Jul 23, 2013; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys players stretch during training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports.

Is The Cowboys Strength And Conditioning Program Outdated?

As most Dallas Cowboys fans know, Sean Lee was injured in non-contact OTA’s this week and is reportedly out for the season.  Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett either has a bad case of the denials or he just isn’t ready to admit the only major star left on the defense is out for the season with a torn ACL.  It is interesting to note that also earlier this week, former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Jesse Holley tweeted that former Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware indirectly said the biggest difference between the Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys is the strength and conditioning program.

I know most of you will say well Mike Wiocik holds the record for the most Super Bowl rings won by a coach having three with the Dallas Cowboys in 1992, 1993 and 1995 and three with the New England Patriots in 2001, 2003 and 2004.   Wiocik is supposed to be the best strength and conditioning coach there is in the NFL.  His history and his winning ways have sealed him as being called that.  However, people change and Jerry Jones has a habit of hanging onto his past winning moments too long!

I’m not saying Wiocik is the only issue but with the number of injuries the Cowboys players have sustained it’s a pretty good place to start.   It seems an even better place to start after seeing the tweet from Holley earlier this week.  The hamstring bug really is becoming an epidemic and while Wiocik cannot force the players to work out, it would seem that perhaps his time in the NFL is done and retirement calls his name.

Depending on how the Cowboys season goes and with the latest injury to Lee, it’s not looking like the Cowboys defense is going to drastically improve this upcoming season.  A few things could play out for next year’s off-season.  One is Jason Garrett could be coaching his final season in Dallas (this is unlikely because Jerry loves this guy), the defensive coordinator, Rod Marinelli, becomes Garrett’s scapegoat, just like Rob Ryan did or Jerry finally figures out that the strength and conditioning program is outdated for this generation of the NFL and fires or coaxes Wiocik into retirement.

But then, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, quite yet.

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  • Old Frog

    I’ve said it before, no sport relies on hamstrings more than MLS. How hard would it be to bring in a guy from that league to address the hamstring problem?

    • Earl Robertson

      Good point!! Broke hand, blown knee, concussion things like that no one can keep from happening but these hamstrings is ridiculous. Something has to change this is stupid for every year to have so many!!

      • Old Frog

        Anyone who kicks a ball needs strong hamstrings. Maybe punting or kicking off a tee should be part of the training regimen for all the players. Just a suggestion.

  • Scott.

    Definetly a topic to discuss.

  • Jim

    How about the fact that strength and conditioning coaches in the NFL get to work with the players for TWO WEEKS before the start of OTAs. It has to be on the players to get themselves ready to play football. And a torn ACL is hardly a reflection on a Strength and Conditioning program, especially 2 weeks of one.

  • [email protected]

    You know I have been thinking about that because of all the injuries that the Cowboys seem to have it’s like every year the injuries happen to the same people take Lee he’s missed more than he has played. That is just 1 example. They do need a change because it seems like the same guy’s are always getting hurt. I believe a clause should be put into every players contract if they miss so many games because they can’t keep themselves in shape they take a pay cut I bet that would make a lot of them keep in shape.

  • Joe Pleb

    Maybe they do have a plan. The Cowboys brass has admitted that the Valley Ranch facility is outdated, and they are pumping millions into a new facility in Frisco. I don’t doubt that it will be fitted with the latest in training technology.