FMC’s Offseason Rant: Part 4

Draft day has passed and now we’re in that magical time when nothing happens, well big newsworthy. So you have to be quick to comment on it before it gets old. Well, I didn’t and it shows.

This installment of FMC’s Offseason Rants was nothing more then me rehashing and talking about old news. I do however wish that I got into the release of JaMarcus Russell. The second all time worst draft pick in my eye. He’s under Ryan Leaf and four spaces above Bobby Carpenter. And speaking of soft served ice cream, there is also possibility that “Soft” Bobby Carpenter will be getting traded. Or by the time I write this, ol’ weak tackles will be gone to the Rams by now.

Oh well, I’ll be more focused the next video, I promise. I’ll do it before the Rams go back to L.A or whatever team that’s going there.


FMC’s Offseason Rant: Part 4

Where Are The Haters Now

First of all I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and want to wish you all a very happy new year. I hope you all have a great 2010. Sorry I have not been writing but every family needs a vacation once in a while and ours was wonderful.  Like almost everyone else I have more than 1 new year’s resolution. My main resolution this year is to go to a Super Bowl party for the Cowboys next month. The way they are playing right now, that is one new year’s resolution that will NOT be broken.

As for the game what an outstanding performance our Boys have been putting up the last few weeks. Tony Romo is playing to the top of his potential shutting all the critics up each and every week. Yes he had one interception against the Eagles, but I feel that if a ball is tipped at the line of scrimmage and then caught, that should not be counted against the quarterback. Not his fault just a great defensive play.

The defense played great but I do have one small concern: the wide receivers for the Eagles were pretty wide open a lot during the game. We really need to tighten up that defense because they will not be dropping those passes every week.

I love to go hang out at the local sports lounge where the “haters” have hounded me all year long saying the Boys suck, Romo is sorry, they will not win anything, won’t even make the playoffs. I walked into the SAME place Sunday night after the Cowboys shut out the Eagles and those SAME people were high-fiving me and giving our Cowboys props, and one of them even said they actually have a chance of making it through the playoffs this year. Yes, I made him say that 4 more times haha.

So to all the bandwagon fans out there, who were criticizing the Cowboys week in and week out, who never gave them a chance to do anything, I simply have one thing to say:


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.


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.

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!

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.


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.

Answers Needed From The 2009 Training Camp

Well, training camp is here as it started yesterday. The Cowboys enter this year’s training camp with a lot of unanswered questions. We all are seeking answers to the following questions:

Who will be the number 2, 3, & 4 wide receivers?

Who will be the starting right cornerback?

Will LB Bobby Carpenter be playing a more active role this year?

How will we ensure that all three of our running backs get carries?

Will the offensive line be able to provide better pass and run blocking?

Will wide receiver Roy Williams be able to put up comparable numbers to that other wide receiver we had?

Will Jason Garrett’s offense be able to get back to where it was two years ago?

Will the special teams be able to perform better under Coach DeCamillis?

These are some of the many questions that training camp should help to provide and yes some of the questions we will not know until the season begins. I believe that this year’s camp will be harder and more will come out of it than did last year. I believe the Cowboys have learned that you get what you put into it.

Yes, last year we started out okay, but we did not finish okay and I believe that training camp instills that work ethic that can carry you through the year. The young players on the team need to step up and play big and I think that will. I hope that we start strong out of the gate and do not let up until we have won the Super Bowl!

2009 Projected Offensive and Defensive Leaders

Hello again to everyone, I hope that you had a good week. We would all like to know how the Cowboys will do this year and I wanted to throw my predictions out there. Due to our inexperienced and young wide receivers, I believe that we will be focusing more on the run, especially since we have three healthy and good running backs. I think the Cowboys will be able to run the ball more and take a little pressure off of QB Tony Romo. If the offensive line can give us some good blocking on running plays we should have a great year. Here are my projections for the offense and defense for this year. Of course I could always be wrong, lets hope I am and they do better.

OFFENSE 24 pts per game

  • QB Tony Romo 24 TDs 10 INTS
  • RB Marion Barber 170 rushes 1,014 yards 10 TDs
  • RB Felix Jones 120 rushes 600 yards 7 TDs
  • RB Tashard Choice 60 rushes 270 yards 2 TDs
  • TE Jason Witten 80 receptions 900 yards 5 TDs
  • WR Roy Williams 75 receptions 1,040 yards 10 TDs

DEFENSE 56 sacks

  • LB Demarcus Ware 17 sacks
  • CB Terence Newman 5 INTs

It is fun to be able to try and predict what the Cowboys will do, so feel free to come up with your own projections. We should all be getting hyped up about the new season since training camp begins at the end of the month. GO COWBOYS!!!

Poll Results: Wide Receiver Corps

Poll Results: How confident are you in the Cowboys Wide Receiver Corps?

Over half the votes (51%) are somewhat confident in the Cowboys wide receiver corps and will wait and see what they can do this upcoming season while nearly a quarter (23%) and very confident. That leaves 26% who are pessimistic about the group of men heading the passing game.

