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Family Squabble: Tony Romo, Deion Sanders Trade Shots on Television

Jess Haynie

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Tony Romo, Deion Sanders

While most of Cowboys Nation was unified in celebration after yesterday's big win over the Kansas City Chiefs, two members of the Cowboys fraternity were at odds. After Tony Romo made a fairly benign joke regarding Deion Sanders' notorious tackling woes during his CBS broadcast, Sanders fired back on NFL Network with some direct shots at Romo's lack of postseason success.

After Chiefs' cornerback Marcus Peters appeared to duck under Ezekiel Elliott instead of going for a tackle, Romo jokingly compared him to Deion Sanders. While arguably the greatest cornerback of all time, Sanders was well-known for avoiding contact and taking the path of least resistance on tackles. Peters' half-hearted dive when confronted with Zeke certainly reminded me of the Primetime I watched for many years.

Apparently Deion didn't agree, though. At the least, he didn't like being called out by Romo. Later on his NFL Network show, Sanders fired back at Romo in a clip that quickly went from funny to uncomfortable.

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As you can see, Sanders wasted no time going at Romo's playoff record and lack of championships. That he mentioned "burying the hatchet" suggests the two may have had some animosity in the past, likely regarding Deion's consistent criticism during Romo's time as the Cowboys' quarterback. Deion was not only a strong critic but also, last year, strongly endorsed Dak Prescott and encouraged Romo to retire.

Romo's joke may have been at Prime's expense, but it was hardly a unique one. If Sanders isn't used to hearing the cracks about his tackling by now, he'll never be.

It's a good thing Deion has that gold jacket, because apparently he's got some pretty thin skin underneath it.

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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7 Comments
  • sangerchris

    Fuck u Dion Sanders sissy ass tackler

  • Charles

    That’s funny Deion I thought football was a team sport. Yet you put the sole blame of lack of playoff success squarely on Romo.

  • Travis Diggs

    If i were Romo I wouldn’t speak on people with rings, gold jackets, and playoff wins Pick on guys like Matt hasselback, or cris collinsworth. We know your good at your new job but We will always remember you as the cowboy qb who never got it done when it mattered. Deion single handedly came to Dallas and brought us a ring in 95 on the defensive side of the ball. 12 years of Romo and only two playoff wins. Im sorry but Romo cant win this battle, the resume says it all

    • Jess Haynie

      Travis, I appreciate your consistent commenting but really disagree with you on this one. First off all, Deion didn’t do anything “single-handedly.” He joined a team that had already won two Super Bowls and was just a play or two away from winning the NFC Championship game the year before. He was an amazing player, but football doesn’t allow for any one player to truly carry a team. Even quarterbacks are reliant on the line to block and the receivers to get open and complete the catch.

      Second, Romo wasn’t trying to compare resumes. All he did was make a joke that’s been made a thousand times about Deion Sanders since he was a player. Even when he was a superstar player, you knew Sanders wasn’t into tackling. I was 13 years old and I remember that. That he got bent out of shape about it now is more about some issue he has with Romo than anything, which is why he responded with a far more personal, below-the-belt shot.

      Romo isn’t a player anymore. Now that he’s a commentator, it’s his job to talk about the NFL as it is and was. He can’t be worried about the fact he never won a Super Bowl when he starts analyzing the play of Tom Brady anymore than when he cracks a joke about Deion’s tackling. He is now an observer and critic of the game, and he’s about as naturally good at it as anyone we’ve ever seen.

      Maybe that’s what Deion’s really upset about?

  • dallas1966

    Everyone needs to take a chill pill. Both Romo and Prime Time are no longer active players in the NFL. Romo now wears the CBS blue jacket, while Prime Time, wears a Pro Football Hall of Fame Gold jacket. Both have accomplished their goals, and haven’t miss a meal.

    • Bobby Harris

      Interesting conversation. Jess makes a great point in regards to the type of teams these 2 played on. Deion joined Super bowl caliber teams, while Romo joined a franchise that was rebuilding. I tend to compare Romo’s stats/career to Steve Young. Difference being that Young joined a dynasty littered with HOF caliber players and coaches; while Romo played with Whitten and constant coaching carosel.

      Bottom line, Romo is judged by a QB standard while every other position is judged by their performance. Whitten will be a first ballot HOF’er while Romo, who finished as a top 5 QB of all time, could be on the outside looking in because he wasn’t lucky enough to play on a team that carried him to the SB… ala Eli…

  • Adam Mwakikoti

    RT Deion, you weren’t the best tackler. My favorite defensive player…check, the best watch in 20 years on football screen…check, good at tackling… fuck no. So what Tony ain’t got no rings. That’s because The Dallas Cowboys wasted the best of Tony because they didn’t give him an O-line. No player in the history of football would have done as good as Tony Romo without an O-line. So yeah, suck it up Deion.

