And though the preseason has only just begun, they looked promising doing it.
It's not often a Cowboys fan will talk down about their team or point out glaring overall flaws in the team, whether players or coaches, but this time around there's really no need to point anything out.
The defense struggled. They missed coverages and blocks and tackles. Their mental error rate, as a unit, rivaled that of a typical mentally retarded man. But there is one glimmer of hope for this new Rob Ryan led defense and it's a big one. The CBA debacle meant no practicing, no playbooks, no conditioning programs, and no meetings. These players just began to discover Ryan's plan a couple of weeks ago, and it's not a simple defense to learn. Certainly not something that a mere two weeks of studying and practicing will master.
The injuries to Keith Brooking, Terence Newman, and Mike Jenkins only compounded the problem. Those are two of the defensive leaders on this team - two men who make it their business to set an example for those younger and greener Stars around them.
Fret not my fellow Cowboys-ians; this team is far from over with regards to the defense. In fact, I'd weigh in that they're simply getting started and what better time than preseason?
The offense maintained the ole status quot and did the most damage from behind in the fourth quarter.
I can't say that I was totally pleased with McGee's outing but some credit is due - one INT early in his game followed by his lead on the comeback tour. It won't unseat Romo, or even Kitna, but Jon should be eying his six carefully. Because as we all know, Romo could go down at any time and if he does, it won't be about experience, agility, or age when choosing his replacement at the helm. It will be about performance. If McGee can match last night's finish next week and the week after, then he'll have the leg up on Kitna come time to snap.
Just mention for Mr. Harris - Nice work rook.
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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