Jason Garrett nailed his audition. He is the full-time coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
The team announced Garrett's promotion Thursday afternoon at a news conference at Cowboys Stadium.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones peeled the interim label off Garrett and made him -- officially -- the eighth head coach in the history of this proud franchise. Garrett is the first head coach who also played for the Cowboys, as he was a backup to Troy Aikman in the 1990s.
Garrett made the choice easy for Jones by going 5-3 during his half season in charge. He took over a team that had been 1-7 and was asked to merely make them competitive. He not only compiled a winning record, but his losses were by a total of seven points.
Having seen what Garrett could do, Jones didn't even interview him. He considered receivers coach Ray Sherman and Miami Dolphins assistant head coach Todd Bowles, who still could join the staff as defensive coordinator.