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Dallas Cowboys Sign CB Nolan Carroll To 3-Year Deal

Kevin Brady



Dallas Cowboys Sign CB Nolan Carroll,

After remaining dormant for almost all of the first two days of free agency, the Dallas Cowboys have gotten busy tonight. Now, they are signing cornerback Nolan Carroll to a 3-year, $10 million deal.

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Cowboys are signing cornerback Nolan Carroll to a 3-year, $10 million deal with $4M in the first year, source said.

The seven year veteran spent his last three seasons with the rival Philadelphia Eagles, finishing the 2016 season with 55 tackles, 11 pass break ups, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble in 16 games. Carroll had a down year in 2016, ranking 108 out of 120 cornerbacks by Pro Football Focus.

While he is certainly not a "shut down" cornerback, Nolan Carroll can be a solid addition to a secondary which may be further depleted over the next few weeks. At 6'1" Carroll fits the Cowboys' exact mold for what a corner should look like.

Of course, this does not stop the Cowboys from drafting a cornerback early on in the 2017 NFL Draft, or even from potentially re-signing veterans Brandon Carr or Morris Claiborne. Ideally, Carroll will be the third or fourth corner in Dallas for 2017.

During 2016 free agency, Nolan Carroll visited the Cowboys before re-joining the Eagles. A year later, the two have finally agreed on a deal. Maybe it was meant to be.

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

  • Bryson Treece

    Really happy with this signing. Bring it on, Nolan.

  • Russ_Te

    I’ll give him Carr’s job right now… ;^)

    Lots of moving parts right now in the secondary. I thought Terrance Williams was going to sign elsewhere for bigger $, but it may not have been offered apparently.

    Likewise with Claiborne. More talent than Williams per his position. But can you sink a lot of $ into him with his injury history? I think he may not get big offers, in which case you’ve got to find a few $ to keep him & also still go after that CB in the 1st round. (Assuming the top DE’s are gone)

    Wilcox has 3 teams interested, but again it’s hard to understand why he’d get a huge offer on his fledgling career so far. I want him back, starting at SS with about 15 more pounds on him.

  • Bob Jones

    We have one the worst Coaching Staff’s in the NFL, and we keep getting players from bottom feeding teams like the Eagles and Browns. Big Deal
    Frank Pollack and Leon Lett SUCK as coaches and so do the rest under Jason G, we can go name by name if you like, they all suck, Def and Off coord can not call plays, they run zone every time they need to run man on man they pass when they should run. This team sucks and will never win any playoff games, defend that !

  • Bob Jones

    What really gets me is, Romo leaving because the cap space okay i get it but, to not put him in when you saw Dak Choking, really?

    • Russ_Te

      You mean Dak’s 103.17 rating in the playoff game? Where he overcame bad defense and tied the game down the stretch after being down by 15, and it took a miracle throw from Rodgers and a long FG to lose?

      Get real. Given his finish as a rookie as the 3rd highest passer rating – only behind Ryan and Brady – Prescott is the most valuable future prospect in the NFL.

      • Bob Jones

        Any time your defense is being ran out and your offense does not get 1st downs and hold the TOP long enough for the Defense to catch their breath your Defense is going to get worn out. Our defense played more minutes by halftime then they had in any game all year long. This is and has always been the offense at fault not the defense. Our defense played better this season than they had in 20 years. No way your giving those 13 wins to Dak and not blaming Dak for the Packers loss. Dak Prescott choked the entire game and if not for Dez making a diving catch and then when Dak threw the ball right into the numbers of the defender Dez reached around and stole the ball for a TD thats 14 thanks to Dez NOT Dak. the rest of the game Dak choked 100% Period and Dak always will choke because he has always choked in big games. I said it the day we got him and im saying it now. Dak is a choking machine, great back up but will never win a Superbowl as a starter.

        • Russ_Te

          By that logic as soon as the offense goes 3 and out, the defense is off the hook for getting gashed…

          As you conceded above, the Cowboys D was blown up early in that game. Fatigue is a weak excuse for it.

