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AT&T Stadium, a visitor’s vacation haven



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Jerry was seething.

There he sat, in his Emperor’s Chair, family in tow, while the enemy danced a happy jig in his self-aggrandizing Cathedral of Monstrosity, laughing in his face all the while.  He was the star attraction in a football freak show.

It was humiliating in a way money and booze can’t soothe.

Don’t be fooled.  Yes, Jerry does care more about green than red or blue, but the Occupation he witnessed Sunday didn’t render a single extra dollar his way.  In fact, it cost him because Niners fans don’t buy jerseys, regalia, and nighties from Victoria Secret if they’re littered with Cowboy stars.  Beer cashes the same no matter which jerseys are lined up at the men’s room, but not in greater quantity.

And Jerry didn’t see an extra dime from the triple-price bailout his season-ticket holders opted for either.  It certainly didn’t entice the outside Cowboy fandom to dig deep for its loose change, and it hasn’t in a while.  It only seems to inspire the antagonists to arise in well-adorned unity and great numbers.

Tim McMahon of ESPN rightly questioned our football man about the overwhelming 49er presence, and Jerry responded like a petulant child.  “Did you count them?” Jerry countered sharply. “I know you didn’t.”  Again, embarrassing.  Right up there with “I’m rubber and you’re glue…..”

Jerry’s rebuttal showed his butthurt.  Jerry’s not in denial, he just refuses to admit what is painfully obvious, and he won’t give McMahon, or anyone, the satisfaction of his admission.  This is after all the same empty suit clinging to his General Manager title in the face of mass ineptitude.  He remains his only supporter in that regard, including kin most likely.

He saw it Sunday.  I was there, not far from Jerry’s perch, and he couldn’t help but see it, no matter how much Johnny Walker Blue was coursing through his dilated veins.

This isn’t supposed to be a trait of home games.  It’s what Cowboy fans famously do elsewhere in foreign stadia.  (Jerry oddly seems to think this started in the early 90s, oblivious to how the “America’s Team” moniker originated.)  The frequency here at home, unfortunately, is increasing at an alarming rate and at higher percentages.  The Steelers took over, as did the Packers. The Saints, Texans, Eagles, and perhaps the Colts may have momentum to do the same, thanks to the 49er showing.

AT&T Stadium is now a renowned haven for other team’s fans, and the undeniable truth is, it’s entirely Jerry’s fault.  Loyalty has a price, and he’s exceeded it with his superficial palace of mediocrity, false promises, stubborn incompetence, and endless drunken gaffes.  It’s embarrassing to us all, but what do you do about Uncle Jerry when he won’t stop drinking and feeling up the bridesmaids?  He paid for the dadgum wedding.

It could be so different.  There’s much still to like about Jerry, and he could so easily be our beloved owner with a business mind akin to the original visionaries of the NFL.  Instead, he’s that other guy, pretzel bent over Jimmy Johnson to this day, arguing that the world is still flat and the moon is made of cheese.

So, stuck here in neutral, allow me to offer a silver lining to this ominous thunderhead.

Jerry is growingly bothered and humiliated, you can tell.  Sunday’s crowd and performance cherry-topped a summer of strippers in bathrooms, party buses, and published introspectives dripping in high-dollar moonshine.  The walls of reality are closing in, even if the day of change remains a view from the wrong end of the binoculars.

You can see Jerry sweating.  That's a start.  To what, I'm not exactly sure.

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Free Agent CB Orlando Scandrick Joining Washington Redskins

Jess Haynie



Orlando Scandrick

Just two days after being released by the Dallas Cowboys, cornerback Orlando Scandrick has found a new home in the nation's capitol. After 10 seasons in Dallas, Scandrick is signing with the rival Washington Redskins.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Redskins and Orlando Scandrick have agreed to a 2-year deal worth a max value of $10M, source said. From Dallas to a rival.

By joining Washington after leaving Dallas, Scandrick follows in the footsteps of many ex-Cowboys: Terrell McClain, Jason Hatcher, Stephen Bowen, and even Deion Sanders to name a few.

Last week, Orlando reportedly requested his release from Dallas. It was widely expected that he would be a salary cap casualty anyway, though, and especially with the young stockpile of cornerbacks the Cowboys currently have.

Dallas has three young corners they believe in with Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Anthony Brown. There is also talk that Byron Jones could be moving back to CB next year.

Scandrick, 31, will get to stay in the NFC East and now cover some of his former teammates. Give the reportedly salary, he should at least be the slot corner for Washington next year if not a starter.

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Upgrading the Offensive Line Cowboys Top Offseason Priority?

Brian Martin



Upgrading Offensive Line Cowboys Top Offseason Priority?

Despite the displeasure by the majority of fans, the Dallas Cowboys continue to hold things close to the vest with their approach to free agency. It's definitely not the most popular approach and tends to drive fans crazy, but things could start heating up now that the free-agent market is starting to settle.

Looking from the outside in, we can only speculate as to which positions the Dallas Cowboys may prioritize in free agency and in the draft that matter. Earl Thomas and the safety position has been the most popular topic of discussion throughout the free agency process, but it looks as if the Cowboys are narrowing their focus on upgrading and adding depth to their offensive line.

