Why Can’t They Get Open?

Patrick CraytonIt is hard to believe that we have four wide receivers on most plays, on some we have three, plus two good tight ends, yet none of them can get open. We have seen this in every game so far with the exception of Week 1 at Tampa Bay.

This game was one of the worst that we’ve seen for the Dallas offense. Every time Romo dropped back to pass, it seemed like there were no receivers going down field. When Romo did throw the ball it was either overthrown, underthrown or picked off.

What exactly is the problem this year? Even the Detroit Lions can throw to an open wide receiver, and they have only won one game out of their last 21.

I’m not sure if it is the play calling or the play execution. Whatever it is, the Cowboys need to get it corrected. We will not even make it to a .500 record if we cannot throw the ball.

We cannot depend solely on the run, as we seen against the Broncos. Sure, Denver has the number one defense in the league, but could we at least complete something when we need to? Romo completed 25 passes, but they were passes that only netted a couple of yards (with the exception of one to Sam Hurd in the final minutes).

Oh yeah, then there was the slant pattern two times in a row to Hurd in the last 30 seconds. I know we have better plays than that.

This week we may be without Roy Williams. Kevin Ogletree needs to come in and do something, along with the other receivers. Some how they need to get open.

Like most other Cowboys fans I love them and always will, but this is getting so frustrating. It does not seem to be getting any better.

Week 1 Preview: Cowboys at Buccaneers

The time has come my fellow football fanatics! Football season is officially here and the Cowboys first game of the year begins in less than an hour.

The anticipation has built up to the max and all we can do now is watch and cheer! I’ve been watching ESPN this morning, NFL Countdown. Don’t worry they still hate us. Funny how some things never change.

As for our team, everyone looks ready to go. Sam Hurd and Miles Austin are both ready to play and needed on special teams especially. That means that rookie Kevin Ogletree has been declared inactive for today’s game, after an amazing preseason I find that very odd.

The inactive list is as follows:

WR Kevin Ogletree
S Mike Hamlin
LB Jason Williams
G Montrae Holland
C Duke Preston
T Pat McQuistan
3rd QB Stephen McGee
OLB Curtis Johnson

There is a chance for rain today in Tampa Bay but the temperature will remain in the mid-80s. Unless thunderstorms strike heavy it should be decent weather.

We will be hosting a Live Game Chat starting at kickoff throughout the entire game. We invite you to join fellow Cowboys fanatics, LSS Staff and friends to discuss the game, cheer the Boys, and anything else that comes up over the course of 4 quarters.

My prediction: Cowboys 34 – Bucs 17

Cowboys News Heading Into Week 1 of 2009

Welcome to opening night of the 2009 NFL season. Sure it’s not the Cowboys, but it’s real football and I can not wait for it to start. The Cowboys have been quiet this preseason, except for the video board that took up the headlines for two weeks! I loved that the team was focused on football and there was no circus in town. The Cowboys have had so much negative headlines over the last few years, so it was nice that the main player in the news this preseason was Kevin Ogletree. Seems like everyone is doing the right things to get themselves better. And it’s also clear that they do not let what others (the media) say about them affect them. Sunday is fast approaching. Let’s get this season started the right way.

Here are some news and notes from today reported by

Update on DeMarcus Ware

Ware’s agent Pat Dye met with Stephen Jones this afternoon to discuss the new contract. Progress was made, but it’s unsure how much progress. Ware is scheduled to make $1.005 million and without a collective bargaining agreement he would become a restricted free agent after the 2009 season. There does not seem to be a deadline in getting a new deal done and both sides are determined not to let this become a distraction.

“I don’t want it to be and I know they don’t want it to be a distraction for DeMarcus,” Dye said. “Up to this point, it hasn’t been, and we’ll do our best not to let it be.”

“It was very, very cordial,” Dye said. “They made some significant moves in certain components of the contract and we made some significant moves on certain components of the contract. I think it was a very constructive discussion, but until you reach a result or have a result, how do you measure progress?”

“I wouldn’t say anything is closer,” Ware said, “but I would say the process is still going. We’re still trying to get some things done. They’re trying to show they want me here and I’m trying to show them I want to be here.”

In 2008 Ware recorded 20 sacks to lead the NFL. He also had his first 100 tackle season along with eight tackles for losses and six forced fumbles. Ware would like to get another 20 sacks in 2009.

