Dallas Cowboys News: Regular Season and Preseason Updates
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.
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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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