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


No, seriously.

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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