CowboysNation http://cowboysnation.com CowboysNation on the STL Network Mon, 02 Oct 2017 17:43:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://cowboysnation.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2009/12/cowboys-nation-logo-square-300x300-90x90.jpg CowboysNation http://cowboysnation.com 32 32 Follow Your Favorite CowboysNation Writers http://cowboysnation.com/2017/08/follow-favorite-cowboysnation-writers.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:26:38 +0000 http://cowboysnation.com/?p=66702 As you may have noticed the site has been looking different lately. We are moving AND getting bigger! We now have more writers, features and functions than ever before. Please follow the entire staff (including the occasional Rafael Vela guest appearance) over to CowboysTalkLine.com ... part of the SportsTalkLine Network of sites. Ben, Van, Connor, [...]

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As you may have noticed the site has been looking different lately.

We are moving AND getting bigger!

We now have more writers, features and functions than ever before. Please follow the entire staff (including the occasional Rafael Vela guest appearance) over to CowboysTalkLine.com … part of the SportsTalkLine Network of sites.

Ben, Van, Connor, Frank, Roger and the rest of the gang will all be over pounding out post on the new site as well as a weekly CowboysTalkLine pod!

All of the archived post are being moved over this weekend so you will still be able to find your old post as well as your old comments … Disqus willing, of course. Site feature updates will be continuing throughout the preseason.

The Hall of Fame game is in the rear view. Ben’s post game post is coming up later today and the first seasons episode of CowboysTalkLine is in production this weekend. We have featured, analysis, popcorn, podcasts, video and your latest gallery of Cowboys pictures.

And just for fun, Giants and Eagles fans are just a click away.

See ya over at CowboysTalkLine.com …. can’t wait.

Go Cowboys!

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Cowboys Camp Day 2 Gallery Updated http://cowboysnation.com/2017/08/cowboys-camp-day-2-gallery-updated.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss http://cowboysnation.com/2017/08/cowboys-camp-day-2-gallery-updated.html#comments Tue, 01 Aug 2017 14:11:21 +0000 http://cowboysnation.com/?p=66691 You may have noticed the new locations for your Dallas Cowboys news? We hope you've been enjoying the enhanced content. Here is some more for you! The gallery for Dallas Cowboys Camp Day 2 is fully updated. This means a TON of pics for your pleasure. You want to see Jaylon Smith up close? Want [...]

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You may have noticed the new locations for your Dallas Cowboys news? We hope you’ve been enjoying the enhanced content. Here is some more for you!

The gallery for Dallas Cowboys Camp Day 2 is fully updated. This means a TON of pics for your pleasure.

  • You want to see Jaylon Smith up close?
  • Want to see his special tape job?
  • Want to see Cole Beasely stretch out for a catch?
  • Want up close pics of your fav players?

Check out the Cowboys Gallery 51 by clicking here.

BUT DON’T STOP THERE!!

Click  here for ALL the Cowboys Galleries!

We are back loading Cowboys camp photos since 2012 and they are pretty darn cool. You can review old roster members as well as watch your favorite player grow from season to season.

We are updating more galleries every day. We are bouncing from season to season so check back often.

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You want video???  We have you covered!

Click here for the NEW video section

These will be slower coming but give you a great feel for what camp is like. Just to save you a click .. here is a sneak preview 🙂  Enjoy!

What say you Sports Nation?

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The Ghost of Jimmy Johnson http://cowboysnation.com/2017/07/ghost-jimmy-johnson.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss http://cowboysnation.com/2017/07/ghost-jimmy-johnson.html#comments Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:00:11 +0000 http://cowboysnation.com/?p=66677 When the Cowboys moved from Valley Ranch into The Star they may have accidentally brought the ghost of Jimmy Johnson with them when they packed Garrett's office. With the recent release of Lucky Whitehead from the team today, you have to wonder if Jason Garrett is starting to pay more attention to what the media [...]

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When the Cowboys moved from Valley Ranch into The Star they may have accidentally brought the ghost of Jimmy Johnson with them when they packed Garrett’s office.

With the recent release of Lucky Whitehead from the team today, you have to wonder if Jason Garrett is starting to pay more attention to what the media has to say and not enough on the pulse of the team. I’m not going to stand here and say that this situation is not a big deal but it’s not as big as the DUI that Nolan Carroll received in May or the  Aggravated Assault w/ Deadly Weapon that Damien Wilson was charged with on the  (insert any Jason Pierre-Paul joke) fourth of July holiday.

In the infamous words of Desi Arnaz “Jason!! You Got Some Explaining to Do”. So far the Cowboys story this offseason and almost every offseason has been to let the justice system play out before passing judgement and with the release of Whitehead it seems a 360 degree turn or maybe a 180 from the past (where the past is less than ninety days) but you get the gist. Somewhere in the Florida Keys, Jimmy Johnson must be smoking a stogie, smiling and thinking “The young padawan has finally learned” but the reality is that Garrett’s probably three years too late with the discipline stick.

