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Perry Fewell knows what Jason Garrett is dealing with this week

Dallas Cowboys interim head coach Jason Garrett responds

Dallas Cowboys interim head coach Jason Garrett responds to a question during an NFL football news conference at the team's training facility. (Nov. 10, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

If anybody knows what Jason Garrett is experiencing this week, it’s Perry Fewell. A year ago he was the hot coordinator tapped to replace a fired head coach on a disappointing team. Fewell took over from Dick Jauron in Week 11 as the interim head coach in Buffalo.

“I used to think the head coach didn’t do very much, just stand around and yell at his assistants,” Fewell said today. “When I got the job I found out he does a lot more than I thought.”

Fewell said that the biggest challenge is in time management. All of a sudden a coordinator is not only in charge of his unit but all three areas of the team. That requires much more interaction with all of the players on the roster. There are also far more media obligations, as Garrett no doubt learned during his conference call with the New York media this week.

Fewell said that he had no difficulty maintaining his responsibilities as defensive play-caller after he was promoted last year, and he doesn’t expect Garrett will stumble when it comes to running the Dallas offense. Still, Fewell noted that there was one challenge he faced that he has little doubt Garrett is facing this week.

“A lot of sleepless nights,” he said.

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