Norv Turner's influence on Jason Garrett

August, 18, 2011
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IRVING, Texas -- Norv Turner spent only three years as the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator, but his impact cannot be denied.

Troy Aikman picked Turner, his coach from 1991-93, as his presenter at the Hall of Fame, and to coach Jason Garrett, Turner was as influential as any person he has been around.

Garrett uses the same system as Turner, who is entering his fifth season as San Diego’s head coach, although he acknowledges both have added to and evolved some of the scheme over the years.

“It goes back to Sid Gilman and those guys with the Chargers way back in the 1960s and then [Don] Coryell and [Ernie] Zampese and Norv,” Garrett said. “A number of teams are using it now and you can make a compelling argument that Norv’s run it as well as anybody ever. He’s certainly been a big influence on me that way but it goes beyond that. He taught me how to play quarterback in this league and in a lot of ways his influence on me and other as a coach has influenced me as I’ve coached, so he’s been a big part of my life.”

Turner, who interviewed for the Cowboys’ vacancy in 2007, has long been a fan of Garrett’s.

“You have great leadership. You have ownership that supports you. You have great staff. You have great people around you. Then you have a chance to be successful in the job that Jason has,” Turner said. “I know that he’s organized. I know the things he believes in. He’s going to do great.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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