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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.

A Stranglehold On My Most Hated Team

Since becoming a fan of the Cowboys back in 1978 there has always been one team that I have hated more then any other in the NFL. Not the Redskins or the Eagles or the 49ers or the Steelers. That most hated team has always been the team from New Jersey called the Giants. It could be because I’m from the area and the Cowboys have always played them twice a season. It could be because they have had some really good players over the years and also some players that I’ve disliked. It could also be that I’m surrounded by their fans, some of which are Bandwagon Fans. I just can’t handle the majority of Giants fans and normally a day does not go by that an argument does not break out about the Giants and the Cowboys. There have also been some games over the years that have got under my skin. 

Sept, 1981 – The Cowboys beat the Giants 18-10. Yes, the Cowboys won, but not before I took a tumble down the steps in my house as I celebrated the Cowboys taking a 3-0 lead in the first quarter. I blame my fall on the Giants of course.

Dec, 1981 – The Cowboys lose to the Giants 13-10 in overtime in the final game of the regular season.

Dec, 1985 – The Cowboys beat the Giants 28-21 to win the NFC East, but in the process the Giants knock Danny White out of the game as well as backup quarterback Gary Hogeboom.

Nov, 1986 – The Cowboys lose to the Giants 17-14 and also loses quarterback Danny White for the rest of the season with a fractured wrist.

Sept, 1988 – The Cowboys lose to the Giants 12-10 when the officials ruled a safety on the opening kickoff, but after the game said the play should have been ruled a touchback because the ball was muffed, not fumbled.

Nov, 1991 – The Cowboys lose to the Giants 22-9 in one of the worst officiating games in history. Four of the worst calls ever seen resulted in 17 points for the Giants.

Jan, 1994 – The Cowboys beat the Giants 16-13 in overtime. The game is known for Emmitt Smith winning the game with a separated shoulder. But it’s also the game that the Giants offensive line chop-blocked Russell Maryland and Leon Lett.

Oct, 2000 – The Cowboys lose to the Giants 19-14. Troy Aikman threw a career high five interceptions. The first interception coming on the very first play of the game. The worse part was that I was there in the Giants Stadium crowd to witness it.

Jan, 2008 – The Cowboys lose to the Giants 21-17. The Cowboys finished the season 13-3 and had home field advantage in the playoffs. Even through the Giants won, it was Patrick Crayton who helped the Cowboys to defeat.

Sept, 2009 – The Cowboys lose to the Giants 33-31. The Giants destroy the home opener for the Cowboys and their new Stadium.

I’m hoping in 2010 the Cowboys will get some revenge on the Giants for losing four of the last five meetings. The Giants are by far my most hated team when it comes to the Cowboys. Like I’ve said, it could be the team itself and the history with them. It could be because I’m in Giants country or it could just be because I am surrounded by their fans and I hear it year after year. The Giants winning the Super Bowl in 2007 after beating the Cowboys in the playoffs only increased my hatred for the team.

Recently I was in New York City with my family for the day. We ended up at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Walking around I found myself in the sports room with Derek Jeter, Michael Jordan, Joe Namath and David Wright just to name a few. I then turned and found myself standing right in front of Eli Manning. I looked at my wife and then back at Manning. I knew what needed to be done, so I lifted both hands at the same time my wife lifted her camera. For Cowboys fans everywhere here is what I needed to do…

NFL Draft Day Central – Live Thread

Welcome to our exclusive NFL Draft Coverage Thread here at Lone Star Struck.

For complete round the clock coverage of all the big news, signings and trades, keep it right here as we will keep updating this thread with everything you need to know.

We also invite you to join us at our live Draft Chat where many members of our staff will be discussing the day’s events and answering questions.

LONE STAR STRUCK CHAT

Join the conversation or just stop in and say “Go Cowboys!” Let us know who you think the Cowboys should draft with the first pick.

It’s going to be a great weekend and I bet there will be a few surprises with Jerry Jones running the show.

