I’ve been a fan of the Cowboys for 10 years. I have studied Cowboys history a great deal and consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable. However, studying doesn’t produce emotion.
This was my first season in which the Cowboys won a playoff game. It was the first season I watched a team play with intensity and heart.
Now I know losing to the Minnesota Vikings the way we did isn’t sitting well with most of you. The fact that Tony Romo fumbled and threw the ball away a good bit has some of you wondering if he’s the real answer at quarterback. Another question among you may be something about the safety’s and if that situation will ever solve itself.
I know that you're agreeing with this and you know what parts coming up, but please hear me out.
Yes, this is a step back, but we’ve taken three steps forward. This team has finally come into its own—it’s finally learned that a team is a family and when you win and lose, you do it together.
It’s much too early to start over, it’s too soon to call Romo a bust (who's played brilliantly this season by the way), it’s too soon to say that Wade should be gone, and it’s certainly to soon to say this defense isn’t a unit that can win championships.
The draft will bring us some new faces and so will free agency, and some players will go (Marcus Spears). You can bet some players will be packaged in a deal (We’ve got our eyes on Martellus Bennett and Marion Barber) but ultimately this is the unit that will bring wins and losses.
So as I sit here and rewind, think to the future, and put together the formula for a championship, I can't help but think we’ve got most of the pieces.
Add a spectacular safety here, a future blue-collar middle linebacker, and some depth in the trenches and you’ve got a team that is built to win.
If you’re like me then you're sitting down depressed and looking for any reassurance or optimism about the coming season. Hear me now, believe that these Cowboys are for real and they are not done. The schedule is tough next year—but it’s not un-winnable.
So as we take a step back—after a few steps forward—lets see where Jerry Jones and Wade Phillips lead us next before assuming it’s the end.
Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders
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.
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.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
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.
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... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
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.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
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: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
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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