As ESPN’s Dan Graziano took the time to break down the NFC East, he had some kind words for Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. In fact, Graziano went as far as to say that Garrett is the NFC East’s top motivator.
First, we have to be fair here, and include everyone. This category seems to fit Garrett based on the difference between the way the Cowboys played under Wade Phillips last season and the way they played after Garrett got the job. He went 5-3 in the final eight games of the season and secured himself a job most people thought he had not shot of retaining when he first got it. It remains to be seen whether he can carry it over into the near and/or distant future, but based on the way Dallas finished the 2010 season, this looks like a winning category for the Cowboys’ new head coach.
It is hard to downplay Garrett’s ability as a motivator. Once he took over as the Cowboys interim head coach, the team seemed to hit a new gear and took their play to the next level. Garrett immediately let the team know he was in charge and in turn received everyone’s respect.
If Garrett can continue to motivate and get the most out of his players, the Cowboys will return to top form in no time.