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 suspended from organized team activity for 2023 for holding practices deemed too physical by the NFL. The organization has not been verbalized, unlike 2021.
A year ago, McCarthy was fined $50,000 and the Cowboys were fined $100,000 and had an OTA removed this offseason for the same reason. Dallas was one of three teams to be fined in 2021 and have an OTA removed for violating practices. San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan was fined $50,000 and the organization was fined $100,000, while the Jacksonville Jaguars were fined $100,000. $200,000 and former coach Urban Meyer was fined $100,000.
McCarthy cut the Cowboys’ mandatory minicamp from three practices to one this week, but that has nothing to do with the penalty. The Cowboys held a team-building event at Topgolf on Wednesday, and veterans were excused from work Thursday while rookies met with coaches and had their final weightlifting session.
“I think the most important thing is you have a start line and a finish line and I just felt like we crossed the finish line, especially with the veterans,” said McCarthy said when asked why he cut minicamp short. “And really the focus today was just to spend the last time with the rookies. I think they had the opportunity to do their last lift for this week, to spend a lot of individual time with the coordinators and assistant coaches and to focus squarely on the five-week plan that’s in front of them. Everything that we wanted to accomplish in the offseason has been completed, and really the focus is on their individual five-week plan. .”