The Quiet Days of Offseason

A month away from the NFL draft and everything in Cowboys land seems a bit quiet for my taste. No more T.O. drama, no more Romo/Jessica sightings, no more throw Wade under the bus talk. Seems too quiet doesn’t it?

First off let me talk about my boy Demarcus Ware. I am still wondering why the Jones boys haven’t signed him to a long extension yet. Ware should become the richest player in NFL history within the next couple of weeks though. The guy deserves it. He was about half a step this year of having about 30 sacks. The NFL even took one away from him. James Harrison is good but he isn’t nowhere near Demarcus Ware’s playing level, 101 yard interception return for a touchdown in the Super Bowl or not.
Some Terrell Owens news. Ugh! Terrell Owens states that Jerry Jones reneged on his word to keep him in Dallas and that Stephen Jones and a couple others were behind his surprising release. Let me say this one last time. I actually loved Terrell Owens on this team. There is no way in God’s green earth you can convince me that Roy Williams, the receiver, is a legitimate # 1 receiver in the NFL. He hasn’t proven it, Detroit or not. I think way too many fans are being way too optimistic about Roy Williams. Sure he has better hands but he can’t stretch the field and he isn’t the hardest worker in the world. I really hope he proves me wrong. Back to T.O.. Yes, Jerry probably did back stab Terrell Owens to an extent but I really think this helps Romo more than anybody else on this team. This is going to be a make or break year for Romo. It’s his team now.
The NFL schedule does not come out until later this spring but sources say that Dallas will open Week 1 in Denver in the FOX 3 PM slot. They will also host the Oakland Raiders on Thanksgiving. I think playing in Denver Week 1 is gonna be awesome. Sources also said that Dallas will not open in the new stadium until Week 3 either in a Sunday night or Monday night game. I bet it’s either Philly or the Giants. On an unrelated note, sources state Jerry Jones is asking the NFL  for permission to change the navy blue jerseys (technically home jerseys) for the 2011 season to commemorate the hosting of the super bowl in the new stadium. I don’t know if this is a good thing or bad or to what extent the jersey change will take effect. I guess we will not find out until the 2011 season.
Dallas Cowboys Coach Wade Phillips stated that it takes a full 4 seasons before anyone can judge a coach in the NFL. San Francisco 49ers Coach Mike Singletary stated when told of this that he thought this was a win now league. I couldn’t of said it better myself. Thats why Jerry Jones should of fired Wade Phillips when this season ended. I couldn’t help but shake my head when I read that. I wonder what Jerry Jones thought of that statement by Wade.  Let’s make our # 1 receiver the scapegoat I guess and cut him. Oh didn’t we already do that?
Training Camp in San Antonio. Guys I can’t wait. I already asked for that first week off of work so I can be there. It’s gonna be awesome. See ya there Shelby!!!      

Greg Ellis: Should He Stay Or Should He Go?

Greg Ellis is in the last year of his reworked contract and is scheduled to count $6.25 million against the 2009 cap. The Cowboys must decide if Ellis’ level of play versus that huge cap hit is worth it this year.

Depth behind Ware and Spencer is a definite concern as well. With only special teams players, Steve Octavian and Justin Rogers, on the current roster, trading Ellis becomes trickier than expected.

Reworking his contract could be an option. I’m sure Ellis would want an extension to go along with lowering his cap hit. Is that what is in the best interest of the team at this point? Another million dollar question.

You also have to look at what is out on the market right now for a pass rush specialist able to play outside linebacker in the 3-4. Julius Peppers comes to mind, however, he is no spring chicken either and would command big bucks to sign as well. Add that along with the fact that he’s always played with his hand on the ground and I’d say it’s safe to say he isn’t coming to Dallas.

How about the draft? There are a couple names that come to mind that are expected to be available in round two: Virginia’s Clint Sintim and South Florida’s Tyrone McKenzie. I’m leaving out first round prospects since we don’t have enough trade ammo to get up in there, realistically.

