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On a day that the Cowboys could have made a statement to the league and to themselves, that they were fighters, and prove the critics wrong. They simply showed up and took their ass whooping! Not even so much as a whimper! There is no excuse for their performance, NONE!

This team was hoping to get a split from their last two games before the bye. Well they got it! I heard all week about how the intensity level at Valley Ranch was through the roof. Even heard rumblings that “anonymous” players being over heard in the hallways saying such things as “if your not preparing to go up there and win then you need to be left behind”, as far as I can tell that would mean that they took about 50 players too many to the Meadowlands. This coaching staff simply did not push the tempo with this team during practice. We now understand completely why Wade Phillips left his game ball (you know the one that Jerry gave him after last week's big win) in the dirty clothes basket! I know this will not happen, but Jerry should fire every employee he has and start over!

I am a Cowboy fan and have been one my entire life, this will not change! I have seen this team many different ways, but what I see now is worse than those 5-11 teams. Those years that this team went 5-11 were acceptable 5 win teams. Do you know why? Because they just were not good enough! And that is acceptable. So now the question becomes, why is this team worse? Because they have No Heart, No Guts, and No Pride! These are the same reasons why this team is officially done! They may go on a run and get themselves into the playoffs, I doubt it but it is still possible. This team will not win a championship! When playoff time arrives and the intensity level raises the thing that gets you to the next round is none other than the things this team does not have!

People say that most of the time a team will take on the identity of its leader. I believe this to be true. For example the team that kicked our ass yesterday, the Giants has most definitely taken on the identity of their coach Tom Coughlin. Those guys are NASTY!!! When they smell blood in the water they don't back off like another team I know (Dallas Cowboys) they go for the kill shot! Bill Parcells in his own Jackass sort of way tried to get this team to that point but it did not make it there. Wade Phillips and his “Make Love Not War” mentality has nurtured this teams belief in; all we have to do is show up. This disgusting epidemic has completely overwhelmed this team. So much so that they cannot see themselves what is happening. This team believes and will have you and I believe that the return of Romo is going to solve all our problems. Well guess what? Cough, cough BULLSHIT cough, cough. The ONLY way this team gets back is by having a mental make over!

So no more excuses, because I don't want to hear them! This entire team is now on the hot seat! I don't want to hear about individual performances. I could care less if DeMarcus Ware breaks the single season sack record, or Tony Romo throws for 10,000 yards this year, or T.O. passes Jerry Rice on the all-time list this year. None of this means anything. It is these players (D-Ware, Romo, and T.O.) that have to take on the challenge of giving this team a mental make over, because it is obvious that the coaching staff cannot or will not do it. I will no longer blame the Coach for this teams problems; it is entirely on the players. Why you ask? Well because this is what they wanted! They wanted a players coach (lazy coach) remember how they all talked shit about the Tuna when he left, “he treated us like children”, and how they made us believe how great tubby(wade Phillips) treated them and how they would play harder for someone who treated them with respect! Well here you go boys!!!!!!! Stop telling us what you can do and start SHOWING us what you ARE doing!


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REPORT: Cowboys DL David Irving’s Accuser Retracts Claims Of Domestic Violence

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After what was a rather crazy day which resulted in reports the Frisco Police Department were investigating Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving for domestic violence, the accuser has now retracted her claims.

https://twitter.com/DCBlueStar/status/988527577915674624

This retraction comes after the mentioned reports of domestic violence claims against David Irving earlier in the day. Irving was neither arrested nor charged for the incidents, though two separate allegations were made.

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

Irving has claimed through his own social media account that his accuser is an ex-girlfriend looking for retaliation over a breakup. Irving has already said he has changed the locks on his house in attempt to change behavior moving forward.

Whether or not Irving abused his reported ex-girlfriend is not for me to say, but it will be interesting to see how Roger Goodell handles the matter after she retracted her claims later in the day. As we know very well, the NFL can claim violation of the personal conduct policy even if the justice system pursues no charges.

And the results of both the Frisco PD's investigation and that of the league office will be intriguing over the coming weeks and months.


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REPORT: Cowboys DE/DT David Irving Suspected of Domestic Violence

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[4/24/18 UPDATE: Irving's accuser has since recanted with police. However, the NFL could still investigate under their domestic violence policy.]

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Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is under investigation by Frisco, TX police for charges of domestic violence, according to a report by Jobin Panicker of WFAA-ABC in Dallas.

