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What Will It Take To Get Over the Hurdle?

Let’s list a few names, shall we?

  • Barry Switzer (“We did it!  We did it!  We did it” … no Jimmy Johnson did it Barry!)
  • Chan Gailey
  • Dave Campo (as head coach)
  • Norv Turner (we let him go!)
  • Bill Parcells (also let him go!)
  • Terrell Owens (needed to go!)
  • Mike Vanderjagt (couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn!)
  • Martín Gramática (don’t ask!)
  • Roy Williams (the receiver – sticker shock!)
  • Zach Thomas (is this where old men come to die?)
  • Pac-Man Jones (enough said!)
  • Ryan Leaf (I should be shot for mentioning his name!)
  • Vinny Testaverde (another Social Security player!)
  • Drew (my grandmother could move in the pocket better) Bledsoe
  • Sean Payton (only went on to win a Super Bowl with the Saints!  Under who’s mentoring?  Yes, Bill Parcells!)
  • Bobby Carpenter (how dare he wear number 54!)
  • etc., etc., etc., (yes, we could all go on!)

Two of the best coaches, we let go (Parcells and Payton).  Payton later went on to win a Super Bowl in New Orleans, while Jason Garrett relives his glorious payday and his Thanksgiving game against the Packers.  “Just throw it high to Harper,” he exclaimed after the game.

I am glad that we are not as piecemeal as we used to be!  Those years between ’96 and ’06 reminded us the die-hards that the Cowboys are an every two-decade team.

In this writer’s opinion, the team that takes the field in 2010 will be the best team since the ’92 – ’95 teams, IF, they can play as a team like the dynasty of the 90’s did!  We need one man to step up on offense (Romo, Austin, Barber?) and another to step up on defense (Ware, Newman, Ratliff, Brooking?)  It needs to be someone to keep this team [as] a team – the coach sure can’t do it!  Let’s see less of Jerry on the sidelines this year.

The time to win is now!  Start 88!  Draft him so high and then don’t start him?  Let Dez live up to that number!  The pieces are there, let’s just not hope for an end of season collapse that so many Dallas Cowboys fans have become accustomed to!

Next blog – Left side of the line, and secondary …

SS Sensabaugh A Favorite Of Campo

Since this off-season began I was predicting my home town player Gerald Sensabaugh to join my other home town player Jason Witten in Dallas my friends were saying theres no way Gerald would be a Dallas Cowboy. I debated and argued all the way until that faithful day when the Cowboys signed him. I though my arguments were over but no everywhere I looked it seemed like every Cowboys fan I talked to was doubting what Gerald could do, so I just said wait and see.

Now according to dallascowboys.com writer Mickey Spagnola Sensabaugh is one of Secondary Coach Dave Campo’s favorites. Here is what Mickey’s article said.

You might say for the majority of his years with the Cowboys, Dave Campo, first secondary coach, then defensive coordinator and then head coach before returning as secondary coach in 2008, was spoiled at the safety position. During his previous 14 seasons, he mostly had the likes of Ray Horton, James Washington, Thomas Everett, Darren Woodson, Brock Marion and George Teague back there. He even enjoyed a rather nice rookie season out of Roy Williams.

So last season probably was a little bit of a shellshock for Camps, who returned for a 15th season. Heck, even over his three years as head coach, when Woodson remained healthy, he had Woodson and Teague back there. Injuries and performance made last year somewhat of a crap shoot.

That’s why I said to him, with the addition of Gerald Sensabaugh and all the young guys brought in, this might be the best the safety position has looked since, well, Woodson was playing.

He laughed, saying it was funny I’d bring up Woodson, “because when I got to Jacksonville (2005) I remember saying Sensabaugh (a rookie then) had the kind of burst Woodson had. Now I’m not saying he’s Woodson.”

Of course not, and he’s probably 10 to 15 pounds lighter. But Campo was trying to make a point about Sensabaugh’s ability to cover, not only from the deep safety spot, but also going inside to the weak linebacker spot on the nickel, where Woodson spoiled the Cowboys his entire career with an ability to cover even receivers in the slot.

