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Bryson Treece

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Communities are what keep this country going ... Wouldn't you agree?

Whether it's a community trying to keep local culture and commerce alive with family owned business and small-town flare for familiarity, or it's a community of football fans all pulling for the returned success of the Dallas Cowboys. Community is behind it all.

That's the purpose of CowboysNation.net, community. Cowboys fans are as diverse as they are many, and yet we all come together over a singular topic nearly every day ... that topic? It's a simple question, really, albeit complicated to answer. How can the Cowboys regain the glory of old and hoist a sixth Lombardi Trophy into the charged atmosphere that only a Super Bowl victory can ignite?

Okay, so maybe that was a little dramatic, but here's something that's not at all dramatic. It seems that my friends over at www.FireTheCowboysGM.com aren't the only ones hoping for a change in regime at Valley Ranch.

Covering both past and current events, FireGMJerry.com nicely constructs a chronicle of Jerry Jones' failures as the GM of the Dallas Cowboys. Searching for a way only to bring another Championship title to Dallas, you can see quite clearly that a change at the top is needed.

Well ... being the dutiful fan that I am, I've made a new friend in Ryan, the author of www.FireGMJerry.com. Here's a piece of his message to Jerry Jones ...

"Unfortunately, you are not an elite general manager. You make questionable calls to bring in talented, yet troublesome players who destroy team chemistry. You listen to the wrong people and ignore sound advice. Be honest, Mr. Jones - if someone else had the same record as GM over the past 10 years as you, would he still be your employee? Of course not, because you demand the excellence that is needed to be a dominating force in the NFL." - FireGMJerry.com, "Dear Mr. Jones"

Reading through his features ... Injuries & Usurpations and original posts from the author ... he makes a good case for his argument, and I encourage you all to check out his site.

The biggest trials of this quest are that of numbers, and through our voices we can spread the word, and we can make a difference.



Nothing gives me greater joy than the experience of being a Dallas Cowboys fan come time to check another victory on the schedule every Sunday. I live Inside the Star everyday and blog on it occasionally, as well. Follow us on Twitter - @InsideTheStarDC

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  1. Ryan

    January 30, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out, Bryson! Much appreciated.

    Also, my thanks to Kristi & Mike for their help. Without them, there would be no injuries, usurpations, nor letters to Jerry. 🙂

    To you, Mr. Jones… please fire GM Jerry!

  2. Bryson

    January 30, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    I still don’t think we can put too much into what Roy Williams says in his comparison. I mean come on, he’s talking about the infamous 0-16 Detroit Lions.

    If they aren’t practicing harder than every team in the NFL, then they don’t deserve to be around at all next year.

    Of course, Wade has led a soft camp the past two years and that does need to change. Like I said elsewhere … Players need to stop wasting time pointing fingers, that time is better spent resting right now, and then working their overpaid asses off during camp better-not-be-cupcake. And I stand behind that.

  3. Danny

    January 30, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Could not agree more!! Just today WR Roy Williams was interviewed on the FAN ripping the coaching staff that GM Jerry allows to remain in place. I quote “The Detroit Lions practiced harder than the Dallas Cowboys!!” Are you kidding me. GM Jerry on your way out grab Coach Cupcake and the Redheaded One and take them with ya!!

  4. RedTexan

    January 30, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    After reading “Boys will be Boys”, I’m almost ready to jump off the Cowboys bandwagon after being a loyal fan of over 30yrs.
    At first I thought it would make me a more solidified fan. But now, after seeing all of the things Jerry Jones has done with the organization, I’m getting froggy.
    His ego overcomes logic. He usurps the power of whomever he hires, as coach, for want of notoriety. He is, as a GM, becoming more of a joke to NFL fans than Al Davis. Offering a Reality Show winner a roster spot? REALLY?? Is that what is going to win a playoff game for the 1st time in 10yrs?
    I’m a born Texan, and as I used to say, “A Cowboy fan by birthright”. Now I’m ashamed at the path they are taking. To turn your head to the cancer in the locker room (T.O.), look past the ill-advised drafts and free-agent signings you’ve been party too, and make a mockery of the team by instead creating a reality show about it (rather than actually try to better the team for monetary gain) makes me hang my head in shame.
    Can anyone else think of a GM, or even an owner, in the NFL who craves the attention, to the detriment of their team like Jerry?
    Steinbrenner, in MLB, is at least somewhat forgivable since he is not the GM. I think Redskin and Raiders fans are happy that their owners/GMs are not portrayed as such idiots.
    I WANT to root for the Boys. I WANT to have pride in the team I so willingly gave my loyalty to for so many years. But If Jerry Jones doesn’t give in and hire a competent GM, one who truly understands personnel and gives power back to his coaches, I’m gonna start shopping for another team.
    Jerry, I defended you after hearing such a great and moving introduction for Michael Irvin for the Hall of Fame. After learning how much you take care of players & their families. Why can’t you use that wisdom for the sake of a franchise in peril?
    Its rock bottom. Time to wake up

  5. Bryson

    January 31, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Sounds like we’ve got another http://www.FireGMJerry.com and http://www.FireTheCowboysGM.com supporter here … at least for now.

