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Emmitt Smith: One For The Ages

Tonight’s Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony begins at 6:00 PM (CST), and Emmitt Smith will be the evening’s final speaker.

He will be presented by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who I’m sure will deliver a heartfelt introduction.

Emmitt Smith will then officially re-join his former teammates Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin for eternity in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

Triplets Reunited Forever!

“I’m going home. I’m going home with the rest of the Cowboys, and I feel like it’s a place I belong,” Smith said Friday. “I saw some greats, a lot of greats [Friday]. For me even to be considered to be in that class is a wonderful thing. You’re talking about a kid that had so many odds against him.”

Smith officially will join the Hall of Fame Saturday night at the induction ceremony. He will be the last of the seven players to deliver his speech, the Pro Football Hall of Fame confirmed Friday.

Congratulations to you Emmitt on this glorious occasion celebrating your spectacular career.

Until today, your legendary and remarkable achievements belonged to the Dallas Cowboys and millions of adoring Cowboys fans. We always knew just how special you were.

But after tonight, the world will honor you and your name will become etched in the stars.

Your brilliant career will speak to football fans everywhere about your greatness and your thirst for excellence and perfection.

Your records and achievements as a player, will symbolize what all future NFL running backs will strive for and reach for in their own careers. You are the unreachable star and the mark you left on football will never be erased. You are now one for the ages.

Someone is always watching!

The Dallas Morning News is reporting that the Redskins have assigned Morocco Brown, director of pro personnel, to watch all five Cowboys preseason games to prepare for the season opener in Washington on September 12th.

Owner Jerry Jones has no issues with opponents scouting the Cowboys. Jones brought up a conversation he had with former NFL head coaches Don Shula and Marty Schottenheimer after the 1992 season. Both coaches said they knew what was coming on every offensive play during their games against the Cowboys, but they were never able to stop it.

In other news ESPNDallas.com is reporting that cornerback Jamar Wall who was the Cowboys sixth round pick this year has agreed to terms.

That leaves Dez Bryant and Sean Lee still unsigned. Reports over the last 24 hours were that the Cowboys and the agent for Dez Bryant have been talking and trying to avoid any kind of holdout. No news has been reported on what is happening with Sean Lee.

Cowboys Extra Points: Tying Up Loose Ends

The NFL released dates today for all clubs. Here are the dates for the Cowboys Organized Team Activities and well as Rookie and Veteran Mini Camps

OTAs: May 17-19, May 24-26, June 1-3, June 8-10

Mini Camps: April 30-May 2 (rookies), June 11-13

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With the recent signings of Montrae Holland and Alan Ball, the Cowboys have only Miles Austin and Gerald Sensabaugh left to sign their tenders by June 15 or have a long-term deal in place. Last week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters that “both are in line for a long-term contract”.

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Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland, has apologized to Cowboys first round pick Dez Bryant for asking whether his mother a prostitute. The apology came after it was learned that Ireland posed the question during a pre-draft interview with Bryant.

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In a complet about-face, undrafted tight end Scott Sicko reversed his position and has agreed to terms on a free-agent contract with the Cowboys, and will attend the team’s rookie minicamp this weekend. Sicko initially decided not to pursue any NFL offers when he failed to get selected in the NFL Draft, and was going to return to school. Jerry Jones can be very convincing when he wants something, huh?

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After the season DeMarcus Ware had surgery to remove a bone spur. When asked if he was 100% yet, he replied:

“I would never say 100 percent. I would say 94 percent. The surgery went well. I had a bone spur, and they just shaved it down. Now, everything is good.”

Gotta love Ware’s attitude and personality! We love you #94!

2010 NFL Draft: Is Jerry Jones Tipping His Hand?

With the NFL Draft less than a month away, has Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tipped his hand?

By now most of you are familiar with Dez Bryant, the star wide receiver from Oklahoma State. The Star-Telegram recently wrote that  Bryant may have validated himself as the “best receiver in the NFL Draft” during his most recent workouts.

