DENVER — Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy had a “fight plan.” Sure, Denver Broncos coach Nathaniel Hackett had exactly the same plan.
And just before Thursday’s joint practice between the two clubs here in Denver, McCarthy put the plan into words.
“That’s not harshness,” McCarthy said of “extracurricular” silliness. “If you throw a punch in a game, you’re ejected. And players who do it, get kicked out of practice. … And not hit the quarterback. … We’re here for the right reasons.”
Yes… but no.
As Mike Tyson once said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”
The Denver Broncos hosted the Cowboys at their training camp in Centennial, Colorado on Thursday, and of course a scuffle ensued.
Actually, by our count from the sidelines? Six skirmishes followed.
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Here’s a play with Ezekiel Elliott that probably should have started a brawl. …
The Cowboys and Broncos are both going into the 2022 season with lofty goals, and the idea of this session was to double the work benefits in a way. But as a Dallas coach told CowboysSI.com after the Mile High dust settled, “If you have more fights than touchdowns, you start wasting your time.”
This is not to say that some things have failed; QB Dak Prescott was sharp, precise and mobile. CeeDee Lamb was a hard cover. It seemed that Terence Steele and Kelvin Joseph are having solid days. And Micah Parsons gave Denver QB Russell Wilson nightmares.
But as Dallas and Denver prepare to clash Saturday night in each team’s first preseason game, at Empower Field at Mile High.
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