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Rehab For Roy and I

I remember October 14th, 2008 like it was yesterday. I was so excited to get Roy E. Williams. He would join fellow Longhorn Leonard Davis on a Cowboys team, built to make a run now. The trade surely meant the end of the T.O. era in Dallas, which I was praying for since we first signed him, despite his production on the field. I wanted to be proud of our #1 wide receiver. This was something I could not do during the T.O. era.

After seeing what Roy did at UT and in spurts in Detroit, I knew, I JUST KNEW, he would find a way to pull it all together in Dallas. I always felt sorry for him and Kitna being on such a sorry team with such a porous offensive line. Surely their numbers would have been better on a more NFL ready team. Or so I thought.

Roy WilliamsOver a year later, I find myself defending Roy to haters and fellow Cowboys fans with the same comments and I’m starting to feel like I’m the one with the problem. He continues to have the same problems on his newly acquired national stage, over and over again, like a residual haunting. (Ghost Hunters anyone?…lol)

The drops, the poor run routes, the confused look when lining up, his lack of fire, etc. is now a proven fact. I, like him, have been sighting various excuses for the barrage of complaints thrown at him. (Although he is much better at accepting the blame than I.)

So what is the solution to this problem? I’ve heard so many say that we need to drop him. Those are the same people that don’t understand the salary cap and the current economic conditions. This is not monopoly money, kids. If we know he has been a productive receiver in the past, and his contract is prohibitive of us releasing him, we must find a way to maximize his potential.

If there were such a thing, I would be his sponsor, and take him to NFL Rehab. Like an AA meeting where NFL players and their few fans left could go and figure out a way to get the monkey off their backs and get them back on track. A place where we could go with other players with alike problems and talk about it…Get it out…

Hello my name is Roy Williams…and I am an underachiever…(Crowd says) Hello Roy!

I feel so bad about this situation guys and gals. I’ve been the one preaching to you guys to get off his back and let him realize his potential here. So far, I’ve been sadly mistaken. I’d like to hear your thoughts on how Roy could get his mojo back. We need him to do well, folks. Let’s get behind him and offer some friendly advice, wadda ya say?

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Back To Reality

Dallas Cowboys Green BayWell Cowboys fans, it looks like we were hit with a dose of reality Sunday in Green Bay. The Cowboys offense did not show up to play and once again we are left wondering why?

It seems that when the Cowboys play teams they are supposed to beat, the other teams ends up looking like world beaters.

We had no running game to speak of (gaining only 61 yards) and Tony Romo went 24 for 39 passing, for only 251. We were left wondering what happened to Miles Austin (4 catches for 20 yards). We seen Roy Williams have his best day statistically as a Cowboy yet we seen him fumble on a 42 yard completion and he dropped another pass that he should have caught down the sideline.

We had an injury on the offensive line as Columbo went down to a broken fibula and high ankle sprain, Mike Jenkins went out with a deep bicep bruise and Ken Hamlin was lost to a high ankle sprain as well.

The day was not a good one, but now we have to regroup and beat the Washington Redskins this weekend.

This would have been a great day to get a win as the Eagles lost to San Diego and the Giants were on a bye week, however we are left with the fact that we are still in first place for now.

Lets just hope that the Redskins do not look like super bowl champs this coming weekend and leave us again wondering why?

Packers Break Cowboys’ Winning Streak, Dallas Loses 17-7

The Cowboys winning streak came to a halt today as the Packers beat the Boys 17-7. It was a strong defensive game on both sides but penalties, injuries and missed opportunities ruined the day.

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The most painful thing to come from this loss will be the hole that Marc Colombo leaves on the offensive line. Colombo went down in the first quarter and later it was learned that he suffered from a broken fibula. Doug Free came in to replace Colombo and immediately failed to protect Romo.

There was an injury scare with Bradie James who returned to play, and Ken Hamlin left the game with an ankle injury.

Another stinger was an arm injury to corner Mike Jenkins. He returned to play but left again for good after a few minutes.