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Cowboys en Español: DeMarcus Lawrence, ¿Etiqueta o Contrato?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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El pasado martes 20 de febrero, comenzó a lo que se le puede llamar una especie de "prólogo" a la agencia libre. Esa fecha marcó el primer día para que los equipos de la NFL designen jugadores franquicia o de transición. Alrededor de la liga, muchos nombres como el de Le'Veon Bell resaltan en esta conversación.

Y uno de los más grandes y conocidos, es el del defensive end de los Dallas Cowboys: DeMarcus Lawrence.

Hace unos días, se reportó que los Cowboys le darían la etiqueta franquicia a D-Law, algo que todos veíamos venir desde hace rato. Sin embargo, aún no se le otorga dicha etiqueta, sino que lo harán más cerca de la fecha límite para hacerlo, el 6 de Marzo.

En enero escribí un poco más a fondo sobre como funcionan las etiquetas franquicia en la NFL. 

Al inicio de su carrera, Lawrence fue un tanto decepcionante. No logró mantenerse sano, recibió una suspensión de cuatro juegos en el 2016 y antes de la última temporada, no había sido nada especial. Sin embargo, en el 2017 estuvo entre los mejores defensivos de la liga.

Lawrence logró capturar 14.5 veces a los quarterbacks contrarios (había conseguido sólo nueve en toda su carrera) y 35 tackles. No sólo mejoró increíblemente presionando el juego aéreo, sino que también se convirtió en una fuerza contra el juego terrestre.

Podemos hablar de estadísticas todo lo que queramos, pero creo que todos vimos lo que sucedió en el campo semana tras semana.

Un jugador que juegue de la manera que jugó DeMarcus este 2017, merece un gran, gran contrato. El problema es, que esta ha sido su única buena temporada. Y ahora la administración tiene que decidir que hacer respecto a este joven talento de sólo 25 años de edad.

¿Dejar que juegue en el 2018 bajo la etiqueta franquicia? ¿O darle un contrato a largo plazo, asegurando que use la Estrella por varios años?

Definitivamente no es una opción tan fácil como parece. Stephen y Jerry Jones han sido criticados por mucho los últimos años (bastantes veces erróneamente), y Lawrence es una oportunidad perfecta para lucirse... o quedar mal con su afición por muchos años.

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¿Qué si le dan una jugosa extensión de contrato y nunca volvemos a ver al mismo jugador que vimos dominar líneas ofensivas en el 2017? ¿Qué pasa si por alguna razón juega en otro equipo tras el 2018, y termina siendo uno de los mejores de la NFL?

Según reportes, Lawrence está pidiendo 17 millones por año, lo cuál lo pondría entre los mejores pagados de su posición actualmente. El DE de los Giants Olivier Vernon promedia esa cantidad, y sorpresa, sorpresa... ambos jugadores cuentan con el mismo agente.

Finalmente, por años hemos ansiado un caza cabezas para los Dallas Cowboys. Año tras año, hablamos de novatos como Joey Bosa o agentes libres como Dwight Freeney que podrían cambiar el rumbo de la defensiva de este equipo.

Pues ahora, los Cowboys cuentan con uno.

Sí, no se mantuvo sano durante los primeros tres años de su carrera, pero cuando lo estuvo demostró ser un jugador de mucha calidad. Quizá esta vez, si sea la ocasión para romper el cochinito y pagarle su merecido dinero a Lawrence.

Y con un poco de suerte, seguirá siendo el mismo que fue la temporada pasada y los Cowboys contarán con un excelente jugador en su línea defensiva.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: DeMarcus Lawrence, ¿Etiqueta o Contrato?" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Will Jeff Heath be a Starter or Backup in 2018?

Brian Martin

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Takeaway Tuesday: Cowboys' Defense Silently Shined, Jeff Heath Saved The Season 1
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There seems to be quite a bit of optimism surrounding the Dallas Cowboys secondary after the hiring of Kris Richard. A lot of Cowboys Nation is hoping that he can re-create the "Legion of Boom" here in Dallas, but do the Cowboys have the personnel to do it?

There's no denying the Cowboys have some very talented young defensive backs. Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Xavier Woods all had fantastic rookie seasons and they have only started to scratch the surface of their true potential. We could even throw Anthony Brown into that conversation as well, even though he struggled at times in 2017.

Kris Richard definitely has something to work with, at least at cornerback. But, the safety position for the Cowboys could probably use an upgrade.

I wouldn't be all that surprised if we see completely new faces starting at safety for the Dallas Cowboys in 2018. There have already been rumors Byron Jones might be moving back to cornerback. That would leave Jeff Heath as the only Cowboy safety with any kind of starting experience.

