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August 22, 2008 : Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Texas Stadium in Irving.
Jason Garrett drew some high praise (and several head coaching offers) after 2007, his first season with the Dallas Cowboys, some even going so far as to nickname the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator “The Redheaded Jesus;” Garrett had fallen out of favor with fans somewhat by the time he was called upon to replace Wade Phillips as the team’s head coach last week, but, after a 33-20 victory over the New York Giants, the praise has returned in a big way.
Discussing his new book, Giants, What I Learned About Life From Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry, in an exclusive interview with Bleacher Report, Pat Summerall compared “The Redheaded Jesus,” in style anyway, to legendary Green Bay Packers’ head coach Vince Lombardi.
“I think that the new coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett, is all business,” Summerall said. “He has that Lombardi way of presenting what he wants done, that business-like approach, no stone unturned, the confidence in what he is saying, it makes him sound like Lombardi, and sound like he has the same approach. I am not sure the success is going to be the same, but he sounds like a very effective teacher."
Whether being compared to Lombardi is higher praise than being dubbed “Redheaded Jesus” is debatable; but we can say with confidence that, in the world of football coaches, anyway, it’s pretty close.
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