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Cowboys coy about player-organized workouts

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is sacked by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking as the Cowboys defeated the Texans. Reuters

Cowboys players plan to get together in May to work out, if the lockout hasn’t been resolved.  But they’ve agreed among themselves not to discuss the details.

In a recent radio interview with KESN’s Galloway & Co., linebacker Keith Brooking acknowledged that workouts would occur next month.  He declined to talk about the specifics, citing a “pact” among the players.

“There are guys who have gotten together and are going to continue to get together in groups and work out and do our thing, and there will be some organized stuff going on later down the road,” Brooking said, via Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News.

“It can be a big advantage for us,” Brooking said.  “We have to get the mental aspect of [new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's 3-4 defense] down.  It’s up to us to get with the guys and go over that and try to be as prepared as we can when the time comes.”

The Cowboys were one of several teams reportedly fined by the league regarding post-season, pre-lockout contact between Ryan and his players.  But if Ryan meeting with and/or talking to defensive players about his system will help the players get ready on their own for some post-lockout football, it will have been money well spent.

Coaches are strictly prohibited from having any communications with players during the lockout.  Violations remain possible, however, as long as the players involved don’t blow the whistle.

Players who engage in practices take a significant risk.  A serious injury would land them on the non-football injury list, allowing their teams to not pay them in 2011.  (Some players have purchased disability insurance to protect against that possibility.)

Also, some players believe that only minimal preparations for the season should be made during the lockout, since it’s the teams that are preventing the players from fully preparing by implementing a lockout.

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18 Responses to “Cowboys coy about player-organized workouts”
  1. acerockefellar says: Apr 9, 2011 10:17 PM

    So you want them to be flounder about their workouts?

  2. ramsfanjoe says: Apr 9, 2011 10:17 PM

    Can the rich and the richer please get their act together so everyone can have football this year? Is that too much to ask?

  3. bigd88 says: Apr 9, 2011 10:19 PM

    I’m sure there won’t be much contact as it would be walkthrough-style or something slightly more intense and that’s it. Just to try and get familiar with Rob Ryan’s defense which can be very complex.
    Since they can’t work with him, then they gotta do as much as they can to make up for that.

  4. gnwacko says: Apr 9, 2011 10:56 PM

    “Also, some players believe that only minimal preparations for the season should be made during the lockout, since it’s the teams that are preventing the players from fully preparing by implementing a lockout.”

    This is funny… and very shortsighted. And selfish.

  5. crazyrayisdead says: Apr 9, 2011 11:11 PM

    The Boy’s need all of the advance practice time that they can get. GOOD FOR THEM!!!!

  6. diehardskinsfan21 says: Apr 9, 2011 11:50 PM

    Well obviously Jerrah and company don’t care about the ethical, or monetary stand point of cheating while this whole lot out debacle is going on. Funny how Jerrah was the one owner who walked out on negotiations, and his team is the one on the front page about possible contact with coaches. Way to waive your pimp hand Jerrah. You spineless creaton.

    HAIL!

  7. xcbyers says: Apr 9, 2011 11:54 PM

    “Coaches are strictly prohibited from having any communications with players during the lockout. Violations remain possible, however, as long as the players involved don’t blow the whistle.”

    This is what I’ve been thinking, who’s going to tell?

  8. vinnie24 says: Apr 9, 2011 11:57 PM

    what’s the deal with using a picture of Schaub getting sacked in back to back posts? no respect..

  9. duanethomas says: Apr 10, 2011 12:22 AM

    Cowboys being coy……doesnt matter with Jerry as the owner/GM they will end up 3rd in the NFC East. Only reason they wont finish last is because of Mr. Snyder. Cowboy fans should thank God for the Redskins/Snyder.

  10. stairwayto7 says: Apr 10, 2011 12:41 AM

    1 playoff win in 17 years! Who cares about the cowpokes!

  11. jw731 says: Apr 10, 2011 5:35 AM

    It can be a big advantage for us,” Brooking said. “We have to get the mental aspect of [new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's 3-4 defense] down. It’s up to us to get with the guys and go over that and try to be as prepared as we can when the time comes.”
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    He forgot to add, and when we underacheive yet again, i plan of stomping my feet and acting like a 12 year old girl….

  12. thefiesty1 says: Apr 10, 2011 8:16 AM

    It won’t matter at all, they’ll still play like the cow babies they have become the last …uh 10 – 12 seasons.

  13. jc1958cool says: Apr 10, 2011 8:41 AM

    wow more practice than the regular season! when practice is over off to the strip club!

  14. obamaczarofussa says: Apr 10, 2011 9:24 AM

    Allow me to translate. The coaches have descreetly communicated the workouts they want the players doing to a key player and have appointed that individual a player/coach to run the workouts and report back.
    Any player not in attendance will the face the rath of ol’ leatherface jerry,when all the legalitys are finalized and activitys related to the game are resumed.

  15. turgidsen says: Apr 10, 2011 10:18 AM

    In a recent radio interview with KESN’s Galloway & Co., linebacker Keith Brooking acknowledged that workouts would occur next month. He declined to talk about the specifics, citing a “pact” among the players.

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    Keith Brooking what a joke . He reminds of the offensive linemen on the movie “any given sunday”
    The maturity of 12 year old and a self important whiner. A “pact”, the last time I heard the term “pact” in reference to individuals was when I was 10 years old.

    Of course he is the embodiment of the majority of cowboy fans .

  16. Cowboys-Forum says: Apr 10, 2011 2:12 PM

    turgidsen says: Apr 10, 2011 10:18 AM
    Of course he is the embodiment of the majority of cowboy fans .
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    And your comments make you sound like a 5 year old, with haters like you around we Cowboys fans will forever be entertained by ignorance of the highest caliber.

  17. baronvonmonocle says: Apr 10, 2011 4:43 PM

    “This is what I’ve been thinking, who’s going to tell?”

    Never underestimate an NFL player’s ability to speak up when he should shut up.

  18. baronvonmonocle says: Apr 10, 2011 4:46 PM

    “1 playoff win in 17 years! Who cares about the cowpokes!”

    Actually, the last 17 seasons include a Super Bowl championship and another trip to the NFC title game, genius.

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