Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has seen a lot change in Jason Garrett since he arrived in Dallas in 2007 as a 40-year-old offensive coordinator.
Garrett remained in the coordinator position under Wade Phillips until midway through the 2010 season, when Phillips was canned and Garrett was promoted to interim head coach. He was hired full-time after that season, and Jones stood by his side as Garrett went 8-8 and missed the playoffs in each of his first three full seasons at the helm.
Jones was finally rewarded for sticking with Garrett in 2014, when Garrett led the Cowboys to a 12-4 record and their first NFC East Championship since 2009.
“He is not the same guy he was when he joined us as offensive coordinator and certainly not the same guy he was when he was playing quarterback for the Cowboys,” Jones said of Garrett, per Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. “This guy has evolved. He has shown abilities to operate with duress. He has shown ability to be reasonable when needed, unreasonable when needed. He will confront any areas that need to be confronted.
“Will he do it with skill? Yes. Does he set it up so when he needs correct he can? Has he built a proper deal to correct staff or players? Is he good with communicating any need he has with the league, with the organization, all of those things? I gave him $6 million a year for five years.”
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