IRVING, Texas –Another reminder that Jason Garrett is still a very young coach in this league: he and Patriots wideout Wes Welker were actually teammates in Miami.
In 2004, Garrett's last year as a player, the Dolphins signed Welker early in the season after San Diego waived the undrafted rookie. The two worked on the scout team together, then Garrett spent two seasons as the Dolphins' quarterbacks coach before joining the Cowboys' staff.
"I remember one time I sat there and told him, 'Jason, I think I can get them on this or that route or whatever. He said 'Wes, you know what, you can get them on any route,'" Welker recalled.
"It's just great to hear that confidence from a coach and that edge. In my mind I thought, "You're right."
Welker isn't surprised Garrett has become an NFL head coach. Garrett isn't surprised Welker has massively exceeded expectations as an undrafted, undersized slot receiver/punt returner.
"I think it is kind of a cool thing to see that I've kind of developed somewhat of a brand of a slot receiver," Welker said, "and the attributes that people kind of look for from a player who plays that position."