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2011 NFL Draft: If James Williamson was in Charge of the Cowboys…

To readers of Lone Star Struck: I’m sorry that I have not been here in a while. I’ve been swamped with school, and I knew that Kelly and the other writers have things covered mostly, so the breaking news pieces aren’t needed from me.

However, I needed to give my thoughts about the draft that is just tomorrow. Here is what I would do.

Everyone has a opinion. Everyone has an idea of what they would do if they were in charge. Many may have similar notions as others, but each one is somehow unique when it comes to detail.

Well, lets assume that I’m in charge of the Cowboys draft for one day. Lets pause momentarily while I laugh maniacally for several seconds.

Okay, now for some serious business.

I’ve been talking to a buddy of mine named J.D. He’s one of the most brilliant sports minds I’ve ever encountered, and we routinely text each other about sports, mainly our favorite football team, the Cowboys. But, we can talk about the draft or other players or even other teams.

So, today I was on the elliptical at the Fitness Zone when I get a text from good ole J.D. Well, I have ten minutes left to burn some calories on the machine, so I finished my workout, then walked over to the treadmill for a small walk and checked the message.

After the usual talking about Ryan Mallett, Blaine Gabbert and even a mention of previous drafts, the Cowboys pick came up, and J.D. and I both agreed that Dallas needs to trade the pick.

We also agreed on what players that he and I liked the most. We are both high on Louisiana State cornerback Patrick Peterson, Florida guard/center Mike Pouncey, and Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castanzo. Despite rumors that Dallas wants University of Southern California offensive tackle, Tyron Smith, J.D. and I are not high on him.

So, as we are texting, and I’m on the treadmill, a lightbulb the size of the sun turns on over my head, and I relay my idea to J.D.

Since the Cowboys have the ninth overall pick, they are in a prime position to draft a quarterback in a quarterback rich draft. And not just quarterback, but also a position for Nebraska defensive back Prince Amakamura and Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones.

Teams with mid-first round draft choices would love to move up and draft a player they believe will not fall to them, so that makes Dallas a prime candidate for a big trade. Dallas does not have a giant need that can be addressed at just the ninth pick, so not only COULD they move back a few spots and get more draft picks in exchange for a trade, but they actually SHOULD do that.

Before I go further, let me give you a key part of  the draft order real quick, so that you can follow along with my points.

9: Dallas Cowboys
10: Washington Redskins
11: Houston Texans
12: Minnesota Vikings
13: Detroit Lions
14: St. Louis Rams
15: Miami Dolphins
16: Jacksonville Jaguars
17: New England Patriots (Originally Oakland Raiders)
18: San Diego Chargers
19: New York Giants

I’m telling J.D. that a lot of quarterbacks like Jake Locker or Ryan Mallett or even Blaine Gabbert could/will be there at the ninth pick, and there is something that every football fan needs to know about the draft, so listen up.

Teams that need quarterbacks tend to reach for quarterbacks. By reach, I mean they either draft a quarterback with a too high draft selection or they trade up to grab a quarterback and pay a king’s ransom for the rookie signal caller.

Dallas has one of the premier draft picks, and they also are ahead of the Redskins who have the 10th overall pick. The Redskins are likely to draft a quarterback, so a trade with a quarterback-needy team for the ninth overall pick and maybe some more picks, like a second round pick for 2011 or a first rounder from 2012 is very reasonable.

There are three teams that I would definitely consider trading with. The Minnesota Vikings at 12, the Miami Dolphins at 15, and the Jacksonville Jaguars at 16. Any other team past the Chargers pick at 18 is a no because as you can see the New York Giants possess the 19th pick.

The New York Giants most glaring needs are offensive tackle and offensive guard. The whole point of Dallas trading the ninth pick is to get some more picks while still getting the player they desire, which if I’m running the draft, is either Anthony Castanzo or Mike Pouncey. Those two guys will not last past the Giants at 19, so any team past the Giants is out.

J.D. and I both think the Cowboys should pick up the phones and call the Jaguars, Dolphins, and Vikings and let them know that if they want a guarantee that they’ll get the quarterback they want, and not the guy that the Redskins passed up, they’ll have to pay the right price. I’d definitely secure their 2011 first round pick, 2011 second round pick, and maybe even a 2012 first round pick.

