Witten Praises Romo’s Commitment

Check out what Jason Witten had to say in an ESPN Dallas radio interview last Friday regarding Tony Romo.

Do you think Tony Romo gets a little too much criticism from experts? As a person catching passes from him, what do you think makes him a good quarterback?

Well, absolutely, I feel like there’s a lot of criticism that comes his way and obviously I’m biased because I’ve played with him for a long time and is a good friend. But, first of all, regardless of where you got him ranked on your list of quarterbacks, he’s one of the most competitive guys I know. So, questioning that aspect of the game: does he want to get back? Did he check out at the end? I mean, it’s just ridiculous. He’s one the hardest working guys I know; he’s definitely the most competitive guy I know in everything that he does.

I think that’s why he has success, whether it’s playing rec league basketball or golf or a two minute drive on Thursday in an OTA in May. He wants to win and I think that’s a great attribute that you look for in your quarterback and leader. That guy is going to have a high standard and everybody else needs to jump onboard, all in. And that’s the way we need to play too and so I think he’s an elite quarterback. I think he’s more motivated now than he’s ever been and throughout this experience: getting hurt, having to watch and see us fight like we did and watching Kitna come in and play so well and just wanting to be a part of that. It’s hard when the game is taken away from you like that and I think this experience is going to make him a better quarterback because of it, and I know he’s anxious to go back out there and play and lead our team and jump back into the foxhole with us.

Just like Jason Witten, I have complete faith in Tony Romo. I hear critics and fans both criticize Romo and I still can not fathom why. Maybe it just comes with the job of being the leader of America’s Team. Were there people that didn’t like Troy Aikman or Roger Staubach in their days? Probably so, although I can’t imagine that either. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying he’s reached their stature yet, but he certainly has the talent and determination. It’s up to him and his teammates if they will become champions of the star or just another number in the reference books.

Cowboys Fan Club Spotlight: So.Cal. Dallas Cowboys Fan Club

Name: So.Cal. Dallas Cowboys Fan Club, Luis G. (President)
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Website or Contact Info: http://www.dallascowboysfanclub.net and LuisG @ DallasCowboysFanClub.net

1. What encouraged you to start your Dallas Cowboys Fan Club?

The need and the demand of a Die Hard group in So.Cal made me put together this family that im so thankful for today. It was rough in the beginning but with alot of hard work that me and my staff (Robert M, Jesse J) have put in throughout these 3 years it now paid off. 500+ Die Hard Cowboys fans under one roof …. What more can I ask for 🙂 Go Cowboys!!

2. Tell us what it’s like at one of your club meetings or watch parties?

Our Cowboys watch parties give our members a memorable experience to take home with over 500+Cowboys fans under one roof, Tailgate parties before the game, halftime performances, great Cowboys memoribilia raffles and and experience as close as possible to being in a real live Cowboys game. If your a Die Hard Cowboys fan join us.

3. How can an interested fan join your club or learn more about you?

They can find us at: http://www.dallascowboysfanclub.net/ or http://www.meetup.com/DALLAS-COWBOYS-BOOSTER-CLUB or http://www.facebook.com/SoCalDallasCowboysFanClub

4. Do you get to go to any games during the pre season / regular season?

I as well as my members make it to 3-4 games every season.

5. What is your most memorable Dallas Cowboy moment?

I will never forget Sunday October 27th 2002, Seahawks at Cowboys….. 5’10 216lbs #22 Emmitt Smith became the all time leading rusher breaking Walter Paytons record …. I still get goosebumps just thinking of that day.

6. What are your closing thoughts on the 2010 season and what are your expectations for the 2011 season?

2010 was interesting and ofcourse very dissapointing. It clearly showed that the Boys gave up on Wade… But i think of it as “Yesterday was yesterday and today is today”. Im looking for the Boys to have a good draft, and very excited with the way Garrett has brought spirit to the team, The addition of Rob Ryan will be interesting and im looking forward to it. I expect the Cowboys to have left off from 2009 and get into the playoffs with a bang to lead them to a Sixth title.

