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Dallas Cowboys Are Still America’s Team

Bryson Treece

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This has gone on long enough, and even if I'm not the best person to finally say it, I am saying it. The Dallas Cowboys are still America's Team, and it is evident every day.

People point to the Pittsburgh Steelers winning a record sixth Championship, to the long lineage of football success that they've enjoyed, and continue to enjoy. People bluntly state the last twelve years that Dallas has gone without a playoff victory have tarnished their image, their reputation, and their history in this league.

I say enough! Enough of the hype before the first kickoff, enough of the praise before a victory has been earned.

People say that these Dallas Cowboys don't understand what it takes to be leaders, that they don't have the heart their predecessors so momentously bled from on the field at Texas Stadium. People claim this organization has lost its prestige, and along with it, the respect of the nation.

I say enough! Enough of the scapegoats, the media, and the Monday morning quarterbacks.

You see, I grew up a Cowboys fan. Living just down the road from the home of this great dynasty, it wasn't a matter of choice or preference to be a fan; it was merely a matter of learning how to be a gracious and loyal fan.

Yet I'm surprised to hear so many of my fellow fans buying into the fanfare. We're Cowboys fans, some of us for many years, some of us for only a few years. We know what it's like to be a Cowboys fan; hated by many, and envied by most.

Sure, the shine has dulled over the past decade, but when I listen to these people talking about the Great Steelers, all I hear is "The Dallas Cowboys".

It's a lesson I've learned, that you can't beat the greatest team without first recognizing that they are the greatest team, and every week of the season these Dallas Cowboys stand before a foe that wishes to defeat them, and conquer the infamous beast. Look around you, turn on your television, your radio; search for Dallas Cowboys on google, then you try to find the end of whatever you find and tell me, was there an end in sight?

It doesn't matter that this team hasn't had post-season success since 1996; this team is still America's Team. The Dallas Cowboys are mentioned on nearly every sports radio and television production. They are in dozens of newspaper articles each day, and countless blogs and websites around the world. They are now the owners of the greatest football venue in history, an accomplishment well deserved. A monument to the legacy that is the Dallas Cowboys, a legacy that could never be dismantled over a single game or season, or even a decade of both.

And soon, maybe not this year or next year, but soon these Dallas Cowboys will orchestrate the kind of domination that we fans have been missing, craving.

Every great leader in history has been down at one time or another, and the Dallas Cowboys are no different. They're down right now, and have been down for a dozen years, but it's the trials and tribulations that birth the strength to get back up and stand proudly before this country to declare, "How ‘bout them Cowboys!"

And as long as the Star remains on the turf in Arlington, they will continue to fight. That's what I believe, and no amount of people saying that the Dallas Cowboys aren't America's Team anymore will change that.

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Nothing gives me greater joy than the experience of being a Dallas Cowboys fan come time to check another victory on the schedule every Sunday. I live Inside the Star everyday and blog on it occasionally, as well. Follow us on Twitter - @InsideTheStarDC

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5 Comments
  • Martin

    Is it just me or does all Cowboys fans, not like the steelers? By steeler i mean the team. All the steelers fans i meet don’t like the Cowboys. I went as far to tell a Cowboys fan that was routing for the steelers in the super bowl that he wasn’t a true fan. Since steelers are our rivals. I myself can’t stand the steelers. I get in argument with steelers fan about Cowboys Being America’s team(AT). Just cause they think they been in the league a long time they should be (AT). I always tell them that nobody looks at the steeler to see what they’re going to do. They look at Jerry Jones of the DALLAS COWBOYS.
    If the cowboys don’t make the Super Bowl, or playoff for some reason or another. I Usually rout for the NFC teams, and the playoff I go for the NFC East. I been a Cowboys fan since 8/78. So far I met some so called Dallas fans. Who wear their gear when they win, but not when they lose. I called those guys wannabe’s. They want to be a part of the win, but not the lost. I think that their full of crap. I wear my Cowboys cap when ever where ever. Win or lose I don’t care. Cowboys till I die. I get comments, but I always got something to say back. Some people tell me It just a game, But for me I believe in the team. I know that they are better then how they been playing.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson

    I couldn’t agree more Martin. Nobody makes headlines like the Cowboys do, and that’s always been because so many people want to know what the Cowboys are up to. Lately, yes, it has been a lot about the circus Jones is trying to run, but that’s only the last several years.

    Dude, I wore my Romo jersey proudly this past Saturday for my daughters birthday party. That uncle I keep mentioning, well his quick witted wife, my aunt, was there and she was the first to bring up the SB. I passed on the message that the Steelers suck win or lose, but that they would lose. Of course I had no idea at the time that the Stealers didn’t need to play to win that game.

    The Cowboys are America’s Team because America has made them that, not because of some asshole Steelers fans or the number of Super Bowl trophies in Dallas. By the way, the Cowboys have been to the Super Bowl more.

    Now i ask you, what’s harder, winning one game six times, or 10-12 games in a regular season 8 times, and winning another 3 or 4 fives of those eight? The Steelers suck ass …. nuff said.

  • Theo

    I agree with the both of you, no team ever will be able to surpass the greatness of the Dallas Cowboys.

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Watch: Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Goes Bowling for First Time Since College Injury

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Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Jaylon Smith did not just defy all odds and return to normalcy in 2017, starting as the Cowboys' middle linebacker for a full 16 games. He became one of the team's and NFL's brightest success stories, earning the right to celebrate everyday activities returning to his life - as football did this season.

