CINCINNATI -- As Dan Bailey's game-winning 40-yard field goal split the uprights, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett clutched defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and defensive end DeMarcus Ware and pulled them in close.
The trio held each other for several soul-cleansing seconds, hoping to ease the heartache they've experienced since learning practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown died in a one-car accident early Saturday morning.
Nose tackle Josh Brent, Brown's teammate, roommate and best friend, was behind the wheel and has been arrested for intoxication manslaughter.
As Garrett released Ware and Ryan, he bumped into defensive end Jason Hatcher, who was carrying Brown's No. 53 jersey.
The coach grabbed Hatcher around the neck. Then Garrett smacked him on the butt the way coaches do as Hatcher sprinted into a throng of players, twirling Brown's jersey above his head.
"I keep using this word numb because I think that's how we all feel," Garrett said. "When [the kick] goes through and you think about how everybody fought and how everybody battled, you think about the young man we lost and you almost want to drop to your knees. There were a lot of hugs and a lot of raw emotion in our locker room."
Dallas 20, Cincinnati 19.
No longer can we say Garrett is a robotic head coach devoid of emotion.
Not if you saw the emotion in his eyes as he described handling the news of Brown's death. Or listened as he haltingly shared his brief conversation with Brown's mother after the game.
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