In the two or so days since Dallas’s season ended with a 14-13 victory over the Eagles in Philadelphia, a number of players have come out in support of Garrett, who led the team to a 5-3 record after the firing of Wade Phillips in November. Witten says that his belief in Garrett started from the very beginning.
"Day one,” Witten said of his belief in Garrett, per the Dallas Morning News. “He came in Wednesday morning when we were 1-7. He started from scratch. 'Here's the expectations for the players. Here's the expectations for the coaches. Here's what we're going to wear. Here's the way we're going to practice. This is the tempo we're going to have.'
“It wasn't: 'Hey, we're 1-7. This wasn't our year. Let's finish this thing off.' It was: 'Let's go win.' I think that mentality is something that he's stressed of giving your best today and winning today to give you the best chance of winning this weekend. That's the mentality it takes.”
The difference between Witten and some of his teammates is that, where Witten admits that he’s not certain of Garrett’s future with the team--citing the capricious nature of Jerry Jones--others, like linebacker Bradie James, believe that the job is as good as Garrett’s.
"The last eight games spoke for themselves," James said. "That's why he was able to, I guess, address us today. Because if they wouldn't have went that way, he wouldn't have been up there. It would have been Jerry [Jones]."
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