INDIANAPOLIS — On the heels of Rex Ryan‘s media circus, Jason Garrett refused to guarantee a cozier gathering of reporters that his Cowboys, not the Jets, would win the Super Bowl.
“I cannot do the same,” Garrett jokingly said. “We certainly all want to compete and participate and win a Super Bowl. We’re going to be more focused on the process along the way.”
The Cowboys do have a bit of the Ryan touch, though, after hiring his brother, Rob, as defensive coordinator.
Garrett praised Rex’s flowing, silver-haired twin and shed some light on how a Ryan brother approaches a job interview.
“He came into my office, and he had a coat and tie on. His hair was nicely combed, and he looked good,” Garrett said. “But we started talking about football, and about three minutes into the conversation, I’ve never seen a guy want to get out of a coat and tie more than this guy. So I said, ‘Rob, just take that thing off!’”
Ryan proceeded to ditch the threads and hit the chalkboard, whipping up a cloud of dust and winning over Garrett.
“I was impressed by the effort,” he said. “I was impressed by the coat and tie. And then I was equally impressed by getting rid of it and getting going and really being who he is.”
– Marc Sessler