Tony Romo also took a beating from the Green Bay defense taking five sacks, while Aaron Rodgers was sacked 4 times by Dallas. Romo ended the day 24 of 29 completions, 251 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Roy Williams caught 5 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. Sounds good right? No, not really. He also fumbled what would have been a 41-yard completion along with a dropped pass that could have been a game changer.

Luckily the Cowboys were able to score a touchdown in the final seconds to avoid getting shutout for the first time since December 14, 2003.

The running game was basically nonexistent. The three-headed monster combined for a measly 45 yards.

Defensively things were looking pretty good, just not good enough when your offense can’t produce and injuries sideline your starters. DeMarcus Ware had two sacks and Bobby Carpenter and Stephen Bowen recorded one sack each. Jay Ratliff was quiet, however Anthony Spencer stepped up and made several great plays.

Dallas has to pray that their injuries aren’t as bad as they seem. Of course Colombo is likely out for the season, but Jenkins and Hamlin should be able to return.

The Cowboys move on with a 6-3 record, still leading the NFC East and come back home to play the Washington Redskins for the first time this season.

Chemistry Is A Great Thing

Unfortunately, I have not been able to get to my blog this week until now. But I feel with the win we had last week, I have to write something. I am on cloud 9 right now. Our Dallas Cowboys are finally looking like they care. Like they know they have the pieces in place to win a championship. Yes, you and I have all known this for a few years now, but I really believe it is starting to sink in to them. With that said, what a great game it was last Sunday.

Once again Tony Romo had a great performance going 21/34 for 307 yards 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Even with all the talk about Roy Williams and how his chemistry with Romo was not there yet, in my opinion he had his best game yet catching 5 passes for 75 total yards. Patrick Crayton stepped up and had 2 receptions for 74 yards. Jason Whitten had the biggest catch of the game in the fourth quarter with 2 minutes to go giving Dallas a first down and solidifying the win, but finishing the day with 7 catches for 43 yards. Miles Austin once again made a strong statement as to who the real number one receiver is by catching only one pass but taking it 49 yards for what turned out to be a game winning touchdown. Ogletree, Barber and Choice all combined for a total of 6 catches for 66 total yards. Once again proving that the chemistry is not only there with Roy; but with the whole team.

We did not have our best running game with only 23 rushes for a total of 76 yards and one touchdown (by Tashard Choice)  averaging only 3.3 yards per carry and 2 tackles lost for 5 yards. Our 3rd down efficiency was not our best but not our worst going 7/15 at 46%. We finished the day with 61 total plays (including the 4 sacks for 25 yards) averaging 5.9 yards per play for a total of 358 net yards. In my opinion, an all in all a good performance.

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Once again our defense stepped up and had an outstanding performance. I wrote an article a few weeks back about our defense and the plan that our head coach Wade Phillips had for them and how he would give his expert opinion on things that needed to be done to improve the defense. Well, it turns out that Wade Phillips might actually know a thing or 2 about defense in the NFL. Although Demarcus Ware did not get a sack in this game, his presence alone made the Eagles think twice about what they wanted to do. He had 3 tackles and assisted on another. Jay Ratliff lead the team with 2 sacks and 5 tackles while Victor Butler had a sack and tackle himself.

Everyone talked about last season how our corners and safety’s always got beat deep and if anyone wanted to beat the Cowboys just go deep. Well our secondary has proven to everyone, THAT IS NOT TRUE!!!!!!! Terence Newman was once again a shut down CB that had a total of 4 tackles. On the other side of the field Mike Jenkins stepped up and had 2 tackles and one interception.  But the defensive performer of the day was our SS Gerald Sensabaugh with a total of 6 tackles and an interception.

Our defense held the Eagles to 4/12 3rd down attempts keeping it at only 33%. Stopping them on a critical 4th and inches play and taking over on downs. Our defends held them to 3.7 yards per rushing attempt and only 5.2 average yards per offensive play keeping them under 300 total yards of offense on the day.  Time of possession was pretty close throughout the game with the Cowboys having the edge at 31:44 to the Eagles 28:16. At the end of the day, the better team won. What do you say we go into Green Bay this week and continue our winning streak and come back home on a high note!

