8/2 Afternoon Practice Report
Day 4 Afternoon (2 pm – 4:15 pm)
2:00 pm Non contact 11-11 drill
Again, just as yesterday. Not much to see so I looked at who’s with the first/second team.
On first team offense, Rogers was the RT, Scott was the FS, and Al Johnson was at Center. On defense, it seems like they are still trying different combinations to see what works best. On one first-team unit, I saw Glover-Ferguson-Coleman as the front three, and Singleton-Nguyen-(?) as the linebackers (w/ 5 DBs). Then on another “first-unit”, I saw Glover-Coleman-Ellis up front, Burnett-Nguyen-Ware as the linebackers.
The team again was working on the different offensive formations, just as they did yesterday in the opening of the practice session
2:15 pm – Warm up & stretching.
2:20 pm – Individual drills
- The DBs worked on shedding lead blockers, and the defenders would each took turn to run the scout team. On one play, Roy was playing the role of a fullback and Aaron Glen was trying to shed his block. Not a chance. I am just glad that Glen’s our 3rd corner. If he was with the regular defense, he could be a liability in run support.
- The DBs later worked on blitzes. They were instructed to use their speed and lower their shoulder to get outside the blocker and to get to the QB. When it was Roy’s turn, he really didn’t do that (not sure if he even tried). He simply bull rushed the blocker and pushed him into the assistant coach who was playing the role of the QB. I guess whatever works….
- The OLBs were on the other side of the field and were working on their coverage. They spent some time in 1-1 situation, but most of the session they were learning how to cover in zone – how long to stay with a WR and when to let him go. Stuff like that.
- Just as the session was wrapping up, someone in the crowd yelled Jerry Jones’ here! And I saw him slowly walking across the fence in front of me, so I walked up with my ball cap and joined the group of autograph-seekers. As he was signing it, I said to him “Jerry, thanks for opening your wallet this year!” He paused, trying to understand if I meant it or being sarcastic. At last, he looked back at me and spitted out the word “Good!” I guess he realized I was serious.
Back to the practice….
2:40 pm – Defense 8-8 drills
The DBs and the LBs got together and worked on zone defense. It wasn’t that exciting as the coaches just wanted to make sure everyone knows his assignment. The coaches would throw the ball to different spots to see if the right guy’s at the right place at the right time. If not, they’ll correct them, then run the next set.
Henry had a nice one hand “interception” on this – soft hands.
2:50 pm – Run blockers vs. run defenders
In this drill, they have offensive linemen simulating run blocking and went up against pairs of DL/LB. Some of the highlights.
- Larry Allen delivered a crushing blow to some poor lineman that I couldn’t see. The blow was so loud that we the fans just went “Oooooh!”
- A few plays later, Stephen Peterman did a pretty good impression of “LA”. I couldn’t see whom he crushed, but it was a pretty strong blow. I can now see why Parcells is high on him. He’s the type that plays hard every down and doesn’t take plays off.
- Spears did a nice job splitting between Tucker and the TE on one play to get through the blocks. Having said that, I think Tucker did ok in this segment. He held his own pretty good in a couple other matchups.
2:55 pm 11-11
1) Julius tried to run outside to the left but was forced inside by Henry (0 yd)
2) Julius ran up the middle behind C (Johnson) but a charging Newman from the wing tackled him (1 yd)
3) MBIII ran right and into a wall (0 yd)
4) (?) ran up the middle but stuffed by Coleman (1 yd)
5) Bickerstaff ran up the middle. There was no hole and he tried powering himself through (2 yd)
6) Julius ran left but met Shanle, who broke through the protection (0 yd or a loss). Vollers was the LT on this play.
7) Bickerstaff up the middle (4 yd). Finally a bit of daylight from the OL
8) A-train up the middle and met Bradie James (2 yd). James made the initial hit, but then fell backward and down. Someone else finished the job.
9) MBIII ran behind the C and RG (4 yd before he was touched – nice hole)
10) A-train started up middle, then danced outside (3-4 yd)
11) Thompson ran to his left, showed a little patience there before exploding through the hole (4 yd)
12) Julius (?) stuffed by Ferguson, who fought through his block to stop #21.
3:00 pm – Special team
Special team worked on wedge protection in punt returns. They also did some FG kicking. Both kickers were 2 out of 3, though #4’s kicks seem more consistent today than two days ago.
3:10 pm – Short break
3:15pm – 11-11
(Noticed that Coleman-Ferguson-Ellis was with the first team defense for this set)
1) Bledsode dumped off to Julius after scanning deep and no one’s opened. Nguyen was on the stop (5 yd).
2) MBIII up the middle on a toss behind LA and Gurode (5 yd)
3) Julius ran up left hash mark as Flozell pushed his guy inside, completely shielding him for a clear path upfield (4-5 yd)
4) Bledsoe went deep to Morgan running a deep post, but the ball sailed a little too far for Morgan. Morgan got Scott beat on this one, and if he tried to dive for it he could have a chance.
5) Thompson started outside right and then cut inside for what would have been a long-run touchdown. Before he made the cut inside most thought he was stuffed. Somehow he emerged from the crowd and pulled away. The fans went nuts.
6) MBIII ran down the right sideline. Ran very hard and tried to break multiple tackles along the way (4 yd)
7) Romo underthrew on a long pass to Copper, who was running down the left sideline. Copper, however, made a nice adjustment to slow down, then turned and caught the ball over Reeves.
8) Romo long throw to Zuriel to the right side. The ball was in the air for 15-20 yd and on target, but Zuriel just dropped it.
9) Henson long bombed down the right sideline for Merritt for a touchdown. Just as Copper in the previous play, Merritt had to slow down for an underthrown ball, and he caught it over a defending Nate Jones.
10) Newman run-blitzed and stopped MBIII behind the line of scrimmage
11) Kincade ran behind the LG but ran into Van Hoy, who broke loose of his block to stop him (2 yd)
12) Henson’s attempt was deflected by a leaping Goolsby at the LOS. Incomplete.
3:20 pm – 7-7
1) Bledsoe completed to Keyshawn running on a medium post route (15 yd). Henry was defending Key on this play
2) Bledsoe dumped off to Pierce on the left sideline (2 yd).
3) Bledsoe underthrew a out pattern to Zuriel Smith on the right side. Newman was defending Zuriel on this play.
4) Bledsoe dumped off to Pierce on the right sideline (2 yd)
5) Romo dumped off to Thompson underneath (2-3 yd)
6) Romo threw a little low but completed to Terry Glen (20 yd). Glenn ran a post on this and had to stop and then caught the ball. Not sure why I felt special, but when he caught the ball, I felt like he’s got clamps on the ball. It was just a very solid catch with his hands.
7) Romo’s pass to Crayton, who was running across the middle, was batted down by Ware, who was about 10 yd from the line of scrimmage.
8) Henson completed a short-out to his right to Pierce (5 yd)
9) Henson completed a out to his left to Crowder (15 yd)
10) Henson threw deep to Rector running a post pattern, but the ball was high. Rector made a good leap, caught the ball, but lost it when his body hit the ground.
11) Bledsoe threw low to his right to Barnes. Incomplete. It was an 8-yard attempt.
3:30 pm – Special scenario
Today they practiced the two minute drill - getting ready for a FG kick after a run play; taking a knee to end the game, etc.
(To be continued...)
Last edited by radiohead : 08-02-2005 at 09:08 PM.