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Bryson Treece



It seems to be the fad of late to blame someone for the Cowboys woes in 2008, and this fine Pro Bowl weekend is no exception. A report by Jason Cole at reveals that while the hustle and bustle of the Pro Bowl is under way, the Cowboys Owner/President/GM is meeting with several of his offensive players to discuss none other than ... Terrell Owens.

According to his report, Jones is discussing issues that some players are having with Owens. These players are claiming that Owens is refusing to communicate with his offensive teammates in the locker room, in the huddle, or otherwise.

From this, and recent TMZ photos, we can see that the fad is still going strong. Owens was caught at a Las Vegas nightclub with fellow offensive teammates Patrick Crayton and Marion Barber recently, so apparently his new found refusal to talk to his offensive teammates is selective.

The idea of Terrell Owens being at the center of a team's controversy is nothing new, and some believe that because of his role in similar situations before he arrived in Dallas, that he is automatically to blame for what is happening here. Still others think that his baggage is being used to make him the easy target. It's a fine line to walk between being hated and being loved, but Owens seems to be getting help from a select few that want to brand him as the fall of the Cowboys in 2008.

I'm not buying into the hype though. Jerry Jones may very well be meeting with players as Jason Cole suggests, but it proves more that Owens isn't the problem in the Big D. Citing yet another "source", Cole writes, "'I really believe that Jerry is going to get the message from people that Owens just can't work there,' one of the sources said. ‘It's just a bad, bad situation.'"

Seems to me that it's already pretty easy to pass the blame to another in sports, what with the hounds in the media ready for the next juicy scoop, but it's even easier to do it when you won't introduce yourself as the source.

But I, for one, am hoping that these sources who anonymously try to destroy this team are found out soon, because they're the real cancer of this team. Some would have you believe that it's Tony Romo or Jason Witten, or even Jason Garrett, but whoever it is ... they are indeed the cancer that is eating away at this team's chance for glory.

The media though, they aren't much better. And what really surprises me is that while they hunt for that next big scoop on the Cowboys controversy, none of them are willing to give up a source and land the biggest controversy for the Cowboys in this decade. Too bad ... a classy reporter would end this charade. A classy reporter wouldn't have gotten involved in it to begin with.

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  • Tay

    I totally agree, I have long felt that it is not the actual things that Owens says or does that cause all of the distractions, it is the constant harping on the matter from the media that causes problems. I firmly believe things can occur in a locker room one day and be fine the next, but when “sources” start informing the media about it and then the players are forced to answer questions about said incident over and over, then it becomes a problem. If people can remeber, this is what Owens was upset with Haley over when he was here. Owens did something, was punished and thought it would stay in-house but somehow it gets leaked to the media and all hell breaks loose.
    Find these so-called “SOURCES” and remove them from the locker room and team and I think things can begin to heal and team unity can once again be accomplished….

  • Bryson Treece

    That, and no matter how you look at it, Garrett did struggle to use the offensive weapons on this team in 2008, which affected Owens’ stats as well. Even if he has lost a step, which I think he has, he is still running fly routes on every play just about, and he gets a little open more times than not. That has to do a lot with Romo this year, his affected play after the injury and the backups too, that his ability to get a step on the coverage wasn’t taken advantage of more.

  • Joe C

    No matter how you look at it, Owens, no matter what he does, even if it’s a good deed, the media will always find a way to make him look bad. I am guessing that is why some people want him gone for the 09′ season, or at least most. Yeah he might have “lost a step” but if you take a gander at his stats, he is still a pretty damn good receiver in the league, and his stats would have been better if we had a decent backup qb truthfully but that’s another story. It’s just his extra baggage that will be his downfall. I guarantee if T.O. doesn’t come back for next year, these so called “sources” will magically disappear. T.O. has to many haters and to few believers.

  • Bryson Treece

    Williams getting a full off-season with the first team will make a big difference, and people who keep saying what a bust he was … just wait until next year before making the determination of how valuable he is and will be to this team. Hell, reports right now indicate that is more likely to be our 1st receiver than I hope.

    That’s something I almost mentioned in my last comment, that Garrett ran the same offense two years in a row, the first was pretty nice and the second sucked. What it tells me is that Sparano made such an impact with his play calling, that Garrett tried to keep his plays in place, but without Sparano’s help in making adjustments, Garrett fell short of making work.

    It seemed like Garrett didn’t understand what Sparano did as much as he needed to, and when time came for adjustments to be made without Sparano to help him, his lack of understanding of those plays showed.

  • Joe C

    Yeah true I read/watched something not to long ago about why Garrett was struggling and it made some what sense to me. Was talking about Sparano leaving for Big Tuna down in Miami and how Garrett relied on him a little to kinda help him through his plays, and that this year he was just trying to settle in to his own. Also went on to say that next year he will work things out and rebound back, which I believe will be the case too. Also will be good to get R. E. Williams in training camp use to Romo/Garrett a little better.

