PM practice report #11 - Grizz

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  1. BigDFan5

    BigDFan5 Cowboys Make me Drink

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    By Grizz
    Posted on Fri Aug 04, 2006 at 10:16:57 PM EST

    Friday, Aug. 4th (5-7 PM practice)

    Bill Parcells and a low, setting sun in a cloudless sky conspired against your intrepid reporter this afternoon, making this easily the sketchiest of practice reports I've filed this week. Parcells held practice on the opposite field, and the endzone vantage point which usually allows me to see these practices was rendered useless by lines of players blocking the 11-on-11 drills. The setting sun streaming directly into the vision of the spectators also made watching practice today a hit and miss affair. Still, I persevered and moved my position four times and below is what I was able to witness with any kind of accuracy.

    Terrell Owens missed his third straight practice and took his customary spot on the stationary bike. Coach Parcells had the team dressed in full pads for the second practice of a two-a-day, which I took as his displeasure with the team's performance so far in camp. Several sources who work the field also told me that the buzz is Parcells is extremely disappointed in what he's seen so far. Of course, that's just rumor so take it with a grain of salt.

    The team started out working on the punt formation and then moved into formation drills. The line-up as far as I could tell didn't change except that for certain parts of practice Rob Petitti was starting at LT, yes, LT, and Flozell Adams was working with the second team. Colombo continued at RT backed up by Fabini, and Gurode continues to start at center.

    After sprints and stretching they moved on to position drills. Vincent Brown, who coaches the inside linebackers was asking for more tempo from his charges and Paul Pasqualoni was instructing the outside linebackers to have "quick feet, and don't wind up when you hit the sled". They proceeded to work on technique while popping the practice sled, with DeMarcus Ware being singled out for some good work during the drill. Kevin Burnett also got an "atta boy".

    The back 7 of the defense then worked on the nickel formation with the same line-up employed over the past few days. The 2nd unit nickel, from what I could see, looked like Shanle and Carpenter at LBer, Reeves, Davis, Jones and Glenn with Coleman playing center field.

    Over on the other field the offensive line was working on combination blocks against two stunting DL/LB combos. Ware tried a spin move into an inside rush but Petitti was able to pick it up pretty well. Rivera and Colombo were able to neutralize Ellis and Ratliff, and Canty tried to bull-rush Kosier, but Kosier held firm. Ware then put a speed rush on Petitti to the outside and blew right past him like he wasn't even there. Hatcher tried to bull-rush Flozell but the big man was having none of that. Tarullo and Rivera did a nice job on Ellis and Coleman, while Procter and Batiste held their own against Hatcher and Glymph. Al Johnson held up well under a Ferguson bull-rush and McQ stood up Ware on an inside move. Stephen Bowen overpowered Tarullo on a bull-rush and Gurode had no problems with Stanley. Boiman looked like he was going to beat Roland, but the 6' 9" giant recovered well. Ware and Ratliff worked a stunt and Ware got good penetration on the inside, and then Johnson stymied Sammy T.

    Next they went to 11-on-11 - all running plays - and I had to change positions to see it so I missed most of Bledsoe's set, but they were running full-contact during this drill and someone put the ball on the ground. I'm assuming it was either JJ or MB3 because it was the 1st unit. I got over in time to see some of Romo's series, which started with MB3 running up the middle for little gain. Then Kincaide made a sweet move at the line of scrimmage and busted off a long run. On the next play they ran a sweep to Tyson Thompson and Keith Davis just lit him up, the best hit I've seen so far in camp, and the defense exploded in celebration. Thompson got stuffed on his next run, and then Demetrius Summers came in and made a good move in traffic to pick up a decent gain. Summers also got good yardage on a run to the left, then Thompson broke some ankles on defenders who had gotten into the backfield and made a nice gain. On the next play Summers danced in the backfield again but Singleton laid a lick on him.

    They switched over to punt coverage with Green, Newman, Crayton and Rector taking turns fielding the punts. Crayton actually dropped one. After that they had a water break and Parcells was having a long discussion with Skyler Green, I assume about punt returns since they had just finished that drill.

    They went back to 11-on-11, this time mixing in pass plays and I had to switch positions again to see the action. Bledsoe hit Witten, who had beaten Bradie James, on a 15-yarder, then threw the next one low to Witten who couldn't handle it. He hit Fasano out in the flats then hit Glenn on the sidelines who had beaten Henry, but I think the ref ruled him out-of-bounds.

    Romo came in and had the best series of the day, with Parcells yelling encouragement at him because of his quick decisions and accurate passes. He fired one into Rector for a decent gain, then hit MB3 on a 15-yarder, MB3 had lined up on the outside for the play. He shot one deep to Copper but unfortunately Copper didn't get his head around in time to catch it. He then hit Tony Curtis deep, even though the ref called offensive interference on the play. Parcells was heard yelling "penalties are your fault"; I guess the guilty party tried to blame someone else.

    Henson threw a bullet pass a short distance to Hurd, but it was high and he couldn't haul it in. He then threw into the flats to Hannam because the rush was closing in. Hurd then made a spectacular catch on a high throw from Henson, receiving praise from the players on the sideline. Henson finished by throwing an old-fashioned jump pass to Curtis.

