Owner and general manager Jerry Jones has barred players from team facilities in keeping with the rules of the NFL lockout, but that doesn’t mean he disapproves of the players-only, veteran-led workouts that began last week at an undisclosed location in the DFW area.
In fact, he encourages such initiative.
"I think it's a real opportunity in a way for our players to take a proprietary interest on initiating the type of preparation that's usually supervised by coaching," Jones said recently, via the Dallas Morning News. "We talk about leadership and basic implementing the responsibility that goes with organizing preparation as well as executing preparation."
For Jones, who believes that the 2011 season will unfold uninterrupted, the experience could bring teams closer together--which, at the risk of being a painful optimist, would be a small, though positive result of the altogether strange offseason.
“There could be some positives from that as far as looking ahead to the season," Jones said. "Now that's looking at it through rose colored glasses. Let's try to find some good here. That effort on our players part is a good thing...We're working in a time of year where this is the least activity you have with teams. So I think under the circumstances for them to be organizing and working is a good thing."
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