7. Who are your favorite players, past or present?

Past: Mr. Cowboy Bob “Lewis” Lilly, Emmitt Smith, The Manster Randy White, and Troy Aikman. Present: “TC” Tashard Choice, Demarcus Ware, Jason Witten and #88 Dez Bryant.

8. Do you have a Facebook page and a Twitter account you wish to share with our readers?

http://www.facebook.com/SoCalDallasCowboysFanClub
http://twitter.com/SCDCFC

If you have a Dallas Cowboys fan club and would like to be featured on our website, please contact us here.

Pro Bowl Profiles 2011

The 2011 Official Pro Bowl Program is a beautifully designed magazine that contains articles and player profiles. The program is available  for online viewing as well as download.

Below are the profiles for the five Cowboys originally elected to the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl. (Miles Austin was selected as an alternate therefore doesn’t have a profile in the program.)

The game between the NFC and the AFC will take place tonight at 6 p.m. CT at Aloha Stadium.

55 Lee Roy Jordan – Linebacker – 1963-1976

Lee Roy Jordan began his amazing football career playing linebacker for the University of Alabama from 1960-1962. While he was there he led his team to winning seasons each year, including a perfect season that culminated in a National Championship in his sophomore year. During his senior year, he was a first team All-American and had his most memorable game while playing in the Orange Bowl when he made an amazing 30 tackles against the University of Oklahoma. For all of his stellar achievements, Jordan was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.

In 1963, Lee Roy Jordan was drafted by the Cowboys in the first round of the NFL Draft and was the sixth overall pick. He became one of the key members of the Cowboys’ famed “Doomsday Defense.” He was an excellent defender against the run and the pass, and had great instincts that made him one of the best linebackers of his era. He also had a great nose for the ball and is currently second all-time in fumble recoveries for the Dallas Cowboys.

Late Cowboys head coach Tom Landry, knew he had something special in Lee Roy Jordan who he loved for his tremendous leadership on and off the field, and for his fierce competitiveness.

“He was a great competitor,” Landry once said. “He was not big for a middle linebacker, but because of his competitiveness, he was able to play the game and play it well. His leadership was there and he demanded a lot out of the people around him as he did of himself.”

Jordan played 14 seasons for the Cowboys and during that time, Jordan became a two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler while playing in three Super Bowls and five NFC Championship games.
Jordan also holds the Cowboys record for career solo tackles with 743, a record that has now lasted over 35 years. He is also second in career assisted tackles with 493. His combined tackles of 1,236 is still a franchise best!

His leadership and competitiveness was legendary and in 1989 he became the seventh member of the Cowboys Ring of Honor.

Your 2011 Pro Bowl Cowboys

Miles Austin was added to the Pro Bowl roster in place of the Eagles’ DeSean Jackson. That brings the total of Dallas Cowboys playing in tomorrow’s game to six.

Austin joins Jason Witten, DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff, Andre Gurode and Mat McBriar.

Now if you can explain how a team that went 6-10 has a 6-pack of players in the Pro Bowl…

New To The Silver & Blue: Rob Ryan

I have to admit when I found out  Rob Ryan was being considered for the defensive coordinator spot  I was confronted by a flash of  Buddy Ryan coaching our rivals the Eagles and thoughts of him sounding off on Jimmy Johnson and the Cowboys. Now it’s funny when we hear sound bites now and again of the argument but back then I was one mad Cowboy Fan.  However that is the past, and we are now moving on to the future.

I didn’t know anything about the Ryan family when I started researching however I learned some very interesting facts.

Rob was born December 13, 1962 in Ardmore, Oklahoma.  He is the son of former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan and his twin brother Rex is the current head coach of the New York Jets.

