Frisco, Texas – The Cowboys minicamp and off-season program have ended.
Next stop: training camp in Oxnard, California.
This week’s mandatory minicamp, originally scheduled for three days of practice, has been reduced to practice on Tuesday followed by a dynamic group event on Wednesday at a local Top Golf.
“I think the most important thing is you have a start line and a finish line and I just felt like we crossed the finish line, especially with the veterans,” said said head coach Mike McCarthy at the closing offseason press conference on Thursday. “Really the focus today was to spend the last time with the rookies. They had the opportunity to get their last lift for this week and from there they spent a lot of time with the rookies. coordinators and assistant coaches and are frankly focused on the five-week plan that is only in front of them.
“Everything we wanted to accomplish in the offseason has been completed and the focus is really on their individual five-week plan.”
The players left for a little rest before reporting to camp at the end of July. Until then, the individual focus on maintaining form and in line with the playbook will continue. That’s especially important for the rookie class, which has impressed McCarthy since joining in mid-May after the NFL Draft.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of our young players, but just to congratulate the coaching staff, that’s really what I repeated at the last staff meeting. I thought that they knocked it out of the park,” McCarthy said. “I thought they had hit a home run when it came to maximizing their time with our players. Veterans, we had great attendance in phase 1 (of the voluntary off-season program) and really in practices from the captains, to phase 1, and all the way through so we were able to go through all the concepts with the vets and then the vets also got the eight facilities I think we clearly crossed the finish line of what we were trying to do this year.
The team-building event at a local Top Golf was the type of chemistry-building exercise that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hasn’t been available often since McCarthy became a coach- leader in January 2020.
Now is the time to take a short break before the pads finally arrive at Oxnard. That’s when the work really begins.
“What we accomplished in the offseason, we have to move forward. We can’t go back,” McCarthy said. “I think they clearly understand that. That’s been the message all along. It’s not something we just talked about yesterday or today. It’s something we prepared for. I I know the coordinators and assistant coaches have been very close-on-ones, lots of extra time, especially with the younger guys, in the afternoons.
“I think you really have to congratulate the athlete today. There’s a lot of interaction going on, whether it’s Dak with the receivers at his house and the perimeter group, the guys will always be working here all day. time. I really think there’s a structure to that. It’s obviously not all of us here together.
“This period is really beneficial because I think we could all enjoy a little break from each other. I think it gives you a chance to move around with your family, your friends, to charge yourself personally, emotionally, mentally. At the end of the day, we all have to do the physical work that needs to be done to make sure we’re ready to go to Oxnard.”