The Minnesota Vikings have a talented team, but have made some bad decisions. They did not draft a quarterback to learn from Brett Favre, so they were expecting to be the champions and worry about the quarterback issue when Favre finally retired.

Well, their lotto scratch-off ticket did not earn them the top prize or any prize. The Vikings now have needs at an aging offensive line, a weak secondary, and a quarterback. They are not as high on Joe Webb as they’d like to be, so now there is a thought of them trading for Donovan McNabb from the Redskins.

However, since they don’t know if they can get McNabb due to the lockout, the Vikings will probably reach for a quarterback, making them prime candidates to trade with Dallas.

I’d definitely squeeze the Vikings like I’d squeeze an orange for juice. They would be more than willing to pay a very high price to get a chance to draft a quarterback before the Redskins.

It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out, that’s for certain.

Next, the Miami Dolphins are being coy about wanting Ryan Mallett. Ryan Mallett has character issues building up, but the Dolphins took a chance on Dan Marino in 1983 when there was a huge rumor that he had tested positive for drugs. The test results had been kept hidden from the public, so Marino fell to the Dolphins 27th pick.

I think the Dolphins see themselves as being a legitimate quarterback away from being a real Super Bowl contender, and they are not wrong. The only needs they have are quarterback and running back. Mark Ingram is probably not worth the 15th overall pick, and they can attempt at free agency to secure Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown or replace them.

Also, before any Dolphin faithful announce to the world that Chad Henne is “the guy”, may I remind them that “the guy” is not doing his job right or else they wouldn’t have been 7-9.

Ryan Mallett, however, may not slip past the Washington Redskins or the Minnesota Vikings. I’ve been torn on this kid myself, and I used to think he’d be a bad choice, but recently, I’ve found myself wondering if Dallas should take him. I like how he was honest about making mistakes in the past and is willing to change. That’s a sign of maturity and change.

If he becomes even 1/4th of what Marino was, the Dolphins are in the playoffs.

Lastly, the Jaguars are a team that doesn’t need a quarterback “immediately,” but David Garrard is 34, and why not draft a good quarterback that can replace Garrard in a few years?

I think the Jaguars will be hesitant to make the deal because they’ll probably want a guy that will fall to them, but if Jerry can use his Texas charm on them and make them see that Jake Locker or Ryan Mallett is an amazing prospect, then they may take the bait.

From there, the Cowboys simply just make the teams sweat a little bit and keep the auction going. Whoever gives up the most gets the ninth overall draft choice, and the quarterback they want.

As I was working that through my mind on the treadmill, another thought, well actually it was a text from J.D., hit me. Not only do teams want quarterbacks, but the ninth pick also could secure other skill players, namely Prince Amakamura and Julio Jones should they fall.

After discussing with J.D., we came to the conclusion that there are four other teams that might want to trade up for the ninth overall pick should either Julio Jones or Prince Amakamura fall. Beside Minnesota, the Detroit Lions also have a need for a cornerback like Amakamura, and there is no way that Amakamura falls past the Houston Texans at 12. The Texans had the worst pass defense to possibly ever grace a football field. You can guarantee that Amakamura is not dropping past them.

The Detroit Lions are definitely a team that is on the verge of actually contending, and Amakamura could definitely help out there. So, if Detroit is willing to fork over enough, they can get the ninth pick and a possible shutdown corner. They definitely need one after ranking 16th in passing yards allowed.

Now, the likelihood of that happening is small because teams don’t generally reach for cornerbacks, but quarterbacks and wide receivers? Much more likely.

Which brings us to the idea that if Julio Jones falls to the Cowboys, the Redskins are also a prime target for him to go to with their best receiver, Santana Moss, hitting free agency whenever free agency occurs. Julio Jones is a very highly touted receiver, so teams that want that big wideout will definitely want to trade up to secure him.

The teams that need a receiver are: the St. Louis Rams at 14, the New England Patriots at 17, and the San Diego Chargers at 18.

The Rams have the biggest need for receiver out of them all. Their two top receivers had season-ending injuries last year, and Sam Bradford needs a real legitimate target to have besides Danny Amendola. The Rams may be willing to exchange a great deal for Julio Jones.

The Patriots are the ideal trading mate. They have so many draft picks that it is ridiculous. They have the 17th and 28th overall picks, and they have the 33rd overall pick, which is the top pick of the second round. If you want an ideal partner, it is them. I’d love to have those three picks. However, the Patriots have those picks because they are shrewd rather than stupid.

J.D. believes that Belichick would want a chance to draft a big play wideout in Julio Jones because they traded Randy Moss and nobody else stretches the field like him.

J.D., I have to disagree man. I just don’t believe that Belichick will want to trade all that or even part of that for Julio Jones. I wish he would, but I doubt the Patriots trade up when they’ve tried to trade down.

However, I’d still give Belichick a call and see if I don’t get a “No thank you” from him. Getting the 17th, 28th, and 33rd picks would be a huge acquisition. Heck, even getting the 17th and 33rd would be huge for Dallas.

Lastly, the San Diego Chargers are a team that had special teams mishaps cost them the playoffs. The 2010 Chargers are a perfect example forever of how special teams impacts the game. They were second in scoring offense and 10th in scoring defense. With numbers like that, they should’ve made the playoffs and maybe even the Super Bowl, but they lost at least three or four games due to horrible special teams.

Instead of being 12-4 or 13-3, they were a 9-7 failure.

Now, the Chargers do need a real receiver for Philip Rivers. Vincent Jackson is still franchised, but he may hold out again, and A.J. Smith is like a bulldog with a bone in his mouth. He is not going to sway from his stance. Jackson will either not play or he’ll play on Smith’s terms.

That’s part of the reason why I highly doubt Dallas will squeeze the Chargers of anything. Not only are they already an elite team without a top wideout and since A.J. Smith is one of the most stubborn people you would meet in any walk of life, I have doubts as to the abilities of not just Jerry Jones, but anyone, to get that guy to budge.

He’s the guy who drafted Eli Manning when Eli Manning did not want to play for San Diego, and he held Manning in his grasp until the New York Giants traded Philip Rivers, a 2005 first round pick that became Shawn Merriman, a 2004 third round pick that was used to get Pro Bowl kicker Nate Kaeding, and a 2004 fifth round pick that eventually was traded to Tampa Bay for Roman Oben who was a very good left tackle for the Chargers for about two years.

So, if Smith can gut the Giants when he was in a lose-type of a situation by drafting somebody who had publicly said that he did not want to play for the Chargers, then I don’t think even Jerry Jones could get that guy in a bad deal.

That’s what the Cowboys would do if I were in charge. Will they do it? It is possible, but is it probable? That remains to be seen.

Why should Dallas do this though? Can’t they just draft whomever they want at the ninth overall spot and not worry themselves with trades?

They could do that, but it would not be prudent. They need more picks people. It is the sixth rounders at the end of the day who put you over the top. They could get a few more picks for more players and more talent and still come out with the player that they want in the end.

Also, there is one more side. Rookie players are paid on a ratio to where they are drafted. If Dallas drafts a top 10 player, he’ll want top 10 player money, but if he’s draft 15th or 16th overall, he can only ask for top 20 player money.

Not only can Dallas get more talent, but they can save themselves money by trading down.

I won’t guarantee Dallas does trade, but I will say that I’ll be surprised if the commissioner announces Dallas’s pick at the number nine spot.

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Three Things That Were Most Responsible For The Dallas Loss

I’ve cooled down, and I have not created a giant poster of Alex Barron’s image to throw darts at.

Now it is time for the fan to soothe his emotions and for James Williamson to tell you what went wrong.

Well, there are three things that made that opening game a horrendous nightmare for Cowboy fans and ruined my weekend.

First: THE MISS

I’m disappointed in David Buehler. He has to make those field goals when we need them bad. We were down by three, needed three to tie it up, and he misses it from 34 yards? That happened in the first quarter.

If he makes that field goal, Dallas can kick a second field goal and we go to overtime instead of having to force a touchdown. That’s mistake number one. If Buehler doesn’t get it together, we might need to pick up another kicker and limit Buehler to just kickoffs.

Second: THE MUSIC CITY MELTDOWN

In the 1999 playoffs, the Tennessee Titans lateraled a kickoff in the final seconds and beat the Buffalo Bills to win a playoff game and eventually to the Super Bowl. The play was called the Music City Miracle because it was in Nashville, and you just could not believe it.

Well, Dallas had the polar opposite. Four seconds left, and Romo finally pitches it to Tashard Choice, the running back, and he has the ball stripped and taken in for the touchdown.

Now, we can blame Tony Romo for not taking a knee, we can blame Jason Garrett for calling a play (even though I would’ve done the same thing), and we can blame Wade Phillips because he is the head coach.

However, in my eyes, the blame is not on one person, but the lion’s share goes to Tashard Choice.

I don’t care if the play was worthless. Romo wanted to try to make something happen, and a lot of times he has made incredible highlights with those kind of plays. This is on Choice because once you get the ball, your job as a tailback is to what is it?….

HOLD ONTO IT!

He didn’t hold onto it. He allowed himself to get stripped and it is his fault that they got six points. People don’t blame Tashard because the common fan is uninformed and only knows the quarterback.

The quarterback is like the president and the supporting cast are members of congress. You don’t see people calling out the Senator of Alaska, but they do call out President Barack Obama.

I’m not blaming the quarterback for that travesty. That belongs to Choice really.

Third: THE IDIOT AT RIGHT TACKLE

Five penalties, three holds, one that nullifies the winning touchdown pass to Roy Williams. Roy Williams makes a clutch play to help people realize that he’s not that bad, and Romo shows how clutch he can be.

And what happens? An idiot decides to practice his chokehold technique on Brian Orakpo. The flag was for holding, and it was the right call. If that had been Marc Columbo instead of Alex Barron, Dallas wins that game. I have no doubt about it.

It stinks worse than a males’ restroom in the desert, but it happened. We have to move on and keep the faith.

We do that by wearing our jerseys on  Mondays after we lose. We do that by refusing to be ashamed of our Cowboys because we love them, and we are proud of our team and our logo even if we lose.

I was in class (college student here), and I was wearing my hat proudly. People heckled me about Dallas, but I told them that I’m not embarrassed. I love my Cowboys, and I stand by what I told Jesse Holley at training camp this past year.

“Super Bowl or no Super Bowl, we love you.”

I love you my Dallas Cowboys.

Do you love them?

Can Kevin Ogletree Claim The #4 WR Spot?

As I made my daily trek for Cowboys news on the internet this morning, I cam across this interesting post by Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

Tim takes a look at wide receiver Kevin Ogletree and ponders his role for the upcoming season. He writes,

Undrafted receiver Kevin Ogletree proved as a rookie that he can contribute to the Cowboys. Now, he’s trying to prove that the Cowboys can rely on him.

After a full offseason, Ogletree feels confident that he has a firm grasp of the playbook. He practiced at all three receiver positions, trying to maximize his chances to get on the field.

The Cowboys don’t have any questions about Ogletree’s ability. They like his speed, quickness, elusiveness and hands. They don’t know yet about his dependability.

I was very impressed with what I saw of Ogletree in limited playing time last season. He seems to have a nose for the ball, a flair for the dramatic, and though it was mentioned in Tim’s post I thought Ogletree showed some explosiveness and burst.

As it stands now, Ogletree is probably ranked fifth on the depth chart behind Miles Austin, Roy Williams, Dez Bryant and Patrick Crayton at wide receiver, but with a solid training camp that could change.

I think that Ogletree’s immediate future is somewhat tied to Crayton’s. It is still uncertain what role Crayton will have on this team if any, especially if he holds to his current demands for a trade or release.

Even so, Ogletree has shown some flashes that would indicate he could pass Crayton up on performance alone when training camp begins. It’s one of the things to keep on eye this pre season as the Cowboys decide who makes the wide receiver corps and who will be on the sidelines when they take on the Washington Redskins for the season opener.

Who do you think will claim the #4 WR spot on the roster?

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“WOW” What A Weekend

Although I am VERY excited the NFL draft is over and all the analysts saying over and over and over and over (you get what I mean) and over again about who goes where, who is number one, who should pick who, one word says it all. WOW!!!!!!! This has got to be one of the most active NFL drafts I have ever seen. There were trades galore and picks that shocked everyone. Top prospects going before during and after what they were projected to go. In a nut shell, a GREAT football weekend in the middle of the off-season.

First off Kelly did a good job on breaking down who we drafted this year. Although we got a great WR in the first round I kind of wish we would have gone with a little more focus on O-line to start the draft and other positions after that was solidified since we did lose Flozell Adams. But I do think we had a great daft and I am looking forward to an OUTSTANDING “championship” season. With that said, this draft to me seemed much more “emotional” than drafts in the past. As a writer for NFL.COM says, it was the “year of the hug”. There were more players hugging Commissioner Roger Goodell as they came on stage than in years past. Tears flowed, emotions ran high and dreams were fulfilled.

As we all know, Sam Bradford, QB for Oklahoma went number one to the Rams, the best defensive player in the draft, Suh went 2nd to the lions and from then on, it was GAME ON. Out of the 32 teams in the NFL, the draft was pretty well split down the middle between offensive and defensive players. 17 defensive players taken vs. 15 offensive players taken. What really came into play this year was the trades. Before the draft, the Eagles officially became the most ignorant franchise in NFL history trading a top 10 QB to a DIVISION opponent, the Washington Redskins. “BIG BEN” did what he does best and rubbed his name in the dirt just a little more showing his off the field behavior deserves NO respect, causing trade talks. In the end, the Steelers decided they were going to keep him and let his play on the field overlook his pathetic decisions off the field. With the Bears grabbing the best free agency out there in Peppers, they continued to focus on their defense drafting 3 more defensive players and 2 offensive players.

Seattle’s new head coach and former USC head coach Pete Carrol brought back familiar faces in acquiring RB LenDale White from the Titans and traded with the jets getting all pro RB Leon Washington to compliment that backfield. The Raiders decided that the Skins no longer needed Jason Cambell and took them off of their hands. We all know, just like in past drafts, the Patriots were going to be wheeling and dealing. Well coach Bill Belichick boosted up their defense and stealing veteran DT Gerad Warren from the Raiders. This acquisition, along with free agents WR Tory Holt and Defensive Lineman Amon Gordon and their TWELVE (12) picks in this year’s draft improved their team dramatically.

As I research the trades that went on this weekend, I realize I have taken on a task that would take me much more precious time than I thought, and besides, my blog would be 5 pages long. I found a link here that shows all the trades that happened during the draft this year.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09000d5d817b4621&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

With just the information that I’ve shared, you can easily see that this off-season is one of the most active ever. Free agents, trades, and a draft that in my opinion lasted WAY too long. Finally the draft is over, and the training camps can get underway. The newest “Boys” can start to show us what they have. Before we know it pre-season hits us and then, LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!

Schedule Coming Soon

The NFL will announce the 2010 football schedules on April 20th at 6 p.m. CST on NFL Network and NFL.com.

We already know the opponents we are just waiting  for the dates, times and order.

2010 OPPONENTS

HOME OPPONENTS

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

Washington Redskins

Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

New Orleans Saints

Jacksonville Jaguars

Tennessee Titans

AWAY OPPONENTS

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

Washington Redskins

Green Bay Packers

Minnesota Vikings

Arizona Cardinals

Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

We also know the preseason lineup:

Sun, Aug 8 vs. Cincinnati@Canton 7:00 PM
TBA OAKLAND TBA
TBA @ San Diego TBA
Sat, Aug 28 @ Houston 7:00 PM
TBA MIAMI TBA

NFL.com has a pretty cool interactive schedule feature for every team in the league. Check it out here.

Also, remember to check back after schedules are released for schedule graphics and more!

Is Cowboys’ Close Victory Over Redskins Reason To Worry?

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The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry has always been intense.

The Redskins have three Super Bowls to go along with their two NFL Championships, while Dallas has five Super Bowl wins of their own.

However, to my great delight, the Redskins have struggled greatly as of late due to the ineptness of owner Daniel Snyder, who makes Al Davis not look half bad, and general manager Vinny Cerrato, who has neglected several key positions.

The Redskins have had a repugnant offense this season. Before the Cowboys game, they had 140 points over nine games.

Dallas, however, had one of the best offenses in the league, averaging nearly 25 points per game.

For Sunday’s matchup, the Redskins offense did not have Chris Samuels, Clinton Portis, or Chris Cooley.

In other words, the Redskins’ offense was supposed to struggle against the Cowboys. They did just that.

However, what appalled this writer more was the fact that the Dallas offense, for the second week in a row, had only one touchdown.