  • Bryson Treece

    Yeah but that dumbass Micheals keeps bringing up the SB and how every single call in that was correct, just like he said during the SB. I can barely stand to hear the guy anyway, and I’ve got the Pro Bowl muted most of the time.

    That was a heck of a catch by Fitz for the TD though, and makes you really wonder what would have happened if that fumble had been reviewed …

  • Joe C

    Yup Yup, also Williams came in the same time Romo was out with his injury, so they had that much less of time to get in-sync with each other. But like I said before I think they might shock us all next year, only time will tell.

    Watching the Pro Bowl and there all talking about R. Lewis would be good in big D, so who knows, maybe big headed JJ will try to work something out with him, that’d be interesting to see.

  • Bryson Treece

    What a fuckstick … I hate that guy. I’d rather Collinsworth call the game with Madden.

    But on a brighter note, here goes Fitz again.

  • Bryson Treece

    Did you hear Collinsworth’s comments about the Cowboys? Yeah right.

    And then they just got Witten pulled aside and asked the same old crap. I still think Witten is too caught up on saying the right things, and ends up saying things that the rest of his team proves wrong. Nice to see a true team player though. Witten is great.

  • Joe C

    Haha yeah I have noticed that too, he said the same thing, “What if…”. But then had to reassure himself that it was by saying like a minute later, “They got it right”… Yeah… OK

  • Joe C

    I dunno about the Madden thing, I can’t stand that guy’s voice, esp. during MNF bahh. And yeah only thing that kinda through me off with Witten’s interview was when asked what needed to happen next season he said “Nothing”, or “No change”. Something like that, that kinda through me for a loop cuz they obviously need something to change, we don’t want the same season as last.

  • Bryson Treece

    Well he doesn’t either, but yeah, I think he was being overly optimistic about the reason the team failed this year, or last year as it now is. He said no changes needed to be made and then turned around and said the team needs to execute better, which has been his answer all season, which is true.

    I would just be happier if even he would acknowledge that changes are needed to make the team execute better. he just gives the impression that things aren’t that bad, and to a very extended degree they are that bad.

    I want more players owning up to it, the 2008 failure, I want more accountability without all the blame.

Game Notes

SEA 24, DAL 13: Cowboys Offensive Woes Continue

Jess Haynie



Ezekiel Elliott, Connor Williams, Seahawks
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Inefficient passing and turnovers cost the Dallas Cowboys today, leading to a 24-13 loss to the previously winless Seahawks in Seattle.

Dallas's offense produced just a single field goal by halftime, with Dak Prescott only completing two of his first nine passes for just four yards. He got better as the game went on, but still finished with just 168 passing yards and a single touchdown.

The box score will say Prescott threw two interceptions, but one was a bobbled catch by Michael Gallup. The other was not a good throw, trying to find Blake Jarwin in traffic. Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner went up and caused a tipped ball.

Both picks ended up in the hands, and ankle, of Seattle safety Earl Thomas. He drew a taunting penalty for bowing at the Dallas sideline on his second INT, almost as if mocking the team for not giving up enough to trade for him.

Ezekiel Elliott did have a big day on the ground; 127 yards on just 16 carries. It's his first 100-yard game of 2018. But the fact Dallas couldn't capitalize on Zeke's production was just further indication of their offensive dysfunction.

Hurry home, Travis Frederick. Who knew you were our Offensive MVP?

Other Notes

  • While Zeke did have a strong rushing performance, two critical errors were big parts of the Cowboys' loss. An early TD catch was called back because Zeke stepped out of bounds before making the reception. Also, Elliott's fumble in the 4th quarter squandered a strong drive that could have started Dallas' comeback attempt sooner.
  • Dallas' defense looked good early but clearly wore down over time. Seattle RB Chris Carson ground out 102 rushing yards on 32 carries. Russell Wilson took advantage of some miscues in the secondary for two touchdown passes and 192 passing yards.
  • Tyrone Crawford got called for another bogus "roughing the passer" penalty after a clean hit on Wilson early in the game. The NFL has to get this figured out, because it's becoming a bigger eyesore for the league than any amount of kneeling ever did.
  • Tavon Austin got his second touchdown catch this year, the only Cowboy to record a receiving TD so far this year. Tight end Geoff Swaim had five catches for 47 yards, reminding the world that Dallas actually has TEs on their roster.
  • Speaking of which, as Troy Aikman commented on during the game, Rico Gathers was not used in redzone passing situations. Why is Gathers dressing for games and not being utilized in the one situation where he's not a liability?
  • Sean Lee left the game after reaggravating the hamstring injury he suffered last week. It meant more playing time for first-round pick Leighton Vander Esch, who reminded you of Lee with how he was getting to the ball. Both finished the game credited with 11 tackles each.
  • Rookie guard Connor Williams continues to struggle when up against powerful defensive tackles. It's not a surprise for a converted college tackle, but growing pains still cost you on game day. Dallas may have to consider starting Joe Looney at guard once Travis Frederick comes back.
  • Kicker Brett Maher went 2/2 today on field goals, including a 50-yarder. He has hit four straight after missing his one attempt against Carolina in Week 1.
  • The rest of the NFC East won their games today. That puts Philly and Washington at 2-1 and now evens up the Cowboys and Giants at 1-2.
  • Dallas returns home next week to host the Detroit Lions, who are currently 0-2. They play the Patriots tonight.

