Jason Garrett mindful of Mike Tomlin fine

December, 5, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- With Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin fined $100,000 by the NFL for standing on the white portion of the sidelines during a kick return, it's made coaches aware of their surroundings.

"I think it has," Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "We all have a tendency to want to get out there a little bit closer. We have the best get-back coach in the business in (head strength and conditioning coach) Mike Woicik. You can be in the middle of calling a play and he’ll tell you to get back. He takes it very seriously, and we take it very seriously, because that can be a factor in the game obviously."

At times you will see some Cowboys' coaches standing on the white of the sidelines during plays, but not to the point of interfering during live action. Last season, former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was penalized for yelling at an opposing player in Cincinnati.

But Garrett said getting fined $100,000 is a good deterrent for not interfering with the game-action.

"I think that’s probably a good deterrent for everybody," he said.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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