    It was time for some redzone 11-on-11 action and Bledsoe started out well. He hit Crayton on an out pattern and Crayton turned it upfield for a big gain, possibly a TD. He then came back and fired a TD to Terry Glenn. Romo came on and threw one over Tolver's hands, then ran a draw to JJ, followed by an Aaron Glenn INT, but there was some controversy if he actually caught it. I never saw the official ruling. He finished with a TD to Rector.

    I had to change positions once again and missed much of the next drill but I did see Henson throw a pass that was broken up by Abraham Elam and Parcells could be heard yelling "nice play, Abe" three consecutive times.

    They finished practice with Parcells calling out a situation for each QB. He told Bledsoe he was at the 50-yard line with 17 seconds to go and no timeouts. He rolled out but had to throw it away on the first play, then hit JJ on a screen who ran it out-of-bounds because Henry forced him. Bledsoe tried to hit Witten on a bomb down the middle but was unable to connect. Romo came in and had 12 seconds with no time outs and looked like he started from around the opponent's 40-yard line. The first play was a bad snap that he picked up off the ground, scrambled a little bit then threw a long pass incomplete. For some reason, he didn't get a second play. Henson had 3rd and 5 from around the 10-yard line in the redzone and had to scramble up the middle with no one open. They marked the ball down and rushed the FG unit onto the field and Suisham kicked a chip shot.

    Practice ended and Parcells gathered the team around him. They were in the a long time and then I swear I thought I heard Parcells make a couple of rookies sing. I believe it was McQ and Demtrius Summers. If they were singing it must've been their fight songs, but all this was happening on the opposite end of the field from where I was so don't quote me on it. I'm sure one of the regular media heard what was going on and will fill us in.

    Tomorrow's supposed to be an intra-squad scrimmage so that should provide plenty of juicy material. As long as Parcells doesn't play it on the opposite field and put a giant curtain around it.
  2. Cochese

    Cochese Benched

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    These reports are great. Not many fans in the league have the priveleges to read such detailed camp reports as these.

    Great to hear that Romo had a good afternoon session, hopefully he can keep it up.
  3. America's Team

    America's Team Florida Cowboy

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    im lookin forward to your scrimmage report keep it up
  4. TheKey

    TheKey Faster than Felix

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    Will TO be in the scrimmage tommorow?
  5. Bob Sacamano

    Bob Sacamano Benched

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    BP says he's day-to-day, so who knows

    btw, again :worthy: grizz, great stuff
  6. America's Team

    America's Team Florida Cowboy

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    Well if T.O. is still sore id say just keep him out, because if he goes down you know its gonna be media feeding frenzy and all your gonna hear all over ESPN and NFL Network is that T.O. is down and the Cowboys are gonna crumble,and if T.O. did go down we still would have a kick a** offense.
  7. TheKey

    TheKey Faster than Felix

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    He said himself he wasn't injured. He needs to get back in there and get his timing down with Bledsoe. "Sore" hammies don't take a week to heal.
  8. America's Team

    America's Team Florida Cowboy

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    Yeah but I wouldnt take the chance.
  9. Coakleys Dad

    Coakleys Dad The Re-Birth has begun.

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    thanks for postin
  10. ddh33

    ddh33 Active Member

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    I know I'm late saying it, but thank you Grizz. Like everyone else, I have read every one of these. It's greatly appreciated.

    I think it's very interesting to hear about Columbo and Gurode working with the first team every single day. Parcells has commented about how they have impressed him. I just read a Drew Bledsoe qoute where he basically said that since those guys have been getting the first team reps, he feels like things have picked up for the offense. Those are pretty good endorsements to have. I wouldn't be surprised if those guys keep those jobs...

    This defense has me excited. There is a lot talent and a ton of depth here. I can't imagine that defense not keeping this team is every single game.
  11. NYCowboy22

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  12. Clove

    Clove Shrinkage

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    I've had a hamstring injury,and it messed with me the entire football season. It wasn't until I rested thru the offseason, and came back that I didn't have that problem anymore.
  13. Henson Domination

    Henson Domination New Member

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    Where there's smoke, there's fire... I just read an entire article on titled:
    'Things are not going well'

    A week into camp, Parcells not pleased with progress
  14. cwalk

    cwalk Member

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    Thanx For The Work Man Great Job!!!!!!
  15. Kilyin

    Kilyin Well-Known Member

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    Someone take a screenshot of this before Reality deletes it. This doesn't support his habit of insisting that Al Johnson gets bulldozed into the backfield on every play.
  16. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    If Ware doesn't get a dozen sacks this year I'll be disappointed.
  17. LittleD

    LittleD Well-Known Member

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    It's such a shame that the "paid" mediots can't write interesting stories like this about camp. All they can do is try and create controversy.... What a shame and GREAT WORK Grizz.......
  18. Juke99

    Juke99 ...Abbey someone

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    I'm lovin these reports Grizz.
  19. Glenn Carano

    Glenn Carano New Member

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    These reports are fantastic. One thing though, its Abram Elam, not Abraham. He was a top high school player that went to ND. His first few years at ND he made plays and was always around the ball, if I remember correctly. He then was involved in an unfortunate incident at ND and his career at ND was over.

    Also, any poster who puts an 'X' through one of our current players in their avatar, I can't take anything this clown takes seriously. I just don't get supposed fans who root against one of their own. Makes no sense.
  20. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    That was a very detailed report.....very good job!

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