Coach Jason Garrett doesn’t condone the fisticuffs that were thrown between receiver Dez Bryant and safety J.J. Wilcox in Sunday’s Blue-White scrimmage.
But he doesn’t deny being pleased with the competitiveness the team has shown throughout training camp.
That it spilled over into a mini brawl was an unfortunate byproduct.
Garrett opened camp with “Fight” as a theme for the Cowboys this year. It is emblazoned on their team-only T-shirts.
It’s an attitude he wants them to take into the season, starting with Thursday’s preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers into the Sept. 7 opener against the San Francisco 49ers.
“I like the fight that we have,” Garrett said. “I like the competition. There’s a lot of competition all over our roster. Guys are trying to make this team. I think you saw a lot of that in the competition against each [in the scrimmage].
“So fight is something we emphasize to our team. I think we see signs of that. We have to continue to do that. San Diego on Thursday night will be a great opportunity to see where we are.”
For a team that has missed the playoffs each of the past four years and is coming off three consecutive 8-8 seasons, including a 2013 campaign with the league’s worst defense, fighting back is good place to start for the Cowboys.