No matter how many times I call Jerry Jones, he won’t tell me what he’s planning to do in the draft. In fact, most times our conversations end with, “How did you get this number?” Or “Why do you keep calling me?” And the usual, “If you call me again, I’ll make sure security doesn’t let you into AT&T Stadium” (#FreeDante).
So even though we are close friends, Jerry (we’re on a first name basis) won’t tell me what him, Stephen and Will have planned for the draft in April. Therefore I can only pontificate and speculate who they plan to have #72 snap the ball to down the road.
There are many options at 4, but there is an equal amount of responsibility there too.
When will the Cowboys pick that early again? Hopefully never because we will pick 32nd for the rest of eternity. But with that pick, the 4th overall, it will dictate what the men in the war room think of number 9 and his time table.
Again, I’m speculating, but if the 4th pick births a quarterback, then they think Tony Romo has 2-3 years left and it’s time to draft an heir to the throne to be groomed into the future face of the franchise.
Mr. Romo hasn’t played a season in its entirety since 2012. He doesn’t practice on Wednesdays because he can’t throw, he has broken his ribs, his back twice, and just recently announced surgery on his collarbone – which he also broke, twice. He is also 35 years old.
If he had been a Macintosh, you probably would have replaced the bowl with a new bundle of apples – this time Fuji, since they don’t bruise as easily. And although Jerry Jones believes Romo has 4-5 years to go, Stephen Jones is still very much considering the possibility of a QB first. But it can’t be any QB.
A QB in the first round means a QB that will have his number permanently engraved into the stadium for years to come. As to who that could be, I could only suggest who the people I trust suggest: Christian Hackenberg, Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Jeff Driskel. And even they shrug after giving me those names.
But… If they get someone else with the 4th overall, be it Jalen Ramsey, Joey Bosa, Myles Jack, Zeke Elliott or Devontae Booker – anyone but a quarterback, they are planning on having Romo for 4-5 years (or are simply willing to overlook weather or not he has 2 – 3 years left).
Mr. Romo is ranked 3rd overall in QB passer rating. Here, just look at this chart:
You know what is most exciting about that chart? Everyone on there has won a Super Bowl, except America’s quarterback – which means he’s due to win one! Huzzah!
If the New York Giants have taught us anything, it’s that a mediocre quarterback can win a Super Bowl, twice, with a little help from his friends. We have a great QB but maybe our QB needs some friends in order to put a heavy Super Bowl ring on his finger.
Don’t tell me this is “Win Now” mode. That’s nonsense. Every team wants to “Win Now,” except the Eagles because they have never won and have found solace amidst their fifty-year-stretch of mediocrity.
The Cowboys are not so much in “Win Now” mode, but they could be in “Tony has given us his ribs, his back, his collarbone, and twelve years worth of memories so we should win for Romo mode.” Or, simply put, “Win for Romo Mode.”
I like that mode. It’s kind of like what the Bronco’s did for Peyton Manning.
Many of their Free Agency moves seemed more “Pro-Peyton” than “Pro-Future-Broncos.” Yes, I understand, that as far as building a team through Free Agency, something a wise front office would stray away from, they are the exception. But there is a combination between what the Bronco’s did and what the Patriots, Steelers and Packers do, which is build a team through the draft to be consistently successful.
It’s a combination of both that will get America’s team, God’s favorite team, in NFC Championship games over and over. Maybe even against the 49ers for old times sake. But it’s what the guys in the war room do now that will decide if Tony rides out into the sunset or becomes Dan Marino part II, or Joe Namath on the Rams. I think they respect Romo too much for that.
When the clock turns 00:00 in February, and the confetti is blue and silver, the first thing I want to yell is “Tony Romo!” I’m not for drafting a QB first round, I’m for getting number 9 in the Ring of Honor as well as a nice ring on his finger (Don’t worry, Candice, I mean a Super Bowl ring so you’re safe… for now).
BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year
For the second consecutive year, Defensive Lineman David Irving is being suspended for four games by the NFL. This time, the suspension comes after Irving violated the NFL's policy on substance of abuses, as Ian Rapoport reported.
Cowboys DL David Irving is being suspended 4 games for violating @NFL policy on substance of abuses, sources say. Another big-time D-linemen hit with a suspension for Dallas.
Irving will play for the Dallas Cowboys after the team placed a second-round tender on him earlier in the year. Why no team was interested in picking such a talented defensive tackle for a second round pick is becoming clearer and clearer as the time goes on.
In April, when David Irving got hacked by his former girlfriend one of the tweets that stood out the most was one which said "Wait until you all find about his failed drug tests." Now, we're seeing what the tweet was about.
Irving is a very talented player that could have a great career ahead of him. Of course, with this being the second consecutive year in which he receives a suspension to start the season, one could question how much he wants it.