“That’s always motivating but at the end of the day your goal is to try and get it again, but you’ve got to look at ‘how effective can I be?’ ” Ware said. “Can I be more effective than I was last season? I feel like with what I’ve done and what we do now, I can be.”

Team Captains announced

The Cowboys announced four full-time Captains for the 2009 season: Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Bradie James and DeMarcus Ware. Sounds like the right choices since these four are the veteran leaders on offense and defense. There will also be a fifth Captain every week for special teams which be different for every game. For the Tampa Bay game it will be Matt McBriar. Ware will be the only new Captain out of the four this season.

“He works hard all the time, and he has a great attitude,” Phillips said. “That’s the kind of captain you want. By his actions certainly and the way he works, he’s a great example.”

Miles Austin and Sam Hurd

Miles Austin  and Sam Hurd have announced that they should be fine for the Tampa Bay game on Sunday. Austin tested the hamstring during practice yesterday and said he had no issues with it.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Austin said. “I’m ready to play.”

The Bookends

We all know how great of a player DeMarcus Ware is and because of that fact we should listen when he says that Anthony Spencer is ready for a breakout season in 2009. Spencer has been playing behind Greg Ellis since being drafted in 2007. Now that Ellis is no longer with the team Spencer has his chance to show everyone what can do. And Ware believes he will.

“I’m really looking forward to it. You know how they always say, can he fill Greg’s shoes? Everybody’s going to stop talking and they’re going to see him putting pressure on the quarterback, stopping the run, still being able to drop. He’s a smart guy. In practice, he’s hardly making any mistakes. And he’s getting pressure on that quarterback, too.”

Emmitt’s prediction

The other day all-world running back Emmitt Smith said that the 2009 Cowboys would win seven games. That did not sit well with Tony Romo. I believe his response shows his maturity as a player and as a leader.

“People outside of this locker room, they don’t affect this football team,” Romo said. “We’ve really narrowed our focus. We don’t have time to discuss what different people might be saying or talking about our team, because it really doesn’t come out any way. It’s about the game. It’s about beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“This week, we’ll be able to go out and hopefully improve and get better. All we can do is do that. Whatever people might say or might not say, that’s for those people to talk about. But all we think about is the game and getting better today.”

Falling Miles Behind?

Miles AustinConflicting reports across the Cowboys media outlets have me concerned about Miles Austin. The wide receiver who was expected to step up this season hasn’t really given anyone reason to believe he can do his share for this team.

During the offseason Austin visited the New York Jets and fans were concerned about him possibly leaving the team. Turns out in hindsight that might not have been such a bad idea.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Miles Austin ‘hater’, I really like the guy and we’ve seen his potential and his smile lights up the stadium when he’s hauling in touchdowns. However, can he stay healthy?

Well, now they say Austin should be back to practice on Wednesday after being sidelined and missing numerous practices due to a sore hamstring. He was out last season, and this isn’t what you would call a nice start to a fresh new season.

The same thing can be said of Sam Hurd. Even our new number one Roy Williams has already been injured. These guys are way too young to be hurt so much, so early.

I should mention that Hurd and Williams did practice fully on Monday. I’m pretty sure Roy will be A-OK. Oh, and as for our youngest and newest receiver – Kevin Ogletree’s eye contusion seems to be all better as well.

Thank God we have a killer running back squad and arguably the best tight ends in the league, or I might be a little bit worried about our offense. Crazy thing is, there are people that have been arguing this point since the release of ‘you know who’ and I’ve ignored it and stood up for the WRs.

But you know what, maybe finally letting go of Isaiah Stanback is a sign that the ‘Boys have no more patience for lingering injuries…

Honestly, I hope they all recover and have a great year. That may be too optimistic but hey that’s what fans do!

P.S. Stay safe and healthy Patrick Crayton!

It’s All Good – Stanback Out, Ogletree In


I have been saying all pre-season long, that Isaiah Stanback should not be on this team. With all of his injuries throughout his career with the Cowboys, I couldn’t understand why he was still here. Well, on Saturday the Cowboys finally realized what we were all thinking, and finally cut Stanback to trim the roster to 52 players. You have to remember the NFL is a business and cuts are a part of it, if you don’t play well or play at all, you should be cut.