Attention! Attention! Roy Williams Is Not a Bust!

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I repeat: Roy Williams is not a bust!

Anyone who watched the Dallas Cowboys game on Sunday would see that Roy Williams is far from a bust, but rather an outstanding quality receiver.

He has not had a great year. He has 19 receptions for 324 yards and two touchdowns. He is the guy you don’t want on your fantasy team, but he is the guy I want on our Cowboys roster.

Passing is all about timing. If you don’t have it, you work on it and it takes time to get it right.

The Romo to Williams passing combination has not been as explosive as the Romo to Owens combination that just lit up the NFL for three years with 34 touchdowns.

However, it has just been a working progress that showed results to me last night.

Miles Austin was covered all night, and when that happened, Roy Williams had to step up and make plays to help win this critical ball game, and he did!

He had five catches for 75 yards and almost had a touchdown if he had not been interfered with by Asante Samuel, a penalty that was not called.

You hear how Roy Williams is all hype, no result, but that is far from the truth.

I know some of you who are reading this have had to have played wide receiver at some point in your life.

Those who have should know how hard it is to run the route just right and get in the position to where the quarterback can throw the ball at a angle, and your route intersects that angle at the exact point where you put your hands up to catch the ball and secure it before you get smashed into the turf by a tackler.

I played receiver at a lunchtime game during school, and only one quarterback that I really played with had a mutual sense of timing. From the day I walked onto the field and he (Sean) saw me open, he threw the ball exactly right and I made some amazing catches with him during those games.

We had such a trust that if I could find a soft spot in the coverage (which I did a lot) that he could zip that ball to me and I would catch it.

The other QBs did not either trust me because my hands were iffy at times, or they had a better rhythm with another guy.

I remember one of the other guys (Mario) said to me up front that he was not going throw it to me because I never had the reaction force to go up and fight for the ball in a tough spot.

He was a reckless passer, and I needed a quarterback who would place it where only my hands could get it.

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Romo to Williams Finally Connected

Roy WilliamsRoy Williams stirred up a little controversy this past week saying the balls Romo was throwing to him were all over the place.

Well Sunday night against Philadelphia they finally connected. It was not a ton of catches nor was it for a ton of yards, but it was nice to see Williams catch five for 75 yards. It was great to see Williams thrust his hand forward after making a first down.

I am not sure what the issues were, but the extra work put in at practice must have helped. Maybe it was the fact the Miles Austin was drawing double coverage and that left Williams one on one or maybe it was Williams running crisper routes and getting open. Whatever it was, it was great to see.

Hopefully we will continue to see the Romo to Williams connection and hopefully it will account for more touchdowns.

The Cowboys are learning to play well together in all phases of the game. That becomes more evident along the way as we ride this four game winning streak.

Next up are the Cheeseheads from Green Bay lets show them how our team can play. GO COWBOYS!!!

Rivalry Doesn’t Even Begin to Describe It

To some Cowboys fans it doesn’t get much worse than the Washington Redskins, to others its the New York Giants. While those are intense games and definitely rivalries, the Philadelphia Eagles are the team that really boils my blood.

Roy WilliamsI won’t go on and on about the Michael Irvin injury story that broke hearts all over America, although it really is the true root of my hatred. I won’t even talk about the infamous horse collar and Roy Williams slamming Donovan McNabb down to the ground with all his might. Rest assured I won’t mention the name that added fuel to the fire only a few years ago.

All we really have to do is go back 314 days ago when the Philadelphia Eagles crushed our dreams of making the playoffs. We had already beaten them that same season on Monday Night Football in a damn good game for the entire country to witness. All the Cowboys had to do was win and they were in. Unfortunately it never happened, not even close.

I will admit to you right here and now, I cried my eyes out. I’m not afraid to admit it. I guarantee you there were many holes punched in walls and coffee tables smashed, and sure enough even televisions destroyed.

