Raiders-Cowboys joint practices might return next year

Raiders-Cowboys joint practices might return next year
August 14, 2014, 8:00 am
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There hasn’t been anything concrete done there, but I’d love to have them come up to Napa next year.
Dennis Allen

Joint practices between the Raiders and Cowboys were a big hit.

Fans of both sides loved the experience, which was backyard football with a buzz.

Despite the occasional scuffle, coaches considered the sessions productive. Head coach Dennis Allen believes his Raiders got great work in a great environment in a practice that doubled as a team-building exercise. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett considered Tuesday’s workout “as electric an atmosphere as I’ve been in at a practice, really, in my life."

[RELATED: Raiders leave joint practices a stronger unit]

Players, new Raiders especially, enjoyed the fan interaction and the competitive nature of each practice rep.

Save a fan swinging a helmet at Cowboys cornerback B.W. Webb during a on-field brawl, a productive time was had by almost all.

[RELATED: Brawl breaks out at Raiders-Cowboys practice]

That begs the question: Was this a one-time thing?

Allen certainly hopes not. Nothing is set for 2015, but there’s interest in reconvening again next year.

“I don’t know if that’s 100 percent determined,” Allen said. “There have been some preliminary discussions. We’d like to be able to do it, but it’s too early to say for sure.

“There hasn’t been anything concrete done there, but I’d love to have them come up to Napa next year.”

The Raiders and Cowboys made joint practices a regular thing in the 1990s, starting when the Raiders practiced at the Cowboys current facility in Oxnard and Cowboys worked out in nearby Thousand Oaks. Before this week, they hadn't practiced together since 1997. The teams also scrimmaged each other in El Paso in 1998.