<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Blue Star]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcdfw.com/blogs/blue-star http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:30:51 -0500 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:30:51 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Jones: Cowboys Looking at 'Uphill Battle']]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:12:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerry-jones-camp-2014-day0-03.jpg

Jerry Jones opened training camp with stories about how young his Dallas Cowboys were. He told a few thousand fans at the kickoff luncheon that many of those players faced an "uphill battle."

Not exactly Super Bowl talk from an eternally optimistic owner who has made such preseason predictions a few times.

The Cowboys have 34-year-old quarterback Tony Romo coming off back surgery, and Rolando McClain possibly starting at middle linebacker just a few months after deciding to retire. Not to mention a defensive line lacking star -- and possibly pass-rushing -- power heading into Sunday's opener against San Francisco.

"I think there is a difference being optimistic and assessing the odds," Jones said after the Cowboys finished a winless preseason with a 27-3 loss to last week. "You've got guys out there, no-name guys. You've got guys out there who retired. You've got guys who are coming back from injury. Man, this is a `to prove' group."

Jones still includes coach Jason Garrett in that group. Even though a youthful roster is loaded with questions about a defense that gave up the most yards in the league last year, Jones isn't ready to commit to Garrett beyond this season.

"If I said that, I'd be giving him a contract and that's not how we're operating here," Jones said. "I in no way have shut that door. But I have already decided that we were going to operate this year with his contract status the way it is."

Garrett was at the center of reshaping a roster that has gone from one of the oldest in the league to one of the youngest in just a few seasons. Meanwhile, the Cowboys have finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs in all three of Garrett's full seasons.

Those three years ended with losses to NFC East rivals with playoff berths on the line. If Dallas misses the playoffs again this season, it will match the franchise record of five straight years without a postseason trip.

"We started with a plan to make the team younger, to build the team the right way, to bring the cornerstone pieces in, and we feel like we've done that," Garrett said. "Now is that job complete? It's not even close to complete. We understand that."

The Cowboys have avoided flashy first-round draft picks that Jones likes -- he can't stop talking about how tempted he was to take Johnny Manziel this year. Instead, they've picked an offensive lineman first in three of the past four years.

But Garrett might not be around to finish the rebuilding of a defensive line trying to replace DeMarcus Ware after the franchise's career sacks leader was released this offseason in a salary cap move.

"The guys that are available to us, we're going to give them a chance to show what they can do," Garrett said. "Hopefully they've grown with that experience, and we'll get some of the veteran players back who haven't been with us, practicing and playing as much as we would have liked. But that's just the reality of it."

And those defenders are aware of the reality.

"There's very low expectations for this defense," said defensive tackle Henry Melton, the team's biggest free agent signing getting ready for his first game since tearing a knee ligament in Week 3 last year with Chicago. "They're going to see Sunday that it's going to be a different squad."

Jones is counting on that "to prove" mentality.

NOTES: The Cowboys signed S C.J. Spillman, a special teams ace who will face his old club Sunday. He spent three-plus seasons with the 49ers, who cut him last week. ... Dallas also added LB Korey Toomer and FB Nikita Whitlock, who is on the practice squad. ... S Ahmad Dixon and DB Jemea Thomas were waived. Dixon was a seventh-round pick, and Thomas was claimed on waivers from New England last week.



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<![CDATA[Jerry Still Not Over Divorcing Jimmy]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:49:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/182520198.jpg

Time, they say, heals all wounds.

Or, in some cases, only worsens and deepens the pain?

Took a minute during Labor Day weekend to watch ESPN’s interview with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. During the piece the topic of Jimmy Johnson arose, and Jones made it abundantly clear that – because he’s still bitter over their 20-year-old divorce – the former coach will not be enshrined into the Ring of Honor anytime soon.

If ever.

“I don’t have plans for Jimmy Johnson to be in the Ring of Honor,” Jones said, at times pausing, struggling for words and seemingly even fighting back tears. “The criteria that I’m more interested in are with the guys that were on the field and making the plays.”

Obviously Jones’ stubbornness reeks of being a hypocrite. He was the owner, after all, who inducted into the Ring of Honor former general manager Tex Schramm and legendary coach Tom Landry, neither of whom played a single down for the Cowboys. But like Johnson, they were major cogs in winning multiple Super Bowls.

While admitting Johnson was a great coach, Jones reiterated that he’s a one-man committee and that “I get to make that decision to whether or not (Johnson’s coaching) was that impactful, in my judgment.”

Some would argue that – given his stance on Johnson – Jones should retroactively remove Schramm and Landry from the Ring of Honor, and, in turn, never ever never consider himself for enshrinement.

I covered the Cowboys of the early ‘90s as a beat writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. And I watched the divorce from the inside. Still as sad today as it was inexplicable in March of 1994. In short, Jones wanted more credit for the back-to-back Super Bowls and Johnson began flirting with other teams to prove his worth.

Simply, their split was about greed.

With his team stuck in mediocrity and fans growing more dismayed by his leadership, Jones would be smart to swallow his pride and induct Johnson. But he can’t bring himself to do it. Not yet. Maybe not ever.

“I lost my tolerance for having an associate and a friend not be loyal,” Jones said. “I’ve been told that’s trite. That I should be bigger than that.”

Yes, Jerry. Yes you should.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Debut Partnership with Hublot]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:38:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys+watches+Hublot.jpg Some Dallas Cowboys are taking a time out to model fancy timepieces at AT&T Stadium. Go behind the scenes with FD Magazine to see players and coaches like you've never seen them before.

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<![CDATA[Cuts Could Upgrade Cowboys Defense]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:16:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/454307378.jpg

NFL teams must trim their rosters to 53 players by 3 p.m. Aug. 30, and a few players who could strengthen the Cowboys roster will likely become available.

It's unlikely to find a star player from roster cuts, but several teams have found gems including:

  • Wes Welker: Cut by San Diego in 2004.
  • James Harrison: Cut twice by Pittsburgh and once by Baltimore 2002-2003.
  • Kurt Warner: Cut by Green Bay in 1994.
  • Johnny Unitas: Cut by Pittsburgh in 1955.

Dallas' defensive front needs so much help, though, that three players in particular could upgrade the roster.

Alan Branch, DT, free agent – Buffalo cut the mammoth run stuffer after he was charged with driving under the influence recently. The Cowboys won’t care about that, will they? Branch’s skills might be on the decline, but he would still upgrade the position for the Cowboys in a divisions that runs the ball well.

Shayne Skov, LB, San Francisco 49ers –Skov appears to be the odd man out in the Niners’ LB corps. The former Stanford LB went undrafted because of injury concerns, but he looked like a Day-2 prospect based on his 2013 film. He seemed healthy in the pre-season and he’s great at defending zone runs, so he’s a no-brainer pick-up for the Cowboys who are thin at LB and play four games against Philadelphia and Washington.

