Cowboys’ coach Todd Gurley: No need to work out after team’s win over 49ers

Team officials said the 2-4 Cowboys have no need to work out this week after beating San Francisco 23-3 Sunday in the Levi’s Stadium Super Bowl LIII U.S. Bank Stadium in Santa Clara, California. This was the first game in the NFL for the LA-based team. Cowboys interim coach Todd Gurley says the team likes the way the quarterback rotation is looking heading into the spring. #cowboyswire — David Helman (@HelmanDC) February 11, 2019

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The Cowboys have enjoyed a bye in the aftermath of their shutout win over the 49ers. It’s the second season in a row that the team has taken a couple of days off after back-to-back conference championship games. The 2018 team played the NFC championship against the Eagles and went into the Super Bowl like it had nothing to prove. The 2019 team takes a different approach to the stretch run.

“I don’t know if guys are satisfied, but they certainly understand the process,” Cowboys coach Todd Gurley said. “No disrespect to the other teams that are in the playoffs and the teams that are in games right now.”

The team is out of practice before its regular-season finale against Washington on Sunday.

For the first time since December 2006, the Cowboys have missed the playoffs. During this 10-year stretch the team has gone 2-4 in the playoffs and appeared in six NFC championship games. The team has failed to make it to the Super Bowl despite a four-time franchise-leading eight playoff victories.

“It’s disappointing. I wouldn’t want to be a member of this organization if I thought we weren’t doing all we can,” Gurley said. “We’ve just got to understand that you’re sitting in the driver’s seat. I’m OK, but I’m not happy with the status quo.”

One of the players who says the Cowboys don’t have any time to rest is quarterback Dak Prescott.

Prescott threw two interceptions and failed to get in a rhythm against the 49ers. He said Monday that the team needs to get going after every game.

“That’s the biggest issue, no getting into a groove. You’re going to go into the playoffs and no one wants to go in the playoffs not having the team play up to its potential. I think that’s what we have to do. I think we’re capable of that. I think we’re able to win some games on our own,” Prescott said.

As far as whether the team needs to work out in the next couple of days? No.

“You don’t need any time to rest at this point,” Prescott said. “You just need to correct your mistakes. We’re taking it all in.”

The day after winning the NFC East last season, the Cowboys were in Arizona preparing for the Rams in the divisional round of the playoffs. Following the 26-23 overtime loss to the Rams, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan wasn’t sure if the team needed to do anything during the long offseason break.

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One big offseason issue was the status of Prescott, the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. At that time, a year removed from setting the franchise record for the single-season yards by a quarterback, Linehan said there were no plans to change things up and give Prescott more support.

Now that Prescott is having a big step back after throwing six interceptions in the first four games, linehan doesn’t mind if the team works out. He said the team looks forward to working out.

“It’s always good to work out,” Linehan said Monday. “I’m glad they have a chance to go a little bit and not beat themselves up during the bye week. We work some stuff to the test the guys to be able to really see how much they can handle.”

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