Depth on the inside, with only Bobby Carpenter arguably able to sufficiently backup our starters, is a concern as well. With so many questions at linebacker on one of the most important parts of a 3-4 defense, this should be one of the top priorities entering April’s NFL draft.

I hate to quote him, but remember what The Tuna told us about 3-4 linebackers?

 “You can never have enough GOOD linebackers.”

Cowboys Preseason Schedule Released

Alright fans, Cowboys have released the 2009 preseason schedule:

Thurs., Aug. 13 @ Oakland TBA
Fri., Aug. 21 Tennessee 7 pm
Sat. Aug. 29 San Francisco TBA
Fri. Sept. 4 @ Minnesota TBA

The new  will be unveiled on national television after all, during preseason at least.

Cowboys Extra Points: Rocking Out and Working Out

The Cowboys first two home games will be primetime and nationally televised. The word is they will be during week 2 and 3. Jerry Jones must have made a deal to get national on the two games since we got snubbed on the season premiere.

The metal band Free Reign, whose members include three Dallas Cowboys, will host it’s first concert at Granada Theater in Dallas on April 3rd. The band features linemen Corey Procter (drums), Marc Columbo (lead vocals/guitar) and Leonard Davis (bass). You can visit their myspace page at www.myspace.com/freereign. Check out the band performing live on Good Morning Texas.

Cowboys voluntary workouts begin today. This reminds us that offseason won’t last forever. Next up: the NFL Draft, mini camps, training camp, then preseason. See, September will be here before we know it!

AROUND THE LEAGUE

– Michael Vick believes he will return to the NFL and make around $10 million/year. I’d like to say ‘only in his dreams’ but the truth is he probably will. 

– If Giant Plaxico Burress agrees to the plea deal proposed to him he will have to serve jail time and miss part, if not all, of the season. Maybe he just wanted a vacation.

– Jason Taylor reportedly told the Redskins that he didn’t feel like he deserved the money ($8.5 million) they paid him and that’s why he was released, despite rumors that it was because he didn’t show up to voluntary workouts. Sounds fishy to me.

Officer Apologizes To Texans RB Ryan Moats and Family

Well I was wondering when this officer would man up and do this and thank go it finally happened as reported by nfl.com.

A Dallas police officer who drew his gun after pulling over an NFL player rushing to a hospital to see his dying mother-in-law apologized Friday for his actions.

The statement from officer Robert Powell was released through his attorneys and referred to his March 18 traffic stop of Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats in a hospital parking lot.

“I wish to publicly and sincerely apologize to the Moats family, my colleagues in the Dallas Police Department and to all those who have been rightfully angered by my actions,” Powell said in the statement. “After stopping Mr. Moats’ vehicle, I showed poor judgment and insensitivity to Mr. Moats and his family by my words and actions.”

In the statement, Powell also said he has attempted to reach Moats but without success.

“Again, I am very sorry for what I did and ask for the forgiveness of all those touched by these unfortunate events,” Powell said.

Powell, a three-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday pending results of an internal investigation into the incident. Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle said he was “embarrassed” and “disappointed” after viewing video taken by a dashboard camera inside the officer’s vehicle.

Powell stopped Moats outside Baylor Regional Medical Center in the Dallas suburb of Plano after Moats rolled his sport-utility vehicle through a red light. By the time Moats received a ticket and a lecture from Powell, the player’s mother-in-law had died.

“I can screw you over,” Powell, 25, said at one point in the videotaped incident. When another officer came with word that Moats’ mother-in-law was indeed dying, Powell’s response was: “All right. I’m almost done.”

Police officials said Powell told his commanders he believed he was doing his job and that he drew his gun but didn’t point it. Kunkle said Powell wasn’t necessarily acting improperly when he pulled out his weapon, but that once he realized what was happening he should have put the gun back, apologized and offered to help the family in any way.

