First Team Offense And Dez Bryant Not Playing Against Miami In Preseason Finale

I don’t know if there has been larger pressure on any Dallas rookie than there is on Dez Bryant. Over the last several years television and NFL coverage has expanded which has put every NFL team under a microscope.

Combine that with the fact that Dez Bryant was suspended by the NCAA for lying about corresponding with Deion Sanders, and also the fact that he’s such an amazing talent with a team that many believe will go to the Super Bowl where their own stadium is hosting, and you get a kid who’s got a mountain on top of him.

Well, he’s going to have to wait a little longer to show what he can do because Jerry Jones has announced to the press that Dez Bryant will NOT be playing this Thursday in preseason.

As many of you know, I had the opportunity to see Dez Bryant at the first training camp, and while I do not have a degree in psychology, I believe I can give you an insight as to his character.

I think Jerry Jones wants to ease Dez Bryant into the league, but Dez has a chip on his shoulder and wants to show the world why he’s going to be the next great receiver.

He was the first player on the field at camp. He was practicing before everyone else, and he actually looked like he worked harder than everyone else. I saw him jumping for balls, diving to make catches, getting on his knees, and one-handed catches.

He refused to carry Roy Williams pads not because he wants to break tradition, but because he is so focused on coming into the National Football League and proving himself. I think he has the same attitude as Randy Moss did when he entered. He was spurned by many NFL teams, and he wants to say, “Look at what you passed up on. Choke on this.”

Dez Bryant suffered a high ankle sprain, probably from over-exerting himself, and Jerry Jones has stated that he felt the Cowboys organization was rushing Dez. Well, I think Dez disagrees because he has spoken many times about how he wants to play in the preseason finale.

Well, Jerry Jones is going to intervene, and I think Dez will be upset, but he’ll keep it to himself. I can empathize with his desire to help the team. He has a huge heart, and he wants to help his teammates.

He was the first guy in the top round to sign with his perspective team. His agent was the guy who orchestrated the holdout for Michael Crabtree, the receiver that the 49ers drafted, and yet, despite being in a situation where Eugene Parker, the said agent, could have milked the Cowboys for as much as possible; Dez Bryant is signed before anyone.

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Haters Are In Full Effect Even In Pre-Season

It does not matter how many times you say it, nor does it matter if they believe it or not. The Cowboy “HATERS” out there are not going to let up for any reason. It is only preseason but all I am hearing is: “You lost to the RAIDERS??”  I mean it’s the Raiders, and you LOST?? How bad do you have to be to lose to the Raiders? Living in Houston, I get the Texans fans that love to hate the Cowboys even more. So they tell me, Your “Cowgirls” lost to the raiders. I mention their loss and they just claim its preseason??? Oh OK good enough for them but not for us. HA HA.  Or I hear, 0-2 already, Its Romo (as they put it the homo), he sucks he is no good. He is not good enough to win it all. Of course it’s all I have been hearing for a few years now. But, with all the haters comes the fans. And as Dallas fans, we stick together. No matter what is said no matter what is wrote about them, no matter what RECORD THEY HAVE IN PRESEASON. We all know our Boys will be fine.

The first couple of games this year I have noticed, our first team has pretty much drove down the field the way we all knew they could. Romo has been solid. 2 starts over 50 yards in both starts in just a couple of series. Our defense has really proven a lot to me as well looking very solid in the pass and run. Every once in a while I am catching a glimpse of a solid player in our second and third string defense. We had a pick six in the Hall of Fame game toward the end of the game. All in all I am pleased with what I am seeing so far.

With just 3 more pre-season games to go, I say bring on the haters. Let the fun begin, let’s talk trash let’s get our game faces on let’s just go out and have some fun because FOOTBALL SEASON IS HERE!!!!!!! I have come to the conclusion there is no fine line. You either love the Cowboys, or you love to HATE the cowboys. And for those that love to hate them I just feel bad for you because at the end of this season, when our Boys are playing the very first Super Bowl at home in NFL history, just open your ears because all your going to hear from us is,


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)

News and Notes Heading Into Second Preseason Game

So we all could not wait for the first preseason game this past Thursday. It would be the first time watching them play since the embarrassment of the Philadelphia game. We all watched the pregame warm-ups and interviews. And then we all sat and watched and chatted with each other as the game moved along. We saw some good things from our offensive weapons in Romo, Jones, Barber, Bennett, Williams and of course Mr. Dependable Jason Witten. We saw some flashes of what Hurd can do, if he can stay healthy. We also saw that same terrible penalty monster that is the Dallas Cowboys. And we saw the Raiders, yes the Raiders do some good things to the Cowboys and beat up on them 31-10. Next game is this coming Friday night against Tennessee in the new Cowboys Stadium. The game is on National television to show off the new stadium. So those of us who watched the Raiders game on the Web do not need to worry about the delay in action on the field and having someone who is watching it on TV tell us that the field goal by Folk is no good before we even saw him line up. Just kidding Kelly.

