This weekend we get the great pleasure of watching our Cowboys other teams play their playoff games. Any chance Romo and the gang are still sulking over the loss to the Eagles? Judging by the attitude of these guys one would have to assume their NOT! While some of them probably are, I am quite sure some of them are partying it up elsewhere! I saw this morning where one player has decided to stay at home and type on his computer? check it out here.
Anyway let's start our offseason by going through each position and grade out this past years team!
The Quarterback position is always the one that gets the first look, but I am still just too disgusted with that position to be able to accurately look at it, so we will save that one for a later time.
I have decided to start off with the Defensive line. What a year this group had. In the beginning this group was average at best. They would show signs of being dominant but only in spurts through the first 3 games, and other times they looked no better than the local High school team. This group immediately followed that lackluster beginning with some of the most disgusting play ever seen, through the next 3-4 games. Then it all came together against Tampa Bay, when not only the D-Line but the entire defense seemed to final get what they were supposed to be doing. That was the first game in which the D-line was getting consistent pressure up the middle, and able to stop the run too. I thought after that game that they would get better every week, but then they went to New York and laid a huge egg to Jacobs and company, giving up 200 yards on the ground. I must put an asterisks beside that game though because those guys were on the field the entire night, due to the pitiful quarterback play! The next five weeks this group played like we all hoped they would all year. In that 5 game stretch they faced five (Skins,49ers,hawks,Steelers,Giants) of the better running teams in consecutive weeks. In five weeks the Boys gave up a combined 340 yards rushing for an average of 68 yards per game. In that same span the Cowboys went 4-1 the lone loss in Pittsburgh (had the lead with less than 7 minutes to go, Thanks Romo). The Cowboy defense was officially back and all of Cowboy nation was in love with them again. Then with their playoff lives on the line against the Ravens in the final game EVER at Texas Stadium the D-line played their butts off again. Doing everything in their power to hold down the powerful rushing attack of the Ravens, and doing an excellent job of it through 3 7/8 quarters.Then IT HAPPENED!!!!! In two plays the Dallas defense gave up 153 yards on two plays, and like a plane with no wings it all came crashing down. The D-line was simply worn out, unable to muster another burst, the one strong point of the Cowboys was done. Then the debacle that was Philly took place. Once again with their playoff lives on the line, No one showed up!
In the end this unit I thought played very well. Lets be honest I, like you would love to have a guy like Haynesworth in the middle destroying centers and wreaking havoc in the opposing teams backfield. That however is not going to happen, and besides that we have a pretty bad A** player in that position already in Jay Rat! This unit could have been better, and they must become more consistent. However I liked what I saw from this group this year.
Defensive Line B
Jason Hatcher C- (Only played in 9 games compiling 17 tackles and 1 sack, just shows how much the starters had to play. Is their an upgrade available here?)
Stephen Bowen D (Only played in 10 games compiling 17 tackles, Cowboys must upgrade here!)
Marcus Spears B- (Started off slow, but came on strong by far his best year as a Cowboy. was in on 35 tackles, 1 sack, 2 pass deflections, and 1 fumble recovery. Is Marcus finally getting it?)
Chris Canty B (another one that started slow but seemed to pull it all together. was in on 37 tackles, 3 sacks, and 5 pass deflections. I believe he has earned himself the contract he was hoping for last year, great team guy too. Lord knows we need more of those!)
Jay Ratliff A+ (What a beast this guy is! their is no one else in the league I would rather have in the middle (besides Haynesworth) was in on 51 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, and 5 pass deflections. This guy is only going to get better too!)
Defensive Line MVP = Jay Ratliff (No Question)
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
Want to help make Inside The Star better?
We’re collecting feedback from our readers about the site. It only takes <2 minutes to complete, and can be done from any device.
Don’t worry, your information will not be shared with anyone but me (Bryson T.).
Dallas Cowboys2 weeks ago
Should the Cowboys Restructure LB Sean Lee’s Contract?
NFL Draft1 week ago
Mauricio’s 2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Cowboys Steal Defensive Talent
Dallas Cowboys4 days ago
Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line
Dallas Cowboys1 week ago
Cowboys 2018 Free Agency: What’s Left Before Market Opens?
Dallas Cowboys2 weeks ago
Do the Dallas Cowboys Have Any Trade Assets?
Star Blog6 days ago
3 Former Penn State Alumni Cowboys Could Target in Free Agency
NFL Draft2 weeks ago
Familiar Faces Remain in the Fold for Cowboys Mock Drafts
Star Blog1 week ago
Cowboys Defense: Bigger Need at Safety or Defensive End?