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Jason Garrett wants the Cowboys to know the Pythagorean theorem

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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett graduated from Princeton, and he wants to have smart players on his team.

Specifically, Garrett wants players with a firm grasp of geometry, which includes understanding the Pythagorean theorem, which states that in a right triangle, the square of the length of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the lengths of the two legs. Garrett thinks it’s important to know that when thinking about how long it will take a player to run between two points on the field.

“If you’re running straight from the line of scrimmage, six yards deep, that’s a certain depth, right? It takes you a certain amount of time,” Garrett said. “But if you’re doing it from 10 yards inside and running to that same six yards, that’s the hypotenuse of that right triangle. It’s longer, right? So they have to understand that, that it takes longer to do that. That’s an important thing. Quarterbacks need to understand that, too. If you’re running a route from here to get to that spot, it’s going to be a little longer, you might need to be a little fuller in your drop.”

Garrett said he told players to look up the Pythagorean theorem if they didn’t know it.

“We talked about Pythagorus and it’s been going for the last few days,” Garrett said.

Players on the Cowboys may not be thrilled about getting a math lecture, but Garrett just did a big favor to geometry teachers across the country. This fall, when schoolkids across the country inevitably ask when they’re going to need to know this in real life, their teachers can say that if you want to play in the NFL, you’d better know the Pythagorean theorem.

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  1. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 24, 2013 4:24 PM

    Dez Bryant …. Iz dat sum Korean dish ?

  2. drunkenpackblogger says: Jul 24, 2013 4:24 PM

    Morris Claiborne is in BIG trouble.

  3. sidk1121 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:24 PM

    This is why the Cowboys are a joke

  4. whatnojets says: Jul 24, 2013 4:24 PM

    The what???????

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 24, 2013 4:24 PM

    a^2+b^2=c^2

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 24, 2013 4:26 PM

    If the Sum of the wins doesn’t equal 11 or better, Garrett can hypotenuse himself another job….

  7. bucrightoff says: Jul 24, 2013 4:26 PM

    Morris Claiborne don’t need to know about it anyhow.

  8. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Jul 24, 2013 4:27 PM

    Get Mr. Feeny down to Dallas!

  9. purplekoolaid1 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:27 PM

    First focus on winning games on the football field, Jason….not in classrooms.

  10. doomsdaydefensetx says: Jul 24, 2013 4:28 PM

    By you people saying Morris Claiborne will have problems because of the infamous “wonderlic” scores. Just know he didn’t take the test at all resulting in the lowest score possible. FYI

  11. cocheese000 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:29 PM

    Garrett: a²+b²=c²
    Most of the players:????zzzzzzzzzzzz??zzzzzzz

  12. mt99808 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:30 PM

    Pretty sure we learn this around grade 8 in Canada. How would a college grad be expected to know this?

  13. pnut87 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:30 PM

    Cowboy player sets up on the line

    Cowboy player starts thinking about what the hell a hypotenuse is.

    Cowboy player then begins thinking, “When did I end up on my back?”

  14. iamthefootballjerk says: Jul 24, 2013 4:30 PM

    a^2 + b^2 = c (ul8r)^2 Garrett

    Even Jerrah knows that equation.

  15. rc33 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:30 PM

    Triceratops, Pterodactyl and Pythagorean. Got it, coach.

  16. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 24, 2013 4:31 PM

    Cowboys players: I was told there would be no math.

  17. SparkyGump says: Jul 24, 2013 4:31 PM

    I want the RHG to quit icing his kickers and understand the concept of a balanced offense. There’s this thing called a slant pass. Look it up, Jason.

  18. irishgary says: Jul 24, 2013 4:32 PM

    Romo flunks ……..again

  19. flexx91 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:32 PM

    doomsdaydefensetx says:
    Jul 24, 2013 4:28 PM
    By you people saying Morris Claiborne will have problems because of the infamous “wonderlic” scores. Just know he didn’t take the test at all resulting in the lowest score possible. FYI

    No one really cares. FYI

  20. steelerben says: Jul 24, 2013 4:33 PM

    It makes perfect sense for players to be thinking about how shifting from one spot on the line to another is going to effect the time that they arrive at the same destination. It keeps receivers from arriving to the ball late and there being an interception, and it keeps Romo from overthrowing guys. It helps defenders figure out the angle that they are going to take to cut off a runner or how to adjust yourself on the line of scrimmage to create an efficient path to the QB.

