“I about wrecked my truck”: McCarthy reveals reaction to Cowboys being featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy addresses the media at the annual State of the Cowboys Address at Oxnard, California on July 21, 2021.
Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy addresses the media at the annual State of the Cowboys Address at Oxnard, California on July 21, 2021. (KSAT)

OXNARD, Calif. – Even though this is Mike McCarthy’s second season as the head coach of the Cowboys, this is first chance to experience training camp at Oxnard, California and the worldwide media attention that Dallas generates.

McCarthy is an “old school” coach, and he initially feared invaluable plays and schemes could be revealed with all the media scrutiny as he tries to build his team into a championship contender. So imagine his surprise when he found out that every move the Cowboys make in California will be documented for the world to see because Hard Knocks, HBO’s all-access NFL show, is here this year.

“I just got to be honest, I about wrecked by truck when Jerry called me,” McCarthy said during his State of the Cowboys address on Wednesday in Oxnard. “I was driving through a rain storm, and once I got back on the road... I’m all in. I’m excited about it.”

McCarthy added that he feels more comfortable after meeting with the Hard Knocks staff, stating that he “will let them do their job and we’ll do ours.”

This will be Hard Knocks’ third appearance at Cowboys training camp in Oxnard. They first covered Dallas in 2002, a season in which the Cowboys finished 5-11, and again in 2008, when the squad went 9-7. Dallas missed the playoffs in both of those seasons.

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Greg Simmons is the sports director and a sports anchor for KSAT 12.