Doug Free’s days as a Cowboys coming to a end?

Doug Free
CBS/NFL insider Jason La Canfora reports  it “looks like the end” for right tackle Doug Free with the Cowboys.
Free is owed seven million dollars in base salary and will count $11.2 million against the cap.
Doug Free started all 16 games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2012, but he and third year pro Jeremy Parnell rotated down the stretch. Free graded out near the bottom of Pro Football Focus’ final 2012 offensive tackle rankings. 
While releasing Free would clear his salary off Dallas’ books, the move would not provide significant 2013 cap relief.
    Doug Free’s contract break down:
  • Contract: 4 years/32 million
  • Signing Bonus: 10,300,000
  • Average Salary: 8,000,000
  • Guaranteed: 17,000,000
The Dallas Cowboys are currently 18.2 million dollars over the 2013 projected salary cap.

Cowboys fire running backs coach Skip Peete


Skip Peete

Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said that changes was coming to Valley Ranch.  According to a sources The Cowboys have fired the running back coach Skip Peete.


Cowboys NT Josh Brent released on bail

Brent Mug Shot

Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent posted 50,000 bail today after being arrested on an intoxication manslaughter charge for the death of Cowboys teammate Jerry Brown Jr. in Irving,Texas.  The intoxication manslaughter charge is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.

Peter Schaffer, released a statement on Brent’s behalf:

“I am devastated and filled with grief. Filled with grief for the loss of my close friend and teammate, Jerry Brown,” the statement read. “I am also grief-stricken for his family, friends and all who were blessed enough to have known him. I will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life. My prayers are with his family, our teammates and his friends at this time.”

DeMarco Murray returns to practice




The Dallas Cowboys welcomed back starting running back DeMarco Murray to practice yesterday, Murray missed the last six games due to a foot injury he suffered in the Cowboys Week 6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

The Cowboys also saw the returns of defensive ends Sean Lissemore (ankle) and defensive end Jason Hatcher (concussion), wide receivers Miles Austin (hip, back) and Kevin Ogletree (concussion) and center Ryan Cook (knee).


NFC Playoff Seedings


As of now the Dallas Cowboys are two games behind in the NFC East and one game behind in the wild card race. The Cowboys have three of the final five games at Cowboys Stadium.

The Cowboys remaining games: vs. Eagles (3-7), at Bengals (6-5), vs. Steelers (6-5), vs. Saints (5-6), at Redskins (5-6)

NFC Playoff standings

1. Atlanta Falcons (10-1)

2. San Francisco 49ers (8-2-1)

3. Chicago Bears (8-3)

4. New York Giants (7-4)

5. Green Bay Packers (7-4)

6. Seattle Seahawks (6-5)

In the Hunt

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5)

Minnesota Vikings (6-5)

Washington Redskins (5-6)

Dallas Cowboys (5-6)

New Orleans Saints (5-6)

Still alive: Rams (4-6-1), Lions (4-7), Cardinals (4-7), Panthers (3-8), and the Eagles (3-8)

Cowboys stumbles pass the Browns for a 23-20 overtime win




The Dallas Cowboys (5-5) edge the Cleveland Brown (2-8) 23-20 at Cowboy’s Stadium. The Cowboys led by Dez Bryant’s 12 receptions for a career-high 145 yards and a touchdown.

While Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo completed 35 of 50 passes for 313 yards and one touchdown, no interceptions. The victory not only puts the Cowboys even for the season it puts them only a game behind the New York Giants in the NFC East.

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Falcons soar pass the Cowboys 19-13.

Deja Vu anyone? Same mental mistakes and the same puzzling play calling in crunch time derails the Dallas Cowboys once again.

The Dallas Cowboys (3-5) fall to the undefeated Atlanta Falcons (8-0) at the Georgia Dome 19-13.  Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo completed 25 of 35 passes for 321 yards, a touchdown, and no interceptions.

Cowboys inside linebacker Bruce Carter continues to shine as the defensive signal caller in the absence of the injured Sean Lee. Carter finished with nine tackles and one pass break up..

Head Coach Jason Garrett had this to say after the stunning loss….

“There’s a reason they’re undefeated halfway through the season,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. ”This is a challenging place to play at. I thought we did some good things in the ballgame. They did more good things. We didn’t do enough to win this game in all three phases of our football team.”

The lone bright spot of the game was Cowboys tight end Jason Witten becoming the new Dallas Cowboys all-time leader for career receptions with 754.


Game Notes

  • Miles Austin had seven catches for 76 yards.
  • Jason Witten had seven catches for 51 yards. (Became the Cowboys all-time receptions leader passing Michael Irvin’s Cowboys record of 750 career receptions.)
  • Jason Garrett is 4-9 in his last 13 games and 16-16 since taking over as head coach of the Cowboys in the middle of  the 2010 season.
  • Falcons QB Matt Ryan was 24 of 34 for 342 yards passing.
  • RB Michael Turner ran for 102 yards on 20 attempts.



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5 Questions

With the Cowboys Organized Team Activities starting in the next few days there are a few questions being raised that a number of Cowboys players and staff are on the hot seat.  

1. Is this the year Tony Romo will be the leader this team needs and lead them deep into the playoffs?

The 2011 season was Tony Romo’s  best year as a starter.  He completed 346 of 522 passes (66.3%) for 4,184 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 102.5. Those are great numbers but the Cowboys still ended up with a 8-8 record.

Was it all Romo’s fault?  That depends on who you ask Dallas/Ft. Worth area. While Tony played some awesome games last year there were some games (New York Jets and Detroit Lions) that had you questioning Romo’s decision-making late in games.