Everyone remembers the stories of Jimmy Johnson and his ginsu cutting techniques for small infractions but this move reeks of bowing to the media pressure of having to make a statement. Lately, the media have been holding the organization to task for the perception of lawlessness in the Cowboys locker room. If I had the ability to ask Jason Garrett three questions and most likely by the time this is posted they will have been asked, they would be:

  1. Does the team have a crime chart that is similar to the draft trade value chart that determines the discipline leveled to players for committing crimes or team infractions?
  2. If so, where on your crime/team infraction chart does aggravated assault w/ a deadly weapon or DUI rank compared to shoplifting and (unproven) petty larceny?
  3. Was this your decision or Jerry’s?

These questions may sound a bit facetious but they most likely have crossed through the minds of die-hard Cowboys fans who have had to put up with the memes and recent video spoofs of Jerry Jones at a press conference signing OJ Simpson. The material is actually funny but hard to stomach on a weekly basis and that’s considering the damn season hasn’t even started. Garrett seemed out of character at the press conference when he announced that the team could look at cutting Whitehead. Garrett is the master of “talking loud but saying nothing” and his stern statement surprised me and most likely won’t be the last public display of emotion we see this season. In a lot of sportswriters minds, this could be the year the Cowboys make a deep playoff run and the same pundits are even predicting a Super Bowl appearance but this team has enough questions about its roster without having to deal with players missing games due to legal problems. Whitehead’s agent has come out with proof that he wasn’t in Virginia at the time of the crime but maybe Garrett already had his mind made up and this was the tipping point.

As this continues to play out in the media, I’m sure what will be lost in the conversation is the disparity of draft positions of the two players. Damien Wilson was a fourth round pick in the 2015 draft and Whitehead was an un-drafted free agent pick-up the same year. Once the Cowboys drafted Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown there were immediate questions about Whiteheads spot on the roster. With the Cowboys jumping the gun on his release it may not have the effect that Garrett may be hoping for, especially if it’s a case of mistaken identity.

 

So Mote It Be!

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Who to Watch at Training Camp for Cowboys http://cowboysnation.com/2017/07/who-to-watch-at-training-camp-for-cowboys.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss http://cowboysnation.com/2017/07/who-to-watch-at-training-camp-for-cowboys.html#comments Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:58:30 +0000 http://cowboysnation.com/?p=66669 Training camp has arrived and here’s to good health and fortune of the Dallas Cowboys. With camp, people are always interested in seeing specific players on the field, and I am no different. However, I am not going to bore you with the same old cast of dudes everyone is interested in watching. We all [...]

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Training camp has arrived and here’s to good health and fortune of the Dallas Cowboys. With camp, people are always interested in seeing specific players on the field, and I am no different. However, I am not going to bore you with the same old cast of dudes everyone is interested in watching. We all want to see Jaylon Smith, Taco Charlton and Ryan Switzer among others, but here’s a differnt list of guys I’ll be paying attention to.

As a fellow Cowboys fan Eminem once rapped, “I got a list, here’s the order of my list that it’s in:” (Bonus points if you know the song)

Anthony Brown: Many think he might already be the best cornerback on the roster. Orlando Scandrick might have something to say about that, but Brown performed well as an unheralded rookie last season and his development will be something to pay attention to in camp. Really excited to see how he’s grown from last year.

Charles Tapper: Another second-year player, but Tapper wasn’t available to help the team last year due to a back injury. He’s slimmed down about 20 lbs. and is a freakish athlete, based on his 2016 combine numbers. Tapper has a very strong motor, which meshes perfectly with Rod Marinelli’s style, so seeing his transformation and getting a good look at him this summer is why he’s on this list.

Rico Gathers: Yeah, I know, he might be on everyone’s list too, but that’s how much hype he got this off-season. Gathers has all the athleticism of today’s new age tight end stars, but he is only missing the nuances of the game. Word was at the end of last year, he was difficult to stop on the scout team in practice, so the potential is building. He’s had a full year to address his steep learning curve, it’s time to find out just how big Gathers’ jump is from year one to now. The intrigue is there!

La’el Collins: The talent is there for Collins, but the position switch is something to pay detailed attention to. Collins has had highlight moments during his first two seasons, but not the consistency, perhaps tackle is his best fit after failing to dominate at guard. If Collins, who has worked extremely hard this off-season, can find his game at right tackle, this offensive line will make things tough on defenses. It’s going to be one of the major storylines of training camp.

Damontre Moore: As far as career sacks go, Moore is second on the list of those currently on the Cowboys’ roster. Moore is a former third round pick who has the talent to be a major contributor on the defensive line. The issue with Moore has always been his head, his temperament and attitude have never matched his skill set. However, the word from the team is that Moore has finally grown up and the light has come on. If he has finally ‘gotten it,’ Moore could be a surprising candidate to lead the Cowboys in sacks. Damontre is someone to watch in camp and he could be the biggest revelation you never thought about.

Jeff Heath: He might not be in the same boat as the other players on this list, but Heath is trying to establish himself as more than just a spot duty kind of guy. As it stands right now, the Goat is taking over as one of the starting safeties, we’re about to find out if that’s a wise plan. It will be nice to see if Heath fits as a starter and if he can create more turnovers.

