With cold weather in the forecast for Sunday’s win-and-in game at Washington, you’d think the Cowboys might want to prepare outdoors.
But after being caught off guard by a snow and ice storm, the Cowboys were forced to prepare inside Cowboys Stadium, according to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com.
“It’s just not functional,” coach Jason Garrett said of their Valley Ranch practice facility. “It’s a sheet of ice.”
The Cowboys have historically struggled in cold weather, with a 4-11 record the last 20 years when the temperature at kickoff was 40 degrees or colder. The last such win was in Washington in 2009.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to go play the Redskins,” Garrett said. “The players hear me say this a lot: Regardless where you play or who you’re playing against, you have to be your best. We’ll try to do that. We’ll try to do our best in our preparation.
“We’re going to practice in our stadium today and hopefully be able to practice on our field tomorrow.”
Garrett said their preference would have been to work outdoors, but they didn’t have the necessary equipment to clear the fields after the surprise cold snap.