ARLINGTON, Texas – Leave it to Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys to take “offseason team activities” to a new level.
While the Dallas players took part in a 90-minute practice on the field at Cowboys Stadium, approximately 2,000 fans paid for the privilege to split time taking a tour of the stadium while watching the practice – both down on the field and up on the giant Jumbotron.
The practice itself was relaxed but very productive. (It doesn’t hurt that while it was a brutal 96 degrees outside, it was a perfect 70 degrees in the enclosed stadium.) It’s easy to see why today’s NFL players are so much better than ever before. The OTAs offer teams the ability to focus on the finest details of the game. The practice began with 25-30 minutes focusing on special teams. After that, during individual drills, there was so much time spent catching the ball and working on pass defense. Offensive linemen worked on hand placement – being taught how to knock down defensive linemen’s hands to slow the pass rush.
After the practice was over and the players left the field, fans in attendance were able to go down onto the field to take pictures and just run around in the footsteps of their favorite players.
Call it “offseason fan activities.”
— Gil Brandt