Bryant is a homegrown talent who hails from Lufkin, Texas. As a senior he was a member of the Texas Football Super Team first-team and was All-state selection after recording 53 receptions for 1,207 yards with 21 touchdowns.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had some glowing remarks,

“He had a solid day.  I don’t know how it will affect him, but he has terrific hands, catching ability, and I really think he looked best running his routes and making plays on the ball.”

KTRE Sports Director, Nick James, said the following:

 “Dez looked explosive. He ran well, he caught the ball well and he looked like he was in shape.”

Jones and the rest of the Cowboys’ top brass will get their first up-close look at Bryant today and Thursday.

Yesterday, it was learned that Jerry Jones also plans to have dinner tonight with Bryant before a visit to Valley Ranch on Thursday.

The thing that interests me is why the sudden interest by the Cowboys in Bryant when everyone expects him to be long gone before the Cowboys select 27th in the draft?

With the emergence of Miles Austin and some great playmaking flashes from Kevin Ogletree, I didn’t see wide receiver as an area of deep concern for the Cowboys.

Although he was expected to be a definite top ten pick,  Bryant could drop a little bit due to questions about his character, but definitely not as low as 27th.  His stock has dropped simply because he was suspended for most of his senior season for lying about his involvement with Deion Sanders, yet another Cowboys connection.

Will the Cowboys make a push to trade up and select him on Draft Day? Who really knows, but it’s something worth keeping our eyes on.

Heck, he already owns an orange Cowboys jersey, how about a silver and blue one too?

Wade Will Be Back

According to Jason La Canfora at NFL.com Wade Phillips will return as the Cowboys head coach for 2010.

The Cowboys are executing the 2010 option on coach Wade Phillips‘ contract, binding him to the team for next season, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Phillips met with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and top brass on Monday, and more talks are scheduled for Tuesday. The team hasn’t moved to extend Phillips’ contract beyond 2010, but Jones is comfortable with him as the coach for next season.

I like it. I like Wade, more importantly the players like him and what he did with this team in 2009 was really impressive.

I know many may argue, but I definitely agree with keeping him on another year.

Weekly Game Balls: Week 1

This week’s offensive game ball goes to Tony Romo.

With the weight of world on his shoulders, Tony Romo lead his team to a seasoner opener victory Sunday afternoon as the Cowboys dominated the Buccaneers 34-21. Completing 16 of 27 passes, Romo threw a career high 353 yards and ended the day with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Using his various weapons, Tony Romo looked absolutely stunning hitting Patrick Crayton on an 80 yard completion for a TD, another career high. His other two touchdowns were also long, airing out to Miles Austin for 42 yards and Roy Williams for 66 yards.

“You’re not judged off of yards or anything like that,” Tony Romo said. “You’re judged off of winning and losing at this position. I think our team understands that it’s about winning and losing. And that’s what we’re out here to try and do.”

After last year’s dismal season, it was apparent that Tony Romo needed to step up and step up big. The Cowboys still have a long season ahead, but Romo’s performance this week surely removed any doubt that he was ready to lead this team all the way.

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This week’s defensive/special teams game ball goes to David Buehler.

In his NFL debut, rookie specialist David Buehler shined and helped Special Teams look fantastic something we haven’t seen since… hmm can’t remember the last time actually.

Buehler, a kickoff specialist, had three touchbacks out of seven kickoffs Sunday. Now, its extremely important to note that the Cowboys had zero touchbacks in 2008, and only four total in 2007. The last time the Cowboys had multiple touchbacks in one game was more than a decade ago, in 1998.

Field position can mean everything in a game. Buehler held the Tampa Bay Bucs to an average drive start of 23 yards.

“Everybody got their minds right and came out ready to play. It was good to have a couple of touchbacks in the first game of my NFL career. I felt like I had a pretty good game and did my job,” David Buehler said.

