Offensive coordinator Todd Monken has not changed his opinion at all. He is still making the same comparison he has made since the spring, just a little more confidently it seems.
"Personality-wise he is a lot like Brandon (Weeden) because he is very even keeled, said Monken. "He has similar pocket presence, you know, and he is accurate like he is. You rarely see a throw that is, you know, even the ones on the sideline that we didn't catch, he is a very accruate thrower."
In the spring game just about every punt was fumbled and the defense wasn't even covering. It was automatic the ball would be where it touched the ground. That won't be part of the rules this season and the Cowboys now have Charlie Moore fielding punts. His mentor was Josh Cooper, so maybe it makes sense.
On Saturday, Moore did have one fumbled punt, but he also had one really nice return that if his own man hadn't been in his way might have been a lot better.
"It's a work in progress," said Moore. "I need more practice as you can tell today, but I'm excited about it. Coach Dunn and Coach Linder have some confident in me and I'm thankful for the opportunity, and I need to do whatever it takes to get those balls caught."
Moore said he had not yet told his former teammate and mentor Cooper about his new duty. But he did say that he needed to text him this week and get some good advice.
"I wish he would have caught that," said Gundy of that one dropped punt. "Other than that, Charlie's done great. He's blocked well, he's played hard. He's playing two positions for us. We're excited about him this season."
"Gosh, I'd love to say we're going to be a great, great defense, but I don't know if that's going to be the case," answered Young. "They've got to overcome a lot of coaching to be a great defense, to start with. We want to be a real solid defense. We want to make plays. We want to create turnovers. We want to get out there and get the offense some good field position. I don't know that we're going to be the Steel Curtain or anything like that."
I've always wondered about a nickname for the Cowboys on defense. Of course, that comes when you earn it. I like the Law of the Old West and The Regulators. You know a one word nickname like Tombstone isn't bad either. It will be nice if the defense forces those creative juices to go to work this fall.