New Dallas Cowboys Coach Promises Change

Jason Garrett stood behind a lectern for his first news conference as the interim coach of the Dallas Cowboys. That alone sent the message there TMs a new way of doing things around America TMs team.

Wade Phillips, you see, always sat behind a table.

Rearranging the furniture isn TMt going to revive the 1-7 Dallas Cowboys, but team owner Jerry Jones is hoping the switch in leaders will. He fired Phillips on Monday and promoted Garrett from offensive coordinator to affect a culture change for a team that TMs been playing worse each week.

The swing from Phillips to Garrett isn TMt as drastic as when Jones went from Bill Parcells to Phillips.

But it TMs still a sizeable shift.

Phillips never played in the NFL and never was part of a Super Bowl champion. Garrett was a backup quarterback in the NFL for 12 seasons, mostly to Troy Aikman in Dallas, and was part of two Super Bowl champions with the Cowboys.

Then there TMs their personalities.

Garrett, a Princeton grad, brings an approach that is in stark contrast to the folksy Phillips.

Take the lectern, for instance. Or this description of how he TMs going to run the team: One of the things that we TMre going to focus on going forward is the process.

Garrett TMs father, Jim, said he TMs never seen Jason get angry. Ever.

And he went through some tough times as a player, said the elder Garrett, who worked for the Cowboys for 22 years. If he retains his same philosophy of being a teacher, he TMs going to win.

Garrett could be blamed for some of what TMs gone wrong this season. But as the interim coach, Garrett has eight games to show whether he TMs got what it takes.

All I can do is be who I am, Garrett said. I have things that I believe in. I have things that I TMm convicted about.

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