Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy held another regularly scheduled press conference today. He gave updates on injuries and how the team plans to handle the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. (All answers are paraphrased and not actual quotes).
Due to a technical error, we missed much of the live press conference. In the interest of keeping you informed, here are some tweets mixed with a portion of the PC that we did get live.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said the offense “clearly” was most advanced phase of team entering season. Dak Prescott injury changed that. Different lineup combinations been an obstacle. McCarthy said special teams is now “most in sync” unit while defense has come on.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) November 19, 2020
There was some concern about the illness of Randy Gregory in the COVID era, but coach doesn’t think it has anything to do with that. He also updated the Zack Martin injury.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy does not expect DE Randy Gregory (illness) to make practice today. Missed yesterday.— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) November 19, 2020
RG Zack Martin limited with calf. "More us being cautious," McCarthy said. "Being smart."
Mike McCarthy said Cowboys DE Randy Gregory will miss practice again today. He’s dealing with an illness that is not believed to be COVID-19 related— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) November 19, 2020
Coach also updated the Andy Dalton situation.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said QB Andy Dalton “was decisive” in Wednesday’s practice, throwing the ball well. “It’s great to have him back.” Dalton missed past two games to concussion, COVID-19.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) November 19, 2020
McCarthy also discussed the new intensive COVID protocols instituted by the NFL and the impact they have on coaching
He said they are working at 100 square feet per person, and they have multiple screens in each meeting room. For example, in the defensive meeting room they have one big screen and seven smaller ones. He noted they are fortunate to have space and resources to meet the requirements.
He also commented that everything is bigger in Texas, and they have plenty of room in the Ford Center to accommodate the requirements pretty easily. McCarthy also credited the medical staff, especially Jim Mauer, and said they have daily conversations to stay on top of things, and it’s also a credit to the discipline of the organization.