Mum is the Word

“A Leader is someone who is building a light house while everyone else is building Ships. “

  
“It is not only what we do,
but also what we do not do,
for which we are accountable.”
Moliere 

I can’t remember to this day who said that 1st quote and I apologize for not knowing from the top of my head who said it, but I believe that those 2 simple quotes say volumes about the Dallas Cowboys 2008 season. Metaphorically speaking, well the 2008 season can be summed up in a million ways.

Over the past 14 years, I have always tried to kid myself into believing that this was the year that we had a chance to get back to the super bowl. Even with the Chan Gaily, Dave Campo, Bill Parcells and now Wade Phillips era, I always tried to make myself believe this team, one way or another had a shot at being Super Bowl champs. And maybe we did, oddly enough. I know many of you share this thought process with me, and me myself being the optimist, I just couldn’t help it. I just couldn’t help myself into believing into this year round passion I have for the Dallas Cowboys.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to write a negative piece about the dismal 2008 season because believe me, dismal is saying it lightly.  I am just trying to conjure up what I think is really wrong with America’s Team. For one, I don’t blame Jerry Jones although the majority disagrees probably.

In all honesty, I think we have the best owner in pro sports. I have heard repeatedly from former players to former coaches that no one in the NFL wants to win as badly as Jerry Jones. Would you guys rather have an owner like the Clay family in Detroit who accepted mediocrity after going 0-16 this past season? Everyone from the GM to the bottom should of been fired including players. I believe that the reason many fans are so critical of Jerry Jones is due to the fact, and I say fact, that the Dallas Cowboys fans are probably the most passionate fans in all of sports.

Do you guys honestly believe that Jerry Jones doesn’t toss and turn in bed thinking of what went wrong this past season and what he can do better to improve the team? Come on guys seriously…. give the guy a break. Jerry Jones I believe wants to win as badly as you, me and every other die hard fan wants the Dallas Cowboys to win. So lay off Jerry, the guy gave you 3 super bowls. How teams in the NFL have even been to 3 super bowls?

The problem with the 2008 season in herein lies in 2 very powerful things: Accountability and Leadership. Thats why we went 9-7 this past year and couldn’t win a game to save our lives at the end of the season. Mum was the word. No one spoke and when they did, they were treated as a cancer.

ESPN did a wonderful job of bias journalism in the great way they exploited Terrell Owens relationship with Romo and Witten. Do I believe Terrell Owens was a cancer on this team? No, I honestly believe that when Owens spoke out against the offense and Romo’s & Witten’s relationship at the end of the season, he was just being T.O.. I don’t believe he didn’t say anything that wasn’t true and already stated. Do some research and see what I mean. And I do believe that Terrell Owens was made the scapegoat for the 2008 season. Thats why he isn’t here anymore. Do you guys believe that if Dallas would of beaten Philly or Baltimore at the end of the season and made the playoffs and made it to the NFC Championship game or Super Bowl and lost, Terrell Owens would of still been released?

I am trying to look at this past season as a realist instead of a dreamer. There are deeper and more troubling issues than Terrell Owens on this team. Terrell Owens is only one part of the equation and I really hope Roy Williams, the receiver, is what Jerry Jones touts him to be. Jerry Jones also believed at one time Quincy Carter was the next Donovan McNabb if you guys remember and we all remember how that experiment ended but then again Quincy Carter wasn’t a first round pick so I will give him the benefit of the doubt.

In lamen terms, we needs leaders on this team and people who hold themselves accountable. Leaders as in Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins type leaders. Very respected by teammates and feared by opponents and always are the ones that take the blame in losses and always say that they couldn’t have won without their teammates when they win. We might have players like these on this team and I know Demarcus Ware, Tony Romo, Jason Witten and Bradie James can be that type of player if they want to be or should I say, choose to be. Then again, Leaders aren’t raised, they are born so we will see. Here is finally saying goodbye to the 2008 season officially.

A Rivalry Worth Taking Serious

Good Afternoon Cowboy fans,

If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, there’s nothing worse and nothing better than the Dallas Cowboys’ being good. When Philadelphia and Dallas meet it is usually a very hard contest full of drama, excitement and some fun along the way. This rivalry has been dating back several years and has had its share of unusual cast of characters.

