Tag:Dallas Cowboys
Posted on: August 30, 2010 10:12 am

Dez Bryant good to go, might play Thursday

Posted by Andy Benoit

For Dez Bryant, the long – long – wait is finally over. The Cowboys’ first-round rookie receiver tweeted that he can take the field against the Dolphins for the team’s final preseason game this Thursday.
D. Bryant
Bryant has missed virtually all of training camp and the preseason with an ankle injury. And, thanks to his NCAA suspension, he hasn’t played a true organized football game since September 2009.

The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Bryant is indeed medically cleared to play. However, the Cowboys might be cautious and hold him out.
It's a question of is it worth some of the risk," Jerry Jones said.  "If we end up playing our regulars, then that might make a difference. We typically have not played a full set of our players, so that might be something we might consider since we've got a chance to have our starters out there."

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 6:19 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2010 6:19 pm

Could Dallas' 1st team play in final exhibition?

Dallas got run over by Houston on Saturday, and coach Wade Phillips is debating about whether to play his starters in the team's fourth preseason game (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s not all that often that a coach is so upset with his team that he threatens to play the starters in the fourth and final exhibition game before the regular season begins. Since taking over Dallas in 2007, Wade Phillips certainly wasn’t the kind of coach to make that decision.

But Phillips was so disgusted by what he saw in the Cowboys 23-7 loss to the Texans Saturday that he’s thinking about doing exactly that (even if owner Jerry Jones isn’t all that concerned with the poor showing ).

"I'm not ruling out that we won't play our guys," Phillips told reporters after the game, including the Dallas Morning News’ Gerry Fraley. "We have to evaluate this."

The evaluation will probably read something like this: Dallas stunk out loud against the Texans, and for a team that is so ready to return to the Super Bowl, that’s not a good trend to start.

The defense allowed Texas’ running backs to average 4.8 yards per carry, and the Cowboys gave Houston permission to do pretty much whatever the Texans wanted. And the offense? Well, the offense wasn’t so swell either.

Fraley explains:

In five full series, the first offense produced zippo. For 12 full possessions in the exhibition season, the first offense has managed 13 points on a touchdown and two field goals. The touchdown capped an 8-yard drive against San Diego.

No wonder offensive coordinator Jason Garrett acknowledged the first offense probably will play some against Miami. It needs the work.
"We had too many mistakes," quarterback Tony Romo said. "We need to get better."

Romo was actually a highlight, completing 13 of 18 throws with drops by wide receiver Miles Austin and tight end Jason Witten. The Cowboys again had nothing resembling a ground game.

Even so, it’s hard to imagine Phillips putting his first team units at risk in the final tuneup before the season begins. Maybe he’ll play them a series. Two, at most. Anything else would not be very smart. Especially because we know how Jerry Jones feels about Cowboys who suffer injuries in practice .

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 11:00 am
Edited on: August 29, 2010 11:19 am

Hot Routes 8.29.10: Just a big ole hot mess

Posted by Will Brinson

In hindsight, yes, I'm beyond furious that I didn't use the Jay Cutler - Matt Leinart bro pic for this. Dagnabbit.

