“It’s not like anybody’s trying to mess up,” LaFleur said. “It’s never a calling out; that’s not the approach that I take. You try to make the correction and own it and move on. We all mess up. It’s not to place blame other than it’s our job as coaches to try to get the most out of our players to help them. I want all these guys to have long, successful careers and make a ton of money or win a lot of games — whatever motivates them.”
Perhaps if Tonyan had screwed up in personalized jerseys practice, LaFleur’s reaction might have been different. On occasion in training camp, LaFleur would erupt. He threw then-safety Josh Jones out of a practice for fighting one day and blew up after rookie running back Dexter Williams botched the first play of another practice.
Kuzma, the planned third member of the Lakers’ Big Three this season who has had an up-and-down experience in keeping pace with James and Davis, recognizes the void should Davis be sidelined.
“Coach always talks about ‘next man up,'” Kuzma said. “I just feel like custom team jerseys if I have an opportunity, I’ll be fine. … I mean, I’m not Anthony Davis, so I’m just going to be myself. And just do me.”
It wasn’t all perfect for Moore, but there is something to work with in 2020. The same goes for offensive line coach Marc Colombo. Prescott went from being sacked 56 times in 2018 to 23 times in 2019. Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin were named to the Pro Bowl. Right tackle La’el Collins had his best season. Quarterback coach Jon Kitna also seemed to get the best out of Prescott.
There is a lot to like about the Cowboys’ personnel and assistants, but the answer is up in the air as of now because there’s uncertainty if McCarthy will want to bring in his own coaches.