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January 24, 2012

Garrett looking for smart players, but he allows for 'different degrees' of smart

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett knows what he’s looking for at the Senior Bowl practices, and anywhere he scouts players or talks to them in person.

“In general, you want smart, tough football players who have a passion for playing,” he said Tuesday after watching the North squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. “That’s something you want from every guy, regardless of what their position is.”

Garrett had a reputation for being a smart player when he was a backup for the Cowboys and New York Giants. But the concept of “smart” is not absolute, he said. One size does not fit all.

“There are different degrees of smart,” he said. “You can factor in instinct, and test scores are certainly part of that. But also a feel for how you play the game is part of that, and that varies from position to position.”

For Garrett, one of the most important qualities a player can have is “approach” – how he goes about practicing and trying to improve. It’s one of the things he no doubt tries to learn when he meets players.

“You want guys who are willing to play football, willing to work at it, willing to be part of a team and who want to get better every day,” he said.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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I wonder what Garrett thought when Jones traded up to draft Dez Bryant.

Let us be crystal clear with the upcoming schedule this team will not win more than 5 games. I have already given up on 2012. Even without losers like Spencer and Newman this team is still light years behind Philly and NY. At the rate we're going it would take between 7-9 years before we can compete.

So I guess the current players on the team are dumb..huh..Garrett??...lol

I think the cowboys need an complete overhaul. Defense: please find a pass rusher. linebackers need an olb who is mean and fast enough to cover. AFTER watching 49ers-giants game after a receiver caught the ball he was on the ground except for VD td. Why because of speed and willing to hit the wr. ON OFFENSE OF LINE NEEDS HELP EVERYWHERE.

"Champions aren't made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill" Muhammad Ali

This is something that the Owner to the Coaches to the players have to have. But no one on this team has this desire, heart, knowledge, skill, will. No one.

While I believe that Romo has the skills, he doesn't have the will, or the heart, or the knowledge to be an elite QB. The Defense needs a complete overhaul. And if that isn't enough, they need good players on the offense too. I don't see this happening. As long as Jerry is in the driver's seat.

Just because Garrett was the OC does not mean he hand picked Dez & Bennett to be on the team. Like everyone else on the team those were Jerry's picks, not Jason's.

Was this a recent change for Garrett? Because that surely couldn't have been the case when they picked up dumb and dumber Dez and Bennett,

I wonder who wanted Bennett a couple of years ago, because the "hit" on Bennett coming out of school was that one had to keep constant pressure on him to practice...does not sound like a "Garrett player", yet Garrett was the OC back then.

I agree, that the Cowboys need smart, passionate and tough players, I just hope that the Cowboys scouts know how to find these players, because the Cowboys don't seem to have an excessive amount of players with all three qualities of "smart, passionate and tough" combined!

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