Garrett in Cowboys meeting: 'Step up and be a (expletive) leader!'
Somewhat surprisingly, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett allowed SI.com's Peter King to record Garrett's entire team meeting to kick off the start of this year's training camp.
By JON MACHOTAFS Southwest
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett allowed SI.com's Peter King to record Garrett's entire team meeting to kick off the start of this year's training camp.
For the folks who usually only see the robotic version of Garrett during weekly and postgame press conferences, this one is a lot different. The biggest difference: On several occasions, Garrett uses a certain four-letter — and sometimes seven-letter — word that starts with F.
Even after Garrett leaves the podium following press conferences and speaks with media members when the cameras are off, he almost never uses a curse word. This video demonstrates that he has no problem doing so in front of his players if that's what it takes to keep them engaged.
Here are a few highlights.
– "It's hard to get in this room. Since you were this [expletive] high, you wanted to do it. Have a passion for it. Great attitudes."
– "The NFL is hard. It's a journey. It's [expletive] hard. It's hard to play one game in the National Football League, let alone 16 of them."
– "I want Dez Bryant and Mo Claiborne [expletive] here tomorrow one-on-one on the left-hand side. That's what I want, competing your [butt] off."
– "You want guys who are leaders. Step up and be a [expletive] leader. Lead this football team. Lead it!"
– "The [coaches] I love to this day, were on my [butt] of every [expletive] minute of every day. I swear to God, I go to their weddings, their kids are getting married, I travel all over the world to see them. They [expletive] grinded me. It was hard. They made me better. That's my job."
– "The best [expletive] football teams I've been on, the quarterback held them accountable, the middle linebacker held them accountable, the pass rusher held them accountable, the tight end held them accountable. This is how we do stuff. This is the Cowboys. We're trying to do something!"