Exclusive: Q&A With Former Cowboys Safety Darren Woodson

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Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) talks with head coach Jason Garrett during a timeout from the game against the Oakland Raiders during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium.The Cowboys beat the Raiders 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

DK: Sticking with coaching, let’s talk about Jason Garrett. Everyone knows the story. Three years, 8-8, 8-8, 8-8. Kind of where, you don’t know if he’s a great coach, but he’s also probably not a terrible coach. What kind of progression have you seen through the three years? And what does he have to do to really sort of put his stamp on the team and really prove to people that he is the right coach for the Dallas Cowboys?

DW: Well, it’s obvious. He has to win. [laughs] Hey listen, we cut through everything if they win. If they go 12-4, we’re cutting through everything. But I think the one thing, the one issue I have with the whole scenario, is that Jason Garrett does not, and let’s call it what it is, I don’t think he has full control of this organization. His thumb print is not on this organization. It’s, of course, Jerry’s fingerprints all over the place as far as the organization, the team, and in the locker room.

What I would like to see more so is Jason Garrett be that guy who steps up and within that locker room, he’s the most respected person in that locker room. That’s what we want to see. If you ask any player in that organization who “the guy” is, they’re probably going to say Jerry, to be honest with you. And then Jason. But you can’t be that way.

It has to be Jason first, and then the rest of the organization. The rest of the coaches and then the GM, owner and so on. I think the only way that Jason Garrett can actually put his imprint on this football team is if they win football games and the leaders within the team actually rally behind him. And that’s it.

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