Tag:Dallas Cowboys
Posted on: December 26, 2011 9:40 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Jerry Jones draws criticism for sideline presence

Jones is 'amazed' anyone cares that he's patrolling the sidelines during games. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Meddlesome is a word often used to describe owner Jerry Jones because of his hands-on approach to running the Cowboys. This approach includes Jones standing on the sidelines during games, and if he thinks it's warranted, talking to the head coach. This is exactly what happened Saturday.

Jones has since taken criticism for -- wait for it -- meddling, instead of letting his coach, you know, coach. (To be fair, Jones has reason for concern; Jason Garrett iced his own kicker in a loss to the Cardinals and Jones questioned Garrett's conservative play-calling against the Patriots earlier this season.)

After Romo hit his right hand on the helmet of an Eagles defender in the first quarter Saturday, Jones spoke face to face with Garrett on the sidelines about the Cowboys quarterback.

"You communicate a lot of different ways," Jones said during a radio interview with The Ticket (KTCK-AM 1310) via The Dallas Morning News. "It isn’t just words. It’s body language, it’s everything. So it’s important to me, when I’m down there, to be evaluating what’s going on on the sideline, and it’s important to me to be communicating with anything I’m about on the sideline.

"In this particular case, I did want nothing to drop between the lines communication-wise. We had talked about clearly what would happen if the Giants won, what we would be doing with Felix [Jones] during this ballgame and the need to have him healthy if we could do anything about it next week. But what we didn’t talk about was what if something happened and there was a question mark about [Tony] Romo, how that would be handled. That’s Jason’s decision, but he doesn’t need to be making that one by himself.

"So I wanted to, very briefly, step down there with just a few minutes gone in the first quarter, sit there and say, 'Here’s the lay of the land. Romo’s got a hand injury, but it looks like we’re going to have him for New York. Felix is there. You make the decision, but our emphasis should be on New York.'"

Jones went on to say that "I’ve talked to every head coach during a ballgame, on the sideline, that we’ve ever had with the Dallas Cowboys," which makes it even more amazing that Bill Parcells lasted four seasons in Dallas.

Good news, however: Jones says these impromptu get-togethers aren't about play-calling or offensive philosophy, which is too bad because Garrett could then blame the owner for the what happened in Arizona and New England.

"It has amazed me to be criticized for really walking down on the floor of the company or walking into the business that we’re doing, not just the Dallas Cowboys, and not pick up the trash or be interested in how that guy’s treating customers,” Jones explained. “The more involved your top management, the more involved ownership can be, I’ve always thought made the best way for it to work. ...

"You didn’t see that kind of criticism very early on, but we were winning Super Bowls. And it was the same exact way that we handled our decision-making and the exact same way that we handled our ultimate information gathering system. We’ve been doing it ever since I owned the team. The exact same way."

But that's the point: you can do what you want when you're winning. When you're struggling, everything's open to scrutiny.

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Posted on: December 26, 2011 5:03 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Andy Reid says LeSean McCoy will play Week 17

Shady's says he's getting shut down for the season. (AP)
By Will Brinson

Week 17 means nothing for the Eagles, who are already eliminated from the postseason despite their Week 16 20-7 victory over Dallas. But it was going to mean something for running back LeSean McCoy, who had a shot at the NFL rushing title as well the Philly single-season record for rushing yards.
Week 16 Recap

But McCoy won't be topping Wilbert Montgomery's club record for rushing yards now, at least based on his comments Monday.

"Montgomery, he’s probably smiling right now," McCoy said, per Bob Grotz of the Delaware County Times. "I’ll get it next year – hopefully."

McCoy was 123 yards shy of Montgomery's franchise record for rushing yards of 1,512 yards that he set in 1979, so he stood a pretty good chance of topping that, with the Eagles set to play the Redskins in the final game of the season.

So the Eagles are smart to shut Shady down for the year ... except they're not apparently.

"McCoy has a slight ankle sprain, but he’ll be fine," Andy Reid said on Monday. "I know there was something put out there that he wasn’t going to play, but that’s not the case. [His comments] were more towards how many yards he thought he needed to break Wilbert Montgomery’s record."

Reid said all his starters will play, provided they're healthy, which is interesting given what happened to Adrian Peterson -- a talented running back dealing with an ankle sprain who played in a meaningless game and blew out his knee -- in Week 16.

