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Garrett allows his camp-opening remarks to be taped, in full

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Somewhere, Gregg Williams has broken out in a cold sweat.  (Hopefully, the shoe polish in his goatee won’t run.)

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett allowed Peter King to record the entirety of Garrett’s training camp-opening remarks to the team, which King has used to help launch his new microsite at SI.com, The MMQB.

We agree with King’s three takeaways — primarily, Garrett’s pleading with the team organically to produce the leaders they’ve lacked in recent years — but the broader point that struck me is that, with Garrett (unlike Williams) knowing that a camera and microphone were present, did we see and hear what we would have seen and heard without the camera and microphone present?

It would have been easy for Garrett to simply refuse to do it, but Garrett knows (no matter what owner Jerry Jones says) that the third-year head coach is coaching for his job.  So Garrett needs the fans and the media to take up his cause, which means letting them get to know him better.  As a fallback, Garrett needs to give other owners a chance to see how he communicates, in the event he’s looking for another job.

Basically, Garrett and the Cowboys have given us all an unedited episode of Hard Knocks, reality TV which given the presence of cameras and microphones is anything but reality.

For the Cowboys, the real reality will come when no one outside the building is watching or listening.  Unless Sean Pamphilon sneaks into the room.

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8 Responses to “Garrett allows his camp-opening remarks to be taped, in full”
  1. lrical says: Jul 22, 2013 9:37 AM

    Let’s get to it boys

  2. cubancigar10 says: Jul 22, 2013 9:50 AM

    What does Jerruh have to say about this?

  3. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 22, 2013 10:34 AM

    Listening to Jason Garrett speak is the equivalent of listening to hours and hours of hours of the panflute.

  4. myann25 says: Jul 22, 2013 10:40 AM

    Would have slept 10 minutes into his talk. He uses a lot of hackneyed metaphors that my old rec league coaches could have spewed.

  5. romoscollarbone says: Jul 22, 2013 10:46 AM

    I still can’t believe that Jerry paid this guy like a HC, when he was still an OC so the Dolphins/Ravens couldn’t get him. He’s been nothing short of disappointing, end to end.

    The worst is still that game vs AZ when he flubbed the timeout and next thing you know Howlings-Stephens is scooting down the sideline on a screen play for the walk off win.

  6. GenXJay says: Jul 22, 2013 10:48 AM

    Ah, Garretts c.y.a. tactic against being type casted as a poor coach is clever.
    I suppose Coach Garrett knew he was doomed when JJ paid off pft for the ‘boys ranked @ #14.

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 22, 2013 10:33 PM

    It’s official, NFL football has become just like pro wrestling.

  8. zygizag says: Jul 23, 2013 3:58 AM

    Every move that JJ makes to try to make the Cowboys popular make them less.

    Most moves he makes to make them better backfires.

    Keep it up JJ

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