Training Camp News: Updates on Terry Glenn and Terrell Owens

Wide receiver Terry Glenn will be out for at least 2 weeks including the first 2007 preseason game due to a tiny cyst on the back of his right kneecap. Glenn left practice on Sunday with knee pain, and an MRI on Monday came back negative. However, on Tuesday he had successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Jerry Jones was sure that the 12 year veteran will be back before the regular season begins.

Terrell Owens also sat out of today’s practice when the coach’s decided to give him the day off to rest his legs. Owens still came to practice and gave a few of the younger players some tips and then watched his team in action.

With the two veteran starters out today, Sam Hurd, Patrick Crayton and even Miles Austin got alot of workout time with the first string during Tuesday’s practice. Head coach Wade Phillips and staff have been very impressed by the young receivers so far in Training Camp. 

 

Dallas Cowboys Weekly Poll Results

Hi Cowboys fans!
 
Here are the results of our first Cowboys Poll of the new season. Last week we asked you…
 
What Do You Think Of The Cowboys Off Season Moves?
 

 
I am not surprised that 83 percent of you thought the Cowboys had a pretty darn good off season. Given the fact that we had to replace Bill Parcells and most of the coaching staff, I think we did alright with the new coaching regime. We also added some high profile players and locked in some of our stars to contract extensions as well. The word is that our top draft pick is in camp and he is turning some heads with his play and just signed a new contract. Not bad for the Cowboys, not bad at all.
 
This week we opened training camp as we prepare for a new season of Cowboys football!
 
Last season we had a few players that started to come into their own and showed us some flashes of big play ability. With that in mind, here is this weeks question.
 
Which Of These Players Will Emerge With A Breakout Year This Season?
 
1. Bobby Carpenter
2. Miles Austin
3. Sam Hurd
4. Patrick Crayton
5. Tyson Thompson
 
Cast your vote Cowboys fans and lets us know who you think will step up this season and become StarStruck!

#1 Draft Pick Spencer Finally Signed

The Cowboys have finally signed the #1 draft pick, linebacker Anthony Spencer. He was signed today to a $9 million, 5-year deal with $6 million guaranteed. Spencer is expected to battle Greg Ellis for a starting position, and its possible he make take over the role sometime this season.

Greg Ellis left practice on the first day of training camp with a leg injury. The 10-year veteran linebacker is supposed to talk with Jerry Jones sometime this week about his contract.

Position Battles to Turn Up the Heat in Alamodome

With training camp underway in the confines of the Alamodome in the heart of San Antonio, here are three position battles to keep an eye on as training camp heats up.

1.  Greg Ellis vs. Anthony Spencer, Outside Linebacker

This will definitely be the most intriguing and heated battle to watch going into training camp.  With Greg Ellis coming off his devastating ruptured Achilles last season, it will be interesting to see how he responds.  There has been somewhat of an upheaval regarding his contract heading into this season, but look for Ellis to close his mouth and go to work these next couple weeks, and prove he still has a major role on this team.  Don’t expect Ellis to win the job without a fight, though.  Rookie Anthony Spencer will be looking to turn some heads in training camp and show he belongs.  He will give Greg Ellis stiff competition, but I believe Ellis wins this battle.  However, expect to see #93 on the field plenty, showing off his pass rushing skills in the nickel and dime formations. 

2.  Ken Hamlin vs. Pat Watkins, Free Safety

Another position that will draw the attention of many during training camp will be the ever vacant free safety spot.  The Cowboys brought Ken Hamlin in via free agency, but declined to sign him to a lucrative deal, seen by many other free agents this year.  Hamlin remember, suffered a serious head injury a few years back in Seattle.  Expect big things from Hamlin however, who will quietly enter training camp with a big chip on his shoulder.  Look for Hamlin to display the ball-hawking safety skills the Cowboys were hoping for when they signed him.  Hamlin will be a field general and make sure the personnel is lined up correctly.  Do not count out Pat Watkins, however.  The tall, lanky second year free safety will be ready to show off his athleticism and push for playing time.  Hamlin wins the starting free safety job, with Watkins being installed in the nickel.