Unfortunately, Jeff Heath has been the favorite whipping boy for a lot of Cowboys fans. When there was blame to be placed in the secondary, it usually fell on Heath's shoulders whether it was warranted or not.

Jeff Heath

Dallas Cowboys S Jeff Heath

Kris Richard will probably have a pretty big input on who the Cowboy starting safeties will be next season. You can bet he has already evaluated every single one of his secondary players and already has a pretty good idea of how he wants to deploy them.

Right now, the biggest enigma in the Cowboy secondary has to be the safety position and more importantly what to do with Jeff Heath. Will he be a starter or backup in 2018?

Heath actually performed pretty well in 2017. He finished the season with 71 tackles, two forced fumbles, and three interceptions. That compares pretty favorably with the safety everybody wants to bring to Dallas, Earl Thomas, who finished last season with 88 tackles, one forced fumble, and two interceptions. But, we all know statistics don't show the big picture.

We all know Earl Thomas is the more talented of the two players, but that's not to say Jeff Heath isn't worthy of his starting job. I know some of you will disagree, but I believe he proved that last season.

What happens to Jeff Heath in 2018 will likely depend on what the Dallas Cowboys are able to do in free agency and through the draft. Adding another safety at some point is definitely an offseason priority, but that doesn't necessarily mean they will be an upgrade over Heath.

As things stand right now, Jeff Heath is still penciled in as one of the starting safeties heading into the 2018 season. The other starting safety spot is up for grabs. Who knows, maybe we'll see completely new faces at the safety position, much like we did at CB last year.

Do you think Jeff Heath remains the starting safety?

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Should Cowboys Sign This RFA to a Contract Sheet?

Brian Martin

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Should Cowboys Sign This RFA to a Contract Sheet?

Fortune favors the bold. It's a rough translation of an old Latin proverb and the mantra I believe the Dallas Cowboys should indoctrinate this offseason.

I think it's time the Dallas Cowboys start to make a few bold moves. I truly believe they are close to competing for a championship title and one or two offseason moves could increase those odds. One such move would be to sign restricted free agent (RFA) Shaquil Barrett to an offer sheet.

It's expected that the Denver Broncos will place a second-round tender on Barrett and I think the Dallas Cowboys would be wise to explore the possibility of signing him to a contract sheet. If Denver declines to match the offer, the Cowboys would then send them their second round draft pick as compensation.

You on board?

Probably not at this point, but let me try to explain why I believe this is a good move on the Cowboys part, even if it is an uncharacteristic one.

You see, the Cowboys could definitely use someone to play opposite DeMarcus Lawrence and I think Shaquil Barrett could be the solution.

I know it sounds like a lot to give up a second round draft pick, but the Cowboys have been deplorable at drafting players in the second round the past decade. Sean Lee, DeMarcus Lawrence, and possibly Jaylon Smith have really been the only "hits" the Cowboys have found in the second round. That's simply unacceptable!

So, why not use that second rounder to acquire a player who is already a proven commodity in the NFL?

Shaquil Barrett

Denver Broncos OLB Shaq Barrett (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

I know the first thing a lot of you are going to do is to look up Shaquil Barrett's stats to see what he has accomplished in the NFL. But, stats don't always show the big picture.

You see, Barrett has been stuck behind some pretty talented pass rushers in Denver, so his statistics aren't going to jump off the paper. But, when given the opportunity he has proven he deserves a larger role. That's where the Dallas Cowboys come in.

The Broncos probably don't have the money to keep Shaquil Barrett if the Cowboys sign him to a contract sheet. It doesn't necessarily even have to be a big money contract offer. The Broncos simply don't have the salary cap to do much, especially considering they are still looking for a starting quarterback.

I honestly like the idea of the Cowboys going after Barrett. You may have forgotten, but he gave a healthy Tyron Smith fits last season.

With an injured Shane Ray, Shaquil Barrett got the start against the Cowboys in 2017 and finished the game with two quarterback hits, six QB pressures, and five stops. No other player found that kind of success against Tyron Smith all season, even when he was banged up.

Unfortunately, when Shane Ray returned, Barrett's usage on defense declined. That's why you can't always judge a players productivity by statistics. You have to judge him more on a per-snap basis, and if you do that you will discover he was very effective as both a pass rusher and run stopper.

I believe Barrett is ready for a full-time role. Yes, he has been used as a standup 3-4 OLB with the Broncos, but he has the required traits to put his hand on the ground and maintain his effectiveness.

The downside to all of this is the Dallas Cowboys would have to give up their second-round draft pick, but draft picks are sometimes overvalued anyways. Shaquil Barrett is probably better than anybody the Cowboys could draft in the second round, so I say pull the trigger.

Should the Cowboys sign Shaquil Barrett to a contract sheet?

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