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Garrett has Cowboys on winning path

ARLINGTON, Texas - Jason Garrett is constantly encouraging the Dallas Cowboys to stack good days together and offering the tools to help.

The work day starts earlier than it did under predecessor Wade Phillips. Everyone must hustle from drill to drill on the practice field. Rules are clearly defined, as are the punishments. They're enforced, too.

All sorts of sayings are used repeatedly to build a certain mindset, including a line about adversity coming in every game, so be ready to do something about it. Garrett admits the concepts aren't new. But they are new to this team this season, and so are the results.

The same guys who went 1-7 under Phillips are 2-0 for Garrett and finally playing like the Super Bowl contenders they were billed to be, just in time to host the reigning Super Bowl champion Saints Thursday.

"I'm sure in their mind, they're preaching that they're 2-0 right now," New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said. "They're not talking about the 1-7. 'We're undefeated.' That gives you a lot of confidence as you move forward."

The confidence comes from Garrett. He's upbeat, in control and has won everyone over with immediate results. The turnaround seems to trace more to the new approach and attitude than to tweaks in schemes and play-calling.

"It starts with him, he lays it out - how we're going to practice, how we're going to do walkthroughs, how we're going to play the game," tight end Jason Witten said. "He's given us a winning way, so to speak, of what we're going to try to do. Guys have really taken that to the field."

Bush might return

Saints coach Sean Payton says he's optimistic Reggie Bush will be able to finally come back from his broken right leg at Dallas. Bush, who's missed eight games since fracturing his right fibula, is listed as questionable after practicing on a limited basis this week. Payton says fullback Heath Evans could see more action as a ball carrier because Ladell Betts is out with a sprained neck.

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