For the most part, Cowboys fans just aren’t sure what to expect this season. Roy Williams doesn’t seem to have the fan support he needs as the #1 wide receiver and has a ton of pressure to prove himself this season.

There is also the concern of injury with Miles Austin, Sam Hurd and Isaiah Stanback constantly fighting ailments.

However, don’t forget the ever reliable Patrick Crayton who has turned heads so far in OTAs this offseason. Crayton isn’t going down without a fight.

Most fans hoped that Jerry Jones and crew would bring on another receiver, but it seems the Cowboys are settled at the position for the new season.

Never underestimate the Dallas Cowboys!


New Poll: Which player from the Draft Class of ’08 will make the biggest impact this season?

Please place your votes in the poll section on the right column.

To Be or Not to Be…A Number 1 Receiver

As I look over the receivers in the NFL a thought came to me? Just how many number 1 receivers are there in the league? And is too much made of whether a team has one or not? The Cowboys have been criticized because now that Terrell Owens is gone it is said that they don’t have that number 1 receiver. Unless of course you consider Roy Williams a number 1 receiver, which some people do and some do not. Shouldn’t a number 1 receiver be someone that defenses pay special attention to? I put together a list of receivers in no particular order. Of course these are my opinions and are open to discussion.

1. Andre Johnson. Has emerged as that number 1 guy for the Texans.

2. Larry Fitzgerald. Without a doubt a number 1 guy for the Cardinals.

3. Steve Smith. Another number 1 guy for the Panthers.

4. Terrell Owens. Production? Yes. Distractions? Yes

5. Calvin Johnson. Still young, but has all the potential to be the guy for the Lions.

6. Reggie Wayne. Was Manning’s guy in ’08. Will continue to get better for the Colts.

7. Santana Moss. Not considered a number one guy for the Skins. Unless he is playing the Cowboys where he always has big games.

8. Randy Moss. Is he still that number 1 threat for the Patriots going into his 12 season?

9. Hines Ward. Still number 1 in Pittsburgh after 11 seasons? Or is he moving aside for that Super Bowl MVP?

10. T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Now with the Seahawks will he establish himself as a number 1.

11. Braylon Edwards. Not considered a number 1 guy for the Browns even though they don’t have anyone better.

12. Santonio Holmes. Can not consider him a number 1 guy right now even with a Super Bowl MVP.

13. Brandon Marshall. Could have been on his way to be being a number 1 until his new head coach drove his Pro Bowl QB out of town.

14. Anquan Boldin. Has everything you want from a number 1 receiver, but can he stop being a distraction over his contract and co-exist with Fitzgerald?

15. Wes Welker. Great hands, Great speed. Great number 2 guy for the Patriots, but not a number 1 guy.

16. Roy Williams. Was considered a number 1 guy for the Lions even on their bad teams, but now with the Cowboys he is not. Hmmm. I just don’t get that.

I listed 16 players and out of those guys I think only eight are clear cut number 1 receivers for their teams. And out of those eight only four of them were in the playoffs in 2008. Could we be putting too much on having a number 1 receiver? Green Bay has some really good receivers, but no clear cut number 1 guy. The same story in San Diego. A few really good guys, but no number 1. So I say it again…Are we making too much of this subject? I’m not sure myself.

Free Agent WR’s That Remain

After seeing that we only drafted one WR and only have 2 coming in as undrafted rookie free agents. I figured I would take a look and see who was still out there that could serve as a # 3 or #4 reciever if they come in and earn the job should Dallas sign one of them. This List only Contains WR’s that have been Released or are UFA’s, let me know which of these WR’s if any of them could help us this year at the #3 or #4 slot if they earn it.

  1. Drew Bennett-8 yrs in NFL
  2. Shaun Bodiford-3 yrs in NFL
  3. Marty Booker-10 yrs in NFL
  4. Drew Carter-5 yrs in NFL
  5. Jason Carter-2 yrs in NFL
  6. Keary Colbert-5 yrs in NFL
  7. William Franklin-2 yrs in NFL
  8. Mike Furrey-5 yrs in NFL
  9. D.J. Hackett-5 yrs in NFL
  10. Dante Hall-9 yrs in NFL
  11. Marvin Harrison-13 yrs in NFL
  12. Ike Hillard-12 yrs in NFL
  13. Darrell Jackson-9 yrs in NFL
  14. Matt Jones-4 yrs in NFL
  15. Joe Jurevicius-11 yrs in NFL
  16. Ashley Lelie-7 yrs in NFL
  17. Brandon Lloyd-6 yrs in NFL
  18. Dane Looker-8 yrs in NFL
  19. Shaun McDonald-6 yrs in NFL
  20. Tab Perry-4 yrs in NFL
  21. Jerry Porter-9 yrs in NFL
  22. Koren Robinson-7 yrs in NFL
  23. Edell Shepherd-5 yrs in NFL
  24. Amani Toomer-13 yrs in NFL
  25. Reggie Williams-5 yrs in NFL