Signs of a resolution to the longest lockout in league history have been popping up all over this week, from the highly optimistic quotes issuing from the latest round of meetings, to the NFL contacting all 32 teams in anticipation of a deal, and now, this: coaches have returned to team headquarters at Valley Ranch to prepare for the 2011 season, according to multiple sources.
Jason Garrett, entering his first full season as the Cowboys’ head coach, leads a Dallas staff with an entirely new look from 2010. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, receivers coach Jimmy Robinson, linebackers coach Matt Eberflus and defensive line coach Brian Baker are all new to Dallas; strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik will return after a 15-year hiatus, during which he won three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots--these to add to his three from Dallas in the early- to mid-nineties.
Coaches were able to contact one another during the offseason but haven’t really had any contact with players, aside from the short-lived period during which the lockout was lifted back in April. Around 20 players made it out to Valley Ranch during that time. Since, contact between coaches and players has, of course, been prohibited.
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