# Jason Garrett wants the Cowboys to know the Pythagorean theorem

AP

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.

## 66 responses to “Jason Garrett wants the Cowboys to know the Pythagorean theorem”

Dez Bryant …. Iz dat sum Korean dish ?

2. This is why the Cowboys are a joke

3. whatnojets says:

The what???????

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

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

6. Get Mr. Feeny down to Dallas!

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

8. 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

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

10. mt99808 says:

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

11. 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?”

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

Even Jerrah knows that equation.

13. rc33 says:

Triceratops, Pterodactyl and Pythagorean. Got it, coach.

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

15. 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.

16. irishgary says:

Romo flunks ……..again

17. 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

18. steelerben says:

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.

19. Did he ask Jerry Jones? Probably not…..

20. fanofevilempire says:

Apple pie = 3.14

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

Seriously?

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

23. hanifmiller says:

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.

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

25. marvsleezy says:

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.

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

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

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

days!!!!????

29. 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.

30. grandpoopah says:

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.

31. 4512dawg4512 says:

I’m sure the players are just LOVING that

32. youarejealousof6rings says:

Tom Landry just rolled over.

33. 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?

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

Is Garrett catching up to Rex Ryan?

38. jayniner says:

In other words:

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

39. themike31 says:

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

Don’t outsmart yourself.

40. larrydavid7000 says:

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

41. minnesoulja says:

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?

42. 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.

43. They better learn the offense and defense first.

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

45. bubbybrister/shovelpass says:

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

46. tinbender2000 says:

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

47. dcbassguy says:

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.

48. 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.

49. 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.

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

51. bennyb82 says:

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

52. 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.

53. cwk22 says:

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

54. cwk22 says:

Makes the Jets coach look smart in comparison…

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

56. youarejealousof6rings says:

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.
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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.

57. ytownjoe says:

Now Romo wishes he woulda studied in skool.

58. 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.

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

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

61. Dear Dallas Cowboys,

Please give me my Triangle Offense back.

Sincerely,

Phil Jackson.