OXNARD, Calif. -- To say Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli were disappointed with the unit during the goal-line work on Saturday would be a massive understatement.
The first- and second-team offenses scored on seven of eight goal-line snaps.
"Not good enough," Marinelli said. "Nothing to say. Just, the film shows it. You saw it. Not good enough."
With the Cowboys holding out starting running back Joseph Randle from the live action, undrafted rookie Gus Johnson scored three touchdowns. On the second score, tight ends Jason Witten and James Hanna collapsed the defensive line and left guard Ronald Leary and fullback Tyler Clutts took care of safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox. On the last touchdown, Johnson loaded up on Wilcox at the goal line.
The second-team defense's only stop came courtesy of Davon Coleman, but then came three straight scores, including a missed tackle by Jasper Brinkley that allowed Lache Seastrunk to reverse field and make it into the end zone.
On to the observations:
The entire practice was testy. Clutts came to Joseph Randle's defense after linebacker Kyle Wilber threw the runner to the ground after a long run. That set off a mini-scrum. In pass-rush drills, Tyrone Crawford and Travis Frederick got into it. After Crawford and Ryan Russell beat Frederick and Zack Martin in their 2-on-2 work, Crawford had some pointed words for Crawford. On the next snap Frederick handled Crawford easily and the two stared at each other for a few seconds.
One of Tony Romo's best attributes is his accuracy. He was just 8-of-16 in team and 7-on-7 drills but those stats are a little misleading. In situation work he was hurt by two drops and his last three attempts were a spike to stop the clock and two on-purpose throwaways to preserve the field-goal attempt.
With Brandon Carr (hand) and Orlando Scandrick (knee) siting out of practice, Tyler Patmon and Morris Claiborne worked with the starters with Corey White serving as the third corner. Patmon moved into the slot in three-wide receiver sets.
Wide receiver Devin Street tried to return to practice after just two days of rest with an ankle sprain but aggravated the injury running routes in the early part of practice and took the rest of the day off.
On their first snap together in one-on-one drills Romo and Terrance Williams failed to connect on a back shoulder throw with Byron Jones in coverage. It looked like Williams did not make the adjustment quick enough. On their second turn Williams deftly jumped inside of White, who had his head turned for a big gain.
Cole Beasley is human. He actually dropped a pass. But he undressed Tim Scott for long gain in one-on-ones with a double move. Lucky Whitehead, the other slot specialist, had corner Robert Steeples stumbling out of a break.
Dan Bailey is human. He missed his second field-goal attempt of camp. His try from 41 yard was wide right. He made his final five tries, including a 53 yarder with plenty of room to spare.