[su_spoiler title="Introducing Tar Heel Paul" open="yes" style="fancy" icon="arrow"]I'd like to thank the fine folks of DallasCowboysNation.com for giving me the platform to express my unique views on all things Cowboys, football, media and fans. I'm going to cut to the chase - I'm an ass. I say what I think and don't give a damn if you or anybody else likes it. I call out everybody. The Cowboys, media (both Dallas and national) and yes, I call out some sorry ass fans too. My posts are true passion; straight from the heart. Unfiltered. So my job here is to rant, rant, and rant some more. So let's do this shall we?[/su_spoiler]
My first rant is going to piss a lot of Cowboys fans off. But I don't give a damn. And if you are a smart fan it shouldn't bother you anyway - it needs to be said. I am so sick and freaking tired of hearing Cowboys fans talk about how big of an idiot Jerry Jones is and how awesome Jimmy Johnson is, or was.
It's been more than 20 years since that egomaniac Jimmy Johnson "quit" and hauled ass on all of us. HE'S GONE. GET OVER IT. MOVE ON. But what really pisses me off about all of it is the jock-sniffing of Cowboys fans for Jimmy Johnson while acting like Jerry killed the Cowboys.
Now, I'm talking to ignorant Cowboys fans that still worship everything Jimmy and hate everything Jerry. The word ignorant is a harsh word, I know, but don't get your panties in a wad and cry about it. "MOM!!! THE BIG MEANIE BLOGGER CALLED ME IGNORANT!!!" But here's the simple definition of the word ignorant: Ignorance is a state of being uninformed (lack of knowledge). And tons of you are just that when it comes to the Jimmy vs. Jerry debate. Feel better now? No? Suck it up. The truth hurts a bit, doesn't it?
[su_service title="Post Update" size="16"]5:15pm on July 10th: In response to some critics of the post on the DallasCowboys.com forums, I have updated the list below to more accurately reflect fact vs opinion, with supporting evidence where available. All links will open in a new tab/window.[/su_service]
So please, allow me to educate some of you:
- Jimmy Johnson is an egomaniac that only cares about getting credit and looking good
- Jimmy Johnson openly talked to the media about interest in coaching the new expansion team out of Jacksonville, the Jaguars, in the middle of a Super Bowl run in 1993
Jimmy Johnson had just signed a 10 year contract extension when he did this- Jimmy still had five years on his original 10 year contract (Source: Johnson Signs 10-year Contract)
- He had complete and total control of all things football while at the same time bitching that Jerry was "meddling" (Source: Dale Hansen: Jimmy Johnson Talks Dallas Cowboys at about 1:23)
- Jimmy had it in his calendar (straight from his mouth) that he was going to leave the Cowboys after 5 years anyway, even knowing he signed a 10 year contract as stated above (Support: Jimmy: Don't blame Jerry for mid-dynasty divorce)
- Jimmy hauled ass while the getting was good. They were fresh out of the draft picks that they stole from the Vikings and free agency was about to pick his team apart
- Knowing this, Jimmy forced Jerry's hand at the annual owners meeting to fire his arrogant ass after totally embarrassing him in front of all his colleagues for oh..........about the 500th time (Support: Barry Switzer: Blame Jimmy Johnson for his departure from the Dallas Cowboys, he cheated on Jerry Jones)
Having all that security, what could possibly set Jimmy off? Oh dear God, he saw Jerry on TV announcing that he (not Jimmy) made a trade for Tony Casillas. Well cry me a freaking river hair boy! If that doesn't describe insecurity issues then I don't know what does. And after all this crap goes down, he cries like a bitch when Jerry suggests that 500 coaches could coach that team to a Super Bowl. He then uses that as his way to abandon a shipping sink like the rat he is. He set all of this in motion himself. This isn't just my opinion either. This is spoken by long-time Dallas personnel like Gil Brandt and Larry Lacewell.
In the end, Jimmy came out looking squeaky clean while Jerry came off like the asshole that wanted all the power. This is not about what Jimmy did while he was our coach. That greatness can't be denied. But what also cannot be denied is that he was a lowlife attention whore that wiggled his way out of a tough situation and left Jerry footing the bill.
If I'm Jerry? I'm throat chopping his ass Wahoo McDaniel style. (Google Wahoo McDaniel, it's worth it)
That's all fact. Not opinion. And yet there are so many Cowboys fans to this day that still worship this man and claim he's one of the greatest and should be in the Hall of Fame. To this I do not say no - I say hell no. He went to the Dolphins without Jerry's checkbook, or the Vikings draft picks, and did nothing but lose his last playoff game 62-7 to the Jaguars. Ironic that the team he wanted to coach while in Dallas handed him his ass and ended his career in Miami. If one of those two ends up in the Hall of Fame you can bet your ass it's gonna be Jerry Jones and not Jimmy Johnson.
How many Super Bowls does Jimmy have without Jerry? ZERO. How many does Jerry have without Jimmy. ONE. And he did it with one of the 500 coaches that he talked about. That coach also just happened to be one of the dumbest people to walk an NFL sideline - Barry MFN Switzer!
So to all you Jimmy Johnson jock-sniffers, just sit back and stroll down memory lane and let the facts zoom right over your head. And if it makes you feel better, just keep telling yourselves that he's the greatest and the Cowboys would have won five more rings if not for Jerry's "meddling" ways. I'll stay here in reality knowing that Jimmy screwed the Cowboys, Jerry Jones, and all of us fans.
So to you Mr. Johnson, I say enjoy raking in whatever cash you can with your squeaky clean image. Keep doing commercials for other guys who don't measure up. But I know the truth. You can't bullshit a bullshitter, Jimmy. At least not this one. But sleep well knowing you have thousands of ignorant fans fooled to this day.
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Could Loaded FA Safety Market Drive Down Earl Thomas’ Value?
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.
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.
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?
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...
2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back
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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