From 1999-2012, coach Andy Reid was one of the greatest villains for the Dallas Cowboys. As head coach of the division rival Philadelphia Eagles, his team faced the Cowboys at least twice a year and one time in the playoffs. Now, with the Cowboys trying to stay alive in 2017 and keep pace with his old team, Reid returns to Dallas as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs for a critical Week 9 game.
So many of those Cowboys-Eagles games during Reid's tenure were critical to Dallas' overall fate that year. This Sunday's game against the Chiefs isn't that different. At 4-3, Dallas is trying to stay on the right side of .500 and repair their season after three early losses. They're also staring up at a 7-1 Eagles team and needing to stay within reach to hopefully still win the NFC East.
Irony; having to go through another Andy Reid team to try to keep up with Philadelphia.
Cowboys Lost a Legend in First Meeting with Andy Reid
The history between the Cowboys and Andy Reid goes back to one of the worst moments in the rivalry between Dallas and Philadelphia. It was 1999, Reid's first season as Eagles head coach, and his first time meeting the Cowboys. Michael Irvin was driven head-first into the cheap, concrete-like turf of Veterans Stadium and suffered a career-ending neck injury.
Any of us who remember that game remember the cheers of Eagles fans at the sight of The Playmaker's misfortune. For me, it's why the Eagles will always be a notch above the Giants or Washington as my most-hated NFC East rival. That was the start of the Andy Reid era in Philadelphia, and the animosity never wavered.
Side note; current Eagles head coach and Reid disciple Doug Pederson was the starting quarterback for Philly in that game. Does the circle feel a little fuller?
Including that game, Andy Reid would win seven of his first eight meetings against the Cowboys. It was a bad time all around for Dallas, the last gasps of the 90s team and the struggles to transition to the next generation. It's easier to feel better about that in retrospect, but at the time it felt like Reid and the Eagles were almost personally responsible for keeping Dallas from getting off the ground.
Those early wins helped Reid's overall record against the Cowboys, which turned out to be just 17-12 during his time with the Eagles. He tacked on one more win in 2013, the last time the Chiefs played the Cowboys on their usual four-year rotation.
It's Been 4 Years Since the Cowboys and Chiefs Last Tangled
The Chiefs still have Alex Smith at QB, and he's having the best season of his life, but most of their offense has otherwise changed. The Cowboys have had even more changes, with only a handful players remaining from that team. Obviously, the key change is that these are now Dak Prescott's Cowboys.
Unfortunately, another of the Cowboys' newest faces likely won't be available. Ezekiel Elliott has lost his legal protection against his six-game suspension and currently stands to miss this game. His lawyers are trying to get an emergency hearing before the end of the week, but barring that, Zeke will not be part of the welcoming party for Andy Reid and the Chiefs.
This Matchup with Kansas City was Always Going to be Tough
They looked like one of the best teams in the NFL coming into this season and have validated that with a 6-2 start. Thankfully, the Cowboys will get them at home and on a short week as the Chiefs just played on Monday night.
Both teams have adversity to deal with, and both teams have head coaches who've proven capable of leading their teams over those hurdles. Andy Reid and Jason Garrett have gone back-and-forth as opposing head coaches, with Reid having the slight edge at 4-3 in their meetings.
Will Jason tie things up this Sunday? Will the Cowboys pick up a big win against a quality opponent, perhaps even without Ezekiel Elliott, or will this be another time that an Andy Reid team leaves Dallas fans depressed?
Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys
It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.
WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys
This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.
While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.
What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?
Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?
Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?
Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?
All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.
Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.
Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.
What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?
What Signing Thompson Means for Hurns and Cowboys WR Position
UPDATE: News of Hurns saying he will sign with the Cowboys broke as this article went live.
Free Agency began a bit late for the Dallas Cowboys, but they've already done enough to get fans discussing about the latest additions to the roster. Adding help on offense, defense and special teams in form of tier-2 free agents may not be what Cowboys Nation wants to see, but I'm certain they wouldn't have enjoyed giving Sammy Watkins a three-year $48M contract, either.
However, the Cowboys are clearly in the wide receiver market after an offensively disappointing season. They have quite a few of this year's class of wide receivers prospects scheduled to visit Dallas, and they've hosted some WR free agents as well.
This week, they even signed one.
Deonte Thompson, who started seven games for the Bills last year, is coming to Dallas on a one-year $2.5M contract. The 29-year old could be the burner receiver this offense is missing and could end up being an improved version of Brice Butler for the Cowboys in 2018.
He hasn't had a great career but last season was his best year so far. Starting three games for the Bears and seven for the Bills, Thompson was able to rack up a career-high 555 yards and two touchdowns.
His best attribute as a player is definitely the speed he brings to the table and his ability to separate down the field, which he'll be looking to do on Dak Prescott's offense this season.
But there was another wide receiver visiting Dallas this week and now we wonder whether or not the Deonte Thompson signing will keep the Cowboys from targeting former Jaguars' WR Allen Hurns.
According to Todd Archer, that won't be the case.
Told the signing of Deonte Thompson does not close the door on the Cowboys' interest in Allen Hurns, who visited the team Wednesday and had dinner. Things could get interesting in the Cowboys' wide receivers' room. https://t.co/Ivt5uk9kBN
It shouldn't be. First of all, Hurns is a much better player than Thompson and would provide this offense with a receiver who can play in the "X" or in the "Z" role. We've been talking about getting Prescott a reliable target to try to give him a "best friend." Allen Hurns could be just that.
Sure, he's had a couple of down seasons, but the talent is there to take.
Simply put, the Deonte Thompson signing shouldn't stop the Cowboys from looking at WR in the first round of the NFL Draft. Allen Hurns would.
It sure would make things interesting in the wide receiver room for Dallas. Despite what many believe, Dez Bryant will probably remain a Cowboy even if Hurns is signed. Let's say the Cowboys go out there and get the 26-year old from Jacksonville and have to decide which six receivers to keep for the season.
They'd possibly have to decide among these:
- Dez Bryant
- Terrrance Williams
- Cole Beasley
- Ryan Switzer
- Allen Hurns
- Deonte Thompson
- Noah Brown
- A drafted rookie?
This is where a lot of dilemmas start taking form. Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer are basically the same player and if you're not going to use them both at the same time, do you keep them anyway? What about Terrance Williams? He could be the worst receiver to make the cut just because of his contract.
Noah Brown showed promise in 2017, are they ready to move on from him? And finally, a rookie could very well end up beating Deonte Thompson, who was guaranteed a million in his contract.
Wide receiver is indeed one of the top needs for the Dallas Cowboys. They could head to the 2018 NFL Draft needing one in the top rounds or they could be fine signing Hurns and taking a late-rounder receiver to compete in training camp for a spot on the roster.
As long as they're having a tough time deciding because they are all good, it should be fine.
Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR 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.
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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