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Cowboys Must Focus On The Little Things



The Dallas Cowboys have completed OTA’s as well as their first three day mini-camp, and training camp in Oxnard California is just around the corner.

Although there are always topics to talk about during the offseason, everyone is undoubtedly ready to get to the real deal, the regular season. Because that is where teams truly reveal who has what it takes to be champion.

Being the Dallas Cowboys, the team is always in the news for something, and more often than not, they find themselves being criticized openly. Romo’s blockbuster contract brought out all the naysayers who argued that the Cowboys’ franchise QB doesn’t deserve such a deal because he has only won one playoff game.

Then, Jason Garrett was no longer the play caller and speculation began to swirl around that Jerry Jones and Garrett were at odds with one another. It’s been one thing after another.

Even those of us who belong in the fold of Cowboys Nation wonder about the decisions being made this offseason, and we wonder what is going to be the deciding factor this upcoming season. Will Demarco Murray be the guy who can bring an inconsistent offense consistency? Will Dez Bryant solidify his status as an elite receiver? Will Monte Kiffin’s new defense be an improvement?

All the same questions were asked two or three years ago about Murray and Bryant and Rob Ryan’s defense. None of these guys were failures and yet the Cowboys failed to advance to playoffs again and again. It’s like watching Tiger Woods when he can’t win a golf tournament.

Everyone may have their own answers to these questions but the simple fact of the matter is this – anyone who pays attention already knows the answer.

Cowboys players and coaches have said the answer on countless occasions. It’s not a matter of whether or not the Cowboys have the right players or the right schemes or fewer injuries.

As Texas troubadour Robert Earl Keen once put it in an old song, “It’s the little things” that have kept Dallas out of the playoffs year after year.

That phrase may seem a little general and cliché but here’s what the little things are:

1. Discipline
2. Preparedness
3. Camaraderie
4. Attitude

Every team must be disciplined if they want to be great. A team that has a turnover difference of negative 13 is NOT DISCIPLINED. Only two teams in the NFC had worse turnover ratio than Dallas. To top that off, the Cowboys averaged 7.4 penalties per game. Only two other teams averaged more penalties.

A great team must always be prepared. The last player on the bench should always be ready if duty calls. What’s worse, the team’s best passing threat, Romo to Bryant, wasn’t on the same page until halfway through the season.

When the QB has to stay at the line of scrimmage calling audibles for the offensive line, the offensive line is NOT PREPARED. When defensive players don’t know where to line up (thanks to Ryan’s awfully complicated defense) and in one instance when only nine defensive players made it on to the field, that is NOT PREPARED.

Camaraderie is a bit vague, but if everyone on the team had the connection that Romo has with tight end Jason Witten, Dallas would be a much better team. For whatever reason, this team seems to lack that sense of brotherhood, necessary for a team to succeed.

Attitude could possibly be the greatest quality of a championship team. Not being closely involved with the team makes attitude hard to judge, but the attitude of the team as viewed on television seemed to be, “Let’s just keep it close enough to give Tony a chance to win the game.”

Refusing to be beaten in one-on-one battles and as a team on the field is the start of good attitude. It is a team sport but that means that EVERYONE on the team has to pull his own weight and win his one-on- one battle on the field for the team to be successful.

Attitude also includes being committed to doing things the right way taking no shortcuts.

It could be argued that, the Dallas Cowboys are a more talented team than defending Super Bowl champions, the Baltimore Ravens. However, if there is one thing that the Ravens have, it’s ATTITUDE, and they carried that with them all the way to a championship.

Developing these habits called “the little things” starts now for the Cowboys. In training camp, there must be a meticulous commitment to details and doing things right. Mastering the little things is the only thing that can vault this beloved and highly talented team to the playoffs.

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



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Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.

To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.

In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.

Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.

Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.

Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.

Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.

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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

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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.

Todd Archer on Twitter

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...

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.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

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L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

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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:

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.

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