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Saturday, July 27, 2013
Garrett not pleased with walk-through

By Calvin Watkins

OXNARD, Calif. -- Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he wasn't happy with the effort of his team during Saturday morning's walk-through.

There were false starts, dropped passes, an interception because a player ran the wrong route and mental mistakes. Garrett made the offense run several plays again because of mistakes.

"It wasn’t as good as it needs to be," Garrett said afterward. "The standard for a walk-through is high. Just because you are walking through, and it’s not a full-speed practice, you have to be into it mentally. You have to be sharp. We understand as coaches we are putting a lot of stuff in every day. We anticipate mistakes; that's why we go through a walk-through. You clean things up. I just think overall the concentration was only OK. It’s got to be better."

This is the Cowboys' sixth walk-through practice, and it appeared several players were sluggish at the start. Garrett was overheard telling his players to pick up the pace during the practice. Garrett and the rest of the coaches want an up-tempo practice, even in the walk-through that's conducted without helmets.

"I don’t really care about what the explanation is or what the excuse is," Garrett said. "We've just got to do it better."