Fights have broken out all across training camps this summer, the Dallas Cowboys camp in Oxnard was no different. Linebacker Ernie Sims threw running back Lance Dunbar to the ground. Dunbar reacted by getting up and going after Sims, who is 40 pounds heavier than him.
Sims respects that and intends to talk with Dunbar about it to make sure there aren’t any lingering effects.
“It’s like two males in the wild, you know?” Sims said, via ESPN Dallas. “If a male comes strike at you, you’re going to strike back. We’re playing football. It’s a physical sport. I look at is as animals in the wild. It’s domination. That’s how I look at it.”
“It’s training camp,” said Sims, who is trying to make the team as a versatile veteran reserve linebacker and special teams player. “That’s the reason why I asked my wife to come out here, so I can at least see my wife, so I don’t have to see these men all the time. Bumping up and pushing men all the time, you get tired of it after a while. Running, people yelling at you, it’s just the way it is. You just come out here and compete.
“That’s what I’m trying to do – come out here and compete. I’m trying to earn my position on this team. I’m trying to get a starting job. I’m trying to do everything. But first and foremost, I’m trying to take care of my family. That’s what I have to do.”
Coaches don’t really want their players to fight, but they like the attitude that comes with it.
“He’s playing with a chip on his shoulder,” head coach Jason Garrett said, “and that’s a good thing.”