FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 04: Roger Staubach, former NFL quarterback, throws a football as the new Super Bowl logo is unvieled during a press conference held at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center as part of media week for Super Bowl XLIV on February 4, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Roger Staubach
Since Jason Garrett was hired as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys earlier this month, much has been written and said about the approval rating of the decision to bring the former Cowboy in on a permanent basis. Some has been negative, but for the most part, fans, writers and former players have come out in favor of the move--this list now includes franchise great Roger Staubach.
Staubach, who spoke last week to Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News, believes that Garrett will instill a discipline in the Cowboys not seen at Valley Ranch for some time--an attribute that was prized above just about all else by Staubach’s coach, the great Tom Landry.
“I always thought a lot of Jason and as a player he gave about 200 percent every time he played,” Staubach said, per the Morning News. “I was at that Thanksgiving game [vs. Green Bay in 1994]. He’s a very smart guy Xs and Os wise. There’s a small percentage of guys that don’t quite get it sometimes as far as being on time for meetings, doing what you’re supposed to do. The rest of the players, they do that, but coaches have to kind of make sure everybody abides by the same rules. I think that’s Jason.
“Those coaches that are the most successful have that control of the team not only on the field but off the field as far as meetings, not being late. I remember coach Landry if you got in a wreck on Central Expressway and were late he’d say, ‘You should’ve left earlier.’ Jason really gets the importance of discipline on a football team.”
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