Dallas Cowboys News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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4/17/14: Even though the first NFL football game of the 2014-15 season will not be played for another five months or so, many 'experts' are already down on the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas has robbed Peter to pay Paul for the past few years and now the debt is coming due. The team has a lot of financial obligations locked up into aging players who have passed their peak or may not even be on the team anymore. In any case, salary cap constraints are taking a toll on the roster, which means that GM Jerry Jones must nail this coming draft if the team is going to contend at all next season.
4/10/14: The Cowboys loved cornerback Morris Claiborne when he came out of college. They loved his game so much that they traded up with the St. Louis Rams to get him in the first round of 2012 draft. However, Claiborne has not lived up to expectations yet in Dallas. He has been injured for much of his career, which has limited his effectiveness. Worse yet, the sixth overall pick in 2012 fell behind Orlando Scandrick on the depth chart last season. Claiborne is reportedly getting stronger and should be available for offseason workouts. Incidentally, the Rams used the #14 pick they received from Dallas in 2012 on Michael Brockers, who has developed into a very good defensive tackle.
4/3/14: The Dallas Cowboys fans are a fickle bunch. The team had a tremendous amount of success in the 1970's and again in the 1990's. However, they have been the definition of average for the better part of the 2000's. That usually does not sit well with owner/GM Jerry Jones, but he said that missing the playoffs again would not necessarily mean that he would replace head coach Jason Garrett. Of course he also said he would keep Terrell Owens. That collective groan is coming from Cowboy fans who want to see some improvement on the team and not another 8-8 season.
3/27/14: The Dallas Cowboys turned more than a few heads last week by signing free agent QB Brandon Wheedon. Wheeden was the first round pick of the Cleveland Browns just two years ago, but now finds himself to be considered one of the lower tier quarterbacks in the league. He is 30 years old, which is certainly old for a third year player, but spent much of his twenties playing minor league baseball. He never amounted to much in Cleveland, and chances are that he will not do much in Dallas. Tony Romo is the entrenched starter and Kyle Orton is a valuable and expensive backup. Wheedon may only be a camp arm but this might be a chance to restart his career.
3/20/14: This has been a tough free agent period for the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas is stuck against the salary cap and even had to get QB Tony Romo to restructure his contract to free up some space - though that simply kicks the can down the road and they will be on the hook for that money at a later time. They also released both Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware, two of the better defensive linemen in the league. Hatcher is now in Washington and Ware went to Denver. The Cowboys need to be spot on in this draft because they have a lot of holes to fill in an improving NFC East.
3/13/14: The Cowboys are getting some help from the league this offseason. That help is in the form of the salary cap growing to $133 million, well above the expected $124 million. Dallas is limited still, though. They must make moves to reduce their cap obligations, so a restructuring of QB Tony Romo's contract is likely in order. Some have called for the Cowboys to trade Romo (most notably to the Texans for the first overall pick which could be Johnny Manziel). But that is really not an option. A trade would accelerate Romo's cap hit to a whopping $32.5 million. That would mean over 20% of the team's salary cap obligation would be to a single player who would not be on the team. So it looks like Romo will be staying put for now.
3/6/14: Its hard to believe, but Jerry Jones has now owned the Cowboys for 25 years. That anniversary was reached last week and means that Jones has had the team for 25 of its 54 years in existence. The Cowboys have not been able to replicate their success from early in Jones' tenure and may have a tough time in the near future. The team is well over the salary cap and will have to make big and tough decisions about who to keep and who to cut so they can be in compliance and field a team.
2/27/14: Stop now if you have heard this before, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says that head coach Jason Garrett will be more involved this season. Jones is referring specifically to the defensive side of the ball, where the Cowboys were historically bad last season. That lackluster performance can be chalked up to several issues including a new DC, injuries, and not having the right people on the roster for the defensive schemes. New offensive coordinator or advisor or assistant or whatever the title is, Scott Linehan, will have final say on the offense, leaving Garrett to work more with the defense. As long as there are not too many cooks in the kitchen.
2/20/14: The Cowboys' defense was an absolute dumpster fire last season, and it showed with historically bad statistics. They are trying to restructure and rebuild that side of the ball, and a key member may (or may not) be DeMarcus Ware. Ware will count $16 million against the salary cap in 2014 and will make $26 million in base salary over the next two years. If both sides want Ware with the Cowboys, it would make sense to restructure the contract. Fellow pass rusher Terrell Suggs re-structured with the Ravens, so there is a comparable salary to look at. However, the two sides have not discussed the matter yet, but it probably is simply a matter of time before they do.
2/13/14: Are we all comfortable now? Well, probably not. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that he was not going to fire anyone on the coaching staff, and he was true to his work. At the same time he may have made an uncomfortable situation even more uncomfortable by hiring Scott Linehan to help out with the offense and call plays. Also, legendary defensive coach Monte Kiffin has been reassigned. As been stated previously, there just may be too many cooks in the kitchen with this staff. Perhaps, and this is purely speculation, the team would have been better served by keeping their personnel or starting fresh.
1/30/14: The Cowboys cannot seem to help themselves but to make headlines. It seems accepted at this point that Jason Garrett will be back as head coach. As will Monte Kiffin as DC, even though the Dallas defense was simply awful last season. Garrett did not take kindly to OC Bill Callahan calling plays last season, and now there is another ingredient in the mix. The Cowboys hired Scott Linehan. So who calls plays? Linehan was a terrible head coach (with the Rams), but is a good OC. It seems like there may be too many cooks in the kitchen, but whatever Jerry Jones wants, Jerry Jones gets.
