Depending on how you feel about the Dallas Cowboys and longtime coach Jason Garrett, the following comments from former Crimson Tide running back Bo Scarbrough may impact Alabama fans in a variety of ways.
Some may feel a sense of pride. Some may chuckle at the comparison. Some may sit up at night worrying about it. It’s all a matter of your perspective on “America’s Team,” we suppose, because it’s quite clear how Tide Nation feels about Nick Saban.
In a recent interview during Cowboys rookie minicamp, the seventh-round draft choice was asked to compare Garrett to Saban in terms of his experience so far with his new professional team.
“He’s kind of like Coach Saban,” Scarbrough told DallasCowboys.com’s Mickey Spagnola and Nick Eatman. “Just from being around the building and seeing some of the signs up — the team, the team, the team, the ball, the ball, being disciplined. It’s kind of the same thing that we do at Alabama, so I kind of feel at home.
“I kind of feel like the system is exactly the same — the play calling, the footwork, the techniques, don’t walk on the field. Everything we did at Alabama kind of transitioned to Dallas.”
Scarbrough went on to describe the early ask from the Cowboys as “discipline and effort and toughness, being strong-minded.” All things he said Saban expected in Tuscaloosa.
For those who are really plugged into the history of coaching trees, the similarities Scarbrough noticed shouldn’t come as a great surprise. After all, Garrett actually worked under Saban as a quarterbacks coach with the Miami Dolphins. He went on to join the Cowboys coaching staff as offensive coordinator and eventual head coach after Saban left for Alabama.
Even if the system and coaching style are similar, Scarbrough still has a tough hill to climb for playing time in Dallas with All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott firmly planted in front of him on the depth chart.
Scarbrough appears to have the right attitude going into things, though, as evidenced by his recent run-in with TMZ Sports.
“We’re coming in [and will] work together. We’re trying to win,” Scarbrough told TMZ Sports of his relationship with Elliott. “We’re trying to be the best duo that ever came through the NFL [in] history.”
Scarbrough also will play alongside former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott in a backfield that many SEC fans should find pretty easy to root for, even if they’re not big fans of the Cowboys.