Ethan Westbrooks/Michael Sam, DE, St. Louis Rams* – There’s not much room on what might be the most talented defensive line in the NFL. The Rams will likely have to cut one of these, and the Cowboys should consider picking him up.

Sam might be the most famous 7th-round pick in recent memory, but he’s still a solid option as a pass-rushing specialist. The Rams signed Westbrooks as an undrafted free agent in 2014, but his pre-season play might earn him a roster spot over Sam.

* Players like Sam and Westbrooks are often pigeonholed as 3-4 outside linebackers, but suggesting that they don't fit a 4-3 defense is myopic and the subject of a future Blue Star piece. The difference between a one-gapping 3-4 front and a 4-3 under front (which Dallas ran frequently last season) is negligible.



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<![CDATA[Jerry Not Ready to Discuss Garrett's Contract]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:00:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/garrett-jones-camp-day0-03.jpg

Not that this should come as any surprise, following three 8-8 seasons, but Jerry Jones isn’t about to hand head coach Jason Garrett a contract extension.

Since becoming the full-time head coach in 2011, Garrett has gone 24-24--he went 5-3 after taking over for Wade Phillips in 2010--and has never made the playoffs.

Well if I said that, I’d be giving him a contract and that’s not how we’re operating here,” Jones said, per ESPN Dallas. “I have in no way shut that door, but I have already decided that we were going to operate this year with his contract status the way that it is.”

Jones wouldn’t close the door on discussing Garrett’s contract during this season.

“I’m just saying as we sit here right now and as we enter the season, then I thought it was in the best interest of the team for us to keep the status of the coaches’ contracts the way that they generally are across the board,” Jones said. “And I haven’t changed that from the way you started training camp.”

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<![CDATA[Brandon Carr Ready for Home Opener]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:52:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/158824205.jpg

Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr played eight snaps in Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Denver Broncos, and he came away from the game confident that he’s good to go for the regular season.

Carr missed most of training camp and two preseason games after his mother passed away. He appeared in the dress rehearsal game against the Dolphins and recorded a tackle, but the team believed he’d benefit from some more reps.

"I felt good to get a couple of plays under my belt,” Carr said, per ESPN Dallas. “I feel good going into next week's home opener. Now it's time to polish up the finished product and get ready for next Sunday."

The Cowboys will open the regular season against the 49ers at AT&T Stadium next Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Jerry Remains Optimistic About Dez Talks]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:41:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/453320170.jpg

Earlier this week, it was reported that Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant was meeting with owner and general manager Jerry Jones privately to discuss a new contract. Yesterday, it was reported that the talks had hit a bit of an impasse, with the two sides far apart on the issues of bonuses, structure and guaranteed money.

But Jones believes the talks were productive.

I wouldn’t want to evaluate progress,” Jones said. “We’ve visited a couple of days. He and I spent about an hour before the luncheon visiting. We’ve had good visits. It’s a little different for me to be talking directly with a player. I know of two that I talked directly with in some pretty sensitive areas when you’re talking about money. One was Michael Irvin and another was Emmitt Smith. Dez and I have been visiting for years, regarding things.”

The Cowboys have the option of franchising Bryant next year, but the team seems truly intent on getting a deal done before it gets to that point.

“Certainly, I don’t mean to say anything is a given or easy,” Jones said. “I do want what’s in his best interest and I do want him to be a long-term player for the Cowboys. He knows that. I’m proud of the progress he’s made and we’re going to see if we can make this work for everybody.”

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<![CDATA[Hamilton Blames Suspension on Missed Test]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:32:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/durham-oob-4th.jpg

Cowboys second-year safety Jakar Hamilton says his four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy was the result not of him failing a test, but of him missing a test. That doesn’t help anyone at the moment, but Hamilton believes he’s learned his lesson.

“They said I missed. I’m not really for sure, but they suspended me and what’s done is done,” he told the team’s website. “My next thing is to have this as testimony, a statement for the upcoming guys--don’t mess with it.”

A seventh round pick out of Baylor, Hamilton appeared in three games last year and recorded two tackles. He is currently on the reserve/suspended list, and there’s a chance this could put his future with Dallas in jeopardy.


“Unfortunately for Jakar, he’s a young, developing player,” said head coach Jason Garrett. “He was really doing some good things at the early part of training camp and he’s been out the last couple of weeks, so that’s hurt him. And obviously being suspended for four games is not good for our football team or good for his personal development. So we’ll have to make some roster decisions in and around that.”

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<![CDATA[Jerry: Adrian Peterson Said He Wants to be a Cowboy]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:21:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/186716672.jpg

In a recent episode of ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones recalled the time, back in June, when Adrian Peterson told him he wanted to be a Cowboy.

"Well, we'll see what we can do, if we can make that happen," Jones is said to have said to Peterson. "Hmm hmm ... I'd like that, too ... Well, we're talking pig Latin here, but let's see if we can do that ... We're talking pig Latin here, but let's see what we can do about that. OK, Adrian, thanks."

He added in the report: "It was good talking to him. I'm a big admirer of him. We were talking about Texas. I really love his story, especially as to how it relates to his father. That's mostly what we talked about. Certainly, that was about it. It was after the George Strait concert (at AT&T Stadium). I think it was about an hour after the concert, so that was the atmosphere."

Jones made very clear that he’s a huge fan of Peterson’s. The problem is, the NFL might not view this as a casual conversation by two successful football-type people, but tampering--a major no-no with Roger Goodell and company. Peterson is in year four of a seven-year deal with the Vikings.

But Jones said he’s not worried about the league looking into the talk.

"None whatsoever," Jones said. "I understand the tampering thing, and you have to be an initiator."

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<![CDATA[Preseason Among the Worst Ever?]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:55:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerry-jones-camp-2014-day0-01.jpg

I entered training camp less optimistic and enthusiastic about a Cowboys’ season than at any time since the head coach was Dave Campo.

After the preseason, I feel even worse.

Thursday night’s 27-3 loss to the Broncos obviously isn’t singularly alarming, but it does cap a crappy off-season in which the Cowboys – coming off three consecutive 8-8 seasons – glaringly failed to improve. We know the Cowboys lost DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher, Sean Lee and (for the first four games) Orlando Scandrick off the defense. So, um, who exactly have they added to make them better? Henry Melton didn’t play a pre-season snap. Nor did Morris Claiborne.

Yikes.

