Jason Garrett said this week that crowd noise at MetLife Stadium in New York may have contributed to the mess of offensive penalties collected by the Dallas Cowboys in their season opening win over the Giants. The team stacked up five false starts and two delay of game penalties and, going into week two, Dallas knows well that crowd noise isn’t likely to be any less of a factor as they travel to Seattle.
The Seahawks play at CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field and, before that, Seahawks Stadium), which--what with the 12th Man hoopla and all--is one of, if not the loudest stadium in the NFL. How much of an effect this will have Sunday, we don’t know, but it certainly won’t help the Cowboys’ communication issues.
Considering this, Dallas will spend the week preparing for the hostile environment in the Pacific Northwest by blaring crowd noise over speakers during practice.
“All week long there will be sound at practice,” Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. “This is a very difficult place to play. It’s loud, almost a college-type atmosphere, so we have to make sure we handle it better this week than we did last week. We had too many pre-snap penalties last week. Noise was probably a factor in that. Not the only factor in that, but we have to get better in that area, so we’re going to try as coaches to put our players in the best position to be ready for that all week long.”
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