Jason Garrett's words get scrambled

IRVING, Texas -- Remember the heady days of the Jason Garrett era?

No, not the interim effort, though that 5-3 mark was impressive considering the mental state of the Dallas Cowboys after a five-game losing streak led to Wade Phillips' dismissal in 2010.

It was 11 months ago when the Cowboys beat the Miami Dolphins, 20-19, on Thanksgiving to improve to 7-4 with their playoff fate in their control. The Cowboys had a one-game lead in the NFC East with five to play.

Since, the Cowboys are 4-8 and look nothing like a team ready to make a playoff run with a 3-4 record this season heading to undefeated Atlanta on Sunday.

If the trend continues -- one that could put Garrett's job in doubt with those with the last name Jones and not just fans and media -- then turnovers and readiness will be the main reasons why it didn't work out.

Garrett likes to say when he talks to the team, it's like a pastor delivering the same sermon 52 different ways a year.

He is still searching for the right sermon because what he has delivered has not worked.

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