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Cowboys vs Redskins Preview with The Curly R



After calling out Redskins fans we finally found a Redskin blog willing to get together and give us their views on tonight's game! Ben over at the Curly R was gracious enough to collaborate on 5 questions with us. Head on over and check out our answers here! And by all means leave a comment over there, to keep those Skins fans quiet!

What is the most intriguing match up either offensively or defensively for our readers to watch for on Sunday night?

Curly R: I think it has to be Terrell Owens and Tony Romo and whether the Redskins can disrupt their flow. Tony is coming back from four weeks off and in week four Shawn Springs held TO to seven catches, none of which was particularly momentous, whether it is Shawn or Carlos Rogers, the top Redskins cornerback on the field will be all over TO. The Redskins pass rush has not been terrific, the team preferring to drop men into coverage rather than bum rush, we will see if Tony is ready to play or is still a little gun-shy.

In the first meeting we saw the Redskins play man coverage on Terrell Owens with a safety over top. Since that first meeting the Cowboys have traded for Roy Williams, and the Redskins signed De Angelo Hall (Who we hope gets assigned to cover T.O.). Do you believe the Redskins will continue with this same coverage? and if it changes how does it change?

Curly R: I would not expect DeAngelo Hall to have a major role in the defense in his first week with the Redskins, as I mentioned above either Shawn Springs or Carlos Rogers will be on Terrell. I think Washington will continue to play press man on the edges and flood the zones in the middle, it puts pressure on the cornerbacks to succeed and frustrates receivers when they do.

Last week after the Redskins Steelers game Santana Moss threatened to "go after Steelers fans". Should Cowboy fans bring back up to help protect them from the 5'10" 185lbs. Santana Moss?

Curly R: not a good sign, Santana Moss getting frustrated like that. There were thousands of douchebag Steelers fans at Redskins Stadium two weeks ago and Santana is not 100 percent healthy. For the fourth year in a row no other Washington receiver has emerged as a legitimate deep threat and if Santana has a bad night I would expect all he will see in the stands is silver and blue. Look for the passing game to stay short with tight end Chris Cooley if Santana does not have the upper gears.

In the first meeting the Redskins put high priority on clock control as the key element in assuring a victory. Now with the likelihood of Clinton Portis not playing or having a limited role due to injury, does their key to success change? And if it does what should we expect to see them do?

Curly R: this is another problem for the Redskins. It is fairly well understood that the Redskins offensive line is better and has more fun run blocking than pass blocking. Left tackle Chris Samuels will play after missing the Pittsburgh game before the bye which will help the ground game. My sources say Clinton is 99 percent not playing so I would expect Ladell Betts to get 60 percent of the carries and Shaun Alexander and Rock Cartwright to split the other 40. If the Redskins cannot run they cannot win, west coast offense be damned.

After getting shoved around by the Steelers a week ago, has the confidence of the Redskins (primarily the offensive line) been shaken?

Curly R: I don't think shaken as much as worn down. Washington played fourteen straight weeks of football, from the first preseason Hall of Fame Game through week nine and everyone needed a rest. Every starter on the offensive line is over 30 and they needed a break. Hopefully the Steelers game was just a bad day at the office, everyone got lots of sleep and ate their veggies and is ready to go out and hit somebody. This will be a great game.

  • Anonymous

    Good run down. The season hinges on this game!War Washington.

  • Anonymous

    This is where Dallas’s season begins and the Redskins ends!!!

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

Kevin Brady



David Irving

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.

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

Jess Haynie



David Irving

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


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

John Williams



Jaylon Smith Voted Cowboys' Ed Block Courage Award Winner 1

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, quoted Smith as saying, "I have more power and more flexibility now. And the dropfoot (issue) is fading. Absolutely!'' over on, 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

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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