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Put-up or shut-up time for Cowboys

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IRVING, Texas -- Let's put a little positive spin on all the speculation about Jason Garrett's job security: It presents a prime opportunity for the Dallas Cowboys to prove that they really have made progress in the red-headed head coach's reign.

Remember the last time the warmth of the head coach's seat dominated the discussion about the Cowboys?

That team sealed Wade Phillips' fate by quitting on their coach. They rolled over and played dead at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars and looked even more pathetic the next week when they no-showed against the Green Bay Packers in prime time. The Garrett era started the following afternoon.

If the underachieving, 3-5 Cowboys don't right the ship the rest of the season -- and if Sean Payton doesn't agree to a deal to return to the New Orleans Saints -- the Garrett era at Valley Ranch might last only a couple more months.

We're about to find out what kind of character these Cowboys have.

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