As you can imagine, the Cowboys are still the big talk inside the walls at NFL Network, one day after Jerry Jones dismissed Wade Phillips in favor of Jason Garrett on an interim basis for the rest of the season.
So what, exactly, you say is left to talk about the 1-7 Cowboys? The “NFL Total Access” crew brought out the four-box during the A-block (TV lingo for the top of the show) Tuesday to let Brian Baldinger, Mike Mayock, Charles Davis and Rod Woodson hash out this question: Are the Cowboys any better under Garrett?
Here’s a brief recap of their answers with host Fran Charles, and check out the video to the right for the full segment.
Baldinger: “I think the one thing he can do right now is up the tempo of this team. Make them play faster. They can think quicker, react quicker. All those things can benefit (everybody) right now. Maybe just a different voice in the locker room, maybe the message gets through just a little bit clearer.”
Mayock: “A percentage of players will play hard just because it’s in their DNA. Another percentage will play hard because they have to, because they’re borderline players. There is also a big percentage that don’t care anymore. They don’t want to get hurt, and they know they’re not going to the playoffs. Those are the guys that Garrett has to motivate. It’s a thankless job, and very few men have been able to accomplish it.”
Davis: “It will be interesting to watch, because we always talk about pride in the NFL. We haven’t seen as much of that from the Cowboys lately, as one would have thought. Will (the coaching staff) jump up their game right now for Garrett and try to secure their jobs for next year?”
Woodson: “The one thing you can do as a coach, and what Garrett has to do, is to change the laziness and complacency of this year’s football team. The way you do that is to hold them accountable. You don’t flick on a light switch during a game. It happens in practice. If he can do that, maybe he can get something out of them.”