          It’s your prerogative to think Dak is suspect as a QB. His numbers as a rookie, and in that game, totally disprove it.

          • Bob Jones

            the only thing got blown out was Dak not the Defense because if Dak playes lie he had all year we won by half time no matter the 1st qtr, and if Dak plays half as good as he had all season then we win by the 3rd qtr so STFU Dak choked like the monkey he is!

  • Bob Jones

    Then since were going to be in a total rebuild they try and give us this Choking Machine Dak Prescott as if hes really great when some of us knew the day we got him he was a choking machine. Dak didnt win 13 the Def won 13, and next 2 seasons will prove this. No def worth a flip, Witten and half the line gone, Dak cant save this, We bottom feeding again get ready for it.

  • Bob Jones

    The only way to stop the bleeding is to get a lot of Draft picks for the next 2 seasons, The only way to do that is to trade Dak while they will sucker for this, and then, hate to say it but, Trade Zeke like we did Walker for 2 years worth of Draft Picks. Not hard easy, but since Jones wasnt the one thought of the walker trade he wont do this, he has no balls !!!

  • Bob Jones

    But even with those draft picks, with a coaching staff that has sorry so called coaches as Marc Colombo, Stephen Brown, Frank Pollack (the idiot), Leon Lett who ruins every DT we send him, and Ben Bloom who couldnt coach a DE to save his life and the rest we cant win so this how us real fans know were going to keep sucking and not winning, we us to it.

Game Notes

Ezekiel Elliott Productive in Cowboys Blowout Loss to Colts

John Williams



3 Stars from Dallas Cowboys Loss to the Seattle Seahawks

It was as ugly of a performance as we’ve seen from the Dallas Cowboys in the Jason Garrett era. For the first time in a decade and a half, the Cowboys were shut out and it was a game full of bad pretty much everywhere you looked. Everywhere accept Ezekiel Elliott.

What a waste! 

Elliott and the Cowboys offensive line played well for much of the game even with All-Pro Right Guard Zack Martin missing his first career start and losing starting Left Guard Xavier Su’a-Filo went out with an eye injury. 

On the day, Ezekiel Elliott carries the ball 18 times for 87 yards and added another seven receptions for 41. 25 touches for 128 total yards is a good game, but with nothing else going right for the Cowboys it was a game that ultimately didn’t matter. 

The one play where Elliott and the offensive line failed to come through was early in the game in a fourth and one that the Colts defense seemed to have snuffed out and blew up from the start. Elliott was able to convert a fourth and one later in the game. It looked like Elliott was close to breaking one for a long run several times but got tripped up at the end of the runs. He was his typical self this week. Taking runs that looked to be going for a loss and turning them into positive gains. 

In the race for the NFL's rushing title, Elliott has extended his lead on Todd Gurley to nearly 100 yards rushing. At 1,349 rushing yards on the season, Elliott will have a great shot to set a career high in rushing yards with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants remaining on the schedule. The Bucs have allowed the sixth most rushing yards and the fourth most rushing touchdowns in the NFL this season while the Giants have allowed the fifth most rushing yards and the seventh most rushing touchdowns in 2018.

It was a horrendous loss at a time when the Cowboys could have locked up the NFC East and there is zero excuse for it. They got out coached, out played, and were beaten physically on both sides of the ball and that doesn't happen very often, especially to the defense.

But if we're looking for something positive to take away from this game, it's that with all the offensive line injuries and the poor play of the passing game, Ezekiel Elliott and the running game continues to find ways to shine. With as bad as the loss was, that's something to hang your hat on.

All the Cowboys need to do moving forward is Feed Zeke!

