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Coaches plan to communicate about plans for preseason matchups

Jason Garrett AP

With the first preseason games only five days away in a year that has included not much time to get ready for the season, it will be important for coaches to let each other know how long they intend to use their starters.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Saturday that he plans to communicate with Broncos coach John Fox regarding this issue in advance of their preseason contest on August 11.

“I’m going to talk to Coach Fox here in the next couple of days,” Garrett told reporters on Saturday, via a transcript distributed by the team.  “We’ll talk not only about that, but just what the overall approach is.  I’ve known him a long time; he was the defensive coordinator in New York when I played up there, so he’s a good friend.  I think everybody in the league will do something like that because everything has been so shortened and you need to be on the same page as to who is playing against who and what kind of stuff we’re using.  I think those conversations are important.”

He’s right.  Some coaches may want to use the starters longer than usual, given that there has been no offseason program and limited reps in training camp.  And it’ll be important not to expose starters to injury when facing second- and third-stringers who may be going a lot harder given their desire to try to win a job.

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8 Responses to “Coaches plan to communicate about plans for preseason matchups”
  1. boldinshowers says: Aug 6, 2011 7:00 PM

    And the **ssification of the NFL continues….what’s next…only 14 padded practices and kickoffs moved up?……oh wait…nevermind……

  2. mrbigass says: Aug 6, 2011 7:13 PM

    And in other news, Pee Wee Herman was signed by the Cowboys to give Romo the “Secret Word” to be used in the huddle…….

  3. traevin says: Aug 6, 2011 7:44 PM

    Just play the game!!!

  4. citizenstrange says: Aug 6, 2011 7:44 PM

    Is that a wax figure in the picture?

  5. Deb says: Aug 6, 2011 7:45 PM

    Oh quit complaining … it’s football. That’s all I care about for now. Just went through the DVR schedule and set to record every preseason game airing for the next two weeks. Whether I’m working, playing, or taking a bubble bath, football will be the soundtrack of my life. :)

  6. 2009kenny says: Aug 6, 2011 8:11 PM

    A reasonable thing to do especially the first two preseason games

  7. pudgalvin says: Aug 6, 2011 9:49 PM

    Belichick will tell Del Rio that Brady is going to play two series, then the starters will play the entire game in a hurry up offense, trying to score 60 points.

    And wax figure… classic.

  8. traevin says: Aug 7, 2011 8:37 AM

    I was thinking porcelain doll but we’re on the same trajectory :)

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