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A Whole Lot of Nothing with the Cowboys

Jason Garrett

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!”

Ed Note: Our own assessment of the two QB’s was done earlier here.

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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  • Football Mensa

    I’m glad Wentz was drafted by the iggles. This will make for ready made storylines every season provided both can keep their jobs as starter.

  • hardwater

    …and now a report this morning that EE decked somebody last night in a Dallas bar. Does it ever end?

    • McShrek

      Think that Zeke just happens to be in wrong spot at the wrong time, or is he really an immature young athelete that has gotten away with multiple situations in the past? Urban Meyer is known for stepping in to protect his star players.
      Whenever you have more than one off the field “issue” it is usually the athlete and not the other folks that are either victimized or ridiculed by the star athlete, reagrdless of how many fans jump into the cocoon defense posture, bash Goodell and or the NFL………..think we now have more than enough evidence to NOT GIVE him another pass……….again JG’s lack of leadership or fear form his players at work.

      Suspension is now likely………….maybe the best thing, that might begin to curb his behavior; two games might get his attention.

      http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/20086346/ezekiel-elliott-dallas-cowboys-involved-incident-dallas-bar

      • Michael

        You have put your finger on the underlying problem. EE is a star player whose mistakes were papered over by Meyer. Those days are gone. Prior to last night, it looked like a one or two game suspension but today it could easily be four games or more.

        This was written about Jeff Fisher but could easily have been written about JG: “He possessed an uncanny ability to steer teams toward an 8-8 record with ten of the seasons ending 8-8, 9-7, or 7-9. His teams reached double-digit wins in only six seasons but fell short of seven wins only five times. He been the classic “make a bad team decent, and make a good team average” coach.”

        The only difference is that JG’s oscillations are wider – between 12-4 and 4-12 rather than 7-9 and 9-7.

        • Jon B

          JG has a young quality-starting qb and a star rb. He doesn’t make playoffs he’s gone.

          Dak is fine but Zeke needs to grow up. Columbus covers up for buckeyes but TMZ is following Zeke around waiting for copy. Needs to spend his evenings playing Xbox and madden and studying his playbook. After a couple SB rings and retirement from NFL the parties never stop in retirement see Michael Irvin.

          These guys are targets. Don’t put yourself in these situations.

          • Michael

            If JG has a mediocre season, keep your eye on Sean Payton. He might be done in NO after this year. Payton and JJ have a solid relationship and I think Payton could work with JJ as easily as JG while bringing a higher level of coaching acumen. I am among those who think Romo would be wearing a SB ring if Payton had followed Parcells as HC.

            I want to think EE will wise up after the suspension that is surely coming, but who knows. He might be that dumb.

          • Jon B

            I’d love be Payton in Dallas. He’d love Dak and Zeke and that offense.

            His Achilles is we need a D mind and he can’t build a D in NO.

            Payton is a great coach though. Not different from Garret philosophy but so much more of an in your face coach. JG and he are true friends. I doubt Payton wants to run JG off. But he would love to win SB in Dallas.

          • Jon B

            Payton would have made Romo tow the line. Cupcake and Garret kissed his but. Romo needed tough love.

          • Football Mensa

            We agree on Payton. With equal talent he would coach circles around JG.

            Zeke is dumb, especially if he gets suspended. There’s only 16 games in a season and you want to compromise that by acting foolish ?

        • McShrek

          As long as Jerry is involved, the Cowboys will never have a top tier HC, JG is as good as we can hope for due to JJ’s insistence on embellishing his “football knowledge” and assembling a winning squad (even after ridiculing his own son in the media over the Zach Martin pick over Manziel)……..JG deserves all of the credit for rebuilding the offenive line and establshing a bulldozing type f running attack

      • Football Mensa

        “Urban Meyer is known for stepping in to protect his star players.” Aaron Hernandez is hanging around to confirm your statement.

        Zeke is tailor made for the Cowboys. He very well could be the biggest star of the stars in Dallas. And the dumbest.

        How did you like Charles Haley saying Dak reminds him of Joe Montana ?

        • McShrek

          Haley is another piece of work, HOF dumb………had not heard that, living in Cali, news travels slowly

          • Football Mensa

            HOF dumb and one of the greatest pass rushers ever. Talent and smarts aren’t exclusive.

          • McShrek

            Probably the key piece to the early 90s dynastic run, cut short by the GM….

          • Football Mensa

            Yup , Shrek. For all the talent we had , Haley was “that guy”. We don’t have that guy right now unless Tapper or Taco become that guy.

      • hardwater

        From the DMN: “But Elliott has also been known to struggle when fans approach him off the field, and he left the event’s VIP party last Friday night in Dallas’ Design District in frustration.” Something’s going on with this kid and Dallas may need to protect him like they did Dez.

        • McShrek

          WOW, the kid needs big time help, or a big time kick in the azzzz

      • hardwater

        and just saw this on DMN: “The 21-year-old is appealing a misdemeanor conviction for speeding after a state trooper clocked his 2016 Dodge Charger traveling 100 mph on the Dallas North Tollway near Lebanon Road in Frisco earlier this year.”

  • Senovio Rodriguez

    So to be accurate… “A whole lot of nothing with the Cowboys” (… unless it is about Zeke ).

    a. except, unless LBs start to drop in TC
    b. the team starts to lose…alot. and Lombardi can gloat

    PS: just the mathematician in me: how can nothing have a whole lot? Unless of course referring to one’s bank account before bills are due 😛

    • Ben Grimaldi

      Thats the irony of it, been cleared by police & not being investigated anymore because of evidence that she was trying to extort him, witnesses saying she lied, but NFL still looking into matter and may suspend.

      • McShrek

        After last night’s incident, i can assure you that the media has been holding back info on what really did happen between the girl and EE, or subsequent to the event……league has NOTHING to gain by punishing a guy who someday soon could be the face of the highest profiled team in the league, or of the entire league itself……makes no sense to undermine a very valuable marketing commodity

      • Jon B

        Ray Rice video. Godell playing god.