NFL playoffs 2019: Cowboys coach Jason Garrett praises team, excited for future after loss to Rams

If Jason Garrett ever needs a new career, might we suggest “Motivational Speaker.”

After the Cowboys fell to the Rams, 30-22, in the NFC divisional round game in Los Angeles, Garrett praised his players for their effort, saying, “the hair stands up on the back of my neck when I talk about them and think about them.”

And Garrett should be proud, as the young Cowboys won seven of their last eight regular-season games and then defeated the Seahawks in the wild-card round before losing to the Rams.

“Incredibly proud of our football team,” Garrett told reporters, via ESPN. “You talk about mental toughness and physical toughness, they demonstrated that the whole year. A young football team that grew a lot over the course of 16 games and a couple of games in the playoffs. I think we learn from our experiences. I think we grew. I think we got tougher. I think we became a more hardened football team. A lot of young guys grew up and they grew up together. And those are real positive things that we can build on.”

The Cowboys kept it close against the favored Rams, hanging around until the end of the game on the road. But the defensive front seven got manhandled as the Rams rushed for 273 yards. While the Rams dominated the time of possession, Garrett said his team never quit.

“The Rams were a better team than we were today. They were,” Garrett said. “And I don’t question our effort, our toughness, our fight. Those guys put it all out there. It inspires me. The hair stands up on the back of my neck when I talk about them and think about them. Everything they put out there, it’s something else. I love the group of guys that we have. They care about each other. They love each other. They love this game. They go about it the right way. All things that we can build on for the future.”