OXNARD, Calif. – Jason Garrett is always searching for ways to motivate the Dallas Cowboys.
He has posters throughout the team’s complex in training camp as well as back at Valley Ranch. He has brought in special guests from the military or sports worlds. In 2014 they visited the Navy SEALS in Coronado. This year they visited the Marines at Camp Pendleton. He shows videos. He has T-shirts and sweatshirts made up with different slogans.
On Saturday, the Cowboys will have a walkthrough at Levi’s Stadium before playing the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
“Just thought it was a good idea to go over there,” Garrett said with a smile, his sunglasses hiding his eyes.
Super Bowl 50 will be played at Levi’s Stadium on Feb 7, 2016.
The Cowboys did not have a walkthrough at Qualcomm Stadium before playing the San Diego Chargers last week. They rarely hold walkthroughs the night before road games in the regular season, although they did stop off at Lambeau Field before the divisional playoff game last January.
“Probably won’t share our message to the team with you guys right now but when we start if you’re a player, a coach or staff member in this league and you don’t have a goal of winning the Super Bowl you’re doing the wrong thing,” Garrett said. “So we all have that very tangible goal but we have a lot of different goals. We have larger goals than that. We have smaller goals than that and things that we focus on each and every day. So certainly everybody wants to be a part of a Super Bowl winning team so that’s our goal. But we have a lot of little goals, we have a lot of goals we want to accomplish today so we’re going to focus on those right now.”
Garrett can hide the real reason why he wants the team to hold a walkthrough behind the shoddy playing surface. The 49ers had to cancel several practices there this summer because of the condition of the field. They have since laid down new sod, which will be debuted Sunday.
With a number of players banged up the Cowboys could choose to sit out some of their regulars, although Garrett won’t say who will or won’t play against San Francisco. Four-fifths of the starting offensive line is likely to sit with Tyron Smith (biceps), Ronald Leary (back), Zack Martin (stinger) and Doug Free (foot) battling injuries. That could impact how much -- if any -- Tony Romo works Sunday.
“We’ll take a peek at it, but it sounds like it has been an issue and they’re trying to address it as best they can,” Garrett said. “We’re going to play a game on Sunday afternoon, so we’ve got to figure it out. Hopefully they’ve taken care of their end of it.”
What he really hopes is that it is taken care of by Super Bowl 50 and the Cowboys are making a return trip there in February.