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It's been two years since I've been able to bowl! Man it feels good to have my hobby back. #ClearEyeView #Swipe #StillGotIt! 210 average🤷🏾‍♂️🙏🏾 https://t.co/euVsXDKS2a

This is exactly what Jaylon Smith did on Twitter Friday afternoon, posting a Snapchat video of himself bowling. The caption on Twitter adds that Smith was enjoying his time at the lanes for the first time in two years.

It was January 1st, 2016 when Jaylon Smith's injury in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame changed his outlook forever. In that moment, Smith went from a projected top ten pick in the 2016 NFL Draft to a LB that would need a team to take a chance on him - and be patient.

The Dallas Cowboys proved to be that team, using the 34th overall pick on the Notre Dame star and supporting his efforts to return to the field from day one. The entire Cowboys' organization was rewarded by Smith remarkably playing every game this season, inspired by his constant determination to do just that.

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So, a normal offseason for Jaylon Smith is anything but right now. Still battling the drop foot condition (one that is reportedly healing well and "fading") which limits his movement ability in the lower body, Smith is a normal Dallas Cowboys football player from this point forward.

He can say he's already defined all odds, can expect to take an even bigger stride forward in 2018, and Jaylon Smith can go bowling again. You can't help but be happy for #54.

Tell us what you think about "Watch: Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith Goes Bowling for First Time Since College Injury" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Get Bigger Role in 2018?

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Noah Brown

While only a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, receiver Noah Brown was on the Cowboys' roster for all of his rookie season. He returns in 2018 hoping for a bigger role in Dallas' offense, and with some good possibility to get one.

Brown was not a big part of the 2017 offense. He was at the bottom of the WR depth chart, inactive for three games and not seen much even when in uniform.

Noah was only targeted nine times last year. He caught four passes for 33 yards.

Assumably, this had less to do with Brown and more with the other mouths to feed in the Cowboys passing game. Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Brice Butler, even fellow rookie Ryan Switzer; you get the idea.

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2018 should remove at least one of those obstacles to Noah Brown's opportunities. Brice Butler is a free agent and there is no indication he is coming back.

Everyone else is still under contract, but that could change if the Cowboys start making any cuts to improve the salary cap. Bryant, Beasley, and even Witten, with varying degrees of probability, are all considerations as cap casualties in the next few months.

In the 2017 preseason, the 6'2", 220-pound Noah Brown reminded us of a young Dez Bryant. He has the same thick body and even showed some of the same punishing running style after the catch.

Of course, Noah hasn't shown nearly enough in college or as a rookie to say he could replace Dez. Nobody's suggesting that. But he has flashed the potential to be given more looks in the passing game.

Another way Brown could get on the field more next year is for run blocking. He has the size and power, and the Cowboys will certainly be leaning on the run with Ezekiel Elliott back and Dak Prescott needing to find his groove again.

Even if he moves up a notch from Brice Butler's exit, Noah Brown's primary way of staying active in 2018 will be through special teams. That was the key for him last year; Brown was active for 13 games because of his special teams work.

Hopefully, Noah can work his way into more targets next season. The Cowboys' receivers need to get younger and a seventh-round pick emerging would be tremendous value.

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Dallas Cowboys Continue Search for Coaching on Defense

Sean Martin

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Dallas Cowboys Search for Defensive Coaches Continues

With the hiring of Doug Nussmeier as their tight ends coach, the Dallas Cowboys' new look coaching staff is technically filled out for the 2018 season. Head Coach Jason Garrett, with coordinators Scott Linehan and Rod Marinelli underneath him once again, will lead this team into battle with new coaches at LB, OL, QB, WR, TE, ST, and in the secondary.

Despite most of their changes coming on the offensive side of the ball - where the Cowboys certainly under performed in 2017 - the Cowboys did lose one of their most highest regarded defensive coaches in Matt Eberflus this offseason.

Given their personnel on Rod Marinelli's side of the ball, the Cowboys may have actually upgraded in replacing Eberflus with Kris Richard. The Cowboys' young secondary is sure to remain a hot topic all the way until training camp, now being led by the architect of the Seahawks' vaunted "Legion of Boom".

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With Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli potentially entering his final season in the NFL though, the Cowboys' search for talented coaches on the defensive side of the ball is reportedly not yet over.

Already promoting a former quality control coach in Ben Bloom to fill Eberflus' role as linebackers coach, the Cowboys' commitment to finally building a top defense is exciting for Cowboys Nation. Another solid draft haul on this side of the ball could turn any spot on the defensive coaching staff here into a highly coveted one.

Not only having the talent in place to return to the playoffs in 2018, the Cowboys are looking to take full advantage of their current staff to secure a bright future for this young team in years to come.

Exactly who the Cowboys are targeting to hire remains unknown, but they did interview former DB Ray Horton prior to hiring Kris Richard. Horton carries six years of experience as a defensive coordinator, most recently holding the position in 2016 with the Cleveland Browns.

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It is also important to note that Marinelli, known as a defensive line specialist, still holds this positional coaching job - a unit the Cowboys should also look to add an experienced coach to. The next Cowboys DC may still be added to the staff this offseason, if not done so already with Richard the heir apparent at the moment for Marinelli.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Continue Search for Coaching on Defense" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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