Kyle Kosier vs. Pat McQuistan, Left Guard

Last, but certainly not least, keep a watchful eye on the trenches, where a couple big uglies will fight for the starting guard spot on the left side.  Incumbent Kyle Kosier will return as the frontrunner for the job.  He started 16 games last year, and provided the Cowboys with solid play.  Look for him to be pushed this year however, by second year linemen Pat McQuistan, who will slide over from the tackle position to provide some competition.  McQuistan was held in high regard by one Bill Parcells last year, and impressed many during last year’s training camp.  Kosier will maintain his starting job, but keep an eye on this McQuistan, who will more than likely see reps at either tackle position these first few practices due to starters Flozell Adams and Marc Columbo sitting out.  Look for McQuistan to tie down the top back-up position as a “swing tackle”.
As we watch things develop in the coming weeks, I will certainly have my popcorn at the ready along with Joey D.
 

Training Camp Begins

Hey Cowboys fans! We seem to have had some technical difficulties with the site this morning, we are not sure how long the site was down but it seems to be working good now.

OK now that we got that out of the way, back to Cowboys talk!

The Cowboys have signed all but two of their draft picks by late last night. First-round draft pick Anthony Spencer and third-round draft pick James Marten are still negotiating. The plan is to have the final two signed before the start of practice today.

There are still several players who have not been cleared by doctors to begin training camp. Greg Ellis has been cleared and will be on the field this afternoon. Marc Colombo and Flozell Adams are still recovering. Colombo will not be attending this week but Adams may join the team in a few days. Also, fourth-round pick Isaiah Stanback is out with shin splints but may only miss a few days. Which is good because he didn’t attend either of the mini-camps.

Jerry Jones doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to sign Tony Romo to a mega-deal. He has been quoted saying:

"If the conditions were right, then I could be real happy before the season starts or going into a long-term deal. If it’s the other way, I can make that work."

So I guess only time will tell. I believe Romo can lead this team, I think alot of fans believe that.  He turned everything around for the Cowboys. He had us believing we could go all the way. And yes, he was part of the reason we didn’t make it, but he’s the main reason we got that far. But I have faith in Jerry Jones. He knows what he’s doing.

So as the Cowboys prepare to take the field for their first training camp practice, I’ll leave you with this pondering question:

Do you think the Cowboys should come to terms with Tony Romo before the Season starts?

 

 

Kicking it Off Cowboy Style

It’s finally here! The 2007 Dallas Cowboys Training Camp Kickoff is tonight, beginning at 6pm. Thousands of fans will pack the Alamodome in San Antonio to welcome back our beloved Cowboys. The Los Lonely Boys will be performing live and of course, the Dallas Cheerleaders and Rowdy the Mascot will be there pumping everyone up for the upcoming season. 

The players will begin workouts tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. and continue everyday for the next two weeks. These practices are free and open to the public.  

2007 Dallas Cowboys Training Camp Practice Schedule
(dates & times subject to change)

Tuesday, July 24 6:00-9:00PM (Kick-Off Event)
Wednesday, July 25 2:30-4:30PM
Thursday, July 26 9:00-11:00AM and 3:30-5:00PM
Friday, July 27 2:30-4:30PM
Saturday, July 28 9:00-11:00AM and 3:30-5:00PM
Sunday, July 29 2:30-4:30PM
Monday, July 30 9:00-11:00AM and 3:30-5:00PM
Tuesday, July 31 2:30-4:30PM
Wednesday, August 1 9:00-11:00AM and 3:30-5:00PM
Thursday, August 2 2:30-4:30PM
Friday, August 3 2:30-4:30PM
Saturday, August 4 9:00-11:00AM and 3:30-5:00PM
Sunday, August 5 2:30-4:30PM
Monday, August 6 9:00-11:00AM and 2:30-4:30PM
Tuesday, August 7 2:30-4:30PM
Wednesday, August 8 2:30-4:30PM (Break Camp)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry Needs To Do Some Fixin Up Before The Season Starts

