OXNARD, CA (KLTV) -
Dallas Cowboys training camp is officially underway from Oxnard, California. Owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett opened things up with a press conference.
Jones made a few strong statements in the presser including Garrett would be coaching for his job this year despite three straight 8 and 8 seasons. "This is not in terms of the record a make or break situation for Jason," Jones said. "We both know where our expectations are when it's looking good or looking dire."
He went on to say, "And I don't expect it to be the later."
It may not be a make or break season for Garrett, but he's hoping the breaks will finally go his way in his fourth full season as Cowboys head coach. To help cut down on injuries, the Cowboys did not have conditioning tests before camp. And Garrett will keep his offensive and defensive units separate during the opening days of camp.
"Once the regular practice starts, the individual work, the group work, we will not compete against each other Thursday and Friday," Garrett said. "We'll wait until we put our pads on Saturday to do that and we just feel like that's the right thing to do, getting guys ready to play football."
Garrett added, "And the thing I've made perfectly clear to our players is it's going to be intense practice. They're going to be stressed, there's going to be pressure on them. We're simply not going to be going against each other.And as much as anything else to get their football legs and their football feet underneath them to get ready to play football in a competitive environment."