5 Quick Hits from Coach Garrett to End the Season
1. Evaluating the Coaching Staff
Now that the 2018 season has come to an end for the Cowboys, it’s time for Dallas to evaluate the coaching staff. Jason Garrett said at the time of the press conference, there hadn’t been any meetings to discuss contracts or the details of any possible coaching staff changes. Garrett said he feels good about the job the staff did this year and that the players responded well to the coaches. He said the Cowboys will have to address issues throughout the entire organization, “You have to look at what you do well with the people you have and evaluate that stuff and be honest in that evaluation in every part of your team.” The decisions will be collaborative between Garrett and Owner Jerry Jones, who Garrett said he has full trust in.
2. Offensive Improvements
The Cowboys started the season 3-5 and struggled to win consecutive games early on in the season. Garrett said his staff expected growing pains from the decisions made to add new, young players to the roster and that it takes time for the players to build chemistry. He said the team did a nice job of learning from their mistakes, “I thought our team got better in terms of understanding what it takes to win a ball game,” Garrett said. “Beyond just the preparation each and every day and how important that is, but dealing with the ups and downs that you have over the course of three hours on a Sunday afternoon and being able to play well for 60 minutes.” The Cowboys turned their season around and finished the regular season 10-6 and made it to the divisional round of the playoffs.
3. Dak Prescott As a Leader
Garrett praised his QB Dak Prescott for his performance this season, “I thought Dak did some great things for our team. He’s an outstanding leader and grew as a player in so many different ways.” Garrett compared Prescott to Tom Brady and Drew Brees in terms of his intelligence and love of the game. Garrett said Prescott has room for improvements and would be the first to admit that himself, and that the two will work hard during the offseason to help the three-year veteran continue to grow. Garrett said Prescott will continue to improve from experience of playing against defenses and learning how to make improvements during a game.
4. Looking Back at the Amari Cooper Trade
The Cowboys traded a 2019 first-round draft pick to the Oakland Raiders for WR Amari Cooper in the middle of the season and the Cowboys feel Cooper was worth the trade. Cooper made an instant impact, the Cowboys went 7-2 in the regular season after his acquisition and Garrett said he was impressed with how quickly Cooper became acclimated with the team’s game plan. “We felt really good about him as a person, his production at this level, and loved our evaluation of him coming out of school,” Garrett said. “It’s a high price to pay, but we feel like he was worth it.” Cooper finished the regular season as the team’s leading receiver with 725 receiving yards and 6 receiving touchdowns.
5. Travis Frederick Update
Center Travis Frederick did not play this season after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome in August, a condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves. Even though Frederick didn’t play in any games, he was still active with the team as a leader. Garrett said Frederick was “off the charts this year” as he participated in every practice, meeting and walk-through. That type of leadership had a positive impact on the entire team and proves his dedication to football and this team, “His leadership and his dedication and his selflessness to this football team, I can’t overstate it,” Garrett said. It can be challenging to deal with an injury that isn’t related to football, but Garrett said Frederick did a great job at doing so and has improved enough to be expected to participate in offseason activities as he continues to work on his conditioning and strength.