As you have all heard by now I am sure, the Pac-Man experiment is officially over! Jerry and Cowboy bashing is at it's peak now! My question is why? I was highly in favor of bringing him here, as were many Cowboy followers. We all new the risks involved with this deal, so why when the deal does not work out (like we all new it would) are we now going to bash brass for pulling the trigger? Pac-Man did not destroy the locker room, losing and mentally weak individuals destroyed this locker room.
This was a very worthwhile opportunity that the Cowboys had to take a chance on. Unfortunately it did not work out! The Cowboys and Jerry Jones had everything to gain and nothing to lose in this deal. Lets look at what Dallas gave up to get Jones.The Cowboys sent a 4th round pick in last years draft and that is it. The Cowboys signed Jones to a 4 year 13.3 million contract with oh by the way no guaranteed money plus will receive a 5th round pick from Tennessee this year. So when the Cowboys release him they will have a salary cap hit of ZERO! Yes I know what your thinking, we wasted a 4th round pick on him, well lets see who was available in that spot.
Tennessee used that pick and drafted LaVelle Hawkins a 5'11" 187lbs. WR from California. Here is his stats from the year. Looks like he was slightly better than Pacman in Kick off returns (that is not saying much) and had very little to do with the offense. With the 28th pick the Colts selected Jacob Tamme a 6'3" 236lbs. TE from Kentucky and here is what he did this year. He was not an option for us as we had already drafted Bennett. Then St.Louis with the 29th pick selected Keenan Burton a 6'0" 201lbs. WR from Kentucky. Here are his stats on the year. Nothing to get overly excited about and lets be honest he was in the perfect place to play, and only managed to get into 11 games. The next two players selected were a Johnathan Wilhite a DB from Auburn, and Tony Hills an OT from Texas. Here are Wilhite's numbers and Hills was on the practice squad all year. Also the Cowboys will even have a million dollars more to work with under the 2009 salary cap due to cutting Adam Jones! So when you boil this thing down, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys took a very calculated chance on a bonehead to try and make this team better. Is this not what we all want? Do we not all wish for our teams to do everything they can to make the team better?
If, and I realize that was a huge if, but if he had of straightened up and kept his nose clean. He would have been able to play all year long, and our secondary would have been better! Is he a dominant corner? NO, but he can play! He did lead the team in pass deflections. He was an awful punt returner this year, that can partially be contributed to how terrible the special teams units were.
I have heard that the outlook people have on the Cowboys is that they will take a chance on anyone, no matter the character, who COULD help them win games! This is said as a bad mark against them. I strongly disagree! I want my teams to bring in anyone who can help win games. I do not care one bit about what kind of person they are. Michael Irvin was one of the greatest receivers the Cowboys have ever had, but the guy also STABBED HIS TEAMMATE IN THE NECK! No one cared because the Cowboys were winning games! You can not have it both ways, either you want to win and will accept whoever and whatever they do to win or you want to win with only NICE GUYS!
Jerry should be commended on the way he approached this deal, not ridiculed! You and I all asked for serious upgrades to the secondary and Jerry delivered. He drafted exceptionally well, and then took a calculated risk on a possible impact player! What else do you want? The deal did not work and now he is gone! Its over let it go! Jerry gets blasted for every move he makes no matter how good or bad it is, and its ridiculous. I will be the first to admit he has done some stupid things, but lets give the guy some credit too, he has always learned from his mistakes and at least attempted to make them right. It is amazing to me that in the 20 years that Jerry has owned the team he has not done one thing right! Everything good done here since he has owned the team has been because of someone else and in spite of Jerry. This is completely untrue, and very unfair! Jimmy Johnson was brought here by Jerry and had success in large part thanks to Jerry. Jimmy was the one who was preaching team first to the players and coaches. Then when an opportunity came up for one of his coaches to interview for a head coaching job, simply pushed them aside and interviewed for the job himself behind everyone's back. Jimmy is the one who chose to leave! Jerry did not make him leave! Yet Jerry is the one blamed for the demise of the team. Jerry hires Bill Parcells and let go of the steering wheel more than he ever has before, and the team remains average and he still takes all the blame! I hate to tell you all this but this team that we have now was built by Bill Parcells, character flaws and all, minus T.O. So all the complaining we do about players on this team having a lack of heart and motor, should be directed more towards Bill rather than Jerry.
These players are highly skilled but are mentally weak and will only play for someone who treats them like trash. Wait a minute that's right they would not play for that guy either! This collection of players have never played better than they did last year for Wade Phillips, yet he and Jerry are blasted for it! WAKE UP! Some of these guys will never be more than they are right now! So thank the greatest talent evaluator to ever walk the earth for that, don't blame Jerry!
This was a good move by the Cowboys and Jerry Jones that did not work out. Time to move on and continue to work on the problems. This is what Jerry will do, I have no doubt in my mind about that. I also have no doubt that everyone will continue to blame Jerry. He will never gain the respect of the Cowboy fans, and that is a shame.
The Brady Report: Cowboys’ Fast Start Dooms Eagles
It's been nothing but doom and gloom around the Dallas Cowboys in recent weeks. After a 3-0 start propelled them towards the top of the league's elite, three straight disappointing losses had fans wondering if it was time for a regime change at head coach.
They went into Sunday night's game with the Eagles needing a win to salvage hope at earning a playoff spot, and boy did they answer the bell. The Cowboys dominated the Philadelphia Eagles from the opening snap, routing their hated rivals 37-10 and improving to 4-3 on the season.
Let's get into my game notes from this overwhelmingly positive performance.
- Let's start with the quarterback. Dak Prescott was tremendous yet again on Sunday night, and we're getting to the point where his sample size of positive play is too large to ignore. Prescott was 21 of 27 for 239 yards and a touchdown (and an interception as well), but he also had a rushing touchdown to add to his totals. Prescott has complete control of the offense, and even checked out of a negative box count to exploit the Eagles blitz look down in the red zone. He leads the league in QBR this season, and he is the unquestioned franchise quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. As he should be.
- Sticking with praise on offense, Ezekiel Elliott looked like Zeke on Sunday night. From his very first carry you could tell Elliott was running with a different burst and energy than we'd seen in recent weeks, and he later ran right over Malcolm Jenkins to set up the team's second score of the game. Elliott was impossible to bring down all night, to the tune of 111 yards and a touchdown on 5 yards per carry.
- La'el Collins has been incredible this season, and Sunday was no different. The Cowboys recently extended right tackle shut Brandon Graham down for basically the entire night, and kept Prescott upright and comfortable in the pocket. Tyron Smith was clearly not healthy or himself on the other side, but the rest of this offensive line picked up the slack and had their best performance since the season opener.
- Connor Williams deserves a shoutout as well. He was getting off double teams to the second level and cutting linebackers off to clear rushing lanes for Zeke all night long.
- Defensively, the Cowboys had their best performance of 2019. They hadn't been able to force turnovers all season, but they came away with four in this week's win. Xavier Woods' interception of Wentz might've spoken the loudest, as it proved how good this defense can be when the game script is working in their favor. When things go according to plan early for this team, they have the talent to take total control and dominate.
- Jourdan Lewis was inserted into the starting lineup due to injury, and he was awesome from the opening snap. Lewis came away with a big sack on Caron Wentz and had 4 tackles overall as well. Byron Jones returned from the injury he suffered a week ago, and was back to his old shutdown ways. Jones is clearly the best cornerback on this team, and is one of the better corners in all of football. When he's healthy and playing as he did during Sunday's win, few have an argument over him.
- DeMarcus Lawrence also had his best game of 2019, creating consistent pressure on Wentz throughout the night. His biggest play, of course, was his sack fumble which set the Cowboys up for a 14-0 lead just two possessions into the game. Lawrence has been taking a lot of heat from the fanbase in recent weeks, but he responded in a big way on Sunday.
- Those are the linebackers I remember from 2018. Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch were all over the field during this game, and Sean Lee had a pretty nice game as well once Vander Esch went down. Lee and Smith each finished with 7 tackles, and Smith forced the Eagles' first fumble of the night on their opening drive. Lee made a nice play on the ball on a late fourth down throw that easily could've been an interception as well.
Cowboys K Brett Maher’s 63-Yard Field Goal Sets New NFL Record
After hitting a 63-yard field goal last night in the Dallas Cowboys' win over the Philadelphia Eagles, Kicker Brett Maher now owns the NFL record for most field goal made at 60 yards or longer. It was the third 60-plus FG of his career and second so far this season.
