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Ahmad Dixon says he’s learned his lesson

08/25/2014 3:27 PM

08/25/2014 3:28 PM

In the immediate aftermath of Saturday’s preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins, safety Ahmad Dixon was downright defiant over an unnecessary roughness penalty in the fourth quarter.

Dixon said he was a physical player and had no intention of changing his ways, impending league fine or not.

But after watching the play on film, and getting a talking to from Cowboys coaches, Dixon is now singing a slightly different tune.

“They talked to me about being smarter and trying to make plays on the ball and not playing the man so much,” Dixon said. “That is a habit I have to break. That is what I was always taught as a youngster to always play your man. If you play your man the ball will get there. I got there a little late really. I didn’t realize that on the field but after going back and looking at it I could have got the interception. He pulled up and didn’t even go for the ball. I could have gone for the interception. They just told me I have to be smarter about what I decide to do out there. That was a vital point in the game. It ended up costing us the game. It’s for the betterment of the team. I’m still learning. All I can do is learn.”

Dixon said he has not yet heard from league regarding the penalty. The fine for hitting a defenseless player is $22,500, though Dixon’s will likely be adjusted because he is drawing a rookie salary.

If the fine doesn’t deter him, then this warning from coach Jason Garrett should help Dixon change his ways.

“Well, he probably won’t be playing,” Garrett said of Dixon’s initial defiance. “We’re not going to have those kinds of penalties and we understand the balance there. He’s not the first player who’s been in this situation. There are a lot of physical players in this league that have to somehow, some way find a way to be physical but also do it within the framework of the rules.We just impressed upon him the importance of understanding where the NFL is on these rules and they’re going to call it.”


Charean Williams has covered the NFL for 21 seasons. She's a Hall of Fame voter, a past president of the Pro Football Writers of America and a proud Aggie. Follow her on Twitter at @NFLCharean


Clarence E. Hill Jr. has been the Dallas Cowboys beat writer since 1997. He's battle tested with one playoff win, six coaches, countless scandals, controversies and unfullfilled expectations. Follow him on Twitter at @clarencehilljr


Drew Davison joined the Star-Telegram as a correspondent in 2007, primarily covering high schools along with helping out with Rangers, Cowboys and colleges coverage. He became one of the Rangers beat writers in July 2011, and also assists with coverage of Texas Motor Speedway and the Cowboys during the offseason. Davison graduated from the University of Kansas and had internships at The Kansas City Star and Follow him on Twitter at @drewdavison


Jimmy Burch is the college sports and golf writer/columnist for the Star-Telegram. He also covers the Dallas Cowboys and other Dallas-Fort Worth pro sports. Follow him on Twitter at @Jimmy_Burch


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