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Singletary's Notebook: Aug. 28



On T Marvel Smith traveling with the team:**

"No, Marvel is going to stay here and take care of some personal things that he needs to take care of, and that's all there is right now."

On T Barry Sims starting at tackle in place of Smith:

On the condition of QB Shaun Hill's back and how much he will play:
"I don't know about the whole half, but he'll start the game and we'll go from there."

On the reasons and the duration that Marvel Smith will miss time with the team:
"It's personal reasons. We're going to give him the time just like the other guys and take care of what you need to take care of and we'll go from there."

On any other players that will possibly miss the upcoming game versus Dallas:
"Other than [WR Brandon] Jones, the receiver, no – unless something else comes up."

On whether Shaun Hill's back is still hindering his performance:
"He's doing fine. As far as his health, he's doing fine. It was like at the beginning when the whole thing started. It was just a little back strain that he has to deal with, but he continues to make progress and he's doing fine."

On how much he anticipates the starters playing in this game:
"I don't know. I don't know. I'm just going to look at the game and kind of judge it and see how the game is going, see how plays, how many series, that kind of thing. We will see. At least the first quarter, and after that we will take it from there."

On which players he wants to see a lot from against Dallas:
"There are some guys, and I won't mention any names because they know who they are. It is just a matter of letting them know, 'I need to see this. I need to see that. If you have it, let me see it and let our coaching staff see it so we don't have to leave training camp guessing.' They are aware of that."

On what he wants to see from his team against Dallas:
"The biggest thing I want our guys to do is to continue to take steps. That's all I want to see. That's all the staff wants to see. We have another week, we have played two games, let's eliminate some of the things we have done and let's continue to take another step. That is all I have been talking about this whole training camp. If we can take steps each day, each game, then we are going to be where we want to be, and that is what we are starting to do."

On what he'd like the team to learn from the game and what he's expecting from Dallas:
"The first answer to that question is we always want to grow and we always want to learn. They're obviously a good football team, and there's always something to learn. But, understand this: Each and every week, it's all about us. I don't really care if they come out in a 4-3. I don't want our guys to come to the sideline saying, 'Hey, they're playing a 4-3. Wow. We're surprised.' We should be prepared for anything they come out with. So, I don't really care what they do. The most important thing is that we do what we do and we execute how we need to execute and take our steps and we'll be fine."

On whether he's anxious to see the stadium:
"They'll get bigger and better all the time. I'm sure it's beautiful. I'm sure it's all the other things. But, the most importantly, I just want to make sure that the field is the same size and we go out there and we execute. That's it."

On how he thinks traveling as a team helps the squad come together:
"It's just another step in the process. I'm really thankful that we have a chance to go on the road the third week of the preseason and play a really quality football team, good football team. It couldn't have come at a better time. I'm excited. Our team is excited. Our staff is excited. We have an opportunity to go out and get better."

On how the quarterback rotation for Saturday:
"No idea."

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