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Dallas Cowboys Offense Looks For A Change Of Direction



In 2007 the Dallas offense was firing on all cylinders! Most opponents that year came into the game not looking to stop them, but just to slow them down a bit. Many of them could do neither, but a few made the necessary adjustments to force the Cowboys into bad situations, and even worse decisions. Late in the season there was one team in particular discovered the recipe for Cowboy disaster. By the time this recipe was discovered it was far to late in the season for the coaching staff to stop the full speed locomotive, that was on a head on collision course with the Super Bowl hyped Cowboys.

This train continued into 2008 as we are all well aware of. The question now is what will happen in 2009 to change this teams direction?

Many people will point to several different games in 2007 as to the spot where the "wheels fell off the bus". The game that catches my attention as the "beginning of the end" was December 16th in Irving, Texas. The Iggles rolled into town with nothing to play for. Philadelphia had already been knocked out of playoff contention. The Cowboys offense came into the game averaging; 35 points per, and showed no signs of slowing down.

This game was going to be different though, and we all new it. All the Cowboys Offense could muster through the first two quarters was a 33 yard field goal from Nick Folk. After halftime things would get no better. Just like the first half a Nick Folk field goal is all they would get. Shock and disbelief went rushing through every Cowboy fan, player, and coach. Many of us simply shrugged it off as to say "They just had a bad game!" There was more to this one though, with only two regular season games to go this was more than just a bad game, this was a season wrecker.

The Eagles decided to let it all hang out against the Cowboys that day, they consistently crowded the line of scrimmage, giving no running lanes for Barber and Jones. Allowing the tandem a miserable 13 carries for 38 yards. As well as blitzing Romo on every passing down. Sacking him 4 times and forcing 3 interceptions. This was also the game when the "cover Owens with a safety over top" scheme was first implemented, and executed perfectly! The Eagles held Owens to 2 catches for a measly 37 yards.

Things never got any better for the Boys the rest of the year, and the same issues carried over into 2009.

Now I myself hate to revisit these horrific memories as much as you do, but if this unit is to regain it's high potent attack they must learn from these experiences. Myself and many others have blogged about the short comings of this team in '07 and '08. I have even come to the defense of Jason Garrett, and Tony Romo (as these two individuals have seen the blunt of your anger).
As much as I would like to say that everything is going to get back on track this year, and the Cowboys will be headed back for a try at #6. I simply cannot! What I can say though is that since the end of the season Jerry and the gang have wasted no time in attempting to change not only players on the team, but the teams mind set. This will be a different team. Not just in the names on the back of some jersey's but also in scheme and effort!

We are going to see a team that will run the ball, attacking both the edges and the middle. Tony Romo now has a "team guy" as his #1 receiver, the rest of the receiving corps while not the most talented group in the NFL, each of them have very different and useful abilities. This unit will no longer be running forty yard triple move routes on every play. We will see many more short to intermediate routes, rendering the "crowding the line of scrimmage" scheme Useless! We are also going to see some trickery, just to keep the defense on its toes!

I believe this organization has learned a lot from the super bowl teams of the past few years. The biggest thing they have learned is this; "It's not how many Pro Bowlers you have, but how well your team works together"!

My outlook on this upcoming season is very bright, but I also know that there is a long road ahead. I believe that we will all see a team that may not start out firing on all cylinders, but one that will become better and better throughout the year. This is something I can live with, no matter the final outcome!

  • Douglas Bete

    Good night
    I believe that the team of 2007 was a reflection of the head coach and Parcells as the only managed Wade.
    I see the team in 2009 as a team without players who are star.
    Dallas really needs to do a great season and win a Super Bowl, because that long ago that it does not.
    I do not know if Wade is the best head coach for the Dallas, the more we see what happens.
    Now Romo can use all sides of the field, I only see him in the playoffs will do that.
    Douglas Bete
    Sorocaba , São Paulo

  • cowboycards

    As has been said many times, the NFL is a copycat league. When something works other teams will try and copy the formula. It is up to the Cowboys brain trust (Jason Garrett) to come up with schemes to counter the new defensive schemes that have successfully derailed this offense. Without Terrell Owens, the Cowboys offense would have to change anyway, so perhaps this is a good move and will allow the offense to once again be prolific, at least until a new scheme is devised to slow them down.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Terrance Williams Contract Creates 2018 Job Security

Jess Haynie



Cowboys Headlines - Breaking Down Terrance Williams' Game-Ending Decision 1
Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News

There's been a lot of talk about what the Dallas Cowboys will do at the receiver position this offseason. While there's a great divide on what the team should do with Dez Bryant, there's a fairly unanimous opinion that Dallas should find an upgrade over Terrance Williams. No matter where he ends up on the depth chart, though, Williams' contract should keep him on the roster in 2018.

Last offseason, Terrance signed a four-year, $17 million deal to stay in Dallas. Because we are now just in the second year of that deal, it is cost prohibitive against the salary cap to release or trade him.

Williams is scheduled to count $4.75 million against the 2018 cap. If Dallas were to cut him, it would accelerate his remaining guaranteed money and create $7.25 million in dead money this year. He would cost more against the cap off the roster than on it.

Even the June-1st provision doesn't help. Williams' dead money in 2018 drops to $4.75 million, which is a net zero against his existing cap hit. It would also push $2.5 million of dead money to 2019. There's no benefit there, and you lose an experienced player who knows your system.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

If the Cowboys do like their WR depth enough to want to move on from Terrance, one option is to try to trade him. A trade would lower the cap penalty to $3.75 million and save $1 million. If he's traded after June 1st, it would save $3.5 million against this year's cap.

Of course, it takes two to tango in this scenario. Williams hasn't scored a touchdown since 2016 and has never proven he can take on a significant role in an offense. He was serviceable when Dez Bryant and Jason Witten commanded more attention, but he's a low-end WR2 at best and many teams likely wouldn't want him in their top 2-3 receivers.

Perhaps something could happen during training camps or preseason, when injuries may make other teams desperate. Then again, something could happen in Dallas that makes them less willing to part with Terrance.

As it stands, it seems unlikely that Terrance Williams won't be a Cowboy in 2018. And really, that's not bad thing.

Even if he gets pushed down the depth chart, Terrance would be a good insurance policy against injuries or any other issues that could happen between now and September. $4.75 million is more than you'd like to pay your fourth WR but it's a one-year problem.

If the Cowboys do add more WR talent this offseason, there is a trickle-down effect that strengthens the entire club. Williams, with his experience, is an upgrade over Brice Butler as the fourth receiver.

Therefore, unless circumstances both here and elsewhere allow Dallas to find a trade partner, Terrance Williams should be back next year.

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, 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.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

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.

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