Instead of the afternoon practice, the Cowboys got a day at the beach Wednesday. But barely. Coach Jason Garrett put a challenge out after the walk-through – he broke everyone up into six groups, assigned them a quarterback, and if the quarterback could hit the crossbar with a throw from 35 yards, it was a day off for everybody.
Every quarterback missed, even trick-shooter Alex Tanney, although Nick Stephens came very close twice. Then Garrett took his second throw, and apparently hit the money bar.
Apparently, because even though the throw appeared to miss, the team got the day off.
“Why is it disputed?” Garrett said with a laugh in his daily press conference.
Uh, because it missed?
Garrett smiled, “It looked like the crossbar to me.”
Linebacker Sean Lee said, “It’s fun. Coach Garrett is unbelievable to play for, not only from a motivational standpoint for football, but for making it great, making it fun for us.”
Garrett said the players deserved a day off.
“I thought yesterday was probably our best practice of training camp, and in fact we had to kind of cut it a little bit short at the end," he said. "It was very physical, very competitive. We worked really hard to put our players in competitive situations. It’s a really important thing for individual players and for your team, and our team has embraced that. I think yesterday was probably as good as it’s been in terms of the competition on both sides since we’ve been here in Oxnard. We were planning on doing this anyway – we had three good days of practice coming out of the Oakland game. Our guys have worked hard, and I just think it’s the right thing to do. I think they responded well to the work we had earlier in the week – give them a little bit of a break, come back tomorrow and start getting ready for Arizona.”