Goodbye Valley Ranch, hello "The Star." There was a lot of history at the Cowboys old practice facility, but the upgrade is definitely astonishing. Coach Garrett is looking forward to their new home.
"We are just excited about it," coach Jason Garrett said. "Valley Ranch was such a great facility for the Cowboys franchise for so many years. We had such great memories of that place. You think about the great teams, the great coaches and the great players who worked there. It was special and a privilege to be there, but everyone is excited about The Star. It's a great place. The Joneses have done an amazing job constructing it. We as coaches and I know our players are just excited to get back to work there. It will be a heck of a facility to come to work every day."
Personally, I love the on-site chef they’ll now have which is way better than having to go out to the taco truck they had in the parking lot.
Joseph offers a handful of very impressive pictures from the new facility.
It’s easy to get caught up in the awe of the new facility, but for the Cowboys - it’s time to get back to business.
"I think our guys will get that message today from coach (Jason) Garrett," defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford said. "And if they don’t get it from coach Garrett, they’ll definitely get it from me. This is nice. Enjoy it for the day. Get the way around the land and then get back to football. That’s got to be the message."
Maybe their new meeting room will help them get the message.
Team meeting room. The team. The team. The team. pic.twitter.com/kNLMSJC7wR— Kate Hairopoulos (@khairopoulos) August 21, 2016
The new facility is breathtaking. A true treat for any Cowboys fans. Even the players were taken back a bit.
Jason Witten glanced overhead at a giant picture of him above the walkway to the new indoor practice stadium for the Dallas Cowboys.
Jason Witten taking a look at his mural pic.twitter.com/dqmM4yHpsd— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 21, 2016
Their new facility does a great job of paying homage to the true Cowboys greats, but how cool must it be when you’re still playing for team.
"There have been a lot of great football players come through this organization," Witten said. "To be up there, I know every thought that went into that and who is where. I know that Charlotte [Jones Anderson] and Jerry [Jones] and Stephen [Jones] and Jerry Jr. had a lot to do with that. I am humbled by that."
For a nice little tour, check out what many of the Cowboys writers and photographers saw. It was so hard to pick out a favorite as you have to check this out for yourself, but in the meantime, here’s something I thought was really cool.
Not to be outdone, the Eagles practice facility is equipped with a virtual reality room where players can experience what it’s like for their team to finally win a Super Bowl. The things they can do with technology.
I'm not going to lie - it's quite soothing to see some good play from a backup quarterback, but what are some other things that concern you?
Where Is The Pass Rush Coming From?
It basically seems like Dallas will need some pleasant surprises to truly succeed on the defensive line. Maybe drawing up some more creative blitz packages can alleviate the pressure on the front-four. Situational defense may be the best recipe for success at this point, though.
The defense worries a lot of people, but Sean Lee is not one of them.
On front seven:
Sean Lee: I think we have guys who can make plays. I think there's guys who've been there who've made plays before. We need to stay healthy, but I think we're at a point right now where we're having great practices and I think it's a matter of point before we go out there and start proving to people. And people are going to know the names of guys upfront. They're going to know the names of Anthony Hitchens because I think we've got guys that can make plays.
We all found out quite a bit about the offense on Friday, but how did the defense look? The team got some good help from the defensive line which was a nice thing for Cowboys fans to witness.
Former Denver Bronco defensive lineman Shaneil Jenkins recorded a sack that caused a fumble which led to another offensive possession for Dallas. Defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford and linebacker Kyle Wilber also recorded sacks in this preseason contest. Defensive tackle Cedric Thornton also recorded a fumble recovery as he showed tremendous awareness and the ability to generate pressure.
The Cowboys veteran corner gave up a good chunk of change to remain with the team. What was the driving force behind his decision? Was it the new facility in Frisco because that might have done it for me. We’ll let Carr speak for himself:
Talk about your decision to stay...
Brandon Carr: I made it simple on myself and I just took the money out of the equation. Where do I see myself waking up every day, feeling great about going to work, feeling great about the guys around me. I just couldn't get Dallas out of my mind. I committed to five years from the start and the four went kind of roller-coastery, but I've got an opportunity to make my last year the best. Talked to Claiborne, some of the other guys, everything was just pointing to staying here. I feel great. Every morning I wake up knowing I'm still a Cowboy, the team I represented back when I was six-years-old.
Can you blame him? You have to look the type of locker room that has been created with this team. It’s just a great thing to be a part of this organization.
Travis Frederick was inked recently, but what does that mean in the future for the other young offensive linemen?
Having spent first round picks on all three young offensive lineman, whom have all been to two or more Pro Bowls each, the Cowboys must now face the difficult and expensive task of keeping them all on under the same roof.
Two years ago, the Cowboys signed Smith to a massive ten-year, $109 million contract. He’s locked up until 2024, just like Frederick. Now the attention turns to Martin, who has two years left on his rookie contract.
It seems like at some point the Cowboys front office would have some tough choices to make when it comes to which offensive linemen they keep. It helps that they have been smart with their investments in recent years, but how long can they keep it up?
Question: If La'el Collins develops into the player many think he could be, can the Cowboys afford to house four big-time contracts along the O-line in the future? (Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin and Collins)
Machota: Considering that the salary cap increases every year, it's possible. La'el understands he's part of a special group. He picked the Cowboys for that reason. He could've signed with another team and been their starting left tackle from Day 1. He picked the Cowboys because of the O-line group he'd be playing alongside. As long as his feelings are similar going forward, I think he'll sign a second contract with the Cowboys.
Get to know the Cowboys free safety. It’s tough to find a more likable person.
What's your favorite TV show to watch now?
Jones: I don't watch much TV anymore, I'm trying to read more books, but the one TV I will always watch is The Real World - it's ridiculous, it's stupid, honestly - I've been watching since I was like probably middle school, high school so I'll just keep it going.
Personally, I love watching MTV’s "The Challenge." What Johnny Bananas did to Sarah was just terrible.