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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Temps cool, but not cold

By Todd Archer

OXNARD, Calif. – One of the main reasons why the Cowboys love training in Oxnard, Calif., is the weather. The temperatures are conducive to getting a lot of work done.

Saturday’s practice ended with temps in the upper 50s with a good breeze blowing. The forecasted high temperature through Wednesday is 66 degrees.

Is it too cold?

“When you’re running around it’s not as bad,” wide receiver Miles Austin said. “If I’m just hanging out in shorts and a T-shirt, I’m sure it could be pretty cold, but running around sweating it’s not too bad.”

Jason Garrett’s preference is for this weather, even if it is chillier than any other time the Cowboys have called the River Ridge complex home.

“That’s the age-old thing that’s been in football forever: Do you want to practice guys in 100-110 degree heat or do you want to create an environment where they can more take full advantage of the reps they get?” Garrett said. “Just having been in both kinds of environment, I know when in the one environment where it’s hot, often times more attention is paid to the water jug behind the drill than the drill. … We believe in creating an environment where you can go fast all the time. Southern California, it’s hard to beat the weather out here. I think the tempo of our practices have been really, really good and I think our guys have been tired at the end of the day. We think that’s a good thing.”