I don’t know how we moved on from that day, but we did.

This Sunday is the day the Cowboys have been waiting for all year long. It has been 44 weeks and 6 days since the most lopsided loss in Cowboys history, oh those haunting numbers, 44-6.

Maybe the Eagles and their lowly fans have that cold day in December of ’08, but the Cowboys still own the Eagles. Sunday will mark the 100th meeting the two NFC East teams, with the Cowboys coming out on top, 55-44.

Hey, not to mention our five Super Bowl victories to their zero. Yeah that’s the die-hard fan pride coming out in me.

It’s going to be a big game that’s for sure. Is the season riding on it? Possibly. The Cowboys and Eagles and Giants are running a tight race to lead the division, leaving the Redskins in the dirt. Every game counts and division match-ups are the toughest games period.

Dallas is riding on a three game winning streak and Tony Romo has won 12 consecutive starts in November.

Cowboys EaglesInterestingly enough the Cowboys have fond memories of playing the Eagles during Week 9 of the season. Back in the glory years on the 90’s, the Cowboys defeated the Eagles back to back in ’92 and ’93. And only two years ago when the Cowboys finished the year 13-3, they defeated the Eagles 38-17. All in all the ‘Boys are 6-2 during Week 9 over the Eagles.

But honestly, the only numbers that will matter Sunday night is the final score when the time clock runs out. Us Cowboy fans know that. We know that statistics are fun and trash talk is inevitable, but in the end anything can happen… any given Sunday.

It won’t be an easy game by any means. Do we have a chance? Hell yeah we do.

I want Tony Romo leading the way, Keith Brooking firing up the ‘D’ and DeMarcus Ware looking to catch up on his sacks. Miles Austin will be truly tested and Roy Williams definitely has something to prove. Jason Witten is due for a major breakout game as well. Be confident but stay focused.

So get ready for the Sunday night show, fasten your seat belts its going to be a wild ride!

And one last thing, a message to all the Eagle fans out there – Payback is a bitch!

Is It Time To Make a Change?

We have all heard the stories going back to the off-season. About how Tony Romo and Roy Williams were spending time together trying to get to know each other, trying to get their timing together, trying to get the chemistry going. All of that talk moved into the preseason and once again we all watched and hoped that with every pass attempt and every completion that things were starting to work between quarterback and receiver. Then week one against Tampa Bay Romo hit Williams with a nice pass as Williams split the defense and scored from 66 yards out. Again, we all hoped that this was what we were all waiting for.

Through week 8 of this 2009 season Roy Williams is fourth on the team in receptions with 14 for 249 yards and two touchdowns. Let’s not forget the countless drops by Williams, some his fault, some Romo’s fault. And add a few sore rips from the game against the Broncos.

Is it unheard of to think about giving someone else the start over Williams? Just like Wade Phillips did a few weeks ago when he named Miles Austin as a starter. I don’t want to hear it’s not possible because of the money Williams is making or because of the number of draft picks Dallas gave up to get him last season. This the NFL where you have to win NOW. Maybe it’s time to get Romo the receivers he seems to be on the same page with. Maybe it’s time to go with what gives Dallas the best chance to succeed now.

I for one am tired of the talk of getting to know each other, working harder in practice, improving every week. It’s just not working between Romo and Williams. I guess it’s like when you are dating someone. You know if there is something between the two of you and your relationship grows from that and you also know when there is not and you have to make a decision. When you realize there is nothing there you just have to move on. It’s no ones fault. It just does not work out.

It just seems to be effortless when Romo is throwing to Patrick Crayton, Miles Austin and of course Jason Witten. Even though Sam Hurd has not caught many balls in 2009 it still seems easy when Romo throws to him which was also the case in past seasons. There was never that word chemistry when it came to these receivers. It just worked between all of them. Even newcomer Kevin Olgetree jelled with Romo going back to training camp and into the preseason.

Today it was Roy Williams and Tony Romo once again talking about their “chemistry” with each other as reported by ESPN.com.and DallasCowboys.com

“It’s just not even close,” Williams said. “It’s not even funny. Not even close.”

