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Not the Favorite?



For the past couple of years I believe the cowboys have been plagued by hype.  So many people spoke of the talent that surrounded this team, and how they were destined to win, only to find themselves wrong.  As we jump head first into the last half of the offseason we see that the cowboys aren’t the team that everyone believes to win the Super Bowl, the NFC, or even the division… And I say this is good news!

With the addition of Jason Peters, LeSean McCoy, and Jeremy Maclin the eagles are predicted to be a dominant offense in the NFL this year, some people believe top 5.  This stat alone is causing people to rank the eagles in the top 5 of power rankings and to list them as the NFC East Champion.  However, there are way to many factors in this one, you are basing this projections solely on the fact that Westbrook will perform at a good level, and McNabb will be dependable.

The Giants are now the team to beat on paper, they really don’t’ have many holes, and as long as Brandon Jacobs is in the backfield you have to believe that they’ll rushing attack will be able to produce solid numbers.  They have replaced the receiver need with Hakeem Nicks and Eli Manning is poised for a good season, however, the giants have one problem to me, and that is being clutch.  The Giants deliver but they never seem to deliver when it’s needed the most.

Lastly, the Redskins who are in no shape a projected threat to the ‘Boys have upgraded with Haynesworth, but are still a bit of a mess when it comes to Quarterback, but they do have promise at receiver.  Too many questions here through.

Now for the ‘Boys, Ranked number 13 on ESPN’s pre-pre season power rankings, they have been plagued with criticism, from Romo and Williams to the Coaching Staff.  Amidst all that, I do believe the Cowboys are poised for a big season only because the distractions are gone, and I’m not only speaking about T.O. and Ellis, or Pacman Jones, but I am simply speaking of the over developed, premature, egotistical mindset that has been placed on players seasons before.  Now they are not expected to win, which allows for more focus and practice.

My prediction is that the Cowboys make a statement this season and do very well, led by a Roy Williams who also proves his worth, and a defense that can control the field.  As for the cowboys, they aren’t the favorite anymore… and that’s a good thing!

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  • Jason

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  • Doran Palmer

    Ha Fucking Ha Jason … it’s okay though, we know who the real Champs are.

    Bryan, good article bro – The Cowboys have less to worry about this year as far as predictions go. I still believe the expectation at Valley Ranch is to win the show.

    I just hope the injury bug is done in Dallas for a while though. That is what really killed us last year. And to think Jason, even with more key injuries than any other team last year, we still wen’t 9-7. That loss to the E-gals sucked ass though.

  • Jason

    Doran, the Cowboys are the past, history. You guys don’t have T.O. anymore. Our running game is more stacked than yours.

    I cannot wait to see the Giants in action, it’s the BIG BLUE WRECKING CREW.

    When was the last time you guys won a Super Bowl, 1995? I remember Super Bowl XLII like it was yesterday.

  • Doran Palmer

    Oh come on Jason, is that the best you got? You posted the same comment to two different responses.

    Okay, so it’s been a while since our last SB and only a couple of years since the Gnats won one. We still have more, many more.

    Really, the only team that can dispute our status as America’s Team, so labeled by America itself, is the Stealers … they at least have more SBs than us. But I understand, you’re a Gnats fan, you’re supposed to talk good about your team and bad about the ‘Boys. I feel for ya bro

  • Jason

    We are only a couple of Super Bowls behind you. We will pick one up this year. How is it going to feel losing your first home regular season game at the new stadium?

    • bags030404

      You talk big for a team minus its own best wide reciever! and the last time I checked your down one main component of “Earth, Wind, and Fire”. You should probably be concerned with your own team, but if you are determined to talk smack that is okay too! We will see when they get on the field! It is possible for monkeys to fly out of a humans ass, as in two years we have seen the Cardinals and the Giants make the Super Bowl!

      • Doran Palmer


  • Doran Palmer

    I don’t know … I’ll let you in know in another 40 years when it’s possible.

  • Jason

    We have Jacobs man, he’s getting bigger by the minute. All we need is Earth, we still have fire, wind is gone but we have what we need.

  • Doran Palmer

    Yeah but see Barber is as strong as Jacobs, people just forget that because Jacobs has never had to carry the full load, and Barer has worn down at times from doing that. Now with Jones and Choice, this trio beats your trio any day – err I guess I mean your duo.

    I ain’t saying the Giants will be last in the NFC East or anything, but the Cowboys have a better shot at the title than the Giants do. The Eagles are the big competition though.

  • eric

    I agree that there will be slightly more focus this year without the media hype, and high “power rankings” going into the season. They just need to get and stay focused for the whole year.

    The key to me for Dallas will be the Offensive Line. For such a big line with pro-bowlers, they under-performed last year, particularily during the first 1/2 –> 3/4’s of the season. Other than Romo being out, it was the biggest reason they lost games IMO. If line plays up to their potential, I see them going 11-5 or 10-6 even wout TO.

    If line plays like it did last year, I see them going 8-8 or possibly 9-7.

    On Defense the key is depth. I really feel like they are fairly solid at all the starter positions. The “rotation” players and backups are big question marks.

