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Last Updated: Sunday, December 15, 2013
Cowboys Choke on Cheese, Garrett Must Go, Get Out of Dallas!

All together everybody: Embarrassing. This team is so predictable and so sad. The Cowboys choked, they flat out choked out this game. We were running all over these guys and again, the gameplan was abandoned. Jason Garrett has been a learning head coach in training and he cannot be back next season. Jerry Jones will be asked about Garrett’s future and he better stfu about being committed to Garrett. He’s garbage, total garbage. We lost to a freakin backup QB today, on a remarkable comeback, so the defense needs to go away too. No more frankenstein staffs Jerry. Blow this damn staff out of here and go get someone that has true experience, someone who can get this team to close out games. Garrett is not ready to be a head coach. Jerry needs to get someone in here. Go after a Pete Carmichael, or David Shaw from Stanford. A leadership change is needed. Share

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Three Games Remain: Hope(less) in Dallas

Last night blow out loss against the Chicago Bears is rock bottom for this team, or so we hope. The loss puts the Cowboys a game back of the Eagles and in serious jeopardy of making the playoffs. Each December there’s the mythology about Tony Romo struggling down the stretch, but its really the whole team, it really is. Romo has killed us in close games and that’s well documented, but if the team played better we wouldn’t be in these win and in situations every single year. Its torture to Cowboys fans, its ridiculous how we can all predict how this will end too. You can try to do the math to see if the Cowboys can still get in, but lets be real;  and lets go by what history says; and lets go by how this team has performed the last three seasons under Jason Garrett, you’ll have your answer. This team is not going to get in the playoffs, not with this Monte Kiffin lead defense. We all know the Eagles have turned it on; and to be quite frank, they look like the Giants squad that went all the way, they are red hot right now. And like clock work, the Cowboys remain in the hunt, but find ways to screw it up every year, its sickening. Last 3 Games: Packers, @Redskins,

Last Updated: Saturday, November 30, 2013
Four Games Remain, How Will it End for Dallas?

The Cowboys have done what most didn’t think was possible considering how they have been playing. I didn’t see the Cowboys winning the Giants game, but they pulled it off. The team had a slow start against the Raiders on Thanksgiving and it was here we go again with these guys. Well, after two games after the bye the Cowboys are sitting at 7-5 and in first place in the NFC East, plus a perfect 4-0 in the division. I’ll admit, I wrote these guys off going into the bye, but the Cowboys have stormed back and for now, it looks like they turned on the switch. The Cowboys now head into December, the final stretch, and the intrigue will mount each week. These Cowboys are so unpredictable, but who doesn’t like to predict and forecast games? I sure do, and I’ll admit, the Cowboys have proved my wrong the last few weeks. Tony Romo’s December slumps are well documented, but for the Cowboys to take that next step, they need to continue to buck the trend and finish strong to clinch this thing. Cowboys’ Four Remaining Games 14. Dec. 9 @ Chicago Bears, 7:40 p.m. (MNF): I still think this will be a hard game for us on the road, but I think we have a chance

Last Updated: Monday, November 11, 2013
Gruden Watch has started in Dallas

Well, we shouldn’t be surprised with the loss in New Orleans; however, the blowout could be a nail in Jason Garrett’s coffin. The team is a carbon copy of the last two season’s and the outcome is not going to be pleasant. With 10 games in the bag, and sitting at 5-5, the Cowboys are in trouble. The switch is not going to flip on, there isn’t going to be a miraculous run the rest of the way. There are 6 games remaining on the schedule, and by most forecasting, the Cowboys need to win 3 of the last 6. I don’t see it happening. I really don’t. Here’s what we have coming up after the bye: 12. Nov. 24 @ New York Giants, 3:25 p.m. (LOSS 5-6): Unlike the Cowboys, the Giants are rallying, and the switch has come on for these guys. We are not going to win this game in NY. 13. Nov. 28 vs. Oakland Raiders, 3:30 p.m. (WIN 6-6): I’m saying a win here, but this is a toss up game. The Raiders will be competitive in this game, it’ll mirror the Vikings game. 14. Dec. 9 @ Chicago Bears, 7:40 p.m. (MNF) (LOSS 6-7): The Bears are a hard team to beat at home, we won’t this game. I don’t see it happening. 15. Dec. 15 vs. Green Bay Packers,

