Cowboys use visual aids to improve late-game play

When the Cowboys return to game action after a deflating loss to the Lions, the Cowboys will be better prepared for clutch situations that may arise.

Theoretically.

The Cowboys have added a scoreboard at the practice field to simulate game situations, according to the Dallas Morning News.  Earlier this week, the scoreboard showed a game tied at 24, with 59.2 seconds remaining in the game.

“We just feel like what we’re trying to do as coaches is simulate the game as much as we can in all parts of our practice, our regular team work or our situational work at the end of practice,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We’ve tried to do that from the start of training camp.  We think it’s valuable in recreating and simulating a game when you have that scoreboard.  You have the time that everybody can see, and you understand what the situation is as concretely as possible.”

We appreciate the effort, but does anyone really think that if Tony Romo doesn’t throw an interception or fumble the ball during a practice aimed at simulating the final moments of a close game that he’ll suddenly be able to avoid such blunders in real game situations?

41 responses to “Cowboys use visual aids to improve late-game play

  1. “We appreciate the effort, but does anyone really think that if Tony Romo doesn’t throw an interception or fumble the ball during a practice aimed at simulating the final moments of a close game that he’ll suddenly be able to avoid such blunders in real game situations?”

    You forgot mishandling snaps for placekicks.

  2. do you think they simulate the pick 6 situation? I just wondering becasue they romo looked pretty good throwing them

  3. I guess just telling them the time/score/down/distance doesn’t have the same effect as a scoreboard?

    Hopefully they didn’t hang it from the ceiling of the practice field like they did in the stadium. We wouldn’t want that thing collapsing again.

  4. do you think they simulate the pick 6 situation? Im just wondering becasue romo looked pretty good throwing them
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    thats what i meant ..is it to elary to start drinking?

  5. Based on your argument, coaches shouldn’t simulate the 2-minute drill in practice. They shouldn’t practice tip drills. In fact, maybe they ought to cancel practice altogether since every one knows it’s not real.

    Seriously, how could it hurt?

  6. Well, they have to try something. Whatever they were doing before clearly didn’t work.

    I think everyone knows that Romo is the problem except Jerry Jones. Kid is tough as nails but he’s just not a winner.

  7. Romo’s develepment stopped with Sean Payton left Dallas for NOLA

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    Errr Payton left before Romo ever even started an NFL game.

  8. Ide take Tebow right now over Romo.

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    That doesn’t surprise me one bit.

  9. All they need to do now to simulate a real game is to hire a 70 year old man with a bad facelift to roam the sidelines during practice and yell out “You all can be replaced” and “Don’t make me come out there and show you how we did it back at Arkansas!”

  10. I think the scoreboard thing is more aimed at Felix Jones than anyone else. He’s the guy that ran out of bounds on 4th down like 8 yards short of a first down with nothing but air in front of him, if you care to remember.

  11. Umm, I’m pretty sure what they are trying to improve on is situational awareness. You know, so players don’t step out of bounds on a 4th-down play before gaining the first down. But go ahead and make the jokes about Romo, they are very original and funny.

  12. Does the scoreboard tell the head coach/offensive coordinator to run the football with a 27-3 lead? Does the scoreboard tell the h.c./o.c. to run the ball when you are in the red zone with 2 minutes left in the game and a 7 point lead. They need lessons in math not a scoreboard!

  13. Aside from all the bashing, it may have merit to do something like this. However, if you really want to help Romo out, get a consistent running game where he doesn’t HAVE to throw 45 times. I didn’t see anyone crying when Manning threw 3 pickles this weekend and Vick threw 4.

  14. . I didn’t see anyone crying when Manning threw 3 pickles this weekend and Vick threw 4.
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    Oh No, I didnt either, I’ve been asking that question all week. I bet you didnt know that Big Ben leads the league in turnovers either did you?? People spend so much time reading and listening to what ESPN say to really know the game. Didnt hear about Brady much when he threw four picks in one game. But I can say. when other QB’s have bad games or bad turnovers, they have a Defense they can depend on the bail them out. We dont yet.

  15. The Cowboys need to use Kitna like a baseball closer. Let Tony get us a lead, then, bench him and let Kitna get the save! Just sad!

  16. What makes Tony good is what makes him bad: the inclination to take risks other QBs won’t take. When the risks pan out, he’s a hero and when they don’t he’s a goat (this applies except for when he fumbles holding on a gimme FG to win a playoff game).

  17. The first thing I thought of when I saw the title of this was a huge screen with Grandmaster Jones’ face on it. Maybe they ought to bring in the Cowgirls, too.

  18. Kid is tough as nails but he’s just not a winner.

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    Only a fanboy could conclude that a guy with a .630 record as a starter isn’t a winner.

  19. Somehow I thought that this would have already been the standard. How else could you realistically simulate the 2-minute drill? Then again, the Dolphins have not understood the basics of the final 2-minutes (on either side of the ball) for almost a decade so I’m sure they don’t do this either.

  20. I think instead of a scoreboard, someone on the sideline needs to hold a “Throw/Don’t Throw” sign (kinda like the Stop/Slow signs that road crews use) to help Romo determine if he should throw the football or not. And, in addition to that, have Cowboys coaches hold big arrows pointing to who is open so that Romo can throw the ball to the correct team.

  21. Stage 2, Jerruh hiring officials to place the ball and blow the whistle, and the guys holding the yard markers to run up and down the sidelines and place the ball.

    Stage 3 is allowing fans in at practice so the team can hear the boos, just like in a real game after blowing a big lead. At this pace the way the team is once again going, those fans won’t have to do too much acting to get those boos out.

    Give me a break…how much hand holding should professional football players need, players who’ve been doing this for 10-20 years of their lives already from highschool on?

  22. To be honest, isn’t it odd they didn’t already have this for situational practicing?

    Tony just needs to realize that you can’t make every throw. If you could in the first half, they’re probably going to tighten up. And Garret needs to learn that when you have a 24 point lead and your run game finally found some footing in the first half, to run the ball.

    But it is funny seeing Eagle’s fans trashing Romo….how has Philly (or just Vick…) done in the turnover department? Oh, they’re -10….

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