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