One of the questions we were having about Jason Garrett’s rise to head coach of the Dallas Cowboys was how would the defensive players respond to him. When Wade Phillips was the coach Garrett had little to no influence on the defensive players and what they did week in and week out. Some of the players even criticized the Cowboys offensive player caller for not calling a balanced game until the Green Bay shellacking.
If I had to choose an image from Sunday’s win over the Giants, it would be that of OLB DeMarcus Ware joking and laughing with his new head coach on the sidelines as the clock was winding down. It wasn’t just Ware either, there were visible shots of Brooking, James, and Newman all exchanging hugs or joking with Garrett at the end of the game. It was an answer to the question that a lot of people were asking.
While one game doesn’t mean anything, it is great to hear that the defensive players have also bought into what Garrett is selling. “You feel a different vibe around here,” Bowen said, “Everybody was all in behind coach Garrett and you see what happened out there.” Bowen is just an example of the attitude that is starting to spread, not just amongst the defense, but the whole team.