  6. Frank

    January 31, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    Jerry ” Useless ” Jones = OUTTTTTTTTTTTTT !
    Enough to dealed with ;

    -Tony Romo
    -Roy Williams
    -Marion Barber
    -Zach Thomas
    -Adam Jones

    Enough with the bullshit , Mr. Jones u need to understand something ; u cannot bought Championship !! STOP TRYING !!!

    championship came with ; EMOTION , Not $$$$ …. Heart , Not HUGE contract , Chemistry , Not putting Superstars players TOGETHER….. MMMM ! as the actual team lolll Anyway! its time to go Jerry …….. Bye-Bye Charlie !!!

  7. Randy Bush

    February 2, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    As a native Pittsburgher, life-long Steeler fan & current resident of Plano, I’ve watched in horror at the disintegration of one of my respected rivals. Every team has had droughts. Hell, we did nothing for 2+ decades until Bill Cowher finally got the chemistry right. The point is, the Rooneys didn’t jump all over the map looking for quick solutions. It took time, careful use of the draft and, especially, sticking to the concept of building TEAMS. Mr. Jones has no issue with spending money. Looking at his CV, he clearly was an excellent & successful businessman in the Gas & Oil field. Mr. Jones, however, doesn’t get NFL management. Does he love football? Absolutely. Does he love the Cowboys? I have no doubt. Does he want to win championships? I’m certain of it. In his position of GM, however, he’s like a plumber trying to be an electrician. He knows just enough to be dangerous. His micromanagement of the Cowboys through a puppet coach have resulted in loose discipline, low expectations and, therefore, lousy team chemistry within a group of talented men that have been allowed to develop an “every man for themselves” attitude. We have a saying in my business: “Fish rots from the head down”. The players are simply mirroring their perception of Mr. Jones’ expectations by means of his actions. We all know Mr. Jones needs to step back, hire a real GM & give him authority. My question to all of you Cowboys fans is this: Do you feel that Mr. Jones VALUES winning enough to find making these fundamental changes worthwhile?

  8. Bryson

    February 2, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    That’s a good question, so I blogged about it … heehee

  9. Kimberly

    February 3, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    A-MEN!

    Mr. Jones, firing GM Jerry would be the best thing you could do for this team. Would you please kindly consider it? 🙂

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Could Loaded FA Safety Market Drive Down Earl Thomas’ Value?

Brian Martin

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Could Loaded FA Safety Class Drive Down Earl Thomas' Price Tag?

It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys and Earl Thomas share a mutual interest in one another. Thomas has publicly stated his desire to join America's Team and the Cowboys did their darndest to make that happen last offseason. Nothing ever materialized a year ago, but it's looking as if the stars have finally aligned and a union between the two could merely be just weeks away.

Surprisingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys may have dodged a bullet last year when the Seattle Seahawks refused to part ways with their All-Pro safety. Not only would they have had to surrender a high draft pick, but they would've also had to extend Thomas' contract. Fortunately, timing is everything and now the Cowboys might just have to do the latter.

A potential contract between the Cowboys and Thomas is of course what I want to dive in today. I'm not going to get into numbers right now, because it's nearly impossible to project any kind of contract for any safety this offseason, especially for the former Seahawk, Earl Thomas.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Right now, it's a little difficult to know who might have the advantage in contract negotiations, Earl Thomas or the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of times the one that has the leverage, however slight, is the one that gets the better of the deal. As surprising as it may be, the Cowboys might just have the advantage here and I'll tell you why.

First off, this year's market for free agent safeties is pretty stacked with starting caliber players. See below:

  • Earl Thomas
  • Landon Collins
  • Lamarcus Joyner
  • Tyrann Mathieu
  • Adrian Amos
  • Clayton Geathers
  • Ha-Ha Clinton Dix
  • Glover Quinn
  • Tre Boston
  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • George Iloka
  • Jimmie Ward
  • Adrian Phillips

Earl Thomas is obviously the headliner here amongst the free agent safeties, but having so many starting caliber players available could drive down Thomas' market value just a bit. This is especially true when you take into consideration the market for FA safeties just a year ago. It was almost a complete standstill last year, with only Kurt Coleman signing a three-year $16.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Not even the "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu could get more than a one-year deal.

With all of these safeties available in free agency, we could be looking at another stingy market. This of course could be good or bad news for the Dallas Cowboys, especially as it pertains to Earl Thomas. Since he is the top FA safety available, everything could once again be at a standstill until he is signed.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Of course, we all know this will ultimately come down to determining Earl Thomas' market value. There is no denying he is still arguably the best free safety in the game today, but there are concerns about his age (30) and the two lower leg injuries he's sustained in the past three years.

Even with the loaded free agent market of starting caliber safeties and Thomas' age and recent injury history, he's still likely to receive a contract that earns him $10 million annually, give or take. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he gets another four-year deal worth $40 million, $25.7 million guaranteed, with a $9.5 million signing bonus like he signed with the Seahawks back in 2014.

