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Posted on: June 24, 2010 4:28 pm

Romo Talks Age, Leadership

DallasNews.com has an interview with Tony Romo today. It’s not worth reading the whole thing unless you’re a diehard Romo fan, but here are some of the “highlights”:

Romo talks about turning 30 (By the way, 30! Can you believe Romo is 30!?)
“What you realize when you get older is you can only control the things that are right in front of you which you do on a day-to-day basis. I can control my attitude; I can control my faith; I can control the approach I’m going to take to every single day. And I try and take those approaches a certain way so that it allows me to be successful on the football field and hopefully be successful in life.”

On the Cowboys and expectations:
“I think for us (us being the Cowboys), you’re either getting better or you’re getting worse. I mean, that’s the reality of the situation. If we had won the Super Bowl last year, we’re starting from the same spot as everybody else. You can’t just pick up where you left off.”

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 6:09 pm

Hamlin with something to prove

Newly-signed Ravens S Ken Hamlin told the Baltimore Sun last week that he has nothing to prove. I look at that statement, and I shake my head in wonder. Nothing to prove? Hell, Hamlin has everything to prove.

“I play at a high level,” Hamlin told the paper. “You’re never going to get the numbers that you want stat-wise. I know what I bring to a team. I know the type of player that I am.”

Sure, he used to play at a high level. That’s something on which we can agree. He was a Pro Bowler in 2007 after amassing five interceptions, 15 passes defended and 62 tackles. He was good the year before when he played for Seattle. But the past two seasons in Dallas, his interception totals dropped (one pick in 28 games), and the Cowboys cut him in April because he wasn’t worth the cost.

Hamlin has said that you can’t just look at the stats to show how he played.

So, Hamlin thinks he has nothing to prove, but I say Hamlin needs to prove he can still play at a high level. He needs to prove whether he can work his way into the starting lineup if FS Ed Reed decides to retire. He needs to prove whether he can help what continues to be a pretty good Ravens defense.

Hamlin isn’t sure what his role on this year’s squad will be, but he’d be a good bet to back up Reed, who will turn 32 in September, and play insurance man in case the oft-injured FS can’t recover from his ailments. The official Ravens web site, though, questions whether Hamlin could beat out Tom Zbikowski (who started the four games Reed was out last season) for the starting job in case Reed doesn’t play. So, yeah, Hamlin has something to prove.

“While Hamlin could affect Zbikowski’s playing time because both largely play free safety,” Mike Duffy writes, “Zbikowski is far ahead of Hamlin when it comes to knowledge of the Ravens’ defense.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 12:34 pm

Jay Ratliff even more amazing than he seems

Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff is remarkable. Weighing not quite 300 pounds, the 2007 fifth-round draft choice has become a Pro Bowler operating out of what is traditionally a two-gap position. Ratliff doesn’t have the girth to clog the middle, so instead, he dominates with initial quickness and penetrating leverage. No nose tackle in this era has gotten in the backfield with the consistency and ferocity that Ratliff has.

Now, we learn, there’s been even more of an incline to Ratliff’s uphill battle. Ratliff told fans in an NFL.com chat on Monday that he’s been playing with bone spurts in his elbows the past three years. The elbows feel better now, and he bench-pressed for the first time in two years on Monday.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 21, 2010 6:28 pm

Two stories that make the NFL sad

Some bad PR news for the NFL today.

Story No. 1:
Forbes.com released its list of most-disliked athletes, and those with NFL affiliations sat in four of the top-five places. No. 1 was Eagles QB Michael Vick (for obvious reasons, a 69 percent disapproval rating). No. 2 was Raiders owner Al Davis (66 percent), No. 3 was Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger (a 59 percent disapproval rating, but with the photo the web site ran, that should be closer to 100 percent), and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (53 percent) roped himself into the No. 5 spot. Golfer Tiger Woods, for those who are interested, was No. 4.

I was a little surprised there continues to be such vitriol for Davis. Forbes.com writes he’s “A football owner who's always walked to the beat of his own drum. Davis has signed renegade players and yanked his team back and forth between Oakland and Los Angeles, spurring lawsuits and run-ins with the league. And his ‘Just win, baby’ mantra hasn't been working in recent years.” Yet, this seems like old news to me.

With some smart draft picks this year, Davis has won back a little respect. If the Raiders can improve on their five-win season from a year ago, he might not reside in the top-five for much longer.

The Facts & Rumors blog congratulates all winners.

Story No. 2:
ESPN.com has a story that might make some NFL players awfully nervous. According to investigative reporter Mike Fish , more evidence has been found that link league players with Dr. Anthony Galea, a former team doctor with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts who has been accused of supplying players with the banned substance HGH.

Fish writes:

According to court documents ESPN obtained Monday, the lengthy list of items authorities seized (from Galea during a search of his office in October) includes an "NFL file folder," "Professional Players Journal" and "daytimer with football dates.”

The seven-page document filed with the Canadian court after the execution of the October search warrant does not identify any patients by name.

But the Buffalo News reported last month that WR Santana Moss has been treated by Galea. Are there others who are waiting with bated breath to see if their names are released? The odds say: yes.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 6:27 pm

Atogwe Would Make Sense in Dallas

Jerry Jones pledged to make aggressive changes this past offseason. He stuck by his word when he released Flozell Adams and Ken Hamlin. But aside from those moves, the Cowboys have been non-players this offseason. To be fair, Dallas didn’t have many – if any – holes to plug, and the uncapped year put stiff limitations on what the final eight playoffs teams from ’09 could do in free agency.

But now Jones has a golden opportunity to fill the vacancy at free safety left after Hamlin’s release. And sitting on the market is interception machine O.J. Atogwe. The former Ram is not a superstar (or even a general star, for that matter) but he’s a smart, rangy player who can stabilize a defensive backfield’s centerfield coverage. Atogwe is reportedly asking for $7 million annually, which is too high but roughly what he made as the Rams’ franchise player last season ($6.3 million, to be exact).

Currently, Dallas has athletic but untested Alan Ball slated to replace Hamlin. Last year’s fifth-round pick, Mike Hamlin (no relation), is the No. 2. Mike Hamlin did not play in ’09. Ball is intriguing, but his best work has come as a nickel or dime back, where he’s able to use more of his cornerback-quality skills lining up near the numbers. By making Ball the starter, Dallas is banking on inexperience and compromising their versatile depth.

Still, Jones has insisted his team isn’t interested in making any changes at safety. Do the Cowboys need Atogwe? Not really. But could they use him. You bet.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 9:22 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2010 9:39 pm

Crayton's time may be up in Dallas

Earlier this week, Dallas Morning News writer Todd Archer said on DCFanatic Radio that the Cowboys could keep six wide receivers on the roster, and that one of those six could be Patrick Crayton. The disgruntled veteran has asked out of town (After the draft, Crayton was told he could seek a trade; when that went nowhere, he asked for his release). Crayton can read the writing on the wall: Dez Brant, Miles Austin and Roy Williams will see a vast majority of the action in 2010.

Once a starter, Crayton – who is best equipped for the slot – could find himself as a No. 4, or perhaps even No. 5 receiver. The Cowboys always seem to give Sam Hurd a chance, and they also have an intriguing prospect in Kevin Ogletree, a second-year pro who offers the initial quickness and athletic shiftiness that Crayton lacks.

Crayton is a consummate professional who has pledged to go about his business the right way, so if he remains a Cowboy, expect he’ll keep quiet. But a receiver at the bottom of the depth chart usually plays special teams. Would Crayton be willing to do that? (And we’re not talking about just returning punts…)

--Andy Benoit

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