NFL Draft Update

1. Rams

2. Lions

3. Buccaneers

4. Redskins

5. Chiefs

6. Seahawks

7. Browns

8. Raiders

9. Bills

10. Jaguars

Dallas Cowboys Picks

The Cowboys have half a dozen picks with the first at #27.

Round 1, Pick 27 (27)
Round 2, Pick 27 (59)
Round 3, Pick 26 (90)
Round 4, Pick 27 (125)
Round 6, Pick 27 (196)
Round 7, Pick 27 (234)

The Cowboys Are Playoff Bound!

Oh what a great feeling it is! The Cowboys are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs after tonight’s win over the Redskins, no matter what happens next week against the Eagles.

Orlando Scandrick

Even though it really seemed like the Redskins gave up long before the game ended, the Cowboys definitely deserve their spot in the post season. From the beginning of the season until last week, no one (outside of the Cowboys faithful) believed this team could go anywhere and here they are, in control of their own destiny.

The only thing left to decide is home field advantage and the division title. It all comes down to the last game of the season, once again, versus the hate Eagles but this time at home in our house!

Things to Note:

- Its the first time in 5 years that the Cowboys have swept the Redskins.

- If the Cowboys beat the Eagles next week they secure home field advantage. If the Vikings lose, the Cowboys, Eagles or Packers could earn the first round bye week.

- The game next week has been moved from noon to 3:15 p.m., the NFL moved the Jets – Ravens game to prime time over the Cowboys – Eagles game. (Big mistake in my opinion.)

Folk Gets the Boot and Suisham Gets the Nod

Shaun SuishamAs reported by several local sources, Nick Folk has been cut by the Dallas Cowboys. Shaun Suisham has been signed. You might remember him from a few years back. Redskins recently cut Suisham after he missed a 23-yarder.

Its good the Cowboys made a move, I just wish there were more options out there. Let’s hope Suisham makes the most of it his second time around.

Many fans were calling for Folk’s head after his miss last Saturday night after he missed a routine 24 yard field goal. Folk has made only 18 out of 28 field goals this season.

Suisham had made 18 of 21 FG attempts before being cut by Washington two weeks ago.

Ironically, Suisham will get to return to FedEx Field Sunday when the Cowboys travel to Washington.

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Our own Joe D. predicted there would be open tryouts on Monday, great call!

Hat tip to TD and Nate the Cowboy Ninja for promptly shooting me the news.

Bringing The Heat

Before I get into my thoughts on the game and what it means for us, I want to make one small point.  FIRE NICK FOLK!!!!!!!!!!!. I am so sick and tired of them making excuses for him. He has lost his edge. They showed footage of pre game warm-ups by Nick Folk. If I am correct I believe they showed 7 attempts WITHOUT a holder. How many of those attempts did he make? NONE!!!!!!! How can you sit back and watch your “struggling” kicker  miss several warm-ups before game and then when the game is on the line, put him in??  That makes absolutely no sense to me. I am also totally against Romo holding kicks. What other team in the NFL, NCAA, High school or any other league you want to bring up has their starting QB holding kicks? None!!! When Kris Brown of the Texans missed those critical field goals for the Texans this year, did Kubiak think, hey I have an idea; let’s put Matt Schaub back there to hold the kicks so that Kris Brown can make them, no he did not. Again, FIRE NICK FOLK!!!!!

As for what this game means for us this season, we are one step closer to the playoffs. We need help from SF this weekend by taking down the Eagles. Also, being the die hard Cowboys fan that I am, it makes me sick to my stomach to even think about saying this, but we really need the Redskins to beat the Giants. Wow admitting that I want the skins to win is even hard to type but it has to be said.

