Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys alter travel plans to the West Coast

The Cowboys will leave earlier than usual Saturday to practice in Seattle. The team charter departs at noon, with an afternoon walk-through at the University of Washington instead of at the team facility at Valley Ranch.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys considered going on Friday.

“We’ve all traveled lots of different ways throughout the years, let’s start with that,” Garrett said Friday. “Then you say, ‘OK, what was good? …Did we play?’ You try to piece it all together, and it’s not always about the results of the game. How did our guys respond? Hey, we took the train [to San Diego], was that good for us? We went two days early, was that good for us? We went late; we went early. You just think about those things and reflect on them and have conversations with coaches on our staff. Here’s what I’m thinking about doing, what do you guys think? Let’s go today; let’s go Friday. Nah, we don’t really want to do that. Can we do something that gets them out there a little earlier, gets their feet on the ground, gets their blood flowing, instead of traveling somewhere and you’re groggy for a day or so? So you try to figure out the best thing to do to get these guys right for Sunday.”

The last time they went to Seattle, in 2012, the Cowboys trailed 10-0 less than 5 minutes into the game. Felix Jones fumbled a kickoff return the Seahawks converted to a field goal, and Malcolm Smith blocked Chris Jones’ punt, which Jeron Johnson returned for a touchdown. Seattle won 27-7.

Since the start of the 2007 season, the Cowboys are 1-6 in games played in Denver, Arizona, Seattle or California. Their only victory was a 27-24 overtime victory over the 49ers in San Francisco in 2011.

“We just decided to get out there earlier,” Garrett said. “It’s a little bit of a longer flight, so get the players out there, get them acclimated and go do our walk-through out there.”