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Jerry Jones confirms NFL again penalizing Dallas Cowboys, Mike McCarthy for practice violations

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FRISCO, Texas. For the second offseason in a row, the Dallas Cowboys were fined.

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Violating the NFL’s OTA practice contact policy has two consequences for the Cowboys, owner and general manager Jerry Jones told reporters Thursday.

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The Cowboys will miss one of their scheduled practices next spring. The league also fined head coach Mike McCarthy $100,000. the team confirmed on their website.

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An NFL spokesperson did not immediately respond to USA TODAY Sports’ request for comment.

NFL teams can schedule up to 10 OTA workouts and up to three mandatory mini-camp workouts this year. The Cowboys were among the teams that were only able to schedule nine games after a breach cut their reserves last spring. However, Dallas opted to train just eight times in OTA and only once this week in mini-camp. The team gathered for a group dynamic at Topgolf on Wednesday before McCarthy fired the veterans for the summer.

The rookies climbed into The Star on Thursday and then met with coordinators and position coaches to discuss individual training plans for the upcoming five-week break. The entire team will travel to Oxnard, California for training camp on July 25th.

Why did the Cowboys interrupt their training load?

“The most important thing is that you have a start line and a finish line,” McCarthy said on Thursday morning. “I just felt like we crossed the finish line, especially with the veterans.”

McCarthy said the main goal of off-season training was to complete the eight-step setup. The team reached that milestone after Tuesday’s practice at the indoor Ford Center at The Star. McCarthy said that when he started coaching in the NFL in 1993, the team’s set-up was 15 stages, then dwindled to 12, 10, and eventually eight around 2011. .

“I’m a big proponent of less volume and more creativity,” he said. “This is my coaching principle, which I adhere to for a good 15-20 years. So it makes you work harder, harder, more efficiently, by getting into it. I’ve been running eight setup mode for probably ten years now and it works and it definitely works in this new CBA environment.”

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy watches an off-season practice in Frisco, Texas.
Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy watches an off-season practice in Frisco, Texas.

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The Cowboys also paid special attention to talking to the refereeing teams during their spring stint after wrapping up 2021 as the league’s most penalized team. Jones did not confirm what triggered the team’s latest offense, but the two young linemen did get into a fight at the team’s last OTA practice on June 9 – McCarthy confirmed he discussed the situation with each player shortly after practice – and the quarterbacks, including Duck Prescott, were knocked out. during a lonely workout at a mini-camp.

“You’re going to build relationships that will benefit you with the referees, as they call it, but it will really help you talk to them about because it’s all about getting as close to the line as possible without getting called the flag,” McCarthy said on Thursday.

The Cowboys will split training camp between California and Texas, and will also visit Irvine for a joint practice with the Chargers and Denver for a joint practice against the Broncos. Dallas will face each of these opponents in a preseason game a few days after practice. Twice league officials will attend training camp after one visit in 2021.

On Thursday, McCarthy declined to rehash details of last year’s fines and game-management issues, including the last snapshot of the team after the time expired before they could play the final game, losing to the wild card 49ers.

“You will come back and review everything,” McCarthy said. “Hey, how can we be better at this play?” It is clear that this is a responsibility. But as far as what we were trying to do, we were trying to get the ball up another 10, 12 yards to put us in another choice of play for the last game.

“In terms of the idea and design, because I don’t want to open this can of worms again because I’m going on vacation today: “We will be better” is our goal.

“It should be a headline. We will be better and that is our goal.”

Follow Jori Epstein of USA TODAY Sports on Twitter. @JoriEpstein.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Dallas Cowboys and Mike McCarthy fined by NFL for violating practice rules


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