Former Redskins coach Gibbs inspires Cowboys
With their season hovering on the brink, the Dallas Cowboys
turned to inspiration from former Washington Redskins coach Joe
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said coach Jason Garrett invited the
team’s former rival coach to speak to his players for the chapel
service at the team hotel Saturday night in Charlotte before their
game against the Carolina Panthers.
It must have helped because the Cowboys won 19-14 on Sunday.
Gibbs lives in Charlotte and owns a stock car racing team, Joe
Gibbs Racing located just north of the city in Huntersville,
”He was saying to us that when they called him and asked him to
speak he was like, `Are you crazy?’ knowing what that rivalry was
like,” Cowboys linebacker Dan Connor said with a laugh.
Connor said Gibbs talked about ”battling through adversity,”
something the Cowboys (3-3) needed to do on Sunday against
Dallas overcame a 14-13 deficit in the fourth quarter to break a
two-game losing streak.
”He was talking about different situations he’s been in and how
he fought through them,” Connor said. ”He said when you’re in a
situation you think it’s the worst thing ever, but when you have to
have faith in God and push through it. That was the message. He was
Jones said he and his players have ”immense respect” for
Gibbs, who won three Super Bowls with the Redskins. Jones said he
even consulted with Gibbs when he was looking to hire a coach to
replace Barry Switzer.
Gibbs’s message came after Garrett was criticized for poor clock
management last week in Dallas’ 31-29 loss to the Baltimore
”He came into chapel, and talked about some of his low times,”
Jones said. ”He spoke about some of the coaching errors. He wasn’t
directing it to the team at all, relative to our criticism this
week of our sideline coaching decisions, but he talked a little
about a couple that bit him.
”The players told me that when they hear Joe Gibbs talk about a
few bad decisions, they know anybody can make them.”
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