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Tweet Break: Dallas Cowboys Move into The Star

Sean Martin



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Over the past months here at Inside The Star, we have been preparing the vast world of Cowboys Nation for the team's move into the best new facility in the National Football League - The Star.


Yesterday, the team unveiled their shiny new headquarters, and it was as breathtaking as expected. Thanks to many members of the media being brought inside for the first time, we all were welcomed inside The Star on Twitter.

Now, here on, let's take a look at the best tweets from inside The Star. Stars! ✭ ✭ ✭

Cowboys Honoring a Rich History

One of the best parts about the Cowboys' new facility is that it encapsulates the team's winning history, while serving as the active place for the 2016 team - and every team in the future - to focus on writing their own history.

Here is a look at some of the best historical tributes seen throughout The Star.

Jon Machota on Twitter

One of Tom Landry's hats on display

Kate Hairopoulos on Twitter

More scenes from The Star

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

Roger Staubach etched & signed. Hail Mary #CowboysNation @1053thefan

Of course, the Dallas Cowboys' history wouldn't be the same without five shiny Lombardi trophies, prominently making the trip from Valley Ranch to The Star.

Brian Sandler on Twitter

Cowboys' #SuperBowl trophies on display at #TheStar.

A Modern Touch at The Star

While Cowboys' players, coaches, employees, and media members will undoubtedly enjoy seeing these historic reminders placed throughout the building, they will also enjoy all of the state of the art technology that goes with a Jerry Jones' funded project.

Valerie Wigglesworth on Twitter

Underwater treadmill for rehab lowers to 6 ft with cameras under water @dallascowboys #TheStar #Frisco

Jon Machota on Twitter

Star on the ceiling of the locker room

David Helman on Twitter

Rod Marinelli entered the hallway at the perfect time to help me showcase how enormous this mural of Jason Witten is

Jon Machota on Twitter

Team's new weight room

The Dallas Cowboys are America's Team for a reason, and part of that reason is that they can justify using this living, breathing monument to the game of football itself - as written by them - as their home to work out and do everything else that 31 other teams do daily, but with far less style.

Dallas Cowboys Football - Coming Together for 2016

That said, with the Dallas Cowboys preparing for two more preseason games, and continuing training camp within The Star, there will be little time to sit back and reflect on the scope of what this facility could someday mean to the world of football.

Jason Garrett, as usual, is keeping his team focused - as they understand that the only way to truly break in a new home is to bring in a new Super Bowl trophy for The Star to display after Super Bowl LI.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Garrett: "We're in training camp mode...This is an incredible environment for us to work in...We gotta get better.

Casey Keirnan on Twitter

Orlando Scandrick perfectly sums up opening the new $1.5 billion Star complex. #Cowboys

Getting better a day at a time, exciting football things already took place for the Cowboys on their first day in The Star. Experienced veteran QB Tony Romo and rookie sensation RB Ezekiel Elliott were both back to work, as Dallas plays in Seattle for their "dress rehearsal" in just  three days.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Ezekiel Elliott lined up next to Tony Romo in the gun

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The Cowboys' move into The Star is just another exciting checkpoint crossed on their journey towards an unforgettable 2016 campaign. Inside The Star will continue to have you covered through the preseason and beyond, with all the analysis, news, fantasy advice, and updates that you need to stay connected to America's Team. 

For now, comment below with your thoughts on the Cowboys' new home!

Tell us what you think about "Tweet Break: Dallas Cowboys Move into The Star" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

  • txpatriot

    So far, the Cowboys have not lived up to the greatness of their now not-so-new stadium. Will they live up to the greatness of The Star? I guess we’ll see, but they are running out of excuses.

    • Sean Martin

      For sure, hopefully as soon as this season The Star will start to represent winning. Certainly cool to think about the new players that will develop and train in this new facility, and make their legacy at The Star much like other legends did at Valley Ranch. Thanks for reading!

