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2/23/2004

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Jerry Jones on Quincy, QB Rookies and Running Backs

Jerry Jones continues to make interesting statements that are sometimes vague, but at the sametime could be taken as hints of what the Cowboys may do in the draft.

For the most part, fans know the QB free agency market took a hit when the 'Skins took him out of the running - and what's left are very mediocre vets, that are equal or below Qunicy's play. This being said, its looking more and more that Quincy will indeed be our starter in 2004. Jerry Jones further reinforced this by stating "From the standpoint of free agency, I don't see [us signing a veteran quarterback]," and Jones went on to say, "It could [change] but, from whom I see out here, who could become available, I don't see it."

So probably No from the Standpoint of Free Agency, so it would appear the other more viable standpoint would be through the Draft...

"We got a couple in this draft that are right up there in terms of [Troy] Aikman in terms of what these grades are going to be," Jones said.

So, if not FA and rather the draft, who could the Cowboys be pondering on? Philip Rivers, that's who and the way certain teams are shoring up their own QB concerns -its looking like Rivers will be there at 22, unless someone like Green Bay moves up and snatches him up.

Speaking of running backs, Jones has stated that getting a top FA RB or rookie RB is a top priority this offseason. "We had an opportunity (S.Davis) last year, and we thought we were in better shape than we were," owner Jerry Jones said. "Obviously, now, we need a running back."

With the strong rumors that the 'Skins are looking to close out a trade with Denver to obtain Portis, this will up the ante on what we do in the FA RB market.

From what Jones is saying and what our hated rival may get with Portis (instant-impact offensive upgrade) I would see us making a strong run at signing Dillon, once he's released. Then we draft a RB in the second, Turner may be the best pick if he is still there in the 2nd round. He has turned heads and is looking impressive at the combines, and is free from injuries. Turner's coach has also given a strong recommendation to Parcells.

The Key is what position players we shore up before the draft. The favorable scenario would be that we pickup DE Grant Wistrom who will hit the market since the Rams tagged OT Pace instead; and if we get a player like Dillon, Staley or even Garner then we will have a greater flexibility come draft day.

Of course, Free Agent & Draft scenarios are a volatile inexact science, so we will have to continue to wait and see. The Torture continues...



2/22/2004

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The Latest NFL Acquisitions, and Combine News

Although trade and FA season don't officially begin until March 3, there are some movers, and everything will be finalized that day.

We'll update you on some recent news that are of importance to the Cowboys.

- The Miami Dolphins have traded their 2005 2nd Rounder to acquire the Eagles QB A.J. Feely, now this may mean they are out of the market to get Henson or Rivers via the Draft or not, but still an interesting development.

- Very interesting news came out of St. Louis when they opted to Franchise tag OT Orlando Pace instead of DE Grant Wistrom. It's on now - time to make our move and get a quality DE.

- The Raiders have Franchise Tagged Charles Woodson, and the Ravens are probably going to do the same with McAlister, so the top 3 CBs will most likely be out of the market, probably to high for our tastes anyway; however they are still some other quality CBs out there: Jags Fernando Bryant, Eagles Bobby Taylor, and Bills Antoine Winifield are going to test the FA market.

- QB Mark Brunell finalized a deal with the 'Skins, this stretches out the 'Skins cap hits further in the coming years, in addition, the 'Skins are still trying to shop an outrageous trade (a 1st rounder, 2nd rounder and player of their choice) for Bailey who has been tagged at 6.8 million, this could also take them out of the running to get Staley or Dillon.

- Draft coin toss: the Browns won the toss and will draft the #7 pick overall and Atlanta will draft #8.

Speaking of running backs, Jones has stated that getting a top FA RB or rookie RB is a top priority this offseason. "We had an opportunity (S.Davis) last year, and we thought we were in better shape than we were," owner Jerry Jones said. "Obviously, now, we need a running back."

Now lets examine some NFL Combine News. As you know the Combines are being televised on the NFL network, but the actual live coverage has been light and honestly disappointing - too much talking, and not enough real coverage.

- Clarett had his first interview with the Cowboys and there should be nothing to read into this. The fact remains that Clarett has "potential," but he still has some growing up to do in order to play with the big boys. Clarett came into the Combines overweight and puffy, and declined to workout. Clarett has also stated that he will hold his own private workout session in early April. Clarett is dropping quickly on many mock boards and probably the same on NFL GM boards as well. It would not surprise us if Clarett gets bumped down to a 3rd rounder, and then holds out throughout camp. We could be wrong, but the negativities continue to overshadow the "potential."

- DT Randy Starks (Maryland) had a disappointing bench workout...
- DT Vince Wilfork (Miami, FL) has trimmed down from 340 to 323, 36 reps.
- DT Isaac Sopoaga (Hawaii) benched 550 lbs at 42 reps!
- DT Dwan Edwards no numbers yet, but will do all drills at combine.

- RB Chris Perry will hold workouts at Michigan
- RB Kevin Jones will hold workout at Virginia
- RB Steven Jackson will hold own workout on ProDay Oregon St.
- RB Michael Turner looked impressive and chiseled
- RB Greg Jones stated he is still not 100%, rather 95% and did not work due to right hamstring pull
- RB Cedric Cobbs very slow 40 @ 4.7
- RB Tatum Bell ran 4.42 on 40 yrd. dash

- OT Nat Dorsey somewhat disappointing, showed up flat no muscle tone.


This is all we have seen and are able to report at this time, we will continue to update breaking Combine News.



2/16/2004

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Gibbs To Be Very Formidable Opponent

Redskins' coach Joe Gibbs is looking to return his team to prominence sooner than later. In fact, we should expect that the Parcells vs. Gibbs rivalry to be the best league rivalry again. Although Parcells has beaten Gibbs Redskin's more than Gibbs has beaten Parcells that doesn't mean one is better than the other. This year will bring another year of great games, especially when we face the 'Skins - look out!

