Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett seems pretty optimistic about his team these days, but after going 8-8 in each of his first two full seasons at the helm of the team, he knows that playing .500 football isn’t going to cut it here in Dallas.
"We feel good about some of the things we’ve done the last couple years, being in these games where we have a chance to win the division," Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. "But we know that’s not good enough. We have a very urgent mentality. You’ve heard me say this before. I’ve been in this league for a long time as a player and a coach, and there isn’t a day I haven’t been urgent. That’s just the way this league is. It’s a competitive league, and anybody who wants to be successful in it, that sense of urgency is critical.
"But you want to make good decisions, you want to create the right kind of culture, you want to create the right kind of identity for your football team. We’re in the process of doing that.”
Indeed, Garrett isn’t the only one who feels pretty good about the team as it stands now, despite the playoff appearance-less past two seasons. His boss, owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who has been in Garrett’s corner all along, believes the Cowboys are on the upswing as well.
"I felt good about the talent and I felt good about Jason," Jones said. "I wanted us and our fans to take advantage of Jason’s tenure in two-and-a-half years as head coach and six years as offensive coordinator with (Tony) Romo. I didn’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water. I think we’ll benefit (from assistant coaching changes) on both sides of the ball and special teams. Jason, as head coach, is going to be dealing with some new ideas, some new emphasis in each of these coaches' philosophies and their ideas."
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