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Virtue of patience with a young QB

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2015 – 12:54 pm

The Dallas Cowboys were an organization that was very patient with Tony Romo as a young signal caller. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was asked about how important that patience is for an NFL team even though the temptation can be great to pull the plug.

“I would argue that playing quarterback in the National Football League is probably as hard a thing as there is in sports,” said Garrett, a former quarterback himself. “The environment that you create for that quarterback is critical to his success – the system he’s in, the people he has blocking for him, how you’re playing defense, the weapons he has around him, how you call plays – all those things contribute to that. You want to have a guy who wants to be great, you want to have a guy who wants to be in that position.

“It’s a hard job. It really is, to be one of these 32 guys who start for an NFL team. You have to have the right makeup, the right character, and if you try to create that environment for him and he goes about it the right way, you have a chance to be patient for him and have the kind of quarterback that you want.”

Bills GM Doug Whaley has said he continues to believe in what EJ Manuel can be as an NFL quarterback, and though he will likely be part of a quarterback competition this offseason, patience could be rewarded. Combine coverage is presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

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Bills to get same looks?

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2011 – 6:54 am

With the Cowboys employing the brother of Jets head coach Rex Ryan as their defensive coordinator, it’s anticipated that the Bills offense will see a lot of similar looks Sunday against Dallas.

Buffalo’s coaching staff is convinced that the Ryans swap playbook material all the time to help one another out with opponents that both of their teams face, and in this case in consecutive weeks.

When asked about whether such conversations took place between the Ryans, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett didn’t deny it. 

“I know they’re very close, so I’m sure they speak a lot week in and week out. I don’t know any specifics regarding this game, but they do speak and do stay in touch,” said Garrett.

Dallas much like the Jets are likely to play a good amount of quarters coverage, but not as much man from start to finish knowing they don’t have the same talent on the boundaries at cornerback as the Jets.

But with pass rushers like DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer man coverage is an option they can go to knowing they usually get help up front with pressure on the opposing QB.


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Gailey’s QB approach unchanged

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2011 – 12:22 pm

Here’s a quote about Chan Gailey from a certain Ivy League quarterback.

“I learned a tremendous among from him and I had an opportunity to start a few of the games when he was our head coach. I just remember him being someone that was so supportive of me being a guy in a backup role coming in to start and creating an environment for me where I could be successful and our team could be successful, among the many other really good things that he did. He provided a lot of structure and discipline for our team and was someone I learned a great deal from.”

One could easily think that quote came from Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, but it didn’t. It came from Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, who served as a backup quarterback under Chan Gailey in Dallas from 1998-1999 when Gailey was head coach of the Cowboys.

Gailey is not surprised Garrett has come up through the ranks of coaching the way he has, though he figured the Ivy Leaguer might be doing something else.

“I knew he would be very successful at whatever he decided to do, and I thought if he decided to coach he’d be a very successful head coach,” said Gailey. “I thought he was smarter than to coach. But he ended up going into the business anyway. He’s done very well and I’m proud for him. He’s a great man.”

Garrett played his college ball at Princeton. His thoughts are not unlike those of Fitzpatrick, who has said repeatedly that he feels Gailey had begun to tailer the offense to his strengths last year after he stepped in as the starter in Week 3, and then completely revamped it to cater to what Fitz does best this season knowing he would be the starter.

Perhaps Gailey’s approach with backup quarterbacks is so supportive because he too was a backup QB during his college days at Florida. He knows the challenges associated with stepping for the starter.

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A new candidate mentioned

Posted by Chris Brown on January 10, 2010 – 1:45 pm

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen in describing some dark horse candidates for Bills head coach mentioned a new name Sunday.

Mortensen, on ‘ESPN NFL Countdown’ called Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer a “sleeper” candidate in his opinion and also mentioned Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett as a sleeper candidate for the job.

This is the first time Garrett has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the job. Garrett is the highest paid assistant coach in football at $3 million a year.

He’s been up for head coaching job before including Baltimore and Atlanta after the 2007 season, but he chose to stay with Dallas. Last offseason he was a finalist for the Rams job, but it eventually went to Steve Spagnuolo.

He would be a highly qualified offensive-minded head coach, something many outside observers feel the Bills need. Of course an offensive-minded coach typically wants a quarterback to work with, which was part of the reason he didn’t take the Baltimore or Atlanta jobs, which later drafted Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan. `

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