With the opening of Dallas Cowboys training camp, one can really sense the end of last season’s drama, as a new season full of expectations begins. I love this time of the year because it almost always reminds me of spring when all the slumbering trees come back to life and there is a rebirth of nature everywhere. The slate is once again clean and enthusiasm is running rampant as a new rookie class practices on the field with last years returning vets. Lots of new faces, plenty of renewed spirit, and heaps of positive attitudes. If only we can bottle it up and keep it in case we need it at some point this season.
I couldn’t wait to get home, eat dinner and search my favorite Cowboys sites for news of how day one unfolded. I was actually pretty excited about reading some of the players quotes and what they had to say today from the Alamodome, especially from our new and unequivocal leader, Tony Romo.
Im sorry and sad to say this, but most of what I read was a little disappointing and gave me a bad overall feeling of what might lie ahead. There’s three things specifically that I learned that really put a damper on my excitement.
Tony Romo Avoids The Press
So now that Romo has the floor all to himself, he chooses to clam up and avoid the media aka the fans? Our leader decides that the best way to usher in a new season is to duck for cover and hide in the locker room while reporters are roaming the ground looking for some words of encouragement for the new season? This is a recipe for disaster, and considering how Tony Romo has closed out the last three seasons, the last thing he wants to do is piss of the beat writers. One of them is already calling attention to Romo’s media ban,
Tony Romo decided not to talk on Day 1 of training camp. Does that bother anyone? I can’t recall the starting quarterback ever blowing off the media on the first day.
If Tony Romo is to be the face of the organization, when will he man up and face the music? He already has a reputation for being soft, and the only reason they haven’t attacked his leadership skills was because it was believed he was being undermined by Terrell Owens. The beat writers are simply trying to their jobs. For a season that was supposed to have less drama, Romo may have transformed training camp into a three ring circus. And he is the ringmaster.
Camp Cupcake Is Now Camp Marshmallow
Wade Phillips announced that Cowboys plan to avoid contact in training camp. Huh? What did he just say?
“We’re gonna tackle in the preseason games,” said Phillips with a straight face. “There’s no reason to tackle our own guys. You’re more susceptible to injury when you go live.”
Oh my God, tell me this is just an April Fools day joke that is four months late. No contact? Really? The sound byte of Wade Phillips was so shocking and hilarious that it quickly spread throughout the league and was even piped into Giants training camp where the team laughed uncontrollably for five minutes. It didn’t take long for the forums to go viral with this news, and now the Cowboys are being called the Cowgirls, America’s Queens. One fan is planning on sending the Cowboys a couple of cases of soft fuzzy bunny slippers to replace their cleats.
I thought for sure the Cowboys would show up to camp and get mean and physical. How can you evaluate a player when they can’t tackle and hit? Injuries are a part of the game. I think it’s more dangerous when you play or practice so as not to get hurt. I just think this is a terrible idea. The Redskins, Giants and Eagles are all licking their chops waiting to deliver some punishing blows. I didn’t think that a team who lost 44-6 the last time they took the field, would take such a soft approach.
If You Play And Practice As A Team, You Win As A Team
Josh Ellis had something that caught my attention in his blog.
Something I thought was weird from today’s workout, at the beginning it was odd to see several of the Cowboys veterans who aren’t involved in the kicking game stay in the locker room until midway through the special teams portion of practice, after most of the team had already stretched.
Marion Barber chatted with coaches during the opening field goal drills, and Tony Romo, Roy Williams and Patrick Crayton came out later on, and joined the team for a second period of stretching. Strange as it sounds for the acknowledged leader (Romo) to have a different arrival time than most of his teammates, that apparently is how the Cowboys are going to roll.
Again, another head scratcher. While most teams practice together and are on the field at the same time, the Cowboys have given different arrival times to different players.
Now forgive me if I’m wrong, but on day one of training camp doesn’t everyone show up at the same time and get some sort of a rallying speech from the head coach, then the defensive coordinator, offensive coordinator and finally a few words from our quarterback?
Who decided they were going to treat training camp like high school and assign different periods and times to all the players. And even in high school, at least you had homeroom.
Oh man, what a first day of training camp…