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February 13, 2013

Garrett says his position on football team speaks for itself with the players

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the authority of his position is self-evident with the football team.

“I think the relationship I have with the coaches and players just speaks for itself,” he said Wednesday during his press conference at Valley Ranch. “The time I spend with our guys, and how we run things, and how things are directed on a daily basis – I think they understand the
position that I’m in, and I think they have respect for that.”

Garrett was answering a question about whether it’s important for him to show that he is in charge, considering the high visibility of owner Jerry Jones.

Earlier in the press conference, Garrett said he and Jones have a strong relationship.

“One of the great things about this organization since I’ve been here is the communication between me as the head coach and the ownership and the decision-makers is really strong, and it’s always been strong,” Garrett said, asked if he had final say over the coaching staff changes. “We’ve had great back-and-forth about a lot of the decisions we’ve made.”

Garrett said the give-and-take between him and Jones was the same this year as in previous years.

“We’ve made a number of staff decisions through the years, and these were no different,” Garrett said. “A lot of hard conversations to be had about people that you care about who have made a great investment in this organization and our football team, guys that I have loyalty to, guys the Joneses have loyalty to. We’ve had a lot of discussions about coaches and players through the years, and the lines of communication have always been open. My opinions are well-known, Jerry Jones’ opinions, Stephen Jones’ opinions, our coaches’ opinions – they’re all very well-known, and at the end of the day we made collective decisions that we think are in the best interests of our football team.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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