Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Cowboys' Garrett wary of Rodgers, Flynn
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. – If anyone should be wary of what a backup quarterback can do in a game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys, it’s Jason Garrett.
The current Cowboys coach has a special distinction in the history between these two teams. On Thanksgiving 1994, Garrett, then the Cowboys’ third-string quarterback, was forced into action because of injuries to starter Troy Aikman and top backup Rodney Peete, and led the Cowboys to a 42-31 win over Brett Favre and the Packers at the old Texas Stadium.
“Well that was a long time ago, I appreciate you remembering,” Garrett said during a conference call on Wednesday with reporters at Lambeau Field. “We had some great games against the Packers in the ’90s. On that particular Thanksgiving, I got a chance to play and really all I was trying to do was function as one-eleventh of the offense and just kind of do my job as best I could. We had some really good players around me and made sure I gave them a chance to do what they do best. It was a great team win for us, a great memory, but, again, it’s getting to be a long time ago.”
Nearly 20 years later, Garrett might have to prepare his team to do what the Packers did back in 1994 -- deal with a backup quarterback.
With Aaron Rodgers’ status for Sunday’s game in Dallas still in doubt because of his Nov. 4 collarbone injury, the Packers may have to start Matt Flynn for a third straight game. While Garrett was the third Cowboys quarterback in 1994, Flynn is the Packers’ fourth. But he's the only one to lead them to a win – Sunday’s 22-21 victory over the Atlanta Falcons – since Rodgers got hurt. Neither Seneca Wallace nor Scott Tolzien could do that.
A week ago, Falcons coach Mike Smith said he was preparing as if Rodgers was going to play. Garrett said his approach is “fairly similar.”
“One of the things that we try to do is we try to see if there’s a difference between how they play with the starting quarterback playing or the backup quarterback playing,” Garrett said. “It doesn’t seem to be a significant difference in scheme and in plays that like they to run. So you start there, but you certainly start your preparation with Aaron and then in this case Matt Flynn, who has been playing the last couple of weeks. We certainly study him and understand what he wants to do and try our best to get ready for both as we go.”