Tag:Bradie James
Posted on: August 5, 2011 5:15 pm

Rob Ryan, like Rex, not afraid to speak his mind

Posted by Ryan Wilson

If the fact that they're identical twins wasn't enough of a giveaway, it's clear after hearing Rex and Rob Ryan talk (not just the way the speak but the words that leave their lips) that they are cut from the same cloth.

Rex's coaching style appears to be as much about X's and O's as making brash proclamations that not only inspire his team but incite opponents. So far it's working. In two seasons, Ryan has twice led the Jets to the AFC Championship Game. And even though we're barely a week into 2011 training camps, Rex shows no signs of letting up.

So it should be no surprise that twin brother Rob, in his first year as the Cowboys' defensive coordinator, also isn't afraid to make grand pronouncements that will almost certainly be taken the wrong way by players and coaches outside the organization. But we're guessing that's sort of the point.

The latest evidence: Rob Ryan vowed earlier this week that the Cowboys would "beat the ass" of the "all-hype team." Apparently, he was talking about the Philadelphia Eagles even though he didn't mention them by name.

“I just like that he thinks we're going to come out and kick people's ass,” cornerback Orlando Scandrick said. “If he believes, we believe.”

Linebacker Bradie James was a little more measured. “I've got to roll with whoever's in charge,” James said, according to MySanAntonio.com. “If that's the way he wants to approach it, it's our job to go out there and execute and make sure he doesn't look the fool.”

For his part, Ryan wasn't backing down."You can't talk noise if you don't have the players to back it up," he said. "We always walk the walk. Anybody that knows a Ryan knows they walk the walk. We don't talk the talk, we walk it. Our guys are gonna be good, and we know it. So that ain't talkin'. That's just the (bleepin') way it is."

We said it in reference to Rex needling the Patriots earlier this week but it also holds for Rob: football may officially be back, but it doesn't quite feel like it until one of the Ryan twins say something for the sole purpose of getting a rise out of people.

Bluster aside, Cowboys Pro Bowl nose tackle Jay Ratliff makes a good point. "He's just an honest, straight-forward coach. You know exactly what you're getting. What else can you ask for?"

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Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:06 pm

Offseason Checkup: Dallas Cowboys

Posted by Andy Benoit

Eye on Football's playing doctor for every NFL team with our Offseason Check-ups.

In terms of disappointment, the 2010 Dallas Cowboys more than lived up to the “Everything’s big in Texas” phrase. The year that was supposed to end with Jerry Jones’ team being the first to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium instead ended in effect before Thanksgiving.

Wade Phillips was no longer the coach at that point and Tony Romo had been sidelined for the past month with what would turn out to be a season-ending fractured clavicle. Can’t blame the face-plant on Romo’s injury, though.

After all, the Cowboys were 1-5 in games their star quarterback started.

Brooking quickly established himself as the defense’s emotional leader when he arrived in 2009. Because he’s been in his 30s since the Bush Administration, everyone has assumed he’s on the cusp of washing up.

That simply hasn’t been true…until now. Last season Brooking showed hints of decline in struggling to get off blocks. He is still a dominant player when pursuing the ball untouched, but in a 3-4, inside linebackers can’t count on regularly being untouched.

Lee, a second-round pick out of Penn Stage last year, overtook Bradie James in nickel packages. Lee has good natural change of direction ability and, in a limited sampling, has shown adequate instincts. As great organizations like the Eagles and Patriots have illustrated over the years, it’s better to replace someone a year too early rather than risk keeping him a year too long.

1. Safety
The game is evolving to where safeties are becoming vital for creating deception and disguise in a defensive scheme. The only experienced safety on Dallas’ roster is Alan Ball, and he just converted from cornerback last year.

2. Offensive Linemen
Right tackle Marc Colombo’s lack of athleticism finally caught up to him last season. Right guard Leonard Davis may have remained benched if backup Montrae Holland had been more reliable. Davis really struggled with lateral movement in pass protection last season. Left guard Kyle Kosier is an unrestricted free agent.

3. Cornerback
It may be time to start grooming Terence Newman’s replacement. Newman will be 33 when (if) this season opens up. He’s no longer quick enough to play man coverage with the cushy buffer zone he prefers. Orlando Scandrick is not the guy to replace Newman long-term. The third-year pro is better equipped to defend the slot and must first bounce back from a difficult sophomore campaign.

It’s “America’s Team”, so there’s always talk of a Lombardi Trophy. But how about having no expectations and just shutting up for a change?

