Dallas Cowboys Training Camp ScatterBrain II
As the Jerry Jones version of P.T. Barnum’s “The Greatest Show On Earth” continues in Oxnard, California, CowboysNation tenderly refers to this Sports reality show as “Training Camp.” Here are the latest happenings from the past week or so:
- As we watch Tony Romo do nothing on Monday as well as Romo and Jason Witten having last Wednesday off, it’s safe to say that Geriatric Care has definitely been implemented on behalf of the Dallas Cowboys elderly population.
- Of course, the highest form of this type of health maintenance is known as “Jerryatric Care,” implemented by Jerry Jones himself upon failing to travel to and appear at the Pro Football Hall Of Fame induction ceremony for former Dallas Cowboys Charles Haley. While the official reason for such failure to appear was given as Jones’ recent hip replacement surgery, me thinks this could have more to do with professional bruises acquired upon being hit with the fact that Haley would be presented by former San Franciso 49er Owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. instead of the Cowboys Owner. (For those counting, Haley won two rings with the 49ers and three with the Cowboys)
- The word is out that Media types of all stripes are finding it difficult to find fault with the 2015 version of the Cowboys. It is entirely possible that, with all the hype provided by ESPN SportsCenter last week in their special coverage of Cowboys Training Camp, the Jon Gruden Hyper-Hype effect has spread throughout the media world. While such positive affirmations are welcome at all times by Jerry Jones, CowboysNation suffers from a drought of true critique and analysis of player performance.
- It has been stated that the best player in camp has been Offensive Left Tackle Tyron Smith. He’s been virtually unbeatable, even stonewalling Greg Hardy. Of course, Tyron isn’t buying any of that blather. He considers his game to be a mess in need of cleaning up. It’s good to know that someone is listening to Jason Garrett!
- Of course, the reality of the best player in camp goes to none other than the “Beast” himself, slot receiver Cole Beasley. Word is out that he has yet to have a pass thrown to him defended successfully.
- The goal line fumble by running back Joseph Randle during the Blue-White Scrimmage indicates that nothing has changed with the run game. Non Media types might remember that DeMarco Murray, he of running back exploits never experienced by Emmitt Smith, had his own ball security issues while playing for the “Pokes.”
- Head Coach Jason Garrett has referred to Sean Lee as the “same ‘ole Sean Lee.” Lee has been increasingly everywhere on the field the last few days. Some say he appears to be even quicker and faster than before his last injury. While this is great news for the Cowboys Defense, Twitterdom has seen a call for Lee to “fall down and play dead till the first game.” Might have a valid point!
- Dez Bryant will not play in Thursday’s Preseason game against the San Diego Chargers because of injury. It seems that Bryant’s Goal Post Dunking technique is a little hard on the hamstrings! Perhaps Dez needs a few lessons from Hollywood Henderson!
- It seems one of the raging questions, seemingly unanswered to this point, is why the Offensive Line, affectionately known as The Wall, goes most places in camp together as one unit? I consider the question completely rhetorical. These guys can do as they please!
- Training Camp 2015 has experienced a level of depth unseen since the days of Jimmy Johnson. While Jason Garrett would admit that they have plenty of work to do, credit should be given to him and his staff.
- To answer your question, Yes, Jerry gets plenty of credit, also. After all, Jerry had to be patient enough to give Garrett time to implement his plan successfully.