Taking the right pursuit angle is a pretty important thing in football, whether you’re talking receivers running routes or defenders trying to make a tackle. Still, leave it to Jason Garrett to make a point about it using the full force of his Princetonian intellect.
After watching Miles Austin run a route in position drills during Wednesday morning’s walk-through practice, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett began quizzing the 29-year-old receiver.
Garrett’s questioning wasn’t of the usual football variety, though. He was asking Austin about the hypotenuse of a right triangle.
“It’s an important thing to understand,” Garrett said. “If you’re running this route from here to get to that spot, it’s going to take a little bit longer [if you’re lined up in the wrong spot]. So we talked about Pythagoras.”
“Mmmm, yes, dear Miles, if only you were better availed of the classics. Inter alia, I think you would find your skills on the playing surface to be augmented immeasurably. Come, join me for a sumptuous eating and we will further discuss the great philosophers.”
In other news, Jason Garrett’s planned Week 1 pregame speech is reading Plato’s “The Allegory of the Cave”.