1/23/14: The Cowboys still have almost four months to prepare for the draft, and there wil be a lot of changes in player rankings and coaching assessments before then. But this much is clear - the Cowboys must improve on defense and will likely focus on that side of the ball for much of the draft. Dallas ranked in the bottom five both against the run and the pass in the 2013 campaign. Dallas may also be looking for a QB to eventually replace Tony Romo. Interestingly enough, Romo's alma mater Eastern Illinois has a pretty good one named Jimmy Garoppolo. Many experts think the Cowboys may take him with a mid-round pick to be groomed for the future.
1/16/14: Lost amid the playoffs, the college bowl games, and the annual coaching carousel is that Tony Romo's season ended early due to a major back problem. Romo is resting after having back surgery a few weeks ago, his second in eight months. This should be of interest and concern to Cowboy fans. Whether one likes Romo or not, he has been a very good starting quarterback in recent years. He is getting older and back surgery is nothing to scoff at. Will he be able to recover and play at a high level? Is it time to start planning for his replacement? Those are some of the questions that the Cowboys will have to deal with this offseason.
1/9/14: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has a tendency to make bold comments that get picked up by the media (and it helps that he has his own radio show each week to do so). Jones said last week that he wanted to see the NFL playoffs expand to eight teams per conference, up form the current six. Many people thought that he was trying to get his team into the playoffs, as they have missed out on the postseason each of the last three years on the last day and finished with 8-8 records. But actually, the Cowboys would not have made the playoffs this season or last if playoffs were expanded to eight teams. There were still teams better than Dallas that did not make the playoffs, like Arizona and Chicago.
1/2/14: The Cowboys put up a fight last Sunday against Philadelphia, but their backs were up against the wall the entire game. QB Tony Romo was out with a herniated disc in his back, so the starting duties fell to Kyle Orton. Orton threw a bad pass late in the fourth quarter that was intercepted, sealing the Eagle's win. Dallas may be heading into next season with essentially the same crew as this one. Head coach Jason Garrett gets another shot, even with missing the playoffs again. The big question is if defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin will be back after the Cowboys struggled on defense all season.
12/26/13: Who says Tony Romo isn't clutch or tough? Romo gutted out a back injury (believed to be a herniated disc) to rally the Cowboys back against Washington for a 24-23 win. Romo threw a touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray on 4th and goal at the end of the fourth quarter for the win. Should Dallas (8-7) win this week against the Eagles (8-7), then they will be in the playoffs as the NFC East Champion. Romo's status is uncertain though. He is undergoing treatment on his back and Kyle Orton may start at QB. In a related note, the Cowboys signed Jon Kitna as an emergency plan.
12/19/13: Dallas has had a few gut-punch losses this year, and the loss at Detroit comes to mind - but this has to be near the top. The Cowboys led the Packers by 23 points at halftime, but the defense and poor play calling let the Packers back in the game. The Cowboys lost 37-36. Rather than run the ball and kill the clock, the Cowboys went vertical in the second half. Running back DeMarco Murray averaged 7.4 yards per carry, but Dallas seemed to ignore that fact. The devastating loss drops the Cowboys to 7-7 on the season and fighting for their playoff lives. Dallas hosts 3-11 Washington and desperately needs a win this week.
12/12/13: Dallas played in Chicago last Monday night - the coldest game the franchise has ever played in the regular season. It was 9 degrees and -8 degrees with the windchill. The cold may have gotten to them because this did not look like the Dallas team from the rest of the season. The Cowboys lost 45-28, but really the game was not that close in the second half. The Dallas defense was simply porous and the Bears scored on their first eight offensive drives. The loss drops the Cowboys behind the Eagles with a 7-6 record. Dallas hosts Green Bay this weekend.
12/5/13: The Cowboys broke out their blue jerseys for their annual Thanksgiving Day game, the first time they have worn their regular blues at home in decades. According to NFL lore, they traditionally avoid the blue jerseys because they feel they are unlucky. The blue was not unlucky against Oakland, as the Cowboys overwhelmed the Raiders from the second quarter on - scoring 24 unanswered points to win 31-24. Oakland built a 21-7 lead early, but running backs Demarco Murray and Lance Dunlap combined for 145 yards rushing and Murray scored three touchdowns. Dallas gets 11 days before heading to Chicago.
11/28/13: Dallas may have the most talent in the NFC East, but they certainly are not making it easy on themselves. The Cowboys managed a win over the rival New York Giants in the Meadowlands by a score of 27-24. Tony Romo marched the Cowboys down the field and managed the clock perfectly for Dan Bailey to kick the game winning field goal as time expired. Dallas is now 6-5 and tied for the NFC East lead with the Eagles. The Cowboys are also 4-0 in the division, which gives them the tie-breaker right now. Dallas has a short week and hosts the Raiders in their annual Thanksgiving Day game.
11/21/13: The Cowboys are either the best 5-5 team or worst division leader at this point of the season. They have had some tough losses - particularly against Denver and Detroit, but have enough talent to compete with anyone. QB Tony Romo is having a quietly strong season. People may not want to admit it, but he has been very good in every game except against Philadelphia and New Orleans. The defense is a major problem, as twice they have given up 49 points or more. It is tough to win games when you ask your offense to drop seven or eight touchdowns on NFL defenses.
