The dejected Dallas Cowboys will start their bye week with a loss and now a group field trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Lincoln Memorial on Monday.
The team spent the night after Sunday’s 20-17 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Coach Jason Garrett looks at these things as educational trips, similar to what he has done in the past when the Cowboys visited the Navy Seals, the Tower of London, Ground Zero and NASA.
Defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford said the loss will not take away from the group trip. But he planned to have the captains talk to the team at a post-game dinner on Sunday night at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History to get some things ironed out following the loss.
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“The captains might have to stand up and talk and we are going to make the best of our situations going into tomorrow,” Crawford said Sunday night. “We are going to do what we have to do going into the bye and after the bye. I just want to talk, open up a conversation between the team, build camaraderie and get this thing rolling in the right direction. We got great talent here. We can do some great things. We have to get it rolling.”
Linebacker Jaylon Smith was disappointed in the loss, but like the rest of his teammates, he is excited about the trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
“I’m excited. I have done a lot of research through the years on history as an African American and what we mean to this country and how we were dehumanized,” Smith said. “The biggest thing is learning about our history. You can’t make change without knowing what happened to us. I am excited for this opportunity to visit this museum and learn a little bit more It’s enlightening for the whole team.”
The Cowboys will be allowed in about an hour before its open to the public and will have an exclusive chance to view the history by themselves.
Dallas won’t play again until Nov. 5 against the Tennessee Titans at AT&T Stadium.