"First of all, I think Jason is incredibly smart. No one understands the game more," Jones said. "He grew up at a breakfast table knowing about the NFL. His father was a coach. His father was a scout. He understands the league. He leads our team in a great way. ... The players respect him. He demands accountability."
Quarterback Tony Romo said Garrett has done a phenomenal job with his even approach and calming influence. Garrett again Thursday was talking about focusing on the task at hand — playing Philadelphia — and not worrying about anything else.
"When you do that, I think there's a certain level of confidence," Garrett said.
In his same interview with Patrick, Johnson said only a handful of NFL players are self-motivated and that the best motivator is fear of letting down teammates, being embarrassed or losing their jobs. He said there's no fear in Dallas, which he went on to describe as a country club setting where "everybody is buddies."
Jones said he had no comment on what Johnson said in the interview.
"Obviously he's great for this franchise and won a lot of Super Bowls," Witten said. "I haven't seen him around a whole lot. These guys are working hard."
Like Jones, Garrett said he had no comment. But the coach then went on to say he believes that his team practices and meets the right way.
"We create the right atmosphere of urgency for our players," Garrett said. "It's what I learned as a player and as a coach in this league, and that's what we're trying to create here with our football team."
NOTES: RB DeMarco Murray (foot) didn't practice Thursday, making it more likely he will miss his fourth consecutive game. ... Also not practicing were cornerback Mike Jenkins (back), a new addition to the list, defensive tackles Jay Ratliff and Sean Lissemore with ankle injuries, and center Phil Costa (ankle).