IRVING, Texas -- At the NFL scouting combine, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he would take some offseason trips like he has done in the past, but he just didn’t want to be specific about where and when.
Garrett was a guest speaker at spring training for the New York Yankees and this week he is once again at Duke but instead of just bringing Tony Romo with him, tight end Jason Witten and DeMarco Murray made the trip to Durham, North Carolina, as well.
Garrett likes to hear what successful people think regardless of industry, but Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski is somebody he holds in the highest esteem.
“That’s a big part of what we do, encouraging our coaches to really be thoughtful about taking a trip,” Garrett said two weeks ago in Indianapolis. “We call it, ‘one-day learning excursions.’ Go somewhere in football, outside of football, in town, out of town and try to spend some time with somebody who has been successful in what they do and hopefully we can learn from and come back and grow as an individual.”
Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is supposed to make a trip to Notre Dame at some point this offseason and there will be some other “excursions” as well.
It’s interesting that Murray is on the trip, considering he is about to become a free agent. He joined Romo and Garrett at an SMU basketball game recently as well.
Murray has said he would like to remain with the Cowboys, but there hasn’t been much discussion about a contract before the market opens next Tuesday.