I can’t believe that football is almost here. (somebody pinch me!) With only a couple of days left until the Cowboys begin training camp, there still seem to be a few lingering issues. Of course no matter what the team does, there will always be some new controversy or adversity to deal with, but I’m hoping that they can get these few loose ends tied up so that they don’t become a distraction down the road.

1. Don’t go singing the praises of how great and how exciting first round draft pick Anthony Spencer is, and then still not have the rookie defensive end signed with training camp only two days away. As a matter of fact, only one of the Cowboys’ first eight draft picks have signed on the dotted line so far, and that only happened this past Friday when they signed seventh round pick, fullback Deon Anderson. I know that the Cowboys like to drag their feet when it comes to working out contracts with their players, but this is ridiculous. I want to see these guys suited up and ready to compete so that we can take the best team possible up north when the regular season starts. Get that wallet out and start forking over those greenbacks, JJ.

2. This is also another contract issue, but can somebody tell me what the delay is with signing Tony Romo to an extension? I know that both sides have agreed to get a deal done during the season, but is negotiating a contract during the week of a big Cowboys – Eagles game the way to go with Tony Romo? Call me crazy, but I have never been a big fan of contract negotiations taking place once the season begins. I can think of a million reasons why you shouldn’t do it, but I can’t think of one good reason why you would. When the Cowboys passed on drafting Brady Quinn at the NFL Draft, I thought for sure it meant a long term deal was only days away for Romo. It goes to show you how much I know. What do you think?

3. Will somebody please tell Greg Ellis to shut up already. In 2005 he complained about Bill Parcels not giving him any love. Then he complained about his decreased playing time. (he didn’t mention anything about his decreased performance at the time.) The he walked out after the first day of mini camp. Four weeks ago he asked for his release because Jerry Jones wouldn’t meet with him privately. And now he’s going around telling any player that will listen to him that the "Cowboys have slapped him in the face." Do we really need this negativity as we try and start a brand new season? I wish he would just stop his whining and just play some football.

Obviously we are not talking about anything major here, but I was bored and I wanted to write down some of the little things that are bugging me so far. Maybe a few of these things can be resolved before we take the field on Sunday, September 9th against the New York Giants.

Oh and by the way, with regard to this weeks poll, you damn well know I got my popcorn ready!

Weekly Dallas Cowboys Poll

 

We are only days away from the start of training camp and the start of another great season of Dallas Cowboys football!

I thought it would be a great time to get our weekly Cowboys Poll started up once again. It was a long off season but a very busy one for the "silver and blue." There were changes at the top with a new head coach in Wade Phillips, as well as some other prominent changes to the coaching staff. We had a few losses and some key free agents signings. And of course we brought in some fresh new faces during the NFL Draft.

This week’s poll question is…

What Do You Think Of The Cowboys Off Season Moves?

1. I Loved Them, Get Your Popcorn Ready!

2. Pretty Good Off Season If You Ask Me. 

3. Who Knows, Only Time Will Tell.

4. Totally Disappointed, What Was Jerry Jones Thinking?

There you have it! I’m really interested in seeing all of your opinions, so make sure you vote today!

Once we put up our new poll, we will share the results of this one.

GO COWBOYS!

Boys Among League’s Best on Paper

As I scroll through the current roster of the Dallas Cowboys, I can not help but be excited for the upcoming season.  The Boys are certainly among the leagues best on paper.  Although this does not translate into anything until the pads come on in late July, here are three strengths that will make the Cowboys great. 

