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Jason Garrett says leaving Dallas was the best thing for his brother

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When Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett’s brother, John Garrett, left the staff in Dallas, there was some talk that he had been forced out as owner Jerry Jones tried to get Garrett to give up some control of the team’s offense. But Jason Garrett says leaving was actually the best thing for John Garrett’s career.

As his press conference on Wednesday, Jason Garrett said that John Garrett leaving as Cowboys tight ends coach and passing game coordinator to become the Buccaneers’ receivers coach was an opportunity for John to advance in the coaching profession.

Johnny had some opportunities to leave here in the last couple of years, and we kept him here,” Jason Garrett said. “We made it worth his while to stay here. And as we’ve restructured this thing, I would never put him in a situation where he would call plays on our staff. He and I had that discussion; we had that discussion in our organization. We felt like the best way for him to grow was not to be here. He’s got a great situation down in Tampa with guys that he knows and respects and he’ll do a great job for them.”

John played briefly in the NFL and had eight years of NFL coaching experience and four years of college coaching experience before his little brother hired him in Dallas in 2007, so it’s not like nepotism is the only reason he had a job. Perhaps leaving was the best thing for John — even if it’s fair to wonder whether Jerry Jones nudged him to look for another job.

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9 Responses to “Jason Garrett says leaving Dallas was the best thing for his brother”
  1. larrydavid7000 says: Feb 14, 2013 7:00 AM

    Be care full of what you say hc you are next.Just wait for next season.

  2. csilojohnson says: Feb 14, 2013 7:37 AM

    Who cares. Cowboys suck anyways. With or with out thier tight ends coach.

  3. omegaichiban says: Feb 14, 2013 7:45 AM

    Has anything gone right after Jerry fired Jimmy? Don’t mention the Super Bowl, after the team got fat and happy and didn’t three-peat.

  4. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Feb 14, 2013 9:52 AM

    if this was such a good career move for the brother, why did jerry jones have to force the move?

  5. ppc50 says: Feb 14, 2013 12:34 PM

    ” I would never put him in a situation where he would call plays on our staff.” Yeah, like that was going to happen. Jason Garrett won’t be calling the plays anymore, because he stinks, why would the Cowboys trust his brother, a TE coach – who failed to develop players – Bennett and Hanna, to assume those duties. As a long-time Cowboys fan, I can’t wait until they get rid of this guy and hire a real coach. The Garrett press conference was terrible, it seemed like he actually calls all of the shots – he is lucky to even have a job.

  6. mityone54 says: Feb 14, 2013 7:48 PM

    Why in the HELL did he NOT TAKE HIS WORTHLESS BROTHER with him?….We would BE BETTER without BOTH OF THEM…..

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 14, 2013 8:15 PM

    John Garrett will say the exact ame thing about Jason after next season.

  8. 4getu says: Feb 14, 2013 9:52 PM

    Who cares, it’s the cowboys

  9. mazblast says: Feb 14, 2013 10:29 PM

    Of course leaving Dallas was/is the best thing for John, in Jason’s opinion. Assuming John can hold on to his new job for more than a year, it means there will be one less worthless coach on the market when Jason is unemployed no later than next winter.

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