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DALLAS – For the second year in a row, Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy has been fined for violating offseason practice rules, according to owner and general manager Jerry Jones.
McCarthy was fined $ 100,000, and the Cowboys were given an organized team activity in 2023 to hold drills that were considered too physical by the NFL. The organization was not finished, unlike in 2021.
A year ago, McCarthy was fined $ 50,000 and the Cowboys were fined $ 100,000 and had an OTA taken from this offseason for the same reason. Dallas was one of three teams to be fined in 2021 and have an OTA revoked for practice violations. San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan was fined $ 50,000 and the organization was fined $ 100,000, while the Jacksonville Jaguars were fined $ 200,000 and former coach Urban Meyer was fined $ 100,000.
McCarthy cut the Cowboys’ mandatory minicamp from three training sessions to one this week, but that had nothing to do with the penalty. The Cowboys held a team-building event at Topgolf on Wednesday, and the veterans were relieved of work Thursday while rookies met with coaches and had their final weightlifting session.
“I think the biggest thing is that you have a starting line and finish line, and I just felt like we were crossing the finish line, especially with the veterans,” McCarthy said when asked why he cut the minicamp short. “And really, the focus of the day was just really spending the last time with the rookies. I think they had their chance to get their last boost this week, spend a lot of individual time with the coordinators and assistant coaches and honestly focus on the five-week plan that lies ahead of them. Everything we wanted to achieve in the low season was implemented, and the real focus is on their individual five-week plan. “