11/14/13: The Cowboys may have the most talent on the roster of any team in the NFC East, but they have a hard time stringing together consistent play. They lost a heartbreaker as time expired a few weeks ago against Detroit. They rallied for a late win at Minnesota. But then they were blown out of the water 49-17 by Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints last Sunday. The defense is not helping out at all as the team seems to be helpless against any decent offense. This is a good time for the Cowboys' bye week so they can regroup and make a late charge before the playoffs.
11/7/13: Who says Tony Romo isn't clutch? Romo led the Cowboys downfield for a very late score to give the Cowboys (5-4) a 27-23 win over the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings shut down the Cowboys rushing attack to the point that they only ran the ball twice in the second half. That forced Romo to throw 51 times on the day, completing 34 for 337 yards and two touchdowns. This was a statement game for the Cowboys who suffered a devastating last second defeat last week to the Detroit Lions. Dallas is still in first place in the NFC West and may get into a shootout this Sunday Night against the New Orleans Saints (6-2).
10/31/13: Cowboys' QB Tony Romo barely threw for 200 yards, but did have three touchdown throws, including consecutive ones of 60 and 50 yards, but the Cowboys just could not put the Detroit Lions away last Sunday - losing 31-30. Lions' QB Matt Stafford scored on a fake spike and jump over the pile to tie the game with only 12 seconds left. Dallas looked to have the game in hand before Detroit moved 80 yards in 50 seconds to win the game. The heartbreaking loss puts the Cowboys at 4-4 on the season though still on top of the NFC East.
10/24/13: For what it is worth, the Cowboys got themselves over 500 and took control over the NFC East on Sunday. Dallas beat the Eagles in Philadelphia 17-3, breaking the tie at the top of the division. This was an ugly game that did not provide any of the offensive firepower that was expected. Dallas led 3-0 at the half and added TDs in both the third and fourth quarters. The Eagles were unproductive all day. QB Tony Romo threw for 317 yards and a TD, but was underwhelming. DeMarco Murray missed the game with an injury and may return next week when the Cowboys travel to Detroit to face the 4-3 Lions.
10/17/13: The Cowboys kept pace for the lead of the awful NFC East over the weekend by defeating Washington at home. The win lifted them to 3-3 on the year, with two division wins. It was an ugly game, and did not have the offensive fireworks from the shootout with Denver the week prior. QB Tony Romo only threw for 170 yards, one TD and a pick. But special teams were big and provided both a score and set up a score. The 31-16 win was costly though. DeMarcus Ware is out for a few weeks and DeMarco Murray will miss at least one start with injuries. Dallas goes to Philly (3-3) on Sunday with the winner earning first place in the division.
10/10/13: Cowboys' QB Tony Romo will take the blame for this game. He threw a late interception that allowed the Broncos to kick the game winning field goal as time expired, as Denver won 51-48. But Romo played the best game of his career. He threw for 500 yards and five touchdowns on the day. His defense did not help him at all. Denver did not punt once. So the blame on Romo is undeserved, but he will get it anyhow. If there is some good news, the Cowboys (2-3) showed that their offense can score. A lot. They look to take out their frustrations on Washington (1-3) this Sunday Night.
10/3/13: The Cowboys were two different teams last Sunday. They were a precise unit in the first half, leading 21-13 at the break. They were a disorganized mess in the second half and gave up 17 points in a 301-21 loss. QB Tony Romo threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns, but was ineffective in the second half of the game. Demarco Murray only managed 70 yards rushing - though he only had 14 carries. Dallas still leads the NFC East with a 2-2 record. Even 8-8 may win the division this year. They have their toughest test of the season this Sunday when they host the undefeated Denver Broncos.
9/26/13: The Cowboys looked like a different team Sunday at home against the Rams. After being stymied by the Chiefs in Week 2, the Cowboys moved the ball with ease against the vaunted St. Louis defense. DeMarco Murray again torched the Rams, this time for 175 yards and two touchdowns - which is actually an improvement for the Rams over last season. QB Tony Romo threw for 210 and three TDs as the Cowboys (2-1) won easily 31-7. The Cowboys head west to San Diego to face the Chargers (1-2) in a late Sunday afternoon game this week.
9/19/13: The Cowboys suffered a tough loss in Kansas City last weekend, falling 17-16 to the rebuilding Chiefs. QB Tony Romo threw a touchdown pass to star wide receiver Desmond Bryant in the first quarter, but the offense was essentially shut down there after. Romo finished with 299 yards and a TD, but needed more for a win. Dallas looked impressive on offense in the preseason and has all the skill players available, but they seem to buckle under during the game. They will try to learn from their mistakes this Sunday when they host the up and coming St. Louis Rams.
9/12/13: The Cowboys finally got the better of the New York Giants in the new Cowboys Stadium on Sunday night. Some would say that the Cowboys did not so much win as the Giants lost. That is all semantics and the only important fact is that Dallas is 1-0 with an NFC East win. Tony Romo threw for 267 yards and two TDs, but left the game briefly after a big hit to his chest. X-rays were negative, so Romo is bruised but not likely to miss any time. WR Dez Bryant hurt his foot in the game, but he too is expected to play this Sunday when the Cowboys head to Kansas City to meet the 1-0 Chiefs.
9/4/13: The Cowboys liked undrafted linebacker Brandon Magee so much they guaranteed him $70,000 with his contract. Then they cut him in their final roster trimmings. Magee will go on waivers, so there is a possibility that some other team will pick him up. If that does not happen, then the Cowboys may get him back and put him on the practice squad. In either case, it looks like he will be able to find some NFL work in the near future. Perhaps he can develop with the scout team and become a star in the league - it would not be the first time that has happened.