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Why The Seahawks Will Be Looking Into A Mirror Against The Cowboys Sunday

Kevin Brady



Sean's Scout: Starting Front 7 Sets Tone Early, Cowboys Depth Falters in Loss to Bengals 1
AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth

For the better part of the last decade one defense has reigned supreme over the NFC. One defense has continually put their offense and team in position to win big games, including a dominant Super Bowl win over one of the more productive offenses in recent memory.

That defense, of course, belonged to the Seattle Seahawks.

With a secondary deemed as the "Legion of Boom" and a defensive line which rotated through Pro Bowl level talent routinely, the Seahawks bolstered one of the best defenses the NFL has ever seen. A defense which perfectly complimented the physical, run first philosophy their offense lived by.

Players like Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett, and Bobby Wagner will arguably be Hall of Famers one day, and they wreaked havoc on the conference for a strong 3-5 year stretch.

Now, however, things are changing.

Gone are many of the elite players which once bolstered the Seattle defense to top-tier status, and while some big names remain, the talent level simply isn't the same. The Seahawks missed the postseason a year ago, and now sit at 0-2 before their home opener today against the Cowboys.

Their window looks to be closed, while their opponent today is looking to build their defense (and team) in the mold of what once was in Seattle.

Former Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard has come to Dallas and brought with him a more aggressive defensive philosophy, one which he deployed successfully with the Seahawks. Under Richard the Cowboys are blitzing more often on third down than they have in the past under Rod Marinelli, they're utilizing more single high safety looks, and they are allowing their long and talented corners to do what they do best in coverage.

The Seahawks once leaned on a deep pass rush and long, physical secondary. The 2018 Cowboys are looking to do the same thing.

The Seahawks once leaned on a mobile quarterback to make plays with his feet while relying on a strong running game and one of the league's best backs. The 2018 Cowboys are looking to do the same thing.

Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie look like they were molded in a 2013-Seahawks lab as cornerbacks, and DeMarcus Lawrence is as productive as any pass rusher those defenses had. Of course, we aren't able to say the Cowboys have the consistent front four depth that those Seattle teams did or that they have the single high safety of Earl Thomas' caliber, but the preliminary pieces are clearly in place.

Today the Cowboys look to improve to 2-1 with a conference road win. But, they also look to bury the Seahawks in the past and take another step towards cementing themselves as one of the elite defenses in the NFC.

It won't happen over night, but anyone can see that the potential is there.

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Could Cowboys DT Datone Jones Earn Starting Role with Maliek Collins Out?

Sean Martin



Could Cowboys DT Datone Jones Earn Starting Role with Maliek Collins Out?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle Maliek Collins is out for Sunday's game at the Seahawks with a sprained knee, further opening the door for Datone Jones to earn his spot among the "Hot Boyz". The moniker given to the Cowboys front seven this season, the team's depth up front has been a strength in totaling nine sacks through two games.

Last season, Datone Jones was a part of this rotation late in the year. Coming on strong at the 3T position while Maliek Collins played at the 1T, Jones is the type of versatile defender with veteran experience that Rod Marinelli can get the most out of.

Returning from a knee injury himself, Jones may take some time to be the disruptive interior player we saw at the end of 2017. Through two games, the Cowboys had played Collins at his original position of 3T, with Antwaun Woods doing more than enough to continue playing at 1T.

This potentially makes Collins and Jones two players fighting for one spot. Collins followed up his performance at the Panthers with a sack of Cam Newton by constantly playing in the Giants' backfield last week.

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Guessing that means no Irving, I'd say Tyrone Crawford then Antwaun Woods. I have high hopes for Datone Jones once he returns though.

A player determined to not let his team's misuse slow down his progress, after an incredible rookie season at 3T, Collins is returning from his second broken foot in three years.

Through his five years in the NFL, Jones has only played a full 16 games once.

The most games Datone has started in a season is four. Maliek Collins should like his chances of playing over Jones once both are healthy, and the Cowboys should be equally thrilled with the opportunity to keep both fresh in rotation.

Following Sunday's game in Seattle and next week against the Lions, the Cowboys can return David Irving from suspension to play all over their defensive line - his best position also being at three technique.

Without the wealth of talent they now have at all four positions up front, the Cowboys have had too many bodies to fill similar roles in the past. Thanks to the addition of Kris Richard along with strong edge play from Taco Charlton and rookie Dorance Armstrong, the Cowboys defensive line can do no wrong in 2018, and using Jones in week three and beyond should only add to this.

The Cowboys biggest key to success against the Seahawks will be containing Russell Wilson. Pressuring him in his face to collapse the pocket gives Dallas a chance to really slow the Seahawks offense, something they'll be relying on Jones to help them do as DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory also work with favorable match ups at defensive end.

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