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Garrett calls taping meeting “collective decision”


Jason Garrett went along with allowing his camp-opening speech to his team being put on the internet for all to see.

Kind of like he went along with Bill Callahan calling offensive plays.

The Cowboys coach said that it was “an organizational decision” to tape and broadcast his first speech of camp to his team, via Peter King’s new website, The MMQB.

That drew laughs from the assembled media, and Garrett himself was apparently smiling as he explained.

It certainly wasn’t my decision by itself. It was a collective decision,” Garrett said, via Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We had some good discussions. As you know, Peter King is starting a website with Sports Illustrated. He’s been a great friend to the NFL and a great friend to the Cowboys for years. We thought it was worthwhile there.”

Garrett called the speech a “nuts and bolts” endeavor which was “pretty innocuous to share,” but acknowledged that motivating his team was the biggest part of his job (especially since he doesn’t call plays any longer).

“What you try to do as a leader of any organization is provide perspective, inspiration, motivation, create a vision for your football team, create a vision for your organization and do everything you can to get the right people to help you accomplish that vision,” he said. “And you have to give them a path. You have to give them a structure. You’ve got to give them a road map. But you also have to give them some inspiration. You have to give them some motivation to get up each and every day to do the things they need to do to accomplish what that goal or vision is.

“So that’s my job. That’s our coaches’ job. I tell our guys all the time: if you’re a human being, you need inspiration, you need motivation. I don’t care who you are, how strong you are mentally. And it’s just part of what I believe I have to do, what our coaches need to do and really what our players need to do for each other.”

And Garrett also understands that maintaining his status as head coach depends on going along with some decisions that aren’t his, and as trade-offs go, this seems like a relatively painless one.

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18 Responses to “Garrett calls taping meeting “collective decision””
  1. vikingsrulez69 says: Jul 22, 2013 7:13 PM

    I wonder where he’ll end up in his next coaching gig…

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 22, 2013 7:17 PM

    And to be a great leader, you substitute the “trying” part with “actually doing”.

  3. spedman24 says: Jul 22, 2013 7:24 PM

    Jerry is the worst person to work for in all the NFL other than the Mara’s. Mara is by far the worst owner in football. Overlooks character, hates paying his players, has Roger in his back pocket and changes the rules as he goes. See: he and roger fining the boys and skins 30+ million over 2 years..stay classy Mr. Mara Jr., you’ve been an absolute shame to what your dad was to the league.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 22, 2013 7:42 PM

    Taping the meeting was a collective decision, but Garrett admitted having the large Turkish looking gentleman wielding an axe stand beside him was his idea. “For motivational effect.”.

  5. germanstingray says: Jul 22, 2013 7:43 PM

    Collective decision: Something Jerry Jones tells you to do.

  6. cowboyfan45 says: Jul 22, 2013 7:50 PM

    by collective Jason, you mean Jerry told you the camera was going to be in there whether you like it or not….end of stoy!!

  7. teal379 says: Jul 22, 2013 8:21 PM

    Just what decisions is Jason Garrett allowed to make on his own?

    Doesn’t get to call plays, pick players, staff et cetera.

  8. blacknole08 says: Jul 22, 2013 8:30 PM

    Does Jason Garrett have any control over anything?

    Next thing you know JJ will be calling timeouts from his luxury box.

  9. jayquintana says: Jul 22, 2013 9:04 PM

    Did he give the speech in an Arkansas accent? Or did he just read Jerry’s words in his own voice?

  10. recyclecode6 says: Jul 22, 2013 9:12 PM

    “Men, at the end of this season, we will miss the playoffs, again. Lose with grace. Have dignity. Give it your all. Smile when you see Jerry after two weeks have passed. Tell him what a great coach I am and take all blame for this season. Be motivated by money. Earn it. Hit the showers.”

  11. cowboyinpawleys says: Jul 22, 2013 9:24 PM

    Who cares. JG has mastered “coach speak 101” he never says anything in public. BB never says anything and he is Genius for not giving out info. When was the last time a NFL coach said anything interesting?

  12. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 22, 2013 10:25 PM

    If by “collective decision” Jason means Jerry makes all the calls, then yes that’s what it was.

  13. wolfmanpatriot says: Jul 22, 2013 10:33 PM

    He gets to choose the daily lunch’s dessert.

  14. drbrown7451 says: Jul 23, 2013 12:07 AM

    Jerruh needs someone on the field to take the heat. Carrot Top is it for the moment. Does he make any decisions? Yes, he is at liberty to decide when he should go to the bathroom.

  15. slick3 says: Jul 23, 2013 4:34 AM

    It should be painfully obvious by now that Jason Garrett is just a figurehead.

  16. orivar says: Jul 23, 2013 5:12 AM

    What does Jason Garett do? I’m being serious here as the perception the Cowboys are giving (thanks to Jerruh) is that he is there just to there and has control over nothing. Obviously there’s no way for anybody outside the organization to confirm if that’s true or not but that sure is the image they’re giving.

  17. greenmeattruck says: Jul 23, 2013 6:04 AM

    I can’t help but think of Andy Griffith and Opey Talor when I see Jerra and Jason.

  18. sidepull says: Jul 23, 2013 8:42 AM

    Jerry Joke pulls the puppets strings.

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