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Jerry Jones: Holding a Fan-base Hostage



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With this being my first post on this site, I decided I would write about a subject that really strikes me to my core. I realize this is a subject that has been beaten down for years and years, but I wanted to put my own twist on it. It is a subject that no doubt many, many others share my exact feelings over, but that little to nothing can be done to change it. One man, and one man only, through his stubborn and selfish ways, continues to hold generations of fans hostage.

Owner and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones.

Only in title does Jones own this team. The true owners of the Dallas Cowboys are the ones who have been there long before Jones came in to the picture. The ones who, despite almost two decades of mediocrity, horrible drafts and downright gut wrenching performances, continue to live and die on every play. The ones that used to fill Texas Stadium and knew when to get up and scream, but now have to do so from home because they have been "priced-out" of the embarrassment of a football atmosphere known as Cowboys Stadium. The people that fill the stands today aren't real fans. Well, I take that back. It seems that half the crowd at Cowboys games today does have real fans, they just don't root for the home team. The other half, at least in the lower sections of the stadium, are more concerned with everything going on around the football game, not the game itself. And Jerry could care less about the true fans as long as there are asses in seats. I emphasize the word "asses" as in jackasses, because those are the ones who indeed represent the majority of the crowd.

I found some real clarity when I watched "A Football Life: Jimmy Johnson". Some others may have already heard this story, but it was the first time for me. In the documentary, Johnson was speaking of the point where things started to go awry when he traded for Tony Casillas and minutes later heard on the TV that Jerry Jones had traded for Casillas. Jimmy wasn't happy about it, and when he addressed the matter, Jerry said something to the degree of "I can make 10 million dollars and nobody cares. It is amazing how much people care about a backup offensive lineman. I want to be apart of that. I want to have some fun!". This confirms everything I thought I knew about the man. The Dallas Cowboys are his toy, not yours, and he will do whatever he wants with them. There is nothing anyone can do about it. It leaves me with a sense of helplessness and even apathy.

Owner/General Manager Jerry Jones (Left) & Head Coach Jason Garrett (Right)

Owner/General Manager Jerry Jones (Left) & Head Coach Jason Garrett (Right)

I truly envy organizations such as the Patriots, Steelers and even the hated Giants. They have a proven system that produces CHAMPIONSHIPS. You know, have a real GM that handles personnel decisions and has a plan in place...a coach that can coach a team the way he wants without having to answer to the owner that stays out of the public eye and just wants the team to win. Seems pretty standard, right? Jerry has said over and over that "his way" has worked in the past. The only time the franchise was successful under his ownership was when Jimmy took care of personnel and coached, and Jerry handled financial issues. But we all know that. Jerry is the one, and the only one, that believes he put that team together. Everything that has happened since has been proof that his system doesn't and never will work.

This franchise will continue to be haunted by the living ghost of Jerry until he either gives in to the heavy public outcry and hires a GM, or until he passes away and a situation similar to that in Oakland arises. But until then, we as fans have to continue to wallow in shame and embarrassment, and hope that somehow lightning strikes one year and we win a championship.

I realize this sounds a bit harsh, but it is simply my observation and opinion. I am aware that there are still some true-blue diehards showing up each and every Sunday, and to those people, I commend you. I find it difficult personally, to fork out the boat loads of cash necessary to even sit in the nosebleeds to watch disaster after disaster, with a few decent performances peppered in every once in a while. But the team's home record has been less than stellar lately, to put it lightly. Odds are that you have a better chance of witnessing heartbreak and disappointment over success. I am to the point now that I will no longer buy in to the off-season hype and buildup created by Jerry. I simply will not believe it until I see it, which may or may not be a sentiment that has permeated throughout Cowboys nation. I will still watch every single game and hope for the best, but these days, expect the worst.

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

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018 1

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.

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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

Kevin Brady



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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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

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Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

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I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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