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There’s No Vacation From America’s Team

I have always thought of the Dallas Cowboys as being America’s Team, but as many in Cowboy Nation know there are other NFL teams that want the title.

On my recent trip to Richmond, Virginia I proudly wore my Cowboy gear which I thought would bring up many conversations, you know since we were so close to Redskin Country.  To my surprise I met many Dallas Cowboy fans in many places.  One in particular was our tour guide while in a cavern tour, and another in a diner. I even met an entire family of die hard Cowboy fans.

We had many conversations about how we thought the team would do this season.  What did surprise me was how many men were surprised that at a woman really knew the game of football. During a discussion about the defense and the free agents we picked up one man said, ” Wow you really do know your Cowboys!”

While at the register in a sports shop, the man asked if I was shopping for Father’s Day. I laughed and replied, “No this is for me. I am  a southern girl and we know our sports.” Then he began to quiz me about the teams, college football, basketball and the Texas Rangers. I answered all his questions and he was amazed and replied, “I may have to head that way to find a wife.”  I just shook my head and laughed.

Even during offseason and on vacation, the ‘Boys are on my mind. That’s the life a die-hard Cowboys fan for ya!  

Getting Up To Speed

If you’re like me, the last off season has been worrisome with the lock-out, not knowing what changes to expect or even if there would be a season this year.  I have to admit, I have stayed away from writing about the Boys because I didn’t want to come across as cold or unconcerned about this season…the truth is, I was mad about it.  We all know that the NFL is a money making machine and for the most part, we are all willing to pay our share to revel in our teams victories, but making the fans believe that there may not even be a season is just cruel.  It seems to me that greed plays far more a roll in the NFL than it should.  But, enough about that, the lock-out is over, practices are in full swing and games begin this week!  It’s about time; this off season has felt like the longest in history!

In trying to make it though until practices started and not much happening in the off season with cuts, etc., I had to get up to speed on what all has happened and thought there maybe others who needed to do the same.  Below is the listing of the cuts and signings the Cowboys have made this year so far to bring us all current.  A few I totally agree with, a few I don’t, and honestly a few I’ve never heard of but will have high hopes for this year.  How do you feel about the cuts or the signings?

I have had enough of the excuses, enough of the bitter disappointments, enough of the changes and re-building…I want to see some major “W’s” in our column this year and expect a play-off run all the way through to the big game.  It’s time for our team to shine again and make everyone remember why the Dallas Cowboys are America’s Team!

 

8/3Jason Hatcher re-signed/unrestricted
free agent (three-year contract).Abram Elam signed/unrestricted
free agent (one-year contract).

Gerald
Sensabaugh
re-signed/unrestricted free agent (one-year contract).

8/2Kai Forbath signed.Lawon Scott cut.

Jeff Moturi cut.

8/1James Cleveland signed.Jimmy Saddler-McQueen acquired from waivers.
7/31Tysson Poots signed.
7/30Jesse Holley re-signed/exclusive
rights free agent.Bryan McCann re-signed/exclusive rights free agent.

Alan Ball re-signed/restricted
free agent (one-year contract).

Kenyon Coleman signed/unrestricted
free agent.

Kyle Kosier re-signed/unrestricted
free agent (three-year contract).

Doug Free re-signed/unrestricted
free agent (four-year contract).

7/29Marcus Spears re-signed/unrestricted
free agent.DeMarco Murray signed/draft choice (four-year contract).

Alex Ibiloye signed.

Bruce Carter signed/draft choice (four-year contract).

Frank Warren signed.

Lawon Scott signed.

7/28Kelvin Smith cut.Travis Bright cut.

Shaun Chapas signed/draft choice (four-year contract).

Chris Jones signed.

Keenan Mace signed.

Laupepa Letuli signed.

Collin Zych signed.

Billy Blackard signed.

Orie Lemon signed.

Chris Randle signed.

Corey Adams signed.

Josh Thomas signed/draft choice (four-year contract).

Alex Albright signed.

Tyron Smith signed/draft choice (four-year contract (fifth-year option)).

Zack Eskridge signed.

Dwayne Harris signed/draft choice (four-year contract).

Mario Butler signed.

Kevin Kowalski signed.

Bill Nagy signed/draft choice (four-year contract).

Jose Acuna signed.

Phillip Tanner signed.

Lyle Leong signed.

Dan Bailey signed.

Raymond Radway signed.

David Arkin signed/draft choice (four-year contract).

Marion Barber cut.

Leonard Davis cut.

Marc Colombo cut.

Kris Brown cut.

Troy Bergeron cut.

Robert Brewster
cut.

Roy Williams cut.

7/25Alan Ball Restricted
Free Agent.Gerald
Sensabaugh
declared free agent.

Marcus Spears declared
free agent.

Leon Williams declared
free agent.

Alex Barron declared
free agent.

Kyle Kosier declared
free agent.

Jason Hatcher declared
free agent.

Stephen Bowen declared
free agent.

Doug Free declared
free agent.

Sam Hurd declared
free agent.

Chris Greisen declared free agent.

 

A New Season, A New Era

The playoffs are over, the big game is set, and honestly, I wish it was already over.  We all had big hopes for this season and although we didn’t get to see our dream come true…playing in the Super Bowl in our own house, we did finally get a few changes made that were desperately needed.  Wade is gone, Garrett is in…a new era, a new time, a new passion, and much needed discipline. 

Garrett brings in a Johnson-esque style of discipline requiring the players to be more responsible; they actually have to show up on time for practice, no more wandering in whenever they feel like it.  No more showing up or traveling in clothes that are unbefitting America’s Team, they now once again have to look the part.  Full pad practices during the regular season, and big new flashing red digital clocks installed to remind the players the importance of being on time and that there are consequences if they’re not.  Garrett has put a work ethic back into the team and let the players know that the lazy days under Wade are gone, and if they want to play for this team, they had better start earning it.

Since Garrett took over the team, also gone is the average of 20 points per game and fans wondering where their team was and when they would show up.  We all got a glimpse of the team we know and love and were able to cheer on their average of 32 points per game, giving us all hope for the future.

There are a lot of questions and rumors flying about why Garrett didn’t make some of these changes to his offense, since he was in charge of them before he was promoted to the head coach position.  You have to look at the big picture to find that answer.  Although he did call the plays and hope for the execution, he can’t do it all himself.  The players have to want to make it better, want to make it work, and care about their team again.  That has come from the culture change that has been instilled since Garrett took over.  With players showing up to actually play and wanting to make a difference and keep their job, the level of play on offense and defense goes up.  Turn overs are down, penalties are down, allowed sacks are down, and big plays are up.  Now that’s a change we needed to see.

All of this gives us hope for the new season and the future of our team, America’s Team, now and forever!  I say bring it on!!

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