Now for the game. YEAH BABY!! WOOOHOOOO!!! WAY TO GO BOYS!!!! Ok got that out of the way. We finally got to see the FULL potential that the cowboys have on the field each and every week. Romo and the offense looked flawless. The defense was brutal. The game was AMAZING. On the field Romo was the better of the 2 quarterbacks going 22/34 for a total of 333 yards and 1 touchdown with ZERO interceptions or fumbles and his ability to avoid the rush was able to get him 4 rushes for 21 yards. Our #1 receiver Miles Austin once again showed us why letting T.O. go was the best option for the team with 7 receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown. Jason Whitten had a good game with clutch catches when it mattered most, as he usually does, going for 44 yards on just 5 catches. Romo also distributed the ball well to several other options, giving the rest of our receivers and our running backs a total of 10 catches for 129 yards. Once again proving that the Dallas passing game is a force to be recon with.

Rushing rushing rushing. There is not much more to say about our ground game than, MARION BARBER!!!!!!! That man is a beast and was not going to be denied. Although he only had 17 rushing attempts he went for a hard fought 62 yards and 2 touchdowns. Felix Jones made his presence known not only on his 14 carries for 58 yards but also in the return game averaging 30 yards with one return of 41 yards. Let just say this is one ground game that was not going to be denied.

Ok, say it with me, DEFENSE!!! DEFENSE!!! DEFENSE!!! Wow what a performance our defense put up. Anthony Spencer is coming into his own and making all teams account for him. Our secondary is making other teams passing games quiver. Our linebackers are making running backs think maybe we should pass the ball more often. And then there is the man. The best defensive player in the league. The man that gets thru double teams to force QB’s to make errant throws, picks and run for their lives. Of course, you know I am talking about Demarcus Ware. After last week when all of our hearts stopped and the city of Dallas came to a complete stop and everyone was holding their breath, while Ware was being carted off the field, no one knew if he would play this week. Well, as we all know he did play and once again he dominated. He had a total of 2 sacks with 2 forced fumbles, and of course the key forced fumble at the end of the game with ten seconds left in the game to seal the victory for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys as a whole during the game Dominated every aspect of the game We had more first downs, 24 to 23, more total net yards, 436 to 336.  Rushing yards were to our advantage 145 to 65. Our defense held the high powered offense of the Saints to only 3 points in the first half and 17 points in the game with Drew Brees passing for under 300 yards and only touchdown. A very big key to the game was third down efficiency.  While Dallas went for 8 of 15 attempts on third down with a 53% efficiency rate the Saints only converted 1 third down during the game with an efficiency rate of only 14%. Once again proving that our defense is one of the best defenses in the league. Let’s take this win and this momentum that we know have, and bring it to the next game when we go to Washington and show them that the December curse is now OVER and we are making our run to the SUPERBOWL!!!

Cowboys Bounce Back to Beat Redskins 7-6

Crazy games aren’t rare for Cowboys/Redskins matchups, but this game’s score seemed more like a baseball game than football.

One of the saddest box scores in the history of football..

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Dallas

0

0

0

7

7

Washington

0

3

3

0

6

Luckily Tony Romo scrambled and found Patrick Crayton in the endzone with 2:41 on the clock.

This was an ugly loss. Thank heaven the defense was strong, holding the Redskins to only two field goals, because with the offense not scoring, this game could have gotten out of control.

The ground game was alive and well accumulating 153 yards, while the passing game was held to 152 yards. Even though Tony Romo won the game, he had horrible day statistically. Romo went 15 for 27, 158 yards, one touchdown and one interception. But in the end all that mattered is that he fought hard in that last drive and put the Cowboys on top.

The Cowboys go on to 7-3 and stay alone in first place in the NFC East.

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There is so much more to talk about, come back tomorrow for the full recap.

A Long Way To Week 11

While we are waiting on a potential interesting draft, something else is brewing in the Nation’s Capital. It’s what I like to call “Pre-Pre-Pre Season” trash talk.

It’s no question in DC there are a lot of Cowboys fans. The trash talk started the day the new schedules were announced.

