Cowboys' Garrett: Offseason moves collaborative

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm •  Published: February 13, 2013
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"The way that we had done things around here, candidly, is there has been a primary play-caller, which has been me, but these have always been collective exercises," Garrett said. "Bill was very involved in our play calling particularly with the run game this year. So what we're trying to do is work through the mechanics of that and as we get closer to playing a game, we can fill you in more specifically."

Garrett, a former Cowboys quarterback, talked at length about his final season as a player with Tampa Bay in 2004 because that was his first exposure to three new coaches on his staff: defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and special teams coach Rich Bisaccia.

Kiffin replaced Rob Ryan, who was fired after two seasons as the Cowboys decided to switch back to the 4-3 defense they played when Garrett was on the roster and they were winning Super Bowls in the 1990s. Dallas had switched to the 3-4 under Bill Parcells nearly a decade ago.

Garrett said the club first decided it had suitable personnel for the 4-3, and he said he picked Kiffin because his defenses in Tampa Bay were known for causing turnovers, and Marinelli's was in charge of a Chicago defense that forced 44 takeaways last season. Garrett also wanted a simpler scheme in case injuries piled up as they did in 2012 and Dallas had to sign players off the waiver wire.

"One of the conclusions we came to is that in this day and age in the NFL, with shortened offseasons, shortened training camps, injuries, all those kinds of things, it's important to try and put offensive and defensive systems in place that allow you to deal with the schedule and absorb the injuries that very well could happen," Garrett said.

The other newcomers are former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley as receivers coach, Gary Brown with the running backs and Frank Pollack as Callahan's offensive line assistant.

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