Considering DeMarcus Lawrence’s injury, the only new face that will be an upgrade is first-round pick Zack Martin. Nice, but hardly reason to think 8-8 can be matched, much less surpassed. Adding to the fun, just yesterday fourth-round pick B.W. Webb was cut (a day after former 4th-round pick Matt Johnson was cut), Jakar Hamilton was suspended for substance abuse and Jerry Jones made negative headlines by sorta, kinda, maybe tampering with Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson and by shoving aside the notion of Jimmy Johnson in the Ring of Honor because he’s still not over the bitter divorce.

Then last night it was Brandon Weeden throwing and Phillip Tanner running and Laron Byrd catching and guys named Dontavis Sapp and Ryan Smith attempting to tackle. In other words, it was an ugly end to a hideous preseason.

For only the fifth time in their 55-year history the Cowboys went winless in the preseason. They were the worst NFL team this preseason, going 0-4 and getting outscored by a whopping 116-60, a league-worst minus 56-point differential.

At Wednesday’s annual kickoff luncheon which is usually spiced with positive hyperbole, even Jones was relatively glum. The owner admitted 2014 would be an “uphill battle.”

Sept. 7 and the 49ers are looming. I cringe at the thought.

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.



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<![CDATA[Cowboys Lose to Broncos, Finish Preseason 0-4]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:06:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys-broncos-8.28.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys fell to the Denver Broncos by a final of 27-3 on Thursday night, and finish the preseason 0-4.

After Brandon Weeden was intercepted by Tony Carter on a first and 10 in the first quarter, the Broncos got on the board with a one-yard touchdown run by CJ Anderson. Anderson finished the half with 32 yards on 14 carries.

Weeden would finish 6-12 passing for 75 yards and the pick. Dustin Vaughan, who replaced Weeden in the second half, finished 11-17 for 85 yards. He was also sacked four times behind a backup offensive line that looked, well, just awful.

The Cowboys managed a 23-yard field goal from Dan Bailey in the second quarter, but Denver answered at the end of the half with a field goal of their own, a 19-yard strike from Brandon McManus.

The second half would be all Broncos. Rookie running back Kapri Bibbs took in two touchdown runs in the third quarter to extend the lead to 24-3. McManus added a 39-yard field goal with 30 seconds left for good measure.

The newly signed (and probably soon to be cut) Phillip Tanner led the team in rushing with 26 yards on eight carries.

The Cowboys open the regular season next Sunday against the 49ers at AT&T Stadium.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Trail Broncos 10-3 at Half]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:59:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys-broncos-half.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys are down 10-3 to the Denver Broncos at halftime in Arlington, in the final preseason game of the year.

After Brandon Weeden was intercepted by Tony Carter on a first and ten in the first quarter, the Broncos got on the board with a one-yard touchdown run by CJ Anderson. Anderson finished the half with 32 yards on 14 carries.

Weeden would finish 6-12 passing for 75 yards and the pick.

The Cowboys managed a 23-yard field goal from Dan Bailey in the second quarter, but Denver answered at the end of the half with a field goal of their own, a 19-yard strike from Brandon McManus.

The newly signed Phillip Tanner leads the team in rushing with 16 yards on six carries.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Fans Pumped for Pre-Season Finale]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:07:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys+tailgating+082814.jpg The 2014 NFL season is just around the corner and the Cowboys have one last chance to impress before their first game. Fans say they’re ready to cheer their team on to victory.

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<![CDATA[Fans Tailgate Before Cowboys Preseason Game]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:26:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Tailgating+010.JPG Dallas Cowboys fans got a final dress rehearsal tailgating before the last preseason game before the regular season starts.

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<![CDATA[Report: Dez, Cowboys Stall in Contract Talks]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:40:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dez-bryant-2013-01.jpg

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones met with Dez Bryant at Valley Ranch earlier this week to discuss a long-term contract, causing many to believe that maybe--just maybe--a deal was close. Apparently, this was a bit of wishful thinking.

According to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the two sides remain far apart on issues of structure, bonuses and guaranteed money.

Bryant recently stated that he planned on tabling contract talks for the year if a deal wasn’t agreed upon before next week’s regular season opener with the San Francisco 49ers. Jerry Jones respects this idea, as does executive vice president Stephen Jones.

“He wants to concentrate on the season,” Stephen Jones said. “We’ve got to respect that. We’ve got to have him to have a deal. If we don’t get it done before the season, we will get it done after the season, if that’s the way he wants to do it. We are not going to be worried about it one way or the other.”

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<![CDATA[Mo Claiborne Will Likely Miss Preseason Finale]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:37:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mo-claiborne-cant-relax.jpg

Having missed the first three games of the preseason, Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne told reporters earlier this week that he was ready to play in Thursday’s preseason finale, if the coaches wanted him to. Apparently, they don’t want him to.

Following the annual kickoff luncheon on Wednesday, per ESPN Dallas, executive vice president Stephen Jones said Claiborne would “probably not” play in the finale.

Claiborne missed the first preseason game with tendinitis in his knee, and the last two with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. If he misses Thursday night, it will mark the second consecutive preseason in which Claiborne hasn’t seen a preseason snap.

Jones said the team’s decision ultimately came down to risk versus reward.

"Just not worth the risk to go backwards," he said. "You know those shoulder injuries; they get sore on you quickly. After really going over it with our trainers and doctors, probably the better decision here is to let him get fully healed and then put him out there."

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<![CDATA[Jerry: Cowboys Facing an "Uphill Battle"]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:08:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/10p_jerry_jones_photo_reax_1200x675_317065795627.jpg

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has developed a reputation for being an eternal optimist--aggravatingly so, at times--so it doesn’t bode well for the team that when he took the stage at the Cowboys’ Kickoff Luncheon and addressed the players this week, he wasn’t exactly bursting with high hopes.

“You know we’ve got an uphill battle this year, and we do have an uphill battle this year,” Jones said, per the team's official website. “But most of you had an uphill battle when you came to camp--most of you did. And some of you have absolutely rose to the occasion, some of you have taken the challenge on.”

Jones added: “The individuals on this team individually have their backs to the wall, but the team doesn’t. We’ve got a coach and we’ve got a staff that knows how to read and dance to that music. That’s why I think we’ve got a chance to do it.”

Dancing coaches aside, Jones’s tempering of expectations is understandable. Dallas has finished 8-8 in each of the past three seasons and haven’t been to the playoffs since 2009.

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<![CDATA[Ware Believes Tyron Smith is NFL's Best]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:00:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tyron-smith-good-start.jpg

Now a member of the Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys all-time sacks leader DeMarcus Ware believes his old teammate Tyron Smith is the best tackle the NFL has to offer.

Smith was Ware’s teammate for his first three seasons in the league, and practiced against him every day for the past two years, after he moved from right tackle to left following his rookie season.

