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Romo Tells It Like It Is

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For the past five or six seasons people have wanted to replace Tony Romo. It just always seemed the easiest thing to do; blame the QB for the team's troubles. Well, for a brief moment, those same people thought his replacement could be in the 2014 draft.

As the rumors soared at an all-time high during draft week, the so-called “experts” said Jerry Jones wouldn't be able to help himself and would draft Johnny Manziel. Some fans and media were just as giddy as a 12-year-old school girl.

Well, things didn't work out like that.

The Cowboys pick finally came up and Johnny Football was passed on and eventually taken by the Cleveland Browns. Oh how the Romo haters and media moaned when Commissioner Goodell said the name Zack Martin.

Romo supporters wondered and Romo Haters hoped, but there was one man who wasn't worried for one second who was coming to Valley Ranch...

That one man was Tony Romo.

In an interview with Stephen Jones on Sirius XM radio, Jones said the team met with Romo just to let him know that he was still their guy. And Romo's response was just what you would want from your starting quarterback. Romo said, 'Well if you decide to, it ain't going to matter, there's not anybody out there that can beat me out."

I want my QB saying these types of things. I want the attitude and gunslinger mentality, and I want my QB telling the world to Bring. It. On.

And for all the people that hate Tony Romo (And yes, I know people who actually hate the man) you’re going to have to accept that Mr. Romo isn't going anywhere any time soon.

And those same people are gonna have to accept that there isn't anybody out there that can come in and do a better job; it just isn't going to happen.

Some people say getting another QB is going to mean the answer for all of the Dallas Cowboys problems. Well I am here to tell you, there aren't any guarantees.

So take heed what ye hear Cowboy fans; There will come a day when you will miss Tony Romo. You will miss what he brings to the Dallas Cowboys. Some of you might be asking exactly what does Romo bring to this team? And the answer is…… Tony Romo gives this team a chance to win EVERY single Sunday.



Brian has been a football junkie from the time he was 5 years old. He lives, eats and breathes the game. Brian is a college graduate living in the south who loves his faith, his family, and his Dallas Cowboys.

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  • Tar Heel Paul

    I love Romo. I love everything about him. But for me it’s not about drafting a QB that can come in and beat him out this year. It’s about planning for the future and finding that QB that can take over in year 2 or 3 when Romo either steps down or is cut down by his back. I’ve said it a million times. When it comes to the draft its about the future. And the Cowboys have completely ignored the QB position. Now having said that. I would love nothing more than for Romo to hoist the Lombardi with one hand while flipping the entire world off with the other hand.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Kronos17

    Tar Heel Paul  I couldn’t agree more.

    Romo is our QB and only our QB – he brings great things to this team and even manages to make everyone else look good when they screw up with his ability to get out of the pocket. To not begin planning for the end of his career in Dallas is idiocy.

    I read something where Garrett was talking about Vaughan and Wheeden as the guys vying for the chance to be groomed behind Romo for when that day comes. I just wish there weren’t guys like Tom Brady and Tony Romo where late round picks – at best – that turned out well so we would draft a QB to develop in the earlier rounds 1 or 2.

  • The havmer

    The article itself isn’t about finding his replacement, Yes eventually that day will come where it has to happen, But right now isn’t the time. That’s why I was okay with them passing on all the QB’s that got drafted in 4th and 5th round. Odds are against those dudes of ever making it, and maybe, Maybe two out of that entire QB draft class will have a good career. I think when the time comes it will be covered a little better this time. You have to remember, when we were losing Troy we didn’t have any 1st round picks for two years. So I think the team has some things planned that we just don’t know about and probably Romo doesn’t  know about yet

  • The havmer

    Damn good article I know that

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Kronos17

    @The havmer  I certainly hope so because we did use an early round pick for Quincy Carter and look how he turned out. We struggled at the QB from Troy to Tony. That’s a 6 or 7 years gap that would waste this newly built offensive line even three years from now.

  • RandyTeer

    Tar Heel Paul  I agree totally. Nothing would please me more than for Romo to win a superbowl and shut all these non-believers up. Cool nickname by the way. I myself am a Tar Heel fan (basketball mostly) and a Cowboys fan.

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Maliek Collins Playing Excellent for Cowboys Defense

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For the Dallas Cowboys on the interior, a lot of the news consistently surround the availability of Defensive Tackle David Irving, but Maliek Collins is playing excellent right now. While I'm willing to be very patient with Irving because of the elite talent he brings, Maliek Collins should continue to start for the Dallas Cowboys at 3-technique defensive tackle.

Collins has been a player that the Cowboys have bounced between the nose tackle and the 3T position with the hopes of getting their best players on the field, and because of the lack of a consistent presence at the 1-technique or nose tackle position. Well, with Antwaun Woods taking control at the 1T, Collins has been able to play at the position where he's at his best. The 3-tech.

He hasn't put huge numbers in the sack column this season, but that doesn't mean he's been absent from being the disruptive player he's been through his first two and a half seasons.