It’s well known the Cowboys have as much talent as any team. What needs changing is the way they manage that talent.

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 12:22 pm

Cowboys DE offers publice advice to Jason Garrett

Posted by Andy Benoit
I. Olshansky
It’s never a great sign when your defensive end goes on your linebacker’s radio show and offers constructive criticism and ideas for your offense. That’s what Igor Olshansky of the Cowboys recently did on Bradie James’ program.
"Don't give the ball away," Olshansky said on ESPN 103.3 FM. "I mean, there's a lot of things that can go wrong when you pass the ball. You can get sacked, the ball can get tipped, you can get an interception. If you run the ball, you can get tackled and get a forced fumble. See, there's a lot more things [that can go wrong on pass plays]. ... You've got to run the ball."

The Cowboys, despite having a supposedly-potent three-headed monster at running back, currently rank 31st in rushing.
"You've got to be stubborn about it," Olshansky added. "You've got to be stubborn about who you are. If you're a running team, run the ball in OTAs, minicamp, training camp and all that."

If it helps, wide receiver Roy Williams also said earlier in the week that the team needs to run the ball. Of course, Williams also said the Cowboys can still make the Super Bowl…

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 8:54 am

Wade Phillips hasn't been fired yet

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A couple of different stories in today’s Dallas Morning News deal with Cowboys coach Wade Phillips and what will/could happen to his job.

In the first article, David Moore talked to some of the players who would be affected if Dallas owner Jerry Jones fires Phillips in the middle of this season (it seems like it could happen any day now, doesn't it?).

"It wouldn't do us good at all, not even a little bit," cornerback Terence Newman said. "I think everybody definitely respects Wade. He gets his point across. I don't think trying to change coaches will do us any good, especially when he's not out on the field. We are. We're just not getting it done. I can't put that on him. I put that on us."

Some of what Newman said is a little surprising if it’s true. Phillips doesn’t come off as a coach that’s universally respected in the locker room, though Newman said he does get that respect. He also doesn’t come off as garnering much respect by the front office. But he seems likeable, so he’s got that going for him.

"I just hate it for Wade because his job is so hard now," linebacker Bradie James said. "One thing I can truly say is he's been positive and consistent as far as how he approaches the team meetings with us all together.”

In the second story, Todd Archer explains that making somebody the interim head coach doesn’t always solve a team’s problem. Don Coryell in San Diego in 1978 made it work. So did Bruce Coslet temporarily in Cincinnati in 1986.

But in the past two years, four interim coaches have been hired. Only two, Oakland’s Tom Cable and San Francisco’s Mike Singletary remain with the team that made him an interim, and this very well could be the final season for Singletary.

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 12:15 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2010 12:15 pm

Rivers won't back down

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A nice column here by the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Tim Sullivan on Chargers QB Philip Rivers and what a tough SOB he is. Even during a meaningless preseason game, Rivers can’t stop himself from putting himself in danger to make a play.

Here’s what Sullivan was talking about:

To review: Late in the second quarter of their 16-14 dress rehearsal defeat by the Dallas Cowboys, the Chargers had moved the ball from their own 6-yard line to the Dallas 18. Needing three yards to sustain the drive on third down, Rivers completed a short flip to Darren Sproles, who picked up the required real estate, but was then separated from the ball by Cowboys’ linebacker Bradie James.

Rookie safety Barry Church claimed the loose ball at the Dallas 12-yard line and turned toward the Chargers’ goal as a Cowboys’ convoy formed to clear his path. By the time Church reached midfield, it appeared that the things most likely to prevent him from scoring a touchdown were, in order, a clipping penalty, a cramp and an unscheduled appearance by the Stanford band.

But here was Rivers, drifting toward the north sideline as a shambling deep safety, picking his way through the traffic like a pedestrian crossing a freeway, finding Church and then flattening him.

“I just knew he was going to do it,” Chargers coach Norv Turner said. “I prefer him to not do it in that situation. That being said, that’s the wrong way to think. He’s a football player. He’s out there playing. Go after it and do what he did.”

For Rivers’ part, he says he couldn’t just let Church score there without a fight. Yes, the preseason doesn’t mean much, but then Rivers asks: They’re still keeping score, aren’t they? Oh, they are? OK, I’ll keep playing hard then.

That attitude is one reason why Rivers is one of the top quarterbacks in the league. It’s also why he commands so much respect in the Chargers locker room.

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