Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he models much of his coaching practices from those he has worked with as a coach or player in the NFL. Included is former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, who criticized Dallas for having a country-club atmosphere in its locker room on a national radio show earlier this week.
Garrett has declined to respond to Johnson’s remarks but said today that he learned the importance of urgency in the NFL from Johnson, Nick Saban and others.
“With the coaches I’ve played for and the coaches that I’ve coached for, there’s been a great sense of urgency. Coach Johnson was a part of that,” Garrett said. “I’ve been around a long time as a player and as a coach now. And the best coaches are the guys that created that environment. In any business setting, that’s what you’re trying to create. Certainly, coach Johnson was able to do that.”
Garrett also cited Alabama coach Nick Saban, who coached the Miami Dolphins when Garrett was on that staff, as someone who also drove home that lesson. And it is one he seeks to implant on his players.
“The best teams are the ones that have players who create that same sense of urgency,” Garrett said. “A lot of them have a group of veteran players who do that. The best teams have that. And they also get it from the rest of the guys they bring in to the organization.”
_ Jimmy Burch