Washington Redskins fans always get extra worked up for a game against the Dallas Cowboys, and the team’s players do as well. But the argument has been made in recent years that the rivalry between the teams isn’t what it once was. Dallas coach Jason Garrett disagrees with that stance.

To him, it doesn’t matter that the Cowboys have posted a 14-6 record against the Redskins in the last 10 years. And the fact that the matchups rarely carry playoff implications doesn’t diminish the rivalry, either, in Garrett’s opinion.

Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman said on Wednesday that Redskins-Cowboys remains “the biggest rivalry in football,” but Redskins players have always argued that meetings with the Cowboys are extra special.

Garrett agrees.

Garrett played for the Cowboys as a backup quarterback from 1993 to 1999 and appeared in four Dallas-Washington games during that time. Now having played and coached against the Redskins, Garrett has a unique perspective.

“I don’t think the rivalry is any different,” Garrett said in a conference call on Wednesday. “Those teams were awfully good in the ’90s on both sides, with Washington coming off the Super Bowls and the Cowboys going into the stretch where they won three Super Bowls in four years, so they were outstanding football teams competing against each other. … The rivalry exists, and has existed throughout the history of these franchises. It’s been one of the great rivalries in the National Football League, and it’s been fun to be a part of it both as a player and now as a coach.”