7-6 was the final. The Dallas defense saved the day after Tony Romo made a clutch touchdown throw to Patrick Crayton.

Regardless of the fact Dallas won that game, they should be utterly disgusted with themselves for not blowing out the ‘Skins.

Why is it that Dallas was losing for three and a half quarters before they pulled out a win? They can get away with this against the Redskins, but what about other teams like the Eagles or the Giants?

What’s wrong with this offense?

The football player in me says they all failed, but the analyst in me is able to point a couple fingers and criticize those guys who need to do their jobs.

Roy Williams is still not a bust, but he is ticking me and a lot of my friends off. He missed multiple opportunities for big plays in that game. Tony Romo may not had the best pass at times, but those balls were certainly catchable, and Roy Williams did not catch them.

I still believe Williams has the ability to get on the same page with Romo and make these plays like he did in Detroit. The question is when will the chemistry click?

I can possibly give Miles Austin a break. I understand he was double covered a large amount of the time.

Austin came through in the end with four catches for 47 yards.

Could it be that the Skins were just pumped for this game because of the rivalry? Yeah, but I still think Dallas is better.

Dallas should have been pumped for this game. If I’m Jason Garrett, I want to run up the score and make the Skins realize that they belong at the bottom of the NFC East.

It didn’t happen though.

I don’t understand what happened, but it has to change. Maybe it is the playcalling. Maybe Romo needs to spend more time practicing with Williams. Or maybe the Cowboys need a swift kick in the rear.

Dallas won that game by a nose.

Now, they have they face the Raiders on Thanksgiving. Oakland is coming off a big win against the AFC North-leading Bengals.

I don’t want my turkey messed up by an anemic offensive attack.

This team has got to do better. They need to diagnose this problem and get an aggressive treatment for it before it bites them in the heel in two days.

Two days. That’s all the Cowboys have.

Should I be this worried? It is the Raiders, right? Sorry, I don’t underestimate the Raiders, and the fact is they have benched JaMarcus Russell.

If Tubby the QB was playing, I’d be a little less worried. But they are going up against Bruce Gradkowski, who is definitely an upgrade over Russell at the quarterback position.

Also, count on Austin to struggle because the Raiders have the best cornerback in the league, in my opinion, in Nnamdi Asomugha.

The guy is a textbook shutdown corner and he’ll be on Austin for sure.

Which means our main target will be Roy Williams. Uh oh!

Should Dallas fans be worried? Absolutely. My advice is for the religious one to start praying, because they’ll need all the help they can get.

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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?

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!

Cowboys Extra Points: Safety First and Practice Makes Perfect

Extra PointsThe Cowboys trimmed their roster on Saturday to the mandatory 53 players, but after 24 hours several players cleared waivers and eight of the players were signed to the practice squad.

Practice squad players are WR Jesse Holley, OG Travis Bright, QB Rudy Carpenter, TE Scott Chandler, FB Julius Crosslin, DE Marcus Dixon, WR Manuel Johnson, and CB Mike Mickens.

Safety Marvin White was claimed off waivers from Cinncinati. White was drafted in 2007 and has started 13 games in the past two seasons.

In addition, Cowboys draftee safety DeAngelo Smith who didn’t make the final cut, was claimed off the waivers by the Browns on Sunday.

Forbes released a list of their annual rankings among sports teams and the Dallas Cowboys topped the chart.

The Cowboys are worth $1.65 billion, the most of any U.S.-based sports franchise, according to Forbes magazine’s annual rankings. Only Manchester United of the English Premier League is worth more worldwide, $1.87 billion.

The Cowboys lead the rankings for the third straight year and are worth $100 million more than the runner-up Washington Redskins. New England is third at $1.361 billion, followed by the New York Giants ($1.183 billion) and Jets ($1.170 billion).

Now let the haters try to claim the Cowboys aren’t America’s Team!

Around the League

Chargers star Shawne Merriman was arrested Sunday after his girlfriend, Tila Tequila, accused Merriman of choking and retraining her as she was attempting to leave his home. Merriman has been released and the Chargers say they will monitor the situation and let legal process run its course.

The Patriots have traded 5-time Pro Bowler defensive lineman Richard Seymour to the Raiders for their first round pick in 2011.

