We'll always remember the 2017 Cowboys Offseason as the one where everybody had an opinion on what to do about the Tony Romo situation. It's a subject that's combative, complicated, and sometimes a little touchy. Everyone feels the need to interject their two cents whether it's on Twitter, Facebook, the Inside The Star comments, or in the case of Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick on FS1's Undisputed where he said that Tony Romo is better than 90% of starting quarterbacks.
Tony Romo] is better than 90% of the starters." - @OScandrick32 on QBs in the NFL https://t.co/PFUkkKxn3K
Now for what it's worth Orlando Scandrick did just join Twitter, so maybe he's new to this whole "state your opinions so that the whole world can see them" thing. Scandrick has actually been making the media rounds lately. He appeared on ESPN's First Take on March 23rd, and five days later he left it for FS1's Undisputed just like Skip Bayless did. Whatever your thoughts are of either program, I'd wager you aren't exactly dvr-ing them to watch later, what Orlando said is of high interest to Cowboys Nation these days.
"I got the utmost respect for Tone (presumably Tony Romo). I love Tone. He handled the situation great. He rehabbed, I mean he came to work every day and when he was able to practice and play he came to practice and he brought it every day. And I think that was a part of what helped us as a defense - he made us better. He was the scout team quarterback. He brought it. He was better than some of the starters, he's better than 90% of the starters."
It's understandable that Orlando Scandrick would show great admiration, as would anyone really, for Tony Romo rehabbing and working just to be able to come back. In case you don't remember, Orlando himself missed the entire 2015 season thanks to a torn ACL and MCL that he suffered at Training Camp. He knows the grind and toll it takes on a person to come back at an older age, Scandrick is 30, so him giving props to Romo is a nice thing.
Let's fully dissect what Scandrick said, though. He said that Tony Romo is better than 90% of starters. I'll save those of you who are not too fond of math the time here, that means that Tony Romo would be among the Top 3 NFL starters. I love Tony Romo as much as the next card-carrying member of Cowboys Nation, but is that true? Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers easily come to mind as quarterbacks superior to Romo, is 'ol Number Nine really the next best among all NFL starting quarterbacks?
Orlando Scandrick's loyalty surely is admirable, and maybe he's trying to do "Tone" a solid by hyping him up on a nationally televised show, despite the fact that Undisputed struggles for ratings but hey facts or whatever. Scandrick has more in common with Romo than the fact that they've both experienced injuries, he's one of the most tenured members of the Dallas Cowboys when it comes to life with Tony Romo as your quarterback. Orlando was drafted in 2008 and had learned to count on Romo just as much as we all had, making the transition to Dak Prescott surely an emotionally difficult one for him as well.
This is [Dak Prescott's] team. The guy's a natural born leader." - @OScandrick32 https://t.co/B8KzxiV25k
Speaking of the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year, Orlando Scandrick spent plenty of time praising him while on Undisputed. According to Orlando Scandrick, Dak Prescott is the first one in the building and the last to leave. He's a leader, calm, cool, collected, and supremely humble. Basically Dak Prescott is the most perfect quarterback humanly - or perhaps inhumanly - possible, and Orlando Scandrick wanted to let us all know that. Good for you, O.
Orlando Scandrick is going to have to adjust to a lot of change in 2017. The Dallas secondary lost Brandon Carr, Barry Church, Morris Claiborne, and JJ Wilcox all to Free Agency over the last month. The veteran of the secondary is going to have to step up and lead some new pups in what we all hope is an improved unit of the Cowboys defense. The question that remains to be answered though is whether or not Orlando Scandrick and Co. will be going up against a quarterback who is better than 90% of NFL starters in Tony Romo while Romo wears another uniform.
Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018
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.
After his record-setting performance during week 14, @AmariCooper9 is the FIRST #DallasCowboys to win NFC Player of the Week twice in a season! → https://t.co/kvBDIeOgBd #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote
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!
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.
QB Dak Prescott Named Cowboys’ Nominee For Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award
As the quarterback of America's Team, Dak Prescott is faced with a level of criticism each week that few athletes have to deal with. He is constantly questioned for his play, and even when things are going well, Prescott must answer his critics. But one area absolutely no one can question Prescott is his leadership, both on and off the field.
Dak Prescott is the perfect role model for children and adults alike. He is constantly doing fantastic work in his communities and making sure he uses his platform for good to his best ability.
This week it was announced Dak Prescott was nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and will be the Cowboys' candidate in the race.
@Dak Prescott has been announced as the #Cowboys nominee for Walter Payton Man of the Year - for 'commitment to philanthropy and community impact.' DAL past winners of the NFL-wide honor: Staubach, Aikman, Witten. @1053thefan
Of course, Prescott is well-worthy of the honor, and I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being both a finalist and the recipient of the award this year. As mentioned by Mike Fisher in the above tweet, three Cowboys have won the award previously; Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Jason Witten. Each of which is deserving, as is Prescott.
Considering the award is given out for "commitment to philanthropy and community impact," I can't think of many more worthy players around the league than quarterback Dak Prescott. We can see this impact in the locker room and on the field as well, as Prescott was voted a captain in just his sophomore season. The Cowboys clearly respect Prescott, despite some of the flaws in his game, and seem to play hard beside him every week.
Congratulations to Dak Prescott on this nomination.
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