Garrett goes up tempo

Garrett goes up tempo

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Dallas Cowboys interim head coach Jason Garrett, standing right, talks with members of the team as they stretch before the start of a morning practice at the teams training facility, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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by Joe Trahan/WFAA-TV

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Posted on November 10, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Whether its the way he handles practice, or the way he handles the media, new Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett tastes no time.

"We gotta go, we gotta go," Garrett told the media at his fifteen minute long press briefing Wednesday, "practice has to be good; the Giants don't care about this coaching change."

Garrett has picked up the pace around Valley Ranch, big time.

"I would think the coaching change in and of itself regardless of who the next guy was, was going to get people's attention," said quarterback Jon Kitna.  "Its a lot like the emphasis of what he puts on it.  You're not walking from drill to drill, to the sideline, it just emphasizing things more."

"Guys were flying around," linebacker Keith Brooking said of Garrett's first practice as head coach, "there were some intense moments, coaches were coaching their tails off."

Another big change: full pads at practice today, and it'll be that way every Wednesday, as long as Garrett's calling the shots.

"The big boys in the middle were banging in there and there were some pads click-clackin', so that was a big difference," said receiver Roy Williams.

Another difference, players got to work an hour earlier.  Garrett's message: the last 8 weeks are in the past. Learn from it and move on. Garrett making it a point to make their responsibilities from here on out crystal clear.

"Here's what we're expecting and here's what you should expect from us," said tight end Jason Witten, "its a clear message and we're all in.  We hate to be in this situation that we're in.  We got to get it turned around I thought he did a great job."

Garrett sums it up like this, "Its business. Its time to get to work.  You know we're in the middle of a transition in the middle of a season that's different for a lot of people, but lets get to work."

The cowboys situation was so dire, even if it is just change for change sake, it was necessary.  More importantly, though it won't be long before we get to see if these changes will have an impact.

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