Vote For The LSS Cowboys Rookie Of The Year

The Dallas Cowboys 2011 Rookie class was one of the best in recent years. The Cowboys drafted a lot of talent, but even the walk-on players were a pleasant surprise.  I have learned so much over the years writing our “New to the Silver and Blue” columns.   Let’s have some fun… We are going to have a contest for readers to help us elect the winner of our 1st Annual LSS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD. 🙂

There were 15 rookies on the team this season, but only a few of them took advantage of their opportunities and ran with it.  When those rookies were called on, it gave the starters some pause to look over their shoulders and sweat a little.

We want to know who you think deserves the honor of ” LSS Rookie Of The Year” !

Here are you five candidates:

Out of the fifteen I feel  these  five are  the most deserving of this honor.

May The Best Cowboy Rookie Win!

Special Teams Equals Man’s Game!

What hasn’t been said about Joe DeCamilis that hasn’t been said already?

The man knows how to run special teams. One of the few weak points on this Cowboys team.

Patrick Crayton said, “It’s tough and if you mess up a little on special teams you may be outta here. It’s like he has a “Parcells Mindset.” We had it soft the last two years, but this is what we need.”

I don’t know about you, but I love that. DeCamilis wants perfection no matter what. No excuses, just give up your A game. I’m looking forward to Felix Jones as kick returner. It’s been said that he has a whole different mindset coming into this season and is looking forward getting back to top status.

Crayton also commented saying that, “I’m loving it, just the mentality of it. It’s a no-nonsense approach and I love it. He’s a fiery guy, and he’s gonna take our special team back to where it needs to be.”

The way things are moving during this training camp, you have to believe it.

Let’s Go Boys!!

Focusing On Special Teams

The Star-Telegram highlighted a few recently drafted Cowboys who they believe will make a significant impact on our special teams this season.

Jason Williams, linebacker – Tied an all-NCAA-division record by forcing 14 career fumbles while at Western Illinois. Williams excelled on special teams before becoming a full-time starter in 2006, when he earned the team’s Green Beret Award for his play on special teams.

Victor Butler, linebacker – Butler has an exceptional burst off the edge and very long arms. He blocked one punt at Oregon State and was close to blocking other kicks. His background as a prep wide receiver, safety, and kick returner reflects his athletic ability.

David Buehler, kicker- Had touchbacks on 55 percent of his kickoffs as a senior at USC. A rare physical specimen (6-2, 227) for a kicker with the strength (benches 225 pounds 25 times) and speed (4.5) to be on coverage teams. Backup on field goals to Pro Bowler Nick Folk.

DeAngelo Smith, cornerback/kick returner – Big-play performer at Cincinnati who had two interception returns for touchdowns, four fumble recoveries, averaged 20.8 yards per kickoff return and 9.5 yards on punt returns.

Staying on topic with special teams, Jean-Jacques Taylor reminded us why we need to beef up special teams and why Joe DeCamillis will make a difference.

The Cowboys’ special teams stunk last year. It’s an indisputable fact. That’s the reason Bruce Read no longer works in Dallas and among the reasons the Cowboys didn’t make the playoffs.  Who can forget the collapse against Arizona that began with the opening kickoff returned for a touchdown and ended with a blocked punt in overtime returned for a touchdown? Or the raggedy kickoff coverage that nearly resulted in a disastrous loss to Cincinnati?

Well, let me tell you, Joe DeCamillis is here to save the day.  

DeCamillis has spent his entire 21-year career coaching special teams for the Broncos, Giants, Falcons and Jaguars before arriving in Dallas a few months ago. He spent 10 seasons with Atlanta, where he worked with Phillips.

Josh Ellis of was very impressed with what he saw of DeCamillis at Rookie Mini-camp yesterday.

Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis again displayed the fire that has a lot of people around the team believing his units are poised from a big turnaround. The real test will be whether he can bring the same energy to the practice fields when the veterans are here.

I’ve been complaining about our special teams play for nearly three years now. For the first time in a long time, I am beginning to get some good vibes with this renewed focus on this important aspect of our team. I’m not ready to say we’re finally there yet, but I will say I am digging what I’m seeing and hearing about so far.

Till next time…

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