Let the fun begin for the Dallas Cowboys on the road to the Super Bowl (hopefully). Who are you looking forward to watching in training camp?

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Silver Lining in the Off-Season From Hell for Cowboys http://cowboysnation.com/2017/07/silver-lining-off-season-hell-cowboys.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss http://cowboysnation.com/2017/07/silver-lining-off-season-hell-cowboys.html#comments Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:03:29 +0000 http://cowboysnation.com/?p=66664 There are no words left to say at this point, the Dallas Cowboys have had an embarrassing few weeks leading up to the rookies reporting for the start of training camp. The list of crap that’s happened in the last 15 days alone doesn’t need to be repeated and the level of stupidity is mind [...]

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There are no words left to say at this point, the Dallas Cowboys have had an embarrassing few weeks leading up to the rookies reporting for the start of training camp. The list of crap that’s happened in the last 15 days alone doesn’t need to be repeated and the level of stupidity is mind boggling.

However, you know who hasn’t done anything wrong? The quarterback, and he’s been more in the limelight than any other player this off-season. Somehow, he has avoided any of the negative news that others haven’t escaped.

That seems extremely noteworthy. In the NFL, games are won or lost because of quarterback play and teams need a quarterback capable of making the right decision in those crucial moments. When the heat is on, you need your quarterback to remain calm and control the moment, not let it get too big for him. Instead of losing his cool, you need someone with good judgement to help you win games.

If we’ve learned anything in this past year, Dak Prescott is that man. He has stayed as far away from trouble as much as Zeke has gotten into it, and when the Cowboys need a leader, its Prescott the team will be following. Not any of the knuckleheads who seems to be in the news every other day for losing their tempers.

Some players may miss games because of their actions, but none of them are as important as Dak, Elliott included. Players follow their leader, for the Cowboys, that’s Dak Prescott. Dallas will go as far as Prescott leads them.

Ezekiel Elliott might be the more talented player, but he isn’t more important to the Cowboys. Although not anyone can run for 1,600 yards behind their offensive line, Darren McFadden did manage to hit the one thousand yard mark a few years ago, but it was the quarterback play that crushed the team during their 4-12 season. If the Cowboys lose Dak for an extended amount of time in 2017, expect a 2015-like year.

None of this can wipe the disgust of the off-season from the Cowboys’ face, but knowing your leader has taken care of business and has prepared for the year makes a big difference. There shouldn’t be any parties thrown for staying out of trouble, but it’s comforting to know that Dak Prescott is focused on football.

Training camp is here and the emphasis is now about what happens on the field. For some, that has always been the case. It’s just too bad the same can’t be said for the entire team.

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Tough Offseason Continues For Dallas Cowboys http://cowboysnation.com/2017/07/tough-offseason-continues-dallas-cowboys.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss http://cowboysnation.com/2017/07/tough-offseason-continues-dallas-cowboys.html#comments Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:17:14 +0000 http://cowboysnation.com/?p=66657 Last week I ended my article with the sentence, "Can the Cowboys get out of their own way"? Another week and more Cowboys' players are in the news. On Monday it came out that Ezekiel Elliott had allegedly been in an altercation at a Dallas nightclub, Clutch Bar. While information is still coming out on [...]

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Last week I ended my article with the sentence, “Can the Cowboys get out of their own way“? Another week and more Cowboys’ players are in the news.

On Monday it came out that Ezekiel Elliott had allegedly been in an altercation at a Dallas nightclub, Clutch Bar. While information is still coming out on the details of what exactly happens Monday night, either way it’s not a good look for the oft-troubled Elliott and Cowboys.

Not long after the Elliott story hit the web, further news involving Cowboys’ return specialist Lucky Whitehead broke as well. Lucky Whitehead’s dog, Blitz was stolen and was being held for ransom. You don’t see that everyday, but when you’re a part of the Dallas Cowboys, nothing is too rare. Whitehead did end up lucky, and was reunited with his dog on Tuesday.

If that wasn’t enough for you, news broke Tuesday that Terrance Williams was caught on film in a foot race with another male outside a Dallas strip club early Monday morning. Williams wasn’t doing anything wrong and it was somewhat silly to even make a story about it, but never a surprise TMZ had a story and the video of the foot race on their website and social media accounts.

Along with the Terrance Williams race, Ezekiel Elliott’s name was again in the news just a day after the night club altercation news. Elliott was in court today fighting a speeding ticket he received in April. Elliott was given a misdemeanor speeding ticket by a state trooper after being stopped going 100 MPH in a 70 MPH zone. Elliott pleaded not guilty and a ruling on the ticket has not been brought to the public attention.

With just a few hours to go before the Cowboys’ rookies report to training camp, the Cowboys front office has to be crossing their fingers that no Cowboys players are in the news for the next few days. The team already will have to do without: David Irving, Randy Gregory, and possibly Nolan Carroll and Damien Wilson to start the season. If they end up losing Ezekiel Elliott for a significant amount of time, it could be a crushing blow to a team that had very high expectations entering the 2017 season.

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