You know, there are times when I just don’t know what to think about the media who attend the Dallas Cowboys Press Conferences. I’ve had some interaction with almost all of them at one time or another. I think most of them are good people, and a couple of them are very good writers. They seem to be way too focused on pretending they are Sherlock Holmes or Perez Hilton.
On Wednesday Twitter exploded with “news” that Doug Free, the starting Right Tackle, was moved inside to Right Guard, and Jermey Parnell was in at RT. I put the word news in quotation marks because to me this wasn’t a big deal at all. My first thought was, “Hey Parnell is back.” I consider that a good thing. One of the first comments I read on Twitter was, “This shows you what the Cowboys actually think about David Arkin.” No it doesn’t. It shows you that due to injuries they are trying different things during practices.
Jason Garrett basically ratified this at his Press Conference the same day Free lined up at Guard. The first five questions, predictably, were about Free at Guard. In fact, the very first question he answered should have put the thought to rest. He specifically mentioned the need to shuffle due to injuries. Each time he patiently explained that they were reading too much into it, and that it was largely due to needing enough bodies to get practice reps in, and Parnell some time back at RT. Was this sufficient information for them? Of course not. There was finally a question about some other topic, and then a 6th one about Free.
What really baffles me about this is that the media are always so focused on injuries. Why that topic is so interesting to them is baffling to me. The question that interrupted the “Free for all” was about the injuries to Nate Livings and Ron Leary. Jason Garrett answered with one of the typical answers he has every time they want to know about an injured player’s progress. They are “day to day.” How many times do they need to have that answer before they quit asking those questions? This is the beginning of his third year as Head Coach, and his answer really hasn’t changed.