8/29/13: The Cowboys always get a lot of press before each season, and it is usually unwarranted as the team stumbles to a mediocre record. However, this year may be different. As scrutinized as QB Tony Romo is, he still puts up pretty good numbers. Dez Bryant looks vicious this season, and could be among the top three wide receivers in the league. Demarco Murray is healthy for now, giving the team real skill at QB, WR, and RB for the first time since Aikman, Irvin, and Emmit. Believe it or not, but the Cowboys really could win the division this season.
8/22/13: The Cowboys certainly upgraded at the defensive coordinator position when they hired the legendary Monte Kiffin. Kiffin, of course, devised the (or at least perfected) the Tampa 2 (Cover 2) formation in the late '90s and early 2000's with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now he is working that magic with the Cowboys. They look great so far in preseason games - like they are playing to potential. Former DC Rob Ryan may have a famous name, but his defenses were simply average in Dallas, and will probably be more of the same in New Orleans. Actually, St. Louis may have dodged a bullet by not hiring him in the offseason.
8/15/13: The Cowboys won the first preseason game of 2013 by beating the Miami Dolphins in the annual Hall of Fame Game. In reality, it looked like the Cowboys showed up to play but the Dolphins were still in Miami. Starting QB Tony Romo did not play, but that was of no consequence. The Dallas defense continued to stymie the Dolphins offense in the first half, when the starters were still in. There are a lot of ways to interpret the outcome, but it does look like defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has the defense moving in the right direction.
8/8/13: The Cowboys drew the honor of playing the annual Hall of Fame Game - traditionally the first game of the preseason. One, if not both, teams historically have a player getting enshrined in Canton that weekend, and the Cowboys have Larry Allen. Allen was an offensive lineman during the Cowboys last dynasty (and beyond), and was known for both being a dominant lineman and very quiet. He made not one, but two All-Decade teams. He is the 14th Dallas Cowboy player to make it to the Hall of Fame, which is pretty impressive in its own right.
8/1/13: Perhaps everyone is a bit too hard on Tony Romo. The knock on him is that he is not a clutch QB and cannot win the big game. But a look at his performance over the past few years actually ranks him as one of the better QBs when the game is on the line. Many Dallas fans are not happy with the $100 million contract he was given in the offseason, but Dallas really had no choice. There are no top end QBs available right now or in the near future, and Romo has played very well. Maybe Cowboys fans should look at the rest of the roster or coaching staff or front office if they believe change is really in order.
7/25/13: Chalk this up to whatever you want, but the Cowboys say that they will limit QB Tony Romo's throws in preseason and training camp. Romo is coming off of a procedure to remove a cyst in his back, and the team wants to be cautious with him early on. Many Cowboys fans look at this as an opportunity for backups to get some reps and possibly supplant Romo as the starter. That is not likely. The ink is not even dry yet on the $100 million contract the team gave Romo, and there is no way he is not the starter if he is healthy.
7/18/13: Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer will be paid like a rich man for the next year at least. The team and player could not come to an agreement on a long term contract, so Spencer will play the 2014 season under the franchise tag. Do not feel too bad for him, he will make $10.6 million for his services. Under the rules of the current collective bargaining agreement, the two sides cannot negotiate again until after the season is over. The risk for Spencer is injury. He will make his money this season, but if he is injured and cannot play any more, then that is it.
7/11/13: Former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan gets a lot of accolades for his defense, and his new team, the New Orleans Saints, believe he will be a difference maker this season. However, looking at the numbers, Ryan was not that successful with the Cowboys. Five of the Cowboys eight losses last season were by one possession or less. In those games, the defense surrendered over 30 points on average. It is hard to win in the NFL when you are surrendering over four touchdowns. Monte Kiffin is the new DC. He led the great Tampa defenses ten years ago, and his scheme should improve the team tremendously.
7/4/13: Dallas is a football town, and they love their Cowboys there. At the same time, they are not particularly fond of their starting quarterback and did not greet his $100 million contract extension with much exuberance. The reality is that their opinion matters very little as long as Jerry Jones is calling the shots. But Romo must feel the local pressure on some level. The only real way to shed his image as a non-clutch performer would be to win the Super Bowl. The Cowboys have a lot of talent this season, but they really need DeMarco Murray to be healthy and for Dez Bryant to focus on his profession to make any real noise.
6/27/13: The time between voluntary workouts and training camp is really a gold mine for the lawyers of NFL players (see: Aaron Hernandez). But the Cowboys' former player Josh Brent is dealing with legal issues from last season. He crashed a car, while legally drunk, that killed teammate Jerry Brown. He was due to receive a judgement on manslaughter this past week, but that has been postponed for another month. What is not helping Brent is that he was tested with a high level of marijuana metabolites in his system the last time he was in court.
6/20/13: Cowboys' head coach Jason Garrett is in a difficult spot. On one hand, he is the head coach - one of only 32 in the world. On the other hand, he works for Jerry Jones, who may be the most overbearing owner and/or GM in the league. Jones has a tendency to strip power away from those making personnel and gameplanning decisions. Most recently, it was announced that offensive coordinator Bill Callahan would be calling plays this season, and not Jason Garrett. To be fair, the OC should call plays while the HC manages the game. However, it is another blow to Garrett's credibility.
