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Cowboys changing in-season schedule

08/20/2014 1:12 PM

08/20/2014 1:13 PM

Times are a changing for the Dallas Cowboys.

Coach Jason Garrett has altered the team’s practice schedule for the 2014.

Garrett is forgoing the traditional day off on Tuesday and giving the Cowboys Mondays off during the regular season.

The players will return to work Tuesday, giving them four consecutive days of practice each week.

It’s a schedule that former college coaches Chip Kelly and Jim Harbaugh brought to the NFL with them when they took jobs with the Eagles and 49ers. It’s now catching on among NFL veteran coaches.

“It’s different than anything I’ve ever done,” Garrett said. “It’s kind of the college schedule and there are probably a handful of teams who are using it now. Some guys on our staffs have used it on staffs they’ve been on. I’ve just heard some really positive things from a lot of different people about this schedule. I think everybody initially is like, ‘You’re really doing that?’ because it’s different for everybody who’s been in the NFL. But there are so many positives that come from it that people have argued on its behalf. So we just decided to go ahead and do it. Everyone I’ve talked to, they’ve really liked the rhythm of it.”

In addition to giving the players a full day off after Sunday games, the positives include giving the coaches more time to breakdown the previous game without the rush of breaking down the upcoming opponent.

The team will also get a head jump preparing for the next week’s opponent with the Tuesday practice.

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