“His behavior, in my opinion, did not exhibit the common sense, the discretion, the compassion that we expect our officers to exhibit,” Kunkle said.

Moats’ wife, who was in the car along with other relatives, said Powell pointed his weapon at her.

“He was pointing a gun at me as soon as I got out of the car,” Tamishia Moats told The Dallas Morning News.

Ryan Moats told KRLD-FM in Dallas in a phone interview Thursday that after the officer pointed the gun at his wife, he pointed it at him.

“I just tried to stay as still as possible to not scare him or do anything to make him react,” he said.

Moats earlier told the newspaper he believed Powell should be fired but backed off that statement in his radio interview.

“All I know is what he did was wrong,” Moats said. “He stole a moment away from me that I can never get back. I’m really not the judge on what should happen to him.”

Video from a dashboard camera inside the officer’s vehicle, obtained by Dallas-Fort Worth station WFAA-TV, revealed an intense exchange in which the officer threatened to jail Moats.

Powell ordered Tamishia Moats, 27, to get back in the SUV, but after pausing for a few seconds, she and another woman rushed into the hospital. She was by the side of her mother, 45-year-old Jonetta Collinsworth, when she died a short time later from breast cancer.

“Get in there,” said Powell, yelling at Tamishia Moats as she exited the vehicle. “Let me see your hands!”

“Excuse me, my mom is dying,” Tamishia Moats said. “Do you understand?”

Ryan Moats explained that he waited until there was no traffic before proceeding through the red light. When Powell asked for proof of insurance, Moats grew more agitated and told the officer to go find it.

“My mother-in-law is dying! Right now! You’re wasting my time!” Moats yelled. “I don’t understand why you can’t understand that.”

As they argued, the officer grew irritated.

“Shut your mouth,” the officer said. “You can either settle down and cooperate or I can just take you to jail for running a red light.”

By the time Moats, 26, received a ticket and a lecture from Powell, about 13 minutes had passed. When Moats and Collinsworth’s father entered the hospital, they learned Collinsworth was dead.

Earl Jackson, Collinsworth’s father, said he knew what Powell was doing was wrong.

“This guy, he wouldn’t listen to nobody,” Jackson said in an interview with Dallas-Fort Worth station KDFW-TV.

Moats said he wouldn’t have had a problem with the officer giving him a ticket after letting him go into the hospital.

“I don’t know what he was thinking,” he told KRLD-FM. “Basically, I was just shocked. I was very shocked that he wasn’t budging on it. I even said I can’t believe that this was happening.”

Kunkle said the video showed that Moats and his wife “exercised extraordinary patience, restraint in dealing with the behavior of our officer.”

“At no time did Mr. Moats identify himself as an NFL football player or expect any kind of special consideration,” Kunkle said. “He handled himself very, very well.”

The Moats family, who are black, said they can’t help but think that race might have played a part in the white officer’s behavior.

When the exchange was at its most contentious, Powell said he could tow Moats’ SUV if he didn’t have insurance and that he could arrest him for fleeing because he didn’t immediately stop when Powell turned on his sirens. The pursuit lasted a little more than a minute.

“I can screw you over,” Powell said. “I’d rather not do that. Your attitude will dictate everything that happens.”

The ticket issued to Moats was dismissed, Dallas police spokesman Lt. Andy Harvey said.

Moats, a third-round draft choice of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005 out of Louisiana Tech, was cut by the team in August and later signed with the Texans. In three seasons as a backup, he has rushed for 441 yards and scored four touchdowns.

Moats was a standout at Bishop Lynch High School, a private school in Dallas, rushing for more than 2,600 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior.

 

Wide Receiver Concerns in Dallas

With Terrell Owens gone, Roy E. Williams steps into the number one receiver role in Dallas. Some may be concerned with that, but I see a different issue. 

My problem would be the number two spot. Correct me if i am wrong, but Patrick Crayton will most likely fill that void, right?

