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

Jess Haynie



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!

  • 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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Where In The World Is DE Taco Charlton?

Kevin Brady



Sean's Scout: Defense Comes Alive In Loss At LA Rams 2
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Over pretty much the last decade, the Dallas Cowboys have been rock solid with their first round picks. With selections of Ezekiel Elliott, Travis Frederick, Byron Jones, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and Leighton Vander Esch (just to name a handful), Dallas has rebuilt the core of their roster through the NFL Draft.

It's nearly impossible to bat .1000 in any round of the draft, however, and this appears to be the current case with the Cowboys' 2017 first round pick.

Defensive end Taco Charlton has not had the sophomore season that he, or anyone, had hoped for. A healthy scratch last Sunday, Charlton has only been active for 1 of the Cowboys' last 5 games, and has not recorded a sack or tackle since week 9.

Prior to disappearing with injuries and "attitude issues," Charlton had only recorded 1 sack on the season and was beginning to fall behind his Hot Boy-brethren. Defensive end Randy Gregory has reached his form over the last few weeks, Tyrone Crawford is having arguably a career year, and DeMarcus Lawrence is one of the best ends in all of football.

This doesn't leave much room for Charlton, who's now having issues even getting on the gameday roster. Rod Marinelli dodged questions about Taco Charlton earlier this week, vaguely saying they are "moving forward" and that he'd like to talk about other players on his defensive line who are performing.

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Rod Marinelli on Taco Charlton's benching and being inactive last week: "We just keep moving along keep going forward. It's kinda been out there I'd leave it at that. I'd rather talk about our two tackles.

Charlton has not been quiet about his displeasure as of late, either. He's taken to Twitter to voice his frustrations, saying that not only is his shoulder fine but that the Dallas media is making up stories about his absence. He's also posted some cryptic tweets such as this one, with a picture of Allen Iverson and a caption reading "Every players needs that one coach to believe in them."

Maybe Taco is right. Maybe he just needs increased opportunity and a support system/coach that believes in him whole-heartedly. After all, Charlton has faced nothing but doubters and detractors since the second he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

But in the NFL, the ultimate "what have you done for me lately" sport, it's hard to imagine he'll get that unwavering support anywhere in the league. He's going to have to "earn" his playing time, as head coach Jason Garrett spoke to earlier in the week. But with the plethora of talent the Cowboys are already putting out there on the defensive line, it's becoming difficult to see exactly where Taco Charlton can fit in on this defense.

It's possible, and fine, if it is simply not a fit between Charlton and the Cowboys at this point. But I'd also be wary of giving up on your first round pick in just his second NFL season. Another offseason with the team, working on his craft and getting fully healthy, should do Charlton wonders, and hopefully allow us to get a better read on his future with the Cowboys going forward.

Until then, we are all left to scratch out heads and wonder what in the world is going on with the Cowboys and Taco Charlton, and if the former first round pick will have a future in Dallas at all.

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Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC

Mauricio Rodriguez



Cowboys, Bears Proving Defense Can Win the NFC

2018 has seen the emergence of high-powered offenses in both NFL conferences. The Kansas City Chiefs sit atop the AFC and the NFC is spearheaded by the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. Through 14 weeks, these three teams are the top three offenses in the NFL, each averaging over 30 points per game. This year, for the first time in NFL history, two teams scored more than 50 in the same game.

Thanks to this consistent impressive offensive performances, you would think "offense" is the name of the game for the 2018 NFL season. Well, not so fast, my friend. Despite sitting atop the NFC, the Saints and the Rams have recently suffered losses that indicate hope is anything but lost for defensive teams in the league.

The Chicago Bears were able to bring down the Rams last Sunday Night 15-6. The same offense that averages 33 points per game was limited to six points. Sean McVay's remarkable offense went home with no touchdowns to talk about on the plane back home. Instead, they probably discussed Jared Goff's four interceptions.

Weeks earlier, the Dallas Cowboys shocked the world when they brought down the Saints. Drew Brees, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas simply couldn't move the ball against Leighton Vander Esch, DeMarcus Lawrence and Byron Jones. 13 points were all the Cowboys needed to score to beat an offense that was averaging 37 per game heading into week 13 but was only able to put up 10 in Dallas.

The Cowboys are the #4 seed with the Bears slightly ahead of them as the #3 seed in the NFC. Together, these teams have defeated the top two in the conference. Now granted, playoffs will definitely be different.