I know when I was going against Tyron just what I was going against,” Ware said, per the Cowboys’ official website. “Run blocking, pass blocking, I feel like the best tackle in the league. I knew if I could beat him, I could beat anybody else.”

Ware added: “He’s out there mauling guys. I mean, just being a dominant guy out there on the corner, pass blocking and run blocking.”

The admiration is certainly mutual. Since Ware left Dallas, Smith has credited going against him with a good deal of his development thus far.

“The first year I came in was the lockout year, and I didn’t really know much,” Smith said. “But thanks to the best that helped me come along--Tony Romo, Doug Free, Kyle Kosier and DeMarcus Ware--DeMarcus Ware beat my butt every day, but it got me better.”

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<![CDATA[Jakar Hamilton Suspended Four Games]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:15:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/durham-oob-4th.jpg

Second-year Cowboys safety Jakar Hamilton has been suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

A seventh-round pick out of Baylor last year, Hamilton is the second member of the Dallas secondary to be suspended for this offense this preseason, cornerback Orlando Scandrick being the first. Scandrick also got four games.

This certainly won’t help Hamilton’s chances of making the team. He’s impressed coaches this preseason but has struggled to stay healthy, missing preseason opener against the Chargers with a concussion and last week’s dress rehearsal game against the Dolphins with a hamstring issue. He'll be placed on the reserve/suspended list.

Jakar’s done a really nice job. Unfortunately, he has been banged up here the last couple weeks,” head coach Jason Garrett told the team’s website. “He’s a guy that really, really made great strides, both as a back end safety, played a little bit as a nickel guy, he’s improved on special teams. He has a lot of physical ability, and the big thing with him, like a lot of young guys, is simply maturing as a player. He definitely demonstrated that. But he has been out the last couple weeks. We like him a lot, and he’s certainly developed quickly for us, but his injury’s certainly a factor in our evaluation of him.”

Hamilton is eligible to play in tonight's preseason finale.

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<![CDATA[Winless Preseason a Bad Omen for Cowboys]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:33:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/453323618.jpg

Tonight’s pre-season finale is meaningless.

Or is it?

You won’t see Tony Romo or most of the starters in Thursday night’s game against the Broncos at AT&T Stadium. But you should – surprisingly – keep an eye on the scoreboard.

That’s because the Cowboys are a mediocre team with middle-of-the-road talent and little prospects for making the playoffs. And a winless preseason sure wouldn’t help matters.

The Cowboys are 0-3. What exactly would 0-4 mean?

Of the 29 NFL teams that have gone winless in the preseason, only five turned it around in the regular season and made the playoffs. Of those 29, 16 went on to have losing records. I’m not saying pre-season results are a direct predictor of regular-season performance. But history said it’s at least a decent hint of what to expect.

The Cowboys have gone 0-for in exhibitions four times, the last in 2000. Three of those teams finished with a losing record and missed the playoffs. The other team – in ’98 – lost a Wild Card game.

“Well, we play the games to win,” head coach Jason Garrett said in a press conference this week. “There’s no question about that. That’s line one.”

Calling tonight a must-win is obviously ludicrous. But last year the Steelers went 0-4 in August, lost their first four regular-season games and missed the playoffs. Last year’s Super Bowl champion Seahawks? They went 4-0 in the preseason.

The Cowboys are the only NFC team without a pre-season win. Since they’re keeping score and since there is a smidge of historical importance, they might as well go ahead and win. Just to be safe.

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<![CDATA[Report: Dez, Jerry Talk Contract]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 07:01:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/186730007.jpg

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has said he’s prepared to table contract talks if a deal isn’t done by the beginning of the regular season and, with a week and a half until the opener against the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Jones may be trying to fast track the talks.

Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPN Dallas reports that Jones and Bryant had a private meeting on Tuesday at Valley Ranch to discuss a long-term deal. Bryant is entering the final year of his contract and though they can always franchise him next season, the team wants to lock him up long-term.

Bryant was one of two players atop the Cowboys’ front office’s list of priorities going into this offseason. The other was left tackle Tyron Smith, who agreed to a historically large eight-year, $98 million extension last month that will keep him in Dallas through 2023.

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<![CDATA[Selvie Says He'll Be Ready for 49ers]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:07:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/George-Selvie-cowboys-camp-072814.jpg

Cowboys defensive end George Selvie is still feeling the effects of offseason shoulder surgery, but he’s confident he’ll be ready for the regular season opener against the 49ers.

"I'm just taking it easy," Selvie said, per ESPN Dallas. "I had the surgery in the offseason, so it's a little sore right now. We're just taking it a little easy. Everything should be good. Everything's good. I'll be out there."

Selvie took what he believes was just a minor shot to the shoulder in the dress rehearsal game against the Dolphins last weekend, and has been held out of practice all week.

Last year, Selvie was a kind of a revelation for the Cowboys, his fifth team in four seasons in the league. In 16 games, he recorded 39 tackles, 22 quarterback pressures and seven sacks, more than anyone on the team aside from Jason Hatcher.

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<![CDATA[Jerry: "We're the Glitz and Glamour of the NFL"]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:58:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerry-jones10.5.11.jpg

Jerry Jones has been known to deliver some odd comments from time to time, and Monday night was one of those times.

At an event to announce a partnership between Swiss watchmaker Hublot and the Cowboys, Jones declared the Cowboys the shiniest franchise in the league, playoff drought or no playoff drought.

We’re the glitz and glamour of the NFL,” Jones said, per ESPN Dallas. “Tex Schramm told me, ‘Let Houston down there at the time, let them have the checkered table clothes and saw-dust floors. Cowboys do not mean getting on a horse and riding. They mean the glitz and glamour of Dallas.’ That’s what we want to be. And obviously we want to show how to kick their you-know-what with glitz and glamour.”

Problem is, the Cowboys haven’t done much kicking of you-know-whats of recent. They haven’t made the playoffs since 2009, also the last time they finished with a record over .500. The past three seasons have been a study in mediocrity, with three 8-8 finishes and three losses in Week 17 win-and-in games.

Given this middling, head coach Jason Garrett attempted to draw a distinction between the organization--which, he acknowledges, is full of glitz and glamour--and the team on the field.

“Maybe that’s a reference to the organization and the history and the deal that they made with Hublot, a watchmaker from Switzerland,” Garrett said. “Certainly our football team is based on having the right kind of guys who love to play football and go out there and work hard each and every day and try to have the kind of demeanor, attitude, body language of a tough-minded football team. That’s what we’re trying to build here. Business decisions are different than what we’re trying to accomplish with our football team.”

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<![CDATA[Phillip Tanner Returns for Preseason Finale]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:43:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/phillip-tanner-interception.jpg

Phillip Tanner is back with the Dallas Cowboys, but it could be a brief stay.

