Cowboys Start Off Bye Week On The Right Foot

OXNARD, CA - AUGUST 14: Head coach Wade Phillips talks with DeMarcus Ware during Dallas Cowboys Training Camp at the Marriott Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge on August 14, 2010 in Oxnard, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Don’t worry about a hangover for the Cowboys following their first win of the season.

The Cowboys are entering their bye week following a 23-17 victory over the Houston Texans and are not slowing down. Practice re-opened and the team is now beginning preparations for their next opponent — the Tennessee Titans. According to players, the team has not relaxed and is not feeling secure. Instead, they are keeping their “backs against the wall” attitude and setting out to prove others wrong.

“Just the attention to detail, the focus, our mindset, our whole approach, it obviously paid off,” said linebacker Keith Brooking. “I’ve said all along that you just show up and win on Sunday, so we have to prepare that way and just focus.

“Every day is a grind. It’s extremely important for us to keep that mindset. We’re not relaxing right now. We’re at work right now.”

The maintained focus is translating onto the practice field. Head coach Wade Phillips is more than satisfied with the way the team is performing.

“That was the best open-date practice that we’ve had since I’ve been here,” said Phillips. “The guys worked hard today. They executed well. The concentration was excellent.

“I think it was a combination of things carrying over what we’ve been doing. I think that’s important to them. We emphasized that, and I thought they responded well today.”

Let us hope the energy, focus, and success on the practice field translates when the Titans roll in to town.

Topics: Bye Week, Cowboys, NFL, Practice, Tennessee Titans, Wade Phillips

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