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Defensive Player of the Year Announced



The 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year has been announced! No DeMarcus Ware did not win the award. Why? I wondered the same thing myself. So I went looking for answers, and after doing that I am more confused now than I was before!

The award winner was none other than James Harrison, followed by DeMarcus Ware, and Ed Reed. I was shocked to see that James Harrison had won the award, not anything against Harrison he just did not have as good a year as DeMarcus did.

James Harrison is a great player who had a great year. Harrison ended the year with 16.0 sacks, 7 forced fumbles, and 59 tackles. Lets be honest though if Ware has 2.5 more sacks Ware wins the award going away. So if he wins it going away with 22.5 sacks how does he not at least win out a squeaker with 20.0 sacks? DeMarcus Ware's final stat sheet looked like this: 20.0 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, and 69 tackles.

Yes I know I have a biased opinion on this, but to me DeMarcus Ware should have won this award. James Harrison has the privilege of playing opposite of LaMarr Woodley (10th in the league in sacks) and James Farrior (6th in tackles) and Troy Polamalu (the second best safety in the league) and the top ranked defense in the NFL. While Ware carries the Dallas defense pretty much by himself! The last time I checked this award was designed to go to the TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER and by the numbers DeMarcus Ware was the best their was! Like all other "individual" awards if your team is a loser then you must be as well! Sorry D-Ware as far as A Cowboy Nation is concerned you are our Defensive Player of the Year!

  • Mike D


  • bags030404

    Ha Ha Ha I get it! You spun that like T.O. and Romo last year! Your funny. You should become a stand up comic! Your comments are sooooooooooooo insightful! This does not shock me though you are a giants fan! Enjoy the butt kickin from the Eagles this weekend! I am anxiously awaiting the sounds of Elisha laying on his back screaming like a girl! How are the mandatory gun control lessons going?

  • Mike D

    Bags-you dont really think that Donovan McPuke is going to beat the Super Bowl MVP in a Big Game Do YOu? Cmon this aint Dallas Bro. Gmen dont “Bend over” in big games. We will DOMINATE the EGirls.
    As for Bureess,I fully expect him to be battling TO,Gayton and Williams for playing time next season as he will be released in the Offseason. Unlike old Jerruh the NYG do not tolerate guys that hurt the Team cause and are me first guys. He will fit in well down there with the rest of the tools you have. He’ll be a great asset blocking for Michael Vick when he comes down to run the Wildcat in Irving next year:-)

  • bags030404

    Dexter Jackson, Larry Brown, and Deion Branch are also Super Bowl MVP’s! Your team will only go as far as your running backs will take you, Tavaris Jackson could run your offense and do the same things Elisha does, he is an average QB at best (can you say Brad Johnson 5 years ago). You have an excellent team, but you are in for a rude awakening if you think you are just going to roll through the playoffs back to the super bowl. As a matter of fact your exact situation looks eerily similar to mine last year!

  • Mike D

    So are you admitting that even Taveris Jackson would have beaten you in the playoffs last year?
    Call Eli whatever you want, I wouldnt trade him for ANY QB in the League, especially not that pathetic choke artist you have down in there in “little D” Tony BLowmo

  • bags030404

    Oh my God! You guys win one SB and to hear you talk one would think the Giants win every year, and that Elisha is the “Greatest of All Timezzzz”.What I was admitting is that Brad Johnson of 5 years ago is the same player that Elisha is. Look at their stats they are the same!

  • Pierce34

    Mike..I love your clever nicknames for everyone, it really shows your true maturity. I am going to love watching “Donovan McPuke” bend your little G-string men over this week.

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REPORT: Cowboys DL David Irving’s Accuser Retracts Claims Of Domestic Violence

Kevin Brady



David Irving

After what was a rather crazy day which resulted in reports the Frisco Police Department were investigating Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving for domestic violence, the accuser has now retracted her claims.

This retraction comes after the mentioned reports of domestic violence claims against David Irving earlier in the day. Irving was neither arrested nor charged for the incidents, though two separate allegations were made.

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

Irving has claimed through his own social media account that his accuser is an ex-girlfriend looking for retaliation over a breakup. Irving has already said he has changed the locks on his house in attempt to change behavior moving forward.

Whether or not Irving abused his reported ex-girlfriend is not for me to say, but it will be interesting to see how Roger Goodell handles the matter after she retracted her claims later in the day. As we know very well, the NFL can claim violation of the personal conduct policy even if the justice system pursues no charges.

And the results of both the Frisco PD's investigation and that of the league office will be intriguing over the coming weeks and months.

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REPORT: Cowboys DE/DT David Irving Suspected of Domestic Violence

Jess Haynie



David Irving

[4/24/18 UPDATE: Irving's accuser has since recanted with police. However, the NFL could still investigate under their domestic violence policy.]


Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is under investigation by Frisco, TX police for charges of domestic violence, according to a report by Jobin Panicker of WFAA-ABC in Dallas.

The following was tweeted from Panicker's account not long ago:

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms it is investigating serious allegations against Cowboys player David Irving. No arrests. Assault-Bodily Injury, Unlawful Restraint, & Assault-Impeding Breath and Circulation @wfaa

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

The veracity of the accusations are certainly not ours to judge, but other recent events on Irving's social suggest he is in the middle of a breakup with his girlfriend. Posts early this morning on his Twitter account appeared to be from an unauthorized user, and David later posted on both Twitter and Instagram that someone had hacked him.

Furthermore, Irving shared that he was already taking steps due to the volatile situation.

David Ja Rodd Irving on Twitter

@DCBlueStar Changed the locks yesterday

While personal lives should stay that way, Cowboys fans are understandably concerned after what happened last year with Ezekiel Elliott. As we saw then, Roger Goodell's "justice" system allows for just an accusation to lead to a suspension. There is no burden of proof on the accuser.

And as in that case, even if the police dismiss the allegation, the NFL can still pursue the matter under the personal conduct and domestic violence policies.

It would be nice to just say "let the process play out," but the NFL commissioner doesn't hold himself to that standard. Therefore, we have to report this as it could mean consequences for David Irving and the Dallas Cowboys no matter how legitimate the claims are.

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Jaylon Smith Practicing Without AFO Brace

John Williams



Jaylon Smith Voted Cowboys' Ed Block Courage Award Winner 1

A lot of the talk circling the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL Draft is the need for the Cowboys to draft a linebacker as insurance to Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith's injury issues.

One of the questions, Sean Lee, will always be a question. When he's on the field, he's as good a linebacker as there is in the NFL. In 2016, he finally got in a near full season and rewarded the Dallas Cowboys with an All-Pro season that led the team to the playoffs. Talent has never been the issue with Lee. Keeping him on the field has been.

Jaylon Smith's question isn't his health as much as it is his recovery. The surgery to repair his ACL and MCL that he suffered at the end of his final season at Notre Dame was considered a success. There was a caveat, however, that there was no telling how much functionality would return because of the massive nerve injury that occurred.

Last year, Jaylon Smith actually played football games. No small step. In some games he made some plays and in other games, it was clear that he was still struggling with changing directions and running with receivers and running backs in coverage.

Time is Jaylon's biggest ally and another offseason removed from his injury should only help him get stronger and more confident in his recovering knee.

Lost in all of the Dez Bryant hoopla was a beautiful little nugget that Jaylon Smith teased Cowboys Nation with last week.

Jaylon provided a great look at his training regimen on the first day of team workouts and if you look closely, you'll see with a Clear Eye View that Jaylon Smith isn't wearing a brace, tape, or any other kind of support. On his knee or foot.

Jaylon Smith on Twitter

Focused vision, Determined belief, Earned dreams. #ClearEyeView

Remember that even after Jaylon was playing and practicing without a knee brace, he was still requiring an AFO brace to help with his foot drop.

Oh, how much one offseason can change things.

Mike Fisher, now of, quoted Smith as saying, "I have more power and more flexibility now. And the dropfoot (issue) is fading. Absolutely!'' over on, and there was this:

"As our colleague Bryan Broaddus has previously noted, it does seem that some of the testing is behind him, that the nerve is regenerating, that the repaired knee is stronger than ever and that more improvement is ahead of him. Smith's 6-2, 245-pound body is about as sculpted as is imaginable. His mind is sculpted, too, the result of his faith and his intellect and his personality and more. He suggests now that more improvement is inevitable, and that includes the medical improvement that is now, to him, simply "a matter of timing.'''

Mike Fisher - 105.3 The Fan and

There is still a lot of hope around The Star and Cowboys Nation that Jaylon Smith can return to the All-American form that was projecting him as a top-five talent in the 2016 NFL Draft. If he's healthy and moving with better lateral movement and agility than he was in 2017, that's a huge step forward for Jaylon Smith and the Dallas Cowboys.

The progression of his knee and his confidence in said knee is going to be a huge determining factor in Dallas' plans to draft a linebacker. If they feel confident that he will be a more functional linebacker in 2018 than he was in 2017, then perhaps they could wait until day two or three to address the linebacker position.

We can't fully know their intentions as we get closer to draft day. How they address the linebacker position in the 2018 NFL Draft could give us an excellent indication of how they feel about Jaylon Smith's progression.

What we do know is that Jaylon Smith will never give up working toward being an elite middle linebacker. Let's hope he can realize his dreams. Everyone will be better for it.

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