Owner Jerry Jones also bragged about Buehler after the game.

“The guy I feel as good about as anybody on this team is Buehler,” Jones said. “You can see what Buehler can mean with the field position he gave us on kickoffs. It’s great for him because that was our focus. For the first kick he ever makes and drives in the back of the end zone for a touchback, that’s big.”

Now does everyone understand why the Cowboys have three kickers on their roster?

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Congratulations to Tony and David for their outstanding play.

Runners-up: Patrick Crayton who racked up 135 yards and a TD on 4 passes, Crayton was also wide open on several plays and could have easily had more yards and/or touchdowns. Nick Folk was perfect accounting for 10 points, including a 51-yard field goal to jump start the Cowboys win in the first half.

Cowboys Stadium-Punting Flaw?

The Titans think they have revealed a flaw in the new Cowboys Stadium and it looks like maybe they have.

Punting is a normal part of a football game and always will be. In the new $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium the video board that was installed is sitting at 100 feet above the field and cost $40 million, it extends from 20 yard to 20 yard line. It is a great thing for the fans in the stadium because it allows you to see the action no matter where you are in the stadium, however it may very well be in the way of some punts.

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Punters are going have to find a way not to punt the ball to high, because if they do the ball could hit as it did in the Cowboys’ second pre-season game against the Titans. Titans’ punter A.J. Trapasso actually hit the bottom of the video board and due to the dead ball ruling was allowed to re-punt.

Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones believes that this not an issue and that the rule is clear – if it hits it, just re-punt.

Yes, when the stadium was built this possiblity should have been thought of and maybe it was and could have been deemed as not an issue, since both teams have to deal with it. Yet it is still a weird thing because it may cause punters to punt the ball a little differently in the Cowboys’ stadium. I guess maybe they should do what the arena league did with the nets at the end of the field and just play the ball off of the video board… hee hee.

Another former player placing blame, but this time it has nothing to do with Owens

This time it’s former Dallas QB Quincy Carter throwing out the blame for his failed NFL career. As reported on ProFootballTalk.com in a videotaped interview on DFWReporting.com. Carter blames Jerry Jones for releasing him for a failed drug test and poor performance at the start of training camp in 2004. Calling it a “Billionaire Power Play”.

“When you got a quarterback who’s . . . failing drug tests, that would weigh heavy on me if I was a billionaire owner and I owned the Dallas Cowboys I would have to make some business decisions, too,” Carter said.  “Now how he went about it was just — that was bad. . . .  You just don’t do people like that and just leave them in the dust like that.”

Carter also believes he would still be the starting QB for the Cowboys if he was never released…

“Tony Romo wouldn’t even be playing for the Cowboys right now,”

Carter filed a grievance against the Cowboys challenging his termination, but that failed. Carter made some strong comments against owner Jerry Jones…

“The main reason I think I lost it [is] because the NFLPA weren’t able to come up with the actual press conference where Jerry Jones said he is not releasing me because of my play,”

“I think honestly that he had the NFL . . . lose those tapes.  That’s how much power — and I know because how close I was to him and how much I got into . . . being a Dallas Cowboy, I know how much power he has within the whole NFL.”

Quincy Carter was the Cowboys starting QB in 2003, which was Bill Parcells first year in Dallas. Carter and the Cowboys went 10-6 in 2003 and lost to the Panthers in the playoffs 29-10. He threw for 3,302 yards to go along with his 17 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions. In his four year NFL career which was from 2001-04 Carter had 6,337 yards passing, 32 TD’s and 37 INT’s. His last season which was 2004 he played for the New York Jets.

You can see the videotaped interview here.

http://dfwreporting.com/2009/05/11/test1/

Jason Garrett Will Remain in Dallas

ESPN is reporting that Offensive Coordinator and former Dallas Cowboys player Jason Garrett will be staying in Dallas. He has turned down the Atlanta and Baltimore head coaching jobs.

