Preseason Schedule Finalized

The dates and times have been finalized for the 2010 Preseason. With five “meaningless” games before our run to 6 begins, lets hope and pray our boys stay healthy.

Here’s the schedule:

Aug. 8, 7 p.m. vs. Cincinnati (Canton, Ohio)

Aug. 12, 8 p.m. vs. Oakland (Cowboys Stadium)

Aug. 21, 8 p.m. at San Diego

Aug. 28, 7 p.m. at Houston

Sept. 2, 7 p.m. vs. Miami (Cowboys Stadium)

Friday’s Cowboy Notes

Here it is Friday, a couple days before game time. This is usually the time where Cowboys fans, or football fans in general begin to get that itch, to get that feeling as the excitement starts to build for the upcoming battles of the weekend. Statistics are showing that interest in the sport are the highest they have been in twenty years or so, and you can feel it and see it everywhere you look. Right now Cowboys fans still have this feeling, but I think it is a bit more subdued as we are unsure of which way our team is going to go. We seem to be on the apex of our season right now and we are only four games in, teetering on the point where if it gets worse we will slide back down to another disappointing season. But if they are able to turn it around and take care of business the point at which they sit can become just a step as they climb back up to the top where we know they can and should be. It NEEDS to start this weekend against the the Kansas City Chiefs. A loss against this team can and probably will force the Cowboys down to another dreadful season.

Injuries are obviously a part of the game, and Dallas has had their share early on. Wide Receiver Roy Williams and Strong Safety Gerald Sensabaugh will not practice Friday and their status for the game this weekend is doubtful.

“We’ll wait and see [up until] the last minute on all those guys,” Phillips said before Friday’s practice. “They haven’t gotten a lot better, so you want to be well enough to play. You don’t want to play with injured players … and they haven’t gotten to the point, right now, where it looks like they will be ready.”

Miles Austin will take Roy Williams starting spot in the likely event he will not play, and as Kelly mentioned earlier in the week Safety Patrick Watkins would replace Sensabaugh in the secondary. Running Back Felix Jones also will not practice and has been ruled out for this weekends game, while Center Andre Gurode has improved and will most likely play. Tackle Flozell Adams and Running Back Marion Barber were full participants in practice, and the Barbarian should have a big day against the suspect Chiefs defense.

With Barber coming back we really need Tony Romo to step it up. We all know his play the last couple games (I hate to say it) has been horrible. We need him to be confident in his ability and in his team and try to stretch the field against the Chiefs. Tony is only 1-7 for 80 yards, a touchdown and an interception on pass attempts of 21 yards or more on the season. That is not good and it has to change and if he is able to do this it should open up the running game for Marion Barber and Tashard Choice.

You wouldn’t know it but the Cowboys are tied for fourth in total offense (3rd rush, 13 pass) and 26th in total defense (18th rush, 29th Pass). I think the lack of defense is what jumps out to me, that too has to change. So fans dont give up yet. The Cowboys are 8 1/2 point favorites as of right now and have a very winnable game this weekend. So before you jump off lets wait and see if the Boys can do what they are supposed to do to the Chiefs, and if for some reason they dont, I will be the first to clear the way down.

Cutting The Fat

With just mere hours until teams need to cut rosters to 53 for the season, Dallas and Wade Phillips will have some tough choices to make. I dont envy Phillips or any head coach this time of year for what they must do in cutting the fat and forming a team that will start the season. But like it or not, it is part of the job and part of the business.

Rookie Linebacker Stephen Hodge is one of those players fighting for a roster spot. However for Hodge his chances are slim and the options that the coaching staff have for him will result in another tough decision no matter what they choose. During the offseason Hodge had his knee scoped and has not been able to practice much because of it. That makes it tough for someone to make a team if he cant be evaluated properly. His persistent swelling in his knee is really complicating matters. Dallas can protect his rights by placing him on injured reserve and shutting him down for the season in hopes that he can be ready for next season. They can take a chance and release him hoping no other team picks him up, and then resign him to the practice squad. But because there are a few other injured players Dallas is waiting on, the chances of Hodge making the roster is slim. This is the tough side of the business.

Now on the other hand Dallas claimed Linebacker Curtis Johnson off waivers after the Colts cut him because of an injured hamstring and there is a good chance he will make the 53 man roster without ever getting on the field for the Cowboys because of the injury. He will not play in Fridays last preseason game. They really like the former Colt who played as a 4-3 defensive end but will be converted to an outside linebacker in the 3-4. “We knew about him coming out of college” Phillips said of Johnson who played 7 games with the colts last season. There is no way Dallas would pickup an injured player a few days before cuts if they didnt know what they where getting. They are high on his special teams abilities and after putting LB Brandon Williams on injured reserve, and LB Jason Williams nursing a high ankle sprain that will keep him out 4-6 weeks, Johnson should be back soon and should make the roster.

Wide Receiver Travis Wilson who has been on injured reserve was released and given an injury settlement… Backup offensive lineman Cory Proctor’s roster spot may be in jeopardy after Dallas signed 5 year veteran Duke Preston who plays the same positions. And it was Preston during practice snapping to Quarterback John Kitna not Proctor who didnt even get any work in during the drill… Fourth round pick Quarterback Stephen McGee is also sitting on that bubble. He is nursing a strained MCL and has been considered OK at best when he is able to participate and healthy. One thing going for him is the fourth round choice the Cowboys used on him, that may get him a spot for a little while anyway.