6/13/13: Perhaps this is the way Jerry Jones wants to run his franchise, though he would probably be wise to consider another management approach. Word leaked out that offensive coordinator Bill Callahan will be calling offensive plays this season, and not head coach Jason Garrett. The OC calls plays for most teams, so why this is important news is unclear. Garrett seems annoyed at the decision - perhaps he believes that it is stripping away his authority. However, a good manager will delegate so they can see the big picture, and not just tiny frames of circumstance.
6/6/13: Dez Bryant is easily the most talented of the Cowboys receivers. In his few years in the NFL, he has put up good but not great numbers, but expect him to break out this season. Michael Jordan, yes that Michael Jordan, gave Bryant the advice to stay out of trouble. Bryant is apparently taking that to heart. Bryant has a checkered past, but has all the talent in the world. Assuming he takes Jordan's advice to heart - and all indications are that he is - then expect Bryant to have a monster season and be considered among the elite receivers in the NFL.
5/30/13: Each week it seems like Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones fans the flames on his QB Tony Romo. The Cowboys inked Romo to a long-term $100 million contract, and Jones is not letting Romo forget it. This past week he said that if he is paying someone that kind of money then he expects to get his money's worth. He also complimented his QB by saying he was one of the brightest offensive minds around, and that is a tremendous asset in game planning and executing. The Cowboys could win the division, but they have to really work for it this season.
5/23/13: Cowboys Jerry Jones made a big deal about starting QB Tony Romo putting in 'Peyton Manning Hours' and being more a part of the team gameplanning for the coming season. To be fair, most starting QBs are involved with the game planning - at least more than Romo was. Maybe that was the kiss of death, because now Romo has a shoulder injury that will keep him out of OTAs. On the other hand, he will not be spending his time trying to qualify for the US Open in June. The Cowboys are always amusing. Always.
5/16/13: The Cowboys, and the Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones in particular, expect QB Tony Romo to be more involved with game planning this season. Don't expect Romo to be going old-school and calling his own plays at the line of scrimmage, but he will have more of a role in preparing the offensive strategy in the next season. Interestingly, the team has not named their play caller for this season. Jones feels that Romo has an expert grasp of the offense and can use that in pre-game preparations, similar to Cowboys legend Roger Staubach. The only possible issue is if the offense does not improve.
5/9/13: Many fans inside and outside of Dallas consider Jerry Jones a great owner but lousy general manager. He routinely makes questionable personnel moves and the Cowboys routinely miss the playoffs and draft in the middle of the pack. He could use some management help too. He recently said that QB Tony Romo needs to adopt a 'Peyton Manning-like work ethic'. Cowboys' tight end Jason Witten defended Romo saying that the QB does plenty. Whether he does or does not should be an internal conversation, and not out for public display, unless he is trying to out-crazy the New York Jets.
5/2/13: As good as Jerry Jones is with keeping his team's name in the papers, he is not as good as the New York Jets media machine. However, the Cowboys did have their moment in the spotlight, but not for reasons of praise. Dallas selected Wisconsin center Travis Frederick with their first pick, the 31st overall. A lot of scouts like Frederick (the only Big 10 player selected in the first round), but felt he would have been available in the third round. Time will tell if the pick is good or bad, though most 'experts' believe they wasted another first round pick.
4/25/13: This may be the most important draft for the Cowboys in many years. Dallas is simply hamstrung by the salary cap penalties they must suffer through this season. Simply put, they are out of cap space, so they need their draft picks to pan out in a hurry. But, fortunately for the Cowboys faithful, they have general manager Jerry Jones in charge of the draft room. What could possibly go wrong? This will probably not be a good thought for Cowboys fans, particularly when the calendar turns to December and they team plays Chicago, Green Bay, Washington and the Giants.
4/18/13: The Cowboys narrowly missed the playoffs again last season and finished with a 500 record, again. That leaves them with the 18th pick in the first round of the draft. This season may be more difficult. The Cowboys will have two games against each of their NFC East rivals - New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Washington Redskins, but also must play each team in the AFC West (including Denver) as well as the NFC North (including Minnesota and Green Bay). That means that they will have at least five games against playoff teams from last year.
4/11/13: Now that Dallas has gone all in with Tony Rome for the foreseeable future, they know they need to protect their investment. That begins with the offensive line. Doug Free has manned the right tackle spot in the past, but there is reportedly mutual interest between the Cowboys and former Chief Eric Winston. Dallas would have to make some moves to free up some cap space to make any move. Alternatively, the Cowboys could try to draft someone and actually try to develop talent, but that often times is not the Cowboy way - at least not these days.
4/4/13: The Cowboys locked up starting quarterback Tony Romo to a long term, $100 million contract extension. Of that $55 million is guaranteed, so Romo will be the starting QB in Dallas for several years. Those Cowboy fans who want the team to go in a new direction with quarterback are certainly disappointed with this latest move by owner Jerry Jones. Dallas was trying to get an extension finished with Romo. Had they not, he could have voided his contract after next year and been a free agent. The loophole in the contract would get any GM fired. Unless the GM is also the owner who believes he knows everything about NFL football.
3/28/13: Dallas has been noticeably quiet during this offseason, which was to be expected considering they have a lower salary cap than every other team (except the Washington Redskins) as a punishment by the NFL. The two rivals loaded up their salary obligations too much in the uncapped year, and somehow got punished for it. In any case, the Cowboys appear to have an agreement in principal with free agent linebacker Justin Durant once they clear up cap space. Durant was with the Lions last season and had over 100 tackles and is only 26 years old - plenty of time for the Cowboys to enjoy his prime.
