Cowboys coach Jason Garrett spent Monday morning as an internet sensation.
His pre-training camp speech to the team was posted by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, touted as a behind-the-scenes look at Garrett’s motivational ability. Garrett said it was just a routine “nuts-and-bolts” pre-camp address, but he agreed it could be seen as motivational.
In fact, he said that’s the No. 1 aspect of his job.
“What you try to do as a leader of any organization is provide perspective, inspiration, motivation, create a vision for your football team, create a vision for your organization and do everything you can to get the right people to help you accomplish that vision,” he said. “And you have to give them a path. You have to give them a structure. You’ve got to give them a road map. But you also have to give them some inspiration. You have to give them some motivation to get up each and every day to do the things they need to do to accomplish what that goal or vision is. So that’s my job. That’s our coaches’ job. I tell our guys all the time: if you’re a human being, you need inspiration, you need motivation. I don’t care who you are, how strong you are mentally. And it’s just part of what I believe I have to do, what our coaches need to do and really what our players need to do for each other.”
The access granted for the speech was unusual for the Cowboys. Garrett said it was “an organizational decision,” unwittingly drawing laughs from the assembled reporters.
“It certainly wasn’t my decision by itself. It was a collective decision,” Garrett said, smiling himself. “We had some good discussions. As you know, Peter King is starting a website with Sports Illustrated. He’s been a great friend to the NFL and a great friend to the Cowboys for years. We thought it was worthwhile there.”
Garrett said the speech really wasn’t anything to write home about.
“To be honest with you, it was pretty much a nuts-and-bolts meeting,” he said. “That’s a hard meeting to have because it’s a lot of policy, a lot of expectations and those kinds of things. You try to mix in some inspiration, some motivation, perspective, direction, all of those things. That’s one of those nuts-and-bolts types of meetings that we thought was pretty innocuous to share.”
-- Carlos Mendez