Now They Fear the Star

I just read this interesting article over at and thought it was worth sharing with our readers. Its nice to see the Cowboys are finally getting some much deserved respect in the league.

NFC Fear Factor: Cowboys are conference’s most dangerous team

1. Dallas Cowboys (11-5, No. 3 seed)

Beware of this red-hot team, winners of three straight and five of their last seven. Dallas has shown to be the most physical team in the postseason on both sides of the line.

The offensive front is road-grading, giving its trio of tailbacks room to run and allowing quarterback Tony Romo time to make the right decisions. Defensively, Dallas is making life troublesome for opposing quarterbacks with Jay Ratliff, Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware living in the backfield.

Romo has been the main ingredient for the team’s solid late-season play. He seems unflappable, which has been a huge departure from his past. He relies heavily on tight end Jason Witten and No. 1 wideout Miles Austin with good reason. Romo is taking few gambles with his throws, and that ball security has been a big reason for Dallas’ late-season success.

It’s a deep run through the playoffs — or bust — for this evolving team.

Defense Decision in Dallas

The Dallas Cowboys have big decisions to make today. Three defense assistant coaches could leave Dallas after today. Todd Bowles, the secondary coach; Kacy Rogers, the defensive line coach; and Paul Pasqualoni, the linebackers coach become free agents.

The three assistants did not accept the contract offered on January 13th, when the Cowboys season ended. All are close with former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells and former Cowboys assisant coach Tony Sparano, who are now running the show in Florida.

If the men choose to leave, the Cowboys will being interviewing to fill the spots this week. They do not expect any of the other coaching positions to change.

Injury Report: Week 1

Game Status:
LB Greg Ellis (Achilles)
WR Terry Glenn (Knee)

LB Kevin Burnett (Ankle)
CB Terence Newman (Foot)

Greg Ellis and Terry Glenn will not play Sunday, that much is for sure. Terence Newman and Kevin Burnett are both gametime decisions.

Patrick Crayton and Sam Hurd need to step it up and show that they can cover for Terry Glenn’s absense. I believe Glenn will be missed but I also think the Cowboys other weapons are powerful and will fill the hole left by the injured wide receiver.

I hope that Newman can play, but at the same time I hope he’s ready to play. Playing with an unhealed injury can cause more damage than good. But then again they are saying he will have to play with this injury for the entire season. I think it depends on how much pain he can tolerate. With the release of veteran Aaron Glenn, Jacques Reeves will take Newman’s place.

I heard a player say that there is a difference in playing hurt and playing injured… I don’t know about that but as much as they get beat up on the field I imagine its gotta hurt even when you aren’t injured!