 

1.  Linebacking Corps

This is certainly the strength of this Cowboys team.  The Cowboys have three sure-fire starters returning in Akin Ayodele, Bradie James, and Demarcus Ware.  An interesting battle to watch in training camp will be the outside linebacker position opposite Demarcus Ware.  Although Wade Phillips has already stated that Greg Ellis is his starting linebacker, look for Anthony Spencer to make a push for the starting job, and extensive playing time.  Also do not rule out Bobby Carpenter and Kevin Burnett in the middle.  Both make great depth behind the starting middle linebackers, but look for both to push for more playing time.  Wade Phillip’s aggressive 3-4 scheme will allow this group to apply pressure and take pressure off a ridiculed secondary.
  
2.  Running Back

This position is also a great strength for Dallas.  Julius Jones will return as the starting running back, and entering a contract year, will be hungrier than ever.  Behind Jones is a very versatile back in Marion Barber.  Although some believe that Barber should be the starter, both backs thrive on the 2-back system.  Look for Barber to get 10-15 carries a game as a change-up back.  Also do not rule out Tyson Thompson, who is returning from a season ending leg injury suffered early last year.  I believe this unit will take pressure off of Tony Romo, and open up a passing game filled with savvy receivers. 
  
3.  Secondary

Yes, you read correctly, secondary.  This group of players has been scrutinized in the past couple years for giving up big plays and not making enough plays.  However, that will change this year.  The X-factor in this group of players is free-agent signee Ken Hamlin.  Hamlin will win the free safety job and free up Roy Williams to move into the box and make plays.  Hamlin is a ball-hawk and will patrol center-field in the secondary.  His addition, along with an improved pass rush, will take pressure off of the secondary.  Also returning are a group of veteran cornerbacks, who have been intact for several years now.  Terence Newman is an all-pro, and one of the premier corners in this league.  Solid play by Anthony Henry will be key for the secondary this year.  Do not forget about Aaron Glenn, a reliable veteran who will man the nickel corner spot again this season. 

 

 

Legends of the Star – Emmitt Smith

 

As we come to the end of our exclusive series “Legends of the Star,” you can certainly make the case that we saved the best for last. It is with great pleasure that I introduce Emmitt Smith as this week’s Legend of the Star.
 
Emmitt Smith may go down in history as the greatest player ever to wear the uniform of the Dallas Cowboys. The NFL’s all time leading rusher had it all and I’m not just talking about his enormous athletic ability. He was a great and charismatic leader, a passionate player who loved the game, a positive influence who made those around him better, and one of the classiest players that football has ever known.
 
Emmitt Smith burst onto the national scene while playing running back for the University of Florida. He set many school records as a Gator including their single game and season rushing records, and all of their scoring records. After three years at Florida he had scored 37 touchdowns, had 23 100-yard rushing games, was a NCAA All-American and still holds 58 school records. Emmitt opted not to complete his senior year and decided to enter the NFL draft.
 
After posting the worst record in franchise history at 1-15, the Cowboys drafted Emmitt Smith in the first round of the 1990 draft. Head coach Jimmy Johnson felt that Emmitt was the kind of player who could be the cornerstone of the team’s offense. He was right.
 
Over the next twelve seasons, Emmitt captured the hearts of Cowboy fans everywhere with his intensity and hard-nosed style of play. Together with Michael Irvin and Troy Aikman they formed the most lethal offensive punch that the game had ever seen. Emmitt Smith had real nose for the endzone and was nearly unstoppable inside the ten-yard line. During his career in Dallas, he was able to help lead the Cowboys to three Super Bowl Championships, lead the NFL in rushing four times, was the league MVP in 1993, and MVP of Super Bowl XXVIII. He was selected to eight Pro Bowls and was the first player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in 11 consecutive seasons.
 
Emmitt Smith now holds the NFL record in career rushing yards with 18,355, breaking the previous record held by his childhood idol, and former great, Walter Payton. Besides this prestigious record, Emmitt holds over a dozen other NFL records including the all time career rushing touchdown record with 166 scores. He is one of only two non-kickers to score over 1000 points in his career, the other being Jerry Rice.
 