“I’m the No. 1 receiver,” Williams said. “But things are just going No. 2’s way.”

“He gets the ball thrown correctly his way,” Williams said of Austin. “I’m stretching and falling and doing everything. Everybody [else] who’s been here’s balls are there. Our footballs [from Romo to Williams] are everywhere right now.”

“I anticipated us rolling right now,” Williams said. “I mean, we’re rolling in the win column, yeah. But as far as me and Romo’s connection . . . getting better though, getting better.

“We’re going to be fine there,” Romo said after Sunday’s win over the Seattle Seahawks. “I know what Roy’s doing. It’s just a matter of going back and looking the tape and seeing what we have to do better. But it’s just part of growing with a receiver.”

My thoughts are that you need to put the players on the field that are making plays, not the players that you hope will make the plays. Romo knows who he is comfortable with and knows who he can trust at this point in the season. If it has not worked with Williams up to this point, then it never will. I truly believe that. I could care less that Williams thinks he is the number one receiver on the team. The fact is he is anything but that. The go to guys on this team are Austin, Crayton and Witten.

It’s time to make a change!!

Wide Receivers Get To Work

Miles AustinThe Dallas Cowboys once again played a game where all phases came together, this time against against the Seahawks. It was really nice to see all of the wide receivers get into the action.

Miles Austin scored another touchdown, Roy Williams scored a touchdown on a nice slant route, Patrick Crayton scored on another punt return, Sam Hurd scored a touchdown on nice pass, and although Kevin Ogletree did not score, he did make a nice catch and run for a first down.

I will admit it I have had my doubts about our wide receiver corps, but it seems that they might be coming along and they are doing some good things. It has been nice to see Miles Austin doing so well, he has catches totaling 482 yards. That is the best that a wide receiver has ever done in their first three games.

Romo and Williams have some work to do and even they admit that they have not been on the same page a lot this year.

I am sure Jason Witten is happy we are winning, but not so happy that he is not getting his normal amount of catches.

Its nice to see that the receivers have finally found a way to get open and make some nice catches and runs.

Patrick Crayton has stepped it up in the return game, scoring a touchdown in each of the last two games.

We have the Eagles this weekend and we are tied with them for first place in the division, we need to step it up again and beat them.

GO COWBOYS!

Balancing It Out

Yes there was only 1 football on the field at a time, but from the way Dallas looked this week and the way Tony Romo spread the ball around it sure didn’t look like it. Dallas had Seattle confused from the very beginning on what their game plan was and that was to dominate.

Tony Romo went 21/36 for 256 yards and 3 touchdowns with NO interceptions. Miles Austin had 5 receptions for 61 yards rushed for 11 yards and had a touchdown. Sam Hurd had just one reception but it went for 35 yards and a touchdown. Roy Williams finally had his first touchdown as a Dallas Cowboy with 2 receptions for 19 yards. Patrick Crayton had 39 yards receiving and returned a punt for a touchdown for the second week in a row. Jason Witten, Felix Jones, Kevin Ogletree and Martellus Bennett all had receptions for over 100 total yards.

Marion “The Beast” Barber had only 14 rushing attempts but went for 53 yards and a touchdown. Felix Jones had 8 attempts and pounded out 39 yards. Tashard Choice got in on the action with 4 rushes for 11 yards. The offense went for a total of 26 first downs in the game, with 17 of those coming in the first half alone. 15 of those first downs by passing and 7 of them by rushing. Our third down efficiency was at 53% with a total of 362 net yards. Time of possession was an astounding 34:45

th_newman-1Keith Brooking continued to make his statement towards defensive player of the year with 8 tackles and forcing 1 sack. Demarcus Ware once again had a strong game with 2 tackles and a sack and Bobby Carpenter refused to be overlooked and got in with 3 tackles and a sack. Terence Newman and Bradie James both had good games each forcing a fumble that was recovered by Dallas. With a total of 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and only allowing 79 rushing yards by previous Dallas Cowboys RB Julius Jones, holding the Seattle offensive possession time to 25:15 and only 17 points, the defense made a statement once again.