According to the team’s website, the Cowboys have signed Tanner to give the backfield some depth going into Thursday night’s preseason finale with the Broncos. In all likelihood, DeMarco Murray won’t play at all, and Lance Dunbar may very well be held out as well.

This leaves Ryan Williams and Joseph Randle, who are battling for a roster spot, but Randle is coming off an oblique injury. Tanner can come in and help, since he knows the system from the three years he spent in Dallas.

The Cowboys originally signed Tanner as an undrafted free agent in 2011. The team let him walk in free agency this offseason, and he signed with the Colts in July, but he was released less than a month later.

Over three years with Dallas, Tanner posted 149 rushing yards and two touchdowns, as well as nine catches for 93 yards.

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<![CDATA[DeMarcus Ware Still Wants to Retire as a Cowboy]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:25:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/demarcus-ware-midseason.jpg

DeMarcus Ware spent nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, leaving in free agency this offseason as the franchise’s all-time sacks leader and one of the best defensive players to wear the star. Now a Bronco--having signed a three-year deal in March, shortly after he was released by the Cowboys in a cost-cutting move--Ware hopes to return to Dallas when it’s all said and done and retire with the team that drafted him.

You know, before, and just talking to Jerry, we talked about that,” Ware said during a conference call ahead of Thursday’s Cowboys-Broncos preseason game. “He’s just like, ‘You know what, I want you to be able to come back here and retire as a Dallas Cowboy.’ That’s a big goal of mine.”

Ware left the Cowboys having posted 574 tackles, 117 sacks, 32 forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions, but was slowed by injuries in the last couple of seasons. Even considering the injuries, Ware was surprised that the Cowboys let him go.

“I thought I was always going to be a Dallas Cowboy,” Ware said. “That was really, really big for me. I played well for nine years, so I never thought that they would get rid of me.”

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<![CDATA[Matt Johnson Cut Without a Snap]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:08:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/175605280.jpg

The Matt Johnson Era officially ended Tuesday, two years after the Cowboys drafted him, but, actually, before it even began.

Johnson was a promising safety from Eastern Washington, taken in the 4th round in 2012. He was athletic. Fast. A ballhawk in a position where the Cowboys desperately needed playmakers.

But as the Cowboys approach their preseason finale of the 2014 season, we still haven’t seen Johnson in a regular season game. And we never will. At least with a star on his helmet.

After another injury-plagued training camp the Cowboys finally cut Johnson Tuesday. It’s another maddening miss in the draft, the kind that has left Dallas with minimal depth and struggling to stay on their 8-8 treadmill. Fourth-round picks are supposed to start, or at least contribute on special teams. But Johnson could never stay on the field.

As a rookie in 2012 he pulled both hamstrings and suffered from back problems. In 2013 he tore ligaments in his ankle and spent the season on injured reserve after surgery. This year he suffered another hamstring injury early in camp.

Blinded by what they saw in his potential, the Cowboys were overly patient with Johnson. But clearly it was time to give up.

Matt Johnson, the Cowboy who never played a single snap in the regular season.

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<![CDATA[Henry Melton Open to Playing on Thursday]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:25:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/melton1517790631.jpg

Coming off a season cut short by a torn ACL, Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton says he’s healthy and ready to play in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Broncos at Cowboys Stadium--if the coaches want him to, anyway.

Nothing is set in stone yet,” Melton told the team’s official website. “I’m going to listen to what they tell me. We’ll sit down and talk about it and see if I should get some reps. Or we’ll just wait until San Fran.”

Melton is the biggest acquisition of the Cowboys’ offseason, but fans still haven’t got a glimpse of the former Chicago Bear and University of Texas product. The team has eased him along throughout camp, and he was held out of the team’s first three preseason games.

Even though starters like Melton are almost always held out of the final preseason game, he says he’s open to whatever the coaches want to do.

“It doesn’t really matter to me,” Melton said. “Sitting out another week, it might let my knee heal a little bit. But it did set back my conditioning. I might need a little more reps before we get to the game. But we’ll see.”

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<![CDATA[Mo Claiborne Sore, But Feeling Better]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:20:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mo-claiborne-played-horrible.jpg

Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne remains sore after spraining the AC joint in his shoulder earlier in camp, but he’s feeling better each day and says he’ll play in Thursday’s preseason finale if the coaching staff wants him to see some live snaps before the regular season opener.

Claiborne has missed all three of the Cowboys’ preseason games thus far, with the shoulder issue and, earlier, a case of tendinitis in his knee.

It’s an AC sprain, so you know it’s going to be sore,” Claiborne said, per ESPN Dallas. “I don’t know if you ever had one before, but they get pretty sore. After a week or so, I don’t think it’ll be healed. It’s better, definitely better. I have more range of motion in it. I can reach up now. It’s getting better each and every day. It’s up to the coaches [at] game time.”

If Claiborne does play Thursday, it’ll mark just the third preseason contest he’s participated in over his career.

“I don’t know how many snaps they want me to play,” Claiborne said, “but whatever they want me to do, I’m up to do it.”

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<![CDATA[Dez Ready to Shelf Contract Talks]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:19:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/453320170.jpg

It looks like if the Cowboys don’t get a long-term deal done with wide receiver Dez Bryant in the next week and a half or so, it’ll be a good while before we hear any more about it.

According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas
, Bryant is set to shelf contract talks for the season if a deal isn’t done before the Week 1 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers.

"Once the season starts, I'm all in," Bryant said. "I've got this team to worry about. ... The work that I put in, the love, the real love, the real passion that I have for this game overtakes everything. I honestly feel like what I do sooner or later, I'm going to get what I deserve. I believe it. That's why I don't stress about. There's no need to stress about it. It's coming. I know it's coming. So no need to worry about it."

To be sure, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to get a deal done, too. But he understands Bryant’s stance regarding what could potentially be a distraction--if not for Bryant, for other players in a similar position.

"That's not uncommon and it makes all the sense in the world," Jones said. "I know Dez, know him well and he wants to have his mind on nothing but football. Obviously, he wants to be responsible as it pertains to his business, but it's a pleasure to have someone that the only thing other than his family that matters to him is playing football for the Dallas Cowboys. I know he wants to be able to walk out there against San Francisco and not think about anything else. That's a plus for everybody."

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<![CDATA[Tony Romo Back at Practice]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:49:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/453705930.jpg

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo returned to the field on Tuesday after being held out of the team’s workout on Monday, a precautionary move after he absorbed three sacks in Saturday night’s dress rehearsal game in Miami. It is the seventh practice he’s missed since training camp began in July.

Romo won’t be on the field on Thursday, when Dallas will host the Broncos at AT&T Stadium for the preseason finale, and the team won’t gather for a full practice again until this Saturday.