And by the way, Stanback, who was a converted quarterback trying to transition into a wide receiver, was picked up by the New England Patriots as a backup quarterback on Saturday.


Replacing his spot on the roster is the up and coming Kevin Ogletree, who had himself an outstanding pre-season and impressed many coaches, players and fans alike in the process. Ogletree even scored a touchdown in the final pre-season game to put the icing on the cake and secure a spot on the roster. With oft injured reeivers Sam Hurd and Miles Austin already on the team, having Ogletree on board will give the Cowboys some solid depth at the position.

All’s well that ends well…

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Six Receivers?

Ogletree Touchdown

Well it looks as if there is a slim possibility that the Cowboys could keep six, yes six, wide receivers on the roster. Right now with injuries to the Roy Williams, Sam Hurd, and Isaiah Stanback, it looks as though Kevin Ogletree will make the roster.

With Patrick Crayton as the number two receiver that would make six on the roster.

However, it will be tough to keep six, so that means Stanback may be cut soon. Stanback has been injured for most of the time that he has been with the Cowboys, so it would make sense to go ahead and cut bait.

I said this in my first blog this year and I stand by it, he should have been released two years ago. Why the Cowboys have tried to hang on I do not know.

Anyway, if Ogletree makes the team, that would be great since he has shown a lot of great things in the pre-season.

We shall see what happens, but it looks like Ogletree has beat out all others trying to get a spot.


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!

Young Receivers Showing Something In Camp

Training camp is well underway and there have been a lot great things happening in San Antonio. From what I have been reading one of the biggest surprises in training camp has been the play of our young receivers Sam Hurd, Miles Austin, and the other receivers.

Sam Hurd and Miles Austin have been vying for the third receiver slot. They both have been making some acrobatic catches. This is great news, however this is training camp and we will have to wait to see what happens in a real game.

One low spot was Isaiah Stanback tweaking his hamstring and was out of practice, this is not a good sign for him. He has really been injury plagued since he has been with the Cowboys.

Not sure if Jesse Holley can make the team after winning Michael Irvin’s reality show “4th and Long”, but he has been making some plays as well.

Right now, Patrick Crayton is the second wide receiver behind Roy Williams, but we will have to wait and see if the keeps it.

We all know that the receivers would be a big question mark this year, but lets hope they can make their mark.

Dallas Cowboys Receiver Situation

In my opinion, the Dallas Cowboys did a good thing by releasing Terrell Owens earlier this year. Yes he scored touchdowns, but he also had a lot of crucial dropped passes. By releasing him they have now made way for the younger receivers to show what they can do.

We will now rely on WR Roy Williams who did a lot of great things while in Detroit. He will be the number one receiver. We also have Patrick Crayton. In my opinion, Crayton will only be an average receiver because he tends to make crucial mistakes.

It’s time that our young receivers step up and show that they have made progress since they have joined the Cowboys. Miles Austin has shown flashes of being a good receiver; he has speed and can make the clutch catch. Sam Hurd had made catches, although he is not that fast and he has been hurt. So far, he has not really convinced me that he will be great.

Then we have the often injured Isaiah Stanback. I believe the Cowboys should go ahead and let this guy go. He has tried to make the switch from QB to WR. While he may have been successful, with him being injured every year, it’s hard to say if he could pull it off. We could release him to make room for another receiver or at least another player that could help us now.

It remains to be seen whether these young receivers will fulfill the promise they have shown. If not, we may be looking for a couple more receivers later this year and another average season may be what we get.

Sam Hurd Talks Football and More

Wide receiver Sam Hurd has probably never been in the spotlight very much, and his injury that caused him to miss the entire season in ’08 didn’t help matters much, but nothing can stop him from simply being awesome. Hurd and a few of his teammates are in Brownsville, TX today for a youth football camp. While there Hurd participated in a Q & A session with the local newspaper.

Hurd has always been a team player on and off the field. He knows his role and strives to do his best when he’s called upon to play.

Q: Do you see your role expanding on the team this season?

A: I’m going to work as hard as I can and come out there and give everything I’ve got. Hopefully, I’ll move up in my role. My main goal is to become a starter, but if I don’t, I’ll play my role and do whatever I have to do on special teams to help us win. It’s all about making the team better. As long as we get better as a unit, that’s the most important thing.

