I've read recently that you should not stretch before a workout, you should work up gradually to more intense exercise. I've also read that scientists are now saying that short very intense workouts are more productive than long grueling ones. Especially when you work out 6 days a week. Injuries can occur.

What does this have to do with the Cowboys?

I think all the injuries are due to a few things.

First - too much stretching before games. Sounds crazy. I see the Cowboys out there on the turf stretching in all sorts of ways. Especially the hammy's. Maybe that needs to be re-thought. Exercise has changed so much in the past 10 years - you are actually stretching muscles during workouts. Maybe too much before the game is too much?

Second - what exactly do the Cowboys do on their time off? Eat? Drink? Sit around?The Cowboys are in shape - but are they fit? What they do in their spare time means a lot. You cant take muscles that take a beating and then just plop them on some over cushy sofa and think you're doing yourself a favor. Gotta keep moving.

Third - Are the Cowboys just too tense? This is the most intriguing one. Do they really EVER have fun playing the game? The past few years (like 17 of them) it just seems like they are not ever having a lot of fun playing. I remember the Superbowl years of the 90's and everytime the camera would pan to Irvin - he was either cutting up or screaming for the "rock". Passion. He LOVED playing football and it oozed out of him. Sometimes not for the better when he was away from the game. But you could never question his love for the game and his dedication. Same with Aikman, Emmit and the whole lot of them. And it translated to Sundays. It looked like they were all having fun on the field.

The only current player who has looked like he is having fun? Tony Romo. And he even seems less fun-loving this year. Too serious.

Anyway - injuries happen when you are not "into" your routine. Injuries happen when you over stretch. Injuries happen when you are too uptight. Injuries happen when you stop moving around.

Dallas does all of the above? I don't know. But it might be time for a different approach all around. Put the Mercedes keys down and start moving when your not at work. Maybe? Maybe not. But something is obviously wrong with the health of this unit. Mentally and physically. And it shows in their work.

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