The week after that, the team will open up the regular season against the San Francisco 49ers, and Romo should be good to go for that one.

Romo, of course, is coming off a procedure to repair a herniated disk in his back back in December. At the time, it was the second back surgery he had undergone in a span of eight months. 

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<![CDATA[Stephen Jones Wants to Change NFL Roster Rules]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:28:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerry-stephen-cowboys-camp-072814.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys have to trim their roster from 90 to 75 by 3 PM on Tuesday afternoon, and from 75 to 53 by Saturday afternoon. If executive vice president Stephen Jones had his druthers, this system would be tweaked a bit.

Namely, instead of two rounds of cuts would be condensed to one round. He also believes the NFL should change the system so these cuts aren’t required until after the final week of the preseason, rather than during.

“At the end of the day, I would be on the side that you ought to cut them at one time. And I think we can work through all the logistics, the physicals and everything that goes with it,” he said. “But that’s one man’s opinion and we put  a lot of work and a lot of thought process into that and you certainly respect the people you work on the committee with and certainly respect where it might end up in terms of a vote, but it wouldn’t surprise me at some point if that changes.”

The Cowboys got the cuts started on Monday, when they cut ties with defensive tackle Martez Wilson and fullback J.C. Copeland.

“There are jobs up for grabs,” Jones said. “I think we obviously start right now, starting yesterday, going through a test of who now and what could change and there’s a handful of guys here who are battling and let’s see how they answer the bell on Thursday and here we go.”

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<![CDATA[Cowboys' Defense Gets a Lift With Spencer's Return]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:07:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/158439069.jpg

Something about as rare as a Rangers’ victory this season: Positive news for your Cowboys’ defense.

Anthony Spencer won’t be ready for Week 1 against the 49ers, but he’s progressed to the point where he will soon be removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list and will be on the field early in the regular season. Had Spencer – coming off knee surgery last October – stayed on the PUP list, he would’ve missed at least the first six games.

This is uplifting news for a beleaguered defense reeling from the losses of Sean Lee, Orlando Scandrick, DeMarcus Lawrence and DeVonte Holloman. Spencer, who made the Pro Bowl with 11 sacks in 2012, is the team’s best pass-rusher and given the losses of DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher and a the latest injury to George Selvie (shoulder), the Cowboys will be desperate for quarterback pressure.

Speaking on his weekly radio show on CBS in Dallas, owner Jerry Jones said he’s hopeful Spencer can play in Week 2 against the Titans.

“I can assure you, at this time, as close as we are to Week 1, he won't be ready,” Jones said. “But he will be on our active 53-man roster. And we wouldn't be doing that if we weren't planning on him being on the field immediately. He's progressed at a surprisingly fast pace. I would say not Week 1, but there's a possibility that any time after that he could feel good enough about his repairs. We feel like that has completely grown in the way that that injury heals. It's a question of him feeling good about his cuts. He's in great shape. We certainly know that he could give us a lift earlier than we had planned.”

The Cowboys’ defense won’t be good. But with this news it got a tad better.

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<![CDATA[Williams Doing His Best to Win Roster Spot]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:16:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/4537124122.jpg

Still a lot of questions remaining as the Cowboys head into their final pre-season game Thursday against the Broncos. But we have one solid answer:

Ryan Williams a better runner than Joseph Randle.

But, actually, that solution only raises another quandary. As in, how do the Cowboys – so thin at so many positions – afford to keep four running backs?

DeMarco Murray is set as the featured “bell cow” back and Lance Dunbar is his change-up backup. After that, Randle is better than Williams at blitz protection, play recognition and on special teams. But Williams flashed Saturday night in Miami that he has special running skills.

Not only did he gain 47 yards on 12 carries, but he slashed, he zigged, he made tacklers miss. Randle is a solid back and a tough runner, but on handoffs or kickoff returns he rarely avoids going down after the first contact and seldom jukes his way to extra yards.

With Randle sidelined by an oblique strain, Williams made the most of his extra workload in Miami until he, too, was forced out of the game with cramps on a typically humid south Florida night.

I think it’s clear that Williams is a better runner than Randle. But at this point, the Cowboys just need better football players. And Randle may win this battle because he can produce more than just running yards.
 

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.



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<![CDATA[Jerry Was "Concerned" Over Romo Being Sacked]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:20:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jerry-jones-camp-2014-day0-02.jpg

Even given his truly heroic sense of optimism, Jerry Jones has to have known Tony Romo would be sacked at some point this season. But when it happened three times in a half against the Dolphins on Saturday night, Jones admitted he was a little bit worried.  

“They were doing a pretty good job, their defensive front, so he took those three sacks and that concerned me,” Jones told the team’s official website. “Not because of being able to correct what it takes to block them, but it just concerned me that he was taking those sacks.”

Romo wasn’t exactly thrilled he was sacked, either. But he admitted it felt good to absorb some contact--the first real contact he’s had since he hurt his back last December--and bounce back up again.

The good news for Jones is that Romo won’t be sacked in the preseason finale against the Broncos this week at AT&T Stadium, because he won’t be playing.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Release FB Copeland, DE Wilson]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:49:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jc-copeland-cowboys.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys got started on their first round of cuts on Monday, releasing defensive end Martez Wilson and rookie fullback J.C. Copeland.

Wilson was drafted out of the University of Illinois in the third round of the 2011 draft, by the New Orleans Saints. He spent two and a half seasons with New Orleans before being cut in October of last year. He was picked up by the Oakland Raiders and spent a little less than a month there before moving on to Dallas last November.

All told, he appeared in two games for the Cowboys.

Copeland went undrafted out of LSU and was signed by the Cowboys in May. The plan was to have him compete with Tyler Clutts for the fullback job, but Clutts has got the lion’s share of the snaps here in the preseason.

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<![CDATA[Rookie CB Tyler Patmon Has a Big Night]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:26:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tyler-patmon-big-night.jpg

In a largely disappointing dress rehearsal game on Saturday night, Cowboys rookie cornerback Tyler Patmon had something of a coming out party, recording two interceptions (including a pick-six) and forcing a fumble.

It just shows that I’m going to take advantage of my opportunities,” Patmon told the team's official website. “God blessed me with a great opportunity, the coaches trusted me enough to get in and obviously I came up and made some plays.”

Patmon got his big night started on Miami’s second possession of the game, jarring the ball from tight end Dion Sims to kill a promising drive. He killed another promising drive for the Dolphins in the third quarter, when he intercepted Miami starter Ryan Tannehill at the Cowboys’ nine-yard line.

The Oklahoma State product’s biggest moment came in the fourth though when he jumped a route, intercepted backup Matt Moore and strode into the end zone for the touchdown.