Last Updated: Saturday, November 9, 2013
NFC East Standings Will Tighten on Sunday

The Cowboys have one more game before they enter their bye and that will be on the road against the stalwart New Orleans Saints. By most accounts fans are just hoping to pull out a miraculous victory, but the task will be a gargantuan task. Let’s take another peek at the NFC East standings. Cowboys 5-4 playing @ Saints Eagles 4-5 playing @ Packers Redskins 3-6 lost to Vikings Giants 2-6 playing Raiders The Cowboys will need a victory to keep pace with the rest of the NFC East. Right now, I don’t see any of divisional rivals losing this weekend. The Packers are in trouble with Seneca Wallace at QB, so I don’t see them being able to put up points on the Eagles. The Giants are quietly putting together a run, they will beat the Raiders in NY. Interestingly, the Giants will start a nice 3 consecutive home game stretch and that could put those guys right back in the hunt. If Jason Garrett wants to remain the head coach of  Dallas, he needs to make a marked improvement and get us out of this see-saw rut. Playoff teams don’t play mediocre ball all year long. Can you imagine if this whole season comes down to the final game for the 3rd straight year against another

Last Updated: Friday, November 8, 2013
6 Questions with The Saints Nation

Who’s ready for some Sunday Night Football? This weekend is going to really shape up the NFC East.  As of right now, the Cowboys are clinging onto their first place standing in the NFC East at 5-4, and the Redskins loss keeps them at 3-6. The Eagles will face a Roger-less Packers team, and could steal a win on the road, and the Giants host the Raiders. After this weekend the standings could very well tighten up for the Cowboys if the cannot win on the road in New Orleans. This is a huge game for Dallas, and if they can’t pull away from the rest of the East then we’re in trouble. How many Cowboys fans feel good about going to New Orleans right now? I don’t and neither do the odds makers, we’re -6.5 underdog. Top tier QBs have torched us all year long, and now we face a daunting task on the road against Drew Brees & Co. If the Cowboys want to separate themselves from the past two 8-8 seasons they need to win the tough games, and they need to win on the road. This game will be a true litmus test, we’ll see if Garrett has prepared this team for battle, and it’ll test his game management skills once again, is Garrett progressing as our head

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Does Kiffin Regret Keeping Henderson as DB Coach?

With the worst total defense in the league and the inability to stop any top tier QBs, people are starting to look at things a little closer, especially as we sit at 4-4 through the midpoint of the season. In the offseason, Dallas made the decision to move to the 4-3 from the 3-4, and we wondered who would run the show on defense. Monte Kiffin was hired and along with him came the credible and proven Tampa-2 (zone coverage defense). Kiffin’s best decision was bringing in Rod Marinelli to breathe life into the defensive line, and through 8 games, he’s done an amazing job with what he has to work with. The defensive line is going to be good, but we probably won’t see the full potential until 2014. So, with Rob Ryan out the door, the Cowboys decided to keep LB Coach Matt Eberflus, and DB Coach Jerome Henderson as Ryan holdovers. Eberflus has done a good job with the linebackers since he arrived in Dallas, and his squad has been playing good. It doesn’t hurt to have Sean Lee playing like a beast either. Conversely, the secondary has been a disaster again, and I’m starting to wonder if this is more of a coaching issue that it is the players. We brought in Brandon

Last Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013
Midseason: Do The Cowboys Have 4 More Wins in Them?

