January 6, 2011 by staff
Jason Garrett, (AP) – Jason Garrett scored his hearing. He gets to remain coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Owner Jerry Jones has taken the interim label off Garrett, on Thursday and is – officially – the eighth head coach in the history of this proud franchise. It is the first head coach who also played for the Cowboys, as he was a backup to Troy Aikman in the 1990s.
“It is really one of us,” Jones said at a news conference at Cowboys Stadium. “We know him well in qualifying, he has for this position. I know he has spent his entire life preparing for this day. And he is well qualified.”
Garrett has made the choice easy for Jones going 5-3 at the half-season in charge. He took over a club that was 1-7 and was invited to simply make them competitive. Not only has he compiled a winning record, but also its losses were by a total of seven points.
Having seen what could be Garrett Jones did not even ask. He said receiver’s coach Ray Sherman and Miami assistant head coach Todd Bowles, who could still join the staff as defensive coordinator.
“I was lucky to be on the teams here in the 90s who went up the National Football League, said Garrett.” I understand how these teams played. I like to refer to it as the way the Cowboy. ”
The Cowboys need new leaders during a season that began with the legitimate aspirations of becoming the first team to play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium has decayed. Jones fired Wade Phillips in mid-season and turned to Garrett, the head coach 44-year-old assistant and one of the highest paid assistants in the league.
The deck seemed stacked against him. The team had offset losses resulting eruption, playoff hopes are gone and quarterback Tony Romo was out with a season-ending injury. It was also the first time Garrett as head coach at any level. And, as offensive coordinator, he was partly to blame for the disorder.
But the Princeton graduate had spent years preparing for the occasion and knew exactly what he wanted.
He started the workday earlier, said hitting practice in midweek, players needed to jog between exercises and Punishment on the rules, including “he added. He had huge digital clocks installed in the locker room to avoid any excuse for being late to a meeting. He was always optimistic.
The Cowboys responded, thus reducing turnover and sanctions, and began forcing the other teams make mistakes. They won four games with 38 years of backup Jon Kitna quart and another with third countries-stringer Stephen McGee made his first start.
Jones said the Cowboys have enough key players in place to bounce back quickly. Despite the ugly record, Dallas had five players make the Pro Bowl, the most any team.
Garrett will have his say in who stays and who goes, including coaches. The defense is particularly likely to be revised after allowing the most points and yards in franchise history. Jones remains committed to a line of 3-4.
The uncertainty of the NFL labor and the possibility of a lost season played in the decision to Jones. Each time the players return – as expected during the off-season, or whenever a new collective bargaining agreement is – they already are familiar with Garrett. From more than Jones could slow recovery ahead.
Garrett is well aware of the challenges and pressures of this work, one of the most prestigious professional sports. He spent 12 years with the organization as a player or coach. His brothers John and Judd are also part of the organization, and his father, Jim, has been with the club over 20 years, working for each head coach in team history, except Phillips.
Background coaching Garrett is working with many top offensive minds, including Norv Turner and Sean Payton. He also consulted with his first coach with the Cowboys, Jimmy Johnson.
Dallas has appeared in eight Super Bowls a record and won five. However, the club is in the midst of its longest drought – 15 years since reaching the big game, and counting. Dallas has won only two playoff games since its last championship in 1996 and 2009.
Jones cannot afford any worse season because he needs to sell tickets, suites – and perhaps naming rights – for the team $ 1.2 billion stadium that opened last season.
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