Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett allowed Peter King to record his entire “opening remarks” to the Dallas Cowboys as they kick off training camp. It’s part of the launch of his new website “The Monday Morning Quarterback.”
Noticeable quotes from Jason Garrett, as transcribed by Peter King:
“We want guys who are leaders. Leaders!’’ Garrett said, eyes wide. “Step up and be a leader. Lead this football team. LEAD IT! It’s time! It’s time to lead this football team! It’s your time!’
On how the coaches would handle the players:
“The coaches I hate—that I had a visceral reaction to—were the guys who told me, ‘You’re doing a great job.’ … And allowing me to be as mediocre as mediocre could be,” Garrett said. “None of us need help being mediocre—especially me. Coach my ass! … You been to the Pro Bowl eight times? You’re getting your ass coached. You just got here 15 minutes ago? You’re getting your ass coached. First-round picks, free agents who signed for nothing—everybody’s getting coached.”
On how players should handle interviews/media:
Garrett said, players should be “respectful, brief, boring and humble … Distinguish yourself with your play, not what you say.”
On handling distractions:
“Don’t listen to the noise,” he said. “Think Einstein listened to the noise? Think Martin Luther King listened to the noise? Be strong enough mentally, be strong enough physically” to tune the distractions out.
On their legacy:
“We’re gonna establish an identity that lasts forever,” Garrett told his players. “That starts today.”
Peter King points out that the Cowboys are silent for the entire 36 minute speech. Especially during the animated leadership part of the speech. King points to that being a sign of focus from the players after consecutive 8-8 seasons.
The shorter 4 minute highlight version:
Full 35 minute version: