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This And That As Training Camp Nears

Dez Bryant

It was asked on NFLN recently which rookies would have the biggest question mark going into the 2010 season. Jamie Dukes said it would be Cowboys rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant.

“When it comes to fanfare and scrutiny no one is more scrutinized than Dallas Cowboy football players. Can he handle being a Cowboy? Can he stay out of the clubs? Can he handle the fame and fortune of being a Dallas Cowboy? That’s the big concern. The (No. 88 jersey) puts a target on your back as well. I question whether or not he can handle the success of being one of those Dallas Cowboys”

Warren Sapp also of the NFLN added…

“I think Dez Bryant is going to have growing pains in Dallas,”

It seems to me, and this is my opinion of course, that certain people on the NFLN love to hate the Cowboys no matter what is happening. Or maybe I’m just too sensitive to the subject. Why is Dez Bryant the biggest question mark when so many other players on other teams are getting into trouble?

Happy Birthday Miles

As reported by DallasNews.com, Kim Kardashian threw new boyfriend Miles Austin a party to celebrate his 27thbirthday. Sister Kourtney Kardashian was also in attendance.

Isn’t it funny how nothing negative is reported with Miles Austin dating Kim Kardashian, but anyone that Tony Romo dates draws all kinds of negative headlines. Things should be exciting if these two are together on Thanksgiving when Reggie Bush and the Saints come to town.

Best Current Cowboys

As Kelly reported the other day, DallasNews.com has put together a bracket to see who the best current Dallas Cowboy is. They matched certain current Cowboys together and let the fans vote on a different match-up every day. The first match-up was between Marion Barber and Felix Jones.

Jones won easily over Barber 82.5% to 17.5%

I will admit I voted for Barber.

The second match-up had DeMarcus Ware beating Keith Brooking 94.09% to 5.91%

As much as fans love what Brooking brings to the team, there was no way he was beating Ware.

In today’s match-up it’s Jay Ratliff against Gerald Sensabaugh. As of this morning Ratliff leads Sensabaugh 96% to 4%.

No big surprise there.

Injury Update

Some injury news reported by ESPNDallas.com as we are now three weeks away from training camp opening.

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick who broke his index finger during the teams OTA’s says he will wear a splint on his broken finger once the regular season starts. Scandrick says he will be ready once training camp opens even with a splint on his finger.

Linebacker Stephen Hodge who had microfracture surgery says he is hopeful he can return for training camp. Hodge did do some light training on the side during the teams OTA’s.

Linebacker Keith Brooking who had off-season knee surgery will be ready for training camp. Brooking came back towards the end of the teams OTA’s and said he will be ready to go when training camp opens.

Air Coryell Connection

Cowboy’s offensive coordinator Jason Garrett actually uses a large portion of Don Coryell’s offense in the Cowboys attack. Garrett learned from former Cowboys offensive coordinator Norv Turner who coached Garrett as a player in the early 90’s. Turner learned the offense from Ernie Zampese when both were coaches with the LA Rams.

Goodbye Don Coryell

Don Coryell passed away yesterday at the age of 85. He coached the San Diego Chargers from 1978 to 1986. He brought the Chargers to the AFC Championship game in 1980 and 1981, but lost both times. He was involved in what many consider the best game ever played in 1981 when the Chargers beat the Dolphins in overtime 41-38 in the divisional round of the playoffs. The following week they would lose to the Bengals in minus 59 degree weather with the wind in Cincinnati.

“We’ve lost a man who has contributed to the game of pro football in a very lasting way with his innovations and with his style,” Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Fouts, the quarterback who made Air Coryell fly, said from Oregon. “They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery — look around, it’s there.”

Don Coryell coached some great offensive players in San Diego like Dan Fouts, Kellen Winslow, Charlie Joyner, Wes Chandler, John Jefferson and Chuck Muncie. Coryell compiled a 111-83-1 record in 14 seasons in the NFL.

Another Day In Cowboy Land

For the Dallas Cowboys and their fans the crack of pads, the ear splitting screech of whistles followed by the hollering of instructions usually signifies the approaching end to summer and the beginning of a new season. We are well into training camp with one pre-season game under our belts (shhh lets pretend that didn’t happen).

Roy WilliamsAs is expected and normal across most camps, the Cowboys have had their share of bumps and bruises but (knock on wood) nothing serious. We all held our breaths with the news of Roy Williams’s wrist injury, but the sprain only kept him out of practice for a day. His status for Friday night’s second pre-season game is unknown right now, but I would be surprised if he doesn’t get in for a drive or two.

The secondary got stronger as well with Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins back in practice. Jenkins missed about a week with a sprained right ankle.

Sporting News Today is reporting that backup quarterback Jon Kitna and center Cory Procter have been having trouble with the snap through out camp and it actually carried over to the game against the Raiders which resulted in a 16 yard loss on one play, and a missed field goal on the drive. Obviously it is still early and is something they will continue to work on. Let’s cross our fingers and hope Kitna wont be needed this season anyway.

Bradie James is looking to become a nice compliment to DeMarcus Ware and help take some pressure of him when they attack the quarterback. The Dallas Morning News reports that James had two sacks against the number two offensive line and showed some speed in doing so.

With the dismissal of Terrell Owens the offense is looking to use a two tight end set as another weapon this season. We all know what Jason Witten can do, and now with second year man Martellus Bennett as the second tight end these two make it very hard for opposing defenses to cover. Bennett is a big strong target with good hands and knows how to block as well. This duo is going to be hard to stop, watch out!!

Let’s see how things fare for the Boys on Friday night in their new stadium against the Titans. It will bring us one step closer to the regular season and the hopes and dreams of the Super Bowl.

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!!