Tony Romo will turn 34 years old after his contract with the Dallas Cowboys expires after the 2013 season. Will the Cowboys extend Romo’s contract when the time comes? Or is it time to find Romo’s heir apparent?

Will this be the year Romo leads the Cowboys over the hump?

Is this the year Tony Romo finally takes the Dallas Cowboys back to the promise land or is it going to end badly like the last couple of seasons?“The Cowboys are as talented as just about any team in the league. I know that to win you have to have a great quarterback, and I believe that Tony Romo is that.”-  Hall Of Fame Quarterback Troy Aikman



2. Will the 2012 Cowboys defensive line be able to generate enough pressure on opposing offensives?

As a defensive unit the Dallas Cowboys had a total of 42 sacks in the 2011 season which tied for 7th in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers.  Here is a breakdown of sacks by position. 

Outside Linebackers: DeMarcus Ware-19.5 , Anthony Spencer-6, and Victor Butler-3 (total sacks 28.5 from the outside linebackers) which accounted for 68% of the team total sacks.

Defensive Line: Jason Hatcher-4.5, Jay Ratliff-2,Sean Lissemore-2, Marcus Spears-1, and Kenyon Coleman-1 (10.5 total sacks from the defensive line) accounted for 25% of the team total sacks. 

Secondary: Orlando Scandrick-2, Danny McCray-1 (3 total sacks from the secondary) accounted 7% of the team total sacks. 

Our defensive line was pushed around too much last year and we could not generate any pressure especially in crucial moments in the 4th quarter this has to be addressed by the Cowboys coaching staff ASAP.


3. Will Jason Garrett play calling be approved?

Garrett’s play calling at times has been called into question many times last season. From the icing his own kicker incident at Arizona, not running the ball enough with the Cowboys having a lead against the Detroit Lions in the 4th quarter, and the questionable red zone plays. Were they rookie coaching mistakes? Maybe but if the Cowboys want to end their playoff drought this year Jason Garrett’s play calling and decision-making must improve. 

Dallas Cowboys regular Season offensive rankings under Jason Garrett.

2007- Run:17th/Pass:4th/Overall:3rd


2009-Run:7th/Pass:6th/Overall:2nd* (Most Balanced Season)




4. Will DeMarco Murray be 100%. 

DeMarco Murray recently told the San Antonio Express-News that  “I’m back 100 percent.”  That is great news if you’re a Cowboys fan. Last season Murray rushed for 897 yards with a 5.5 yards per carry average and two touchdowns. Murray was on his way to a 1000 yard season until he suffered a fractured ankle in a loss to the New York Giants on December 11.The Cowboys offense noticeably different with Murray out of the line up.


5. Will the recent additions to our secondary payoff?

The Cowboys shocked the NFL world by moving up in the draft to the 6th spot to draft LSU stand out cornerback Morris Claiborne and signing former Kansas City cornerback Brandon Carr for 5 years/$50.10 million in free agency this year.  In the cornerback position we have Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Mike Jenkins, and Orlando Scandrick this is a huge upgrade talent wise from last year’s squad. The pressure is on to perform in Arlington, Texas.


What makes a Leader

 By: Jason G. Williams

What makes a leader?

When you first come in contact with a person, usually, the first thing that you notice is their appearance. Nowadays, with the advent of social media its harder to notice appearance.

Therefore, you have to use all of your perceptive qualities to determine the type of person with whom you associate with. Once you’ve gathered all the information, you need to eventually classify this new person you’ve encountered, then you will make a judgement on what type of person you think they were, and are going to become.

But what do you do when you have to be around this person on an everyday basis? Well, I begin a more detailed breakdown of who I think they were, are and who I think they’re going to become. I begin to look at some of the things they do or say, paying close attention because after a period of time these mental notes become a collection of facts or what I also like to refer to as character.

Websters dictionary defines character as: distinctive quality, a distinguishing feature; attribute, the complex of mental and ethical traits marking a person or a group, moral excellence; reputation.

To reach excellence you must first be a leader of good character. I don’t know Jerry Jones but at first glance he, to me, doesn’t seem to be a person of “good character”. This is only my opinion but let’s do some further analysis of my point, lets strip away the billions of dollars he has and just look at the man.

“Managers are people who do things right and leaders are people who do the right things”. -Warren Bennis, Ph. D., American scholar, organizational consultant and author.

We can’t argue that he’s a leader, but we can argue if he’s a “good leader”. His first moves as an owner told the fans and the World the type of leader he is and was going to become, but if you put the dollar signs back on him everyone overlooks character. We all know the story well, he purchases the Cowboys from then owner Bum Bright and is given the single most monumental task in sports history. Deciding the fate of the most recognizable face in sports and in Dallas Cowboys history. Jerry Jones fires, Tom Landry, within 24 hours of signing on the dotted line. Is this “good character or leadership?” No, it’s an eccentric egotistical man hell-bent on making himself the face of the Cowboys instead of putting his character & leadership first.

With all do respect to Jerry Jones, he did show “good leadership & character” in the hours and days to follow by hiring Jimmy Johnson, bringing the long, starved Cowboys back home to where they rightfully belonged, Super Bowl Champions. However, since those early moments of owning the team, his iconic status as the man who returned the Boys back to prominence has slowly deteriorated, leaving us with a shaky future. Leadership starts at the top and should cascade down through the entire organization, if there is no leadership there is no direction. With the recent playoff history, scattered success with draft picks and constant salary cap issues the future doesn’t look bright.

“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.” – Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD

Part 1 of a 10 part series.