In the late 1980s, legendary coach Buddy Ryan was very successful in what Ryan liked to call “wiping the smirk off Tom Landry’s face”, when the Eagles sort of dominated the series in Landry’s last few seasons. Then there was the first half of this decade when the Eagles won 9 out 10 games against our Cowboys and made the Eagles a hated rival in the NFC East. All it really proved though was that “bandwagon” fans ran out to buy Eagle jerseys and that Andy Reid may have been a little better head coach than Dave Campo was.

For a rivalry to truly be a rivalry worth the name, it requires an opponent worthy of respect and maybe a little fear. Well let me tell you, the “boys” are there once again. As I look back over the decades between these two teams, I remind myself of some good times, some bad times, and rather funny times. Like the time Buddy Ryan was accused of putting out a “on the field hit” on certain Cowboy stars to gain an unfair advantage. Of course let us not forget our beloved T.O. (Terrell Owens) when he was an Eagle and performed some of the best
end zone celebration antics ever witnessed in Texas Stadium. This was indeed not pleasing or delightful to the Cowboy’s faithful. Who would have ever thought a few short years later, T.O. would become an elite member of “America’s team”. 

Over the years the regular season has brought some unforgettable matchups, but few have shaped up any bigger in advance than Monday nights’ showdown at the soon to be doomed Texas Stadium. After week 1 of the 2008-2009 campaign has come and gone, both the Cowboy’s and Eagle’s first games seemed to be a Sunday walk in the park. So, Cowboys fans get ready because the hated Eagles are coming to “Big D” this Monday ready to play and for both teams the real season and division kicks into high gear. For the fans, the drama has already begun. The on-going, sometimes called soap opera that takes place at Valley Ranch with all its compelling characters like Tony Romo, T.O., and let us not forget a guy
named “Pacman”. Not to mention our hero Jerry Jones, I think we carry into this game a little extra edge. Even though it’s early in this young season, in this writer’s opinion, I think this will be a statement game to the Eagles that the Cowboys are defending NFC East champs.

The Eagles, if they can pick up where they left off before McNabb’s run of injuries, have a chance to see the championship light, but to do that, they must first get past the Cowboys. The Cowboys are a confident bunch and a very experienced bunch. After all, there is a reason why they won 13 games last year.

Now I will say, McNabb certainly looked like his best self in Sunday’s dismantling of the St. Louis Rams, but after all it was the Rams which we all know have not been to the Super Bowl since Moses went up the mountain with his 13 inch color T.V. to get better reception. We will know a lot more in a few days when McNabb and company come to town. They should not come in brimming with confidence and “cockiness”, because they will leave Texas giving their soul to God and their asses’ to the Cowboys! This Cowboy’s team is no joking matter and is once again the kind of rival worth taking serious.

Cowboys Coaching Staff Filling in Nicely

The Cowboys have been working hard since their season ended, trying to fill coaching and staff positions early in the offseason. After former Cowboys head coach took over operations for the Dolphins, a four coaches left to join him in Miami. 

The Cowboys brought back some familiar faces with Dave Campo and Hudson Houck. Campo spent over a decade with the Cowboys before being fired in 2002. Many of those years were very successful when he coached the defense, prior to being named head coach. Hudson Houck led the offensive line from 1993-2001, what were glory years for the Cowboys.

Hopefully all the pieces are falling into place. Some critics believe the only coaches that matter are the head coach and the offensive and defensive coordinators. I disagree with this, I think every person counts and has an effect on the team, even the smallest roles. These could be the leaders of a dynasty in the making.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.   -John Quincy Adams

 

2008 Coaching Staff for the Dallas Cowboys

Wade Phillips – Head Coach

 

Offense:

Jason Garrett – Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator

Hudson Houck – Offensive Line 

Ray Sherman – Wide Receivers

John Garrett – Tight Ends

Skip Peete – Running Backs

Wade Wilson – Quarterbacks

Wesley Phillips – Offensive Assistant/Quality Control

 

Defense:

Brian Stewart – Defensive Coordinator

Todd Grantham – Defensive Line

Dave Campo – Secondary 

Reggie Herring – Linebackers

Dat Nguyen – Assistant Linebackers/ Defensive Quality Control 

       

Specialty:

Bruce Read – Special Teams

Joe Juraszek – Strength and Conditioning