The Cowboys of course would probably find a four-year $40 million deal for Earl Thomas acceptable. They would more than likely frontload the contract with a lot of protection in the details. They have the cap space to make this happen and still be able to sign their own, so money shouldn't be a problem.

Now, whether or not Thomas' market value may dip a little due to all of the above mentioned reasons will be something we will have to wait and find out. Regardless, I'd be a little shocked if Earl Thomas doesn't finish his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Earl Thomas' market value will take a little hit this offseason?



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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

What a difference a receiver makes, right? As Dallas fans, we know the impact of a player who can shake coverage, get open, and catch the ball. How was the season going before the Cowboys pulled the trigger for Amari Cooper in the deal with the Raiders? Cooper proved to be the lightning rod and a turning point in a season that was growing increasingly dismal. Dak Prescott and Cooper went together like peanut butter and jelly, while the Cowboys stormed to a division title and a postseason berth.

Now, imagine all of that times two… maybe even two and a half if Antonio Brown could be had from the Steelers. Scary right? We understand there’s only one ball to go around but that didn’t stop Kevin Durant from joining the Warriors, did it?

As of this writing, the best online sportsbooks like Intertops, are dealing Dallas as the seventh of 16 choices to win the NFC championship at odds of 12-1. Imagine how those odds would shrink if Brown wore a Cowboys uniform next season, giving Prescott the luxury of not one upper echelon wideout but that plus an elite receiver. Hut, hut, hut and a few clouds of smoke later the Cowboys would be moving the chains or celebrating in the endzone.

Brown and Cooper would be a devastating combination with Ezekiel Elliott coming out of the backfield. Brown was made for Dallas, it gives him an even grander stage than the one he shared with Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.

Despite the fact that the 'Boys haven’t won a Super Bowl since Barry Switzer was roaming the sidelines in the mid-90s, America’s Team still resides in Dallas. But we need a game-changer and Brown is just such an athlete. But what do we give in return and will that cost be worth whatever productive years Brown has left after this one? Let’s not forget that the mercurial Miami native will be 31 when the season begins and men who make a living with their legs don’t get better at that age. But Brown is so good and so unique that, even if he drops half a click, he's still amongst the best in the game.

That level of talent is hard to replicate and it could be the missing piece which allows Dallas to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season and the year after.

However, up to this point, we’ve been very good at dreaming of a Brown to Dallas trade but haven’t quite worked out the details. It takes two to tango and if we expect to get the Steelers’ attention we need to give them something valuable in return. Dallas surrendered their first-round pick (27th) this season when they traded for Cooper so that’s no longer an asset.

Pittsburgh would be vying for a first-round pick (and likely more) for Brown's services but some have speculated Dallas would consider dealing rookie-standout Leighton Vander Esch.

Wait... what? We know, you’re clutching your pearls, and the words are stuck in your gasp. We get it. The kid was a home run this past season, leading the Dallas defense in tackles and earning a Pro Bowl invitation in his inaugural NFL season. But this would be a Faustian deal.

The Cowboys give up a player who is poised to be a stud for years to come for a playmaker in Brown that could render a Super Bowl in the immediate future. Brown's expiration date will surely turn his milk sour sooner rather than later, but in the here and now, Antonio Brown could be the bell cow who leads the Cowboys to the promised land before he’s put out to pasture.

Just something to think about...



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2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back

Kevin Brady

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Anthony Brown's Resurgence A Great Sign for Cowboys Defense
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To say it's been an up-and-down start to the career of young cornerback Anthony Brown would be an understatement.

As a sixth round pick in 2016, everything Brown contributed during his rookie season was a plus. Due to injury he was asked to step into a greater role as the season went on, and he performed well enough to make the front office comfortable allowing multiple veterans to walk for nothing in free agency the following Spring. Brown looked like a legitimate starting cornerback in the league, and when Dallas brought in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis during the next draft, the young secondary seemed set.

Then 2017 happened. And Anthony Brown struggled. Really struggled.

These struggles, coupled with the emergence of both Lewis and Awuzie during their own rookie seasons, made Brown's status heading into 2018 rather uncertain. Some wondered if they would trade him for a day three pick, others thought Brown could even end up being cut. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were slated to compete for the nickel cornerback job in training camp, and as it turned out, all Brown needed was that one extra chance to compete.

Brown won the job outright during the preseason, and began 2018 as the starting nickel. A fan favorite, most thought Lewis would reclaim his rightful spot on the depth chart sooner or later, but Anthony Brown's play (and Kris Richard's preferences) kept Lewis on the bench for much of the season.

Simply put, Anthony Brown balled in 2018, and was the Cowboys' second best corner for most of the year. By the end of the season Chidobe Awuzie had regained form, but Brown and Byron Jones were the most consistently reliable corners on the roster all of 2018.

Brown tallied 44 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception in 2018, and finished third on the team in pass breakups with 8. As the slot corner Brown had an excellent season, especially for a former sixth round pick.

Now he enters a contract year, and with the Cowboys having so many guys to pay over the next two offseasons, he could find himself as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. And if he can keep up his play from last year moving forward, he could be in for a nice payday that Spring.



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