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Breaking Camp And Ready For Some Football

The Boys have left the Alamodome and are now preparing for some football in their new home. The consensus among the players is that this years camp was much tougher, and more focused than years passed, especially after last years circus.

Gone are the likes of Terrell Owens, and Adam “Pacman” Jones who always brought their own distractions wherever they went. And lets not forget about Jessica Simpson … or actually maybe we should. With her around it was clear to every fan that Romo’s head was never truly in the game. Hopefully this year he has his priorities straight, and his focus on the Lombardi Trophy. Oh yea and I almost forgot that other distraction that followed the entire team around last year, the HBO show “Hard Knocks”. It was fun to watch as a fan but if you think what it must of been like for the players being followed around all the time and every detail filmed. “It was a drama-free three weeks in San Antonio” reports KTBB.com, which is what we like to hear.

“This camp has been like two of the other camps put together. I haven’t heard anyone call this one cupcake,” linebacker Bradie James said.

Coach Wade Phillips wanted to push the team a bit more this camp, making sure they stay focused and to help them get stronger as a team.

“I am trying to do what helps this team. It’s a long season and the mental toughness is part of it,” Phillips said. “I say the mental part of it. When you get tired, that’s when the mental process comes in. I thought it was good for our guys. I think they have come through it well.

Phillips will have even more on his plate this season as he is also the teams defensive coordinator.

With camp ended the Cowboys stayed fairly healthy. They will be without Fullback Deon Anderson for some time after he had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last week. But both corners Mike Jenkins and Terence Newman who have been a little banged up returned to practice and are set to go. Roy Williams wrist is improving and barring any set backs he should be fine as well.

Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett will have a three headed monster in Marion Barber, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice to get the ball to. The idea is that Barber with use his brute strength to soften and beat down the defense, then have Felix use his speed to fly by and around them. Choice will get a few carries a game as well to give Barber and Jones a break. Garrett is looking to get the ball to Felix 12-15 times a game and doesn’t care if its by air in the passing attack or handing it to the speedster.

With so many weapons, and as long as everyone can stay healthy, the tougher camp and the time spent together could push the Cowboys back into the elusive playoffs, then watch out!!

Football Is Here!

With the Cowboys training camp starting in a few days. I am so excited about this upcoming season. The other day I was watching ESPN and Skip Bayless was talking to Patrick Crayton. The obvious question was asked whether the Cowboys are better now than with T.O.?

The answer that came out of Skip’s mouth shocked me. Now, I can’t stand Skip but his answer was awesome! He said with the running backs that we have, which he said could start for any team. He also praised Tony and the receiving core of Witten, Williams and Crayton. The Cowboys should be the best in the NFC East or at least the second best. For once I actually agree with him.

The Cowboys running backs are just beasts. The team will get Felix Jones back. We all know what Barber can do. Tashard has shown flashes of what a great running back he could be. Tashard ran all over the Steelers defense. Now we know what Witten can do. Tony and Williams have been practicing in the off-season together. Should gel just right in time for Tampa Bay. Now Crayton and Austin should expand the defenses and gain lots of yardage.

Wade taking over the defensive play-calling should help the Cowboys tremendously. When Wade took over in the middle of last season it came alive. This season should be just as good or even better. No more Williams getting beat on pass coverage situations. The sophomore seasons of Scandrick and Jenkins will also help. Demarcus Ware will make a run at the sack record again. I think he will get it this year. Spencer will have to show us why we got rid of Ellis.

Now the Cowboys need to cement Adams feet so he doesn’t false start anymore. With that, Tony should have enough time to do what he does best (with no more Jessica distractions). My opinion is that the Cowboys will make the playoffs. If you agree with me or not, get ready for the Blue Star to make it’s name on the new stadium. How ’bout them Cowboys!!

Terrell Owens: Should He Stay Or Should He Go?

 The nine million dollar question was being asked almost instantaneously after the Cowboys’ futile attempt to make the playoffs. Cowboys fans had not even had a chance to absorb the epic collapse that was the 2008 season and the question was already swirling. Will T.O. be back next year?