Rob’s parents Buddy and Doris divorced in 1966 and the boys moved to Canada with their mother. In 1974 they came back to the states to live with their father.  Rob attended high school in Linconchire, Illinois.

Rob attended college at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where our own Kelly Horn graduated, where he played defensive end opposite his brother Rex.

Rob’s resume is a long one. He began his coaching career in 1987.

Here is his coaching resume:

  • 1987 Assistant at Western Kentucky
  • 1988 Ohio State – Linebacker
  • 1989-93  Tennessee State – RB, LB and DL
  • 1994-95  Arizona Cardinals – Defensive Backs
  • 1996     Hutchinson Community College
  • 1997-1999  Oklahoma State – Defensive Coordinator
  • 2000- 03    New England Patriots – Linebacker
  • 2004 – 08   Oakland Raiders – Defensive Coordinator
  • 2009-10  Cleveland Browns – Defensive Coordinator

While that is impressive, I wanted to know how good is he at his job. He was named Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 1997 by the Sporting News for getting  Oklahoma State’s defense ranked among the best in the nation. In 2003 New England’s defense ranked 1st in the NFL in fewest points allowed, along with best scoring defense in 2001.

I was pleased to find out that his players admitted that he is a coach that demands respect but that they loved playing for him. Buddy Ryan said his son gets 100% out of each player.

Rob Ryan has an abundance of experience and unlike his father, his players respect him and he gets the best out of each player. Along with stars like DeMarcus Ware and Jay-Rat, he will also have young talent to work  with. It will be interesting to see if he can turn Mike Jenkins around and what he can turn Bryan McCann into. He has talented veterans to depend on along with the young guns to mold.

I am not a Buddy Ryan fan, but I have to admit his sons seem to have learned something  Buddy himself didn’t – Coaches must  have players respect.

I can’t wait to see what the 2011 season has to offer. With Jason Garrett at the helm and Rob Ryan pumping up the defense we will definitely improve this season. We just need to take it one game at a time.

88 Drew Pearson – Wide Receiver – 1973-1983

One Cowboy who is always near and dear to my heart is wide receiver Drew Pearson who is best known as the player who caught the famous “Hail Mary” pass thrown by the great Roger Staubach.

Drew Pearson, or “Mr. Clutch” as he was commonly called, didn’t start his career out as wide receiver, and in fact he replaced Hall of Famer, Joe Theismann, at quarterback, when he began his football career at South River High School.
Soon after, he attended the University of Tulsa and graduated in 1972, but not before winning the university’s President Award given each year to their best athlete.

Unfortunately, Drew was not selected in the NFL draft, mostly because he was a wide receiver in a run based offense while in college. However, that did not stop the Cowboys from signing Pearson as a free agent in 1973. They didn’t know it at the time, but Pearson would blossom into one of the greatest wide receivers ever to play the game.

Drew got his nickname because of his many game-winning catches and his ability to make a clutch play whenever his team needed one. Legendary Cowboys head coach, Tom Landry, had this to say after the famous “Hail Mary” game,

“It was amazing, unbelievable. I can’t believe the ball stuck on Drew’s hip like that. It was a thousand-to-one shot, but I tell you, I’ll take it. The game was out of my hands.”

Drew Pearson helped the Cowboys to three Super Bowl appearances and a victory in Super Bowl XII in 1978. He was named All-Pro 3 times and made Pro Bowl appearances in 1974, 1976 and 1977. He led the NFC in pass receptions in 1976 with 58.

Pearson was also a great leader and served as a captain for the Cowboys for four years.

He ended his marvelous career with 489 receptions and 7,822 receiving yards, and 50 touchdowns, and was recently named to the NFL’s 1970′s All-Decade Team by Sports Illustrated.

Since his retirement in 1983, Drew has gone on to become a sports broadcaster for CBS and HBO; and he also hosted the Dallas Cowboys post-game show.

He will always be remembered as one of the greatest receivers ever to wear the Dallas Cowboys uniform, but unfortunately his story is not one with a happy ending.

