Rock, Paper, Scissors

I was going to write this post about how formidable our rushing attack will be with our 3 headed monster in Jones, Barber, and Choice and it hit me. The classic hand game ROCK PAPER SCISSORS fits them perfectly.

Barber #24of course will be the rock. He is know for seeking out contact and punishing defenders. In Chicago while playing the Bears 2 seasons ago Barber absolutely destroyed Adam Archuleta, safety for the Bears. Who can forget him just slapping Asante Samuel in the head with a stiff arm going out of bounds against the Patriots… or the greatest 2-yard run ever when he ran through the entire Patriots team. Barber is a beast and in my mind has another nickname besides the “Barbarian”…….“The Rock”.

Felix Jones #28 will be the Paper, just gliding through the defense effortlessly, making them all look as if he is standing still. Jones got hurt about midway through last season but was showing his explosiveness and his desire to win along with his love of the star. Jones is so fast, last year in Dallas against Washington he got a toss play to the right and just ran up the entire sideline by the whole Redskins team on his way to a touchdown. Felix may not have all the highlights as Barber (YET) but trust me he will. Felix Jones is “Paper”.

Tashard Choice #23 was sort of accidentally discovered last season because of a foot injury to Barber and a hamstring injury to Jones. Choice ran excellent against the league’s best defenses Pittsburgh, Baltimore and the NY Giants. He had 88 yards in Pittsburgh as a starter, 90 yards starting against Baltimore, and coming off the bench against NY he earned 91 yards on only 9 attempts. Cutting defenses was Choice’s choice last year. He was a basically unknown and playing with a chip on his shoulder and with a passion and love of the game. Choice played in only 10 games, started only 3, and had 92 carries for a 5.1 rushing average, 472 yards and 2 touchdowns, now if that is not cutting your opposition to threads, what is?? Choice will be known as “Scissors”.

Now this is just something I am throwing out there. Let me know what you guys think of the nicknames.


The Real Reasons We Failed In ’08

Last season was going great, we had our 2 headed rushing attack, Felix Jones was turning out to be a huge asset, T.O. was behaving, everything was good in Dallas… and then we had to go to Arizona. 

Matt McBriar our punter who was always putting our defense in great field position with his great punting, went down in Arizona with a broken foot. Most people do not know the effect a great punter can have on a football game. Instead of the ball being put down inside the 10 or 15 yard line teams were now getting the ball on the 30 and 35 yard line thats a 20 yard difference. 

Felix Jones, our future star running back, went down with a hamstring injury. Now we all love Marion Barber and believe he is one of the best in the entire league, but without a back to take some of the load off, his contributions drop considerably. Jones added a speed factor that just was not there with any other back we had on the roster.

Tony Romo also went down in the Arizona game. A broken pinky finger on his throwing hand and it is safe to say seeing how Brad Johnson and Brooks Bollinger performed, we were not prepared in the least bit. Romo is more than a QB he is a playmaker. Yes he makes mistakes, but he wins games. Brad and Brooks put our offense in handcuffs and held our team hostage for 4 weeks.

Cowboys Extra Points: Show Ware the Money!

The NFL will be releasing the 2009 schedules Tuesday evening at 6pm central time. The program will air live on the NFL Network.

Rumors are spreading that Free Agent Julius Peppers could land in Dallas. There is no substantial evidence that this is even a possibility, but the idea is interesting.

Running backs Marion Barber and Felix Jones have both fully recovered from toe injuries. Jones promising rookie season was ended after six games when his injury occurred. Barber was limited in play last season after his injury, however it gave the Cowboys a chance to see Tashard Choice.

All three running backs are likely to be featured this upcoming season.

Defensive star DeMarcus Ware still awaits his big deal. The Cowboys have yet to sign Ware, who will be a free agent in 2010. The Steelers have signed James Harrison to a 6-year, $51.175 million deal while the Washington Redskins signed Albert Haynesworth to a 7-year, $100 million deal. The Cowboys should base Ware’s deal on those two monster deals.

Cowboys fans all believe Ware deserves to be highest paid player in the NFL, hey Jerry we are waiting…

No More Excuses

With the 2009 NFL Draft just around the corner, Cowboys fans across the nation have more questions than answers. The uncertainty of 2009 has many of us anxious to get this thing started. Predictions of 8-8 by so-called experts have many of us feeling frustrated and insulted.

Opinions of how to reach the pinnacle of the NFL vary as much as the hundreds of mock drafts being put together by football minds all over the country.

I see debates on various sites about who’s to blame and what the answers are. T.O. should not have been released. Owens should have been released. Felix Jones should be the starter. Tashard Choice should be the starter. Marion Barber should be the starter. Romo’s not the answer. Romo is without a doubt the answer. Wade should be fired. Jerry should fire himself.

With the possibility of a Miles Austin exodus looming over our heads, I’m one very nervous Cowboys fan without any real answers.

Keep in mind these are just the surface issues. I could probably write a 5,000 word essay just dealing with the questions Cowboys fans have. With no real answers.

I’m compelled to believe we can all agree on one thing. The time for excuses is over.

No more riding on our laurels. No more talk about 13-3 or 13 Pro Bowlers. No more “But this team did this and that team did that”. Time to lay to rest 2007 and 2008. The only true way to move forward is to( as cliche as it may sound) put the past behind us and don’t look back. No more talk about 44-6.

The pressure on this team to succeed – from top to bottom – is more intense than at any time that I can remember. This season will answer many questions. It is a make-or-break year for this organization. The time is now for Mr. Jones, Mr Phillips, Mr. Garrett, and Mr. Romo.

The time is now. No more excuses.