In a recent appearance on ESPN Radio, Brooking praised both Jones and Garrett, the latter of which, he said, had won the team over in his eight games as interim head coach in 2010. In that time, Dallas went 5-3; under Garrett’s predecessor and former boss, Wade Phillips, the team began the year 1-7.
“I think, obviously, Jerry got it right naming Garrett the head coach and he demonstrated that during the last part of the season,” Brooking said, per the Dallas Morning News. “To us, we saw it immediately and I think that people on the outside were sold as well with the way he ran our football team and we bought into it immediately. I think that he’s a guy that’s been around the game for a very long time; he’s had a lot of great coaches while he was playing and he’s been a position coach and a coordinator in this league to learn from and he’s ready for the job.”
Brooking continued that Jones didn’t want to let another potential Sean Payton slip through his fingers. Payton served as the quarterbacks coach, and assistant head coach, for the Cowboys from 2003 to 2005 before leaving to take over the head coaching position in New Orleans. In 2009, Payton led the Saints to a Super Bowl victory.
“... I think the last thing Jerry wanted was to let another one go like Sean Payton as an example, so he made a great decision and I think Jerry knows that,” Brooking said. “I think the Cowboys are in great hands: he’s a great leader, I think he represents toughness – that mental toughness I’m talking about. I think his demeanor and approach – we bought into it – and you can’t fool players, you can’t fool us.”
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