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Cowboys Fans Build Roster Out Of Whataburger Table Tents

RJ Ochoa

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Tuesday morning I got an email from Whataburger letting me know that their seasonal "Sweet & Spicy" burger was back in circulation. Shockingly, this was not the greatest thing to happen on July 5th concerning Whataburger.

If you follow me on Twitter then you know that I love Whataburger. I'm a Texas dude through and through, so I was raised on the stuff. It's in my blood. The writing is on the wall when it comes to Whataburger in my life; however, when it comes to Whataburger in Josh Collins's life... Whataburger is literally on the wall.

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Finished the handmade frame that showcases my collection of the @dallascowboys lineup made of @Whataburger numbers

Let's all take a properly admire this work of art for a second. It. Is. Beautiful.

Over the course of human history we've all marveled at designs of this prestige. Picasso, Leonardo, Michelangelo... they don't have anything on Josh Collins and his buddy Brock Buchanan.

How does something this incredible even happen? If you'd asked me I would've guessed that it was either a gift from the Heavens or the physical incarnation of Tim Riggins's "Texas Forever" mantra. Thankfully for us, Josh Collins was on hand to answer some questions regarding his and Brock's creation.

RJ: Alright Josh, What In The World Gave You This Idea?

JoshMy friend Brock Buchanan and I came up with the idea to collect the whole lineup when we got Sean Lee's number on a table tent. We then started a competition to see who could collect the most numbers. Once we got about halfway through the lineup, we decided to build a frame for it.

RJ: Considering That You Obviously Go A Lot To Collect These Tents, What's Your Favorite Thing To Order At Whataburger?

JoshDefinitely the honey butter chicken biscuit.

RJ: There Are A Lot Of Numbers Here! Did You Wait To Get All Of These Numbers Naturally? Or Did You Specifically Ask For Any Of Them?

JoshWhen we started collecting, we got numbers only if they came up during our order, but after awhile we started to hang out at Whataburger and wait until we saw a number and go up at that time to order and get the number. We even reached out to many of our friends to find some of the last numbers.

RJ: Who Is Your Favorite Member Of This Roster/Dallas Cowboy?

JoshJason Witten because of his exceptional production on and off the field

RJ: What Were The First And Last Numbers That You Collected?

JoshThe first number we collected was Sean Lee. The last number was Tyrone Crawford. We couldn't seem to find number 98 anywhere so eventually I went to a register and asked for a table tent with the number 98 so I could make a card for my friend who supposedly was born in '98. This is when we found out that Whataburger only made numbers up to 96 so we just took two halves of numbers beginning and ending in 9 and 8 and taped them together.

RJ: The NFL Season Is Treacherous, Do You Have Backups In Case Somebody Here Doesn't Start? 

JoshI have a Velcro strip on my end table which I call "The Bench." Throughout the season I will update the lineup accordingly.

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RJ: Thanks A Lot For Taking Time For Us Here At Inside The Star, Josh... Any Final Words?

JoshGo Cowboys SB champs 2k17.

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The effort put into Josh and Brock's Whataburger Rosters is one that would require an awful lot of Sweet & Spicy burgers. I'm willing to step up to that plate (or sit in front of it) for you guys.

Considering how much of a Texas staple Whataburger is, it makes sense that they now have a full-out Dallas Cowboys roster in someone's home. Here's hoping that the one on the field at AT&T Stadium is both sweet and spicy in 2016.

What do you think of Josh and Brock's Whataburger Roster? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at RJ@RJOchoaShow.com, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Fans Build Roster Out Of Whataburger Table Tents" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!



I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

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Dallas Cowboys: The Case For Regression In 2019

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It's been a few years since things around the Dallas Cowboys felt this good prior to a season. Coming off a 10-6 year in which Dallas won both the NFC East and a home playoff game before losing a one possession road game to the future NFC champions, Cowboys Nation is expecting some big things in 2019.

After all, the Cowboys went out and improved their roster in multiple ways this offseason and brought in some new blood on their offensive coaching staff. Spirits are high among Cowboys Nation, and just about everyone is anticipating a two team race for the NFC East.

But some numbers indicate we should be thinking "not so fast."

The details of the 2018 season are not as pretty as the total picture. Rarely are they ever, of course, but these particular details point towards possible regression for the Cowboys in 2019.

Basically, their point differential a year ago spells out impending doom. (That was dramatic, but let's discuss).

The Cowboys were +15 in 2018, and by pythagorean wins expectation, they were about as strong as an 8-8 team (8.53 wins to be exact). This means they won nearly 2 more games (1.47) than would be expected, fourth most in the entire NFL.

