Tag:Tony Romo
Posted on: August 8, 2010 9:04 pm

2010 NFL Hall of Fame Game: 1st quarter notes

Posted by Will Brinson

As we noted earlier, this IS preseason football, so there's only so much we can hope for.  That being said, the first couple of series were still pretty revealing for Bengals and Cowboys fans in the first quarter of kind-of-real-but-still-fake football action, which ended with the Cowboys leading 3-0.

Oh, and if you want to hang out and talk football during the game, follow us on Twitter. We're quite chatty .

Doug Free, whose blocking skills the Cowboys plan to hang much of their offensive success on this season, looked both sharp and strong, keeping Tony Romo free in the pocket and opening up holes for Marion Barber and Felix Jones.

Of course, Jones fumbled on the one-yard line on the Cowboys' first possession, which is indicative of a few things. One, the Cowboys aren't totally against letting the beefed-up Jones carry the ball in the red zone. But, more importantly: two, Jones might not be cut out for it. Obviously making a snap judgment on one preseason series isn't entirely safe, but if the Cowboys are going to give him run during the preseason as a red zone back, he can't be putting the ball on the ground, or else he won't get shots at it in the regular season.

Antwan Odom was briefly on the ground, terrifying Cincy fans everywhere. Fortunately, it was just a "poked eye."

Terrell Owens was targeted by Carson Palmer. A LOT. But Palmer only went 2/5 for 18 yards (both completions to Owens) while getting sacked once by Stephen Bowen, and pressured a few other times. There's no real need to look at the Bengals' first-teamers and think they're suddenly going to be a pass-first offense, though.

On the next-to-last play of the first quarter, Jon Kitna fumbled -- although Dallas recovered -- on a sack by Jonathan Fanene. The bigger problem is the fumble was caused because Alex Barron did a poor job of blocking (well, the bigger problem for Dallas anyway) on the play. Free's looking pretty good to hold down his line spot.

Tony Romo went 5/10 for 59 yards on the 'Boys first drive, and the numbers might have looked a little cleaner were it not for some "meh" playcalling in the red zone following Jones' fumble.

What were your thoughts?

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Posted on: August 8, 2010 4:58 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2010 5:02 pm

Owens discusses Jerry Jones, Romo relationships

Posted by Will Brinson

Terrell Owens, as is typical of the wide receiver, didn't leave Dallas on a good note.

Fortunately -- for the media anyway -- he's playing Dallas tonight in the 2010 Hall of Fame game, this time as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. (Quick aside: Um, football's here. YEEEESSS.) So, naturally, Owens was asked about his run with the Cowboys. From David Moore of the Dallas Morning-News :

"I think it was short-lived,'' Owens said. "I was prematurely let go. Things like that happen. You have to take the bitter with the sweet and you move on.

"Do I think I probably should still be there? Yeah. But that's not the case. You deal with that situation as it comes. I think a lot of people know there are some unfortunate things that happened there.

"Again, I still stand by the things I said and what was done and I know it wasn't my fault.''

That's not necessarily unfair -- Owens was plenty productive with Dallas, but it became clear that things weren't working out between the player and the organization.

Or, at least, some in the organization, because Owens feels like if Jerry Jones had "the ultimate decision" he would still be a Cowboy. Which is silly. Because, newsflash, Jones DOES have the final call on all things Cowboys.

Perhaps instead, a "more favorite" Cowboy wasn't a big Owens fan? His response to a question about his relationship with Tony Romo -- "I don't know ... I certainly don't have much to say about that" -- opens that possibility, though.

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Posted on: August 2, 2010 3:02 pm

Guess who showed up at Cowboys practice...

Jessica Simpson was often criticized for attending Cowboys games when she was dating Tony Romo. What do you think fans would have said if she’d attended practice?
K. Kardashian (US Presswire)
That’s what Miles Austin’s celebrity girlfriend did Sunday. According to the Associated Press, Kim Kardashian watched her boyfriend from a private Alamodome suite. Oh, and sitting in the suite with Kardashian was former Miss Missouri, Candice Crawford, who is dating…Tony Romo.

Apparently, the celebrities all had lunch together. The AP writes, “Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he ‘almost swallowed’ his sandwich earlier when he ran into Austin and Kardashian having lunch with Romo.

This begs the question, if Jones was so surprised that he “almost swallowed” his sandwich, then what was he planning on doing with the sandwich in his mouth before the surprise?

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 10:13 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2010 10:31 pm

Doug Free has a rough start to training camp

Doug Free's strong play at right tackle convinced the Cowboys that they could live without Flozell Adams on the left side of the line. So, there's a fair amount of pressure on Free heading into 2010.

After all, he's the guy who's in charge of making sure that Tony Romo stays in one piece. Which is what makes this report from ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon a little disturbing:
Twice during team drills, backup outside linebackers blew by Free for what would have been clean shots at Romo's back. Free didn't get a finger on Brandon Williams or Steve Octavien as they turned the corner on simple speed rushes. Two padless practice plays a season does not make, of course. And it's entirely possible that Free was just nervous. Or something.

That being said, Alex Barron is in town following the team's swap with the Rams for linebacker Bobby Carpenter, and that gives Dallas another option if it turns out that Free isn't ready for the left tackle role.

For now, it's not worth speculating that Free's job is in too much trouble. But a few more practices like Saturday's, and we might have to rethink exactly which position battles in the NFC East we're watching .

-- Will Brinson

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Posted on: July 24, 2010 1:28 pm

Cowboys open camp today

In honor of the Cowboys opening training camp today, we have some news for you.

So, what will Dallas’ players be in store for today, beginning with their first practice this afternoon? Lots of running probably. As the Dallas Morning News points out this morning, the first day of camp is devoted to conditioning and determining what kind of shape the players are in as they report.

