Dallas Cowboys Opening Press Conference


The Dallas Cowboys kicked off this year’s training camp with their annual opening press conference.

The organization look to ride their momentum from last year. Jerry, Stephen, and Coach Jason Garrett fielded questions from the media in attendance in Oxnard.

You can view the full Dallas Cowboys press conference by clicking this link via Dallas Cowboys.com

Stephen addressed the current Jeremy Mincey contract situation.

 

Stephen Jones:

“I think it is (disappointing), he is a player who is under contract and we expect all players under contract to be here,” Executive vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday said. “Jeremy obviously did a great job for us last year, he was a big part of the success on the defensive part of the football and we have nothing but respect for him, but he is under contract, I think he signed that contract last year, his representative was there, he was all for it and he signed it.  

“It’s not a long term contract, it’s over at the end of this year, but we fully expect him to be here and if he’s not obviously there is recourse for us as well, in terms of there will be fines accordingly if he misses camp. It is disappointing, we expect him to be here and we want him to be here.”

Mincey led the Dallas Cowboys in sacks and quarterback pressures last year.  Each day he misses, he will be fined 30,000 dollars.

 

Mincey’s Deal (1 year left)

Hopefully the two parties can work something out quickly.

Advertisements

Jason Witten: This Is Still Garrett’s System. | True Blue Nation


 

Jason Witten: This Is Still Garrett’s System. | True Blue Nation.

Dallas Cowboys Tight End Jason Witten sits down with Bill Jones and Mickey Spagnola on The Blitz .

Top 2013 Offensive Prospects


Dallas Cowboys Star

Here is a quick look at some of the top rookie prospects in the upcoming draft.

Offensive tackle

Luke Joeckel

1. Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
2. Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
3. Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
 4. D.J. Fluker, Alabama
5. Kyle Long, Oregon

In the mix: Oday Aboushi, Virginia; Dallas Thomas, Tennessee; Menelik Watson, Florida State.

Centers/Guards

Chance Warmack

1. Chance Warmack, Alabama
2. Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
3. Barrett Jones, Alabama
4. Justin Pugh, Syracuse
5. Travis Frederick, Wisconsin

In the mix: Larry Warford, Kentucky; Khaled Holmes, USC; Brian Winters, Kent State.

Running Backs

Giovani Bernard

1. Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
2. Eddie Lacy, Alabama
 3. Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State
 4. Montee Ball, Wisconsin
5. Andre Ellington, Clemson

In the mix: Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State; Stepfan Taylor, Stanford; Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina; Jonathan Franklin, UCLA.

Senior Bowl Recap: Offense


Dallas Cowboys Star

2013 Senior Bowl Review

Here is a quick list of a few players that I think the Dallas Cowboys should take a look at from the Senior Bowl.  We all know that the Dallas Cowboys have a lot of holes to fill this year and the players below should be able to come in and make an impact on the field.

Offense

Eric Fisher

College: Central Michigan

Height: 6’7

Weight: 305

Position: OL

Projected Round: 1st round

Scouting Report:

Fisher is an NFL ready pass protector. He’s a natural athlete that is a dancing bear. His footwork, kick slide are as good as they come His ability to mirror defenders off the edge is excellent. Fisher re-sets really well after initial burst from the defender. His huge frame and vines for arms are evident in pass protection. It takes defenders a long time to get by him with his long arms and nimble feet. The one area that Fisher struggles in pretty consistently is lowering his pad level. Dwight Freeney-esque pass rushers will give him problems if Fisher can’t learn to lower his base and pad level. – NFLsFuture.com

Lane Johnson

College: Oklahoma

Height: 6’6

Weight: 302

Position: OL

Projected Round: 1st round

Scouting Report:

Uses his athleticism well, displaying good foot quickness to mirror pass rushers off the edge to deny them the corner and adjust to their inside moves. Easily reaches second-level targets when pulled outside or stepping up in the box, and sustains the block. Generally plays with good pad level and balance despite his height, and can fire out from a three-point stance and generate a bit of push on run plays. Johnson’s feet keep moving through initial contact, allowing him to get into the correct blocking angle while engaged. He also uses his hands and length well to maintain distance with the defender. NFL coaches will like that he plays with an attitude, as he looks willing to hand-fight with defensive ends, usually landing multiple strong punches, and will consistently finish blocks with a strong arm extension.

