The NFL sends the highest-seeded losing team in the divisional round to coach the Pro Bowl, which means, the Cowboys’ staff will take the reigns of the NFC squad for the game in Orlando on Jan. 27.
The Cowboys saw their season come to an end in a 30-22 loss to the Los Angles Rams Saturday night. But when the No. 1seeded New Orleans Saints beat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, it put Garrett and the Cowboys on the hook to coach the Pro Bowl for the third time in the last five years.
Garrett and the Cowboys coached the Pro Bowl following the 2014 and 2016 seasons, the last two times the Cowboys won the NFC East and lost in the divisional round.
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It’s a dubious and familiar honor for Dallas’ staff. The Cowboys also coached the Pro Bowl following the 2009 season when Wade Phillips was the head coach and Garrett was the offensive coordinator.
Garrett and the Cowboys will face the AFC-led Los Angeles Chargers staff, coached by Anthony Lynn, a former Cowboys running backs coach under Bill Parcells.
The Cowboys have five players selected to play in the game, including offensive tackle Tyron Smith, guard Zack Martin, cornerback Byron Jones, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and running back Ezekiel Elliott.