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February 01, 2013

Jason Witten hates to see his position coach go, but calls it "a bottom line business"

Jason Witten invited John Garrett to be with him at the Super Bowl as the Cowboys tight end is honored for his off-field contributions to the community. Garrett was Witten's position coach for six years, but Garrett is leaving for Tampa Bay to become the Bucs receivers coach.

"It was a tough stretch [of coaching changes]," Witten said Friday. "Obviously, I hate to see John Garrett go. What a run we had for the last six years. It'll be hard pressed to see a tight ends coach be able to accomplish what we did. I just respect him as a man.

"I know we've got to build something. The foundation is being laid. Ultimately, we know it’s a bottom line business, and the results have to come. I know Jason [Garrett] is doing everything he can to put this in place to give us a chance to do that. I know Mr. [Jerry] Jones and their crew is doing everything he can. But we as players know the results have got to come. That is what we’re working to do. It’s got to happen. You can’t just talk about it."

The Cowboys haven't named a new tight ends coach, though assistant offensive line coach Wes Phillips is a candidate. Witten's change in position coaches is one of many on the staff. It is easier to name the coaches who remain from last season than those who are gone.

Offensive line coach Bill Callahan returns, as does linebackers coach Matt Eberflus and secondary coach Jerome Henderson.

The Cowboys are trying to end a three-year playoff drought. They are 22-26 since last making the playoffs in 2009 under Wade Phillips.

"Any time you don’t make it, those things go on,’’ Witten said of the coaching changes. “It’s tough, but it’s a result of this business. I think we trust what Jason is doing. You trust they’re going to do everything they can.

“I think that’s the best part about playing for Mr. Jones. He has a desire to be the best and to compete for these type of games this weekend. You know he’s going to do everything he can to put you in position to make that happen."

-- Charean Williams



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