As the Cowboys and Texans prepare for a Week 3 matchup to decide the fate of Texas football (OK, yeah, maybe that’s a reach), the difference between of the atmosphere surrounding the two teams is quite clear.
In Houston, Gary Kubiak is crediting a tougher than usual training camp for creating a tougher than usual version of the Texans. That mentality has helped the 2-0 Texans lead the league in rushing offense and rank second in rushing defense.
“We needed to hit a lot more than we had in the past,” Kubiak said, per The Dallas Morning News, in talking about the team’s improvement. “Our first 10 days of camp were the most physical I’ve been around as a coach, and, hopefully, it will have something to do with our improvement.”
In Dallas, an 0-2 start has led to a players-only meeting, while Terence Newman, Mike Jenkins and Keith Brooking have raised the issue that the team’s problems start in practice. Yes, we’re talking about practice. The tense situation led Gerald Sensabaugh to say there is too much hype surrounding the Cowboys and they can’t “just show up and win.”
An intriguing storyline leading into Week 3. I can’t help but think about how Warren Sapp likes to say that NFL games are won between Wednesday and Friday. In short: Practice matters in football.
– Frank Tadych