  • 88xfactor

    Great place to create a championship team.

    • Sean Martin

      For sure!

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How Should The Cowboys, And The NFL, Value RBs?

Kevin Brady



Will Cowboys' Offense Improve With Ezekiel Elliott's Return?
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There is no one, stand-alone "best" strategy for winning in the NFL. There are, of course, common themes and ideals which run true year in and year out among the top teams.

Strategy in the NFL is dynamic, or at least it should be. Running in place for too long under the same leadership often breeds mediocrity, and refusing to move with current trends can put you at a severe disadvantage.

Succumbing to those trends without fully analyzing the confounding factors your situation presents, however, can also ruin a team building exercise.

With that being said, should teams pay elite running backs top dollar? Or are those running backs expendable, replaceable, and often forgettable within the NFL machine?

To be honest these aren't very fair ways to pose legitimately interesting questions. You can acknowledge that a running back is important to your offense while also acknowledging that you don't want to break the bank for a position with such injury risk and high turnover year-to-year.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently facing this dilemma, as their star running back Le'Veon Bell asks to be paid like an elite "weapon," not as a normal running back. And when you examine how the Steelers deploy Bell within their offense, he clearly has a point.

Bell is not your traditional "running back." He lines up on the boundary, in the slot, and is a passing threat out of the backfield as well. On top of all of this versatility, Bell is an excellent pass protector, something which is often lost among other "versatile" backs.

Bell can quite literally do it all for an offense, but the idea of paying that position elite-level money makes teams cringe. As The Athletic's Marcus Mosher pointed out on Twitter, teams like the New England Patriots have been able to replicate Bell's production by using multiple speciality backs rather than one workhorse.

In theory, this takes away the injury risk component to a certain extent. Rather than giving one player 350-400 touches per season, you spread those touches out and allow for players to do what they do best.

Lately, the NFL has seemed to agree that this is the most efficient way to play offense. But when you have a player like Bell or Ezekiel Elliott, in what way is taking the ball out of their hands "efficient" at all? In addition, how is using three players to mimic the skill set of one efficient?

Yes, the NFL is a passing league, but when you have a playmaker who is of the caliber of a Bell or an Elliott, it is up to the offense to deploy in him ways that maximize his value. Teams should be using the Bells and Elliotts of the world as pass catching threats and as weapons all over the field. Force the entire defense to account for your running back rather than just jamming him between the tackles like it's 1975.

The movement towards "running back by committee" rather than the traditional one-back system can also be credited to the lack of workhorse-worthy backs entering the league.

Ezekiel Elliotts don't grow on trees, they are rare and special players. And when you have one, especially when you spend a premium pick on him, you should get the most out of him that you can. Playing winning offense in the NFL is about more than just "do you run or do you pass," and it often hinges on creating splash plays of 15-20 yards.

If you can get those plays through the use of an elite running back, that player becomes intrinsically valuable to your team. No matter what "position" he is labeled as. Of course you want to be able create mismatches in the passing game all over the field, so when you are able to do this with a running back, shouldn't that be deemed as highly valuable?

We can't say just yet if the Cowboys should re-sign Ezekiel Elliott once he enters free agency. After all, five seasons (and a franchise tag year) where he touches the ball more than most players in the league will almost certainly bring about some wear and tear.

But with the way the Cowboys have chosen to play offense, and the way in which they've built their roster, a workhorse back like Elliott is necessary for success.

Once again, at least it is for now.

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Is DE Kony Ealy At Risk Of Not Making Cowboys Final Roster?

Kevin Brady



Sean's Scout: As Late FA Signing, New DE Kony Ealy Brings Value at DE

As training camp approaches and we draw closer to the 2018 NFL season, fans are beginning to get excited for new faces, old stars, and new beginnings for the Dallas Cowboys.

One player which has been a bit forgotten about over the last few months, and even overlooked when he was first signed back in April, is defensive end Kony Ealy. Of course, some of this overlooking is justified, as Ealy's career has been filled with more valleys than peaks thus far.

