DENVER – Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy had a “fight” plan, and Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett certainly had the same plan.
And ahead of Thursday’s joint training between the two clubs here in Denver, McCarthy put the plan into words.
“This is not toughness,” McCarthy said of “unsystematic” folly. “If you throw a punch in a game, you will be ejected. Players who do that will be expelled from training… The quarterback does not hit… We are here for all the right reasons.”
As Mike Tyson said, “Everyone has a plan to get punched in the mouth.”
The Denver Broncos hosted the Cowboys Thursday at their training camp facility in Centennial, Colorado, and of course a brawl ensued.
Indeed, according to our stats from the sideline? Six quarrels followed.
Here is one…
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Here is another…
This is a play featuring Ezekiel Elliot that might have sparked a fight. …
The Cowboys and Broncos are entering the 2022 season with lofty goals, and the idea of this session was in some ways to double the benefits of the business. But as one Dallas coach told CowboysSI.com after the Mile High dust settled, “If you have more fights than landings, you start wasting your time.”
This does not mean that some things were not accomplished; The QB Dak Prescott was sharp, accurate and mobile. CeeDee Lamb was a tough cover. It looked as if Terrence Steele and Kelvin Joseph were having a rough day. And Micah Parsons gave Denver QP Russell Wilson nightmares.
But as Dallas and Denver prepare to meet Saturday night in each team’s first pre-season game, at Empower Field on Mile High.
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