Ultimate Compliment

This is not a surprise:

Cowboys linebacker Bradie James has played for Nick Saban at LSU, and Bill Parcells, Wade Phillips and now Jason Garrett in Dallas.

“(Garrett) is a mixture of a lot of guys I’ve been around, from Nick Saban to a little bit of Wade and Bill,” James said. “But he played, so he understands, for the most part, how we feel and connect to a player.”

James said Garrett compares to Saban in terms of a painful attention to the smallest parts of the game. The Cowboys are practicing everything these days, including end-of-game lateral plays that are seldom, if ever, used.

“(Like Saban, Garrett) is very detailed. Structure is the biggest key. Those little details catch up to you,” James said. “We lost 12 games by one score last year and we play hard but a lot of that comes down to attention to detail.”