3/21/13: Many Cowboys fans have called for owner Jerry Jones to quit as the General Manager of the team. They consider him a great owner, but a lousy personnel guy. They may have some actual facts to back up their assertions. Facts, that is, other than the team rarely makes the playoffs and when they have they have been knocked out early for the past 15 years. Dallas cut Sean Spears, who promptly signed with the Ravens. That leaves Dallas $175,000 under the salary cap. Granted they are under sanctions this year, but 9-7 teams should be able to manage their money better.
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3/14/13: The Cowboys are understandably quiet during this free agent feeding frenzy. The first few days of free agency are usually filled with overpriced veterans and teams willing to give a king's ransom to sign them. Those teams that can wait a few days or a week will often find better values, albeit with lesser known names. The Cowboys have severe salary cap issues as part of a punishment from the NFL for over spending in an uncapped year. The team has let Marcus Spears go in an attempt to make some room, but will not be able to jump into the frenzy this year.
3/7/13: Many teams got busy during Franchise Tag season, and Dallas was no different. The team placed the franchise tag on linebacker Anthony Spencer for the second straight year. The price this time is $10.6 million for the next season. However, Spencer's agent suggests there could be a long-term deal in the works to mitigate the cap hit. On the other hand, the Cowboys may try to trade Spencer for extra draft picks. Spencer recorded his personal best 11 sacks in 2012. He was also at the Pro-Bowl as an injury replacement, and took over play calling late in the season.
2/28/13: The drama never ends in Dallas. Jerry Jones has proven to be a great owner and salesman. He routinely pumps money into the team, got them arguably the best stadium in the world, and finds new ways to keep the team relevant. But he is not a great GM. He recently said that when the Cowboys win the Super Bowl again he wants the credit for building the team. Conversely, that should mean that he deserves the blame for the team being basically mediocre for the past 15 years. He may not see it that way, but the rest of the world does.
2/21/13: Many may remember a year ago at the combine when Morris Claiborne scored a 4 on the Wonderlic Test. He was ridiculed for weeks on blogs, legitimate media, and Twitter. Many assumed his draft stock would drop. Then he was drafted sixth overall by the Cowboys (who traded with the Rams to get their player). Now the NFL has decided to add a second mental test to the Combine - one that lasts an hour instead of twelve minutes. But the Morris Claiborne situation should be an example that book smarts do not equal football smarts or talent, and that is why these young men are being drafted.
2/14/13: A month or so after the event, and the truth is starting to come out on why defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was fired from the Cowboys. As head coach Jason Garrett explained, the Chicago Bears had 44 takeaways while Dallas only had 16. That means that the Cowboys only averaged one takeaway per game. As anyone who has ever seen Tony Romo, he is good for an interception or two (or three) per game. Not many teams can consistently win when they lose the turnover battle, and that is what happened to Dallas this past year. Now if they were scoring 35 points a game, then it may be a different story.
2/7/13: At some point, general manager extraordinaire Jerry Jones will have to make a decision on the future of the quarterback position for the Cowboys. Tony Romo has one year left on his contract and is due $17 million next season. But the team has several bloated contracts (Miles Austin and Jay Ratliff) and has a reduced salary cap as penalties imposed by the NFL for their overspending in an uncapped year. To save money, the Cowboys may try to extend Romo now for seveal years and free up some cap space next season so they can at least resign their own free agents.
1/31/13: The first news out of Dallas this week is that the Cowboys may hire Jon Gruden in some capacity. Reports from "sources" claim that is ridiculous, and it sounds like it. Gruden may want to return to coaching at some point, but Jason Garrett is still the head coach in Big D. The Cowboys did fire DC Rob Ryan (hired by the Rams), but Gruden is an offensive coach. Perhaps he wants personnel power, but Cowboys GM is also the owner, Jerry Jones, and it he claims that he is not stepping aside as the team's GM. So the rumors are probably just that, rumors.
1/24/13: More bad news for the Cowboys franchise. Just a few months removed from a devastating drunk driving accident that claimed the life of one of their own and will likely send another to jail for many years, comes news that defensive lineman Jay Ratliff struck an 18-wheeler with his truck while driving under the influence. Fortunately, no one was injured in the crash. However, it may cause the Cowboys to rethink how they handle their players who are out on the town for the night, and hopefully for the better so that this is the only time the story is ever told.
1/17/13: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stayed true to his word that there would be organizational shake-ups after the team lost in Week 17 to the Redskins and missed the playoffs again. Dallas fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan (twin brother to New York Jets' head coach Rex Ryan, and a more girthier version of the Big Lebowski) this week. Additionally, Jones wants head coach Jason Garrett to stop calling plays. Finally, when asked, Jones said that he would remain as GM of the Cowboys. So jobs are safe as long as you are the owner and not just an employee.
1/10/13: In the aftermath of losing to Washington on the final game of the regular season, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declared that there were going to be big changes in Big D and that "the next few weeks and months will be uncomfortable". It was the second year in a row that the Cowboys could have beaten an NFC East rival and advanced to the playoffs. But the team could not beat the Redskins and missed the playoffs again. The only one who appears to be safe is Tony Romo - primarily because there is no other viable option right now.
1/3/13: Dallas visited arch rival Washington in the final game of the regular season with the winner going to the playoffs. This was the third time in five years that the Cowboys have been in this position and they lost the previous two. This was no different, but at least was an exciting game. The Redskins won 28-18, aided by three Tony Romo interceptions. Dallas finished the season at 8-8 and the 18th pick in April's draft. No coaching changes were made following the game, implying that Head Coach Jason Garrett will return for at least one more season.