Michael Williams
College: Alabama
Height: 6’6
Weight: 270

Position: TE

Projected Round: 5th round

Scouting Report:

The bread and butter of Williams’ game is his run blocking. He is extremely strong at the point of attack. Williams uses his big body to matchup well against defensive ends, and there are rarely ends who can match his power. Williams’ size allows him to be more effective than the vast majority of tight ends in the ground game. He also has the athleticism to get out in front and hit blocks on linebackers and safeties. The senior is the complete package as a run blocker. – walterfootball.com

Marquise Goodwin

College: Texas

Height: 5’9

Weight: 179

Position: WR

Projected Round: 3rd round

Scouting Report:

22-year-old is a four-time All-American in track and field and even made the 2012 United States Olympic Track Team. During the London Olympics, Goodwin qualified for the finals in the long jump, but manged to only land himself a 10th place finish. Now, we shift to the football field. In Mobile, Goodwin has been catching everything that has been thrown his way. It was important for Goodwin to come to the Senior Bowl and show that he is more than a player with world-class speed. There was some concern that Goodwin could be limited to a 9-route runner in the NFL, but he has shown the league that he is a more complete receiver. On top of the world-class speed and impressive hands, Goodwin has displayed incredibly crisp route-running. – FanSided.com

Stepfan Taylor

College: Stanford

Height: 5’11

Weight: 215

Position: RB

Projected Round: 4th round

Scouting Report:

Taylor is balanced runner. He hits the hole with quickness before it can close and has good vision. Taylor is also a patient blocker. He sets up his blocks well and allows his linemen to get to their spots before accelerating ahead. There is no doubt that Taylor has some toughness. He hasn’t missed a game the past two seasons despite being the lead back for Stanford. Taylor also is a physical runner who has the power to push through defenders’ arm tackles and picks up yards after contact. One of his underrated abilities is his short-yardage skills. At the goal line or in third-and-short situations, he is very successful at pushing his way through the pile to get the necessary gain.

As a receiver, Taylor runs good routes and has solid hands. Coming from an NFL style West Coast offense, he should have an easy transition to the passing game at the next level. Taylor really is a good blitz-protector. Stanford trusted him to protect Luck, and the ball-carrier got the job done as a blocker. -walterfootball.com

finallogo1.jpg

Special teams coaches the Cowboys have their eye on


Dallas Cowboys Star

Ed Werder reports that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett have interest in the two special teams coaches Alan Lowry and Bruce DeHaven as potential replacements for former Cowboys special coach Joe DeCamillis.

Both Lowry and DeHaven have previously coached special teams for the Dallas Cowboys.

Cowboys coaching staff changes


JG

The senior bowl is right around the corner and the Dallas Cowboys are still trying to complete their coaching staff. 

The word at Valley Ranch is that Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett have decided to keep secondary coach Jerome Henderson and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson on the Cowboys coaching staff for the 2013 season.

In other Cowboys news former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt will join the Cowboys coaching staff as the running backs coach and former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will replace Brian Baker as the new defensive line coach.

Jerry Jones: Change is necessary at 8-8. We are going to have changes.


Jerry Jones

I can tell you change is necessary at 8-8. Change is in order. We’re going to have changes. These were words Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones uttered on his weekly show on 105.3 The Fan New School morning show with Shan Shariff and RJ Choppy Wednesday morning.

Jones was not a happy camper, and who would be after his Dallas Cowboys football team failed to make the post season for the third straight season.  Since winning Super Bowl XXX after the 1995 season, the Cowboys have posted a dismal 140-141 record overall.

Jerry told 105.3 the Fan that he will meet with his most trusted guides and mentors outside the Cowboys organization to help him evaluate how to get out of the current cycle of average football and “drive across the water,” as he put it. He said sometimes unconventional moves are necessary when doing so, referring to the Broncos’ decision to go get Peyton Manning and the Redskins’ decision to trade up for Robert Griffin III and model the offense around him.

Jones said. “I can assure our fans this, that it’s going to be very uncomfortable, from my standpoint, for the next few weeks and months at Valley Ranch.”

Dallas Cowboys Fans Interview Series Part 2: UKCowboysFans


The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most recognizable sports franchises in the world. In part 2 of our Dallas Cowboys Fans Interview Series we interview the UKCowboysFans a group of die-hard fans from the United Kingdom. 

Q: Can you tell my TrueBlueNation blog readers a little about yourself and the UKCowboysFans? 

Myself: I am the father of a beautiful 9-year-old girl and I am a massive Cowboys fan from the UK who catches all their games live when it is on our sports channel show otherwise I listen to them on the radio, regardless of the time they kickoff/finish here.
 
