Parcells, Jones Meet with the Media

OXNARD, Calif. - Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and head coach Bill Parcells met with the media Friday to discuss the start of training camp. "I'm looking forward to it as much as I've looked forward to anything in a long time," Parcells said. "Everything we do here (in Oxnard) will be pointed towards our first game in Jacksonville."

JONES OPTIMISTIC AS ALWAYS: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was as optimistic as ever regarding his team's outlook for the upcoming season.

In an opening statement to the media Friday afternoon, Jones cited the returning talent, as well as the recent additions in free agency and the draft as reasons why fans should be excited for 2006.

"I know I've been accused of being a little too optimistic at times ... but headed into this camp I really believe this is a very good time to be a fan or associated with the Dallas Cowboys and the National Football League," he said.

"I'm particularly encouraged because of our roster, our recent drafts and our players in the time of their career. They want to win."

In addition, Jones also said he was excited to be back in Oxnard, Calif. and excited that Bill Parcells has returned to coach another year.

"It never ceases to fire me up when we come out here and see the interest," he said. "But I'm excited about Bill and his energy. I'm uniquely excited to be here."

PARCELLS BUSINESS AS USUAL: Not surprisingly, head coach Bill Parcells is approaching the season as business as usual.

"I'm looking forward to it as much as I've looked forward to anything in a long time," he said in his opening statement. "Everything we do here (in Oxnard) will be pointed towards our first game in Jacksonville."

Parcells also had some intriguing comments about Keith Davis and his situation.

"The NFL security office has done a thorough investigation and we are pretty convinced he is on the victim side of this thing," he said. "I don't know that he was at fault for anything. "I don't know that for fact. But what I've been told is that he's the victim in this case.

Parcells also said he expects Davis to be on the field tomorrow morning for the first practice of training camp.

PARCELLS ON T.O.: It took less than two minutes into the press conference before the first question on Terrell Owens was posed to Parcells.

When asked how he plans to use controversial wide receiver this season, Parcells said he has some ideas about what he'd like to do, but at the same time, he doesn't plan on overhauling the offensive playbook either.

"Only a fool would not attempt the skill available or the talent available," he said. "If you mean are we going to change to the west coast offense because that's what he knows, the answer would be no.

"Having seen what he does, I have an idea of some things. I do want to try and use the ability available if I can.

"I know he's going to command attention. So that's a good thing for other players as well."

PRE-CAMP CONCERNS? When asked about the concerns on his team entering the start of camp on Saturday, Parcells mentioned many of the key areas the media have already been focused on this offseason.

"A couple (concerns) on the offensive line," he said. "And maybe one position in particular in the secondary. We are going to have a transition at a couple of the linebacker spots.

"Every year is different. It always unfolds. You don't know what is going to happen through the course of camp that is going to cause you problems."

Parcells was also asked several questions about his offensive line. And again, not surprisingly, he said that the play of that unit would go a long ways in the overall success of the team.

"I think that's a vital part of any football team," he said. "Vital. If we are not very good there then we will not be a very good team."

QUICK HITS: Parcells said he was optimistic that the situation with Greg Ellis will work out and that he has not read Terrell Owens' new book. "I don't even know the name of it," he said. ... Parcells also said he did not consider retiring after last season. "You just need a little time to get yourself removed there. You don't want to be doing things when you are in an emotional state. I like it here. He's (Jerry Jones) been supportive." ... When asked when he would know to retire, he responded, "when I don't look forward to the process." ... Finally, Parcells said he was looking for the "right 53" players to make the team, not necessarily the "most talented 53."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "When you are a head coach in this league you feel pressure all the time. I don't care if you won the Super Bowl an hour ago. You feel it." - Parcells on feeling pressure in the National Football League.

NEXT UP: The Cowboys will hit the practice fields in Oxnard Saturday morning for their first official practice of training camp. The team will practice from 9 AM to 11 AM Saturday morning, and again from 5 PM to 7 PM Saturday evening. TheRanchReport.com will be on hand to provide complete coverage of both sessions.

PARTING SHOT: Cowboys fans will be happy to hear that when Parcells was asked about the differences between last year's team and this year's, the first word out of his mouth was, "firepower."

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