Well that really sucked! This was the first time in many years that I stopped watching a Cowboy game at halftime, without recording it to watch it later! I should have saved myself the grief and turned the channel after the first quarter. This team (they do not deserve this title) quit! I can count on one hand the players that played hard and did not quit. We can rant and rave about how the coaches did not do a good job, and we would be correct in all those raves, but the ones that we should be blasting are the players. After all the players are the ones that must execute!
In all my years I have never been ashamed of being a Cowboy fan, but I am today. The Cowboys have all ways been a team that fought hard, and had never say never attitude. The team that showed up yesterday was nothing more than a bunch of losers. The following players are excused from any ridicule from me. Jason Witten, Tashard Choice, Patrick Crayton, and Brooks Bolinger. Why Brooks Bolinger? Well he did the best possible job at holding the clip board that you could ask! Jason Witten, and Patrick Crayton were the only two receivers that seemed to understand that when a blitz is coming you can not continue to run a 30 yard pattern! You must cut that route off short and find a spot for your QB to get you the ball quickly. Tashard Choice because he never stopped. He went as hard as he could go on every play (The only player on the team that attempted to chase down the fumble return).
I do not understand how with your playoff lives on the line, you just completely quit! It's not that they got beat. I and many of you could have dealt with a loss if they had played hard! Unfortunately they do not respect themselves, their fans, or their teammates enough to do that.
First on my list is the offensive line! Did this unit even get on the plane? As much as Tony was on his back I would want to check the flight register to verify this! This line has not played well for a while now, but yesterday was absolutely ridiculous. Time after time I saw three players on Romo and Colombo, Adams, McQuistan, Davis, Gurode standing 5 yards in front of him without anyone to block! What the hell???? Does the question not come to the mind of any of these guys as to WHY? Did they not after the first time this happened not go to the sideline and ask to see the pictures? Playing offensive line has more to do with want to, than footwork, and ability! Sure you have to have a ton of ability to play in the NFL, but when everyone on the field is of similar abilities Heart, Desire, and Want to is what sets people apart! You can be nine foot tall and 500 pounds and quick as a cat but if you don't play hard and TRY you will always FAIL.
Receiving corps you guys sucked! All those not named Patrick Crayton and Jason Witten enjoy your extended vacation I hope you all have a good time spending your millions of dollars you were paid! All of you love to run your mouths, saying things like "I need to be more involved" "When I am involved we win games" well if you guys new what a blitz looked like, and understood what you as a receiver are supposed to do when you see a blitz YOU MIGHT GET THE BALL THROWN TO YOU!!!!!! Maybe if you ran every route like it was your last YOU MIGHT GET THE BALL THROWN TO YOU!!!!!!! Roy I love you man, and I understand you have been battling a foot injury, But Dammit if you are too hurt to get inside position on a seem route then don't freaking play! Myself and many others have wanted you to play for the Cowboys for a long time, injury or not though you have got to step up and by all means shut up if you cannot do your job!
Marion Barber I love you man but hold on to the freaking ball! This game was not the first time you have coughed it up, you LEAD THE LEAGUE IN FUMBLES BY A RB!!!!
Defense where the hell were you guys? You guys may be strong physically, but mentally you grotesquely weak! Since the injury to Romo the season has been upon your shoulders! You guys have had some outstanding games. The question must be asked though, when the game is on the line who do you want on the field? If you had asked me this question two weeks ago I would have said the defense without second thought! After the last two games however you guys would not even make the top two! That is saying something because as awful as the offense and special teams has played I would rather them be on the field than you! Not one of you took it upon yourself to make sure everyone was ready to play! Not one of you went over and above what was expected of you! Not one of you even extended yourself! You all have made nothing but excuses all season as to why things did not go right. Somehow all of you have played football this long and still do not understand the game or no how to tackle! You all have given up over 600 yards rushing in 3 games (Giants,Ravens,Eagles) 400 of those yards given up in games that would clinch a playoff birth for your team. Not one of you even has the balls to step up and be a leader and accepted blame! I have been behind you and blasted the coaches for not having you prepared. You all sat and watched your coordinator take all the blame for your lack of preparation and desire! You all expect us the fans to back you even when you don't show up, when we call you out you just side step the problem and point to someone else to take the blame! Well I am sick of the excuses! Here is a new concept take a look at yourself and ask yourself these questions: (1) Did I do my job to the best of my ability? (2) Did I make sure the man standing next to me new what he was doing? (3) Did I do anything extra that was not asked of me? I truly believe if each one of you ask yourself these questions you will find the answers as to what went wrong! The problem is I think you guys already know what went wrong but you all choose to not look at the problem for fear that you may have to make changes to yourself!