  • Jonathan

    Giants – Positives: Defense.

    Negatives: If they have the lead, they are adept at keeping in it. But this is not a team that plays well from behind. If the Cowboys hit them in the mouth early, great defense or not, they will have a hard time recovering.

    Eagles – Positives: Offensive additions in the offseason at WR, RB, TE, OT in particular.

    Negatives: Lost Dawkins. Westbrook is on the wrong side of 30 and it will likely show. Jim Johnson likely out due to health issues. Additions, at the of the day, are still rookies; it may be next year before we see that group make a true impact. New OT has to face Ware, our best defensive player. For that reason, I call that acquisition a wash.

    Redskins – Positives: Defensive addition Haynesworth and Orakpo.

    Negatives: No confidence in Jason Campbell. Portis is not a fan of the Head Coach. Haynesworth’s play may drop off due to no longer playing for a contract.

    Cowboys – Positives: No more distractions. Improved special teams play, due to draft geared towards ST and the addition of a highly respected ST coach in Joe Decamallis. Everyone starts the year healthy again. One of the best trio’s at RB and the best duo at TE.

    Negatives: A whole lot of question marks about the vast majority of the team. Flozell (enough said). More youth than veteran presence across the roster.

    Analysis: The Cowboy’s are the ultimate sleeper pick, because team’s are more focused on how the Cowboy’s finished as opposed to the major contributing reasons behind why the Cowboy’s finished with a 9 – 7 record. That, in my opinion, is great news. The competition between all 4 teams is alot closer than what quite a few analyst are predicting.

  • Doran Palmer

    Very well said Jonathan.

  • Mike Anello

    Great article. I think it is a positive that the Cowboys are not favored to win anything. We have been developing team chemistry by getting rid of players like “Pacman” and T.O. The team that wins the Super Bowl is never the team that is favored in the beginning of the year.

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

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Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys: How “Position-Flex” Has Handcuffed The 2015 Draft Class

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Byron Jones

Over the last few years the Dallas Cowboys have placed a high level of importance on "position flex." They've drafted Swiss-Army knife players which could be moved around to different positions on the field.

By drafting players like Chidobe Awuzie and Xavier Woods last year, as well as Byron Jones in 2015, the Cowboys have tried to find these versatile players who can be used in multiple ways.

While this seems great on paper, this strategy has handcuffed the majority of their 2015 Draft Class, and is a key reason why the Cowboys seem to be in such a tough spot.

Byron Jones

The Cowboys' first round pick in 2015, Byron Jones, quickly became a favorite of mine during his rookie season. Incredibly athletic, long, and skilled in coverage, Jones was able to be both a fantastic cover cornerback and a solid middle-of-the-field safety due to his range.

Due to both injuries to his teammates, and Jones' own versatility, the Cowboys coaching staff couldn't keep Jones in just one spot. Once they discovered how great he was in man coverage against tight ends, they became enamored with trying to play him in the box.

Once in the box, Jones' struggles as a run defender were highlighted, and both the organization and the fans soured on him quickly.

Now it is rumored that Byron Jones will be moving back to cornerback full time. And while I do hope this is the case, the fact that he is in year four, and the Cowboys haven't been able to find their first round pick a permanent home is a huge indictment on their ability to evaluate and develop talent.

Chaz Green

Okay, hear me out.

The former third round pick of the 2015 Draft was brought in to be the swing tackle for the Cowboys his rookie year. Mainly due to injuries, Green did not see the field for much of his first two seasons. When he did fill in for Tyron Smith at left tackle in 2016, however, Green was very effective.

Of course, Chaz Green's last appearance with the Cowboys was ugly, giving up a plethora of sacks against the Atlanta Falcons. But Dallas might've made their own bed with Green during the beginning of the 2017 season, when they attempted to move him to left guard full time.

Instead of getting the increased work at tackle, and continuing to work as the swing tackle for the team in case of injury, Dallas started Green at left guard early on in the year. He struggled trying to move positions, and looked even worse when trying to move back to tackle.

Once again, the position flex bit the Cowboys right in the backside.

La'el Collins

It's 2018 and we are still talking about what position to play La'el Collins on the offensive line. And that is solely on the coaching staff and front office, not Collins.

Collins was brought in as an undrafted free agent in 2015, but was widely regarded as a first round pick heading into that draft. Though he started at left tackle at LSU, Dallas shifted Collins inside to left guard in 2015. After taking over for Ronald Leary as the starter, Collins produced highlight blocks week after week.

Injuries shortened his 2016 campaign, but heading into 2017 the Cowboys decided to shift him back out to right tackle. Despite some early struggles, Collins progressed nicely throughout the year and became a solid starting right tackle. Plus, he has the upside to become one of the top right tackles in the league.

Instead, it is now being rumored the Cowboys might move him back to guard for 2018. And with that news, I continue to pull my hair out over the position-flex decisions this coaching staff and front office like to make.

If the Cowboys want to get the most out of each draft class, and effectively develop their talent, they need to let those players actually develop, rather than move them around each season. Hopefully they now understand this, and allow both Byron Jones and La'el Collins to reach their full potential.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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