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Tony Romo to Cardinals Fever Peaks as Carson Palmer Rumors Continue

RJ Ochoa

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When it comes to offseason rumors in the NFL, the smallest and most minute detail can be an indication of something large and league-altering.

A year ago when many members of Cowboys Nation were looking to land then Free Agent Lamar Miller, I became quite knowledgeable on Lamar's Twitter feed. A like here, a subtweet there, and sometimes you can piece together the ultimate puzzle.

On Tuesday rumors began to swirl that Cardinals QB Carson Palmer had put his house up for sale and withdrawn his children from local schools, those reports have been put out a bit but they sent Cowboys Nation into a bit of a tizzy.

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Conflicting reports about Carson Palmer's house being up for sale https://t.co/xQb37vZACQ

Since the day that the Dak-or-Romo conversation began, people have tried to speculate as to where exactly Tony Romo will be playing football in 2017. Many have said the Denver Broncos, the Houston Texans have been a popular opinion, and if Palmer were out of the conversation then Arizona would seemingly be a legitimate destination.

It is Super Bowl week so the temperatures are a bit hotter around the NFL than they will be five days from Wednesday, but while the Palmer drama in Arizona continues to loom... Tony Romo will be a legitimate option for both Cardinals and Cowboys fans.

Jerry Jones talked recently about how difficult it is to find a Romo solution that works for all parties involved. If Carson Palmer says bon voyage to Arizona, some of Jerry's work might be done for him. We'll have to stay tuned.

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  • Matthew Harrell

    The Cardinals would be perfect. They have the defense and their young RB is a beast similar to Zeke. Romo would be able to show us what he could have done with Zeke. Sad that whoever gets him will have a far superior QB to ours.smh.

    • https://InsideTheStar.com/ Bryson Treece

      I agree on ARI but “far superior to ours?” I’m a Romo fan all day, but I think that’s a stretch. I want Romo here and know it can’t happen with Dak here (hate that). But I believe that what Prescott lacks in experience, Tony makes up for in age.

      Anyway, would have preferred Romo not get hurt in 2016 so Dak could ride the bench learning. Was a can of worms having to play him. Stupid worms.

      • Michael Moy

        Brady is almost 40. Injuries are par for the course in the NFL — how’s your luck. A good balanced team with TR will win the SB next year. TR will haunt the Boys.

  • Travis Diggs

    Romo not going to no damn Arizona!!! Let’s be real Fellas Romo wanna go to Denver Arizona is a possibility but they gotta release him for him to end up in the NFC. If Romo is released he will go to a team that we will play next year Whether it’s the Broncos or the Cardinals We play both next year So get ready to face Romo next year regardless. Romo will want to stick it to the boys Without no pass rush He will light us up with vengeance

  • Russ_Te

    2004:
    Romo was in camp behind starter Quincy Carter, Jerry favorite Drew Henson, and then Parcells signed Vinny Testaverde. Undrafted, long-shot project Romo, was slated to not survive cut downs.

    Suddenly Carter failed a drug screen and Parcells cut him. Romo was saved. He went on to make around $120 million in the NFL, instead of going back to Wisconsin to join the real world.

    Luckiest man in NFL history… ;^)

    • Russ_Te

      Romo really should send a couple million to Carter, at least… ;^)

      • Michael Moy

        Why? QC got cut because he didn’t have it. Bad scouting by Boys.

        • Russ_Te

          Carter was the incumbent starter that preseason. He was cut for failing a drug test, which allowed Parcells to elevate his guy Testaverde with no QB controversy.

    • Michael Moy

      No, bad scouting. Parcells with good foresight.

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Jaguars Waive Barry Church; Could Cowboys Bring Him Back?

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Veteran safety Barry Church was released today by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Could he return home to the Dallas Cowboys, where he spent his first seven seasons?

Despite his leadership and consistency on defense, Dallas allowed Church to leave in free agency when Jacksonville gave him a lucrative deal. But if he clears waivers, could the Cowboys consider bring him back for depth and support during their likely playoff run?

Jane Slater of the NFL Network reported on this potential reunion:

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Cowboys haven't reached out to S Barry Church but I'm told they are discussing the possibility of bringing him back to Dallas according to a source informed. Church, 30, was released by the Jags today and is familiar with the system having played there from 2010-2016.

The Cowboys have had solid play from their current starting safeties, Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. Neither is a star, but the duo has not been a liability during the team's current five-game winning streak.

Church was a similar player, reliable if never exceptional, during his time in Dallas. He could be a nice insurance policy for the playoffs if something happened to one of the starters.

Barry knows the system. He never played for Kris Richard, but he was with Rod Marinelli for three seasons before leaving in free agency.

According to reports out of Jacksonville, Church is being released because the team wants to go with younger, cheaper players now that their season is over. There is no known injury keeping Barry from playing.

Of course, Dallas would have to make room on the roster to pick Church up. They could third-year prospect Darian Thompson, who is the current fourth man at safety.

Barry Church must now go through the 24-hour waiver process. A team may claim him, including the Cowboys. We'll see what the future holds.


