News: ESPND: Respect for Garrett survived hard offseason

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    By Tim MacMahon |

    OXNARD, Calif. -- Despite being stripped of play-calling duties, the head coach remains immensely respected in the Cowboys’ locker room. Talk to the most influential players on the roster, and the respect for Garrett is apparent. They believe in Garrett’s football philosophies and admire his even-keeled but intense approach, which has stayed the same amidst all the changes.

    “He does as good a job as anybody of handling all the crap that goes on as a head coach and filtering through it to keep his message strong,” perennial Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten said. “He just does a great job of keep pushing you, pushing you, pushing you.

    “The one thing in this camp that’s different is it just seems like the pedal is down even more every day from him, from the beginning of practice to the end. … Players are seeing, ‘Hey, man, he’s got some expectations for us every day when we go out to practice.’ He’s created a competitive environment where he’s not afraid to jump on anybody at any given time.”

    Garrett, who knew as well as anyone and accepted the unique challenges that come with working for Jerry when he took the job, didn’t feel the need to do anything drastic to make it clear he still had juice.

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