During the Dallas Cowboys five game winning streak, Maliek Collins has led the Dallas Cowboys defensive tackles in total pressures with 13, according to Pro Football Focus. PFF combines sacks, quarterback hits, and hurries into their "pressures." Collins hasn't recorded a sack during the winning streak, but he has four quarterback hits and nine hurries. He's tied with Tyrone Crawford for third in total pressures behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory over the last five weeks.

Over the last five weeks, Collins leads the defensive tackles in solo tackles with five and is tied with Crawford and Antwaun Woods with three run stops on defense, according to Pro Football Focus. Collins has also has two tackles for loss in the last five games and recovered Tyrone Crawford's force fumble on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Collins had six sacks in his rookie season when he played primarily as the 3T, which allowed him to see more one-on-one blocks against opposing interior offensive linemen. Especially with the way the rest of the defensive line is playing.

With the Cowboys on the road to face the Indianapolis Colts this week, Collins is going to have a tough matchup with a very good Colts offensive line, in particular, rookie Quentin Nelson. Collins ability to get pressure on Andrew Luck on the interior is a huge key for the Dallas Cowboys this week. We know that Gregory and Lawrence will get their pressures, but if Andrew Luck is able to step up into a clean pocket, it will make for a much more challenging game for the Cowboys secondary.

Collins has proved to be up to any task over the last five weeks and if he's able to keep playing at such a high level, he'll make the Cowboys coaching staff, and the rest of Cowboys Nation forget about using other defensive tackles. For the Cowboys to make a deep push in the playoffs, they'll need Collins to be a big time player for them moving forward.



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Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018

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For the second time in just three weeks, Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Cooper scored three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Cowboys to victory last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 10 catches for 217 yards, which led all NFL receivers last week.

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As the official website stated, Cooper is the first Cowboy to win the award twice in the same year. He's also the first Cowboy to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.

Before this year, Elliott was the only Dallas player to win the Offensive award in three seasons. Cooper has now done it twice in three weeks.

Since being traded to the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns.

His wasted time in Oakland may keep Cooper out of the Pro Bowl this year, but he's already become a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. Congratulations to Amari for another well-deserved award!



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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle David Irving, once a key member of the team's defense, will not make his return after all against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. For the second straight week, Irving was reportedly trending towards suiting up before being ruled out. The Cowboys haven't missed his unique presence for 13 weeks (playing against the Jaguars and Redskins), including through an ongoing four game win streak that began with a win against these Eagles on the road.

In that road win, veteran Tyrone Crawford recorded a sack and three tackles, while Antwaun Woods added two for a Dallas defense that held Philadelphia to 23 first downs and 71 rushing yards. The Eagles managed to cross the Cowboys' 30-yard line just four times.

There are many scenarios in which the Cowboys could have cut ties with Irving for not being worth the off-field trouble he's caused - beginning the season with a four game suspension. The absolute best case scenario is what they've realized amidst this turnaround, with other defensive linemen taking advantage of the opportunity left behind by Irving.

While it can still be true that Irving would make more splash plays than the likes of Crawford, Woods, Maliek Collins, and Caraun Reid, this defensive tackle group deserves praise for their ability to step in. Pass rush ability is one thing teams can't have enough of, and the Cowboys are missing some with Irving, finding ways to win thanks to the other traits these defenders bring to the table.

Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard may effectively be the team's defensive coordinator with an emphasis on the back seven, but DC Rod Marinelli's impact is still felt - particularly up front. Regardless of where they're lined up and deployed, the Cowboys front four is expected to be disruptive on every snap, something this scrappy unit excels at.

Prepared once again to play on the edge this season, Crawford is thriving at his original position of 3T-DT. Crawford has two sacks, nine total tackles, and three other hits on the quarterback over the past four weeks. Leading by example with a relentless spirit on every play, Crawford has meant just as much to the Cowboys defensive ends as Irving could.

In a short period of time, the Cowboys have gone from building up Irving thanks to his transcendent ability to make those around him better to simply -- and importantly -- being better across the defense.

Led by DeMarcus Lawrence as their premier rusher, the Cowboys defensive line is a lot for opposing offenses to contain. The "Hot Boyz" work up front has allowed Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch to play fast and make plays all over the field.

Maliek Collins, battling back from his second broken foot in three years, is proving again he's a patented Marinelli guy. Collins' play speaks for itself when considering if the Nebraska product is best as a 3T or 1T tackle. Wherever he's asked to play, Collins creates penetration with an explosive first step and can finish at the quarterback with an array of power rush moves.

At 7-5 and fighting for their playoff lives, the Cowboys are done making excuses on the 2018 season. Their strides on defense speak for themselves, and with a group that keeps Dallas in every game they'll play, the door remains open for David Irving to earn snaps again when ready.

The Cowboys don't know any better than their play without Irving right now, and as winners of four straight, it's worth questioning if we'll see Irving over the last three weeks of the regular season.

Tell us what you think about "David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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