As usual, ESPN, NFL Network, and sports talk shows gave there opinions. Then not 5 seconds after the announcements, my phone, e-mail and myspace was crammed with “Week 11! Get ready for the Skins!”

I mean really. I got a message of my friend singing “Hail to the Redskins!”

The draft hasn’t started yet, but this is already prevalent in DC. Even if we were to grade ourselves this offseason it doesn’t warrant trash talk… Until some 49ers fans entered the room.

Lucky me… I have fans who are Cowboys, Redskins, 49ers and Eagles fans. One big happy family. But that’s what makes football fun, year-round trash talk without pulling punches.

So now I have to deal with the Eagles fan yelling, “how was the end of the year butt-stomping we gave you!”

 And the Skins fan…. come on, their Skins fans, do I care? 

But unfortunately for my Niner friend, we won’t see each other this year because it just ain’t happening in the playoffs.

Fitzgerald Having Amazing Playoff Run

All I can say is that I have been totally stunned at Fitzgeralds perfomance during the playoffs so far. I was browsing the NFL site and saw these stats and facts and thought i would share them with you all. As a Cowboy fan it sickens me to see two of the teams that knocked us out of playoff contention in the Super Bowl this year. But I will have to say go Cardinals and I also have to admit that Fitzgerald is my favorite Non-Cowboy player in the NFL.

Arizonas Larry Fitzgerald is on a Playoff run that matches any other wide receiver in NFL playoff history.

Fitzgerald followed up two 100-yard receiving games in the Cardinals’ first two playoff games with another outstanding day in the NFC Championship Game against the Eagles, finishing with nine receptions for 152 yards and three touchdowns.

His prolific run during his first postseason puts Fitzgerald in exclusive company. Fitzgerald’s 419 receiving yards during the 2008 playoffs are the most in a single postseason, since 1970, as well as the most by any player in NFL history during his first three career playoff games.

Most receiving yards, single postseason
Year Player Team Games Yards
2008 Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals 3 419
1988 Jerry Rice 49ers 3 409
2003 Steve Smith Panthers 4 404
1983 Charlie Brown Redskins 3 401

The rest of Fitzgerald’s 2008 playoff numbers also stack up against the best. His five touchdown receptions rank second all-time (behind Jerry Rices’ six during the 1988 playoffs), and his 23 receptions are tied for third all-time, trailing New England’s Wes Welker (2007) and Carolina’s Steve Smith (2005), who each totaled 27.

Fitzgerald has one more game to reach the top of each of these lists. So lets all root for Fitzgerald on Feb.1 to get all these records. Also for the Cardinals to stomp Pittsburgh into the ground.

GO CARDINALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No More Excuses…It’s time to go… It’s the playoff run!!

Good Morning Cowboy Fans:

The Dallas Cowboys and I just enjoyed our bye week, a little R&R and now it is back to work. Over the bye week I have pondered about this team, explained my thoughts to friends about this team and fought off the “doubters and haters” regarding this team. I have faced some ridicule and endured all the questions. I finally came to the conclusion it is time for no more excuses…It’s time to go…It’s the playoff run!!

I came into this season with the highest expectations for this team and through it all I have not waivered. This Cowboy team is still a very good team if not one of the two or three best teams in all of Pro football. I am not going to make excuses for Tony’s “pinkie pain” or any of the other injuries the Cowboys have had. It is part of football. I will no longer accept the fact “Pacman” got into trouble and threw the team into a tailspin. We could have been 9-0 at this time and “Pacman” could have still gotten into trouble. I will not accept T.O. and his criticism of the team or talking negatively about the team to the media as the problem or the maybe the coaches not preparing this team to play on Sunday. In the end those are all excuses. Excuses are like ice cream sundaes, they are okay for awhile, but once you eat so many of them you get sick of em’!

As Brad Johnson walked into the Cowboy’s locker room at Giant’s Stadium he ripped off his sweat bands and tossed them at the television stand by the door.

It was about the only target he had hit all day.

And, in a way, it was kind of fitting as he has likely played his final football game.

