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July 29, 2012

Jerry Jones says Garrett influences Cowboys' offense, draft more than Wade Phillips, who was 'a real delegator'

There shouldn’t be much doubt any more that Jason Garrett has more power in the Cowboys organization than former head coach Wade Phillips did.

Jerry Jones credits Garrett’s influence on the draft and his work with quarterback Tony Romo for providing stability in the offense.

"The facts are that we have the most continuity on the offensive side of the ball that I can remember, except maybe back when we had Ernie Zampese," Jones said Sunday in Oxnard. "You’ve got to realize that Jason has been the key guy with Romo for five years. The facts are that Jason, for the last five years, has been very influential with how we drafted and how we picked up offensive football players. Very influential for five years. Because Wade was a real delegator. So he had a lot of input in where we are. I like that. That’s a big plus for us.”

Phillips  was fired after a 1-7 start in 2010, leading to Garrett’s ascension to the job.

Jones didn’t stop with Garrett. He said the entire coaching staff is a strength.

“I’m going to say this about the entire staff, as an observation: I think we’re much improved,” Jones said. “We’ve had the ability to as a staff, the coaching staff, not have some of the distractions that we had in the offseason. They’ve been able to get with the players directly more. Every team had the same challenges last year, but we know that it ought to make us better and some of the things that caused us to come up short on some ballgames should directly be improved by the fact that we’ve had this offseason that Jason just mentioned.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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Jerry, you talk way too much. And what takes you 50 words to say, most GM's can say the same thing in 12 words.

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