For the final time this week, coach Mike McCarthy spoke to the press. The Cowboys travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks on Sunday, let’s see what coach had to say. (All answers are paraphrased and not actual quotes).
Starting fast in games
Getting out to a fast start is something that we know that the Cowboys want to do and Mike McCarthy noted that this is sort of common sense from a physical perspective. He said that the mental and the emotional is the key to fast starts and that they need to make sure that their focus is tight, but that the reality is that this is a very good football team in the Seattle Seahawks. He gave credit to all sides of the ball for Seattle and said that they have to make sure that they are disciplined from both an emotional and mental perspective.
DeMarcus Lawrence had a good day of practice on Thursday
Tank suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s win against the Atlanta Falcons but McCarthy noted that he is progressing very well.
Trevon Diggs health
McCarthy said he did well in practice and that he expects him and Lawrence to be okay.
Playing the three-point stance vs. two-point stance
Coach noted that the team is aware of the players that have had their success in the three-point stance. He said at the end of the day the veterans will play in their preferred stance and that has been the case since they introduced the defense. He said their is a reason for the two different stances, but in the end they will play what they prefer.
Coach noted that Lamb stayed in bounds and handed the ball to the ref on his big catch to set up the game-winning FG. He said that Lamb is mature beyond his years and that the way he conducts himself is always professional. He noted his manner in meetings, his willingness to ask questions, etc. He called Lamb a smart and instinctive player who has an understanding of the game.
More comfortable with the offensive line as the game progressed last week
McCarthy said the offensive line did everything they needed to win the game. He commented on the early plays with the ball on the ground and how that has an emotional effect on the players and affects momentum. In the end though he said the stats speak to the story, and the team scored on the last 7 of 8 series and that it all starts up front.
Impressed by Daryl Worley and Brandon Carr
McCarthy noted that Worley and Carr have both gotten work at corner and safety, and the Cowboys are going to need help at both. He has been impressed with both players and the urgency at which they practice and they are ready to play.
La’el Collins progress
Coach simply said they had a trainer’s meeting on Thursday and the Collins was reported to be making progress.
Tyron Smith is making progress
McCarthy said that Tyron is making progress and they will see where he is on Saturday at practice.