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Wade Phillips’ firing 6 years ago opened door for Jason Garrett

Coach Jason Garrett is in full control of the Dallas Cowboys in his sixth season.
Coach Jason Garrett is in full control of the Dallas Cowboys in his sixth season. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Consider that it was exactly six years ago that the Dallas Cowboys fired Wade Phillips after a 1-7 start and eventually replaced him with Jason Garrett. That was Nov. 8, 2010.

Ironically, the Cowboys 7-1 at the midpoint of this season and Garrett is as entrenched as ever as the Cowboys head coach with the most security not seen around these parts since Tom Landry was at the helm.

Garrett opened the season on the hot seat some peoples minds because had exactly a .500 record in his first five season as coach, not including 5-3 mark to end the 2010 season.

With supposedly a healthy Tony Romo coming back to offset last season’s 4-12 campaign, Garrett was simply out of excuses.

Well, Romo hasn’t been healthy and Garrett is succeeding like never before with rookie Dak Prescott at the helm.

Credit Prescott and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott.

But also credit Garrett for finally building the kind of team he has long sought to play the type style of he covets.

These Cowboys are selfless. They play with the right spirit and they are built for this formula, starting with the drafting of the league’s best offensive line long before Prescott and Elliott were even thought of.

“We made a decision that we needed to rebuild our offensive line,” Garrett said. “It started with drafting Tyron Smith and you know what we’ve done since then and that’s how we wanted to build the team. It goes a little bit to the point we were talking about. We want to be a physical team. We want to be a team that travels well, can play well against all different kinds of teams in any kind of environment. We’re trying to build a team like that.

“ And the best teams in this league over time have been able to run the football, control the line of scrimmage and that’s the kind of team we want built. Well, we certainly have become more and more capable with the guys we’ve drafted and the guys we’ve added to that offensive line.”

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