I would like to take some time this morning to formally introduce the 2008 Dallas Cowboy Defense. WOW! Elisha was running for his life all night and spent the majority of his time laying on his backside. The Dallas defensive front four dominated the "Best O-Line in football" last night sacking Elisha EIGHT times! Did the offensive cry babies anger this defense? Or are they tired of hearing that they were underachieving? Follow me after the break and we will look into the answers to these questions, and enjoy a HUGE win by our Cowboys last night.
I don't know about you but it appeared to me as if the defense of the Dallas Cowboys had enough of all the bickering, and complaining being done by the stars of the offense! This group came out and set the tone for the night on the first play of the game, when DeMarcus Ware blew past Kareem McKenzie to sack Eli Manning and force him to fumble. The rest of the night would get no better for Elisha and the Giants. Elisha would be sacked eight times and forced into throwing two interceptions (both by Terence Newman). This defense seems to have figured out what to do when they smell blood in the water, Go for the kill! The Cowboys offense was well, what it has been all year stagnant and stale! This defense is now becoming what we all thought it would be when the year started, just took them awhile to get there!
The offense last night struggled most of the night, unable to get any kind of flow going. I have been pretty hard on Tony Romo the last week, and so I must praise him when he does well. Now it does not compare statistically to some of Romo's greatest games, but he showed me something last night. He gave the gutsiest performance of his career! Tony Romo was hit almost as much as Manning, was kicked in the back causing a contusion. Tony in obvious pain toughed it out! He also seemed to try and not force things, he simply took what the Giants would give him. Great game Tony! The thing I am most concerned with now is our O-Line! They were awful last night, primarily Cory Proctor! This guy is no good, the Giants just ran right by him on several consecutive plays. Montrae Holland we need you back big fella! I would also like to give some love to Mr. Tashard Choice, with "The Barbarian" obviously still struggling with the toe dislocation, Tashard stepped right in and promptly had 91 yards rushing and 52 yards receiving. I was once concerned about having to rely on a fourth round rookie draft choice to carry the load but no more! Great job Tashard!
What was a turmoil filled week in Dallas turned into a beautiful Monday in Cowboy Nation. If you get a chance make sure to stop by Big Blue View and Big Blue 101 and find out how the LOSER'S feel!
Report: Amari Cooper Likely out for the Rest of the Preseason
Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.
The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.
"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."
The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.
However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.
Report: Cowboys Agree To Contract Extension With LB Jaylon Smith
The Cowboys are neck-deep in contract negotiations with some of their team's most important players, but it appears they have gotten one key guy signed this afternoon.
ESPN's Todd Archer is reporting that the Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with middle linebacker Jaylon Smith, though the exact terms of the contract have yet to be announced.
The Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith, according to sources. Smith was set to be a restricted free agent after this season but the Cowboys and his representatives started talks in the spring and they ramped up once camp began. Smith, a...
Of course, the Cowboys drafted Jaylon Smith early in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft despite the horrific leg injury he suffered in Notre Dame's college bowl game. Some didn't think Smith would ever recover to be the same player he once was, but in 2018 Smith emerged as an excellent middle linebacker once again. Smith finished the 2018 season with 121 combined tackles and 4 sacks, and has looked just as imposing thus far in the preseason.
Smith regained his athleticism and sideline to sideline speed, while retaining his impressive hit power and sound tackling to become one of the league's best. Combining Smith with Leighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys have put together arguably the best linebacker group in the NFL.
And now, there's no end in sight for the dynamic duo.
Report: 2 Dallas Cowboys to be Activated off of P.U.P. List
Per a report from ESPN's Todd Archer, the Dallas Cowboys will soon activate Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence off of the Physically Unable to Perform (P.U.P.) List.
"The Cowboys are planning to activate defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, according to a source. They will work through individual drills in their first steps on the field before going through full practices. Lawrence had shoulder surgery not long after signing a five-year, $101 million contract in April. Crawford has been working his way through a hip issue that kept him out of the offseason program. Safety Byron Jones (hip) and receiver Noah Brown (knee) remain on PUP."
Todd Archer - ESPN.com
This report comes after DeMarcus Lawrence had offseason shoulder surgery in April and signed his five-year deal making him the highest-paid player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, at least for now. It looks as if Lawrence will be ready for a week one return.
It's long been believed that Lawrence would be available for week one of the regular season and hasn't suffered any setbacks to this point that should lead you to believe otherwise. With Robert Quinn suspended for the first two games of the regular season and Randy Gregory's status still up in the air (he still hasn't applied for reinstatement), getting Lawrence and Crawford back for the first two weeks of the season becomes instrumental.
The Dallas Cowboys defensive line has looked really good through the first two games of the preseason, but as good as they've been, they'll need Lawrence and Crawford once the regular season starts. Lawrence will slot back in as the left defensive end and Tyrone Crawford will split snaps at right defensive end with Dorance Armstrong and 3-technique defensive tackle with Maliek Collins, Trysten Hill, and Kerry Hyder.
While the additions of DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford will help the defense tremendously, there still isn't a timeline on the return of Pro Bowl Cornerback Byron Jones. Jones has been out since having hip surgery this offseason.
With as good as the Dallas Cowboys defense has looked this offseason, there's reason to believe that they can be even better once each of these guys are back in the lineup full-time. For a defense that was one of the 10 best defenses in the NFL in 2019, they'll need Lawrence, Crawford, and Jones to make the jump into the elite stratosphere of NFL defenses.
With the Dallas Cowboys' eyes set on capturing that sixth Lombardi Trophy, getting Lawrence and Crawford back in time to be ready for the regular season is vital to starting the 2019 season off right.
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