The Dallas Cowboys didn't care much for outside expectations last season.
They ignored the pundits who picked them to go 7-9 or worse and went about the business of defining themselves for themselves en route to the NFC East title and a 12-4 finish.
The Cowboys are heading into 2015 with great expectations. Some even consider them Super Bowl contenders.
And while that is the undeniable goal, Coach Jason Garrett said the approach will be same as it was last year.
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When the Cowboys report to camp in Oxnard, Calif., Tuesday they will start the process of defining themselves all over again, Garrett said.
“Any coach or player or staff member if you don’t have the goal of winning the Super Bowl you are in the wrong profession,” said Garrett, who spoke to roughly 500 youth, middle school and high school coaches at the Dallas Cowboys coaching clinic at AT&T Stadium on Monday. “Everybody has that goal. We define our selves by what we do. We did that last year. We have to do that again this year.”
That was the message Garrett gave to the youth coaches during his luncheon speech to take back to their respective teams.
“Don’t let other people define you,” Garrett said. “We define ourselves by what we do.
“When I did this press conference a year ago, we were probably regarded as a bottom five or bottom 10 team in the league. One of the best things our team did last year was that we defined ourselves. We didn’t listen to any outside forces who said we weren’t this or we weren’t that. We just went to work every day. We have to do that again. They might think differently of us this year. It really doesn’t matter. We define ourselves by what we do.”
Garrett said the Cowboys had a good off-season and are chomping at the bit to get going again. The team charter departs Dallas at 3 p.m. Tuesday headed to Oxnard. The team meeting and conditioning run is set for Wednesday with the first practice on Thursday.
“We laid a wonderful foundation for our team,” Garrett said. “We are chomping at the bit to get back. We can’t wait to get going.”
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