News and notes as we move into 2010

I was reading some things on and thought I would share some of them with you as we are now about one hour before entering 2010.

Redskin Fined

I’m sure everyone remembers the hit that Patrick Crayton took on his only reception last Sunday night. It was a shot to the head by Redskin linebacker London Fletcher. The NFL has fined Fletcher $10,000 for the hit, calling it “striking a defenseless receiver in the head area.”


The Cowboys named Kyle Kosier the winner of the Ed Block Courage Award on Thursday. Kosier missed most of the 2008 season after suffering a broken foot. Past winners of the award have been…Keith Davis, Jay Ratliff, Flozell Adams and Dan Campbell.

“With the list of the guys that have won it, it’s an honor to have my peers think of me that way,” Kosier said.

The Cowboys also named Joe DeCamillis the winner of the Special Courage Award. As everyone remembers it was DeCamillis who suffered a broken neck when the Cowboys indoor facility collapsed back in May. Then this past week he had an emergency appendectomy before the Washington game. Also while doctors were operating they repaired a hernia that DeCamillis didn’t even know he had.

“He deserves it more than any of us for what he’s gone through for the last six or seven months,” Kosier said.

A Different Feeling

Jason Witten says the feeling from this team is a lot different from the 2008 team heading into the final week of the season against the Eagles.

“We still felt we could win that game,” Witten said. “But the focus this team has had, the preparation, is a totally different feel.”

“I think that has shown over the last few weeks, not just the off the field stuff, but on the field, the way we’re playing, the way Tony (Romo) is playing and all that goes into that. I think we’re all just feeding off one another.”

“We’ve earned the right to get to this spot,” Witten said. “Yeah, that was good making the playoffs. We’re one of 12 teams.”

“But we’re still playing for a lot more than that. We were talking about that earlier. If we can win this game, it gives us a huge platform to win in the playoffs.”

“We know win or lose, we’ve got to move forward. That’s what good teams do.”

No Confidence Lost

The other day Roy Williams said that he believed Tony Romo had lost confidence in him and that he couldn’t blame Romo because of his play. Today Romo spoke and said that was not the case and that the team still has confidence in Williams.

“We haven’t lost any confidence in Roy,” Romo said.

“That’s part of this football team. People want to look at themselves and improve. I’m the same way. We all do that. Whether or not you express it to others, that’s part of being in this locker room is to continue to improve. I have to continue to work on that, so does Jason Witten, everybody around here does.”

“No one has lost any confidence in Roy. Roy is a huge part of this going forward and he knows that. Hopefully, we’re all going to have some good football ahead of us.”

Never Forgotten

DeMarcus Ware was asked how long it took for him to get over the 44-6 loss to the Eagles last season.

“Never,” he said. “It was a beating when we went up there last year. You usually don’t get used to a beating.”

“You don’t forget about those games. You’ve got to let them motivate you and keep moving on.”

100 Yard Rusher

The Cowboys have the only defense in the NFL that has not allowed a 100 yard rusher in 2009.


With Marc Colombo and Patrick Watkins not participating in practice Wednesday it means they will not be returning this week. There is still a chance they will be available for the Cowboys first playoff game. My question is do the Cowboys risk putting Colombo back in at this point with Doug Free doing a fine job in his place?

Unrestricted? Maybe Not

As reported on With the possibility of an uncapped year in 2010, there are many players that may go from unrestricted to restricted free agents. In a normal year four years of service qualifies a player for unrestricted free agency, but in an uncapped year that goes to six years. Here are the Cowboys players on that list.

Miles Austin

Stephen Bowen

Jason Hatcher

Gerald Sensabaugh

Marcus Spears

Pat Watkins

Sam Hurd

Pat McQuistan

Shaun Suisham

Duke Preston

Cory Procter

Cletis Gordon

Happy New Year everyone!!! Welcome to 2010 and GO COWBOYS!!!!!

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  1. Kelly Horn
    Kelly Horn says:

    These notes are unbelievable! Congrats to Coach D he deserves it and more. That man inspires me and I’m sure the team feels the same way.

    Hell yeah Demarcus Ware is right, those numbers will never be forgotten but it makes the rivalry so much stronger.


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