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Jason Garrett press conference: Cowboys need to “keep banging away” in hopes of an interception

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Red Ball speaketh.

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It’s Tuesday of a game week, that means head coach Jason Garrett addressed the media. Here’s what he had to say. (All Garrett answers are paraphrases of what he said and not direct quotes).


Things are still up in the air with Terrance Williams

There’s been a cloud of doubt circling Terrance Williams for a few weeks now, what with a report that a suspension could be near. Williams was inactive for the first time ever this past Sunday, but we still don’t know much about his situation... or if there even is one.

Jason Garrett said on Wednesday that Terrance was with the Cowboys on Tuesday and Wednesday, that he’s working through some issues off the field, and the team doesn’t know if he’ll practice on Wednesday.

The Cowboys are going to see what’s up with Ezekiel Elliott

Zeke almost singlehandedly carried the team to victory on Sunday, and he was a little bit banged up in that effort. Garrett noted that the team would be monitoring him this week.

David Irving is officially back

Jason Garrett noted that David Irving will be in full pads, but he also cautioned that the Cowboys have to be careful with a player that hasn’t played football in so long. Remember that Irving was not with the team at training camp so it’s been a long time since he was around this type of practice.

Managing things at defensive tackle is just that, managing

The Cowboys have sustained injuries to Maliek Collins (who the Cowboys anticipate doing more) and Antwaun Woods so David Irving’s return comes at a great time. Jason Garrett did continue to note though that they were going to have to manage the position as a whole and that that’s just the way it is (shout out to Celine Dion).

Cowboys need to “keep banging away” in hopes of an interception

Dallas is the only team in the NFL yet to record an interception on defense. They’re also last in the league in turnovers. That’s not great, Bob.

Garrett discussed how turnovers and interceptions are a team thing, noting that they are a combination of rush in coverage. He talked about how sacks have a big impact, but consistent pressure to make the quarterback feel uncomfortable is where picks come from. He simply said the Cowboys have to keep emphasizing this when hoping for their first pick.

Rico Gathers has been making “aggressive mistakes”

This may sound like a bad thing, but Jason Garrett has always said that this is a compliment. He talks about how young players tend to slow down, but that’s not the case with Rico. Good to see for the young tight end.

Deshaun Watson is a great football player

When asked about various players on the Houston Texans, Jason Garrett kept it Jason Garrett. He noted that Watson, DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, J.J. Watt, and Jadeveon Clowney are all great football players.

Let’s hope not so great on Sunday night.

The biggest thing for DeMarcus Lawrence has been staying healthy

One of the best parts about this young season has been seeing DeMarcus Lawrence build off of his impressive 2017 performance. When asked what the secret is, Jason Garrett talked about how they always knew there was something there even if the sample size was small. He continues to praise Tank’s preparation.

Who will and won’t practice?

  • Travis Frederick and Sean Lee won’t practice (obviously)
  • Jeff Heath will be limited
  • Things are going to be taken slowly with David Irving
  • Dallas is anticipating Maliek Collins to practice at least in a limited fashion
  • Zeke will at least be limited and might be more
  • DeMarcus Lawrence will be limited at the outset