IRVING – The players didn’t have to wait for the first practice under Jason Garrett to realize a difference.
“Let’s get moving,” Garrett barked as the horn sounded and a group of players sauntered over to stretch. “We’re not walking. We’re not walking.”
The first hint that the head coach is serious when he talks about structure and accountability didn’t come earlier in the day at the 8:15 team meeting. The doors to that meeting, by the way, closed at 8:13 a.m.
IRVING — If one play symbolized the defeated look the Dallas Cowboys had at the end of the Wade Phillips era, it was Mike Jenkins’ not attempting to make a tackle on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to James Jones in the third quarter of last Sunday’s 45-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Jenkins certainly sounded like a Garrett disciple when he talked about his focus and mind-set.
“It’s a new day for me,” Jenkins said. “It’s a new day for everybody. We’ve got a new coach and new start.
“Garrett is bringing energy to everybody who needs it and who don’t. That is what I got today. It’s going to be a lot of energy and they have a lot of faith in us. If they didn’t, like you said if Jim Mora was my coach, I would probably be out of here. But he is not.”
Terrell Owens takes Wade Phillips’ side and says Garrett won’t get on the job done on Versus’ T.Ocho Show. This was from Tuesday night’s episode.
In Paul Pasqualoni’s first season as a Syracuse assistant, the Orangemen rocketed from 5-6 to 11-0-1 in 1987. In his first season as an NFL assistant — after 14 successful seasons as Syracuse’s coach — the Dallas Cowboys improved from 6-10 to 9-7, narrowly missing the playoff spot they earned the next year, 2006. In Pasqualoni’s first year as an NFL defensive coordinator, the Miami Dolphins soared from 1-15 to 11-5 and the AFC East title.
IRVING – We all saw Mike Jenkins quit on a play against Green Bay. The world, so to speak, saw it. He’s the poster child for listless effort the Cowboys don’t want from their players. Effort like that is among the reasons Jason Garrett is the Cowboys’ new coach, while Wade Phillips has more time to spend with his wife.