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Sean’s Scout: Cowboys Can’t Finish Drives, Division Clinch with Shutout Loss at Colts

Sean Martin



Sean's Scout: Cowboys Can't Finish Drives, Division Clinch with Shutout Loss at Colts

What is there to say about the Dallas Cowboys week 15 performance? After five straight wins, the last three coming at home, the Cowboys have only a return home to look forward to, facing the 5-9 Buccaneers on Sunday after a 23-0 defeat at the Colts.

Shutout for the first time since 2003, the Cowboys playoff hopes didn't take a hit despite the Redskins and Eagles winning on the road. Washington's last-second win went final just before the Colts ran the clock out on a game the Cowboys simply weren't ready for.

The Cowboys moved the ball well at times but failed to ever come away with points, opening the door for the Colts to expose this defense like it hasn't been all season. The Cowboys front four was hardly a factor on defense, allowing Colts Running Back Marlon Mack to average 5.1 yards a carry. Scoring the Colts only touchdowns, Mack and Andrew Luck assured the Cowboys running game wouldn't be a factor with their 10-0 halftime lead. Down to three backups at LG, C, and RG, Quarterback Dak Prescott stood little chance to bring the Cowboys back as the second half quickly got away from Dallas.

Internally, the Cowboys will have much more to say about their effort on Sunday, but here are just a few of my observations in the first somber edition of Sean's Scout since week nine.

  • The Cowboys defensive problems up front extended well into the second level, with Linebackers Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith both playing one of their worst games of the season. 

The Colts took a blocked Brett Maher field goal 44 yards for the game's opening score. Mack accounted for 34 of these yards and the touchdown. On his seven yard run to set up first and goal, Smith was caught taking a poor angle on Mack. The Cowboys were aggressive rushing up the field on the play, with Smith ending up being in the best position to slow Mack.

Vander Esch was sealed and couldn't fight to get off, which happened again three plays later on third and goal. Leighton looking like a rookie for the first time was just the start of the Cowboys problems, and with Sean Lee being active yet conceding starting snaps to him, it shouldn't take long for Vander Esch to figure things out again.

  • Jamize Olawale's dropped touchdown on third and goal to bring up a failed fourth and one was the moment the Cowboys were taken out of this game. 

This sequence was particularly deflating because the Cowboys did a great job getting down the field to have an opportunity to score. The fourth down decision to run out of a heavy formation, inviting extra defenders to the line of scrimmage, looks especially egregious when stacked against the Amari Cooper rush that picked up the Cowboys initial first down. Rookie Tight End Dalton Schultz got involved, Elliott ripped off a 24 yard run, and the Cowboys still came away empty on this drive.

A year removed from coaching the Cowboys linebackers, Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus had his way with Scott Linehan's offense all afternoon, stymieing their most promising drive after Olawale should have scored easily.

  • The Cowboys only chance to get back in the game was taken away from them by a Joe Looney holding call, just another example of players that had carried them through a winning streak not playing up to standard. 

The Colts took the second half kickoff down the field to extend the lead to 17-0. On fourth and two on the ensuing possession, Prescott hit an injured Cole Beasley for 18 yards to the Colts' 23-yard line. The Cowboys red zone offense certainly doesn't provide the confidence that Dallas would finish the drive, but Looney's hold negated Beasley's catch and forced a punt.

The Colts tacked on a field goal and finished out the game without the Cowboys threatening again. Looney played down to the level of Adam Redmond to his left, who replaced Xavier Su'a-Filo, and Connor Williams in for Zack Martin - though I thought Williams held up fairly well and should be in play to earn more snaps wherever needed.

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The Cowboys can regroup and still accomplish everything they set out for this season, forced to make this loss to the Colts and afterthought like their last one to the Titans became. A five game win streak as a response is out of reach, but a streak of just one is all Dallas needs to clinch the NFC East and focus on improvements for the playoffs.

