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Now and Later… Cowboys Answering Questions



As the Cowboys were displaying incredible dominance over a playoff caliber NFC team, many questions received answers. You see the Cowboys were a team that were in search of an identity, that needed questionable personnel to set the tone, and it happened.

In the countless disappointing plays we’ve seen so far this season, the blame has been placed on 5 individuals. Tony Romo, DeMarcus Ware, Wade Phillips, Roy Williams, and Jason Garrett. Though I’m guilty of some of those accusations, I do believe they answered the call.

Tony Romo regained his old form and elevated his play back to superstar level. He had a near perfect game going 21-29 for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns. Not only that, his improv skill showed like it did earlier in his career, and that’s a good sign. It seems the Cowboys have elevated to the level we expected and Tony is the reason.

Furthermore, you look at Garrett and Phillips. Both under incredible scrutiny. Yet they prepared this team perfectly to destroy a team that many thought would destroy them. The defense played incredibly, and the offense made the most of it’s chances. Given that fact that you can’t coach penalties, I’d say this game was coached perfectly. So as for the talk that we might be looking for a new coach next season… Time will tell, but we just might have the right man for the job.

Roy Williams has been the target for critics since the offseason. I can’t say that I disagree either, however, he still commands respect. He really is more of a possession receiver. It’s his ability that gets Miles Austin open. Not that I don’t think that Miles is #1 quality because he truly is. I just also believe the Williams is as well. Sure he makes mistakes but it happens, nobody’s perfect. All this talk about starting Crayton over him, doesn’t make sense, Crayton doesn’t demand respect, and Roy can’t play the slot.

Lastly, DeMarcus Ware, who just received a contract extension. Has really emerged the last two games. Not just statistically but as the leader of this defense. He is a quiet leader, but his play is the perfect motivater. He leads by example, that’s something we don’t see much of, but expect him to be the guy in Dallas for years to come, being a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks everywhere.

Looking Into the Future:

Its early to think about, but earlier this season people were referring this team to having there window close. So looking further into the window, I’ve noticed just how much youth we have. Some young superstars are in the lineups already and these will be the faces of our franchise to come


Tashard Choice

Felix Jones

These players wont be let go because they round out a perfect rushing assault.


Miles Austin

Sam Hurd

Kevin Ogletree

A very young group of recievers here that will be able to impact the game for a long time.


Martellus Bennett- Years from now when Jason Leaves, Martellus will alow the Cowboys not to miss a beat.


DeMarcus Ware

Victor Butler

Jason Williams

An athletic group of pass rushers that will torment offenses.


Orlando Scandrick

Mike Jenkins

Already making noise on Defense, these two will only get better.

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  • Joe

    The game yesterday was amazing, I was smiling from ear to ear the whole time, loved every minute of it. Especially Romo’s cinderella dance right before halftime to elude the sack and then toss a TD pass to Crayton. Speaking of Crayton, how bout that 4th quarter punt return? Seems like to me we need to piss him off every week and light a fire under his ass to perform better! I agree with the young “superstar” list accept Hurd, I don’t really see that. Roy Williams has been a huge BUST so far, he dropped 2 (that I can remember) balls that he should have grabbed with ease. Sore ribs or not, he has been doing this same shit every since we brought him over, it’s time to man up or go home.

  • Bryson Treece

    Agreed on Williams and Hurd Joe.

    The game started out pissing me off, I mean the first quarter was pretty bad, but then out of no where the Dallas Cowboys showed up to play some ball. It was great!

    Austin is proving to me why I wanted him to stay when the trade talks were hot and heavy.

    But let’s get more than two together.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



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.

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Terrance Williams Contract Creates 2018 Job Security

Jess Haynie



Cowboys Headlines - Breaking Down Terrance Williams' Game-Ending Decision 1
Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News

There's been a lot of talk about what the Dallas Cowboys will do at the receiver position this offseason. While there's a great divide on what the team should do with Dez Bryant, there's a fairly unanimous opinion that Dallas should find an upgrade over Terrance Williams. No matter where he ends up on the depth chart, though, Williams' contract should keep him on the roster in 2018.

Last offseason, Terrance signed a four-year, $17 million deal to stay in Dallas. Because we are now just in the second year of that deal, it is cost prohibitive against the salary cap to release or trade him.

Williams is scheduled to count $4.75 million against the 2018 cap. If Dallas were to cut him, it would accelerate his remaining guaranteed money and create $7.25 million in dead money this year. He would cost more against the cap off the roster than on it.

Even the June-1st provision doesn't help. Williams' dead money in 2018 drops to $4.75 million, which is a net zero against his existing cap hit. It would also push $2.5 million of dead money to 2019. There's no benefit there, and you lose an experienced player who knows your system.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

If the Cowboys do like their WR depth enough to want to move on from Terrance, one option is to try to trade him. A trade would lower the cap penalty to $3.75 million and save $1 million. If he's traded after June 1st, it would save $3.5 million against this year's cap.

Of course, it takes two to tango in this scenario. Williams hasn't scored a touchdown since 2016 and has never proven he can take on a significant role in an offense. He was serviceable when Dez Bryant and Jason Witten commanded more attention, but he's a low-end WR2 at best and many teams likely wouldn't want him in their top 2-3 receivers.

Perhaps something could happen during training camps or preseason, when injuries may make other teams desperate. Then again, something could happen in Dallas that makes them less willing to part with Terrance.

As it stands, it seems unlikely that Terrance Williams won't be a Cowboy in 2018. And really, that's not bad thing.

Even if he gets pushed down the depth chart, Terrance would be a good insurance policy against injuries or any other issues that could happen between now and September. $4.75 million is more than you'd like to pay your fourth WR but it's a one-year problem.

If the Cowboys do add more WR talent this offseason, there is a trickle-down effect that strengthens the entire club. Williams, with his experience, is an upgrade over Brice Butler as the fourth receiver.

Therefore, unless circumstances both here and elsewhere allow Dallas to find a trade partner, Terrance Williams should be back next year.

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, Raiders

Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.

To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.

In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.

Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.

Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.

Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.

Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.

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