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Romo Ranked 15th by Jaworski



Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was ranked 15th in ESPN’s NFL analyst Ron Jaworski’s annual quarterback countdown list. This ranking has brought back talk about Romo’s play and his status among his peers.

Frankly, these “power ranking” type countdowns for teams or players have no real use other than to spark debates and in this case, Jaworski has succeeded. However, despite the irrelevance of these rankings, I must make an argument, as to why Romo should be ranked higher.

Jaworski said of Romo, “I have always liked Romo, but his play in the final regular season game of the 2012 season with the NFC East title on the line still bothers me. You just can’t make mistakes, regardless of whose fault it is.”

Mistakes are very costly in an NFL game to be sure but the fact of the matter is that all players make mistakes. Even the greatest players make mistakes when the game is on the line.

For years critics said that Peyton Manning, couldn’t win the big games. He ended up winning a Super Bowl, and I would guess that Manning lands somewhere in Jaworski’s top five QB’s as the countdown continues.

Jaworski sees Romo through the same lens with which many view the Cowboys’ QB. This lens focuses on the final outcome of a game and a singular part of that game, essentially missing the big picture.

Only Drew Brees and Matt Stafford threw more passes than Tony Romo last season. Romo and Brees each threw 19 interceptions and Stafford threw 17 interceptions. The point is that these guys are asked to do much more than quarterbacks like Collin Kaepernick or Robert Griffin.

Jaworski ranked Griffin 13th and Kaepernick is probably soon to follow. These two players’ only standout statistic last season was having a good touchdown to interception ratio. However, their teams were successful so I wonder, is Jaworski’s ranking based on team success or just the individual quarterback’s contribution to their team?

Romo was ranked 15th by Jaworski and Stafford ranked 16th. Expect Brees lands somewhere around 5th or 6th, yet his statistics are very similar to Romo and Stafford’s. What’s the difference between these players?

Brees has won a Super Bowl, but that didn’t make him become a better player, because he was already that good. Romo, like Brees, has the talent and skill to win that elusive championship. He plays a high risk, high reward game and apparently that isn’t a very popular style.

Now, Romo isn’t Manning or Tom Brady by any means, but he isn’t middle of the road either. He threw for almost 5,000 yards and was the only truly consistent player for his team during an injury riddled season.

QB’s like Collin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III are not asked to contribute as much to a game as Romo is. They are asked to not lose a game, while he is asked to win the game.

The 49ers were a playoff team before Kaepernick became a starter and the Redskins squeezed into the playoffs with tough defense and a good rushing game.

Without Romo, Dallas probably would have be fighting with the Eagles to stay out of last place in the NFC East. He’s a top 10 quarterback in the NFL.

In conclusion, Jaworski’s countdown basically seems to be a popularity contest. The good news is Romo doesn’t care about rankings; he’s just ready to win a championship.

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  • Cowboys fan

    I would rank Tony Romo a lot higher than that. He is better than lots of QBs in the league. He actually belongs in the top 10 quarterbacks in my opinion. People forget about all the games he has won.

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REPORT: Cowboys LB Sean Lee to Miss Games with Hamstring Injury

Jess Haynie



REPORT: Cowboys LB Sean Lee to Miss Games with Hamstring Injury

Dallas Cowboys Linebacker and Captain Sean Lee will likely miss time with a hamstring injury suffered during the team's Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Lee, who'd hurt his other hamstring in Week 2 against the Giants, had to leave yesterday's game with a new injury to the alternate leg. His status was reported on today by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

REPORT: Cowboys LB Sean Lee to Miss Games with Hamstring Injury 1

Hamstring issues also bothered Sean Lee last year. He missed five games in 2017.

As Rapoport mentioned, the presence of rookie Leighton Vander Esch now takes far greater importance. The 2018 first-round pick looked good yesterday in relief of Sean, registering 11 tackles.

Another season of injury problems could put Lee's future with the Cowboys in jeopardy. In fact, it may only cement what was already a strong possibility.

Sean can be released next season for about $7 million in salary cap savings, and his replacement is already on the roster.

Lee is still a top NFL linebacker when healthy. But "when healthy" has been said far too often, and the Cowboys used their first-round pick this year to prepare for such a problem.

We'll see how long the 32-year-old has to sit out, and what impact that has on his career going forward.

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

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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.

Tell us what you think about "Could Cowboys DT Datone Jones Earn Starting Role with Maliek Collins Out?" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams Facing Multi-Game Suspension

Jess Haynie



Terrance Williams
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An arrest last May for public intoxication may finally result in a suspension for Dallas Cowboys Receiver Terrance Williams.

David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, who reported the pending suspension, outlined the details of Williams' case. Charges were ultimately dropped once Terrance completed an alcohol education course and paid damages to the city.

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Sources: Cowboys WR Terrance Williams faces suspension stemming from May arrest for public intoxication via @sportsdaydfw

However, as Cowboys fans know too well, the NFL reserves the right to suspend players under the Personal Conduct Policy regardless of legal outcomes. The 2017 season was marred by the league's persecution of Ezekiel Elliott for domestic violence despite no arrests or charges coming from any legal or police entity.

In Williams' case, there's no dispute of his guilt. It is unlikely he will appeal any decision the NFL makes.

The potential that Terrance will be missing for 2-4 games helps explain the Cowboys' move earlier this week to bring back WR Brice Butler. With both currently active, Dallas has an unusually high seven receivers on their 53-man roster.

It's already Friday, so the suspension is doubtful to come for this week's game in Seattle. But Terrance could easily be one of the seven inactive players on game day, having received the fewest snaps of any Cowboys WR last week against the Giants.

We'll see soon enough, likely as soon as next week, just what the league has in store for Terrance Williams.

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