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How the Dallas Cowboys Can Win the NFC East This Week

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It's only Week 15, but the Dallas Cowboys could become the 2018 NFC East Champions this week through a couple of scenarios. I thought we'd take a moment today to break down how the Boys can win their division and assure their spot in the playoffs.

With three weeks left in the regular season, most of the divisional games have already been played. The only two left to play are the Week 17 finales; Cowboys at Giants and Eagles at Redskins.

Here are the current standings:

  1. Dallas Cowboys 8-5 (4-1 in division)
  2. Philadelphia Eagles 6-7 (3-2 in division)
  3. Washington Redskins 6-7 (2-3 in division)
  4. New York Giants 5-8 (1-4 in division)

The Giants have been scrappy lately, winning four of their last five, but it's too late for them to try to win the division. Even if the Cowboys were to fall to 8-8, the best New York could do is tie them in overall record. They would have also split their head-to-head series, negating that tiebreaker.

At that point, it would come down to the record within the division. New York would improve to 2-4 with a win over Dallas in Week 17, but the Cowboys would still be 4-2 against the NFC East. Dallas would still be the division champion.

So, that knocks out New York. Technically, the Eagles and Redskins are still alive. But their margin is about as slim as it gets.

Both Philadelphia and Washington need the Cowboys to lose their last three games, and then to also win out themselves, to steal the NFC East crown.

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For the Redskins, it's about their record against division opponents. The best they can finish is 3-3, assuming they'd win their last game against the Eagles. With the head-to-head series against Dallas split this year, they would have to finish 9-7 overall and have the Cowboys drop to 8-8 to become NFC East Champions.

The Eagles also need to finish one game ahead of Dallas, but for a different reason. Philadelphia lost both their games with the Cowboys this year, so Dallas has the head-to-head tiebreaker.

So that really makes thing simple for Dallas; win just one of your last three games and you're the division champion.

Not only that, but even if Dallas were to fall this week against the Indianapolis Colts, they could still clinch the division with losses by the Eagles (@ Rams) and Redskins (@ Jaguars).

It would certainly behoove the Cowboys to get the division locked up now. They could then use the last two weeks of the season to get ready for the playoffs.

Dallas would have the freedom rest banged up players like Ezekiel Elliott and Zack Martin. It would also allow them to work in returning players such as Sean Lee and Tavon Austin and figure out their new rotations without pressure to win.

Beating the Colts on Sunday isn't a given; they're at home and desperate to stay alive in the AFC playoff picture. They are the toughest opponent Dallas has left until January.

But despite that, with the Eagles facing a juggernaut team and Washington trying to play football without a quarterback, there's a great chance that the Cowboys will be the NFC East Champions by Sunday night.


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#INDvsDAL: How The Game May Be Decided In The Red Zone

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In many ways the Dallas Cowboys offense has found their stride in recent weeks. Over this five game win streak they have "found their identity" playing ball control offense and trusting their quarterback to make big throws when needed most. Of course the defense has been the star most weeks, but this offense should not be slept on either.

This doesn't mean the offense has been without their fair share of struggles, however, particularly in the red zone. Struggles that the numbers say could cost the Cowboys this weeks' game in Indianapolis if they don't get it cleaned up.

In terms of red zone offensive efficiency the Cowboys have been downright horrendous. In fact, they are dead-last in the league in success rate inside the 10 yard line, last in first-and-goal success rate, and 21st in success rate between the 11 and 20 yard lines.

There's no sugar-coating those numbers, they are bad. Especially when you consider that this team has arguably the league's best running back and a quarterback with the size and athleticism you might expect from a linebacker.

For as bad as the Cowboys are inside the red zone, the Colts are equally as good. Indianapolis is top 10 in terms of success rate inside the 10, at the goal line, and in first-and-goal success rate. They are also 11th in success rate between the 11 and 20 yard lines.

Despite not having the individual running back the Cowboys have, the Colts offensive line and skill players as a whole set them up a bit better when the field is shortened. Tight end Eric Ebron has been rather incredible in terms of production this season, catching 12 touchdowns on 58 receptions. Andrew Luck is also a more accurate quarterback than Dak Prescott, though Prescott should be a much more dangerous red zone threat than he currently is.

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I am working on the Cowboys 32nd ranked Goal-to-Go offensive numbers. They have run 35 of their 59 total plays out of Shotgun-11 Personnel. In those 35 plays, the average gain per snap is....12 INCHES. I am not kidding. They could out-gain that by running QB sneaks. I am amazed.

Of course, some of the Cowboys red zone struggles can be pinned on offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Linehan has failed to scheme open the "easy" red zone touchdowns we see so often around the league. As pointed out by Bob Sturm on Twitter this week, the Cowboys' personnel groupings and play calls when in goal-to-go situations have been questionable to say the least. But while blame does fall on the coaches' shoulders, the players need to execute better as well.

Games in the NFL often come down to just a handful of plays, and red zone efficiency plays a key role in deciding the outcome of close games every week. If this is once again the case on Sunday, based on past performance, the Dallas Cowboys could be in trouble against the efficient Colts.


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