The following was tweeted from Panicker's account not long ago:

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms it is investigating serious allegations against Cowboys player David Irving. No arrests. Assault-Bodily Injury, Unlawful Restraint, & Assault-Impeding Breath and Circulation @wfaa

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

The veracity of the accusations are certainly not ours to judge, but other recent events on Irving's social suggest he is in the middle of a breakup with his girlfriend. Posts early this morning on his Twitter account appeared to be from an unauthorized user, and David later posted on both Twitter and Instagram that someone had hacked him.

Furthermore, Irving shared that he was already taking steps due to the volatile situation.

David Ja Rodd Irving on Twitter

@DCBlueStar Changed the locks yesterday

While personal lives should stay that way, Cowboys fans are understandably concerned after what happened last year with Ezekiel Elliott. As we saw then, Roger Goodell's "justice" system allows for just an accusation to lead to a suspension. There is no burden of proof on the accuser.

And as in that case, even if the police dismiss the allegation, the NFL can still pursue the matter under the personal conduct and domestic violence policies.

It would be nice to just say "let the process play out," but the NFL commissioner doesn't hold himself to that standard. Therefore, we have to report this as it could mean consequences for David Irving and the Dallas Cowboys no matter how legitimate the claims are.


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Jaylon Smith Practicing Without AFO Brace

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A lot of the talk circling the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL Draft is the need for the Cowboys to draft a linebacker as insurance to Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith's injury issues.

One of the questions, Sean Lee, will always be a question. When he's on the field, he's as good a linebacker as there is in the NFL. In 2016, he finally got in a near full season and rewarded the Dallas Cowboys with an All-Pro season that led the team to the playoffs. Talent has never been the issue with Lee. Keeping him on the field has been.

Jaylon Smith's question isn't his health as much as it is his recovery. The surgery to repair his ACL and MCL that he suffered at the end of his final season at Notre Dame was considered a success. There was a caveat, however, that there was no telling how much functionality would return because of the massive nerve injury that occurred.

Last year, Jaylon Smith actually played football games. No small step. In some games he made some plays and in other games, it was clear that he was still struggling with changing directions and running with receivers and running backs in coverage.

Time is Jaylon's biggest ally and another offseason removed from his injury should only help him get stronger and more confident in his recovering knee.

Lost in all of the Dez Bryant hoopla was a beautiful little nugget that Jaylon Smith teased Cowboys Nation with last week.

Jaylon provided a great look at his training regimen on the first day of team workouts and if you look closely, you'll see with a Clear Eye View that Jaylon Smith isn't wearing a brace, tape, or any other kind of support. On his knee or foot.

Jaylon Smith on Twitter

Focused vision, Determined belief, Earned dreams. #ClearEyeView

Remember that even after Jaylon was playing and practicing without a knee brace, he was still requiring an AFO brace to help with his foot drop.

Oh, how much one offseason can change things.

Mike Fisher, now of 247Sports.com, quoted Smith as saying, "I have more power and more flexibility now. And the dropfoot (issue) is fading. Absolutely!'' over on Scout.com, and there was this:

"As our colleague Bryan Broaddus has previously noted, it does seem that some of the testing is behind him, that the nerve is regenerating, that the repaired knee is stronger than ever and that more improvement is ahead of him. Smith's 6-2, 245-pound body is about as sculpted as is imaginable. His mind is sculpted, too, the result of his faith and his intellect and his personality and more. He suggests now that more improvement is inevitable, and that includes the medical improvement that is now, to him, simply "a matter of timing.'''

Mike Fisher - 105.3 The Fan and 247Sports.com

There is still a lot of hope around The Star and Cowboys Nation that Jaylon Smith can return to the All-American form that was projecting him as a top-five talent in the 2016 NFL Draft. If he's healthy and moving with better lateral movement and agility than he was in 2017, that's a huge step forward for Jaylon Smith and the Dallas Cowboys.

The progression of his knee and his confidence in said knee is going to be a huge determining factor in Dallas' plans to draft a linebacker. If they feel confident that he will be a more functional linebacker in 2018 than he was in 2017, then perhaps they could wait until day two or three to address the linebacker position.

We can't fully know their intentions as we get closer to draft day. How they address the linebacker position in the 2018 NFL Draft could give us an excellent indication of how they feel about Jaylon Smith's progression.

What we do know is that Jaylon Smith will never give up working toward being an elite middle linebacker. Let's hope he can realize his dreams. Everyone will be better for it.


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