The last time the Washington Redskins faced the Dallas Cowboys, a 13-7 Redskins victory on opening night, their rivals to the southwest were led by Wade Phillips; on Sunday, of course, they will be led by Jason Garrett, under whom the Cowboys, in the Redskins estimation, have changed noticeably.
‘Skins’ quarterback Donovan McNabb said in a conference call recently that he believes more than anything, the change that has been seen in Dallas since Garrett was installed is the result of the team playing harder.
“They are playing a lot harder,” McNabb said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Offensively and defensively, they, obviously stepped up to the challenge after Wade was fired, and guys have understood the circumstances.”
Dallas is 3-2 since Garrett took over. In their two losses, to the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles, the Cowboys have lost by a total of six points.
“You take a look at their won-loss record,'' Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “They're 3-2 (with Garrett), and the two games they lost--New Orleans and the Eagles--they had a chance to win. They're averaging 33 points a game in those five games. Played extremely well.
“I've got a lot of respect for Jason Garrett. I've had a chance to watch him through the years both as a player and as a coach and a guy I really think handles himself in a professional way. Very smart guy, and I think he'll do a great job.”
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