It was an impressive night, to be sure. But the undrafted and unheralded Patmon isn’t taking anything for granted.

“No--I’ve got to keep going,” he said. “I made a couple mistakes out there that I’ve got to improve on and just keep pushing.”

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<![CDATA[Romo Takes First Hits Since Last December]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:32:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/453708264.jpg

Obviously, the Dallas Cowboys don’t want to see Tony Romo sacked three times in a half of football, like he was in the dress rehearsal game against the Dolphins in Miami on Saturday night. But coming off back surgery, Romo was glad to have absorbed his first contact since last December and got back up.

I took some hits and that was good, just in regards to getting back up and keep playing,” Romo told the team’s website. “That part of it was positive, in general. We can avoid it, but it was good to kind of get back up and keep going.”

Romo ended up playing the entire first half on Saturday, but apparently, he had to do some campaigning to convince the coaching staff let him do so. Receiver Dez Bryant was impressed, but not at all surprised to see Romo fighting for preseason snaps.

“Tony, he’s a true competitor, for real, man,” Bryant said. “That’s what a lot of people don’t know. He wants it. He wants to be in. He fought to stay in on the drive that I came out. I came out a drive, I was hot and pissed. We only had three (points) up there. I understood, preseason, but somehow, someway, they let him go in. That’s what I’m talking about."

“It’s just the fight, the dog and the hunger. When he does it, it makes everybody else want to do it. That’s how a team becomes explosive.”

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<![CDATA[Report: Josh Brent Will Be Disciplined by NFL]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:36:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/158440597.jpg

Former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent will face some punishment from the league before he is reinstated, according Ed Werder of ESPN.

Back in January, Brent was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years probation after he was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter, stemming from the December 2012 crash that killed Brent’s best friend and teammate Jerry Brown, Jr. He served time in jail before moving on to a rehab facility. He was released in late July.

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett have both said the team will welcome Brent back once he’s reinstated, but that could be awhile according to this latest report.

"He's not just going to walk back onto the field," a source told ESPN.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Drop Dress Rehearsal Game to Dolphins, 25-20]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:43:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dolphins-cowboys8.23.14.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys played an ugly dress rehearsal game on Saturday night, and fell to the Dolphins in Miami by a final of 25-20.

Tony Romo ended up playing the entire first half, going 10 for 18 passing for 87 yards. The bad news, he was sacked three times. The good news, he wasn’t hurt by any of those sacks.

DeMarco Murray ran the ball for 18 yards on six carries, and Dez Bryant posted 32 yards on four carries, all in the first half.

The Cowboys’ defense was, uh, the Cowboys’ defense. They allowed 491 yards and 27 first downs on Saturday night.  

The Dolphins opened the scoring with a 26-yard field goal by John Potter to give them 3-0 lead in the first quarter.

Dallas’s Dan Bailey tied it up with a 52-yarder later in the first and, then, gave his team the lead with a 50-yarder with less than a minute left in the half.

The Dolphins regained the lead in the second quarter on a one-yard touchdown run from Damien Williams. Williams also ran in the two-point conversion to extend the lead to 11-6, Dolphins.

The Cowboys responded with less than a minute left in the half as backup quarterback Brandon Weeden hit LaRon Byrd--who made a diving catch--for a 27-yard touchdown. With that, Dallas retook the lead. They extended that lead to 20-11 on a pick-six from rookie cornerback Tyler Patmon.

The Cowboys’ defense struck again late though, allowing two fourth quarter touchdowns--on a pass from Marlon Moore to Harold Hoskins , and a one-yard run by Orleans Darkwa--and one two-point conversion. Dallas lost by a final of 25-20, and are 0-3 this preseason.

The preseason finale is scheduled for Thursday, against the Broncos, at AT&T Stadium.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Ahead of the Dolphins at Half, 6-3]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:45:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys-dolphins-8.23.jpg

After a pretty uneventful half of dress rehearsal action, the Dallas Cowboys lead the Miami Dolphins, 6-3.

Tony Romo ended up playing the entire first half, going 10 for 18 passing for 87 yards. The bad news, he was sacked three times. DeMarco Murray ran the ball  for 18 yards on six carries, and Dez Bryant posted 32 yards on four carries.

The Cowboys’ defense has allowed 173 yards but gave up just a single field goal, a 26-yarder by John Potter to give the Dolphins the 3-0 lead in the first quarter.

Dallas’s Dan Bailey tied it up with a 52-yarder later in the first and, then, gave his team the lead with a 50-yarder with less than a minute left in the half.

We’ll have the postgame for you after this one is in the books.
 

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<![CDATA[Dixon Looking to Get Back in Coaches' Good Graces]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:15:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ahmad-dixon8.14.jpg

After a promising NFL debut against the San Diego Chargers, Ahmad Dixon was benched by the Cowboys for last week’s matchup with the Ravens for showing up late to a walk-through. Obviously, Dixon wants to get back in the coaching staff’s good graces in Saturday’s dress rehearsal against the Dolphins, not that he needed any extra motivation.

I’m just ready to play, man,” said Dixon, who led the team in tackles against the Chargers with 12 tackles, per ESPN Dallas. “I don’t even look at it like [an opportunity to get back in the coaches’ good graces]. I would ask that everybody just quit making this--I mean, it’s a big deal, but it’s not as big as everybody’s making it seem.

“I mean, it’s ball. I’m amped up to play any game, not just because I missed a game. If I would have played last week, I would be just as amped up. I just like to play ball, man, and I’m ready to get back out there.”

Of course, just because he hasn't taken any added motivation from being benched doesn’t mean that Dixon didn’t learn a lesson from last week’s transgression.

“I’ve got to learn how to be a pro,” Dixon added. “That’s it. I said it time and time again. I’ve got to surround myself with those kind of guys in order to understand what it takes. As long as you’re around those guys, you will start picking up on their behaviors and how they operate.”

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Audition Linebacker Jason Phillips]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:16:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jason-phillips-cowboys.jpg

Veteran linebacker and TCU product Jason Phillips was at Valley Ranch to audition for a spot with the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, the same day the team announced that DeVonte Holloman’s career was likely over due to a neck injury, Tim MacMahon ESPN Dallas reports.

Phillips was a fifth round pick by the Baltimore Ravens back in 2009, and played two seasons for the team. After that, he was picked up by the Carolina Panthers, where he played in 2011 and 2012. He signed by the Philadelphia Eagles in March of last year but tore his ACL in training camp and missed the season.

Phillips was among the Eagles’ first round of cuts earlier this week.

For his career thus far, Phillips has 31 tackles and a forced fumble in 29 games.

