IRVING, Texas – If there is a coach that Jason Garrett follows more than any other, it’s Nick Saban.
It’s not Jimmy Johnson. It’s not any of the other coaches he played for in the NFL, from Jim Fassel and Sean Payton and Jon Gruden.
If you’re tired of hearing about Garrett’s “process” talk, blame Saban. That’s where Garrett got it from. He was Saban’s quarterbacks coach in Miami for two years and he likes to say he has notebooks filled with information of all the things he learned from Saban.
Saban was asked about the “process” leading into the BCS Championship game against Notre Dame.
“Well, the process is really what you have to do day in and day out to be successful,” Saban told reporters. “We try to define the standard that we want everybody to sort of work toward, adhere to, and do it on a consistent basis. And the things that I talked about before, being responsible for your own self-determination, having a positive attitude, having great work ethic, having discipline to be able to execute on a consistent basis, whatever it is you’re trying to do, those are the things that we try to focus on, and we don’t try to focus as much on the outcomes as we do on being all that you can be.
“Eliminate the clutter and all the things that are going on outside and focus on the things that you can control with how you sort of go about and take care of your business. That’s something that’s ongoing, and it can never change.”
Garrett might not have uttered that word for word, but it’s pretty darn close.
What Saban has built in Alabama is what Garrett is trying to build with the Cowboys.
It iseasier to do it in college because you get to pick the best players, and Saban can put four national championship rings on the table when he is trying to recruit a player.
In the NFL, you don’t get to pick the best players the same way, and there is something called a salary cap that oftentimes can get in the way.
But if you believe in the “process,” as Garrett does and has seen evidence of it working, then you hold on to what you think is right and wrong, important and not important.
Who knows if it will ever work for Garrett and the Cowboys, but the plan is sound.