This point is furthered when looking at their record in one possession games. Dallas went 8-2 when the game was decided by 7 points or less, winning close games at a rate that is simply not sustainable year to year.

These numbers make the Cowboys a prime candidate for regression in 2019, as they were in 2017.

Why The Numbers Expect Regression, But Success For Cowboys In 2017

Back in 2016, the Cowboys outperformed their pythagorean expectation by a whole 2 wins. The following season? Dallas finished the year 9-7. The model also indicated that the 7-9 Eagles performed 2 wins under expectations in 2016, meaning they would get back on track in 2017. As we know, they ended up winning 13 games and the Super Bowl the following season.

Of course, this isn't set-in-stone, and the Cowboys very well could outperform these expectations and avoid regression. This would mainly hinge on their coaching staff and quarterback performing at an elite level, carrying them through close games and winning more games by greater than one possession.



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Newly Acquired DE Robert Quinn Brings High Expectations

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Winning games in the NFL typically comes down to accomplishing two goals. One, being successful when passing on offense. And, two, stopping the opposing team's passing game.

The Cowboys set out to accomplish that second goal this offseason, re-signing defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, and trading for veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn. Quinn, who tallied 6.5 sacks last season for the Miami Dolphins, is one of the leagues more feared rushers when at his best. The former All Pro has multiple 10+ sack seasons under his belt, including a whopping 19 in 2013.

And, as expected, the Cowboys coaching staff is ecstatic to have such a respected pass rushing specialist on their roster.

“He’s got that first step. He’s an established pass rusher in this league, so he’s going to bring some good stuff for us.” - Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

The Cowboys acquired Robert Quinn for a 2020 6th round pick, which could end up being the steal of the offseason. Quinn has played with some top-notch pass rushers in the past, and each time they have brought out the best in his own game.

Back with the Rams in 2017, when Aaron Donald was on the same defensive line, Quinn got to the quarterback 8.5 times. And, last season, he remained consistent in his sack totals playing alongside Cameron Wake. Now he joins a DeMarcus Lawrence who has 25 sacks over the last 2 seasons.

"I think it was kind of one of those where I get to have fun, pin my ears back and just disrupt the backfield, which is what they want us to do." - Robert Quinn told NFL.com. 

Quinn and the always dominant Lawrence will form an impressive defensive end duo on passing downs, with the potential to be one of the best in all of football. Dallas is also hoping to add Randy Gregory into this mix, a piece which could prove vital late in football games if he is able to return from his current indefinite suspension.

Whether or not Gregory finds his way back onto the field, though, this defensive front will be in good hands. The edge combo of Quinn and Lawrence, combined with a plethora of skilled interior rushers such as Maliek Collins, gives the Cowboys a fearsome defensive line which should keep quarterbacks uncomfortable every Sunday.



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Can Rookie OL Connor McGovern Compete For A Starting Spot?

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Raising eyebrows in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Cowboys added Penn State offensive lineman Connor McGovern to their already deep OL depth chart.

McGovern, who played guard for the Nittany Lions, was reportedly by-far the best player remaining on the Cowboys draft board when they came on the clock in round three. Still, with seemingly more pressing needs yet to be addressed, Dallas' selection of McGovern was certainly a surprise.

When you watch the tape, though, you immediately see what the Cowboys loved about Connor McGovern.

A "plug-and-play" type guard, Connor McGovern is the type of rookie you'd expect to contribute in year one. On many teams he may be a candidate to start at guard or center from the beginning of his rookie season, but here in Dallas, his role for the 2019 season is somewhat in question.

Clearly, being a day two pick, there's no doubt that McGovern will make the Cowboys roster. But can he compete for a starting job?

During OTA's McGovern took reps at both guard and center, pointing towards the possibility of him being the first interior offensive lineman off the bench if one of the starters were to go down with an injury. Fellow interior linemen Joe Looney and Xavier Su'a-Filo each contributed in big ways during the 2018 season, however, and will be tough to beat out during camp.

Obviously McGovern won't be starting over All-Pros Travis Frederick and Zack Martin, but could he dethrone Connor Williams from his left guard position?

While possible, I would still say it's unlikely. The Cowboys selection of McGovern seems to be more about 2020 and beyond than it is about the 2019 season. With right tackle La'el Collins coming up on a contract year, Dallas might elect to let him walk in free agency, move Williams back to his college position of tackle, and slide McGovern into the left guard slot.

This seems fool-proof in theory, but this many moving parts across the offensive line could spell trouble early on in 2020. Regardless, Connor McGovern's arrival gives Dallas the flexibility to consider all options on their offensive line.

In reality, McGovern strengthened a strength for Dallas, and may be needed to prove himself as early as this Fall if injury issues arise.



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