The rushing title wasn't likely going to happen anyway: McCoy's 1,309 yards is nearly 130 shy of Maurice Jones-Drew's league-leading 1,437 rushing yards on the season.

And unlike Montgomery, MJD will actually play on Sunday. So will McCoy, apparently.

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Posted on: December 26, 2011 2:04 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 2:17 pm
 

Report: Tony Romo 'fine,' no new QB for Cowboys

Romo reportedly is 'fine' for Week 17's game. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Tony Romo's hand had a nasty run-in with Jason Babin's helmet on Saturday during Dallas' 20-7 loss to Philly, and the result was similar to getting hit in the mouth with your grandmother's green bean casserole: swelling of awkward proportions.

As such, there are plenty of Cowboys fans concerned about Romo's status for Week 17's division-deciding matchup against the Giants. But reports indicate that Romo will be "fine" and that the Cowboys won't pursue any free agent quarterbacks.

Week 16 Recap

That's according to Ed Werder of ESPN, who reports that Dallas isn't seeking to ink a veteran quarterback, which means they likely believe Romo's capable of starting -- and beating -- the Giants on Sunday.

"He will be fine," a source told Werder.

Romo said on Saturday that he could've returned to the game if the Cowboys needed a win to clinch the division and/or the outcome of the Cowboys game affected the playoff race at all.

"I would've tried very hard," Romo said. "No question. I did a little bit but the coaching staff decided against that."

Good for the coaching staff -- letting Romo play in a meaningless game with a busted hand would've been irresponsible. It stinks for people who bet on the Cowboys, it stinks for fantasy owners, it stinks for Romo's competitive nature and it stinks for him trying to post the best numbers of his career.

But it was a smart decision by Jason Garrett to keep Romo on the sidelines, and if it pays off with his quarterback being healthy and beating the Giants to win the NFC East, it'll look ever smarter.


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Posted on: December 24, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Tony Romo says he's OK to play next week

T. Romo said he'd play next week, despite his hand injury (AP).

By Josh Katzowitz

A potentially scary moment for the Cowboys and quarterback Tony Romo in their 20-7 loss to the Eagles shouldn’t keep Romo out of next week’s potential playoff clincher vs. the Giants.

That’s what Romo told reporters after the game today after it was discovered, via the Cowboys website, that Romo didn’t break any bones in his hand (but only broke blood vessels) when he hit his hand against the helmet of Eagles defensive end Jason Babin.

As he was walking to an elevator, Romo told ESPN Dallas that he’ll play in New York for the NFC East title, and he said that if the Giants had lost to the Jets, thereby making the Cowboys game meaningful, he would have tried his best to return Saturday.

"I would've tried very hard," Romo said. "No question. I did a little bit but the coaching staff decided against that."




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Posted on: December 24, 2011 7:37 pm
Edited on: December 26, 2011 1:43 pm
 

Sorting the Sunday Pile, Week 16: Cam's the GOAT

Posted by Will Brinson


Sorting the Sunday Pile takes all of Sunday's NFL action, figures out the winners and losers and asks the big questions. Slightly condensed version this week as it's the holidays. No podcast, no picture of the week and only eight questions. Blame Mrs. Brinson if you're so inclined. Send your complaints, questions and comments to Will Brinson on Twitter.

The Greatest Rookie Season Ever?

That's right. The greatest rookie season ever is precisely what Cam Newton's going to wrap up in Week 17 against the Saints a game of no real consequence when it comes to his legacy as the best rookie in NFL history.

There should be no argument that Cam's season, even without the final week, goes down as the greatest season by a rookie quarterback in history. He has the record for most passing yards in a season (again, with a week to go) by a rookie. He has the record for most passing yards in a game by a rookie. He has the record for most rushing touchdowns in a season by any quarterback.

Of the seven rookie quarterbacks with 3,000 passing yards, Newton doesn't have the most passing touchdowns, but he doesn't have the most interceptions either. There shouldn't be any question that his rookie year is the greatest by any quarterback.

As far as other rookies go, you could argue for Eric Dickerson (more than 2,000 total yards and 20 touchdowns in 1983), Dick Lane (14 interceptions, two pick sixes for Night Train in 1952), Randy Moss (17 touchdowns and 1,313 receiving yards in 1998) or Lawrence Taylor (9.5 sacks -- before they were even counted -- in 1981) if you want.