The Cowboys will play the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions to start the season. They'll have to do it with one of their most promising defensive players in David Irving.
Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.
Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers
When Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten retired from the NFL last month, he left behind an unproven group of tight ends for the Cowboys to field as Witten moves on to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. This is not a TE group short of potential, although that's nothing new for the laundry list of players that have failed at the position behind the Hall of Fame bound Witten.
Headlining this group of potential heirs to Witten has to be 2016 draft pick Rico Gathers. Not yet given the same opportunities that Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin are receiving through the Cowboys ongoing mini camp, Gathers has been criticized for his commitment to his team.
Looking to make the transition from the basketball court at Baylor to the football field, Gathers' journey began at Witten's soon-to-be home forever. Playing his first organized football game since middle school, Gathers and Witten were teammates in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio in 2017.
A game rarely leaving fans with a lasting memories, Gathers immediately flashed potential in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Gathers would go on to spend the season on IR after a concussion suffered in practice, recovering from it in time to return but never seeing the field.
This leaves Gathers' prospects of putting it all together in year three at a difficult crossroads. It will be hard to question Gathers' commitment moving forward, as the message from his former teammate Jason Witten still lives with him.
If Witten truly sees a "bright future" for Rico Gathers, who Head Coach Jason Garrett says needs work in the running game, there is no reason the Cowboys can't find a role for him this season. With an entirely unproven group of wide receivers, Gathers could be the reliable mismatch for Dak Prescott to target in the middle of the field.
Prescott was the ninth worst quarterback in the league last season in red zone completion percentage, surely something the 6'6" TE Gathers could help improve.
Gathers may be a long way off from becoming Prescott's version of Witten to Tony Romo, but there is still hope for the 2016 draft pick, according to now football analyst Jason Witten.
David Irving to be Present at Dallas Cowboys Minicamp
David Irving has been a notable name throughout the offseason for the Dallas Cowboys, for both on the field and off the field headlines. First, his RFA tender had fans and analysts wondering just what the Cowboys would do with him. Many, myself included, thought placing anything lower than a first-round tender on the stud defensive tackle would mean he was collecting sacks for someone else in 2018.
Thankfully, the Dallas Cowboys' gamble paid off and they were able to save some money by only having the second-round tender applied to 2018.
Then came the accusation of domestic violence from his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child, catching us off-guard just before OTAs began in May. Which was then retracted not long after the initial report.
After all of that had quieted down, most of the talk revolved around David Irving not being in shape for OTAs. Not having been around for much of the offseason work the last several weeks before OTAs would keep Irving from working out.
He's had a lot going on in his life lately away from the game of football, and understandably so. As a father to a young child, I can see how you'd get distracted from your job when family stuff comes into play that affects the well-being of your child.
On the football side of things, at least, we can all breathe a sigh of relief.
Today, it's being reported that David Irving will in fact be present for this week's mandatory minicamp.
Also, the Cowboys expect DL David Irving to participate in the 3-day mandatory minicamp that begins today at The Star, a source said. The Cowboys could have both Irving and RG Zack Martin back on the practice field if Martin's contract extension gets finalized this morning.
You may be asking yourself, "what's the big deal? Irving isn't Aaron Donald."
Well, you're mostly right.
Perhaps next to Donald, David Irving was the most disruptive interior player in the NFL last season. David Irving had seven sacks in the eight games he played in.
Read that again. Seven sacks in eight games. That would be 14 sacks over the course of the season if that pace were to continue to play out.
Aaron Donald had 11 sacks in 2017.
Pro Football Focus rated David Irving as its third best pass rusher among interior defensive linemen.
Dominant interior defenders.
To go along with Irving's seven sacks in eight games -- every time I read that I'm floored -- he recorded six passes defended. That was good for second in the NFL at the defensive tackle position and was second on the Dallas Cowboys.
Again, in only eight games played.
Even if you were to pace out his tackle numbers over 16 games, they aren't very spectacular -- 26 solo and 18 assisted -- but he'd still finish in the top 30 among defensive tackles.
Only two other players in the NFL had seven or more sacks and six or more pass breakups; New Orleans Saints Defensive End Cameron Jordan and Cincinnati Bengals Defensive End Carlos Dunlap. Both of those guys played in all 16 games and, while I hate to keep bringing this up, Irving only played in eight.
He's an elite interior defender who has only gotten better since joining Rod Marinelli and the Dallas Cowboys.
If he's able to get his personal life in order -- and that most assuredly comes first -- he's going to be a wrecking ball for the Dallas Cowboys defensive line.
Getting Zack Martin's contract extension completed was probably the most important task of the summer, but getting David Irving back into the practice fold is a close second.
With him and DeMarcus Lawrence coming off a tremendous 2017, the sky is the limit for those two in 2018.
With all the improvement that was made on the defensive side of the ball, I can't help but think of the sign that Greg Hardy paid for several years ago.
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