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With hope for the playoffs all but gone for the Cowboys, the trolls and dung beetles have returned to remind us all of our 3-8 record. The one thing that they fail to remember is that one should look into the mirror to make sure their Ducks are in a row before talking shit.

The day was January 16, 2013. The NFL was put on DefCon two.

The genius had arrived, when the Philadelphia Eagles hired none other than mastermind Chip Kelly. He arrived in style and let his presence be known.

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Our fine, friendly feathered fans from the Northeast were completely engulfed in joy. They let every other NFL fan know that they were indeed preparing to take over the world.

Rob Sievers on Twitter

The Eagles are running the Chip Kelly experiment. They didn't bring him in to conform to NFL traditions. They hired him to disrupt them.

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Mr. Sauers on Twitter

Chip Kelly is going to turn my Eagles around! He hired a sports science coach that was a navy Neal trainer! Our boys will be in shape!

Pretty sure he meant Navy Seal but...Detroit has Jim Bob Cooter, so maybe the mystery man behind the Eagles trainers curtain is actually Neal-Dough Baggins. Anyway, let's continue.

To give credit where credit is deserved, in 2013, Kelly led the Eagles to a 10-6 record, and the NFC East Division title. He followed up with an identical 10-6 record in 2014 only to finish second to the Cowboys.

Jumping forward to January 2nd, 2015, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie took to the podium to announce that not only was the world indeed flat but that the mastermind Chip would now take over as head of football operations. He wasted no time reconstructing the Eagles roster.

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Busy offseason for Eagles: * Trade LeSean McCoy * Trade Nick Foles * Sign DeMarco Murray * Sign Tim Tebow

Not to mention, releasing anyone and everyone that refused to do as Chip instructed, and signing numerous free agents to ultimately build dream team 2015.

So with things assembled perfectly in place, Kelly in full control, the Eagles have managed to go a dismal 4-7 while managing to keep the Philly faithful overjoyed.

Ryen Haney on Twitter

Parts of the Eagles that suck: Secondary O-Line Murray Recievers Whoever is in at QB Sturgis But at least we get plays off quick!!!

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While we as Cowboys fans are experiencing the agony of a ruthless and utterly disappointing season, there's one thing that we all can agree to say, and it’s “Don’t worry Eagles fans, we got your back.”

I’m fairly confident that come 2016, you will all be on your way to your second straight PRE-SEASON Super Bowl Victory, along with racking up all the PRE-SEASON MVP Honors.

Once again, congratulations!! And PLEASE sign Mastermind Chip to at least a 5-year extension. Hell, everyone here @CowboysNation will throw in a dollar if you will guarantee it for life.



Lifelong Dallas Cowboys and horse racing fan. You can generally find me at the top of a mountain or on a frozen lake. Born and raised in Idaho and for those still wondering, we do have color tv and cell phones.

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.

The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.

After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.

So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.

What exactly is that role, though?

I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.

Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.

Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.

If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.

This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.



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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.

Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.

Randall Cobb on Twitter

Randall Cobb on Twitter

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In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.

This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

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Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb

Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.



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Malik McDowell Is Well Worth The Risk For The Dallas Cowboys

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Malik McDowell, Michigan State

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly brining defensive lineman Malik McDowell into The Star this week for a visit, as they decide whether or not to potentially sign him for the 2019 season.

McDowell is a former second round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, who fell to day two because of what scouts call "off the field" or "character" concerns. McDowell did not last long with Seahawks, as he was released in 2017 following an ATV accident in which he reportedly suffered "extensive brain and eye trauma" according to Charles Robinson.

None of us know much about who Malik McDowell is as a person, or what concerns their really should be with his health. But what I do know is that on tape at Michigan State, McDowell was a top 5-10 player in the 2017 draft class. He was a stud, and has the traits to continue to be a stud in the NFL.

2017 NFL Draft: Scouting Michigan State DL Malik McDowell - Slant Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft is chock full of talented, athletic, and productive defensive linemen. While most of the draft pundits have focused on EDGE rushers thus far, the defensive tackle class also possesses some of this year's top NFL prospects. Arguably the best of those defensive tackles is Michigan State's Malik McDowell.

Back in 2017 I wrote a full scouting report on McDowell, detailing why he earned such a high grade on my board. McDowell is a versatile linemen who is explosive off the ball, powerful and rangy against the run, and a skilled pass rusher who plays with a high motor. What more could you really ask for?

"McDowell is a patient pass rusher at times, setting up the blocker how he likes and then beating them with ease. McDowell’s ability to swipe hands off helps him greatly, but his quick swim is his most effective pass rush move.

On this play he uses that swim to perfection, forcing the center to power down to the right before swimming back to the other side."

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When the Spartans went to a three man pass rushing front, McDowell moved to the EDGE often and made plays with his quick, active hands and impressive swim move. He was much more impressive on the interior, however, and could be a direct replacement for David Irving as an explosive and powerful 3-technique for the Cowboys.

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I love that the Cowboys are bringing McDowell in for a free agent visit. His price will likely be low, as he is yet to play in an NFL game over the last two years, but his ceiling remains very high if he is healthy. It's rare for a player with his college production, natural ability, and measurables to completely fail in the NFL.

Maybe all McDowell needs is a second chance to get his head right and prove that he belongs in the league. Maybe he flames out quickly and can't get on the field due to "off the field" stuff. Or, maybe he simply isn't healthy enough to contribute as an NFL player. Regardless, for the price he'll likely command, McDowell is well worth the risk if the Cowboys are willing to take it.



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