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Jerry Jones hasn’t been short on praise for Jason Garrett since naming him the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, and, for what it’s worth, the owner / general manager / wealth enthusiast seems rather convinced of the young coach’s merits.
In discussing these merits, Jones pointed out Thursday that the Cowboys were not the only team interested in putting the helm in Garrett’s freckled hands.
"I was getting calls from other clubs--calls wanting to know if they could interview him for head coach," Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. Jones added that the calls came "from some significant [teams] you're reading about right now.
“So I know what a top-notch head coach we've got here, and I know what the league thinks about him, and I know what our players think about him.”
Garrett was named head coach in waiting way back in 2007, after leading the Cowboys’ offense to a record-breaking season, as Dallas went 13-3 and won the NFC East. After that year, he somewhat famously turned down head coaching offers in Baltimore and Atlanta.
However, by the time Wade Phillips was fired, the offense had cooled, as had the fans’ sentiments toward the so-called “Redheaded Jesus.” Garrett redeemed himself, somewhat anyway, with a 5-3 record after taking over, which proved enough to land the gig in Dallas permanently.
“I just felt it was the right thing to do at the time to stay here with the Cowboys,” Garrett said. “I'm certainly awfully pleased with the outcome.”
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