Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett saw plenty of positives in his team’s preseason debut on Sunday night at the Hall of Fame Game. However, the effort he saw from the team’s younger players was not one of those positives, and it led to Garrett having “a little bit of a Come to Jesus” talk with his team on Tuesday.
“I think what we always try to do as coaches, every opportunity you can, is to outline what the standard is for the Dallas Cowboys and the National Football League in all phases,” Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Every play matters. You need to play with…pridefulness if you want to be a great player, if you want to be a great team. It is play after play after play.
“It’s our job as coaches to provide that standard. You are constantly making an effort to establish your identity as a player and a team and it’s our job to help them establish the right identity, the best version of themselves. That is what this morning’s meeting was all about, both good and bad.”
Indeed, it was a bit of a mixed bag for the Dallas rookie on Sunday. Safety J.J. Wilcox had a rough go of it in his NFL debut, but center (and first round pick) Travis Frederick and running back Joseph Randle had solid showings, with Randle leading Dallas in rushing--thanks in no small part to Frederick’s work up front.
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