FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- In 2007 Jason Garrett was a first-year offensive coordinator and play caller having spent just two seasons as Miami’s quarterbacks coach.
The Cowboys ended up scoring 455 points, second-most in franchise history and scored 20 or more points in 14 of their 16 games. They also piled up 365.7 yards per game.
Garrett is quick to point out the help he received from Tony Sparano, the offensive line coach that year as well as the Cowboys’ play caller in 2006, as a big part of that success.
Tonight Garrett and Sparano coach against each other. Sparano is entering his fourth season as Miami’s head coach.
“Tony is a really good friend of mine,” Garrett said. “I just think he’s an outstanding football coach. He brings a certain toughness. There’s an element of offensive football that he brought that I thought we complemented each other well with. I just think he’s a good coach. He’s a really good person. He’s great for a staff. I think he’ll develop the young offensive linemen. I think he has a great feel for the whole scope of the offense and the whole scope of the football team, so it was really fun for me to be around him first of all and also really beneficial for me.”