Tomorrow Phillips and Garrett make their live game debut in what should be a loud, frenzy-fanpacked Texas Stadium. Everyone, and I mean, everyone is waiting to see how Phillips’ defensive retooling will make the Cowboys more competitive this year. We’ll get a taste of it tomorrow night. Same goes for Jason Garrett; moreover, Garrett was the first coach hired after Parcells left, so you know he’s been at Valley Ranch studying and preparing the Cowboys offense for a return to glory, so there will be high expectations on the offense as well.
Tomorrow, these two coaching gurus will step on the field with their students. Will they pass this first test against the powerhouse Colts? It all depends on how you view the game; however, I would think the Cowboys want to make a statement at home and take the win.
Akin Ayodele describes it best:
“It starts Thursday,” inside linebacker Akin Ayodele said. “All our goals start Thursday. Even though it’s preseason for us, we’re all about dominating.”
Let’s take a look at my Top 5 areas in which I will be examining closely in this game:
(special shoutout to Haynie, from the message board, he started this whole Top 5 thread, I thought it made a good topic to cover as well before the game)
One last thing to remember, this is preseason, and its more of a continuation of training camp, so whether we win or lose, don’t hold too much into it. If we lose, its not the end of the world, and if we win, be happy of course, but remain realistic. We have a long season ahead. Tomorrow’s game will just be a glimpse of things to come. We won’t see the full defensive arsenal, so don’t get too angry if we don’t make 100 sacks or force turnovers. Same for the offense, we won’t show our full hand in the preseason on either side of the ball.
I’ll get in my 53-man roster predication after I watch this first game.