The Dallas Cowboys put together two important press conferences Wednesday morning. First, Jerry and Stephen Jones met the media alongside Head Coach Mike McCarthy. Later Quarterback Dak Prescott faced the media. As the team gets ready for the season, it was interesting to hear some answers.
Here are some notes from today’s pressers.
Joe Looney taking first-team snaps
One of the biggest questions around the Dallas Cowboys this season has been what happens at the center position. All-Pro talent Travis Frederick retired earlier this year, leaving the starting gig open to many candidates. Head Coach Mike McCarthy provided us with an update saying it is Joe Looney who’s taking the snaps with the first-team.
Looney replaced Frederick during the 2018 season and did a fine job at it. However, this season he’ll be facing competition from rookie Tyler Biadasz and probably Connor McGovern, who also played center in college.
Coach McCarthy also talked about Connor Williams not being in the lineup as he continues to get healthy. In the meantime, he mentioned McGovern taking the snaps at left guard.
Cowboys plan on having fans on Stadium
Jerry Jones talked about the team planning on having fans in the Stadium once the season starts. He mentioned the team would adhere to all protocols, but wouldn’t speculate on how many fans might be attending games.
The owner added the Cowboys have a unique situation with AT&T Stadium’s suites and how they could accommodate fans. It’s important to point out that Texas is expected to allow 50% stadium capacity and reports have emerged about the NFL letting each team decide how they’ll handle fan attendance.
“Business is business”
Stephen Jones let it be known that their feelings about Dak Prescott have not changed despite not reaching an extension this offseason. He mentioned he’s as convicted as ever that a deal will get done while Jerry Jones referred to him as their quarterback of the future.
Dak Prescott himself said business is business and that not reaching an extension isn’t a concern for him. “I grew up wanting to be a Dallas Cowboy and I have dreams of being a Dallas Cowboy until I’m done throwing a football.”
Prescott also talked about his trust to agent Todd France, which could be indicative of him sticking with him even though he left CAA.
“Healthiest team wins”
Dak is already at the Omni Hotel where the Cowboys are creating a bubble for training camp and added that most of the team is already there. He mentioned 90%, but later said he wouldn’t speculate on an exact number because he didn’t know for sure.
Even still, he mentioned team leaders are supporting the bubble as he added the quote: “Healthiest team wins.” Prescott said the thought of opting out didn’t even cross his mind.
When asked what has been the biggest change under Mike McCarthy, the quarterback didn’t hesitate to answer: communication. “From the offensive line to the receivers out wide, everybody knows why and everybody knows their purpose and everybody knows where they need to be and the whole point of that within the play.”
Interestingly, Dak said he thought the team hadn’t been as smart as they needed to be within the game of football as he talked about the new coaching staff changing that.
Jerry Jones mentioned “grace” a lot when talking about how the Cowboys would handle protests during the anthem. Dak Prescott complemented this when facing the media when he said Jones doesn’t want to give an “urgent” answer and instead listen to his players before.
He said he “100%” would support teammates who decide to kneel.
- Dak praised CeeDee Lamb’s skills. “Excited for his future, excited for now.”
- Prescott isn’t concerned about his future, “I’m not a guy that looks at my future, to be honest.” He added that when you don’t focus on today, problems arise.
- Dak said Jason Garrett and McCarthy are different, but “different is good sometimes.”