Since Jason Garrett took over as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys midway through the 2010 season, he has made it a point to fill the roster with high character guys, a practice that was looked at in some depth by Jean-Jacques Taylor on ESPN Dallas this week.
Interestingly, Taylor points out that of the seven players selected by the Cowboys in last month’s draft, only one--sixth round pick James Hanna, a tight end out of the University of Oklahoma--was not a captain on their college team.
Given Garrett’s reputation as a player and his track record as a coach so far, this is no coincidence, but a product of Garrett’s and the team’s approach to evaluating players.
"If you look at the character of each of them, we believe they have the makeup to be really good players," Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. "Why do we think that is so important? We feel like that allows them, as much as anything else, to achieve their potential.
"It's not like they're undersized guys who will run through the wall for you but can't play in the NFL. These guys have the physical traits to play, and they also have the intangible qualities, which we think can help them be their best and help our team."
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