IRVING — Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was named interim head coach on Monday, replacing the embattled Wade Phillips and becoming the first former Dallas player to take over the job previously held by the likes of Tom Landry, Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells.
The 44-year-old Garrett has never been a head coach on any level. Yet he sure seemed ready, judging by the confidence displayed at his introductory news conference at Valley Ranch Monday evening.
"Wade is no longer the coach. I am the coach and what we're going to do going forward (is) get ready to have a great meeting, a great walkthrough and a great practice on Wednesday and give ourselves a chance to beat the Giants on Sunday," Garrett said.
Garrett certainly is different from Phillips — younger, offensive-oriented and far more businesslike. He made it clear things will be done his way without giving many specifics.
"There'll be some changes that I think will be tangible that people in our organization will notice right from the start," Garrett said. "I just think the personality of the leader will come through a little bit."