Performance takes center stage

Jason Garrett's message of accountability with Cowboys comes through loud and clear

Updated: August 30, 2011, 12:50 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- The word "competition" can no longer be considered empty coachspeak around Valley Ranch.

Jason Garrett consistently emphasizes the importance of creating competition and evaluating players based on performance, not their pedigree. He means what he says.

Just ask Andre Gurode.

The post-lockout releases of veteran starters Marion Barber, Marc Colombo, Leonard Davis and Roy Williams could also be considered evidence, but Jerry Jones made off-season cost-cutting ...

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