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Daily Dose 12-28-09




Last night, the Football gods continued to bless the Dallas Cowboys as the Chicago Bears held off a Minnesota rally in overtime.  Favre, despite this past weeks drama, played brilliantly and it was Adrian Peterson who lost this one with a costly fumble to give the bears the ball.

The MVP of the game was a relative unknown.  Devin Aromashodu led the bears with 7 receptions for 150 yards and 1 touchdown.  The Vanderbilt alum was impressive and caught the game winning touchdown in overtime.  Aromashodu could be an up and coming receiver to keep your eye on, especially with Cutler, his college quarterback.

Osi Unhappy

Osi Umenyiora has been a feared defensive lineman throughout the league for some time now.  So to some, his lack of playing time lately has been surprising.  Especially since we’ve seen worse things ridden out.   Well in the Panthers beat down of the Giants at Giants Stadium last Sunday, Osi believed he played about 6 snaps.  While the Panthers were smashing through the Giants normally stingy defense, Osi watched from the sidelines, flooded with emotion.

Osi after the game on sunday: "I couldn’t really explain what I’m feeling right now, Disappointment is an understatement, in everything. The way everything has played out this year has been absolute nonsense; very disappointed, disheartened, discouraged, whatever you want to call it. I feel all those emotions."

Some speculate Osi will try and find a way out of New York, but Tom Coughlin see’s differently.  I guess only time will tell.

Giant Killers

According to ESPN reports John Fox and his staff have been offered to stay another season, after a disappointing season this year.  You have to believe that Fox can thank Matt Moore for emerging as a potential franchise quarterback.

In the last 4 games, Matt Moore has played pretty impressively leading Carolina to  3-1 record (4-2 over the season) while completing 65 passes over 103 attempts for 7 touchdowns and 1 interception.  According to reports Fox has not been offered an extension for the 2011 season.

Coach Searching

According to Espn’s Adam Shefter, Mike Shanahan is reportedly not interested in any coaching vacancy with the Dallas Cowboys.  It seems as though Shanahan is turned off by the fact that Jerry Jones is unlikely to relinquish full control of the team to a coach.

However, there is a new prospect on the market, though it’s hard to imagine he’ll ever show up in Dallas, Bill Cowher who has shown interested in coaching the 2010-2011 season.  I’m willing to bet if Jerry can get him you can say good-bye to Wade (despite his decent success) or at least a Wade demotion to defensive coordinator.  Don’t’ get your hopes up, and even so Wade’s not that bad.

NFC Play off Scenario’s

Philadelphia Eagles (Clinched Playoffs)

Eagles can clinch NFC East division title with:

1. PHI win/tie

Eagles can clinch first-round bye with:

1. PHI win, OR … 
2. PHI tie + MIN loss/tie

Dallas Cowboys (Clinched Playoffs)

Cowboys can clinch NFC East division title with:

1. DAL win

Cowboys can clinch first-round bye with:

1. DAL win + MIN loss + ARI loss/tie


Minnesota Vikings (Clinched Playoffs)

Vikings can clinch first-round bye with:

1. MIN win + PHI loss/tie, OR … 
2. MIN tie + PHI loss

Green Bay Packers (Clinched Playoffs)


New Orleans Saints (Clinched NFC South, First Round Bye)


Arizona Cardinals (Clinched NFC West)

Cardinals can clinch first-round bye with:

1. ARI win + MIN loss + PHI loss

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

Kevin Brady



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

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.

RJ Ochoa on Twitter

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

Kevin Brady



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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