Coaches you guys make me want to vomit! Most of you are very good coaches, and have shown this in your past. You are all incredibly stubborn though, and either fail to see or do not want to see the real problems with this team. How can you stand up their after a game like yesterday and say "I thought we practiced well, and thought we would play well" and "We practiced as well as we have all year" Shitty play on Sunday is a direct reflection of practice or lack there of during the week! How is it possible for a person to think you practiced well and yet you still have the same problems you have had all year! Maybe you should take a look at the way you practice? Just a suggestion! How is it that you know your o-line has been getting destroyed for weeks but you still stick with slow developing plays? Your receivers do not know how to read a blitz, yet you still have plays in the book that require them to be able to read one? Here is a new concept via 1993 "run right, run left, slant right, slant left" throw all that other Princeton bullshit out the window and execute the simple things! You have one of the biggest o-lines in football yet we cannot run the ball between the tackles? You all like the players need to take a long hard look at yourself and answer the same three questions I gave the players to answer! Jerry says he is standing by all of you, well as far as I am concerned you have to earn back from me what I was so willing to just give you before, MY LOYALTY! It is now show me time! I will not stand for anymore excuses! SHOW ME!!!!!!!!!
It is going to be a loooooooooong winter! At least we as fans can walk away with our dignity still intact! Everyone at Valley Ranch does not even leave with that! In honor of all of you responsible for making me ashamed to be your fan may this video play repeatedly where ever you go!
Can Cowboys DT Daniel Ross Fight His Way Onto 2019 Roster?
For two seasons, Daniel Ross has been a solid reserve at defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys. They thought enough of Ross to re-sign him this offseason, but other additions at DT may have stolen Ross' roster spot. Is there anything Daniel can do to fight his way back on the 53?
In late 2017, Dallas signed Ross off the Chiefs' practice squad due to injuries at defensive tackle. He was active in three games and recorded one sack as a backup. Daniel returned last year and was active in 13 games, again recording a single sack in his limited playing time.
With only two accrued seasons in the NFL, Ross was an Exclusive Rights Free Agent this past offseason. Daniel would be unable to negotiate with other teams unless Dallas waived his rights, but the Cowboys brought Ross back on a one-year deal before free agency even opened.
Unfortunately for Ross, though, the Cowboys also signed veteran Christian Covington to play DT for them this year. They then spent their 2nd-round pick on Trysten Hill.
With those players joining Tyrone Crawford, Maliek Collins, and Antwaun Woods in the interior defensive line, it's hard to see a spot for Daniel Ross going forward.
The Cowboys are unlikely to keep more than five defensive tackles. To make the team, Daniel Ross is probably going to have to beat Christian Covington for that last spot on the depth chart.
Covington feels like a sure thing, though. Dallas signed him to a one-year, $2.5 million deal to convert to DT after playing four years as a 3-4 end in Houston. They must feel pretty good about his potential with that kind of salary.
One other avenue for Ross to make the team would be Dallas either trading or releasing Tyrone Crawford, which seems unlikely but isn't unrealistic. Crawford's versatility isn't as valuable now that Robert Quinn and Kerry Hyder have joined the DE ranks.
The Cowboys could still decide they want to save $7 million in cap space by moving on from Crawford. If so, having a solid guy like Ross to fill out the DT position is added motivation.
Even if Daniel can't make it onto the 53-man roster he's still eligible for the practice squad. But even that won't be a sure thing; undrafted free agents Daniel Wise and Ricky Walker are younger and should be competitive.
Since going undrafted in 2017, Daniel Ross has had stops with four different NFL clubs. Will he be able to stick around in Dallas, or will he be looking for a fifth team after final cuts? He has the talent to play in the league, but the Cowboys just may not have an opening for him in 2019.
Predicting Dallas Cowboys Roster Locks, Pre-Training Camp Edition
With the Dallas Cowboys training camp just around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to draw attention to their current roster. From top to bottom, the Cowboys have one of the deepest rosters at their disposable heading into the 2019 season. But in order to get under the league mandated 53-man roster Dallas will have to release quite a few talented players.
With that in mind, I thought I'd take a shot at predicting which Dallas Cowboys players should be considered roster locks right now. I tried to narrow down to the players who I am the most confident in right now, not the ones who can eventually secure a roster spot at some point in training camp or preseason.
I should probably warn you right now… I tried to avoid any "pet cats", roster bubble guys, or players I would personally pound the table for. The players listed below are the ones I'm nearly 100% sure make the Dallas Cowboys final 2019 53-man roster.
