Experience can resonate with players

Cowboys' Garrett among growing number of coaches able to draw on own time in NFL

Updated: February 28, 2011, 12:01 AM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- A little more than a minute into the January introduction of his new head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, owner and general manager Jerry Jones made reference to Jason Garrett's NFL playing career.

"He's the second man to take the job of head coach of the Dallas Cowboys that has played in the NFL," Jones said then. "He's the first man to take on this responsibility that has played for the Dallas Cowboys."

Little did Jones know then, but he was part of a trend this offseason ...

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