But that’s okay with the Cowboys, because after a well-timed bye week, they will roll open the training room doors like they are pushing a large rock from a tomb, and Tony Romo, the savior of the season, will emerge. And when the Cowboys resume their schedule this Sunday with a game against the Redskins in Washington, 52 guys will take the team bus.

Romo might walk across the Potomac.

After Sunday’s 35-14 drubbing by the Giants, the Cowboys — who thought their roster had more Hall of Famers than Canton, but, in actuality, it was more busts — are in last place in the NFC East. At 5-4, America’s Team is three games (plus a tiebreaker) behind the Giants, and clinging to the hope that the Dimpled One, with the blonde starlet on his arm, will save us.

Johnson was 5-for-11 for 71 yards Sunday. Battered by the Giants, he was sacked twice and threw two interceptions. Brooks Bollinger, in from the bullpen, threw for 63 yards and a meaningless TD, and was sacked twice.

But even with Romo healthy over the final seven games of the season, the Cowboys will be playing for, at best, a wild-card spot. At worst, maybe a good tee time.

After Sunday’s game, when the Cowboys managed only 183 yards of offense — 75 on one drive — and committed four turnovers, things couldn’t get worse. Romo, who watched from the sideline, has missed three games. The Cowboys are 1-2 in that span, and the victory came with 173 yards of offense against the Tampa Bay Bucs. In other words, brisk winds have moved the football more than the Cowboys in the past month.

But now the winds of change come blowing in. After the loss, the locker room sounded like an Obama rally in whispers: Yes we can! Yes we can!

Remember no more excuses!

I think getting Romo back will make a huge difference. I’m not giving up on this team. We have gotten a lot healthier over the bye week and I feel like the attitude of the whole team will be much better.

Remember no more excuses!

For now let’s look at the wild card way down the road and just win the next game.

Some people say that yet after the biggest fuss made over a pinkie since Fonzie fell in love, will the Cowboys expecting too much from Romo?  Will he return rusty? I say “No more excuses”!

We can’t expect that just because he’s coming back that everything is going to be just fine; of course he will be a little rusty. Even a little rusty will produce more than 71 yds of passing offense with Romo at the controls.

Come on we are the Dallas Cowboys! It’s time to man-up and stop letting people hit you in the face. Punch back. It’s like we have been taking shots and hoping to connect with our own wild punch. We’re leaning against the ropes and hoping to survive.

The Cowboys head into Fed-Ex field this Sunday night to play the “hated skins” and its time to get back on that road to Tampa and off the road to no-where.

I’m tired of all the excuses!!  There’s no reason for it. It’s time to regroup, get back to the freakin’ drawing board, and do whatever we need to do. This is the Dallas Cowboys!! This is our team!! This is America’s Team!!

Cowboys 31-17

Go Cowboys!!

The Season Starts Now……

So……how bout that weather?

Well, I have been sitting back, soaking it all in, trying to formulate my own opinion on all things Cowboys. It’s been somewhat of a challenge with all of the media coverage, fan opinions and overall overkill analysis and doomsday predictions following the past few weeks. What a strange few weeks it has been in Cowboy country. Who could deny that? But in the midst of all of this, it finally hit me today:

What the hell is wrong with a little adversity?

To me, we have been officially “punked”….. the entire football world has the Boys either dead in the crosshairs or dead in the water, depending on who you talk to. The masses are questioning the heart, passion and pure will of this team. Now it’s time to fight back and climb the mountain. Sometimes, you have to hit rock bottom to begin to get your priorities right and realize that the path you are on is not the path you want to choose or follow. They may be world class athletes who make more money in a week then we mere mortals make in a year, but humans nonetheless. No one is perfect. They will make mistakes, they will even get there lunch handed to them by the Rams. And then, you either cry and give up, or you fight your way out of that cold, dark hole that is rock bottom….

