B/R: I want to get some thoughts on the current Cowboys. What’s your take on Jason Garrett?
Randy White: I like him. When he came in as an interim coach, I liked the things that he talked about, the things he implemented: the discipline, the accountability, work hard in practice. The little things that, when I played football, that’s what you did.
That’s the way you did things, ever since I played little league football. You get there on time, you work hard in practice.
B/R: That shouldn’t be a novel idea, right?
RW: No. This isn’t reinventing the wheel. This is a foundation that you have to have at any level if you’re going to be successful.
B/R: I don’t want to go back and dig up Wade Phillips, but his was a laissez-faire approach to player management. You know, they’re men and you treat them like men. But doesn’t everything rise and fall on leadership? Doesn’t there have to be someone holding everyone’s feet to the fire?
RW: You just said what the key was. I think Wade is an excellent football coach, but you have to have a mature, veteran football team to operate under that pretext. You have to have good leaders on your football team and guys with a good work ethic. Wade was waiting for these guys to get it and do it on their own and come together. It just never happened.
That’s why I like Jason Garrett. He’s a very intelligent guy. He knows you have to make players work hard. You’ve got to make them accountable. You make them be there on time. Make them wear a coat and tie, like Coach Landry did. Little things like that add up at the end of the day, and it equates to winning on the field.
You don’t tell guys, “You’ve got your job.”
Every year, when I played, your job was open. You had to earn that job again the next year. It didn’t matter what you did last year. You had a great year, OK. Now, you’ve got to start all over and do it again.
Randy White was passionate about this topic.
B/R: What do you know about Rob Ryan and how do you feel about that hire?
RW: I don’t know much about him, but I know his dad, Buddy Ryan, was a great defensive coach. Then, look at Rex and the job he’s done with the Jets defense. I’m sure Rob shares the same philosophy.
I really do believe he’s going to be a very positive influence on this football team. Not just the knowledge, but the energy he is going to bring here. You have to have that. Coach Landry had Ernie Stautner. Ernie was tough, hard-nosed.