Jason Garrett grew up around the Cleveland Browns. His father, Jim, was a Browns assistant coach for seven seasons from 1978-84. The Cowboys coach has fond memories of his time in Cleveland.
"That was the time of the Cardiac Kids," Jason Garrett, 46, said Wednesday. "Sam Rutigliano was the head coach. He did a great job there. Brian Sipe was the quarterback. They really had some great teams, some fun teams."
The Browns went 51-54 in those seven seasons, with two playoff appearances. But those teams set the stage for Cleveland reaching the AFC Championship Game three times in the late 1980s.
Sipe played for the Browns from 1974-83, passing for 23,713 yards with a 74.8 passer rating before departing for the USFL. He played two seasons in the USFL before retiring.
"Sipe was my guy," Garrett said. "He was fantastic. I didn’t really know him. I was a relatively young kid, but I was a huge fan. He was unbelievable."
Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett speaks to the media from Valley Ranch as his team begins their preparations for the Cleveland Browns.