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Biggest Threats: Philadelphia Eagles



So before I continue this clearly controversial series, I want to address the negative comments placed by Falcons Fans. My articles are often reviewed by fans of the teams I’m writing on, to bring readers the best quality I can put together. This is true for the Falcons article.

Also, before I even begin and someone gets there own opinions of me and my “lack of knowledge of the organization” let it be known that I grew up in Philadelphia, I love the Phillies, the Sixers, and the Flyers but for some reason I absolutely despise the Eagles. I’ve enjoyed the great legend that is Geno’s, and have fond memories at both the Vet and Spectrum. So without further ado, let me continue to analyze what is fast becoming one of the best rivalries in American sports.

The Eagles present to me the biggest threat that the Cowboys will face this season at all. They are tough, fast, and they execute. So here’s the preview:

Key Offseason Additions:

FB Leonard Weaver

O-Line Stacy Andrews

S Sean Jones

S Rashad Baker

Key Offseason Subtractions:

D-Coordinator- Jim Johnson

S Brian Dawkins

O-Line Jon Runyan

TE L.J. Smith

RB Correll Buckhalter

Key Draft Picks:

WR Jeremy Maclin, MISS- This young man is the future of the organization. A muscular, explosive young receiver, who can run routes effectively and always seems to produce. Should sure up the last remaining questions about Philly’s WR core.

RB LeSean McCoy, PITT- A good kid, who should get some good snap numbers beside Westbrook. With McCoy in the line up, the game plan is more versatile, you get a good runner with quick steps and receiving ability.

Projected Top Performers

(courtesy ESPN 2009 Projections)

Brian Westbrook- 200 rush 810 yds 7 TD—56 Rec 453 yds 4 TD

Donovan Mcnabb- 320/539 comp 3749 yds 22 TD 11 INT

DeSean Jackson- 74 rec 1100 yds 4 TD


This game brings back painful memories of the last game of last season and you can expect to see much of the same. The offense looks more explosive though L.J. Smith is gone Brent Celek has shown flashes of being a capable replacement. The addition of Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy add some more weapons, and McNabb is ready to take the this team to battle for one last shot. The defense is equally explosive, the problem here lies with two subtractions: Brian Dawkins and Jim Johnson. The emotional leader and defensive mastermind have left from this team, and if others can’t pick up the slack, the hype surrounding the birds will stop come week 3.

On the Cowboys side, they bring an element they haven’t had in a while: Low expectations. This means the Cowboys will be fully prepared and willing to do anything to silence the critics. If the secondary for Philly isn’t producing in the absence of Dawkins, Sheppard, and Johnson, Romo will be handed the opportunity to be the Gunslinger he’s shown flashes of becoming. Oppositely, the defense will be coming in a new scheme with new blitzes that McNabb won’t exactly be familiar with. If the Cowboys can keep the Birds guessing, they’ll become victorious.

**May I take the this time to offer my proper respect to Eagles fans for the passing away of Jim Johnson. My prayers are with JJ’s Family, Friends, and Fans.**

Matchup of the Game:

Cowboys Linebackers VS Eagles backfield

Cowboys Receivers VS Eagles DB’s

What IF sports prediction:

(10 simulated games)

Avg Score: DAL 19 PHI 26

DAL Win PCT: 50%

My Season Prediction

There are too many variables controlling the game. Is the hype worth believing? Or Will the Boys claim what everyone thought they would get last season? Is McDermott ready? Can our Receivers Contribute?

Anyway, I’m going to predict a split because of the X factor that is the Inaugural season of Cowboys Stadium

@ PHI- 27 PHI 13 DAL

@ DAL- 17 DAL 14 PHI

Next Series Installment: Oakland Raiders (Yes you did read that correctly)

Former Sports Writer. Veteran. Serving veterans is my passion. Johns Hopkins Student. Enjoy Discussing Politics and sports!

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  1. bags030404

    August 10, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Nice write up! The Eagles series is all ways a toss up no matter how good or bad both teams are, just too much familiarity.

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Did DC Rod Marinelli Have Increased Role in Cowboys Loss at Rams?

Sean Martin



Did DC Rod Marinelli Have Increased Role in Cowboys Loss at Rams?

The Dallas Cowboys Divisional Round loss at the Los Angeles Rams is still fresh on the minds of their players, staff, and front office. So much so that the team had to fan the flames on a Jason Garrett comment expecting Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan to return. Garrett himself walked back this "report" once Stephen Jones noted it's still too early for any coaching staff changes. The focus will remain on Linehan's post until it's removed or the Cowboys OC is retained, but one coordinator the Cowboys now expect to keep is Rod Marinelli on defense.

Marinelli himself disputed the season-long belief that this was likely his last as the Cowboys defensive coordinator. With Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard not taking any of the three HC positions he interviewed for, Marinelli doesn't have to worry about shuffling his title to accommodate Richard - who called the plays from week one this season anyway.

Rod's title does include his specialty as defensive line coach though, a unit that the Rams dominated with their offensive line to a historic degree. The Rams' season-high 273 rushing yards was provided by both Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson surpassing 100 yards on the ground, the first time in team history they've had two backs reach this mark in a single playoff game.

Rams HC Sean McVay hardly had to reach into his vaunted 'bag of tricks' to expose the Cowboys defense in a way they hadn't been all year, but there was still an element of brilliance in his offensive game plan. It came out after the game that the Rams picked up on the keys the Dallas defensive linemen used to signal stunts and twists before the snap. While this is nothing more than just great scouting yielding an unforeseen advantage, it's left the Cowboys with more than enough time to ponder what went wrong in the Coliseum.

