On Sunday, a week before the regular season opener with the 49ers, the Dallas Cowboys signed safety C.J. Spillman--who spent the past four seasons in San Francisco and presumably knows their team inside and out.
According to Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, yeah, pretty much.
“I think we’ve all been in those situations where we’ve had a coach or a player from another team and you have conversations with those guys about different things, but for the most part, I think most teams do best when they trust their preparation that they would do off of film and base a lot of what they’re going to do from a game plan standpoint on the film in the traditional way to evaluate,” Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. “Sometimes, those things can be helpful to you. Sometimes, they can kind of confuse the issue. We brought him in here because we thought he was a good football player who could help our football team.”
While the timely acquisition may just be a coincidence, Spillman readily acknowledges that while he prepares for his first game with a new team, he’ll be helped out by his familiarity with the 49ers.
“Even though I might not schematically know what’s going on in-depth right now, I know the personnel and the guys and what they’re capable of doing,” Spillman said. “That will help me in the learning process.”
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