One of the Cowboys' biggest coaching hires last year was getting back strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik. Woicik has six Super Bowl rings -- three with the Cowboys and three with the Patriots. But the lockout prevented Woicik from having much of an impact in his first season back in Dallas since 1996.
The Cowboys expect him to make a big difference this off-season.
"He is an outstanding football coach," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "He might be as good a football coach as there is in the league and his track record speaks to that. Last year, there was a real frustration for all us to not give him a chance to get with these players. I thought he did a really good job in the season trying to get guys acclimated to some of the things he wanted to do. But his time wasn’t the season. His time was the off-season, to lay the foundation for each of these guys physically and in doing that, there’s a shared commitment that you have as a group."
Not all of the Cowboys have taken time away from the facility since the season ended. Many, Garrett said, have been working out already, getting ready for 2012 before the 2011 season is officially done.
"We’ve had a number of guys already, who literally the season ends, and they’re in the weight room," Garrett said. "I walked back there in the middle of a morning and guys are driving steel, trying to get better. We have the kind of guys on our team. It’s nice to have a structure and a forum for them to go do that this off-season."
-- Charean Williams