IRVING, Texas -- Just because the Dallas Cowboys are home from Oxnard, California, doesn’t mean training camp has ended.
“We’ll be in pads all week long,” coach Jason Garrett said. “It’s training camp.”
The Cowboys have altered their practice times, flipping when they work from later in the afternoon to early in the morning as a concession to the Texas heat. Highs all week max out at close to 100 degrees. The temperatures in California barely cracked 80.
“It’s different, and we found out a long time ago that it gets hotter as the day goes on,” Garrett said. “People always think that 12-noon is the hottest part of the day. Here, it’s like 6 o’clock. It gets hotter and hotter and hotter, so the earlier you can get going, the better. We used to go to Austin and everybody would say it’s so hot in Austin, but you’d come back here and it felt like it was 10 degrees hotter. The biggest thing you want to do, is you want to be able to practice without everybody thinking about the Gatorade and the water jugs and you get 50 IVs after practice. We’ve all lived that deal, so get up early, practice from 8:15 to 10:15. It’ll be in the 80s or low 90s as opposed to 100 degrees. And we’ll flip it around and do our walk-through in the afternoon, so it will be the same kind of content that we had out in Oxnard, we just flip the days around.”