Now, that’s the kind of attitude a winning team needs from all of it’s players.

Of, course the interview had to include a question about Terrell Owens departure. This had to be the best answer from any player or member of the Cowboys organization to date.

Q: Will the Cowboys miss Terrell Owens?

A: Yes, the team will miss him, but it’s not as if we need him to make our offense or our team go. We will miss him because he is our friend, and he has done so much for the team. It’s hard to replace his stats and the things that he’s done because he’s an amazing player and an amazing human being. Besides all the media attention that he got and all the things that were said, he’s a great human being, and he was a brother to me and the rest of the receiver corps. He helped train us mentally about all the things that will happen in life, so you’re going to miss someone like that.

Hurd has always had a way with words.

Let’s wish Sam Hurd a healthy and productive season. He has some pretty amazing moves and hopefully he can get back into the groove of things. While Roy Williams and Miles Austin are getting more attention from the media, Sam Hurd just might surprise everyone!

To read Sam Hurd’s complete interview visit the Brownsville Herald’s website.

Cowboys Extra Points: Hurd, Austin, Bennett…

extrapts2Is anyone else becoming concerned about the health of wide receivers Sam Hurd and Miles Austin? I read on Matt Mosley’s blog on ESPN that Austin did light running because of a hamstring injury while Hurd is still missing time because of a quad injury. We all know that both players were out last season but we are relying on them this upcoming season more than ever. I hope they can heal and get back to work fast!

No need to worry about those Pacman Jones rumors from earlier this week. Even though Pacman still lives and Texas, that doesn’t suggest he’s coming back. Plus Jerry Jones said Monday afternoon, “I have no plans to bring Adam back.” Even though we know how Jerry can easily change his mind I don’t think this is one of those occasions.

I wonder if the young DB’s took that Pacman nonsense to heart because they had a hell of a practice today. As previously reported by Rob V., the defense has been extremely impressive. Everywhere I look for Cowboys news is reporting that the defense was on fire today. Now that’s news I like to report!

I continue to read wonderful things of Martellus Bennett‘s talent. Word is that Bennett will be incorporated more in two tight end sets this season, as the Cowboys plan the 22-year old a bigger role. His speed and strength continues to impress and draw attention. However, he will still be second string behind veteran Jason Witten.

Cowboys fans aren’t as patient as DeMarcus Ware regarding a new contract and securing the priceless player for years to come. Jerry made a comment about Ware’s future deal as posted on ESPN last week:

…the Cowboys don’t necessarily have to get something done with Ware because of the potential of an uncapped year in 2010. But Jones said Thursday that he’s not factoring that into negotiations with Ware.

“I don’t think that’s a factor,” said Jones. “We’ve already made plans to get things done.”

That’s good news, I guess.

Cowboys Extra Points: Hurd, Ellis, Scandrick and More

The preseason schedule has been finalized:

Aug. 13 at Oakland, 9 p.m. CST
Aug. 21 vs. Tennessee, 7 p.m. CST
Aug. 29 vs. San Francisco, 7 p.m. CST
Sept. 4 at Minnesota, 7 p.m. CST


First Day OTA Reports (from various sources):

Patrick Craytonwas the first-team flanker as the Cowboys began voluntary OTAs on Tuesday.

Gerald Sensabaugh appears entrenched as the Cowboys’ starting strong safety.

Sam Hurd caught every pass thrown to him. He was the only player without a drop.

Isaiah Stanback was among the players who stayed after practice to catch punts.

Greg Ellis ran as the Cowboys’ starting left outside linebacker at Tuesday’s spring practice.

Read more here.


Nose tackle Tim Anderson will undergo toe surgery and be out for up to three months. He was looking to compete with Junior Siavii as the backup to Jay Ratliff. Now recently signed Jonas Seawrightand Siavii will compete for the role.


Orlando Scandrickon getting the starting role at cornerback:

“I’m competing against myself — and let the cards fall where they may. I’m going to go out there and do the best I can and compete against myself. I can’t worry about what Mike or Terence or DeAngelo Smith or Mike Mickens or everybody else is doing.”

“It’s a totally different year. I’m still trying to impress and still trying to show them what I can do.”