Sunday, April 26, 2009

2009 Dallas Cowboys Draft Results

Here are the complete Dallas Cowboys draft results:

Round 3
#5 (69) - Jason Williams, OLB, Western Illinois
#11 (75) - Robert Brewster, OT, Ball State

Round 4
#1 (101) - Stephen McGee, QB, Texas A&M
#10 (110) - Victor Butler, OLB, Oregon State
#20 (120) - Brandon Williams, DE, Texas Tech

Round 5
#7 (143) - DeAngelo Smith, CB, Cincinnati
#30 (166) - Michael Hamlin, S, Clemson
#36 (172) - David Buehler, K, USC

Round 6
#24 (197) - Stephen Hodge, OLB, TCU
#35 (208) - John Phillips, TE, Virginia

Round 7
#18 (227) - Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati
#20 (229) - Manuel Johnson, WR, Oklahoma

Thursday, March 5, 2009

T.O. is no longer a Cowboy

The Dallas Cowboys released Terrell Owens.

T.O.'s salary cap number for 2009 is $9.675 million. If the Cowboys didn't cut him before June, it would have been $8.995 million.

T.O. had 3 1,000-yard seasons and scored 38 receiving TDs in his 3 seasons with the Cowboys. Although he certainly dropped his share of balls, no NFL WR caught as many TD passes during T.O.'s tenure in Dallas.

Despite his on-field productivity, he was a disruptive and dividing force in the locker room.

Lots of teams have already publicly stated they don't want him. So, at age 35, where does he go? Oakland?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Cowboys tender 4 of their 5 RFA's

The Dallas Cowboys have placed 2nd-round tenders on 4 of their restricted free agents: WRs Miles Austin and Sam Hurd, OL Cory Procter and DE Stephen Bowen.

The Cowboys will pay all 4 players a 2009 salary of $1.545 million unless another team signs them. If another team signs any of the players, they would have to compensate the Cowboys with a 2nd-round pick.

TE Tony Curtis will become an unrestricted free agent.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Jones tells coaches including Phillips not to talk to media

In an effort to prevent leaks, the Star-Telegram is reporting that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has issued a gag order for all Dallas Cowboys coaches.

While it's common for a head coach to be the voice of the team and not allow their assistants to talk to the media, it's uncommon for the head coach of a team to not be allowed to talk to the media.

Arriving at his hotel in Indy Thursday for this weekend's NFL Scouting Combine, Phillips wouldn't talk to the media.
“Can’t,” he said. “Against the rules.”
If the team is going to be more disciplined and focused in 2009, Jones needs to stop undermining Phillips' authority. Being a nice guy as it is, it would have been nearly impossible for him to a be a tougher coach in 2009 as he promised. But Jones is certainly not helping.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Assessing back-up QB free agents

Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News took a look at the QB free agents available this off-season.

With the commitment to Tony Romo, the Cowboys certainly won't be seeking deals with the top free agent QBs, such as Kurt Warner of Arizona, Kerry Collins of Tennessee and the franchise-tagged Matt Cassel of New England.

Bryant Leftwich is played well when called to duty as back-up to Pittsburgh is looking for a starter job.

That leaves Chris Simms, Dan Orlovsky, Kyle Boller and J.P. Losman as possibilities.

Out of that group, Simms would make the most sense. But he has expressed an interest in returning to Tennessee.

I'm not a fan of the other three and not sure how much of an upgrade they would be over Brooks Bollinger, who is an unrestricted free agent and who replaced Brad Johnson as the team's back-up last season.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

2009 Dallas Cowboys opponents

The NFL should release the 2009 NFL schedule in a few months. But here are the Cowboys' opponents for 2009:

Home opponents (records in parenthesis):

New York Giants (12-4)
Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1)
Washington Redskins (8-8)
Atlanta Falcons (11-5)
Carolina Panthers (12-4)
Oakland Raiders (5-11)
San Diego Chargers (8-8)
Seattle Seahawks (4-12)

Road opponents (records in parenthesis):

New York Giants (12-4)
Philadelphia Eagles (9-6-1)
Washington Redskins (8-8)
New Orleans Saints (8-8)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7)
Denver Broncos (8-8)
Kansas City Chiefs (2-14)
Green Bay Packers (6-10)

Note: bold denotes 2008 playoff team.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

"Bullet" Bob Hayes selected for class of 2009

Today "Bullet" Bob Hayes was selected as part of the 2009 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“We played together in the college all-star game,” former Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach said in a telephone interview. “We were all good athletes, and we were all fast people, and then there was Bob Hayes. But he was not just fast; he was a football player. No one could guard him.”
Hayes, the "world's fastest man," won 2 Olympic gold medals. He changed how defenses played the game.
In a statement, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said, "This is a deserving honor for one of the Cowboys' most and truly gifted stars. We all know he changed the game on the field, but he also brought a unique star quality to the NFL that helped make professional football the most popular sport in the world."
The other 5 inductees are Bruce Smith and Rod Woodson (both in on their first ballot) and Derrick Thomas, Ralph Wilson and Randall McDaniel.