12/27/12: The Cowboys needed overtime for the second consecutive week, though this time they fell by three points to the visiting New Orleans Saints. The had won thei past three games, but still control their own destiny because the New York Giants lost as well. Despite a broken finger, wide receiver Dez Bryan 224 yards receiving and two touchdowns on the day. For the third time in five years the Cowboys must play a division rival on the last game of the year to decide their playoff fate. They lost the past two times, but seem more confident in their offense as they travel to Washington for the regular season finale.
12/20/12: The Cowboys got a much needed win over longtime Super Bowl rival Pittsburgh on Sunday. Dallas won 27-24 in overtime in the best game of the week. The Cowboys defense intercepted Big Ben and returned it to the one yard line, allowing Dan Bailey to kick the winning field goal. QB Tony Romo was sharp, throwing for 341 yards and two TDs, with no interceptions. DeMarco Murray is showing that he is a top running back, scoring once and adding 82 yards on the ground. Dallas stays home this week as the New Orleans Saints come visiting.
Coach Jason Garrett came out in support of troubled wide receiver Dez Bryant on Wednesday at practice after the young wideout was accused of allegedly attacking his mother last weekend in an argument. The Cowboys organization is still conducting their own research and determining whether or not disciplinary action will be taken, but Garrett confirmed that he still supports his young star regardless of whether or not the allegations turn out to be true. Bryant is currently scheduled to fly to Oxnard, CA later this week to attend the team's training camp on Saturday. He is currently entering his third season as a member of the Cowboys organization.
After trading up for the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys addressed a major need in their secondary by drafting cornerback Morris Claiborne out of LSU. Ranked as the best defensive back on many analyst's boards, Claiborne recorded 46 tackles and 6 interceptions in his final season in Louisiana and possesses many of the athletic skills that get many NFL scouts excited. Claiborne possesses elite speed, posting a 4.50 second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. He was known for his excellent coverage skills while at LSU and his great hands give him the ability to make game-changing plays at any moment.
With the NFL Draft approaching on Thursday of this week, the Dallas Cowboys look to address the many holes that kept them out of the playoffs last season. While owner Jerry Jones has been creative in past drafts in terms of trading picks, the team's mediocre performance last year should provoke them to hold on to the 14th overall pick and select a player that can help them immediately. The team looks to address a poor secondary and is projected to draft a safety in the first round. Alabama safety Mark Barron is projected to be available when the Cowboys are on the clock, and is seen as an impact player and immediate starter.
After another disappointing season in which the team failed to make the playoffs, the Dallas Cowboys face a tumultuous offseason in which owner Jerry Jones must make some key decisions to ensure that the team keeps up with the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. This week, Jones squashed rumors that the team was shopping 24-year-old Felix Jones and told reporters that he sees Jones as a complimentary piece to the likes of Demarco Murray, whose 25 rushes and 253 yards in his NFL debut turned heads across the league. Murray finished last season with 897 rushing yards in just seven starts.
Cowboys Tickets - Season Preview
After finishing the 2010-11 NFL season 6-10 and third in the Eastern division of the National Football Conference, the Dallas Cowboys selected Southern California offensive tackle Tyron Smith with the No.9 overall pick in the 2011 NFL entry draft. Smith signed a four-year,$12.5 million deal on July 28, 2011, marking the first major step in the Cowboys' offensive live overhaul. Dallas parted ways with pricey aging veterans Marc Colombo and Leonard Davis, instead signing Doug Free to a three-year, $32 million contract in an effort to get younger. With perennial Pro Bowler Andrew Gurode leading from his center position, the new look Cowboys O-line could be the change they need to keep Tony Romo upright all season long. Dallas comes into the 2011-12 NFL season having undergone some major changes from years past. In addition to Colombo and Davis, the Cowboys have slashed their payroll by dumping some of its biggest stars. Faces of the franchise like Marion Barber and Roy Williams may have been cutloose, but the Cowboys have more than enough firepower to keep fans excited at the running back and wide receiver positions. Dallas' 2010 top draft pick Dez Bryant showed glimpses of superstardom last seasonand incoming rookie DeMarco Murray adds another wrinkle to head coach Jason Garrett's offense. Murray is Oklahoma's all-time leader inpoints scored, all-purpose yards, touchdowns and receiving yards froma running back, and it's that last record that could see him be usedin multiple packages on offense.
Dallas Cowboys Tickets - Cowboys Franchise History
The only NFL team to maintain a winning record for 20 straight seasons and named the most valuable sports franchise of all time by Forbes Magazine in 2009, the Cowboys are one of the big three American teams, along with the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Yankees. The Cowboys play in Cowboy Stadium, the largest domed stadium in the world and the Cowboys logo is one of the most recognizable in all of sports and is highly respected by the fans - but not respected at all by former Cowboy Terrell Owens if you remember a certain half field incident. Get your Dallas Cowboys tickets today to guarantee your have your Dallas Cowboys New Stadium tickets locked up this season as Tony Romo tries to lead the Cowboys back to Super Bowl glory.
