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Bryant Impressed With Young Cowboys Secondary

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The Cowboys went young on defense during the NFL Draft, especially in the secondary. They really had no other choice after losing Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne to free agency. The future of the secondary may now be in the hands of a crop of rookie cornerbacks in Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis and Marquez White.

They faced their first test of what it’s like being a corner in the NFL during Cowboys minicamp last week and it was a big test in the form of Dez Bryant. After the smoke cleared, the All-Pro wide receiver seemed impressed with what he saw.

“They’ve been competing strong and that’s what I love about them,” said Bryant. “Win, lose or draw, the rest of these guys, not just me, will tell you we’ll take that.”

The work will continue once training camp starts with the first practice scheduled for July 24th in Oxnard, California, where the interest of watching Bryant face off against the young cornerbacks will pick back up. But it’s not just about the competing angle. Bryant enjoys the challenge of helping the young guys learn how to play a productive role on the defensive side of the ball.

“It’s an absolute must,” said Bryant. “Their minds have to be right. It’s a mindset of even though you are a rookie; act like you’ve been there before and I feel like they’ve been doing an outstanding job of that. We’ve been going at it back and forth, not only me but all the DB’s and wide-outs. I think this is the best we’ve ever competed against one another.”

Even with the emergence of the young guys during minicamp, Bryant still sent out a Twitter request to cornerback Darrelle Revis to see if he would be interested in joining the Cowboys. Bryant said he hasn’t heard anything back from Revis Island. The Cowboys have only two cornerbacks on the roster that are age 30 or older, Orlando Scandrick and Nolan Carroll.

Despite the tweet to Revis, Bryant still believes in the rookie cornerbacks.

” “Before it’s all said and done, you all are going to know those guys names in this league.”


How Jason Garrett’s Dad Influenced His Coaching Career

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Jason Garrett is entering his eighth season as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, Garrett has been coaching with the organization since 2007. He was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator before taking over the reins as head coach during the 2010 season.

Coaching runs in his bloodline.

Garrett’s father, Jim Garrett, knows a thing or two about the world of coaching. He was an assistant coach with the New York Giants, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns and the head coach of the Houston Texans of the World Football league in 1974. The elder Garrett also served as a scout for the Cowboys from 1987 to 2004. Football was life in the Garrett household.

“He absolutely loves football,” said Garrett about his father. “He was a football coach for a long time. Somehow, someway he transferred that, not by anything that he said but just because of how he was. He was just so passionate about it and we saw that and we were drawn to it. My brothers and I all played and we all coached. We just absolutely love the game.”

That passion has now translated in watching the younger Garrett do the coaching. The former Cowboys quarterback talks to his father after almost every game.

“He’s such an enthusiastic person and he’s such a positive person,” said Garrett. “He’s always so encouraging and he always has been. He usually has very astute observations about the game. Obviously he’s not with us every day understanding the ins and outs of what we are trying to get accomplished but the way he sees the game is usually right on point.”

It wasn’t just Jason Garrett that eventually followed in his father’s footsteps. John Garrett was the tight ends coach for the Cowboys and now is the head coach at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. Judd Garrett was the tight ends coach for the Los Angeles Rams and now works as the director of advance scouting for the Cowboys. The Garrett siblings heard all of their father’s stories from his coaching days, sometimes more than once. However, those stories never got old.

“He’s the greatest storyteller ever,” Garrett replied with a smile. “He’s a 10-time major league all-star and I’m rookie ball in terms of the storytelling.”