But none of those guys dealt with the complexities of running an offense. None of those guys dealt with a lockout-shortened offseason. None of those guys performed the way they did under the intense scrutiny of 2011 Twitteratiland. None of those guys carried the expectations of the No. 1 overall pick who was supposed to save a franchise ... or cost a GM his job simply because no one was sure how good they'd be. None of those guys inspired the fierce debate that Newton did leading up to being drafted.

Cam's rejuvenated a franchise that was dead in the water and he might be a top-10 quarterback in the NFL right now. It's been a marvel to watch him perform and it's insane to think that there was a debate as to whether or not the Panthers should take him.

Winners

Matthew Stafford: The Lions are in the playoffs. That's worthy of "winner inclusion" all by itself. But the Lions were secretly facing a pretty bad situation, with the white-hot Chargers and the very good Packers over the next two weeks. 9-7 and getting snuck out of the playoffs wasn't out of the question at all. Until Stafford got his surgical precision on and shredded the San Diego secondary, going 29 of 36 with 373 yards and three touchdowns. Stafford's next up for the "is he or isn't he elite" debate.

Pete Prisco
: Yes, my CBSSports.com colleague and former life coach (Pete doesn't know it, but I fired him when he suggested I not wear socks with my loafers). Prisco's the only guy that I know of who refused to budge off his negative stance of Tebow during the Broncos winning streak. There might be an argument that Pete's stubborn and you might be inclined to call him a "hater" but with the way that Tebow egged on Saturday, there are going to be a LOT of people ripping him over the next week. And Prisco's the only one of those people who's stood his ground the whole time.

Kevin Kolb:
The Cardinals were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday and that means Kolb avoided his worst possible nightmare. That would be "John Skelton marching Arizona to an improbable postseason run and the team deciding to bail on Kolb's albatross of a contract." Instead, Arizona now plays out the string and regroups for 2012, likely with Kolb as the starting quarterback for at least another year.

Matt Forte
: What's that, you say? Forte didn't play on Saturday. Oh, I know that. I also know that if the Vikings hadn't handed Adrian Peterson a monster contract before the 2011 season, things would be awkward right about now. Over the past month, the Bears have collapsed without Forte and Jay Cutler, meaning he's beefed up his leverage as an important player for the franchise and, with the Peterson injury, justified his rationale for wanting a new contract.

Jerome Simpson: Did you see his touchdown catch?

Turner's time might be up in San Diego. (US Presswire)

Losers

Norv Turner: A lot of credit goes to the Lions for the way they played on Saturday. Detroit is a very good team and a formidable opponent. But how can the Chargers not show up, especially knowing that the Broncos lost and that they were either a Bengals/Jets pair of losses or a Broncos loss in Week 17 away from making the playoffs? That's still not "controlling your own destiny" but out of everyone who was gifted an early Christmas present during the early games on Sunday, Turner and the Chargers were probably the luckiest. A 24-0 halftime deficit in the most critical game of the season isn't going to inspire any Spanos family members to keep their pink slips tucked away.

Jason Garrett
: No one's going to blame him for losing to Philly. That's what happens with Stephen McGee under center. But holy cow does Garrett have the hardest decision -- and the most scrutiny -- of his short career coming up over the next week. The Giants and Cowboys will play in Week 17, with a trip to the postseason and a division championship on the line. Tony Romo will almost certainly play, but will he be effective? Can Garrett gameplan in order to play to Romo's injury? Will he cough up a shot at the postseason? These are the ways we will judge him after next week's game. And by "we" I obviously mean "Jerry Jones and his potentially angry family."

Adrian Peterson
: AP's leg injury on Sunday was so brutal that I even feel like a jerk putting him in the "losers" section. But if you saw the horrific nature of Peterson's injury, you know precisely why he's not feeling like a winner right now. The Vikings announced after the game that it was a sprained knee but -- all due respect to Minnesota -- that's just not believable at all. The multiple reports that it's a torn ACL (and potentially worse) make a lot more sense. It's just sad that Peterson could miss significant time because he was playing in a meaningless game for a three-win team.