UK Cowboys Fans: UK Cowboys fans was set up almost a year ago with the aim to help Cowboys fans here in the UK keep up to date with news, scores, and all things Cowboys. We set up a Facebook and Twitter page so updates of plays as they happen on game day could be provided should fans be unable to catch the game live, and links could be provided so that news updates were available a the click of a button, saving fans time by not having to search around. Things have really taken off and with over 50 members on the Facebook group and 900 followers on twitter we recently had our first UK Cowboys Fans get together at the Rams/Patriots game at Wembley. The aim is to have regular trips to Cowboys Stadium in the future to cheer the team on.

Q: What made you start following the Dallas Cowboys? How long have you been a Dallas Cowboys Fan?

I have been a Cowboys fan since around 2000, but have been into American Football a lot longer, originally without actually following a team. As my love for the sport grew I knew following a team was a must. The Cowboys were the only team I wanted to know the score of and through that realised that they were the only team for me.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends. I am also a season ticket (with my daughter and a few friends) for the Leeds Rhinos (our local Rugby League team). We follow them home and away no matter have far the trip may take us.

Q: What was your first Dallas Cowboys memory? (Good or Bad)

My first Cowboys memory was rushing to college the day after a game (back then the time difference made it hard to stay up all night to watch a game, when on live here) so that I could get the result before having to go into class.

Q: Who is your All-Time favorite Dallas Cowboys player and why?

Emmitt Smith. He was amazing to watch, and could turn a game in the blink of an eye. Was gutted when he left the team and eventually retired.

Q: Who is your favorite current Dallas Cowboys player?

Jason Witten. This guy is so reliable, and has a great work ethic. Personally I think he is the best all round Tight End currently in the league.

Q: If you could give the Dallas Cowboys team by position a grade what would it be?
 
Offense: C-
Defense: B-
Sp.Teams: D
Coaching: C-
Front Office: B

Q: If you were in the Dallas Cowboys front office what changes would you make on the team?

I would make everyone who doesn’t have the word “Coach” in their work title take a step back. The Front Office needs to concentrate on what is happening of the field and let the Coaches do what they are paid for and that’s to coach.

Q: Will the Dallas Cowboys make the playoffs this year?

I’m going to say yes, although it’s going to be tough. I said at the start of the year we would be 10-6 and in the playoffs, so I’m sticking with that.

Q: Will Jason Garrett be back as Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys next year?
I hope so, as I don’t think he’s had enough time in the role, but doubt he will.

With the whole Sean Payton issue, it’s going to be hard for Jerry Jones to let another team take him without making an offer himself.
 
Word association

Tony Romo: Under-rated.

Jason Garrett: Too cautious at times.

Dallas Cowboys: The best team in the NFL.

Rob Ryan: The right coach for our Defence.

Washington Redskins: Not to be taken lightly.

We would like to thank Jamie and the UKCowboysFans for taking the time to sit down and talk with us at TrueBlueNation Fan Club.

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.

 

 

Follow @TrueBlueNation1 on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook.

Cowboys fall to the Ravens 31-29.


The Dallas Cowboys (2-3) fall to the AFC North leading Baltimore Ravens (5-1) 31-29 at M&T Bank Stadium.

In a game where the Cowboys rushing attack put up an astounding 227 yards on 42 carries and 481 total yards against the Ravens defense. This was the most rushing yards that the Baltimore Ravens defense has given up as a franchise.

Cowboys running back Felix Jones rushed for 92 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown and DeMarco Murray added 93 yards on 14 carries before leaving the game with a sprain foot.

Tony Romo finished 25 of 36 for 261 yards passing with two touchdowns and one interception.

Next up for the Dallas Cowboys is the Carolina Panthers (1-4) at Bank of America Stadium.

Follow @TrueBlueNation1 on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook.

Caleb McSurdy Will Undergo Surgery Friday


Dallas Cowboys 7th round rookie linebacker from Montana Caleb McSurdy was carted off the field yesterday with a torn Achilles tendon he ruptured during practice. He will undergo surgery this Friday.

While his recovery will be a long and difficult one, it’s not impossible, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

“It is a tough injury,” Garrett said. “One of the things that young players, and really all players need to understand is all they can do is control what they can control. In his case, go get the surgery. Do exactly what our trainers and our medical people say in terms of his rehab and understand that you’re going to be back. And you want to be back as good as you can be as good as you can be and as good as you were when you got hurt. He’s the kind of kid who’s very conscience. We expect him to do that.

 

Source: Dallas Cowboys.com

 

NFL Youth Football Fund 600,000 for free camps


NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL Youth Football Fund has awarded a total of $600,000 to 214 players and coaches to support their free youth football camps.

