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Over Penalized? Are the Dallas Cowboys Being Picked On?



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Every fan, of every team, in every sport has a problem with officiating.

In the NFL, a flag can make or break a game and with just 16 games they can also destroy a season. We see evidence of this every year.

The 2012 Dallas Cowboys were once again, one of the most penalized teams in the league. They drew 117 flags coming in third behind the Ravens and Rams.

These numbers aren't surprising. The Cowboys are known as an undisciplined team that draws a high number of flags year in and year out. In fact, they have been quite consistent in this category. Since 2006 the Boys have averaged just over 111 flags a year. Again, this puts them at third in the NFL. You can't get more consistent.

So why am I telling you what you already know? Well my friends, I'm one of you. I watch every game, yell at every bad play, and throw stuff for every call or non-call I see. Over the years I couldn't help but suspect that my team was getting their unfair share of yellow laundry. I dismissed this suspicion as my bias as a fan until I decided to look at the numbers.

The Cowboys, since 2006, have seen their opponents rack up an average of about 87 penalties a season. The Cowboy's opponents are getting almost 24 fewer flags each season in this time. This falls behind just one team, the Oakland Raiders, with their opponents getting called for 27 fewer flags.

The part of this that jumps out at me is how far the third team is on the list. The Buccaneers are third on the list with a differential of just 10.7 flags. That's a HUGE jump.

Now I'm not suggesting that there is a conspiracy in the NFL to penalize the Cowboys and Raiders unfairly. However, these numbers do bring up some uncomfortable questions in my book. Two teams in the league consistently being penalized in the top 5 but their opponents are drawing the fewest.

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

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

Sean Martin



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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.

Todd Archer on Twitter

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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