My question is this. Should T.O. be back next year?

The cons to a Terrell Owens 2009

Of course the number one thing that comes to mind is distractions. Players dismiss the notion of distractions affecting their performances during games. Well that’s what they say during the season anyway. But how could it not be a distraction?

T.O.’s presence alone can be a distraction. Is that fair? I personally say yes, it’s fair. We all knew when Owens was signed by Dallas in 2006 what we were getting.

The guy simply can’t help himself. He has to have attention. We all know his history and I will not bore you with rehashing all the details. He has been labeled a “cancer” in the locker room. Part of me feels this label is justified.

Take the whole tiff with Jason Witten thing earlier this year. Anytime your three top wide receivers have a closed-door meeting with your offensive coordinator, validity can be given to reports of discord in the locker room. Then suddenly there were grumblings of a “snitch” in the midst. I personally feel like this entire episode was perpetuated by Terrell Owens.  The guy simply can’t help himself.

Whether it’s working out in his driveway, riding a stationary bike in a Lance Armstrong outfit, an alleged overdose, crying, no, weeping after a playoff loss, whining to Deion Sanders on national television or wearing a silly flashing red nose during locker room interviews. The guy simply can’t help himself.

I personally think he needs psychological help.

The pros to a Terrell Owens 2009

Terrell Owens is a phenomenal athlete. A physical specimen. A game changer and a playmaker. He had over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2008. Used properly, Terrell Owens is as good as they get.

There is a sense if comfort knowing T.O. is on the field. You know he can make the difference at any given moment. He can make the best cornerbacks in the game look silly. The man  plays with passion and great enthusiasm. 

I’m pretty excited to see how deadly a Roy Williams/Terrell Owens combo can be with a full training camp behind them. It could be very scary. Well for other teams that is. I get almost giddy thinking about how strong this team can potentially be with Owens and Williams together, and on the same page with Tony Romo.

I’m sure this didn’t clear up the issue any more for you than it did for me. I want to trust T.O.. I want to believe in this guy. But right now I don’t and I don’t. If I honestly thought Roy Williams could shoulder the load I would say trade T.O.. You can’t cut him. The $9 million salary cap hit is just too big. But there are teams that would make the trade.

What’s your opinion? T.O. or not T.O.? Give us feedback.

So You Say You Wanna Be A Cowboy?

Adam Bernard Jones, more commonly know as "Pacman" Jones has publicly announced he wants to be a Cowboy. I know its not the first time I’ve heard this presumption and until he finds a home I’m sure it won’t be the last. But will Jerry Jones look past all of Pacman’s troubles and give him a shot in Dallas?

I don’t know of any fan that would put it past Jerry. But I know many fans that wouldn’t agree with this move. But since when do the Cowboys judge players by their off-field behavior? Let me remind you of a Hall of Famer by the name of Michael Irvin. Do you remember Leon Lett’s drug problems in the 90’s? It’s not a thing of the past either, how about the 2007 acquisition of Tank Johnson while he was still under suspension.

I have heard some compare Pacman Jones coming to Dallas to Terrell Owens moving to Dallas in 2006. Have you lost your mind? That’s not even a comparison. Owens has never had legal problems – distractions and teammate problems, yes. But how do you compare the two? I guess the fact that everyone thought T.O. would be a cancer on the team may be an argument, Owens certainly proved everyone wrong.

Jerry Jones may have a heart for troubled players with a great amount of talent, but it may not be worth the risk. Its not even a certainty that Pacman will be reinstated by the NFL. Dallas is in a big need for a cornerback. Its a tough call and I’m glad I don’t have to make that risky decision.

Personally, I think NFL needs a no tolerance policy. This is ridiculous that we are even contemplating acquiring a man who has been involved in a shooting, assault, vandalism, public intoxication and illegal drugs to name a few. Why do they allow criminals to become famous and make millions? And why do people born with such amazing God-given talent decide to throw it away?