Despite all of Pearson’s amazing accomplishments and a wonderful and storied career as a Dallas Cowboy, he has yet to be inducted into the Cowboys Ring of Honor because of a dispute with team owner Jerry Jones.

It was Drew Pearson who originally gave fame and notoriety to uniform number 88. Later on, a kid by the name of Michael Irvin chose that number to honor him and added even more magic and mystique to the number 88. Irvin’s name is deservedly enshrined in the Ring of Honor, while Drew Pearson simply watches and waits.

Regardless of what Jones’ off the field differences are with Pearson, his refusal to acknowledge and honor one of the greatest players ever to wear the Cowboys uniform is both petty and sad.

Luckily, die-hard Cowboys fans across the country, already regard Mr. Clutch as one of the all time Dallas Cowboys, it’s too bad the Dallas Cowboys don’t see it that way.

Ready For A Fresh, Clean New Year

In a few weeks we will be able to put the 2010 season behind us. I believe many of us have already, but it will be official after the Super Bowl. The Steelers going for their 7th ring as well as the extremely impressive accomplishment of tying the Dallas Cowboys with eight Super Bowl appearances. The Packers are going for their 4th ring in their 5th appearance.

Photo credit: Tim Frazier

With the big game in our home stadium, it’s a little hard to get excited about it. It’s never easy watching another team achieve dreams and fly past your team, and now it will be done on our field. But I’m not going to cry about it. I think if I have to chose a team, I’m going with the Packers. Simply because we don’t want the Steelers getting their 7th ring before we get our 6th!

Did I mention that big game is on my birthday? Yeah, I probably did several times before and all my friends are very aware of that fact. I had a dream that any Cowboys fan would have had if the Super Bowl landed on their birthday the same year it was at their home stadium… but that dream faded long ago.

I want you to know that it doesn’t change my passion for the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, very soon we will be unleashing the new website – LSS 3.0, if you will. A new look, a new logo, a new attitude. I have been working very hard on getting it together and I believe you are going to love it! I know things have been slow around here but soon that will all change. We have some wonderful things in store for Cowboys fans.

Stay tuned! Go Cowboys!

There Is A God In Heaven

For years and years I’ve complained about how lifeless and uninspiring former Cowboys head coach and defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips has been for the Cowboys.

He had no dynamic energy that his players could feed off of, and too many times lack of passion after a loss. We all became too accustomed to his post game comments after we had our asses handed to us. His usual “ho-hum, we were outplayed again” message did very little to fire a team up that on paper could rival any team in the league.

My first wish came true in the form of Jason Garrett who immediately took over a lifeless team and breathed some fire and passion into what was a listless and unmotivated highly compensated roster. The results were startling and dramatic, leaving Jerry Jones no other choice but the obvious one in taking the interim label away from his title.

Now it seems that my second wish will come true and we will fill the defensive coordinator position with another fiery type in Rob Ryan, brother of Jets head coach Rex Ryan.

Getting Ryan to run the Cowboys defense would be a major coup for the team. Ryan has the energy and passion to get these players to elevate their performance and leave it all on the field for every game. And by every game I mean all four quarters of the game, not just the first two followed by the usual Cowboys defensive fade in the second half.

This team has needed a personality transplant for a long time, and with Garrett and Rob Ryan calling the shots, we can expect to see a team that will be 100% charged up and ready to win for every opposing matchup next season.

I applaud both of these bold moves by Jerry Jones and I hope to see some more of this aggression in the draft as well as free agency.

Go Cowboys!

Irvin Believes In Jason Garrett And That’s Good Enough For Me

Jason Garrett is picking up a lot of believers since being named the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and chief among them might be former Cowboys receiver and Hall of Famer, Michael Irvin.

Irvin had plenty of good things to say to Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News, when Garrett was appointed as the franchise’s eighth head coach last Thursday, “I said to the football gods, ‘You got this one right,'” Irvin recalled.

