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Jason Garrett: No dramatic personnel changes to shake up the offense

Coach updates the media on the state of the team.

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After the loss to the Seahawks, the NFL schedule rolls on. The Cowboys have a Sunday date with the Lions, and since it’s Wednesday, Jason Garrett met with the media before the first practice of the week. (All answers from Garrett are paraphrased and not actual quotes).

With the struggling offense, will there be any personnel changes?

No dramatic changes. We just got to get back and get locked in, we need to move the ball, be efficient and productive. There were some good things in that game to build on, but we have to be more productive. We’ll look at the coaching staff, the execution of the players, what we’re asking them to do.

When does it become the point you look at personnel changes?

We are always evaluating that. Evaluating how we’re using the personnel, are we maximizing their strengths, minimize the weaknesses, it’s an on-going process.

How do you get more downfield throws to get more explosive plays?

You just do it. So much is predicated on what you want to do and what the defense gives you. We present opportunities vertically, we need to take advantage of them when they are available, if not then you take the intermediate or underneath option to move chains. Trust is critical for all parts of team, all 11 men must do the job. Hopefully over time you build that trust, demonstrate accountability, all over the football team.

Have you seen many plays where Dak has a clean pocket and and open guy but just missed it?

Sure, there have been examples where he didn’t see a guy, or something happens in protection. You evaluate it play by play, I haven’t seen an overarching problem, it’s something goes wrong here on this play, something else on that play. Hopefully we can execute better.

With Sean Lee out for a bit, talk about Jaylon Smith.

He’s done a nice job, he’s improved dramatically. First hurdle was getting healthy, he played last year but wasn’t 100%. He’s gotten better physically, he learns from experience, he goes about it right way. He was healthy and had a good offseason. He’s played a lot of snaps and is certainly more capable now. Smart guy that goes about it the right way.

Some teams throw 40-50 times a game. Is it possible to run the ball that much in a game?

Balance is a goal, but running the ball helps linemen, QB’s get more favorable looks, and it helps the defense. Running the ball is a big part of what we do, but you have to balance other way, too. We have to make plays in the passing game.

What’s the latest update on Travis Frederick?

I think he is doing better, but the best person to ask would be him. He is around the team every day, he hasn’t practiced or done a walk-through. He looks better. He would need to pass some strength threshold in the weight room first (before coming back), best to ask him. He is moving around better, he’s contributing.

Will Maliek Collins practice today?

If he does it would be limited, I would expect him to work on the side.

Deonte Thompson has added spark on kick returns.

He’s done a nice job on kick returns. He’s a vet guy, he has a good feel for it, has speed and vision. Isn’t afraid to run it up in there.

Would you like to get Tavon Austin more involved offensively?

Sure, he’s been a big part of what we’ve done. We anticipated being able to move him around and put in different spots,

Will Jeff Heath practice today?


Can you feel confident with Sean Lee missing, given the previous stats about the defense when he is out?

Jaylon is much further along in his experience. We feel good about Vander Esch’s development. We like the LB corps. Damien Wilson is a better player than before, and Joe Thomas. But mainly we feel good about Jaylon and Leighton. Sean is a big-time player, he’ll be engaged. He’s a great football player good physically, instincts are rare, and he is a great leader, emotional leader. He make calls and communicates. He’s a vet, and is great about teaching Jaylon and Leighton, he helps them

Will Brice Butler play this week?

Haven’t made any determination, he had a good week, hopefully he has another this week.

Surgery for Datone Jones’ hamstring?

I understand he will need surgery but that’s not for sure, whatever the case he won’t be back anytime soon that’s why we put him on IR.

With LVE missing time in camp, are you surprised at his play this early?

A big part of his eval was his smarts, instincts, we saw that at the outset, even before he missed time. He remained engaged when he was out, he’s wants to know the calls, run the plays mentally, when out he stayed engaged.

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