Gibbs has been busy trying to rebuild his team, and this years draft could be a goldmine for Gibbs. Could Gibbs walk away with a whopping (3) First Round picks in this years draft? If some of the rumors become a reality - you can count on it..

Overall, the 'Skins have the #5 pick overall,

BUT if they trade Bailey, they would have another 1st rounder possibly via Detriot #6 or Chiefs #30 - two teams that have shown interest in Bailey.

AND if Ramsey gets traded, they would get yet another 1st rounder via Dolphins #20 -who have stated they would part with their pick to acquire Ramsey.

(3) First rounders for the 'Skins would be an amazing draft coup. With a deep draft drenched with talented players, the 'Skins could walk away with (3) immediate impact starters.

#5 Overall
#6 via Detriot?? (Bailey) or #30 via Chiefs?? (Bailey)
#20 via Dolphins?? (Ramsey)


This is why Gibbs will be a very formidable opponent for years to come.

2/07/2004

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One Less Option At QB

Various reports state that the Redskins are in the final stages of closing out a trade with Jacksonville by this week. Terms of the Trade have not been disclosed yet, but it looks like we can scratch Brunell of the list of possible vet QBs to bring into Dallas, if we chose to go that route.

So while many wanted Brunell to be a Cowboys it is not to be. At 33, Brunell would have been a short term gap stopper, and he has a history of getting injured in is late age.

So, are people talking about Kurt Warner yet? I sure hope not. Warner is definitely not going to be the answer at QB. So who then?... Griese, Fielder? no way. Even though they are both expected to be released by the 'Fins, they are mediocre Qbs at best.

Well, what about CFL's Ricky Ray? or Drew Henson? No, I doubt it.

We do know that the Steelers, Packers, and Bills are interested in Both.

I think the removal of Brunell from the QB market is somewhat pivotal for the Cowboys. The Cowboys are probably going to focus their attention on upgrading other positions via Free Agency.

We need to go after DE Grant Wistrom, maybe a CB, and maybe a WR like Darrell Jackson or Dennis Northcutt.

Signing Wistrom will let us concentrate on some quality rookies in the top rounds, we would not need to rely on the draft to get someone to fill the DE position.

I think we could make a move to move up in the draft to get a RB (Jackson or Jones) or Philip Rivers in the 1st.

2/01/2004

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Cowboys Hall Of Famer Nominees Shutout, Again!

Well, well, well - can anyone smell bias in the air? How in the heck did two of our Cowboys Legends get shunned out from final induction into the NFL Hall Of Fame. The late "Bullet" Bob Hayes and Rayfield Wright made it to the final six, and it finally seemed like a deserving done deal... Not to be though, some how the 39 boy committee bumbled and fouled up one of the highest honors a football player can garner - an induction into the Hall Of Fame. Cowboys Fans are outraged, as well we should be - this is truly one of the biggest travesties to deal out to the Hayes and Wright families!

So who makes up this 39 man, I mean 39 boy committee? I have received many emails with the same guilty party names attached. Ladies and gentlemen, we present the partners in crime:

Arizona Andy Bagnato, Arizona Republic
Atlanta Furman Bisher, The Atlanta Journal
Baltimore Mike Preston, The Baltimore Sun
Buffalo Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News
Carolina Charles Chandler, Charlotte Observer
Chicago Don Pierson, Chicago Tribune*
Cincinnati Chick Ludwig, Dayton Daily News
Cleveland Tony Grossi, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Dallas Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News
Denver Woodrow Paige, Denver Post
Detroit Jerry Green, The Detroit News*
Green Bay Cliff Christl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Houston John McClain, Houston Chronicle*
Indianapolis Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star
Jacksonville Sam Kouvaris, WJXT-TV
Kansas City Bob Gretz, KCFX Overland Park, KS
Miami Edwin Pope, Miami Herald*
Minnesota Sid Hartman, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
New England Ron Borges, Boston Globe
New Orleans Pete Finney, Times-Picayune
New York (Giants) Vinny DiTrani, Bergen Record
New York (Jets) Paul Zimmerman, Sports Illustrated*
Oakland Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange
Philadelphia Paul Domowitch, Philadelphia Daily News
Pittsburgh Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
St. Louis Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
San Diego Jerry Magee, San Diego Union Tribune*
San Francisco Ira Miller, San Francisco Chronicle*
Seattle John Clayton, ESPN/ESPN Magazine
Tampa Bay Tom McEwen, Tampa Tribune
Tennessee Jeff Legwold, The Tennessean
Washington Len Shapiro, Washington Post*
PFWA Adam Schefter, The Denver Post
At Large Jarrett Bell, USA Today
At Large Dave Goldberg, Associated Press*
At Large Peter King, Sports Illustrated
At Large Bob Oates, Los Angeles Times
At Large Len Pasquarelli, ESPN.com
At Large Mike Wilbon, Washington Post


This shunning of our players is becoming a regular letdown, and beginning to develop a sinister pattern - I think it's time for the NFL to step in and overhaul how players are voted in, otherwise this whole process will be without credit.

So what other Dallas Cowboys are getting the cold shoulder?

Cliff Harris
Charlie Waters
Drew Pearson
Chuck Howley
Harvey Martin
Ed "Too Tall" Jones
Lee Roy Jordan

This is utter insanity, can you believe it? What will the future hold for Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Moose Johnston... the way its going, don't be surprised if our most recent stars get kicked to the curb too.

Sure, we know not everyone can be inducted into the "Hall," but it sure seems like these people have something against great players - dallas cowboys...

To the 39 boy commitee: You should be deeply embarressed and ashamed. Now get your crap together and man up!