What Jason Garrett can take from Doug Pederson he has shown before
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By Todd ArcherESPN Staff Writer

FRISCO, Texas -- The Philadelphia Eagles winning Super Bowl LII was not a good thing for Jason Garrett.

It’s not just that an NFC East rival beat the New England Patriots to win its first Lombardi Trophy. It’s how the Eagles did it.

They did it by doing what Garrett espouses to the Dallas Cowboys -- by being their best regardless of circumstance. They won a Super Bowl with a backup quarterback, Nick Foles, who Jerry Jones did not believe was good enough for a Dallas training camp roster spot in 2016. They won without their Pro Bowl left tackle, Jason Peters. They won without their third-down back and punt returner, Darren Sproles. They won without their starting middle linebacker, Jordan Hicks.

They won despite being underdogs in all three playoff games.

They won with Doug Pederson as coach in just his second season. Pederson’s ability to adapt without his top personnel and succeed is being correctly lauded.

Garrett lost Ezekiel Elliott to a six-game suspension that the Cowboys knew was a possibility for months and did not adapt well. In the first of three games that Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith missed because of injury, the Cowboys allowed eight sacks, with his replacement, Chaz Green, allowing four of them. The Cowboys were too slow to give Green help and change their scheme. The Cowboys did not have weakside linebacker Sean Lee for five games because of a hamstring strain and lost four...

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