Owner Jerry Jones met with Garrett last night and it is believed that Jason Garrett will receive a substantial raise along with the promise that he will supercede Wade Phillips as head coach in the next couple of years.

This is great news for the Dallas Cowboys and fans alike. Garrett, once Troy Aikman’s backup QB, led the offense to a record-breaking season.

Despite the rumors, I never thought Garrett would leave. He was hired before head coach was filled last offseason, and it was pretty apparent that he would eventually take over the team. His loyalty to the team and Jerry Jones has basically insured this now.

Minicamp Opens This Weekend

 

Little by little we are inching our way towards football season. The Cowboys released their schedule for minicamp which starts Saturday, May 12th.

Saturday, May 12

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PRACTICE (Open to the Media)

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. OPEN LOCKER ROOM TO MEDIA

1:30 p.m. COACH PHILLIPS AVAILABLE

3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. PRACTICE (Open to the Media)

Sunday, May 13

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. OPEN LOCKER ROOM TO MEDIA

1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. PRACTICE (Open to the Media)

Monday, May 14

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PRACTICE (Open to the Media)

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. OPEN LOCKER ROOM TO MEDIA

1:30 p.m. COACH PHILLIPS AVAILABLE

3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. PRACTICE (Open to the Media)

So far no word on if any of our draft selections will be in attendance.

It will be great to see some of the guys in uniform again and talking about the upcoming season and not last season.

The Cowboys also released their agenda for the Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Event!

On Tuesday, July 24 fans will pack the stands of the Alamodome to welcome the "Boys" back to San Antonio and signal the start of the 2007 season.

The Dallas Cowboys Kick-Off Event will feature appearances by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Cowboys new head coach Wade Phillips, your favorite Cowboys players, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and team mascot, Rowdy.

Grammy winning artists Los Lonely Boys will perform as part of this high energy show. Come out to this FREE event starting at 7:00PM to help kick off the beginning of the Cowboys football season!

 

This Cowboy fan Never Takes A Day Off

OK, so it’s Baseball’s Opening Day and I bet you all think that I let my Cowboys focus rest for just this one day. WRONG, think again! Sure, I’m a big baseball fan too, but don’t think the Cowboys are ever out of sight, out of mind.

You know football fans enjoys hot dogs, peanuts and Cracker Jacks, just as much as baseball fans do! And yes, I am fixin’ to have some hot dogs tonight when I watch the Cards vs. Mets on ESPN tonight.

I must say that I am a big fan of the offseason moves that the Cowboys have made so far. Our Cowboys have been the most active team this off-season, and our owner, Jerry Jones has forked over some pretty big bucks, but if that’s what it takes to improve the team, then bring it on! (sorry to use such a corny line from a ridiculous football movie) There’s no mistaking that Leonard Davis and Ken Hamlin were huge additions to the team.

As far as the whole new coaching staff goes, well what’s not to like? We have a great coach with NFL experience in Wade Phillips. But we also injected the staff with some young up and comers who are considered some of the most promising future coaches in the game! I’m talking about guys like Jason Garrett, Ray Sherman, Brian Stewart and one of my favorite Cowboys, Dat Nguyen!

We also have some second and third year players that are on the verge of becoming huge stars in the NFL, like Marion Barber, DeMarcus Ware and my sleeper pick for 2007, Bobby Carpenter! 

You want some more good news? We are looking great for the NFL Draft! No only do we have all our picks, but because our shortcomings have been solved through free agency, we will be in the position to draft the best athletes available rather than drafting to fill a need. Teams that show up on Draft Day with that philosophy most often end up with the best drafts. We are in a great position to trade up and steal the best player in the draft!

So where am I going with all this Cowboys enthusiasm on baseball’s Opening Day? Absolutely nowhere! I just wanted you all to know that I might be wearing a Mets cap tonight, but make no mistake about it people, I’m a Cowboys fan 24/7!

Now, did somebody say something about hot dogs…