Garrett takes over

As expected, Jason Garrett had the interim tag removed today, becoming the Dallas Cowboys' head coach.

Jason Garrett, former backup quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys in the mid-1990s, was officially named Thursday as the team's new head coach.

He's the first ex-Cowboy player to hold the position.

"He's truly one of our own. We know him well for the qualities he has for this position," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said at a new conference.

Garrett coached the team to 5-3 record as interim coach this season. He had been assistant head coach/offensive coordinator before taking over following the firing of Wade Phillips after a 1-7 start.

"I was fortunate to be on teams here in the '90s that went to the top of the National Football League, were the best," said Garrett. "I understand how those teams played. I like to refer to it as the Cowboy way. … We're going to work hard each and every day to try to get back to that level."

Garrett is the eighth head coach in Cowboys history, the seventh under Jones.

"My emotions this week are very similar to my emotions … during the middle of the season when I was named interim head coach," he said.

"That decision was made on a Monday afternoon. We were playing the New York football Giants on Sunday at 4:15. And by Wednesday morning at 7:30 we needed to hit the ground running and get to work. That's the way I feel right now."

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