    This is 9th grade math guys, not rocket surgery.

  21. flexx91 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:34 PM

    Did he ask Jerry Jones? Probably not…..

  22. fanofevilempire says: Jul 24, 2013 4:35 PM

    Apple pie = 3.14

  23. seahawks4alltime says: Jul 24, 2013 4:36 PM

    So, wait, seriously? Jason Garrett just had to tell players that it takes more time to run a longer distance?

    Seriously?

  24. flexx91 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:39 PM

    He then tried to explain the Law of sines. They all thought he meant “signs” and started looking at the walls in the classroom…..

  25. hanifmiller says: Jul 24, 2013 4:40 PM

    Dear Santa,
    Please let Jerry Jones be the owner of the Cowboys and Jason Garrett be the coach of the Cowboys forever. Signed– A loyal Eagles fan.

  26. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 24, 2013 4:40 PM

    At least Pythagoras got to call his own plays.

  27. condor75 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:42 PM

    I am sure everyone here knew exactly what it was , lol

  28. marvsleezy says: Jul 24, 2013 4:42 PM

    You have to find a way to relate to these players and teach them in a way they will understand.

    This ain’t it. And his 35 minute boring speech the other day was not it either.

  29. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 24, 2013 4:42 PM

    Garrett may understand how Pythagoras relates to football, but it’s Greek to everyone else on the team.

  30. channer81 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:43 PM

    They’d be better off taking muscle relaxers before practice..

  31. edukator4 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:44 PM

    “We talked about Pythagorus and it’s been going for the last few days,”

    days!!!!????

  32. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 24, 2013 4:44 PM

    Now he has to teach Romo that the shortest distance between two points is not a wobbly throw that gets intercepted and run back to the point where Tony has to try to tackle the defensive player.

  33. grandpoopah says: Jul 24, 2013 4:46 PM

    You don’t need to understand the equation to know that it takes longer to run the same distance diagonally any more than you need to understand the physics of jet propulsion in order to fly in a plane.

  34. 4512dawg4512 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:48 PM

    I’m sure the players are just LOVING that

  35. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 24, 2013 4:48 PM

    Tom Landry just rolled over.

  36. chiadam says: Jul 24, 2013 4:52 PM

    I’m confused.

  37. dowhatifeellike says: Jul 24, 2013 4:53 PM

    If you can’t intuitively figure that out from a combination of experience and simple logic, how did you make the team in the first place?

  38. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 24, 2013 4:53 PM

    That wasn’t a very good explanation of the Pythagorean theorem. The sides of a triangle do not have areas, they have lengths. If you create a square off each side of the triangle, then the sum of the areas of the squares equals the area of the square created off the hypotenuse. But nobody thinks of it that way. Just say that the length of the hypotenuse (the side opposite the right angle) is the square root of the sum of the square of the length of the other two sides.

  39. joshuas82 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:54 PM

    If he’s that smart why did he turn down two well run teams in the ravens and falcons to become jerry jones puppet? The Garrett fallacy.

  40. bunjy96 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:55 PM

    Make fun all you want, but Garrett is 100% correct.

    Because you don’t understand and/or don’t want to, doesn’t make him wrong. It makes you uneducated.

  41. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 24, 2013 4:56 PM

    Is Garrett catching up to Rex Ryan?

  42. jayniner says: Jul 24, 2013 4:57 PM

    In other words:

    49ers² + Seahawks² = No chance for Dallas representing the NFC anytime soon²

  43. themike31 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:57 PM

    Just talk about pursuit angles, man. They teach that in middle school football and onward.

    Don’t outsmart yourself.

  44. larrydavid7000 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:58 PM

    @cowgirls and their fans . LOL LOL LOL AND LMAO LMAO LMAO. 4-12 at best.!!!!!!!

  45. minnesoulja says: Jul 24, 2013 5:02 PM

    This is fairly simple math…

    It sounds to me as if he is using it to help players find the fastest point of contact with the ball carrier or reciever they are covering…

    Again things my coach’s got us started on in like pee wee or rec. center city leagues by the time we were 13….