Here are some of the latest things coming from Cowboys camp.

Anderson released

Defensive tackle Tim Anderson who was signed January 26th has been released according to He played against the Raiders with his injured ankle and did not record a tackle. That leaves Junior Siavii and Jonas Seawright as the backups to Jay Ratliff right now.

Newman and Jenkins

It’s been reported by that Wade Phillips said most of the injured players from last week will be back at practice this Monday. That includes Terrence Newman and Mike Jenkins. That is very good news for the Cowboys secondary.

Carpenter not to blame

Wade Phillips is not pointing the finger at Bobby Carpenter for bad play against the Raiders as reported by

“He made a lot of plays. He was in the right places a lot,” Phillips said. “He made a nice play on the play play where he broke up the tight end going down the middle, he covered well. I thought he played well in the game. Now the group didn’t play well that he was playing with, but he made plays all over the field, and he played like he’s been practicing.”

Jones feels like a rookie

Felix Jones is very happy to be back on the field again after a not so special 2008 season. For those of us who remember the excitement we felt in 2007 when Marion Barber came off the bench. We now have that same feeling now with Felix Jones. There is a feeling that great things will happen whenever he gets his hands on the ball.

“There’s something about him. He’s a gamer,” tight end Jason Witten said after practice Saturday. “You see him in practice, he looks good. But when he gets in games, he makes a lot of big plays. He’s a huge part of this offense that a lot of times we don’t think about.”

“His approach, he’s just kind of quiet,” Witten said. “He let’s his actions speak louder than his words.”

“He makes people look like they’re out of position when they’re in position. He’s just very effective,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “He really is instinctively clever.”

“I worked very hard the whole offseason to prepare for my rookie year. It kind of got my head right and pointed in the right direction,” Jones said. “After getting hurt, it kind of got me thinking I need to get my mental part right as well. Now, I feel like everything is clicking the way it should be.”

“It was an amazing feeling. This is what I live for, what I practice so hard for,” he said, recalling the time spent rehabilitating his injuries. “Thinking positive, knowing I’m going to be back on the football field one day kind of helped relieve a little bit of the negative thoughts that I had.”

“Sometimes, I kind of get treated like one too, but it’s OK, comes with the territory. I haven’t played a full season,” he said. “But I think it’s going to get better for me.”

Quote of the day

Asked if the team received any injuries from the Raiders game Wade Phillips said.

“We didn’t really play hard enough to get any injuries”

Second Verse, Same As The First

Cowboys Raiders Football

For those of us who expected to see a new and energized Cowboys team on the field last night, what a let down the first pre season game was. It seemed remarkably similar to the beating we got in Philadelphia to end last season. Sure, many of the faces were different, but the results were shockingly familiar as the Silver and Black pounded the Silver and Blue 31-10.

Usually, I don’t get too riled up over the results of a pre season game, especially the first one of the season, but last nights embarrassment had too many instances that brought back the failures and missteps of last season.

To begin, our defense allowed 456 total yards including an un-godly 280 yards rushing. Wow, you can’t really get much worse than that. And yes, our starters only played in one quarter, but when the Raiders piled on in the second half, it was mostly their third team players. That was totally demoralizing to say the least.

And what the hell was all those penalties? I thought Phillips said he was going to focus on minimizing the penalties? The Cowboys lost over 100 yards on 11 penalties last night.

There were plenty of positives to take away from this game and most of them were on offense.

Felix Jones is absolute gold and an electrifying presence when he’s on the field. He had a pass and one rush for 29 yards, and had a key block that setup the Cowboy’s lone scoring drive.

Sam Hurd had a fantastic day and hauled in five catches for 79 yards. If I am Miles Austin, I’d be worried right about now. Austin looked slow and had a dropped pass in the game. If he expects to be the third receiver, he may wants to take lessons from Sam Hurd.

I don’t know how to read Tony Romo’s performance. He had one terrible drive followed by one impressive scoring drive. After a three and out, he came back the second time around and engineered a picture perfect drive which included utilizing all of his weapons. The touchdown strike to Witten capped a drive that featured Martellus Bennett, Roy Williams, Marion Barber and Felix Jones. It’s all part of the new philosophy of spreading the ball around.