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  • The headline of the day pretty much has to be this one from Sean Jensen of the Sun-Times on the Bears: 'Saturday night summary: Hot mess." Yes, that makes me giggle. Almost as much as Jay Cutler getting sacked four times, throwing two picks and finishing the night with a QB rating of THIRTY ONE. Bwah. Meanwhile, in Arizona, the quarterback competition is going to come down to "chemistry with the team ." Really.
  • The fellas at The Wayne Fontes Experience make a good point: Willie Young has sacked the quarterback two weeks in a row. I have no earthly idea how he lasted until the SEVENTH round, but he'll be good. Also, guys, I'm the one driving the Jahvid Best bandwagon. You can hitch your wagon by calling 555-BEST. Also, Steve Schroder is right : why aren't they locking Detroit/Cleveland in for Thanksgiving? It's consistently more awesome than whatever else beatdown we're watching.
  • The score of the Panthers - Titans game might lead you to believe that it's the, you know, preseason. It also might lead you to believe that the Panthers defense is pretty good. As Jaxon writes at Cat Scratch Reader , that's not too far off. Offense, Tom Sorensen says at the Charlotte Observer , is "at a premium," which means that the failure/success of this season might actually hinge on the quarterback position for Carolina (once again). NO PRESSURE, Matt Moore.
  • I actually landed C.J. Spiller in a fantasy draft (for the first time) last night. I'm not upset but this news -- he is, as right tackle Cornell Green put it, "something else. " The guys at Buffalo Rumblings think the offense was "efficient and the defense was "lacking" -- if that's the biggest issue facing the Bills heading into the season, I think they take it and run.
  • Mike Tomlin has yet to announce a starting quarterback, but Ryan Wilson of Steelers' Lounge makes an excellent note : the two-headed quarterback monster of Dennis Dixon and Byron Leftwich is probably the smartest move. Or the only move. Whatever.
  • Dave Halprin of Blogging the Boys makes an astute point: this IS the preseason and all, but you still can't "wash away the stink that was the Cowboys on Saturday night." The good news is that Jerry Jones isn't that concerned ; pretty sure t that won't last if the shoddy play continues through into the regular season.
  • Not that anyone actually roots for failure, but it's kind of funny when a New York team stinks, it usually results in fun headline-writing. "Giants still 'a ways' away from being good " and "Nothing goes right for Giants " are two examples. Basically, the point that you should be getting from this is that the Giants are an "at-risk" team for 2010. On the bright side, Joe Flacco is definitely the starter in Baltimore. Which is, um, unsurprising?
Posted on: August 28, 2010 10:11 pm

Booing Roy Williams

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Dallas Cowboys’ marathon training camp finally ended this week. Over 300,000 fans in Texas and California watched America’s Team practice at some point. And, seemingly, every one of those fans booed receiver Roy Williams at some point.

"No question, they booed me,'' Williams said of the fans at one point during training camp, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. "I'm the bad guy.

"It's fine. It doesn't bother me.''

Williams has always been well-liked, whether as a Texas Longhorn or Detroit Lion. So what has it been like on the other end of the spectrum?

"It's a good challenge for me,'' Williams said. "I'm anxious to see if I have a good year, how many of those boos and 'go back to Detroit' chants will turn into 'man, I'm so glad you came.'''

Not helping Williams’s cause is the fact that his ostensible replacement, Dez Bryant, is arguably the most popular Cowboys rookie since the Super Bowl years.

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Posted on: August 28, 2010 4:33 pm

Want Cowboys tix? There's an IRS auction for that

Posted by Will Brinson

Here's an awkward moment for some Cowboys' season ticket holder: he's having his season package auctioned off by the IRS.

The six-seat package will be available starting Tuesday at the low, low cost of $185,000.

Clay Sanford, an IRS spokesman, said it's the "first time in five years that a season ticket package for professional sports team has been auctioned to settle a debt," according to the Dallas Morning-News .

Technically speaking, it's the "option" to purchase six seats (basically lifetime rights or PSLs or whatever you want to call them) for the next 30 years.

Bonus: it includes parking! The DMN worked out the deets on the price of the package to about $321,000 in addition to a $70,000 charge for transferring. So, yeah, all of our readers out there who are flush with cash, get on it: Tuesday, 9 AM at the Federal Building on Alpha Road in Farmers Branch.
Posted on: August 27, 2010 12:02 pm
Edited on: August 27, 2010 12:03 pm

Hot Routes 8.27.10: we talkin' 'bout practice

Posted by Andy Benoit

Clinton Portis is getting props for his new dedication to practice. Funny what the sense of being in your twilight can do for your work ethic.

Dez Bryant is running routes for the first time since injuring his ankle.

Giants Pro Bowl center Shaun O’Hara is out two weeks due to soreness and swelling in left ankle/Achilles. Is this a chronic injury that could follow the 11th-year veteran all season?

Sam Bradford lit it up as the starter in St. Louis’s third preseason game. So that means he’ll be under center in Week 1, right? Probably, though don’t expect Steve Spagnuolo to confirm that just yet.