Rex Ryan: Ryan spent all week running his mouth about the New York-New York rivalry and when push came to shove, his guy Mark Sanchez fumbled on the Giants goal line and threw a "pass" to an offensive lineman that resulted in a safety in a devastating loss on Saturday. The Darrelle Revis/Antonio Cromartie combo got torched by Victor Cruz (that's his name, right?) and Brandon Jacobs got to say "It's time to shut up, fat boy." That's just embarrassing. Oh, right, and the Jets lost control of their own destiny with respect to the playoffs. It wouldn't be nearly as mortifying if Ryan hadn't run his mouth all week.

Pipedreams: Just like San Diego, the Eagles were very much a longshot to make the playoffs. But I'm telling you, there was a chance. Then the Giants killed that chance (adding to their winner-y-ness) with a win over the Jets. That means Week 17 is no longer a dream scenario for fans of long shots, because both early-season favorites are now removed from any chance of a postseason berth. You don't have to root for the Eagles or Chargers. In fact, you can root against them. But if you don't like ridiculous storylines and clowning around with playoff predictors then we're not friends.

The Big Questions

 
The new Tebow narrative could be awkward. (AP)

1. What's the new Tim Tebow narrative?
No, but it's on life support (and Prisco wants to pull the plug!). Look, Tebow can still win against Kansas City in Week 17, or even lose as long as the Chargers beat the Raiders. But think about how quickly this narrative could be absolutely flipped on its head: if Kyle Orton, the man Tebow replaced, beats Tebow in Week 17 because Tebow can't win late, and the Raiders beat the Chargers and make the playoffs, the Broncos new narrative will be as chokers. No, really, it will. And that is nuts when you consider where we were just two weeks ago.

2. Why does Leslie Frazier keep playing guys who are hurt?
NO CLUE. But this is a story that's flown under the radar for the past few weeks and it culminated with AP's injury against Washington, as well as the concussion that Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder suffered on Saturday. The Vikings are 3-12 after winning on Christmas Eve, but they didn't even need Peterson or Ponder to put up points -- it was all Joe Webb against the Redskins. Of course, winning, at this point, should be secondary. Frazier's top priority should be the health of his franchise quarterback and running back. Instead, these guys keep getting trotted out with injuries late in a lost season. That's not the sort of thing that keeps a job safe for long.

3. Did Raheem Morris get fired on Saturday?

Almost certainly. The Panthers went out and walloped Tampa Bay 48-16 in Charlotte, meaning that the Bucs lost their eighth game in a row.  Worse than the losses is the way they've happened: over the last four games, the Buccaneers have been outscored 158-64. They've given up 40 points to the Panthers and Jaguars and have topped 20 points just once since their trip to London in late October when things really started to unravel. It's an embarrassing collapse down the stretch and it's hard to blame the Glazer family and GM Mark Dominik when (not if) they fire Morris.

4. Anyone else getting fired?
Gotta think that Turner's done in San Diego now and that Romeo Crennel's the only interim hanging around. I can't buy that Jim Caldwell's saving his job so I'd add him to the list too. But I think any questions about Chan Gailey can now be reserved for a while, given the way he dismantled the Broncos on Sunday.

5.  Why should Tom Brady be worried?
Because his offensive lineman are dropping like flies. And while the Patriots are going to continue being good because that's what the Patriots do, there's absolutely cause for concern in New England if Logan Mankins and Matt Light are hurt for any length of time. As you may be aware, this isn't a team predicated on playing any sort of defense, and if they can't protect Tom Brady, there's little chance of them advancing in the postseason.

5. How mad are the 49ers?
Furious. And it doesn't matter that they won, because they gave up a rushing touchdown to Marshawn Lynch. They might hold the record for most games without one, but you know they wanted to make it the entire season. They did not.

6. Am I going to have to watch Matt Flynn on Christmas night?
Not as much as you might have feared. The 49ers won against the Seahawks on Saturday, and that means Green Bay hasn't clinched the top seed yet. Which means that Aaron Rodgers will stay in the game against the Bears for the entire game, barring an absolute Packers blowout.

7. Was Simpson's catch the play of the year?
Yup, it sure was. Maybe not the "play of the century" or anything insane like people are saying, but it was an absolutely bananas catch and it deserves incredible props. Watch -- it's going to be the type of thing you talk with your relatives about on Christmas. That's the way you can truly judge the greatness of a play.