Next week, on July 21st Emmitt Smith will be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.
 
On September 19, 2005, Emmitt Smith was enshrined in the Cowboys Ring of Honor along with his former teammates Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin. He is sure to be a first ballot NFL Hall of Famer as soon as he becomes eligible in 2010.
 
It was a great pleasure reviewing all of the great players that have graced the “Silver and Blue” and I hope you enjoyed reading each of our weekly editions. Now it’s time to get ready for another great season of Cowboys football. I hope you check in with StarStruck each and every day for our ongoing continuous coverage of everything near and dear to the Dallas Cowboys.

 

 

Legends of the Star is an exclusive weekly feature found only on StarStruck. Each week we will profile one of the many interesting personalities that have played for the Dallas Cowboys. 

Legends of the Star – Troy Aikman

As we get close to the end of our Legends of the Star feature, I finally get to profile one of my personal all time favorite Cowboys, Troy Aikman.
 
Troy was almost a legend even before he started playing professional football. As a college player, he played for both UCLA and the school he first enrolled with, the University of Oklahoma. While at Oklahoma he played for future Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer. Aikman was the teams biggest star, but because their offense wasn’t suited to his style of play, he transferred to UCLA a year later, where he gained national attention. He set over a dozen team records that still stand today and led the Bruins to the Aloha Bowl in 1987 where he compiled a 10-2 record. A year later as a senior, he won the Davey O’Brien Award which is given each year to the nations top quarterback. He was a consensus All-American, West Coast Player of the Year, and finished third for the 1988 Heisman Trophy.
 
In 1989, the Cowboys had a new owner in Jerry Jones, and a new head coach in Jimmy Johnson. That year the two of them drafted Troy Aikman with their first round pick in the NFL Draft. It was a move that would change the destiny of the franchise for the next decade.
 
Although Troy finished his first year with a disappointing 0-11 record, everyone could see that he was bursting with talent, and that he was a natural born leader. All he would need is a supporting cast, and the following season the Cowboys provided Aikman with everything he would need to lead the team into greatness.
 
In 1990, Aikman completed 226 of 399 passes for 2,579 yards and 11 touchdowns and the team improved to 7-9, but the following year he completed an NFC-best 65.3 percent of his passes, and the Cowboys improved again to 11-5 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.
In 1992, everything started to come together for Aikman and the rest of the Cowboys as they were about to unleash their new high powered offense to the rest of the league. That year, the Cowboys rocketed to the Super Bowl with an explosive display of offensive power coupled with a bruising defense. The Cowboys finished the season with a 13-3 record, and Troy Aikman was named Super Bowl MVP.

For the next three seasons, the Cowboys compiled a 36-9 record, and snatched two more Super Bowl titles. Together with running back, Emmitt Smith, and wide receiver, Michael Irvin, the "Triplets" were football’s biggest stars. They were unstoppable and punished opposing defenses with a hard-hitting, lightning fast attack, that had not been seen in the game before, or since.

With 90 wins in the 1990s, Aikman became the winningest starting quarterback of any decade in NFL history. Unfortunately, during his final two seasons, injuries began to take a toll on him, and after sustaining ten concussions, the Cowboys’ six-time Pro Bowl selection announced his retirement from football.

His career statistics included a team record 32,942 yards and an amazing 165 touchdowns for a passer rating of 81.6. On September 19, 2005, during a broadcast on Monday Night Football, Troy Aikman was inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor with his longtime teammates Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith. The following year, Troy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Canton, Ohio and gave a teary eyed acceptance speech that no Cowboy fan can ever forget. He is forever, a true Legend of the Star.

 

Legends of the Star is an exclusive weekly feature found only on StarStruck. Each week we will profile one of the many interesting personalities that have played for the Dallas Cowboys.