Danny Heifetz on Twitter

The Rams offensive line knew what the Cowboys defensive line was going to do before the snap on Saturday.

The answer to this may be nothing other than the coaching questions the Cowboys are already considering. With Richard's interviews in Tampa Bay, Miami, and New York coming at the beginning of the week leading up to game day, it's possible Marinelli had a larger say in the Cowboys preparation on defense.

It was Marinelli's defense that conceded 412 yards to the Rams in 2017 in a loss at AT&T Stadium. Matching him up with McVay leaves a lot to be desired, while Richard helps bridge this gap - something he was seen desperately trying to do on the sideline with a battered Cowboys defense.

As each day of the offseason passes, a change at either coordinator position becomes less likely in Dallas. On offense, the play caller has more than a season's worth of evidence showing the deficiencies of the Cowboys attack. In a league fueled by recency bias however, Marinelli certainly didn't leave his best performance on the field in Los Angeles.

Somewhere in the middle of this is Jason Garrett, safely in place as the head coach that should be personally trying to upgrade his top two assistants however possible. Marinelli signing up for another year makes this hard on defense, though Richard should resume play calling duties next season.

Again, this leaves the onus of the Cowboys improvements for 2019 on the offensive side of the ball, something that'll be realized when the shock of their defense letting them down in the biggest game of the season is gone.

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Cowboys Getting Over $30 Million Cap Space from Expiring Dead Money

Jess Haynie



Tony Romo, Dez Bryant

You may have already heard that the Dallas Cowboys will be flush with salary cap space in 2019, and that's very accurate. A huge portion of it comes from over $30 million in expiring cap penalties, otherwise known as "dead money."

Quick explanation; dead money occurs when a player is released or retires prior to the expiration of their contract. Any guaranteed money, such as the original signing bonus or money converted in a restructuring, that has not yet been paid out according to the contract schedule is accelerated.

For example, when Tony Romo retired after 2016, he still had $19.6 million in guaranteed money owed to him. Dallas chose to split this dead money over two years, and thus had a $10.7 cap penalty in 2017 and $8.9 million last season.

But now Romo's dead money, along with Dez Bryant's and several other players, is coming off the Cowboys' books. The result is a roughly $30 million infusion of salary cap space for 2019.

Here were the major culprits for last year's dead money:

(All cap figures are taken from

  • QB Tony Romo - $8.9 million
  • WR Dez Bryant - $8 million
  • DT Cedric Thornton - $2.5 million
  • CB Orlando Scandrick - $2.3 million
  • CB Nolan Carroll - $2 million
  • WR Deonte Thompson - $1.8 million
  • DE Benson Mayowa - $1.1 million
  • K Dan Bailey - $800 thousand
  • TE James Hanna - $750 thousand

Those players alone make up a little over $28 million. Another $4 million or so came from over 30 players with lesser penalties that still added up.

Right now, the Cowboys have only $1.76 million in dead money on their 2019 salary cap. Nearly all of that is the $1.6 million still owed to Orlando Scandrick.

That difference is where the cap space comes from, and it will be of tremendous help to Dallas as they have major financial moves coming. They need to re-sign DeMarcus Lawrence, deal with a major salary bump for Amari Cooper, and consider a contract extension for Dak Prescott.

The 2019 number will change, of course, as the offseason rolls on. If Dallas elects to release players like Sean Lee, Tyrone Crawford, or others, some dead money will appear. But that will be offset by whatever cap savings motivated the move in the first place.

This is a good reminder of why the Cowboys' new era of fiscal conservatism is a good thing. After years of what felt like perpetual "salary cap hell," they are finally getting out from under those penalties and have complete flexibility this offseason. They may not even need to cut a guy like Crawford, who they almost would have been forced to in past seasons.

We'll be talking a lot more about individual players and their contracts in the weeks ahead, but this summary helps us see that Dallas isn't nearly up against the financial wall as they have been. We still miss guys like Romo and Dez, but we won't miss that awful dead money in 2019.

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Cowboys Expect C Travis Frederick Back for Offseason Program

Jess Haynie



Travis Frederick

Lost in yesterday's hoopla over Scott Linehan's return was a positive report about Center Travis Frederick. In his comments to the media, Jason Garrett said that Frederick's recovery timetable should allow him to a full participant in the team's offseason program.

After never missing a start in his first five years, Travis missed all of 2018 dealing with the effects of Guillain-Barré Syndrome. The disease attacked his neurological system and required immediate and intensive treatment.

Rob Phillips on Twitter

Jason Garrett says the team anticipates Travis Frederick being involved in the offseason program right from the start this spring if he continues on the same positive track in recovery from Guillain-Barré syndrome. #cowboyswire

While Joe Looney performed admirably in Frederick's absence, he's not an elite talent. Travis has been arguably the best center in the NFL since entering the league in 2013.

It's hard to qualify what effect not having Frederick had on the Cowboys offense in 2018. Ezekiel Elliott still led the league in rushing, but short-yardage plays weren't as automatic as we've seen in past years. A 4th-and-1 stuff was part of what led to the Cowboys' loss this past Saturday.

Dak Prescott was the second-most sacked QB in the NFL in 2018. After being sacked just 25 and 32 times in his first two seasons, the number skyrocketed to 56 sacks.

That's not all on Frederick, of course. Tyron Smith had some health issues and there were was turnover at left guard.

But having your All-Pro veteran center out there to help with the pre-snap reads, and help the rookie guard on his left, might have helped avoid some of those issues.

Indeed, Travis Frederick's return is just one of many reasons for optimism with the 2019 season. One of the best players on the team, he was sorely missed this year and can only help as Dallas looks to build on their division title and playoff appearance.

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