Marcus Martin

Free-agent C/OG Marcus Martin

This is just speculation of course, but it's based on the fact that the Cowboys are rumored to be bringing in free-agent offensive lineman Marcus Martin and Cameron Fleming. And on top of that, it was announced that two of the Dallas Cowboys 30 pre-draft visitors are also offensive lineman, Will Hernandez, who is popular among Cowboys fans already, and offensive tackle Kolton Miller.

I don't know about you, but it looks as if the Dallas Cowboys are certainly focused in on upgrading the offensive line. This absolutely makes sense after what they went through last season with the carousel at the left guard position and Tyron Smith's struggles to stay healthy.

More than anything, the Cowboys need OL depth heading into the 2018 season. There is only really one spot up for grabs at left guard, but the depth across the OL is absolutely depleted unless you want to rely on Chaz Green again.

This is where Marcus Martin and Cameron Fleming make a lot of sense. Marcus Martin has the versatility to play center and guard, and has done so already in his NFL career. He could compete for the starting LG position, but if nothing else, could replace Joe Looney as the backup C/OG.

Cameron Fleming could be the more important of the two free agents the Cowboys are rumored to be interested in. At the worst, Fleming would be an upgrade as the swing tackle, something he's done with the New England Patriots throughout his career. But, he could compete to become the starting right tackle, which would kick La'el Collins back inside to left guard.

That's all speculation right now, but the Dallas Cowboys would do what's best for the entire team in order to get the right starting five offensive lineman on the field.

Kolton Miller

Cowboys Rookie prospect OT Kolton Miller

The same can be said about rookies Will Hernandez and Kolton Miller. Hernandez would likely be a plug-and-play left guard if he ended up being the Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick. That would keep the offensive line from shuffling and hopefully solidify the unit for years to come.

Kolton Miller on the other hand would be a lot like the Cameron Fleming situation mentioned above. He can probably tackle on the left or right side the NFL, although some draft analysts believe he will struggle as a LT at the next level.

Of course, there is no way of knowing how much interest the Dallas Cowboys have any of these players right now. But to me, it looks as if upgrading the offensive line is certainly one of their top priorities this offseason.

Is upgrading the OL the Dallas Cowboys top offseason priority?

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Cowboys Free Agency: The Thin Line Between Frustration and Comprehension

Mauricio Rodriguez



Cowboys Free Agency: The Thin Line Between Frustration and Comprehension

For die-hard NFL fans, the free agency period is as fun as any other week in the regular season. It's always a fun experience knowing what team is interested in which player and who's visiting who. Heck, there are websites with "free agents trackers" for people who don't want to miss a single thing.

Seeing the huge contracts some players get and discussing whether it's well-deserved money or an overpaid salary provides football fans all around the league with fun football conversations in the middle of March.

This is a period in which, despite not being on the field, every NFL team is doing the same thing. Trying to get better. Which is exactly why most Dallas Cowboys fans are frustrated with how things have gone for their favorite team in this 2018 NFL offseason.

Right now, less than a week after the free agency period officially began, they're the only team left in the NFL that hasn't signed a single free agent.

Surprising? Not at all.

Whether we like it or not, we know how this team likes to operate. A quiet free agency isn't out of the ordinary for the Cowboys. For many years, the NFL Draft has been the priority for them, and they've done a good job at it.

At the end of the day, waiting for the first wave of free agents to pass is smart unless you're looking for a QB or have a huge amount of cap space. When you look at what players are getting, you realize most of them are overpaid. Sammy Watkins got a $48M three-year deal, when he hasn't really proved to be worth it.

I don't think Cowboys Nation would've liked to see the Jones family bring Watkins for that kind of money. Personally, I don't mind the Cowboys' front office letting those first expensive signings occur without them participating in them.

I mean, they've already made a splash, when you think about it. DeMarcus Lawrence was the biggest non-QB free agent of the year and they managed to keep him for at least next season. It's not exactly a free agent signing, but they are paying one of the NFL's best pass rushers more than $17M to wear the Star one more year.

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Former Arizona Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu

Yes, the Cowboys' team-building philosophy is comprehensible. But when do fans like you and me stop understanding their offseason approach and get bothered by it? To me, that frustration came in the form of Tyrann Mathieu signing with the other NFL team in Texas.

If the Honey Badger had signed a super expensive contract, I'd be fine with the Cowboys passing on him. But Houston was able to get him for just seven million dollars on a one-year prove-it deal.

Mathieu is one of the best defensive talents in the league and will be just 26 years old when next season begins. Why didn't the Cowboys tried to land him, if safety is a position of need? I mean, we've been talking about a potential trade for Earl Thomas all year!

Were they hesitant just because the Honey Badger isn't your traditional safety? Are they so conservative that their reason to not go after him was he wasn't a scheme fit? When you're talking about a talent like his, I think you make things work to see him thrive along young and promising cornerbacks like Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie.

The Cowboys can still look at Tier-2 free agents such as TE Eric Ebron or S Kenny Vaccaro over the following days. It could end up working for them, or it could end up just like Nolan Carroll's horrendous game versus the Broncos in week 2 of the 2017 NFL season and his $2M in dead money for this year.

When it comes to the Cowboys' approach to free agency, there's a very thin line between comprehension and frustration. Maybe, just maybe, they make us understand next season when we see results on the field.

For now though, it's tough to stay in the "comprehending" side of things.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Free Agency: The Thin Line Between Frustration and Comprehension" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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