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October 29, 2012

Garrett: Witten should be defined by guts showed in opener vs. Giants, not receiving mark in Sunday's rematch

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten grabbed 18 passes in Sunday’s 29-24 loss to the Giants, most ever by an NFL tight end and most by a Cowboys receiver in any contest. But coach Jason Garrett said Monday that he would urge fans to focus more on Witten’s willingness to play with a lacerated spleen in the team’s season opener – a 24-17 victory over the Giants on Sept. 5 – than his receiving records. That gesture, he said, sums up the true essence of the player.

“Whoever’s going to make the speech to induct him into whatever (Hall of Fame) he’s going to get inducted into, start with that Giant game on opening night,” Garrett said. “Don’t talk about 18-catch games. Don’t talk about the records he’s going to break as a receiving tight end and all that. Talk about that Giant game (on Sept. 5), because it was really one of the more remarkable performances I’ve ever seen as a player or coach in this league. A guy who was so determined to play, that he was going to play without practicing for the last month with a slightly lacerated spleen. So that’s where it starts ... He’s a special player. He’s a special guy. He’s a great leader and he’s one of the best players in the National Football League.”

Witten had two catches for 10 yards in the opener against New York. He topped that by 16 in Sunday’s rematch. Garrett said the matchup was favorable, based on the defense the Giants ran, and the Cowboys kept turning to it.

“They’re almost like running plays when you throw the ball to that guy, because he’s so consistent and so reliable,” Garrett said. “It was the play we were able to get to throughout the game yesterday, and it allowed us to move the ball up and down the field.”

_ Jimmy Burch

 

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And how is Jason Garrett defined? Well let me tell you: He is a head coach who buckles under pressure late in close games, he is a coach that cannot raise the level of play by his players, he is a coach who absolutely cannot instill any sort of disciplne into his team, he is a coach that not one player fears.

Now, is this the recipe for a championship head coach?

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