We, as Dallas Cowboys fans, pretty much know the Jason Garrett story. If you're old enough like me, you remember the days when he stood on the sideline and wore the headset while Troy Aikman was guiding the Cowboys to Super Bowl glory. You remember Garrett coming in on Thanksgiving Day and beating the Green Bay Packers.
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Jason Garrett played eight season with the Cowboys, and one year with the. (He also played in the CFL). He's the son of a coach, he played for his father at Columbia after starting out at Princeton, and went back to Princeton when his father resigned.
Garrett later went on to be the quarterback coach for the Miami Dolphins for two years, before the Cowboys hired him away to be their offensive coordinator. Garrett was anointed early on in Dallas as the heir-apparent for the Cowboys top spot. He famously spurned offers from the Baltimore Ravens and the Atlanta Falcons to remain in Dallas after Jerry Jones threw some financial influence his way. Garrett has interviewed for other jobs, but lost out on them.
He probably wished he had inherited a Cowboys team that was in a little better shape than this one, but his patience to stay with Dallas has finally been rewarded. But now, he's got very little time to prove he's up to the task. Eight games to turn this collection of players into something resembling a team. They don't have to win them all, but they need to look competitive for Garrett to survive beyond 2010.