Crayton is a slot receiver and in my opinion has not shown what it takes to be a starting receiver in the NFL.

Dallas has many weapons on offense – from our new 3-headed running attack to our star tight end – but we will need a reciever to take some of the pressure off of Roy in the passing game.

I believe one option could be bringing in free agent Torry Holt, even if its just for a 2-year deal.

Anybody else have concerns about the current wide receiver situation?

My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

If you’re like me, your Sundays just aren’t the same these days. Although there are many holidays, celebrations, and events that we attend throughout the year, there is no time of the year like football season and watching my beloved Dallas Cowboys on the football field. I think back to how and when I jumped on the bandwagon as we all have at one point or another. 

It was the 1977-78 season which was a great year to become a fan, of the Dallas Cowboys that is. My best friend Greg got a new game for his birthday and it was the coolest thing I ever saw. It was an electric football game with individual players that you could position and attempt to direct on a scaled down version of a football field (it didn’t always work so well). Once each player had it’s offense and defense set up, you would flick the switch and the field would vibrate causing your players to go or not go in the direction you chose. When we played my friend Greg always got to be the Dallas Cowboys. After all… it was his game. That year we watched the Dallas Cowboys go to Super Bowl XII and defeat the Denver Broncos 27-10. From then on, my life would never be the same.

 My heroes went from Batman and Superman to Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett. After all, at age 8, it was much more acceptable to wear a jersey than a cape to school. I remember guys like “Butch Johnson” (No. 86). Johnson’s touchdown celebration was known as the “California Quake”. He would simulate pulling guns out of holsters and proceed to shoot them and shake. When I played football with my friends and scored a touchdown, I would do the same. I remember my first jersey. No. 33 “TD” Dorsett. If I could have, I would have worn it everyday. One day it was thrown in the wash with a bright red shirt. UGH!! It came out pink. I wore it anyway.

 As I sit here in front of my computer writing my first blog and reminiscing, I remember watching the Cowboys every year on what has become my favorite holiday of the year..Thanksgiving! What fan could ask for more? I remember the heartbreaks and losses too…like the famous play in the 1982 NFC Championship game known as “The Catch”. Where one of my heroes Everson Walls, couldn’t jump as high as 49er Dwight Clark to catch Joe Montana’s miracle touchdown throw with 51 seconds left in the game. I cried and cried that day.

 I’ve grown up watching this team. Many great super bowl wins along with playoff losses too. Many years of great bbq’s or parties with friends and family. Watching my favorite players come and go. Now my two sons are Cowboys fans (of course) and the tradition continues. I have to try not to draft all Cowboys on my fantasy football team (it’s hard). It’s been some time since we’ve been to the big game but I feel we are very close and I just can’t wait for training camp. The Boys are loaded with talent, and with a healthy season, I feel our time is now. Yes, I jumped on the bandwagon and I never jumped off. I bleed blue and silver and like good ol’ Willie Nelson sang…My heroes have always been Cowboys.

LIVE CHAT: Pre-Draft Chat Tomorrow

All Cowboys Fans are invited to join us tomorrow for a LIVE CHAT.

We will be discussing the upcoming draft, free agency, recent news and anything else that comes up.

We understand that Die Hards are having Cowboys football withdrawals.

It’s a good chance to see what’s on other fan’s minds and meet fans from across the nation.

Our chatroom is located at lonestarstruck.com/chat/.  

We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you tomorrow at 4 p.m.

The T.O. Tour Continues…

The T.O. tour now has completed 3 stops,3 quarterbacks,3 cities.

Stop #1 San Fransisco – The 49ers had Terrel Owens and had a good run,a epic game in Green Bay that basically solidified Owens as a top receiver in the NFL,Owens then had his fallout of sorts with head coach Steve Mariucci and QB Jeff Garcia,and soon after that marriage ended and neither has looked back since.San Fransisco had not anticipated the rough goings with Owens and had absolutely nobody to fill that number one WR spot, and that team is still struggling to win their division in which many think is the easiest in the NFL.