The camps will reach more than 55,000 young athletes this summer. Among the coaches and players hosting camps are Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.

Other former and current players include Isaac Bruce, Reggie Bush, Matt Forte, DeSean Jackson, Greg Jennings and Matt Ryan, along with coaches Jason Garrett of the Cowboys and Marvin Lewis of the Bengals.

The fund has awarded more than $4.3 million in player and coach camp grants since 1998.

 

Source: The Associated Press

OTA Notes via Todd Archer


 

Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com reports-

The Dallas Cowboys held their ninth organized team activity of the offseason Wednesday and third open to the media, so we bring you a number of observations from the two-hour workout:

** S Gerald Sensabaugh did not practice because of a sore knee. Coach Jason Garrett said the decision to sit the veteran was precautionary.

** Tight ends coach John Garrett was in a walking boot during practice because of Achilles’ pain. He ran a 5K over the weekend (winning his age group, he added) and came up sore for the final half-mile.

** WR Dez Bryant was slow to get up after landing awkwardly on the ground after stretching for a Tony Romo pass. He did not appear to miss any practice time.

** You know DeMarcus Ware is ready for action when a team tries to run a toss to the weak side and he does not take a false step. Ware snuffed out such a play to DeMarco Murray during team run drills.

**With Mike Jenkins and Morris Claiborne not practicing, undrafted rookie CB Isaac Madison was taking turns with the first-team nickel and dime units.

** Unofficially Romo went 14-of-22 in team and seven-on-seven drills. His best throw came on a go route to Bryant, who sprinted past Orlando Scandrick for a would-be touchdown. On the first play of the next team period he hit Jason Witten for a touchdown as the tight end pulled away from a linebacker.

** CB Brandon Carr ended the first-team offense’s two-minute drill with a breakup of a Romo pass to Kevin Ogletree on fourth down. In seven-on-seven red zone drills, he broke up a slant to Dez Bryant.

** Kyle Orton went 13-of-21 in team and seven-on-seven drills. He was particularly effective in the red zone, hitting Andre Holmes for a touchdown on a perfect back-shoulder throw with C.J. Wilson in coverage.

** Undrafted rookie WR Tim Benford had two touchdowns in red-zone drills from Orton. The first came lined up in the slot and the second was a low throw to the back shoulder.

** Orton was 3-of-8 in the two-minute drill, but had one throw away and was victimized by a Raymond Radway drop. His fourth down throw to Cole Beasley down the seam was high.

Source:ESPNDallas.Com

OTA Report


 

Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com OTA report from Valley Ranch…

*WR Dwayne Harris has a good feel for the slot position. He’s not the fastest player but he can find holes and he did some nice work underneath catching a pass from QB Kyle Orton in team drills. But if Harris wants to lock up a spot, he’ll have to show he can catch punts. He misjudged one punt and dropped another that Kevin Ogletree scooped up for a fumble recovery. 

Upset with what he felt was too much talking to the officials by both sides of the ball, Jason Garrett momentarily stopped the two-minute drill to tell the No. 1 offense and defense to stop complaining and play the game.

*LB Victor Butler got a lot of work in DeMarcus Ware‘s absence and he continues to put pressure on quarterbacks. I can see Rob Ryan putting together packages just to get Butler on the field more with Ware and Anthony Spencer. In one play, he lined up at nose tackle and brought pressure.

*DE Jason Hatcher was  active as well. He had a would-be sack of Tony Romo after slipping by LT Tyron Smith. He and Butler gave the offense real fits.

*Center Phil Costa rolled back a shotgun snap to Romo, which led to an Anthony Spencer sack and/or fumble recovery if it were a real game.

 

For more of Todd Archer’s OTA report click here.

OTA Report- Bruce Carter


DallasCowboys.com

Cowboys Inside Linebacker Bruce Carter took the first-team repetitions next to Sean Lee during Wednesday’s OTA workout at Valley Ranch.

“He’s really come into the offseason program and embraced it,” 

“He’s gotten better physically. I think he’s healthier than he was last year at this time certainly. You can just see he’s getting more and more comfortable. He needs to play more football. He needs to play at a higher level, both in terms of his understanding of scheme and also just how you play relentlessly. That’s how you play football. He’s starting to understand that. You see flashes of that. He just needs to do it more and more.”-Jason Garrett

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?
AP

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

AP

 

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

2008-Run:21st/Pass:9th/Overall:13th

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

2010-Run:16th/Pass:6th/Overall:7th

2011-Run:18th/Pass:7th/Overall:11th

 

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. 

ESPN.com

 

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.