With training camp approaching (not fast enough), the Dallas Cowboys have managed stay in the news over the last few weeks. As always, if you want a headline, just throw out “Cowboys,” followed by some semi-concocted story and the clicks will start rolling in.
Two weeks ago it was Damien Wilson, and last week it was DeAngelo Williams not wanting to play for the Cowboys, Jason Garrett not being a good head coach, Carson Wentz is better than Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott’s possible suspension for an issue law enforcement didn’t think was worth pursuing, but the NFL somehow knows better.
Most of it, as per usual, is pure garbage. The only story that brings any semblance of relevance is the ongoing saga with Elliott. It’s the only piece of news that might actually have a role in what happens on the field. Oh, I know, Wilson is supposed to be a player this season and there is some buzz about him, but in reality, he’s small potatoes compared to Zeke.
Elliott’s situation is a tad different. It doesn’t appear to be a major blow if he misses a game or two, but not playing against a division rival on opening night is a huge deal. It’s also a team that beat you twice last year and is threatening your top spot in the NFC East. Two games missed is an even bigger deal because if Dallas loses without Zeke week one, it’s a tough hill to climb going to Denver without him again and 0-2 is staring you in the face.
Other than that though, it’s much ado about nothing. Last I heard, the Cowboys weren’t wooing Williams to play for them, so it really doesn’t matter what he thinks.
Nor does Michael Lombardi’s comments about Garrett. He has no knowledge about what goes on inside the organization, so how does he know about the inner workings of this offense? Or that Garrett’s not respected inside the walls of The Star, especially when it seems fairly obvious it is the exact opposite.
Most of all though, seeing the beef between the Philadelphia Eagles fans who claim Wentz is better than Dak, argue with Cowboys fans over that point was the dumbest of the dumb. There is nothing based on the evidence we have, one NFL season, that Wentz is a better player than Prescott. There is no argument to be had, yet the mere mention of it last week sent Cowboys fans into a tizzy. In the words of a Disney animated classic, “Let it go!”
It’s called football filler and it’s out there because we are starving for football. Soon enough the practices and games will be the real news, we’re almost home.
And people say they aren’t America’s Team.
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