Something that stood out in the Packers-Colts game was the way Green Bay’s veteran offensive tackles, Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, handled Indy’s speed-rushing ends, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. Very impressive.

Rhett Bomar could soon challenge Jim Sorgi for the No. 2 quarterback job in New York.

Hugh Jackson talked about the Raiders offense that he’s now in charge of.

Kudos to Marc Bulger for his charitable work to help service men and women.

The Bills aren’t revealing their quarterback rotation for Saturday’s game just yet, though we know that Trent Edwards is the starter. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm have been competing for the top backup job.

Jason Taylor talks about his frustrating time in Washington.

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 4:10 pm

Jerry Jones' mouth not helping the Cowboys

Posted by Andy Benoit

Wade Phillips would never in a million years say this, so we’ll say it for him: he hates it when Jerry Jones talks about players’ injuries. How do we know? Because every coach hates talking about injuries. Imagine how a coach must feel when someone else is talking about injuries for him.
J. Jones (US Presswire)
Plus, it’s the way Jones talks about injuries. He has a tendency to put undue pressure on guys. (Remember when Jones questioned Marion Barber’s toe injury two years ago?)

Jones was running his mouth again Wednesday, touching on the health of four starters. The first victim was right tackle Marc Colombo, who is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. "He's very pleased that they cleaned out and found what they found," Jones said, according to the Dallas Morning News. "It makes him very optimistic, and me too, about his future — not just this year, but years to come. Really, really I think (having had the surgery) is a good thing."

Next, veteran linebacker Keith Brooking. "I like the idea of Brooking getting a little time off and a break away from what he will be asked to do during the season," Jones said.

Okay, so far so good. Nothing too bad here. After all, it’s been expected that Colombo and Brooking will both be ready for the opener.
But then there was what Jones said regarding Kyle Kosier. The left guard was expected to miss up to three regular season games with a sprained knee. But the owner thinks the recovery time can be quicker – much quicker, in fact.

"We'll get him back — hopefully, hopefully — for the first game," Jones said. "I'm planning on it. ... We'll see how he progresses."
Perhaps Kosier is ahead of schedule and will be ready for Week 1. It still does him – and the rest of the team – a disservice to make that information public. What if Kosier ends up missing the first three games, as expected? Now he looks bad, and the Cowboys training staff thinks they look bad.

Jones also touched on the health of wide receiver Dez Bryant, though he put noticeably less pressure on the prized first-round rookie: "Certainly Dez is improving, just (chomping) at the bit, can't understand why he can't get out here and participate," Jones said. "But he's got to have blind faith in his coaches and trainers that we're doing what's best."

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 9:26 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 9:27 am

Hot Routes 8.26.10: the lighter stuff

Posted by Will Brinson and Andy Benoit

Don’t expect any beef between Chester Taylor and Matt Forte. They’re competing for carries, but as Taylor points out, he’s been a backup to a big name runner before – twice, in fact (Adrian Peterson, Minnesota and Jamal Lewis, Baltimore).

Colt McCoy is expected to make Cleveland's final roster. The bigger news is that this is even news in the first place. Wasn’t McCoy a third-round pick?

Cowboys tight end Jason Witten received Pro Football Weekly's 12th annual Arthur S. Arkush Humanitarian Award for his charity work. And right now, 99.9 percent of you are declining to click the link to this story. Think about that next time you’re griping about how the media only covers the athletes who et in trouble.

Cowboys kicker David Buehler (Buehler?...Buehler?...Buehler?...) is showing some consistency.

Lots of position battles in Houston, including Jacoby Jones pushing Kevin Walter hard for the No. 2 wide receiver job and Antoine Caldwell taking over for Mike Brisiel at right guard.

We’ll keep Will’s original description of this link: REALLY hot Colts fan.

How’s this for a “No, really?!” headline from the First Coast News: “Jags Want to End Blackout, Playoff Drought”

Nick Saban has been locking the doors on NFL teams visiting Alabama lately. The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the first teams he let back in. The New York Giants also got in.

Ryan Mathews threw out first pitch for the Padres. Looks like his nose bleeding issue is now a non-issue.

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