Once the third string quarterback behind Hall of Fame Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Troy Aikman, Garrett was promoted to second string Cowboys’ QB during the late 1990s. His last year of player production for us coming in 1999, Garrett called it quits shortly after fruitless stints with the New York Giants, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Miami Dolphins. He then retired and moved on to the next phase of his career: coaching.
In 2005-2006, Garrett became the quarterbacks coach for the Miami Dolphins under now University of Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban. In 2007, he made his return to Dallas as offensive coordinator. In 2010 after then Dallas Cowboys’ head coach Wade Phillips was fired mid-season amid a 1-7 start, Jason Garrett took the reigns and led the Cowboys on an very respectable 5-3 finish (considering the start).
That’s some nice perspective, isn’t it? To remember that in Garrett’s first actual season as head coach, his record was truthfully 5-3. The remaining 1-7 was courtesy of a waning head coach in Wade Phillips. We can’t really charge that 6-10 solely to Garrett’s resume and still be credible in doing so. Although, he was still the offensive coordinator at the time so he’ll still need to help Wade Phillips carry that cross.
In the 2011-2012 season, there were no excuses that came along with the “interim” tag that he held in the previous year. This was officially Garrett’s show from the curtain call to the to the last custodian cleaning the aisles after the show. We were all ready for the next step to be glorious. Instead, I believe you recall what we got: 8-8.