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On a daily basis, SeatGeek applies a popularity score to every team's tickets which is a relative measurement of fan demand at any given point in time. We use this internally to surface popular teams, bands and events on pages including our Ticket Search page. Well with the (potential) season (sort of) approaching, I decided it was time to start tracking a trend, and that trend is hashtag #dallascowboys. As you might expect, the Cowboys are ranked high in early demand. These numbers reflect current demand for both pre-season Cowboys tickets and regular season Cowboys tickets. The top 5 most popular NFL tickets right now are the Steelers, Jets, Giants, Ravens and the Dallas Cowboys round out the top 5. It is tight though, as there is only a 10% spread between the Steelers at the top and the Cowboys in 5th. I'll be checking back next week to see how the Cowboys tickets move week over week. Demand is going to continue to pick up across the board, but we'll have to wait and see if the Cowboys stay at the top. Last updated 6/20/2011
Dallas Cowboy Tickets - Cowboys News 2011
The continued lockout talks are no doubt a negative for fans and the league as a whole, but some teams, including the Dallas Cowboys, might be benefiting from a potential delayed start. How you may ask? Well teams with injured players and older veterans that need time to recover. Roy Williams, as ESPN reports has talked veterans that were contemplating retirement but our reconsidering due to having sufficient time to get their older bodies back into game shape. Is this a sound though process, or just the internal justifications of older players refusing to let go? Does it matter? Whatever these veterans need to stay on the roster is certainly going to help the Cowboys both on the field and in the locker room.
Tony Romo is in the news once again after shooting an 81, thus ending his hopes to qualify for the 2011 U.S. Open of golf. Romo is quoted as saying he is, "a lot more emotional" when it comes to football. Voluntary practices have begun with over 40 player showing up to these non-mandatory drills sessions. This month you might think the biggest news coming out of the Dallas Cowboys was Tony Romo's scheduled marriage with Candice Crawford for May 28th. We can all hope this particular love romance doesn't provide the same distractions that Jessica Simpson plagued the Cowboys with a few season back. Pop gossip aside, there have been some key developments for the Cowboys primarily in the form of top draft picks. This very notion of selecting "top draft picks" has also led to some criticism as the Cowboys seemed to employ a strategy of scooping up the best players available rather than picking players that fulfilled short term needs or had a particular complementary skill set. With that said, Cowboys fans can't be too upset with the likes of Tyron Smith (OT - USC), Bruce Carter (LB UNC) and Demarco Murray (RB Oklahoma) joining the squad. It has been reported though that Demarco Murrary, for one, will not immediately be in the starting lineup. We can only speculate as to how these draft picks will help/hurt the Cowboys performance this NFL season and the corresponding impact on fan demand. Though, you can be sure that Cowboys tickets will still be a very hot item regardless of short-term performance. 5/17/2011 Update With the continued NFL lockout and the draft long behind us, news has slowed down on the Dallas Cowboys front leaving sports pundits to release entertaining (but meaningless articles) rating team's NFL helmets - for the record, ESPN has the Cowboys at 6th, with the Steelers taking the top spot (clearly they went with history over pure style). More importantly related to the season, recent first round draft pick, Tryon Smith, met with ESPN radio where he discussed his eagerness to protect and support Tony Romo this upcoming season. Meanwhile, Romo is coming off a horrible end to the season in which he had to take the sideline do to injury. He anticipation must be killing him, as this is truly a pivotal for the franchise it's QB. Though no one can say Romo has been a failure by any means, he has sort of plateaued of late and needs to reassert himself as a franchise Quarterback. Off-season reports indicate that he has been a vocal leader organizing player workout and fans can hope this plants the seeds for on-field leadership and chemistry come September. As fans, we can only hope the season actually starts on time if at all. Currently the Cowboys first pre-season game is scheduled for August 11 vs. the Broncos, with the regular season opener slated in for September 11 at the New York Jets. Keep your fingers crossed.
Dallas Cowboy Tickets - Cowboys News April 2011
As the 2011-2012 Dallas Cowboys season approaches and uncertainty looms around the season as a whole, Cowboys fans are getting anxious to have a successful season. Following the T.O. era of mediocrity, nothing much has improved in Dallas, as Tony Romo has continued to fall short of the high expectations that have been placed on this always-seems-to-be-poised to be the next celebrity pretty boy QB (read: Tom Brady). Fans are getting frustrated, and perhaps rightfully so, they are demanding more from their 2010 draft class. Fortunately Cowboys fans also have a top 10 draft pick to look forward to this year. At number 9, most sports analysts expect the Cowboys to select Tyron Smith, an Offensive Tackle out of USC. At 6 foot 5 inches, Smith would be a nice addition to Dallasâ€™ offensive line. Either way the draft shakes out, Cowboys tickets will continue to be a hot commodity and command prices in the top 10 of our NFL Ticket Price Rankings. Check out the Dallas Cowboys schedule grab your Cowboys Party Pass or season tickets and hit New Cowboys Stadium for a day for an amazing day of NFL football in a world-class venue. Don't have ticket? You're in luck, because seatGeek has tickets for sale aggregated from over fifty ticket sellers.
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The Cowboys haven't made it to a Super Bowl since 1995 when they beat the Steelers 27-17. Then again, those were the days when America's team had 3 NFL Hall of Famers in the starting lineup. Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin were a dominant force in the NFL and its hard to emulate those days. Jerry Jones is looking to bring back pride in the Cowboys organization. He hopes for quarterback Tony Romo to stop fumbling and lead the Cowboys to a Super Bowl victory. They were quiet in the off season but the coaching staff is confident in DeMarcus Ware, Miles Austin, Jason Witten and Keith Brooking to be the glue that keeps the team together through the season.
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