Jason Garrett afraid to offer Jason Witten a day off

AP

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett would probably offer veteran tight end Jason Witten a day off in camp.

But he doesn’t want to be shunned again, so he doesn’t bother.

Garrett said the 31-year-old tight end wouldn’t speak to him last year, after a play was drawn up which called for a different tight end to put himself in harm’s way.

According to Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Witten was miffed when a play called “Aggie 21” was put in. The play in question was designed for tight end Martellus Bennett to block down on a nose tackle — commonly known as a wham block — but Witten took offense that someone else was on the field.

“And I have a great relationship with Witt – have had a great one for a long time. When we put this thing in, he literally didn’t talk to me for a week,” Garrett said. “My image is, it’s a 300-pound nose tackle and a guy who caught 100 balls last year is going to come up and have a separated shoulder. It’s not good coaching. So we had a battle where he did not talk to me for a week about Aggie 21 whamming the nose.

“So getting him to take a day off of practice is a little bit like the Aggie 21 story. You start the conversation. He nods his head, he continues to nod his head, and he goes out to practice again and again and again.”

That kind of dedication to his is part of the reason Witten’s the player he is, and credit goes to Garrett for understanding his personnel.

21 responses to “Jason Garrett afraid to offer Jason Witten a day off

  1. I remember Witten going across the middle with his broken jaw wired shut and figthing for yards minus his helmet. He’s been what I would consider to be the best all around tight end in the league. This is just another example of why.

  2. witten is a beast.

    the only player from that squad that I truly covet.
    dude plays the game the right way.

    furthermore, i love that he’s pushing for the cheaters to get tested for PEDs.
    g

  3. Marcellus Bennett played for the NY Giants last year, so Witten was probably confused by the play call.

  4. onehappytissue says:
    Jul 29, 2013 11:14 AM
    Read the article again, he wrote “a few years ago”. Martellus Bennett wasn’t a Cowboy last year.

    read again

    Garrett said the 31-year-old tight end wouldn’t speak to him LAST YEAR, after a play was drawn up which called for a different tight end to put himself in harm’s way.

  5. A WR doesn’t want to let another receiver get in on a play…diva. Witten does it…”throw back toughness”

    Another Ex:

    A QB (Rodgers) pokes fun and scolds fans on twitter and he has “a different sense of humor and different approach to communication”….

    A WR or RB does that, they are an idiot, locker room cancer…etc..etc..hmm

  6. dowhatifeellike says: Jul 29, 2013 10:44 AM

    “A coach afraid of his players. Unbelieveable.”

    I think more than a few were afraid of Charles Haley.

  7. Are we supposed to be shocked that a player wants to play with disregard for his health and his coach is thinking health long term (like rest of the season)?

  8. vgferenzi says: Jul 29, 2013 11:16 AM

    A WR doesn’t want to let another receiver get in on a play…diva. Witten does it…”throw back toughness”

    ———————————————————-

    I’ll agree if you can name me ONE WR who has ever been mad because they weren’t allowed to block a nose tackle…..

    …don’t worry, I’ll wait…

  9. onehappytissue says:
    Jul 29, 2013 11:14 AM
    Read the article again, he wrote “a few years ago”. Martellus Bennett wasn’t a Cowboy last year.

    read again

    Garrett said the 31-year-old tight end wouldn’t speak to him LAST YEAR, after a play was drawn up which called for a different tight end to put himself in harm’s way.
    ———————————————————-
    The Author said that Jason Garrett said that, and even still….if he meant year before last, is it really important to point that out like you just caught Garrett in some lie?

  10. Yeah, a lot of Hall of Famers act like 13 year old girls in dealing with their coaches.

  11. I’m sure Witten wouldn’t consciously disobey his coach. He probably didn’t hear the request. He’s been distracted lately trying to figure out how the heck the Pythagorean theorem has anything to do with a straight line being the most direct path between two points.

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