Dallas Cowboys: Oxnard

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones says the franchise is working on extending its training camp contract with the city of Oxnard. The deal ends in 2014 and the Cowboys are obligated to spend at least two weeks in training camp here.

San Antonio, where the Cowboys had training camp previously, would like to host the team as well.

"I think the positives that are here and really you guys experienced this, this isn’t light to me coming out here to Southern California, like we’re trying to experiment over here," Jones said Tuesday. "We’ve been doing this for how many years now? Thirty-something, 35 years if you really count Thousand Oaks. This is what we ought to be doing. And we’re working right now on trying to extend it."

The Cowboys have held training camp practices in five states in their existence. From 2004 to '06, the Cowboys held training camp practices in Oxnard -- about 90 minutes north of Los Angeles -- but in 2007 the team began a five-year agreement with the city of San Antonio.

However, in 2010, the Cowboys had a split camp between San Antonio and Oxnard because of a scheduling conflict at the Alamodome.

Jones said he's open to having split camps between cities but needs five preseason games to achieve it. With the Cowboys building a new practice facility in Frisco, Texas, the opportunity is there to have split camps in the future starting in 2016.

"Now we needed five games to do it, to really have it be as comfortable as this year," Jones said. "We need to start a week earlier to get it all in. But we can get it in. You’ve got to travel anyway to make these preseason games. You’ve got to put your bags together, picking it up, staying real organized in camp and players and everybody else. And we have to travel around during the season so it’s part of getting ready. I think the positives that are here."

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Goodbye Oxnard, but not training camp

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OXNARD, Calif. – The Cowboys will hop a train bound for San Diego at lunchtime, officially ending their time in Oxnard but not necessarily breaking camp.

The Cowboys play the San Diego Chargers on Saturday and, after an off day, will practice against Norv Turner’s team on Monday and Tuesday before returning to Dallas on Wednesday night. The team will hold a night practice at Cowboys Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 23 before its third preseason game on Saturday, Aug 25 vs. the St. Louis Rams.

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This will be the second year in a row that the Cowboys have practiced with San Diego.

“We did it last year prior to our game with them and you’d prefer to do it before you play them, but because we played Monday (in Oakland) and play Saturday, it was just hard to get to San Diego and pull that off,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We didn’t want to lose the opportunity. It’s a great opportunity to not hit your own guys, play against another team. I think the competition level increase when you play guys on the other side.”

While the third preseason game is treated most like a regular-season game, Garrett said the game planning entering the Rams’ game will not be extensive.

“You still like them to be in training camp mode -- coming out, working hard and doing the work physically and mentally,” Garrett said. “We don’t want to get into in-season mode too early, so we’ll prepare them a little bit more, but those practice days against the Chargers will be important as will the practice back at Cowboys Stadium.”

This was the seventh time the Cowboys have spent at least part of training camp in Oxnard since 2002, and Garrett had nothing bad to say about the set up.

“We really like everything about it,” Garrett said. “Obviously the weather is something everybody talks about. That’s a good thing because allow you to get more work in and the players are more focused on what you’re asking them to do instead of the Gatorade or water behind them. We’ve all practiced in those really hot Texas days where it’s not really competing against each other. It’s ‘Where’s the trainer? Where’s the water? Give me a cold towel.’ All that stuff. This gets you away from that mindset and lets you go to work. We’ve got a lot of football plays run every single day out here.”

Cowboys likely returning to Oxnard

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OXNARD, Calif. -- Stephen Jones, the Cowboys executive vice president, said Thursday he's 99 percent sure the franchise will return here to hold training camp for the 2013 season.

The Cowboys finished a five-year contract with the city of San Antonio last year and elected to move camp to California. In 2010, the Cowboys held a split training camp here and in San Antonio.

"We really like everything about it," coach Jason Garrett said about training in Oxnard. "The weather is something everybody talks about, that's a good thing, I think it allows you to get more work in. The players are more focused on what we're asking them to do instead of the Gatorade and water jug behind them. We've all practiced in some of those really, really hot Texas days where the focus isn't on competing against each other. It's where's the trainers? Where's the water? Give me a hold towel. All of that stuff. We feel like this gets you away from the mindset and lets you go to work. We got a lot of football plays to run."

Training camp was held in Oxnard from 2004-to-2006, it was the first time the team had been in California since 1998. After 1988, the Cowboys conducted training camp in Wichita Falls, Texas, with the exception of a split camp in Oxnard in 2001, until moving to San Antonio for the 2002 season.

The Cowboys have held training camps in Oregon; Minnesota; Michigan; Austin, Texas; and Thousands Oaks, Calif.

Cowboys release preseason schedule

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The Dallas Cowboys released their preseason schedule Wednesday afternoon.

As expected, the Cowboys open the preseason against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Hall of Fame Game on Sun., Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio. The game will be played at 7 p.m. CT and shown nationally on NBC.

The Cowboys then return home to play the Oakland Raiders at Cowboys Stadium. There currently is speculation that the Raiders are interested in discussing a trade for Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.

The third preseason game will be in San Diego, which lines up the Cowboys to shift their training camp from San Antonio to Oxnard, Calif.

Dallas will then head back to Texas, where they will visit the Houston Texans in the fourth preseason game at 7 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 28. The game will be broadcast nationally by CBS. The Cowboys also play the Texans during the regular season.

The Cowboys then close the preseason at Cowboys Stadium vs. the Miami Dolphins.

Final dates and times for the preseason games against the Raiders, Chargers and Dolphins -- and the regular-season schedule -- will be announced by the NFL at a later date.

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