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Despite Media’s Criticism, Callahan’s Promotion is a Good One



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On Tuesday Cowboys’ Offensive Line coach Bill Callahan revealed that he would be calling the plays for the offense this season. Callahan’s statements gave confirmation to speculations that had been swirling around Dallas for some time now.

Callahan said that he was “flattered” to be given the responsibility of play calling, a duty that Head Coach Jason Garrett has handled himself since 2007.

This most recent change at Valley Ranch has possibly caused a great stir among the media and fans. Many speculate that Garrett himself is not happy with the change because he has yet to confirm that Callahan will be calling the plays.

It should be noted however, that most head coaches don’t handle the play calling. This isn’t to say that Garrett won’t be involved in the play calling. He most certainly will be largely involved, and it should take some pressure off Garrett, allowing him to become more of a head coach and less of an offensive coordinator.

Garrett was a good offensive coordinator for the Cowboys, but now he is the head coach and that obviously entails a lot more responsibility. Without having the burden and criticism of play calling, Garrett will arguably have room to improve as a head coach.

Now whether or not Callahan will be a good play caller is another matter entirely. He hasn’t called plays since he was the head coach at Nebraska University. This will be the first time he has been an NFL play caller so we won’t really know what to expect until the season begins.

Jerry Jones and Garrett both praised Callahan’s ability to call plays and apparently this led to the decision that the Cowboys organization has been talking about for some time. However, expect Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo to be heavily involved throughout the season in offensive scheming and play calling as well.

While the media is trying to turn this whole ordeal into a Jones versus Garrett controversy, it isn’t. It’s just a change that needed to be made. It makes sense and it’s a practical decision as far as football goes. The Cowboys organization believes it is the right move and there’s nothing more to it than that.

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

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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.

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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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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



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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.

Todd Archer on Twitter

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...

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.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

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L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

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Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker 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:

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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