With offseason workouts now limited, teams breaking in new schemes want more opportunities to prepare.
And there’s nothing like playing one more meaningless game to make that happen.
According to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys hope to land one of the two spots in this year’s Hall of Fame Game, as the team transitions from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 approach.
Per Moore, the Cowboys are indeed under consideration for the game. Making the Cowboys more attractive is the fact that Larry Allen will formally be inducted into the Hall of Fame that same weekend.
The Cowboys last played in the game in 2010, only three years and — given the 2011 lockout — two Hall of Fame games ago. But given that the Cowboys always generate higher ratings, the fact that they played in the game so recently may not matter.
Under the “extra reps” theory, any team with a new coaching staff or a new offense/defense should be interested in the opportunity to open camp earlier than 30 other teams, and to have 60 more minutes of live reps.