Character-builder for the Cowboys

December, 23, 2013
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LANDOVER, Md. -- When it was over, really over, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett walked across the field looking to shake the hand of Redskins coach Mike Shanahan following the dramatic 24-23 victory on Sunday.

Larry Wansley, the Cowboys chief of security, a man who has protected the late Tom Landry and worked for the federal government, tapped Garrett on the shoulder to let him know he was near.

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AP Photo/Evan VucciTony Romo and the Cowboys overcame adversity to pull out a 24-23 road win against Washington.
Garrett pushed Wansley away.

The video of Garrett pushing Wansley went viral, but the head coach's shove wasn't mean to be disrespectful. Garrett pushes people when he's happy, and in some ways it shows what type of team the Cowboys have.

A playful bunch that doesn't have to like each other, but respects one another to the point they have the same goal: Winning.

"A game like today builds everything you want to build for an individual and a football team," Jerry Jones said. "There’s nothing like actually a game like last week has a lot to impact on your character, and then coming back and seeing that playing well, working hard can help your character. Now I don’t recommend that as a way to have a good game and come back. I don’t recommend coming back in the way we won this one today as a way to get there."

The Cowboys rallied from nine-points down in the fourth quarter, ending when running back DeMarco Murray caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo for the go-ahead score.

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When Murray reached the sidelines, he received a warm hug from Dez Bryant, one of the more emotional players on this team.

"They were excited and we played well tonight," Murray said of the emotion of his teammates.

"Never lost our composure, kept our support, nobody thought we were done," Bryant said. "And I'm just walking down the sidelines and just looking at everybody. You could just see it, everybody wanted it. It was in their eyes, it make you like there's no worries. Make these couple of stops (on defense) and (the) offense will do what we need to do to score, and that's what we did."

It's not about chemistry, because players and coaches don't have to like each other, just believe in one another is all it takes. The Cowboys have endured plenty of criticism this season for their struggles against winning teams and for making bone-headed mistakes at critical moments of games.

Winning against the Redskins was just another step toward the Cowboys' goals of reaching the postseason.

"You’d like to have for it to have been a little bit easier and calmer," Jones said. "I’d say in behind, I know our first Super Bowl that I got to be a part of, the fact that so many people were critical of the way we got involved with the Cowboys, buying the Cowboys, the changes that we were made. Then, to go from those dark days to those light days, bam, bam, really made it quite exciting, or quite a satisfying thing. Well, when you go to where we were last Sunday (in the loss to Green Bay) and then turn around and win a game the way we won (against the Redskins) and come out of here with a win, that’s good stuff and I think that does build something."
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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