That being said, the Cowboys rock bottom is 4-3, two games behind in the division. With the division leading New York Giants on the schedule in 2 weeks. This is the NFL after all, its is hardly far fetched to think that the Cowboys could win next week and the Giants could lose, and then all of a sudden you have a battle for first place, with the Redskins in the mix too, in the Meadowlands in 2 weeks.

Although the confidence level from most fans seems understandably low right now, I am looking at it in a optimistic sense. The execution has been poor and the mental mistakes continue….but those are both fixable. The talent is there. I would rather have a talent-laden team like ours who struggles through a few weeks in the regular season, than a bunch of spares who catch a few breaks and go on a hot streak in October. It’s not about October. It’s about January and hopefully February. Not too mention the rash of injuries. We are without our star QB Tony Romo, explosive playmaker Felix Jones, shutdown corner Terrance Newman as well as multiple other major contributors. In the salary cap era, it’s hard to have enough depth at every position. It doesn’t change the bottom line of wins and losses, and it doesn’t quite explain the way we played against the Rams, but maybe we just got caught feeling sorry for ourselves and got all of that out of our system.

I am going forward thinking that we are still one of the top teams to beat, and if we can rally around the coach and the STAR, then we should be okay in the long run. No, we are not going to go 13-3 again…..but really, where did that get us last year? Maybe this is exactly what we need to get over the hump. As they say “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors”, well, we are in the middle of the perfect storm. Time to MAN UP.

I STILL BELIEVE!!!

Cowboys Fan for Life – TD 


Cowboys’ – Bengals’…. Where is That Killer Instinct?

Good Afternoon Cowboys’ Fans:

As we close the book on the game with the Cincinnati Bengals and a 31-22 victory yesterday, I can sum this game up by saying, “complacent, somewhat lethargic, and often just down right sloppy”. I don’t know if the Cowboys were still “hung over” from the loss to the Redskins or not, but this team is experiencing some mental issues right now that I am not sure a good “shrink” would have the answers. They have lost “that killer instinct”!!

When the Cowboys jumped out to an early 17-0 lead, I felt the game was going just as planned against a Bengals team the boys were supposed to beat easily. Suddenly it seemed the Cowboys let their foot off the gas and began to coast. Before they could speed up again, it was 14 minutes to go in the game and the Cowboy’s lead had shrunk to 17-16. It was only then that Marcus Spears forced a Chris Perry fumble and the Cowboys’ came back to life. Romo connected with T.O. on a 57 yd touchdown pass and the game seemed to be in hand.

 I was happy to see the running game return with MB3 and Felix Jones, and the defense played very well. I was very disappointed we lacked intensity in other areas i.e. special teams and QB play.

I became extremely concerned in the third quarter with Tony Romo as I think everyone in Texas Stadium could sense he had gotten so down on himself that it really affected his play and mentally he had taken himself completely out of the game. I just think Tony is “beating himself up” over his turnover situation so far this season to the point it is actually affecting the way he releases the ball. I felt yesterday that at times he was almost unsure about throwing the ball in fear he will throw another interception. That was not the normal Romo that is usually all smiles and loving to play the game as he finished with a very uncharacteristic season low of 14-23 for 176 yds and three touchdowns.

Possibly we can look upon this victory and the lack of intensity by the Cowboys was due to playing the 0-4 Bengals? What concerns me though is if that is the case, the Cowboys have to get back to the basics again.

To play on words; “When you have a wounded animal backed into a corner like the Bengals were, you have to go in for the kill.” The Cowboys have a relatively difficult test Sunday on the road against the Cardinals and then two games that would seem to be easy tests against the Rams in St. Louis and Tampa Bay at home. These games are a chance to gain back that momentum. A momentum and they must have in 4 weeks when they travel to the Meadowlands for their first match up with the “G-men”.

I am in no way down our team or feel that this team is not still the best in the NFL. I think they just need to do some soul searching and come back to that determination and intensity that they had at the beginning of the season. They need to get back that “killer instinct”!!! 

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