More than a year after being let go by the Dallas Cowboys, former head coach Jason Garrett still comes back to one word to describe his experience in Dallas — “Gratitude.”
“I'm just so grateful for that experience as a player there, as an assistant coach there, as a head coach there, you know, to have that opportunity for nine and a half years to be the head coach,” Garrett said.
Garrett is set to begin his second season as the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants. He recently spoke to former NFL kicker Morten Andersen on Andersen’s ‘Great Dane Nation Podcast,’ part of the VegasInsider.com network.
Garrett left the organization after the 2019 season as its second-longest tenured head coach behind Tom Landry. Garrett won 85 games, led the Cowboys to three NFC East titles, and eight .500 or better seasons. But, after an 8-8 2019, Cowboys ownership decided to move on and hire Mike McCarthy.
Before that Garrett spent nine years as Troy Aikman’s backup, winning two Super Bowl rings and put together one of the team’s legendary performances in the 1994 Thanksgiving Day game, in which he led the Cowboys to victory without Aikman or primary backup Rodney Peete.
Garrett said he remains grateful to the Jones family for giving him the opportunity to become the head coach, and while he’s now trying to help Giants head coach Joe Judge try to accomplish the same things he wanted to accomplish in Dallas, he looks back on that time fondly. Even if it meant a little ‘fight.’
“One of the things that we instilled right from the start was this word ‘fight,’” Garrett said. “And every year, everybody got a T-shirt and a hoodie that just simply said ‘fight’ across the chest, and that's something that I felt was the core of our program. We're gonna fight every day to be our best, fight every day to accomplish our mission, fight every day to build a team we're proud to be a part of.”
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