With a fresh start in Dallas, though, some expect Kony Ealy to rekindle his career, and look like the player he was during the Panthers' Super Bowl 50 loss just a few seasons ago. The problem is, that game looks like the outlier and not the norm over his professional career.

Originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers, Ealy has had a shaky start to his career. Now joining his third team in the same number of seasons, it's certainly fair to say he hasn't lived up to his second round draft selection.

At 6'4" and 275 pounds, however, Ealy fits the mold of a 4-3 defensive end in the Cowboys' scheme. While he isn't the explosive pass rusher that other players on the roster are (and can be), he could provide solid rotational depth across the defensive line.

With fellow former second round pick Randy Gregory gaining reinstatement to the NFL this week, Ealy could struggle to salvage any real playing time with the Cowboys at all. Gregory, DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, and Taco Charlton all feel like locks to make the team.

Then there is 2018 day three pick Dorance Armstrong and former fourth round pick Charles Tapper providing competition as well.

Tapper and Armstrong are unproven, but have the athletic profiles to become solid edge rushers at the professional level. For both, especially Tapper, health is of the upmost concern going forward. If Tapper can remain healthy, he has a real shot of making the team and having his impact felt as early as 2018.

That "if" has been a serious one thus far, however.

When the Cowboys first signed Kony Ealy back in April, I really believed he could provide solid and cheap depth along their defensive line. Now in July, I still have those beliefs, but it's become fair to question if he will even find himself on the final 53-man roster based on the competition around him.

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Can Connor Williams Follow in Zack Martin’s Footsteps?

Brian Martin



Can Connor Williams Follow in Zack Martin's Footsteps?

Connor Williams has yet to play a single snap the NFL, but there are already some pretty high expectations for the rookie Guard. That's because he will be sandwiched between two Pro Bowl players in Center Travis Frederick and Left Tackle Tyron Smith. But, it's the Dallas Cowboys third Pro Bowl offensive lineman Williams should try to emulate and follow in the footsteps of.

Yes, I'm talking about Zack Martin.

Zack Martin's career couldn't have gotten off to a better start coming out of Notre Dame. He hit the ground running as a rookie with the Cowboys and put together a dominating performance his first year in the NFL, earning his first Pro Bowl bid as well as being named to the All-Pro team. He continued to play at a high level ever since and has not only turned into the best player at his position, but continued his Pro Bowl streak every season since entering the league.

To ask, or even expect Connor Williams to have the same kind of immediate success as Zack Martin is probably a little unfair, if not impossible. The kind of success Martin has had already in his career is almost unheard of. But, that's not to say Williams isn't going to try to follow in Martin's footsteps and to become the best player he can.

Zack Martin

Dallas Cowboys OG Zack Martin

The footsteps I think Connor Williams should try to follow as it pertains to Zack Martin is how well he made the transition from a collegiate Offensive Tackle to an NFL Guard. I think that should be Williams' main focus right now with training camp coming up.

Williams will be inserted into the starting lineup as the Cowboys new Left Guard. It will be a new position for him after playing mainly Tackle at the University of Texas, that will require an entirely new mindset and technique. But, it's in transition I believe he can make rather smoothly.

Connor Williams should benefit from Zack Martin's similar transition from college OT to an NFL OG. I wouldn't be surprised if we see the rookie shadowing Martin throughout training camp to soak up as much knowledge as possible. It's probably the best way for him to jumpstart his career.

Now, I fully expect to see some growing pains from Williams throughout the 2018 season. It's to be expected from any rookie, especially one transitioning to a new position. But, I do believe he will not only be an upgrade at LG for the Cowboys, but will make the entire OL even better.

I don't know about you, but I'm excited to see what kind of player Connor Williams ends up being this season.

Do you think Connor Williams can follow in Zack Martin's footsteps?

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