Announcing Jason Garrett as the seventh head coach in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, owner and general manager Jerry Jones drew a tacit comparison between Garrett and the first, and--most would agree--greatest coach in the history of the franchise, Tom Landry. (Jimmy was great and all, but he doesn’t have a highway named after him.)
Jones pointed out the fact that Garrett would be the second Cowboys’ head coach to have played in the NFL--Landry, of course, was the first. Jones went on, questionably somewhat, to suggest that, like Landry, who was 36 when he took over for Dallas in 1960, that the 44-year-old Garrett could coach Dallas for the next 29 years--or, at least, well into the future.
“I know that when I got first in the NFL, I could dream that maybe 29 more years we could have the coach that we had with coach Landry,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Those are different times, different days, but you can dream that the thing is in place long term because of his age and because of his age and his background and experience in growing up in NFL football.”
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