NFL rumors are swirling around the Dallas Cowboys. The team usually likes working out with another team while they are doing training camp in Oxnard, California. After what happened with the Los Angeles Rams last summer, it appears that the two teams will not be doing business together again this summer. According to NBC Sports, the Cowboys are refusing to work out with the Rams again because they feel that the organization does not have a good attitude.
From a financial standpoint, it would make all the sense in the world for the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams to work out together at training camp. The Rams have left Missouri and are now back in Southern California. Oxnard, the site of the Cowboys training camp, is approximately 90 minutes away from downtown Los Angeles. The Rams would be saving a tremendous amount of cost on travel. Many of their players would be comfortable during training camp because they have access to their family.
It makes sense that the Dallas Cowboys do not want to deal with the Los Angeles Rams. Things happen when players fight. It would be awful for the Cowboys to lose a player for the season because of a scuffle during training camp. Jason Garrett would likely love to avoid that. During a recent interview, he flat out stated that Dallas has spent years doing cooperative training camp, and the environment has been mutually beneficial. Garrett is hinting that the Cowboys didn’t benefit much last season, so he doesn’t want a repeat.
From a football standpoint, the Dallas Cowboys do miss out on a few things by not working out with the Los Angeles Rams. Their offensive line is considered one of the best in the NFL, but even they know that they need to be challenged during the summer so that they can be game ready when the regular season starts. The Rams have a very strong and physical defensive line.
In Todd Gurley, the Los Angeles Rams have one of the best and most punishing running backs in the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys defense could benefit greatly by going up against Gurley for a couple of days. It’ll enable Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and his staff to see which defenders can hold up against the run and which players are capable of making the tough tackles.
Jason Garrett would benefit by going up against Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Both of them are brilliant on that side of the ball. The Dallas Cowboys have a great offense powered by Tony Romo, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant. It would be great practice for Garrett to see if he can beat defensive schemes concocted by Fisher and Williams.
Dropping the Los Angeles Rams is not the end of the world for the Dallas Cowboys. There are other teams in the NFL that would love to practice against the Cowboys this summer. The San Diego Chargers are a couple of hours away, and quarterback Philip Rivers can be quite a challenge to defend against. The Cowboys defense can also be tested against Derek Carr, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper if they work out with the Oakland Raiders. The San Francisco 49ers might still be a potential option, but their talent level has dropped tremendously over the past couple of years.
The Dallas Cowboys do not want to practice with the Los Angeles Rams. There’s nothing wrong with that. NFL teams get to choose how they want to spend their summer preparing for the regular season. It’s best to be comfortable with the atmosphere.
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