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May 16, 2011

Garrett: Coaches are staying busy, getting ready

Jason Garrett, who was honored Monday at the 2011 Pat Summerall Humble Beginnings Awards Luncheon, said he has plenty of things to keep him busy during the lockout. He would rather be working with the players in organized team activities, but instead is getting organized and prepared for the players' return... whenever that may be.

"What we have been trying to do as coaches is try to get everything ready for them when they do come back," Garrett said. "It starts with putting structure together for the off-season, for training camp, and then we have to be able to adjust that structure once we find out what the rules are. So we are still in a little bit of a holding pattern. But we are trying to get some stuff cleaned up from last year and get stuff ready for this year and go forward when the players come back."

Though Garrett can't have any contact with his players, the Cowboys coach has been keeping up with them through the media. The Cowboys have had some 40 players regularly show up for player-only, on-field workouts, according to Tony Romo.

"I think that’s a natural progression for a lot of teams in this league to have guys get together," Garrett said. "This is when you start to play a little football, and you start getting to the middle of May is typically what our players are doing. So, for them to get together and throw it a little bit is probably a natural thing and a good thing."

-- Charean Williams



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