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February 13, 2013

Jason Garrett: Best way for John Garrett to grow was to leave Cowboys

Jason Garrett is excited about his staff, including the three new offensive assistants. But the changes meant saying good-bye to his brother.

John Garrett joined Jason in Dallas in 2007 and had the title of passing game coordinator added to his duties in 2011. John Garrett left last month to become the Buccaneers receivers coach.

Jason Garrett said that was the best move for his brother.

“Johnny had some opportunities to leave here in the last couple of years, and we kept him here,” Jason Garrett said. “We made it worth his while to stay here. And as we’ve restructured this thing, I would never put him in a situation where he would call plays on our staff. He and I had that discussion; we had that discussion in our organization. We felt like the best way for him to grow was not to be here. He’s got a great situation down in Tampa with guys that he knows and respects and he’ll do a great job for them.”

Wes Phillips, who has been on the staff for six years, was promoted from assistant offensive line coach to tight ends coach to replace John Garrett.

-- Charean Williams

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