Tell us what you think about "Sean’s Scout: Cowboys Can’t Finish Drives, Division Clinch with Shutout Loss at Colts" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Next Day Rant: Too Many Letdown Games Under Jason Garrett

Jess Haynie



Jason Garrett

Yesterday's 23-0 shutout in Indianapolis was one of the ugliest losses the Dallas Cowboys have had during Jason Garrett's tenure as head coach. Even though it probably won't cost them a playoff spot this year, let alone the NFC East title, it still reminds us of a painful history with Garrett's teams.

It takes me back to those 8-8 seasons during  Jason's first three years as head coach, when playoff hopes were dashed time and again by that inevitable letdown loss in December.

In 2011, the Cowboys were 8-6 with two games to go. The NFC East was all bunched together, with the division title and playoffs in reach. Dallas fell flat in a 20-7 home loss to the Eagles, then got walloped 31-14 in New York.

2012; Dallas is again 8-6. They lost at home, in overtime, to a Saints team that finished the year 7-9. It robbed them of the chance to make their Week 17 finale against Washington, the eventual division winner, a meaningful game.

2013; Dallas is 7-5 after Thanksgiving. They go 1-3 to finish the year, losing to two teams who finished the year with just 8 wins each.

This loss reminded me of those years, where the team just didn't look hungry or emotionally prepared to play despite having everything to play for. For as much as we've credited Jason Garrett for his work as a motivator and leader, these blemishes can't be ignored.


The Indianapolis Colts ran over the Dallas Cowboys in their 23-0 shutout victory (Week 15, 2018).

To be fair, yesterday's game was a recipe for a loss. The Cowboys were riding high on their five-game win streak. They knew that all they needed was one win in their next three games to clinch the NFC East.

Meanwhile, the Colts are part of a cluster of teams vying for the last Wild Card spot in the AFC. One loss could be the difference between playing football in January or preparing for the offseason.

One team was comfortable and maybe a little complacent, and the other was desperate. Throw in home field and having a better quarterback, and Indianapolis was rightly favored to win the game.

But that 3-point spread was one thing, and Dallas losing 23-0 is another.

Other than their upset win over New Orleans, the Cowboys haven't exactly been taking on the cream of the NFL crop during this win streak. Atlanta is 5-9 and the Eagles and Redskins are both just 7-7.

This Colts game was a chance for Dallas to show its mettle against a legitimate playoff contender. They'd failed throughout the year, losing to Carolina, Seattle, Houston, and Tennessee. But that was before they got hot and got Amari Cooper going.

This game needed to be different. But instead, it was very familiar.

Once again, Jason Garrett's Cowboys couldn't seal the deal. They got outclassed by a team which, by all appearances, is equal to them in talent.

Is the Cowboys 2018 Season Circling the Drain? 1

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. (Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

Panic mode is silly when it comes to Dallas making the playoffs. If they can't get a win over the next two weeks with the Bucs and Giants on the schedule, they don't deserve to be there anyway.

The Cowboys should still win the NFC East regardless of what happened yesterday, but now the concern is if this team is really ready for the playoffs. Because a legit playoff team just made us look like hot garbage.

In the 2014 and 2016 seasons, we've taken solace in how close those games have been. If the Dez catch had been called correctly, or if Aaron Rodgers hadn't pulled that throw to Jared Cook out of his butt, the Cowboys might have very well advanced to the NFC Championship. They were contenders, and they took those games down to the wire.

But is this Dallas team a contender, or are they going to be the champions of a weak division? Will they compete in January?

That's the scary thought that yesterday's disaster leaves me with. On average, Jason Garrett has these guys motivated to play. Even when you question the X's and O's, the team almost always seems to play hard.

But they didn't in Indianapolis. They appeared to be resting on the laurels of their win streak and seemingly inevitable division title, and that's concerning with playoff games on the horizon.

Maybe this game was exactly the kind of wake-up call that this young roster needed. This isn't 2016 again; you're not rolling into the playoffs as a 13-win juggernaut.

A good coach uses a game like this to help his team learn and grow. It's actually great for them if it eradicates any potential complacency that had set in.

But that means Jason Garrett has to overcome his history. We've been let down too many times already.

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