"I expect them to come in in good shape,'' coach Wade Phillips said. "When they left the off-season program, they were all at least pointing toward coming in at a good weight.”

According to the Morning News, quarterback Tony Romo weighed in at 226 pounds, five pounds under his assigned weight.

-Two players who won’t be involved in workouts today are linebacker Stephen Hodge and rookie safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah – who have been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, meaning they won’t be available to play for the first six games of the season.

From the team’s official web site :

Hodge is still recovering from last year's season-ending microfracture knee surgery, and Owusu-Ansah missed every offseason practice following his March shoulder surgery. Head coach Wade Phillips said Owusu-Ansah appears close to returning, but Hodge's timetable for medical clearance is a bit more uncertain.

-With the official beginning of training camp, Dallas executive vice president Stephen Jones sat down for a preseason news conference. He had good news to report. Now that the Cowboys have signed second-round pick, LB Sean Lee, they’ve secured contracts with all of their draft picks. That means no hold-outs for Dallas.

How in the heck did that happen?

“We knew initially we were going to have to be the first ones out of the bag in terms of getting these guys signed and so we came up with a strategy to work with the agents on what those increases will be from last year," Jones said. "Rather than typically what we would do is just go slide it, the guy in front of you the guy in back of you, sometimes a couple of slots, but it’s much easier to get it done that way. We had commitments from the agents and I think it speaks to the players as well. Both Dez (Bryant) and Sean Lee are obviously more difficult players to get done because you’re dealing with a larger magnitude of money and that first and second round is usually a little more complicated in terms of the deal. But both Dez and Sean are the type of guys who don’t want to miss anything and who really want to help contribute this year and didn’t want to miss anything.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 17, 2010 7:16 pm

Romo tied for 6th in celebrity golf tourney

From the Dallas Morning News

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is in a two-way tie for sixth after Saturday's second round of the American Century Championship, a 54-hole event for athletes and celebrities.

Romo shot a 19 in the modified stableford format in which players are awarded points for Eagles, birdies and pars and points are subtracted for bogies and worse. Romo shot a 21 in Friday's opening round. His two-day total of 40 is 18 points behind leader Billy Joe Tolliver (58). Tolliver, a former Texas Tech quarterback, leads Jack Wagner by 11 points. Hall-of-Fame quarterback John Elway (45 points) and former pitcher John Smoltz (41) are fourth and fifth, respectively.

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 12, 2010 5:49 pm

Kicking out the jams

If you like your football with a side of heavy metal, the Dolphins and the Cowboys have just the thing for you.

When they’re not blocking defenders and trying to protect quarterback Chad Henne or Tony Romo, a few NFL offensive linemen jam in a metal band called Free Reign. The Dolphins official team site has the findings, and it’s a pretty cool story.

Miami guard Cory Procter apparently has a knack for drumming, and he’s teamed up with Cowboys tackle Marc Colombo (lead singer, rhythm guitar) and Dallas guard Leonard Davis (bass), along with one of Davis’ high school friends.

“During the season, it’s non-existent,” Procter told Dolphins web site. “We talk about the band and maybe on a day off, I could get on the drums. The drums are the physical one, especially the kind of music we play because it’s not really quiet music. Our genre’s metal with a lot of heavy riffs, heavy guitars, big drums and a lot of screaming. Columbo does the screaming, but the thing is, he’s good at it and his vocals have come a long way. All of us have, and there used to be a big gap between Justin and the rest of us but now we’re all pretty close.”

So far, the band has released a five-song EP on its Australian record label, and the foursome are making plans to release an eight-song full-length album.

If you’re looking for a listen, click here to breath in the song, “Tragedy.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 5:26 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 5:28 pm

Why has TO not been signed?

As we near the end of the offseason and on toward the beautiful sunrise of next season, there’s been some speculation – though maybe not as much as you might think – about Terrell Owens, why he hasn’t been signed and if he will have a job in 2010.

The second season of “The TO Show” will premiere July 12 on VH1 (I thought ratings for his reality show for the first season were outrageously bad. How did he get re-upped for another season?), so maybe he’ll let us know how he’s feeling that, at this point, he’s unwanted by all 32 teams in the NFL.

Andy wrote a little about this a couple days ago , and he quoted Owens telling the NFL Network, "I think why I'm not on a team is not because I can't play. It's based off character issues, and I think that's where the situation lies, and I don't think it's fair. As far as me being able to produce and perform on a football field, I can do that -- that's not a question."

Perhaps not. After all, with Buffalo last season, he still showed he’s got his skills, catching a team-high 55 passes for a team-high 829 yards and five touchdowns. Sure, those numbers are way down from his previous seasons, but you also have to remember, he had Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards throwing the ball his way last year. Nobody will confuse them with Dallas QB Tony Romo and former San Francisco QB Jeff Garcia.

So, why were the Bills so ready to get rid of him if questioning his character is no longer fair? It’s true what he says. Owens – at least in the public eye – was a sweetheart last year. Didn’t cause a stir. Didn’t create problems. Why can’t he find a team now?

I’ve talked to a few sources around the league, and the consensus is this: despite last season’s good behavior, he’s got one too many strikes against him, and his talent is no longer good enough to override whatever other problems he’s had (or could create). One assistant coach I talked to said Owens still can still use his speed to get by defensive backs – “A majority of his touchdowns last year was TO beating DBs up the field,” the assistant said – and he still has good hands. But he’s not quite as skilled a blocker down field as he used to be.

Owens has talked to a few squads, but at least one team thought he just didn’t seem all that interested in the job. Basically, he didn’t sell himself.

But the biggest issue for Owens? This, of course, is subject to chance once training camp starts and injuries begin to pile up, but basically it’s this: teams simply feel he’s not worth the hassle.

--Josh Katzowitz

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