Jones, but there has been no clarity on his situation. ESPN reported the team was not moving forward with him as head coach, but never said he had been fired. Following Rapoport’s report this morning, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen offered this clarification as to how this would be handled.

It’s been an odd situation. We should likely be able to assume Garrett won’t be around next season, but frankly, who knows what will happen given how the Cowboys are playing this out.

In the meantime, it would appear a search is underway for a new head coach. McCarthy is a popular candidate, having interviewed with the Giants, Browns, and Panthers already. Will the Cowboys push to hire McCarthy soon, or will this drag out until Garrett is officially no longer under contract? If McCarthy is the guy, the upside is he has been communicating with coaches and likely has some assistants in mind. If it ends up being someone else, who knows how this will shake out.