Irvin recalls his time with Garrett when they were both teammates during the glory years, and remembers Garrett’s incredible work ethic.

“Every time I stepped on the field to run routes — extra routes, workouts, offseason — there was one man out there with me,” Irvin said. “And that was Jason Garrett. They used to say I was the hardest-working guy on the team. But Jason Garrett was right there with me.”

Often times, Irvin would even convince Garrett to train with him outside the official team practices. and played a part in why he became one of the NFL’s best receivers. Although Garrett never became the great player that Irvin was, Irvin says that Garrett is finally getting his just deserts after having the interim tag stripped from his job title.

“He never got the payoff on the field for all the hard work he put in,” Irvin said. “But the football gods say that hard work pays off. And he got this job. If they follow him, they will win Super Bowls. This kid worked his [butt] off. If he conveys that message, like he has so far, the Cowboys’ star will have a shine on it again.”

It will be nice to have someone like Garrett at the helm who already has more respect from players and coaches than Wade Phillips ever had.

The fact that Garrett tasted success at the highest level when the Cowboys were winning Super Bowls, gives me confidence that it wont be long before the Cowboys win their sixth Lombardi Trophy.

I know some fans wanted a higher profile coach to run the team, but as has been pointed out before by Jerry Jones himself, no coach that has ever won a super bowl with one team, ever won a super bowl with another team.

New Graphic: Congratulations to Head Coach Jason Garrett

On January 6th, 2011 Jason Garrett was officially named the 8th Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

LSS Extra Points: Goodbye 2010

After ending the 2010 season a disappointing 6-10, the Cowboys will pick 9th in the 2011 NFL draft. While some would have rather the Cowboys lost the finale and received pick #6, I like what DeMarcus Ware had to say about the situation:

“It’s all about pride. When a fan sees you’re still fighting in the last game of the season and you don’t have anything to play for, you talk about the winning tradition of the Dallas Cowboys.”

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2011 Opponents are as follows:

Home: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins

Away: New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, New York Jets.

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Sam Hurd, who was sidelined at the season finale game due to a head injury, was chosen as the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award. The Ed Block Courage Award is an annual award presented to selected players in the National Football League, who are voted by their teammates as role models of inspiration, sportsmanship, and courage (Wikipedia).

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Wide receiver Roy Williams make some interesting comments in the past week.

“I was the go-to guy in Detroit. Coordinators can make who they want to make the star.”

“This is my dream [to stay] here and it started out good. Started out real good, but it fell apart I guess you could say. I love to be here.”

Many believe Williams’ is on his way out of Dallas, and I’m sure he has very few supporters campaigning to keep him a Cowboy. 37 catches for 530 yards and five touchdowns hardly warrants the high priced contract Jerry Jones generously issued back in 2008 (6 years, $54 million).

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DeMarcus Ware won the NFL sack title with 15.5 sacks on the season. With his three sacks in Sunday’s game, Ware beat out Kansas City’s Tamba Hali by one sack. This is Ware’s second sack title in his 6-year career.

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Jason Witten and Miles Austin both finished the season with over 1,000 yards. Witten passed the 1,000 yard mark in the final play of the game, ending the year with 85 receptions for 1002 yards and nine touchdowns. Austin finished with 69 receptions for 1041 yards (down from 1320 in 2009) and seven touchdowns.

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And last but not least…

After the media mania on Sunday morning declaring Jason Garrett the official head coach, Jerry Jones himself denied the rumors.  Jones reiterated that he will honor the Rooney Rule, which states a minority must be interviewed.

“I am really interested in following the spirit of our NFL rules and that’s what this is all about.”

Reports Sunday and Monday say the Cowboys will interview wide receivers coach Ray Sherman to honor that rule. ESPNDallas reports that interview will take place Tuesday. ESPN also believes Jones wants to hire the next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys by Friday. Which only leads one to believe that Jason Garrett is Jerry’s man.