You hear all this talk about what division is the toughest in the league. If you look at the numbers it is an easy decision to make. the NFC east is the only division in the league to have 3 teams with at least 5 wins on the season. With 5 out of the next 4 games being on the road you could make the argument that Dallas has the toughest schedule to finish out the season but with the way they are coming together on both offense and defense, bring on the competition.

Sunday night is going to be a true test for Dallas when we play Philly for first place in our division. After we win that game and silence all the critics we make our way north to Lambeau field for a battle against the Green Bay Packers before we come back home against our long time rivals (I cringe every time I even say their name) the STRUGGLING Washington Redskins.

Although we are looking very strong at home, we need to prove to not only ourselves but all the critics out there that we can win on the road. Once we win Sunday night and take over first place, then come home after winning in Green Bay with a 3 game winning streak, maybe, JUST MAYBE, everyone will see that this year DALLAS IS ON A MISSION!!!!!

LET’S GO BOYS!!!!!!!

Romo Spreads the Love As the Cowboys Win 38-17

Tony Romo and the Cowboys had an excellent outing at home against the Seahawks winning 38-17.

The defense and special teams looked outstanding and the offense used all of their weapons.

Touchdowns: Sam Hurd, Marion Barber, Roy Williams, Miles Austin, Patrick Crayton

Sacks: Keith Brooking, DeMarcus Ware, Bobby Carpenter

Patrick Crayton returned a punt for a touchdown for the second week in a row.

Outstanding play all around! How bout them Cowboys!

Cowboys – Falcons Notes

The Dallas Cowboys are slowly getting healthy. Early on this season we have seen our share of injuries for the Cowboys but none major and it is something every team deals with. I would love to say that all the bumps and bruises are healed and everyone is 100% for this weekends up coming game against the tough Atlanta Falcons but alas that is not the case. However it does appear Running Back Felix Jones will be back in the huddle after dealing with a sprained knee. It remains to be seen how much he will be given but it will be nice to see the youngster out there. He will be wearing a knee brace for the game and has practiced with it all week so he should be fine. Coach Phillips Said Jones “Looks Fast” during practice.

Jones running mate Marion Barber and his banged up Quad are improving each week and should be the Cowboys number one back this weekend even though he has a broken thumb. He will wear a brace on that thumb and the good thing is it is not his main ball carrying hand. This will be the first time in a few weeks the Boys will have all three of their backs healthy enough to play together with Tashard Choice picking up the slack.

Newly signed Allen Rossum will get his first action in a Cowboys uniform this weekend as he will return both kicks and punts on Sunday. The return game has been an adventure early on this season and the Cowboys are hoping Rossum can turn it around and give them a new weapon on special teams. ESPN is reporting that having Rossum as an active player puts the Cowboys in a tough situation for the 45 man roster because they will have too many bodies and not enough spots. Safety Mike Hamlin’s broken wrist is healthy enough for him to play on special teams but Coach Wade Phillips is not sure if he is going to activate him. Dallas will use five of their roster spots on special teamers Rossum, punter Mat McBriar, Kicker Nick Folk, L.P. Ladouceur, and David Buehler.

Wide Receiver Roy Williams says he will play but is listed as probable on the injury report. Coach Phillips said he is “concerned for Williams health” and has been playing with discomfort in practice this week due to his bruised ribs. If he is able to go he will be wearing some kind of padding on his boo boo ribs, but I expect to see Roy out there.

Outside Linebacker Demarcus Ware did all the necessary individual and team drills this week but did skip a few because of the stress fracture he is dealing with in his left foot. “We don’t want to overdue it with him,” coach Wade Phillips said. And last but not least we are all tired of the Patrick Crayton Miles Austin controversy. Both will play but Austin surely earned the spot of the number 2 receiver and Crayton will just have to stop whining about how Phillips may or may not have handled it. Wth the team getting stronger lets go out and “Earn” a big win against one of the NFC’s better teams.