The pressure to coach a professional sports team isn’t the same in each city. The pressure to coach the Tampa Bay Lightning is considerably less than the Toronto Maple Leafs. The pressure on the coach of the Kansas City Royals pails in comparison to what what Joe Girardi goes through each day coaching the New York Yankees. In the National Football League, no coach is under more pressure on a season to season basis than the coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones is the team’s owner and General Manager and he demands the same excellence the team had during their Super Bowl runs in the 90′s regardless of the talent on the field.
Tom Landry was the only coach to pace the Cowboys sidelines from 1960-1988. That is 1 coach in 28 years.
Since Landry retired to make room for Jimmy Johnson, the Cowboys have had 7 coaches in the last 22 years. Some have had more success than others. Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer won Super Bowls. Chan Gailey and Dave Campo lasted only 5 seasons combined.
Jason Garrett will begin his third full season as Cowboys head coach this year and the pressure will be as great as always. The Cowboys lost two games to the Giants in the final four weeks of the regular season last year and failed to make the playoffs. To make matters worse, the Giants made another improbable run to the Super Bowl, winning their second title since the last time the Cowboys even played in the big game.
Jerry Jones went to work. He moved up in the draft to select Morris Claiborne and added Brandon Carr and Brodney Pool in free agency to improve his secondary.
Blake Novacek of Pro Player Insiders was able to catch up with Cowboys coach Jason Garrett as the team was preparing for a scrimmage against the Oakland Raiders. Here are some of the highlights of that interview. You can also listen to the interview in its entirety by clicking below.
ProPlayerInsiders: How do you see the team progressing after the first few days of training camp?
Jason Garrett: I think its progressing really well. The guys are working really hard. As you know, we have a lot of off season practices so that gives guys a chance to get themselves acclimated to what we are trying to do…
PlayerInsiders: What do you see as the biggest challenges in the 2012 season?
Garrett: Well, there are a lot of challenges. The first one is Wednesday night September 5th going up to New York and playing against the World Champs. We are focused on that. But really more than that, we are focussing on trying to get better every day…
PlayerInsiders: What are the goals for the first scrimmage?
Garrett: We want to give young guys an opportunity to play as much as anything else. We will do some situational work. We will do some red zone work, and some work with 2-minute situations with the whole team. Then we are going to give some younger guys a chance to play a little more football…
Interview by Blake Novacek and Introduction by Steve Bennett