Jason Garrett: 'This is about going forward'

IRVING, Texas -- Jason Garrett paid lip service to how much of a honor it was to work for Wade Phillips.

Then he made it clear that things would change at Valley Ranch now that he's in charge.

"Wade is no longer the coach," Garrett said. "I am the coach."

He's the coach of a 1-7 team. The Cowboys can't just wipe the slate clean in the middle of the season. The standings don't allow that to happen.

However, that's the type of mentality Garrett wants the Cowboys to have.

"I think anybody involved in this organization, really from the top down, is disappointed with our season so far and how we got here," Garrett said. "Having said that, we’re all excited about what we’re going to do going forward. This is about going forward.

"We have to put the first eight games of the season behind us, we have to learn from them and we need to go forward. One of the things that I talk to the players about all the time is embracing the moment, embracing the day, being great today. That’s what I’m going to ask the coaching staff to do, that’s what I’m going to ask the players to do, and everyone involved in this organization to do. Be great today. Be great going forward."