Players were told to be at the team's headquarters at 6:30 a.m. for a special-teams meeting at 7, followed by a team meeting at 8:15.
Both were about 45 minutes earlier than they had been under fired coach Wade Phillips.
Dominoes were out, and so was loud music in the locker room.
Pads were worn on the practice field and will be continue to be worn.
Players were forced to run on and off the practice field, and there was no sitting on coolers during breaks.
A businesslike philosophy and faster tempo were the theme of the day.
"It's a new day for me," cornerback Mike Jenkins said. "It's a new day for everybody. It's a new coach, a new start. That is what we are focused on right now. We are going to run with it."
Garrett is charged with turning around a 1-7 team and making something out of the last eight games in hopes of earning the permanent job next season.
The first game is Sunday against the Giants, but the work is beginning in practice and how they go about their business.
"We're going to focus a lot on the process here, do things the right way, and hopefully the results will take care of themselves," Garrett said. "The players have heard that from me a lot. They'll continue to hear that from me."
What they also heard from him in a no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point first meeting was that the same-old, same-old won't be tolerated.
Players will be required to know their assignments and do their jobs or someone else will be in the lineup.
SERIES HISTORY: 97th regular-season meeting. Cowboys lead series, 55-39-2. The Giants have won the last three and five of the last six. The Cowboys have only faced two teams — Philadelphia (102) and Washington (100) — more than they have faced the Giants.
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