Maher hit a 62-yarder last week in Dallas' loss to the New York Jets. That kick tied him with Sebastian Janikowski and Greg Zuerlein for having two career field goals of 60 or more.
Now Brett stands alone in that category. Last night's kick also was just one yard shy of Matt Prater's record for the NFL's longest field goal; Maher hit from 64 yards in 2013.
If Brett Maher ever gets a chance to kick in Denver, he may have a great shot at breaking Prater's record as well. According to NBC's data from last night, Maher's kick would have been good from 66 yards out.
It was a good night overall for the Cowboys kicker. Maher had two other makes from 26 and 29 yards.
Despite his heroics at times, Brett Maher has been one of the least accurate kickers in the NFL the last two years. Even after last night Brett is hitting just 71.4% of his field goals so far in 2019; that ties him for 25th in the league.
The most puzzling aspect of all with Maher is how much he struggles with shorter range kicks. You almost have more confidence in him kicking from 60 yards out than attempting an extra point.
Few kickers could survive that kind of performance and uncertainty, but few can do what Maher can with his long range ability. It's a risk/reward situation that the Cowboys are continuing to work with.
For today, at least, Maher and his team are basking in the glory of a great game. Let's hope both can keep up the positive momentum.
Cowboys Defense Dominates in Crucial Win vs Eagles
Coming into yesterday's battle for NFC East supremacy against the Philadelphia Eagles the Dallas Cowboys defense was looking to regain some swagger. The Green Bay Packers were led by Aaron Jones who had a career day with 182 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns two weeks ago in a 34-24 beatdown of the Cowboys. Last week at Metlife Stadium, the New York Jets got a career day themselves from their former third overall pick in Sam Darnold who threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns in his return from Mononucleosis that kept him out since Week one. The Cowboys were handed their third consecutive loss 24-22 and their season was headed down the drain.
It would be paramount for the Cowboys defensive unit to set a tone and they didn't waste any time doing so. The Eagle's first possession would only last five plays as Jaylon Smith forced a fumble by Tight End Dallas Goedert that was recovered by Maliek Collins. Just two plays into their second drive, Carson Wentz was strip-sacked by All-Pro DeMarcus Lawrence inside the Eagles own 15 which was recovered by Antwaun Woods. Both turnovers led to scores for the Cowboys as they took an early 14-0 lead in the games first six minutes.
After the Eagles scored on a seven-play 87-yard drive with a little over four minutes to go in the first quarter they would only run 12 plays the rest of the first half, and the Cowboys went into the locker room with a commanding 27-7 lead.
The second half would be a continuation of the first 30 minutes of play. After an exchange of field goals in the third quarter, the Eagles were simply out of their misery early in the fourth. Wentz was intercepted by Safety Xavier Woods and he committed his second fumble of the game on the very next drive. In the end, the Cowboys whipped the Eagles from start to finish 37-10 and claimed outright first place in the NFC East.
There were several encouraging signs defensively for the Cowboys vs the Eagles. Maliek Collins matched his season total with five tackles and also recovered a fumble. Both starting defensive ends DeMarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn each had a sack showing exactly why the Cowboys put this combo together, to terrorize quarterbacks. Cornerback Jourdan Lewis had four tackles and a sack, a great follow up to his four tackle performance with an interception a week earlier, further making his case to be the top guy at nickel corner in this defense. The old veteran Sean Lee didn't go unnoticed either as his seven tackles were tied for of the team lead. He got more snaps due to Leighton Vander Esch's early exit with a neck injury.
You expect an offense like the Eagles to make plays and score points eventually, but the Cowboys defense wasn't having any of it in this contest. In addition to giving up under 300 yards of total offense, they only allowed the Eagles to convert three third downs, go 0 for 2 in the red zone and forced four turnovers. That's a recipe for victory any Sunday.
Now, the Cowboys go into the bye week sitting on top the NFC East throne. This is the perfect time to get guys fully healthy with a clash against the New York Giants on the road awaiting them in two weeks. The Cowboys defense played with their backs to the wall and pulled out a big-time performance when they needed it the most. Consistency is what has kept them from looking like the top seven unit they were in 2018. Was this game the turning point? We shall see, but nonetheless, this showing by them was exactly what the doctor ordered.
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