Gruden spent the past nine NFL seasons in a TV booth. The last game he coached was Dec. 28, 2008.

If the Masters  is tied after four rounds, the players advance to a sudden-death playoff that alternates between holes No. 18 and No. 10.

The last time the Masters ended in a tie after four rounds was in 2017, when Sergio Garcia won his first major with a birdie on the first hole, beating Justin Rose.

“They’re going to spend most of the this week — three hours a day — with strength and conditioning coaches, and they’ll spend one hour with their position coaches, starting to get into the scheme,” Gruden said. “This first week is pretty much going to get them acclimating to getting stronger, getting faster, getting into the best shape they can be in and build relationships with the strength and conditioning staff.

“Then they’ll be with their new position coaches as they start to learn the offense, the defense and the special teams.”

I’m really excited,” Gruden said. “It’s been a long time. We’ve been here preparing for this day for so long. It will be limited, but we’ll put the boat in the water and it will be fun.”

His importance to the Cowboys was never more visible than in Week 10 last season, when he needed to sit out because of a groin injury and his replacements, Chaz Green and Byron Bell , gave up a stunning six sacks to Falcons pass rusher Adrian Clayborn in a 27-7 blowout loss.

Smith said this weekend the rehab he’s been doing this offseason has him optimistic there will be no replay of that in 2018.

“I went to California and went to a facility out there and starting training and rehabbing a little early,” Smith said. “We just worked on the little things like stretching and taking pressure off my back and opening up my hips a little bit. It’s just little things but I’m feeling great.”

Tyron Smith spoke words this week that surely made Dak Prescott — and all Dallas Cowboys fans, for that matter — happy. bills_012