Training camp is rolling along and our coverage rolls along as we check in with the head coach at his press conference today.
Jason Garrett took the podium on Sunday. Here’s what he had to say. (All Garrett answers are paraphrases of what he said)
Assessment of the padded practice?
A lot of good things, players understand what we’re looking for. Like the energy, the enthusiasm and the physicalness. Technically we have to be way better. Someone asked about the difference of non-padded vs. padded, and there is technique you tend not to use in non-padded. We preach about it but until the pads come and you need to play low with the right kind of leverage, that is when it bears out.
Do you agree with John Harbaugh about the new practice schedule leading to injuries
No real theory on that, it’s the rules, we try to work within the rules, There is a time and place to talk about it, changing it, but right now we just take advantage of our time. We try to maximize reps in walk-thrus and in practice.
Dalton Schultz leave camp for birth if baby?
He left camp last night, came off the field and I haven’t heard the result.
#Cowboys HC Jason Garrett says Dalton Schultz went home last night to be there for his baby's birth. He doesn't know the results yet.— Mark Lane (@therealmarklane) July 29, 2018
So, I guess the baby is day to day.
What do you try to get out of the “Compete” drills ?
Competition. There is so much try to get accomplished in camp but we try to overlay competition, whether it’s 1-on-1 or team drills. We go two-out-of-three in the compete drills either individually or in groups, we try to amp up the competition. Not at the detriment of practice but we like to put something at stake. It’s nice to put them on stage with everybody is watching and see how they respond. Yesterday some of the vets showed the younger players how it’s done.
Changes in the secondary, the new players from last year?
Still early, we like the young players, the three we drafted last year who played some, and we anticipate more this year. The competition with the vets is healthy. It’s a good addition with Kris Richard, he melds well with Rod Marinelli. Both defenses they came from (Richard, Marinelli) are similar, we can take advantage of the different nuances.
Kellen Moore adapting to coaching?
He’s doing great, he was a smart player and very comfortable with what we do. The challenge is getting out of player mode and into coach mode. How he handled himself as a player, how detailed he was, how interested he was in scheme helps. He is learning how to run meetings, communicate with players, he’s progressing.
Doing a good job with Dak, Moore comes from family of coaches so he grew up with it.
Using your phrase “it’s not too big” does it apply to Michael Gallup? Do you see that?
He’s had a good start, he has a good look in his eye. At different stages (rookie mini-camp, OTA, mini-camp), you look and see are they comfortable, confident? It did not seem too big for him, he seemed prepared and ready and he made some plays.
What about Connor Williams?
Pretty much the same. He loves football, very passionate, he wants to learn. He locks in during meetings. He takes pride in being in the meeting room, breaking the huddle. He’s trying to take advantage.
#Cowboys HC Jason Garrett says Connor Williams "wants to squeeze the blood out of the rock" and take advantage of every opportunity.— Mark Lane (@therealmarklane) July 29, 2018
First-team O-line: LT-Tyron Smith, LG-Connor Williams, C-Travis Frederick, RG-Zack Martin, RT-La’el Collins— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) July 29, 2018
Second-team: LT-Cameron Fleming, LG-Kadeem Edwards, C-Joe Looney, RG-Marcus Martin, RT-Chaz Green
Taco Charlton improvement?
He got more confident as the year went on last year. Everything is new in the first year, over time you get more comfortable, understand what the coaches want. He’s watching vets do it the right way. Biggest improvement is usually from year 1 to year 2.
Are you trying to use Cole Beasley outside more?
We’ve been trying to do it with him for long time, but you have to pick your spots. You want to put the player in the best position, highlight what they do best. Bease has a lot of ability to get away form defenders, he’s QB-friendly, we’re trying to expand his route tree.
Cedric Wilson injury?
He hurt his shoulder and we will continue tests, he won’t be back for a couple of days at least.
Garrett doesn’t expect Cedrick Wilson back at practice for at least “several days” after he injured his shoulder yesterday. He’s still getting it tested. More info as it comes #cowboyswire— David Helman (@HelmanDC) July 29, 2018
How important was it for Byron Jones to get the interception yesterday?
It was an important play, but I don’t want to overstate it. He played the way we want on defense and made a play. What we like about him was he played corner and safety in college and played a lot of football. Now we’re playing him at corner and it is a good fit for the scheme. He’s a good leader.
How much autonomy does Kris Richard have?
Matt Eberflus was our pass game coordinator. The idea was to tie in the secondary with linebackers when thinking about coverage. Sometimes they met apart, now they hear one voice. We feel like the marriage between the Seattle defense and what we’ve done here, the systems complement each other. We want to empower coaches, they work well together.