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A Real Test for Jerry

Bryson Treece



Cowboys Blog - The Amazing Jerry Show

One thing that no one can deny is that Jerry Jones likes to shoot for the best.

  • Record setting stadium in my hometown of Arlington.
  • Most valuable sports franchise in the world.
  • Most well-known team in the league, in any city.

To name a few. He even goes after high-profile players with his check book flapping, all because he wants to bring in the best guys he can find to help his beloved team get a sixth Super Bowl banner hanging from the rafters. You can't blame him for what he is trying to do; we'd all probably do the same thing for a while if were us in his shoes.

And Jerry really hasn't had that long to experience his own influence on the team. He got lucky in the draft with the Trio of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin. Not to mention players like Bill Bates, Jay Novacek, Leon Lett, Nate Newton, and big Larry Allen.

Add players like that with the coaching of Jimmy Johnson and you really don't have a lot else to worry about as an Owner/President/GM. He was free to go wave the Cowboys flag in front of every media member that he could find, and they all listened because it's America's Team.

Since 1996 though, Jerry has been at the helm of more struggles than successes. He still finds a way to get the Cowboys in the headlines, but now there's more to being the Owner of the Dallas Cowboys than just media publicity.

Now, he actually has to make tough decisions, and we're all surprised that he tried to use his check book to buy talent? It's the obvious choice, and judging from the Yankees, a good idea.

But football isn't baseball. Football has far more rules, positions, duties, and player and position responsibilities than baseball. So buying talent is a bit different in this league.

So Pacman didn't work out, it wasn't a check book buy so it doesn't really matter. The offensive line was a bust this year; maybe it's a bad year for them. T.O. hasn't been exactly what we hoped for, albeit much better than he could have been. Romo earned his contract and fluffed the first year out, just like ken Hamlin did, it's hard to stay grounded on this team. Always has been.

And now Jerry Jones faces his biggest challenge yet; he must keep success alive in Dallas after losing what had been built up over the last few years.

This off-season should be a telling one for Mr. Jones. It's the first time he'll be solely responsible for what's happening. It's not a risky rebuilding situation, and it's not resting on carried-over success. It's about him putting the right pieces together, and making those pieces fit better than ever. It's about learning from a mistake that he created; it's about winning football games again.

He's got the players that many other teams would kill for. He's got a coaching staff that can lead the way, if only they will lead the way.

And now he's got the opportunity to prove everybody either right or wrong. If he goes out this spring and signs the likes of Ray Lewis or Julius Peppers, or tries to go for Anquan Bolden if he gets out of his deal, then we'll know that he's still trying to buy a Super Bowl.

But if he does what he said he will do, if he changes, then we won't be getting any flashy big-name players through free agency. We won't dump money on players to keep them here, even if it means paying for twice the talent of what that player has. There will be more solid draft picks and better utilization of those young players in their rookie year.

If he stays true to his word, the word he gave during the Senior Bowl practices this week, then we fans have little to worry about.

Owens and Garrett won't be a problem if Jerry changes. Wade won't be a problem if Jerry changes. Romo won't be a problem if Jerry changes. The question, and it's a big one, is if Jerry changes. He's got the guts, and if he can change, then we can all have that glory again in Dallas.

Dreams are nice aren't they?

Nothing gives me greater joy than the experience of being a Dallas Cowboys fan come time to check another victory on the schedule every Sunday. I live Inside the Star everyday and blog on it occasionally, as well. Follow us on Twitter - @InsideTheStarDC

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REPORT: Cowboys DL David Irving’s Accuser Retracts Claims Of Domestic Violence

Kevin Brady



David Irving

After what was a rather crazy day which resulted in reports the Frisco Police Department were investigating Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving for domestic violence, the accuser has now retracted her claims.

This retraction comes after the mentioned reports of domestic violence claims against David Irving earlier in the day. Irving was neither arrested nor charged for the incidents, though two separate allegations were made.

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

Irving has claimed through his own social media account that his accuser is an ex-girlfriend looking for retaliation over a breakup. Irving has already said he has changed the locks on his house in attempt to change behavior moving forward.

Whether or not Irving abused his reported ex-girlfriend is not for me to say, but it will be interesting to see how Roger Goodell handles the matter after she retracted her claims later in the day. As we know very well, the NFL can claim violation of the personal conduct policy even if the justice system pursues no charges.

And the results of both the Frisco PD's investigation and that of the league office will be intriguing over the coming weeks and months.

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REPORT: Cowboys DE/DT David Irving Suspected of Domestic Violence

Jess Haynie



David Irving

[4/24/18 UPDATE: Irving's accuser has since recanted with police. However, the NFL could still investigate under their domestic violence policy.]


Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is under investigation by Frisco, TX police for charges of domestic violence, according to a report by Jobin Panicker of WFAA-ABC in Dallas.

The following was tweeted from Panicker's account not long ago:

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms it is investigating serious allegations against Cowboys player David Irving. No arrests. Assault-Bodily Injury, Unlawful Restraint, & Assault-Impeding Breath and Circulation @wfaa

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

The veracity of the accusations are certainly not ours to judge, but other recent events on Irving's social suggest he is in the middle of a breakup with his girlfriend. Posts early this morning on his Twitter account appeared to be from an unauthorized user, and David later posted on both Twitter and Instagram that someone had hacked him.

Furthermore, Irving shared that he was already taking steps due to the volatile situation.

David Ja Rodd Irving on Twitter

@DCBlueStar Changed the locks yesterday

While personal lives should stay that way, Cowboys fans are understandably concerned after what happened last year with Ezekiel Elliott. As we saw then, Roger Goodell's "justice" system allows for just an accusation to lead to a suspension. There is no burden of proof on the accuser.

And as in that case, even if the police dismiss the allegation, the NFL can still pursue the matter under the personal conduct and domestic violence policies.

It would be nice to just say "let the process play out," but the NFL commissioner doesn't hold himself to that standard. Therefore, we have to report this as it could mean consequences for David Irving and the Dallas Cowboys no matter how legitimate the claims are.

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Jaylon Smith Practicing Without AFO Brace

John Williams



Jaylon Smith Voted Cowboys' Ed Block Courage Award Winner 1

A lot of the talk circling the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL Draft is the need for the Cowboys to draft a linebacker as insurance to Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith's injury issues.

One of the questions, Sean Lee, will always be a question. When he's on the field, he's as good a linebacker as there is in the NFL. In 2016, he finally got in a near full season and rewarded the Dallas Cowboys with an All-Pro season that led the team to the playoffs. Talent has never been the issue with Lee. Keeping him on the field has been.

Jaylon Smith's question isn't his health as much as it is his recovery. The surgery to repair his ACL and MCL that he suffered at the end of his final season at Notre Dame was considered a success. There was a caveat, however, that there was no telling how much functionality would return because of the massive nerve injury that occurred.

Last year, Jaylon Smith actually played football games. No small step. In some games he made some plays and in other games, it was clear that he was still struggling with changing directions and running with receivers and running backs in coverage.

Time is Jaylon's biggest ally and another offseason removed from his injury should only help him get stronger and more confident in his recovering knee.

Lost in all of the Dez Bryant hoopla was a beautiful little nugget that Jaylon Smith teased Cowboys Nation with last week.

Jaylon provided a great look at his training regimen on the first day of team workouts and if you look closely, you'll see with a Clear Eye View that Jaylon Smith isn't wearing a brace, tape, or any other kind of support. On his knee or foot.

Jaylon Smith on Twitter

Focused vision, Determined belief, Earned dreams. #ClearEyeView

Remember that even after Jaylon was playing and practicing without a knee brace, he was still requiring an AFO brace to help with his foot drop.

Oh, how much one offseason can change things.

Mike Fisher, now of, quoted Smith as saying, "I have more power and more flexibility now. And the dropfoot (issue) is fading. Absolutely!'' over on, and there was this:

"As our colleague Bryan Broaddus has previously noted, it does seem that some of the testing is behind him, that the nerve is regenerating, that the repaired knee is stronger than ever and that more improvement is ahead of him. Smith's 6-2, 245-pound body is about as sculpted as is imaginable. His mind is sculpted, too, the result of his faith and his intellect and his personality and more. He suggests now that more improvement is inevitable, and that includes the medical improvement that is now, to him, simply "a matter of timing.'''

Mike Fisher - 105.3 The Fan and

There is still a lot of hope around The Star and Cowboys Nation that Jaylon Smith can return to the All-American form that was projecting him as a top-five talent in the 2016 NFL Draft. If he's healthy and moving with better lateral movement and agility than he was in 2017, that's a huge step forward for Jaylon Smith and the Dallas Cowboys.

The progression of his knee and his confidence in said knee is going to be a huge determining factor in Dallas' plans to draft a linebacker. If they feel confident that he will be a more functional linebacker in 2018 than he was in 2017, then perhaps they could wait until day two or three to address the linebacker position.

We can't fully know their intentions as we get closer to draft day. How they address the linebacker position in the 2018 NFL Draft could give us an excellent indication of how they feel about Jaylon Smith's progression.

What we do know is that Jaylon Smith will never give up working toward being an elite middle linebacker. Let's hope he can realize his dreams. Everyone will be better for it.

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