The Dallas Cowboys made no secret of their intention to finish the season on a high note, regardless of whether or not, by doing so, they were sacrificing player evaluation and draft positioning. Considering, Jason Garrett’s response after the Cowboys won their season finale with the Philadelphia Eagles, thereby losing a few spots in the draft, wasn’t surprising.
Essentially, Garrett said that he didn’t mind losing draft positioning for a win, and, more than that, believes that thinking about the draft before the season is out is, if not blasphemous, bad business.
“I just think it’s a loser’s mentality to say, ‘We want to lose games so we get a better draft pick,’” Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. “I think the league is littered with players who were drafted at pick 199 and they go on to be Hall of Fame players. To say that the ninth pick is any worse than the sixth pick or the 13th pick or whatever it is, you want to win ballgames and the draft order will shake itself out.”
Garrett’s philosophy with respect to winning games versus winning an enviable draft pick, apparently, extends through his team.
“[It] was the last thing I’m thinking about,” receiver Miles Austin said after last Sunday’s win. “You’ve got to win as many games as you can.”
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