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)
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.
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