Cedric Thornton was a good 3-4 defensive end for the Eagles over the past few seasons, but he became a scheme change casualty as Philadelphia shifted to 4-3 alignment this year under new defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Thornton understandably tested the free agent market and decided to stay in the NFC East by signing with the Dallas Cowboys. Speaking with reporters during Cowboys minicamp, Thornton explained one interesting difference between Dallas and Philadelphia.
"A lot more aggressiveness, a lot more impact in walkthroughs, and they expect us to be in better condition than we were in Philadelphia," said Thornton via Jon Machota. "Coach Garrett, Coach Marinelli, all the coaches around here have very high expectations for us right now going into the OTAs and minicamp, so are the training camp expectations. It's definitely different in that aspect as far as Philadelphia, but I like it. I love it."
It's completely expected that a player is going to praise his new team, even if it's potentially at the expense of his former one. But the line about "better condition" is sort of interesting given Chip Kelly's emphasis on sports science.
Thornton's comment is pretty mild overall. Still, it's interesting to hear the contrast in how two bitter NFC East rivals operate differently.
Maybe all that aggressiveness in practice and better conditioning can help the Cowboys win more than the four games they did in 2015.