Little over a week ago the Dallas Cowboys found themselves once again the object of torrents of criticism from sports talk shows and NFL fans alike. The spark for this criticism came from statements by owner and general manager Jerry Jones that indicated that quarterback Tony Romo would be expected to spend “Peyton Manning-type time” at Valley Ranch this summer preparing for next season.
The time commitment this summer was part of the stipulations of Romo’s $108 million contract extension in March which brought similar criticism to the organization.
Jones’ remarks gave sports talk shows across the nation fresh ammunition to take new shots at the already over-criticized QB and team. Critics immediately assumed that Romo has not done his fair share of work in preparation of the Cowboys’ offense.
Was this additional clause in Romo’s contract intended to ensure the QB spent plenty of time on the job? Should fans assume that this is an indicator of Romo’s commitment to winning and the Cowboys not being enough?
This is a hasty conclusion that many fans and analysts have made. A more likely conclusion is that Jones and head coach Jason Garret simply want Romo to have more input as to what goes on offensively. This was evident in the draft when the Cowboys drafted center Travis Frederick and tight end Gavin Escobar, two players Romo thinks very highly of.
“The more Tony can be involved in what we’re doing offensively, the more the product we have out there (that) complements his skills, the more we’re going to do it,” Jones said.
The Cowboys want to base their offense around the strengths of their quarterback that threw for almost 5,000 yards last season. To do that, he must be more involved in developing the offensive scheme and perhaps even play- calling.
So to those saying that Romo doesn’t take his job seriously enough or that he would rather play golf, be reminded that this is a guy who played his college football at the small university of Eastern Illinois. Undrafted, he spent two years as a holder before he finally got his shot at being starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.
He’s thrown for over 4,000 yards four out of the last six years. He’s kept an often inconsistent team in countless games, giving them the best chance to win. He’s a competitor that wants nothing more than to win a Super Bowl as he has said on many occasions and most importantly he has something to prove.
In short, Jones’ comments should not be regarded as a slam against Romo’s commitment. Jones was justifying his large investment in Romo while also getting him more involved in offensive scheming to help the team highlight his quarterback’s skillset and hopefully help them bring a championship back to Cowboys Nation.
Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from 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.
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.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
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.
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... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
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.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB 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: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
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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