    Just saying…

    Also you would have to know the top speed of the D-Back/Reciever and how quick they get moving that fast…

    This is a joke… Isnt it?

  46. drbrown7451 says: Jul 24, 2013 5:05 PM

    Yes smart players are a major plus. Especially players with “football smarts”. As far as higher math skills go, how about teaching Romo about angles, trajectory, velocity, and in general how not to throw interceptions? Bryant, Claiborne meh. Just teach them how to hold on to the ball, and where the first down marker is.

  47. 10and46httr says: Jul 24, 2013 5:27 PM

    They better learn the offense and defense first.

  48. coolzog says: Jul 24, 2013 5:28 PM

    Pretty sad if players don’t know what this is. Don’t you learn this in like grade 8-9 math?

  49. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 24, 2013 5:29 PM

    If Garrett doesn’t start winning more games, Dallas fans will be putting a hypotenuse around his neck!

  50. tinbender2000 says: Jul 24, 2013 5:29 PM

    My daughter is going into the 4th grade, she learned this last year.

  51. dcbassguy says: Jul 24, 2013 5:46 PM

    That theorem has nothing to do with calculating the time it would take to get from point A to point B in comparison with the time it would take to get to point C from point B. (different starting points A/B, to reach the same destination C)

    Garrett, in trying to make himself sound smart, did the opposite to the guys that actually have any understanding of geometry.

  52. leftyman says: Jul 24, 2013 5:49 PM

    One of the better collections of fan witticisms I’ve read in a long while, I tip my hat to you all, and also to the Jerry and Jason show for providing the content.

  53. ambitoos says: Jul 24, 2013 6:27 PM

    Garrett is in the same situation as Norv Turner was last year. Win or your gone Garrett, Romo and most of the older players. Jerry will replace the whole damned bunch of you.

  54. hatesycophants says: Jul 24, 2013 6:39 PM

    Ridiculous.

  55. tvjules says: Jul 24, 2013 6:40 PM

    In turn, Cowboys fans would like you Jason, to learn how to manage a game clock.

  56. bennyb82 says: Jul 24, 2013 6:40 PM

    If I was the coach I would say “Just take the angle. Now hit the weights.”

  57. conormacleod says: Jul 24, 2013 7:03 PM

    So, the Cowboys are just starting to learn to run to where the ball will be, and not where it was. Good lord. So happy I’m not a Cowboys fan.

  58. cwk22 says: Jul 24, 2013 7:34 PM

    Next year when they suck he can say it’s because they didn’t do their math homework!

  59. cwk22 says: Jul 24, 2013 7:36 PM

    Makes the Jets coach look smart in comparison…

  60. corvusmaximus says: Jul 24, 2013 8:13 PM

    I’ll take a field trip over a math test any day.

  61. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 24, 2013 9:09 PM

    bunjy96 says:
    Jul 24, 2013 4:55 PM
    Make fun all you want, but Garrett is 100% correct.

    Because you don’t understand and/or don’t want to, doesn’t make him wrong. It makes you uneducated.
    ___________________________________

    They teach you how to take angles in pee-wee; that’s enough. What Garrett is doing is going to cause his players to over-think on the field, and you don’t want that. The guy is not fit to be a HC.

  62. ytownjoe says: Jul 24, 2013 10:00 PM

    Now Romo wishes he woulda studied in skool.

  63. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 24, 2013 10:30 PM

    Garrett if you’re going to teach geometry, then you need to stop drafting players that scored about a 5 on the Wonderlic.

    Here is a little math for you Jason.
    8-8 season + 8-8 season = no job.
    It’s known as the Jerry Jones theorem.

  64. katoelf75 says: Jul 24, 2013 10:51 PM

    After reading this article I could think was that this man is done. First coach fired this season.

  65. katoelf75 says: Jul 24, 2013 10:51 PM

    After reading this article all I could think was that this man is done. First coach fired this season.

  66. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Jul 29, 2013 2:54 PM

    Dear Dallas Cowboys,

    Please give me my Triangle Offense back.

    Sincerely,

    Phil Jackson.

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