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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Jason Garrett happy with staff structure

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- More than a few times Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has told the story about how Joe Gibbs told Jones about the importance of having a coach with a specialty on one side of the ball.

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Jones isn’t a fan of a “walk-around” head coach. It’s why Jones wanted Wade Phillips to call the defense when Phillips was the coach and why he wants Jason Garrett to call the offense.

On Sunday Jimmy Johnson, who was a “walk-around” head coach, said on Fox’s pre-game show that Garrett would be better off with an offensive coordinator, even if Sean Payton and Mike McCarthy served as head coaches and play callers for the last two Super Bowl teams.

“I do have a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Johnson,” Garrett said. “I had the good fortune of playing for him for two years and have learned a tremendous amount of football from him when he was a head coach, just seeing how he operated. And since then, in many conversations that he and I have had. That could be an opinion he might have and other people might have. But right now, we feel good about the structure we have on our staff and that is what we will do going forward.”

Does it ever get to be too much for Garrett?

“I think the biggest thing that we do pretty well is we communicate during the game, and that's within the offensive staff,” Garrett said. “I also think it's among all of the guys on the staff. I think our communication is good. Obviously, Rob [Ryan] is calling the defense, but as a head coach you have to be involved in all three phases and I think we communicate well, we communicate quickly and it's been an effective way to do it.”