We all know the high expectations surrounding the Dallas Cowboys 2015 season. The offense as a whole stayed intact and there were numerous upgrades on defense. There’s talk of, not only an NFC East Division title, but raising the Lombardi trophy at Levi’s Stadium.
Football is a team effort--from the front office down to the 53rd man on the roster. All must contribute to do their part for the team to have success. The one player this year that must continue to succeed in his role is none other than the great Dan Bailey.
Bailey will enter the 2015 season with a career field goal percentage of 89.8% per NFL.com.
That is going to have to continue in order for the Cowboys to be successful this year, considering that extra points are now essentially a 33-yard attempt. Looking at the Cowboys upcoming schedule, the thing that jumped out immediately to me was the December road games at Green Bay, Washington, and Buffalo.
While I can’t predict the weather or the supposed global warming effect, I’ll just pretend like I’m an Idaho weather reporter and say that it will probably be cold with a 50/50 chance of wind and snow for all three games.
It’s inevitable that one if not all three games will be close, with the potential game-winning field goal or extra point resting on the right leg of Bailey.
There’s also the possibility that one of those games could be the NFC East division clincher that could propel the Cowboys toward playoff home field advantage to begin their Super Bowl 50 run.
In the past, Bailey had been automatic on extra point attempts. So, when the Cowboys scored a touchdown, it was the perfect time (for me at least), to get a much-needed bathroom break and replace the defective beer can--they always seem to have a hole in the bottom or be half empty on game day.
It won’t be as automatic on Sunday the 27th in Buffalo if the snow is blowing sideways over a frozen field, with Bailey about to attempt the 33-yard extra point to give the Cowboys the lead and secure home field for the playoffs.
If Dallas is going have a successful season in 2015, they’re going to have to hope that Bailey will continue with his success and accuracy. Every game matters, every point matters--a missed or made extra point could make or break the Cowboys season. So raise your glass and make a toast to Dan Bailey continuing with his tried and true ways.
Do you believe Dan Bailey can continue to be automatic on extra point attempts?
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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