The first team offense only played the first quarter, but in those 15 minutes they showed glimpses of what could be one of the top offenses in the league in 2009.

Special Teams continues to struggle. Last night seemed like we were watching replays from last season; bad coverages, dropped balls, missed field goals, poor returns, and a muff that led to a Raiders touchdown. Ummm… I hope this wasn’t the improvement that Wade Phillips has been yapping about.

Overall, it was a lackluster performance that left much to be desired. I’ll give Top Gun performances to Sam Hurd, Felix Jones, Jason Witten, Gerald Sensabaugh, Jay Ratliff and Marty-B. On the other hand, these guys need to step it up and get their asses in gear; Stephen McGee, Orlando Scandrick, Miles Austin, Bobby Carpenter, Kyle Kosier, and Isaiah Stanback to name a few.

Anthony Spencer may have been on the field physically, but mentally he simply mailed it in. It was as if he wasn’t even there. He blew at least three easy coverages and then got burned for an 18-yarder he should have easily snuffed out. He never even got a whiff of the raiders quarterback. Terrible job.

Bobby Carpenter just needs to go. Even against third teamers he is a non-factor and has been absolutely worthless since the day he got drafted.

Wade Phillips was clearly pissed off after the game and when asked whether the Cowboys suffered any significant injuries, he he threw his team under the bus.

“We didn’t really play hard enough to get any injuries.” 

Ouch! I guess that says it all.

We’ll try to turn things around against the Tennessee Titans next week when we take the field in our new home. Until then, Go Cowboys!

A New Season, A New Beginning

It’s been seven months and 14 days since the Dallas Cowboys last took the football field. It was a cold day in Philadelphia and the Cowboys were expected to fight the finish in a game that meant everything.

Instead they were brutally beaten their rivals in the worst defeat in over 20 years. The Cowboys faithful were devastated, a pain that lasted a long time.

Maybe it happens every year, but this offseason seemed to last for eternity. So much has happened. So many familiar players are gone, and a ton of new faces have joined the team.

DeMarcus WareLest we forget the warriors that return to field wearing the star proudly on their helmets ready to give their all for the brothers they have grown to love and respect.

Now, tonight… though it’s preseason, it’s a new beginning. A fresh new season with a clean slate is upon us and despite the absence of last year’s extremely high expectations we, the Cowboys faithful, have so much to look forward to.

Not only are we the biggest name in all of sports, we now have a home that’s the biggest and best in the nation, even the world. We will fill that beautiful stadium with plenty of shining stars accompanied by devoted star struck fans in hopes of countless victories that will take us to the top.

We don’t care that we weren’t picked by ESPN or Sports Illustrated to go all the way. No, we don’t need their blessing or ridiculous high expectations. We as Cowboys fans believe at the beginning of every season that IT’S OUR SEASON! And, until the last game is played we don’t give up on that dream.

Tonight the game may not be worth anything on paper, but it represents the new 2009 football season and to diehard fans it will be a celebration. We will celebrate our team and our dream to become the best in game. We will get a look at what we can expect and for some young, inexperienced players it will mean do or die. How they play in these preseason games will determine their future and whether their lifelong dreams will become a reality. So, in essence these games mean so much more than practice.

I will be watching the game at home. Several staff members from this site will be chatting with Cowboys fans and friends during game time in our Gameday Live Chatroom. All are invited and welcome to join us!  It’s a fun time and even if you don’t have the game broadcast in your area, you can keep up with what’s going on and discuss the game with other fans.

Hope to see you at game time; chat begins at kickoff although some of us may arrive early for the pregame.

Let’s enjoy these four weeks of preseason and then the season officially begins, September 13th.

Get your game faces on Cowboys fans – FOOTBALL SEASON HAS BEGUN!

First Preseason Game

Hey folks, well the first preseason game is coming up on Thursday and it I cannot wait. No, it will not be a game in which the starters will play much, if at all. What it means is that the season is right around the corner and we will finally get to see what the Cowboys have learned from last year’s performance.

We will get to see some young rookies show what they have and maybe show us that they deserve a starting position. We never really learn a lot from the preseason games, but it is football and the real games will be here soon enough.

Hopefully we will get to see a series or two of Romo and the other starters, I am curious to see the changes in the offense or lack of changes.

Anyway, it will be great to see some Cowboys playing football and to see some hitting by the defense. Even though we have experienced some injuries already, hopefully we will not have more. We will see what happens.