The New York Giants released veteran WR David Tyree on Saturday. Tyree is best known for the remarkable catch that helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLII over the Patriots two years ago.

What Team Do We Hate The Most?

What team do we hate the most?  The Redskins, Eagles, Giants, or some other team? After my last blog was ambushed by an Eagles fan it made me wonder what team do we dislike the most? I have contemplated back and forth of which team. Maybe all of them (just kidding). In my opinion, I say the Washington Redskins.

The Washington Redskins have been our rival from the beginning. Over a song. Every game we play against them is intense. Plus I think Redskins fans are obnoxious. Last year the Deadskins got a cheap win. They missed a field goal when the judges called it good. I dont know if that changed the season outcome or not, but the win-loss record would have been changed and the Eagles game wouldn’t have mattered.

Speaking of the Phliadelphia Eagles… I cant stand them either. I will make this short with them. When you win even just ONE ring then we will talk. Till then shut up and hope your team does well this year without a good defense.

The New York Football Giants… I really don’t have too much of a big beef against them. I will admit they are a talented group, but Eli looks like a poster child for retardation, the way he holds his mouth open. My girlfriend and I make fun of him and the way he looks. Two years ago when they won the Super Bowl, that was a hard year. The Cowboys being 13-3 going into the Giants game. If we could learn how to tackle the outcome would have been different. I keep replaying in my mind the missed tackle of Plaxico. You know which one I am talking about. Also the dropped pass to Crayton. Oh well, that was 2 years ago.

Then there are other teams. Pittsburgh, since they have 6 rings now. Or maybe the Patriots, with Brady back now watch out for them. Are there other teams I left out? Yeah, I did. But if it comes down to it, the Redskins I can’t stand.

When my little bundle of joy is born, I have an onesie that will say, “I have been just been born and I already hate the Redskins” – very funny. Until then – How ’bout them Cowboys!

Haynesworth Indicted On Traffic Charges

I found this article on nfl.com, and according to what  the maximum sentence is the Redskins may not have Haynesworth for pre-season.

Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has been indicted on two misdemeanor traffic charges in Tennessee after being involved in an accident that seriously injured another driver.

District Attorney Kim Helper said Haynesworth faces charges of reckless driving and having expired registration.

Haynesworth, a former Tennessee Titan who signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Redskins last month, was released after surrendering Wednesday. Maximum punishment is six months in jail and a $500 fine on the reckless-driving charge and 30 days and a $50 fine for the other charge.

The charges come from a Dec. 13 incident in which police say Haynesworth was trying to pass another driver, who crashed into a concrete median.

Haynesworth’s agent didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment.”

Well on the bright side for Haynesworth maybe he can share a cell with Plaxico and Vick.

Cowboys 2009 Opponents And My Predictions

Well I have decided to list our 2009 opponents and my win and loss predictions even if the case is that the dates have not been released for the games.

Home

New York Giants-W

Philadelphia Eagles-W

Washington Redskins-L

Atlanta Falcons-W

Carolina Panthers-L

Seattle Seahawks-W

Oakland Raiders-W

San Diego Chargers- L

Away

New York Giants-L

Philadelphia Eagles-W

Washington Redskins-W

New Orleans Saints-W

Tampa Bay Buccaners-W

Green Bay Packers-L

Denver Broncos-W

Kansas City Chiefs-W

My predicted record: 11-5.

I see us sweeping Philly because our rivalry with them hit a new high at the end of last season. Well for the 5 losses I predict let me explain those to you. Washington will beat us at home because they are our toughest divison opponents ever no matter what the records of either are or what players are on the teams and I just see that being our first loss at our new stadium.

Carolina I dont think that we will be able to contain Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams because Carolina mixes the pass and run so fluidly in my opinion.

San Diego only one name needs to be said Darren Sproiles, I believe he is just to quick and elusive and will tear us apart because he is not some over-hyped running back like we usually face and stop.

New York Giants just dont think we can sweep them this year cant really explain why though but I do know that Chris Canty is one reason.

Green Bay they just always pose a threat and it is one of our greatest non-divisonal rivals and we’ve beat them the past two years and I just feel that they will have our number this year.

Well thats how I feel about 2009. Let me know how you feel about my opinion and what your opinion is by commenting. I look foward to seeing what you guys think.