Dallas Cowboys 35 Roster Locks
|RB||Ezekiel Elliott||Tony Pollard|
|WR||Amari Cooper||Michael Gallup||Randall Cobb|
|OL||Tyron Smith||Connor Williams||Travis Frederick||Zack Martin||La'el Collins||Cameron Fleming||Connor McGovern|
|DE||DeMarcus Lawrence||Robert Quinn||Dorrance Armstrong||Tyrone Crawford|
|DT||Antwaun Woods||Maliek Collins||Tryston Hill|
|LB||Sean Lee||Jaylon Smith||Leighton Vander Esch||Joe Thomas|
|CB||Byron Jones||Chidobe Awuzie||Anthony Brown||Jourdan Lewis|
|S||Xavier Woods||Jeff Heath||George Iloka||Donovan Wilson|
|ST||Chris Jones||L.P. Ladouceur|
35 out of 53 may seem like a low number of Dallas Cowboys players who I believe have already locked up a roster spot, but with the depth this team has it's really not. There's no way of really knowing how many players the Cowboys will keep at each position, which makes predicting these roster locks that much more difficult. Regardless though, the 35 players listed above are the ones I am the most confident about.
Biggest Surprise Roster Locks
If you look over the 35 players who I believe have locked up a roster spot already, there's not a whole lot of surprises. I think the only player I would consider a surprise would be Safety Donovan Wilson. As a rookie, and a sixth-round pick at that, Wilson seems like a longshot to even make the final 53-man roster, but not if you look at the current the depth at the position. I believe all he has to do is beat out Kavon Frazier, which shouldn't be that difficult.
The only other player that could possibly be a surprise is Cornerback Jourdan Lewis. The only reason I mention him is because the Cowboys "supposedly" put him on the trade block last year. I think they've learned though he is someone who needs more playing time, which is why I have him listed above.
Biggest Surprise Roster Snubs
You may have noticed a few names who I snubbed as roster locks for the Dallas Cowboys, but which ones were the biggest surprises?
The first player you may have noticed missing was WR/RB Tavon Austin. He's a dynamic player when he can get the ball in space, especially in the return game, but in no way do I view him as a roster lock this year. Tony Pollard, the Cowboys third-round pick this year, is a similar player that could make Austin expendable.
The next player you may have noticed missing is C/OG Joe Looney. He filled in nicely for Travis Frederick last year and quite possibly saved the Cowboys 2018 season. His versatility to play along the OL could be important, but rookie C/OG Connor McGovern could fill that role as well. Despite that though, Looney still has a good chance to make the final 53-man roster.
The last player I think who might be a surprise is Defensive End Taco Charlton. He is entering the ever important Year 3 with the Dallas Cowboys, but despite being a former first-round pick he's no sure bet that to make the roster. The Cowboys have some talented depth at DE who could push Charlton off the roster.
Who would be your Dallas Cowboys roster locks ahead of training camp?
Should Cowboys Consider Bringing Back Alex Tanney as Backup QB?
If the Dallas Cowboys aren't happy about their quarterback depth by the end of preseason, they should be looking to add someone from other teams' roster cuts. One player that could become available is a former Cowboy, Alex Tanney, and he may be one of the best options they'll have.
Tanney is currently with the New York Giants and served as Eli Manning's backup last year. He's floated around the NFL since going undrafted in 2012, being part of eight different teams.
Alex's tenure in Dallas came in 2013 when the Cowboys signed him just before training camp. Tanney flashed his potential during the preseason but it wasn't enough to get him on the 53-man roster. Dallas kept just two QBs that year, Tony Romo and Kyle Orton, and signed Tanney to their practice squad.
In November of that season, the Cleveland Browns poached Alex and signed him to their roster. Then came a series of stops with other teams' practice squad before finally landing with the Tennessee Titans, where he got his first and only playing time in a regular season game.
In 2015, Tanney finished the Titans meaningless regular-season finale. He completed 10-of-14 passes for 99 yards and one touchdown.
After spending last year with the Giants as the backup QB but never having to play, Tanney re-signed with New York for a two year deal this past March. But that was before the Giants spent their first-round pick on QB Daniel Jones
New York has kept three quarterbacks on the roster the last two years, but only kept two in 2016. With a clear top-two of Manning and Jones, and Daniel obviously their QB of the future, could they decide to let their other passers go at final cuts?
By only giving Tanney $75,000 in guaranteed money on his new contract, the Giants certainly left themselves the option of cutting him.
Alex Tanney now has seven years of NFL experience with multiple teams. He'll have just spent a full year and a second offseason with one of the Cowboys' division rivals, perhaps offering some insights into Pat Shurmur's system.
Ideally, the Cowboys will be content at quarterback if Cooper Rush or Mike White can earn their confidence over the next two months. But after reported struggles from both during mini-camps and OTAs, there is reason for concern.
This will all be moot, of course, if the Giants decide to keep Alex as a their third quarterback. But there is reason to think he could hit the open market, and if so he may be one of the few decent options that Dallas has to try and improve their QB depth.
In the end, Alex Tanney may not be a better option than Rush or White. But if the Cowboys find themselves desperate by September, he should at least be worth a second look.
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