Stop #2 Philadelphia – The Eagles were the next stop on the T.O. tour,and easily the best with Owens catching 14 touchdowns in only 12 games and playing in the Super Bowl on what amounted to a broken leg.Now the Eagles fought valiantly against the New England Patriots but came up just short.Owens had a great game with 9 receptions,122 yards.As was the case in San Fransisco Owens soon had a very public dispute going with his head coach Andy Reid,and QB Donovan McNabb, the relationship soon ended and Owens was suspended from the team and later released.Philadelphia had no replacement for Owens and the Eagles still seem to be that one big playmaker away from returning to the Super Bowl.Drafting Desean Jackson from the University of California was a huge success this year, but Jackson just is not a number one receiver.

Stop #3 Dallas –  The Cowboys are different than both Philly and San Fran when it comes to Owens in a few ways.The quarterback and head coach did not end the relationship with Owens not being able to stand the man even being around,actually his release from Dallas was a bit of a surprise to many in the Cowboys organization.During the 08-09 season Owens did have a bit of a run in with off-coordinator Jason Garret,QB Tony Romo,and TE Jason Witten claiming they were conspiring against him making plays to keep the ball from Owens.In the middle of the season Dallas traded for 6’3 211 lbs Roy E. Williams from the Detroit Lions for multiple draft picks including the Cowboys’ first round pick in ’09.Williams has now been anointed the replacement for Owens,which in my mind is the biggest difference between Dallas and the other 2 teams Owens played for.Dallas has a player younger than Owens, and very similar in size and ability as Owens,but without all the baggage that comes along with having T.O.

Buffalo is the latest team to pick up Owens and before they let him go make sure they have somebody who can at least fill up half of Owens’ shoes or suffer the same fate of either being below average like the 49ers,or being heartbroken year after year because you are one piece away like in Philadelphia.

I hope you all enjoy my first post here on LSS, and please let me know of anything I can do to better improve my blogging skills. *GO*COWBOYS*

Cowboys Extra Points: Crazy Talk

And the (so-called) truth comes out… “You hear all the speculation, and you talk to the owner of the team, and he reassures you, you’re not going anywhere and then, out of left-field … you get blindsided. I know whole-heartedly he [Jerry Jones] wanted me there. There were some people I know who got in his ear that pressured him to make that decision. For that, it’s sad. You let two or three people conspire to get me out of the situation.” – Former Cowboy Terrell Owens

Tackle Doug Free believes this could be his year. Although some of the LSS Staff believe the right move in the draft could be the end of Free in the Big D. “I’ve had two years to grow and learn and stuff like that and I think this year is a great year for me to blossom. I feel great about where I’m at (with the team) and I want to show that I’ve matured and what I’ve learned the past two years.” 

It seems that Stephen Jones has come up with another bright idea to make some moola. He announced that the league is “exploring the possibility of having sponsor logos worn unobtrusively on practice jerseys.”  

According to several media outlets, chances are the Cowboys will open the season in Denver. However, the official schedule will not be released until April. We are expected the pre-season schedule to come out some time next week.

Wade Phillips says that runningback Felix Jones is recovering on schedule from toe surgery and will be ready to workout on Monday.

It’s been floating around that the Cowboys will look into the Wildcat formation next season. Jerry Jones made a statement about using a third quarterback with skills… and then all hell broke lose in the media world.

Improper Anchoring Caused Boating Accident

Well when I seen that the cause of this horrific accident had been discovered I just had to share this story with you as written by nfl.com.

An agency investigating a deadly boating accident involving two NFL players and their friends in the Gulf of Mexico has concluded that it was caused when the vessel was improperly anchored and the boat capsized after one of them tried to throttle forward to pry loose the anchor.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s investigation also cited carelessness and operator inexperience as contributing factors. The combination of errors also came at the time a storm front was moving in, making conditions on the water very rough.

Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper, free-agent NFL defensive lineman Corey Smith and former University of South Florida players William Bleakley and Nick Schuyler departed from Clearwater Pass, Fla., early Feb. 28 to go offshore fishing for amberjack.

Schuyler, found clinging to the boat two days later, was the lone survivor. The other three men haven’t been found.

In an in-depth interview with the agency, Schuyler gave this account of the accident:

Early that morning, the men went more than 50 miles offshore in Cooper’s 21-foot vessel. It was loaded with two large coolers filled with ice, drinks, food and beer. All of the friends were dressed in warm clothes, sweat suits and jackets.

Around 5:30 p.m., they went to pull up the anchor and head back to port, but the anchor was stuck. Bleakley suggested they tie it to the transom and use the boat’s motor to pull it loose.

When Cooper tried to thrust the boat forward, the vessel became submerged and capsized, tossing the men overboard. They tried to upright the boat without success. Bleakley swam underneath and was able to retrieve three life vests, a large cooler and a makeshift flotation device.

Bleakley, whom Schuyler has credited with saving his life, used the makeshift flotation device, which has been described previously as a cushion. The other three wore the vests.

The men appear to have tried everything in their power to rescue themselves: Schuyler told the agency they tried retrieving and using flares without success. They also tried getting their cell phones, which were in plastic baggies.

They knew how many hours were passing because Schuyler had a watch with a light on and was able to keep track of the time. He said that around 5:30 a.m. the next day, Cooper became unresponsive. Schuyler and Bleakley tried to revive him without success.

Cooper’s flotation device was removed, and Bleakley put it on. The Oakland Raiders linebacker then became separated from the boat.

About an hour later, Smith started show “possible extreme symptoms of hypothermia.” He removed his flotation device and also became separated from the boat.

The two college teammates were the only ones left. They hung on together for about 24 hours, until Bleakley grew weak and also removed his life vest.

Schuyler said that his friend appeared to die as he was holding onto him. He let his friend go, and Bleakley drifted away.

The Coast Guard released its records on the accident last week. According to the agency, Schuyler told them the boat capsized after their anchor got caught in a reef.

The accuracy of that account was somewhat unclear because Schuyler was suffering from hypothermia and spoke to them shortly after he was pulled from the boat. His doctor said he probably could have only lived another five to 10 hours.

The Coast Guard called off its search after three days of scouring 24,000 miles of ocean.

 

Cowboys Extra Points: Troy, Cricket and the Three Headed Monster

It has been confirmed that Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman is a part of the San Diego Padres’ ownership group. Former sports agent Jeff Moorad became the CEO of the baseball team this week and the group plans to take complete control of the team within the next five years.

With the NFL considering adding more games, they have come up with 2 formulas. It will be either 3 preseason games and 17 regular season games, or 2 preseason games and 18 regular season games. Jerry Jones is for the 2/18 formula, because he believes it would please fans.

Wade Phillips noted that he would like to get all three running backs involved in the offense. Marion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice (or what I like to call “The Three-Headed Monster”) are extremely talented. Last season we only caught a glimpse of their unique talents. This season we will unleash the full force of their power, speed and agility.

Fullback Deon Anderson is not happy with the new rules banning wedges on kickoff returns.

“I know they’re looking out for the safety of the players, but at the same time, this is a full-contact sport. I think it takes away from football a little bit. I know they’re looking out for our safety, but we’re not playing two-hand touch. I really don’t like it.” 

I’m on your side Cricket!

If you haven’t heard yet, Anthony Spencer has been relieved of all charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct from an arrest back in January.

Lone Star Struck will be holding a pre-draft chat this Sunday 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. CST. All Cowboys fans are invited. We will be discussing mock drafts, concerns and anything else that pops up. See ya then!