Friday, November 22, 2013
Practice weather prepares Cowboys
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- With temperatures in the mid 30s on Friday at practice, the Dallas Cowboys got a taste of what the weather will be like for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.
Temperatures at MetLife Stadium are expected to be in the mid 30s with a 20 mph wind.
Coach Jason Garrett and several players thought there was a benefit from practicing in the cold Friday.
"It allows you to get your mind prepared for what to expect on Sunday as opposed to going from one extreme to the next," cornerback Brandon Carr said. "We're just out there in these elements, working on catching balls and focusing throughout the cold and get your hands prepared to catch these balls getting fired out of the quarterback's hand."
The wind in East Rutherford, N.J., has always been noteworthy, especially at old Giants Stadium, and can make things tricky for the quarterback.
"I don't know that you want to overthink it," Garrett said. "Certainly throwing a spiral is important when you're playing in the wind. The ball will cut through the air better. You'll be more accurate. If the ball doesn't come out of your hand cleanly and the ball is wobbly typically the wind has more of an effect on it. I think spinning the ball well, I think Tony naturally spins the ball well. Kyle Orton spins the ball well. You just have to make sure doing that. I think that will help your accuracy."
But back to the cold weather. Rookie cornerback B.W. Webb took it to an extreme Friday, practicing in just a jersey and shorts while most of this teammates were bundled up.
"He's got a lot of energy," Carr said. "As a young guy he doesn't get sick as much as us older guys. He's courageous."
Church alluded to some sort of inducement for Webb to practice like that, but neither side would confirm.
"It was freezing," Webb said. "It was terrible. That's the last time I do that."