For starters, if they are to advance to the divisional round, they'll be on the road. Chicago was surely benefited by playing in such a cold weather versus a Los Angeles team. As far as the Cowboys are concerned, few times has AT&T Stadium been as loud as when they beat the Saints.

Hopefully, we'll get to see both of these elite defenses advance to the Divisional Round to  square off against this couple of high-powered offenses again. We will not only be witnessing amazing football games, but a great discussion regarding the everlasting debate between offense and defense.

For years, "defense wins championships" has been a widely accepted statement in football. The Cowboys and Bears have made that same statement resound recently with their impressive wins.

Can they do it again in January football? Can they do it on the road?

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Cowboys en Español: Los Colts No Son Cualquier Rival

Mauricio Rodriguez



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Al igual que el resto de la afición de los Dallas Cowboys, parte de mí se siente confiada respecto a este equipo visitando a Indianapolis Colts y resultando victoriosos. ¿El problema? Los Colts no son un rival sencillo de vencer. Si crees que la racha de los Cowboys los intimidará, piensa de nuevo. Los Houston Texans llevaban nueve victorias al hilo antes de enfrentarse a este equipo.

Siendo objetivos, este puede ser el partido que evite que los Cowboys cierren su temporada con ocho victorias al hilo para terminar el año con un récord de 11-5. Ni los Tampa Bay Buccaneers ni los New York Giants deberían presentar amenaza alguna contra Dallas. Lo mismo no se puede decir de Indianapolis.

Por primera vez en mucho tiempo, Andrew Luck está realmente de vuelta. Gracias a una reconstrucción de su línea ofensiva, su nivel de juego a regresado al nivel que conocíamos de él desde que llegó a la NFL. Afortunadamente para los Colts, Luck se ha mantenido sano toda la temporada y no se ve rastro alguno de sus lesiones anteriores en el emparrillado.

T.Y. Hilton está teniendo un muy buen año y sin duda alguna presentará un reto para Byron Jones y el resto de la secundaria de los Cowboys. Eric Ebron en la posición de tight end también será un dolor de cabeza para la defensiva.

Lo más interesante se dará en las trincheras. Los Cowboys han hecho un muy buen trabajo presionando quarterbacks opuestos en la temporada, pero si el centro de los Colts, Ryan Kelly está sano el domingo, se enfrentarán al mejor duo de centro-guardia en la liga actualmente. Con Quenton Nelson al lado, Luck estará muy bien protegido.

Sin embargo, Kelly no ha jugado debido a una lesión y aún está por verse si tomará el campo el domingo por la mañana. Los Cowboys hicieron un muy buen trabajo a la entonces ofensiva #1 de la liga, los New Orleans Saints, pero eso no significa que la ofensiva #8 que tienen los Colts no los retará.

Promediando 27 puntos por juego, la defensiva necesitará ayuda de Dak Prescott y compañía para ganar el partido. Dallas continúa moviendo el balón efectivamente, pero es tiempo de anotar touchdowns y no goles de campo.

Ezekiel Elliott será, una vez más, clave para la victoria. Enfrentándose a una defensiva Top 10 contra el juego terrestre, mover las cadenas con Zeke no será tan fácil. El novato Darius Leonard como linebacker ha sido algo espectacular otra temporada al igual que Leighton Vander Esch. Liderando a toda la NFL en tackleadas, estará listo para recibir a los Cowboys al Lucas Oil Stadium.

Lo más importante de este partido...

Por más impresionante que sea la racha de cinco victorias consecutivas, los Cowboys tienen que demostrar que pueden ganarle a un equipo fuerte estando de visita. Porque hay que admitirlo, Jason Garrett y su equipo no han tenido éxito fuera de casa. Claro, le ganaron a un equipo debilitado de Philadelphia Eagles y a unos Atlanta Falcons que va 4-9.

Este equipo "nuevo" de los Cowboys no ha ido contra un rival de calidad siendo el visitante. Es tiempo de demostrar que lo pueden hacer, ya que si quieren contender en postemporada, es justo lo que necesitarán... jugar bien de visita.

Sinceramente creo que los Cowboys ganan este partido. Principalmente gracias a su defensiva, pero también veo a la ofensiva dominar el tiempo de posesión en un juego de pocos puntos. Es tiempo de mantener esa racha.

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