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<![CDATA[Spencer Looking to Come Off PUP List Before Season]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:01:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/anthony-spencer-giants.jpg

Earlier this month, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones told the media that the team’s plan was to have defensive end Anthony Spencer come off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List before the season begins, in order to avoid having him ruled ineligible for the first six weeks of the year.

Unsurprisingly, Spencer is in lock-step with this plan, and says his rehab has been going well.

Yeah, I want to be out on the field as soon as possible, and PUP will put me out six weeks,” Spencer told the team’s website. “I haven’t plateaued yet. My body’s responding well to the things that we’re doing, so we’re just going to continue to do them.”

Last year Spencer appeared in all of one game, in September, and recorded two tackles before his season was cut short due to microfracture surgery on his knee--the procedure he’s still working back from, almost a year later.

“They just said we’ll keep evaluating and see where we are,” Spencer said. “Keep doing the things we’ve been doing and adding a little bit more, a little bit more, and changing what we do with the change of direction, more my body weight, a little bit more resistance. We’re just doing a bunch of different things to see how it reacts.”

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Stunned by News About Holloman]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:19:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/2013-cowboys-eagles--%28308%29.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys locker room got a collective punch to the gut on Thursday when the team learned that second-year linebacker DeVonte Holloman’s career is likely over following a neck injury.

Head coach Jason Garrett made the announcement during his press conference yesterday, adding that this latest injury is related to the spinal contusion that forced Holloman to miss six games during his rookie season.

I just heard about it maybe three minutes ago,” safety Barry Church told the team’s official website. “That’s devastating, real devastating. But like I said earlier, it’s a neck injury. You can’t really mess around with neck injuries. You’ve got your whole life ahead of you as a young guy.”

Holloman was coming off a rookie season in which he showed flashes of major promise. He finished with 26 tackles and two sacks while appearing in nine games.

“Obviously, here’s a young player I thought had a great future ahead of him,” said veteran tight end Jason Witten. “Really good cover guy. Just can never take it for granted, the opportunity we have to play this game, even in these dog days of camp. Sad to hear that, obviously you want to reach out to him and pull for him... It provides perspective, and we wish him the best.”

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<![CDATA[Romo Not Sure How Much He'll Play Against Dolphins]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:21:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/453705926.jpg

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has said Tony Romo will play around two possessions against the Dolphins on Saturday night, and call it a preseason. Romo himself sounds less certain about how many snaps he’ll see in the so-called dress rehearsal.

“We gauge a lot sometimes off of two drives. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s a little silly because games you’re going to have 10-to-11,” Romo told the team’s website. “You want to have success on a drive or two, but--let’s pretend we had two drives or three drives this week and scored touchdowns on every one of them, it’s great. But you still have a full game to play and you’re going to have to continue to execute throughout the football game.”

Romo finished 4-5 passing for 80 yards, a touchdown and a fumbled snap in his preseason debut last week against the Ravens. Even if he only attempts another five passes against the Dolphins, head coach Jason Garrett refuses to say this is a case of the Cowboys being careful. Rather, he says, the team just wants him to play enough to know he’s ready for the 49ers in Week 1.

“We don’t really use the word cautious as much as we try to use the reps we think are necessary to get him ready to go to play against San Francisco in Week One,” Garrett said.

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<![CDATA[Fantasy Land: A Look at the Cowboys]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:26:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/453708264.jpg

A two-time champion in a hardcore keeper league, including some know-it-all media "experts", Adam Boedeker gives his fantasy expertise on a weekly basis during football season.

Well, folks, it's that time of year. When you're cramming and shuffling through those magazines at the last minute while the clock ticks down on your pick in your fantasy football draft. What are you going to do? If you're looking for a Dallas Cowboy, here's a guide that could help you.

The Cowboys might very well have a 5-11 type of season and break that string of 8-8 records in a bad way. But you know what? They just might have one of the better fantasy football representations in the entire NFL, for whatever that's worth.

First off, the Cowboys' defense is going to be so bad (don't even think about drafting it), that they're often going to be playing catch-up. And when you consider that, the Cowboys' offensive players have tons of potential.

Tony Romo — If Romo can stay healthy, and yes, that's a huge "if", he could end up being a top-5 fantasy quarterback this year, and that's not a stretch. Romo will be throwing a lot, even if the Cowboys do want to try to run the ball more, they might not be afforded that luxury given circumstances. He has one of the best weapons in football in Dez Bryant, and No. 2 WR Terrance Williams is one of the big up-and-comers in football. Then again, Romo could only play like four games this year, and this is all moot.

DeMarco Murray — Oddly enough, the Cowboys are actually dominant in several areas on offense, starting with their young, mammoth offensive line, which could be one of the game's best. Murray is an above-average runner with some injury questions, so again, if he can stay healthy, he should have a monster year.

Dez Bryant — See above in the Tony Romo writeup, but Bryant is a transcendent player at his position and should be in store for a monster season with Scott Linehan calling plays.

Terrance Williams — While teams are focusing on trying to find a way to contain Bryant, the second-year receiver out of Baylor could be in for a huge year, as well. Don't be shocked if he approaches 1,000 yards and seven or eight touchdowns.

Deep sleeper

Lance Dunbar — The UNT-ex could be in for a nice year as a change-of-pace guy to Murray. He's not going to be an every-down back with his small stature, but Dunbar could be a huge complement to Murray coming in in spot duty and catching balls out of the backfield.



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<![CDATA[Defense Flirting With Pitiful Pre-Season History]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:53:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys-football-helmets-1.jpg

Some of us cringe at the thought of where the Cowboys’ defense is headed this season.

And there’s been nothing in the preseason to deter those fears.

As Dallas prepares to play the Miami Dolphins Saturday night in its annual “dress rehearsal” game, it’s in position to set a franchise record for futility. As in, only two other times in the franchise’s 55-year history have the Cowboys allowed more points through two pre-season games.

Granted two scores – a fumble return off a Tony Romo botched handoff and a 108-yard kickoff return – weren’t levied against the defense, but nonetheless the 64 combined points surrendered to the Chargers and Ravens are historically horrible. Only in 1962 and 1996 have the Cowboys allowed more points through two exhibitions, both times 66.

The impact? Probably minimal correlation.

The ’62 team was a fledgling expansion group just learning how to walk in the NFL. Tom Landry’s bunch gave up a franchise-worst 161 pre-season points en route to going 0-5, leading to a 5-8-1 regular season.

In ’96 it was Barry Switzer’s group that allowed 136 pre-season points in five games before going 10-6 and making the playoffs.

A lack of playmakers combined with decimating injuries and painful suspensions, the Cowboys’ defense isn’t going to be good during the regular season. It’s already on pace to take a shameful spot in the preseason.

Year      Points

’62        31-35 = 66

’96        34-32 = 66

’14        27-37 = 64
 

A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.



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