OXNARD, California — Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten summed up his feelings in two words just moments after the team arrived at Point Mugu Naval Base for their three-and-a-half week West Coast stint: "Excited, man!"
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says his window is closing for his team to make a title run. And while Witten may not know about windows, he knows the Cowboys can't put the same old product on the field we've seen the last few years.
“I think there’s definitely urgency,” Witten said. "I don’t know when the window is open and closed, but there’s unbelievable urgency. We feel like we’re a good team, but we’ve got to execute better. We’ve got to play better in key situations. Just go back to that last game, I think that’s clear. Everybody has an understanding of that. But for us, it can’t be the same old story. Our actions have got to speak louder than our words. That’s the approach we’re taking.”
Motivation won't be hard to come by for a group whose last game was a 34-14 beat down at the hands of the eventual Super Bowl champion Giants.
Jones called it one of his most disappointing moments in football.
Dallas opens the regular season on the road against those same Giants on September 5.
Cowboys training camp 2012 starts in Oxnard with a conditioning test for the players on Sunday. Jones and head coach Jason Garrett will present their "state of the team" news conference Sunday afternoon.