Lets see what happens in the next few days when the fat is cut, because a lot of the guys we have been watching in preseason wont be there for long, and you know there will be some surprises.

Mixed Emotions: News Around the NFL

Micheal Vick conditionally reinstated, Plaxico Burress to testify, Antonio Peirce to be charge in Burress shooting case, Brett Favre stays retired, and the NFL loses a great defensive mind…

Mike Vick the troubled superstar formerly of the Atlanta Falcons got the go ahead as of Monday morning that he will be allowed to play this season, but under certain stipulations. Tony Dungy must mentor Vick. Vick will not be allowed to play in the first 2 pre-season games, and he is still facing a regular season suspension no more than 5 games and no less than 1. Vick served his 23 and a half month sentence in prison, followed by house arrest and was released July 20th.

News has come out that ex Giants wide out Plaxico Burress will testify Wednesday morning in front of the grand jury, stemming from his November night club incident in which he shot himself in the thigh. Antonio Peirce is now under investigation in the same incident, Peirce drove Burress to the hospital and took the gun after the shooting.

Brett Favre told the Vikings he would remain retired. The 39-year old quarterback told reporters he didn’t feel like he could physically play at an acceptable level.

Now a more touching subject DC Jim Johnson has passed away today. Yes Johnson was a Eagle, but the man was a genius, a pure defensive genius. Remember the blitz and coverage packages he threw at our Tony Romo?

As football fans and lovers of the game we will miss you Jim.

***** GO COWBOYS *****

Final Thoughts on Steve McNair

The Nashville Police have officially ruled the death of NFL star Steve MvNair a murder-suicide.

McNair was first shot in the right temple then 2 times in the chest, then one final shot to the left temple, McNair’s girlfriend then shot herself in the head.

Gruesome details kept coming Wednesday from the police, and it hurts more every time. Memorials have been set up at LP Field where fans can go inside free of charge and watch McNair’s highlights on the video boards.

Former teammates Derek Mason and Eddie George  will be speaking at the funeral along with former head coach Jeff Fisher.

It hurts to see a legend go and that is exactly what McNair is. I am privileged to have been able to watch McNair and all his greatness on the field. He was a great man with many charities and loved his community and they in return loved him back.

The circumstances surrounding his death are irrelevant at this point. We should remember him for the great person he was instead of condemning him for his imperfections, we should love him for them because in the end it’s the imperfections that make us all great.

We love you Steve McNair, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

R.I.P. Steve McNair (1973-2009)

Michael Vick Officially Released By Atlanta

Today Arthur Blank and the Atlanta Falcons have officially finalized the divorce with Michael Vick. Vick, if reinstated. will resume his NFL career with another club.

There have been rumors of San Fransisco wanting Vick to join the club this coming season but nothing to really hang your hat on.

First of all Vick needs to prove to Roger Goodell he is worthy of wearing the NFL shield again, then he has to get back into shape. There are just so many things going against him right now.

Vick has alot of work to do.

Lions More Aggressive in ’09?

The Detroit Lions…. the 0-16 Detroit Lions have come out with a new “more aggressive”  looking logo and lettering style. It seems they are trying anything to attract fans to a season even they know will most likely end in bitter disappointment.

I feel for one person in the entire Lions’ organization and that is WR Calvin Johnson. This is a man who is a bonafide superstar but as long as he is in Detroit will never get noticed. He has been to the Pro Bowl, but in all the best receivers in the league conversations #81 in Detroit never comes up.

Detroit is becoming or has already become the old Tampa Bay, in the sense that going there is basically career suicide.

I feel sorry for these players right now. There is no type of leadership anywhere on the team and they will struggle for a long time. By the look of things, that is not going to end anytime soon.

WR Reggie Williams Arrested On Drug Charge

Why is it that its drugs seem to be all these players can find to do. I mean come on find a hobby other than drugs for off-season and I know this seems like a out of this world comment to some of those NFL players but you might actually keep your job in the NFL.

This story was reported by

Former Jaguars receiver Reggie Williams was charged with drug possession after off-duty policemen used a Taser to subdue him when he refused to leave a bar.

Houston police spokesman Kese Smith says Williams was impaired when he refused to leave a bar Sunday night. He struggled with two off-duty officers who tried to escort him out and one of them used a Taser on him.

Police say jail officials later found a small bag believed to contain cocaine in Williams’ back pocket. He was charged on Monday with possession of a controlled substance and freed after posting a $2,000 bond.

In February, the 25-year-old unrestricted free agent was arrested in Houston on DWI and possession of marijuana charges, which were later dropped. He played for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season.

A call to Williams’ agent was not immediately returned.

Bears Acquire Jay Cutler

Well the Jay Cutler saga is over in Denver now as reported by the Bears and Broncos have both confirmed that Cutler was traded to Chicago.

To acquire Cutler, the Bears had to give up quarterback Kyle Orton and first-round picks in 2009 and 2010, a source said.

To complete the trade, the Broncos had to give back an undisclosed draft choice in a later round.

The Bears beat out the Redskins, Buccaneers, Lions, Titans and other teams to get land the 25-year-old Pro Bowl quarterback.