8. Should Ben Roethlisberger play next week?
No. There's just no need. Joe Flacco and Ray Rice handled the Browns just fine in Week 16, and Charlie Batch/Rashard Mendenhall can do the same in Week 17. Rest the guy, run the ball, cross your fingers that Cincy can summon the strength to beat the Ravens on the road and let Roethlisberger rest.

GIF O' THE WEEK

I mean duh. Did you notice I liked it?



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Posted on: December 24, 2011 4:49 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Tony Romo out with hand injury; Stephen McGee in

By Will Brinson

The Cowboys are currently losing to Philadelphia but that's not the bad news for Dallas. The bad news is that Tony Romo is probably done for the day with a right hand injury after taking a nasty hit from Jason Babin.

Of course, the worst news for the Cowboys is that he suffered the injury in a game that ultimately won't matter -- after the game began, the Giants finished off the Jets in New York, eliminating the Eagles from the playoff race and setting the stage for a Week 17 matchup between the Giants and Cowboys to decide the NFC East.

Stephen McGee's currently under center for the Cowboys, and it's hard to imagine that he won't stay there.

Romo returned to the sideline and had a pretty intense talk with the training staff; he's now on the sidelines with a baseball cap, and it makes sense to keep him there for the rest of the day.

Dallas needs a lot of help to make the postseason as a wild card, but they control their own fate in terms of the division. Romo suffering another injury that could put his status for the finale in doubt would be an unmitigated disaster

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Posted on: December 24, 2011 10:33 am
Edited on: December 24, 2011 10:35 am
 

Felix Jones playing time depends on Giants game?

Felix's playing time reportedly hinges on the 1:00 games. (Getty Images)

By Will Brinson


Follow all the Week 16 action live: Inactives | Scoreboard

1 p.m. ET games:
CLE-BAL | DEN-BUF | TB-CAR | ARI-CIN | OAK-KC | MIA-NE | NYG-NYJ | STL-PIT | JAC-TEN | MIN-WAS

4 p.m. ET games:
SD-DET | PHI-DAL | SF-SEA


At 4:15 on Saturday, Dallas and Philadelphia will square off with a lot on the line ... unless the Giants win at 1:00. Then the game won't mean as much, because the Eagles will be eliminated if the G-men topple the Jets. As a result, Cowboys running back Felix Jones will reportedly only play if the Cowboys can clinch the division with a victory.

That's according to Matt Mosley of Fox Sports Southwest, who says Felix will "not play a snap" against the Eagles unless the Cowboys are playing to win the division. Even then, according to Mosley, he's "50-50." (Mosley added that "there is no upside to starting" Felix in fantasy.)

Here's how this whole thing works: if the Eagles beat the Cowboys, the Giants lose to the Jets, and the Giants beat the Cowboys next week, the Eagles will somehow win the division if they also beat the Redskins. There's much reason for hope in Philly right now.

But that whole notion is toppled if the Giants win on Christmas Eve, because the Eagles will be -- literally -- eliminated from playoff contention with a Giants victory. And a Giants win also means the Cowboys can't clinch until Week 17 anyway, when they play the Giants. (Even with a victory, the Cowboys would be 9-6 and the Giants would be 8-7; Week 16 is irrelevant for the NFC East if they both win on Sunday.)

Confused? Excellent. But all you really know, as it relates to the Cowboys game plan, is that Felix Jones won't be playing unless the Cowboys have a chance to lock up the NFC East, and even then he'll probably only play a few snaps.


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Posted on: December 23, 2011 9:12 am
Edited on: December 23, 2011 9:12 am
 

Pick-Six Podcast: Colts/Texans, Week 16 preview

By Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

The next-to-last week of the season is underway and after watching the Texans lose to the Colts, it promises to be a doozy. We break down what happened with the Texans, if they are in trouble, what this means for the Colts and Andrew Luck, and whether Reggie Wayne should stick around Indy.

Then we break down the Week 16 games, wondering whether Norv Turner can save his job with a win over the Lions on Saturday, if the Jets and Giants will ever shut up and just play football, if the Eagles fate is narrowly miss the playoff or if they're on a high-speed collision with the postseason, whether Chicago can use Kansas City's blueprint to beat the Packers and if Atlanta can upend New Orleans on Monday.

All that plus much, much more below.

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