If you’re like me, you woke up and still had the Lions debacle on your mind; moreover, you were probably scouring the internet for answers or perhaps clues of some sort of trade news that would get you hopeful again. Unfortunately, there are no answers, and the future just got a bit cloudier than ever. The Cowboys sit atop the NFC East at 4-4 (for now), but just like the previous two seasons, the future is pointing to another 8-8 season at best. There isn’t anything to support the Cowboys will go on any sort of winning streak. And just like previous years, the Cowboys still control their destiny, but time is running out. Very winnable games against the Chiefs, Broncos, and Lions could bite us down the line. Luckily, the Cowboys could still get in the playoffs with an 8-8 record. So with 8 games in the bag, what do we know about the Cowboys? – We know the Cowboys defense is decimated more than last year, and at the bottom in total defense. – Miles Austin and DeMarco Murray can’t stay healthy again – A running attack that scares no one – Jason Garrett still has time management issues, even as a walk around head coach – Gavin Escobar in the

Last Updated: Sunday, October 27, 2013

How do you lose a game in which you win the turnover differential of 4. The Cowboys would be the team to do it. I am utterly speechless. You don’t sugarcoat this, and I won’t. Everything we did in this game was for not. As a fan, this is as aspirating as it gets. I will tell you what, those stupid conservative runs before our last field goal killed us. At 4-4, the Cowboys leave the door wide open for the NFC East and the revived Giants are now the team to watch. This is the worst loss if the season. This is the trademark loss that will flame the fires for Gruden in 2014. Here we go again, mediocrity and poor leadership from the head coach. Share

Last Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Cowboys Jumping the Big Pond to Play the Jags in 2014

The NFL just announced a trio of what they are calling “The International Series” for the 2014 season. The Cowboys will be flying to London to play against the Jaguars. The exact date has not been set. Hopefully this game will be towards the middle of the season, teams who have played in London have had their bye week the following week. This year the Vikings and Steelers played in London in week 4, and both teams had their bye for the 5th week – that’s too early. Fun. Share

Last Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013
Upcoming for the Cowboys and the NFC East

With the victory over the Eagles, the Cowboys sit atop the NFC East all to themselves. More importantly, the Cowboys are now 3-0 in the division, and you have to win your division to get into the playoffs, so the Cowboys are off to a good start in that regard. The defense outperformed expectations and they were clearly the driving force for this road win, but the offense held there own as well, it was a solid win. How about Terrance Williams? He’s looking better and better each week, props to the rookie! The one thing I’m seeing around the blogosphere is a lot of joy and touting around our 1st place standing right now, and honestly, we shouldn’t be. Its nice, and I absolutely love it, but we’ve seen this movie before. The Cowboys win a game in a total team effort, and then the following week, we take the pedal off metal. I want more consecutive victories. I want to be able to know our team will win no matter who we are playing. Championship teams don’t leave fans wondering about winning or losing, they win games and go on a roll to prove it. Mediocre teams, leave fans wondering week-to-week if they are going to win or not. Make no mistake, I like the two

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Cowboys Move to 3-4 Under Parcells Was a Mistake

In light of Jay Ratliff’s untimely release (demise), it had me thinking about how we wasted Ratliff’s talent. Ratliff was a 4-3 DE at Auburn and Bill Parcells drafted him in the 7th round,  converted him to NT to replace Jason Ferguson. Yes, Ratliff had a solid couple of years, but imagine how much better he would have been if we had kept Zimmer and kept Ratliff at DE or even DT. Seeing the success Jason Hatcher is having makes this whole deal very frustrating. There’s no doubt in my mind Ratliff would have wreaked havoc next to Hatcher. Ware, Hatcher, and Ratliff were Parcells’ guys, and would have had more success in the 4-3. Parcells started testing out the 3-4 in 2004 and fully implemented it in 2005, and it was not as advertised. It was not pressure intensive, it was not a turn over making machine, it did not confuse opposing offenses – it was a sham. This team was set back for 8 seasons, the defense could not create pressure, could not stop anyone on 3rd downs, none of the 3-4 “gurus” (Parcells, Phillips, Ryan) could make it work here in Dallas, and we wasted talent, and drafted several bust-type players trying to make it work. Don’t

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