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Last Updated: Monday, September 24, 2007

Cowboys Nation is on fire, after a dominating showing by the offense against one of the elite defenses of the league. The Cowboys may not have a dominating defense, but we do have Championship conditioning. Our huge offensive line tired out and out hustled one of the best defensive units in the league, take notice. The Cowboys can play anyone in this league and go toe-to-toe and put on a show on offense. Our offense is just bad to the bone right now. Slow Starts, Strong Finishes That’s our M.O. on offense, I’m convinced that Garrett’s gameplans for each game is designed for proding and poking. Once Garrett finds the weakness, its on; and, its attack mode at full speed. Terrell Owens has been virtually unstoppable in this rejuvated offensive scheme, and Tony Romo is leading the way with solid numbers. I said it last week, but I’ll say it again: Jerry, give Romo the combination to the safe and pay him like the bigtime QB that he is! Special Teams I’ve been dogging the special teams play all preseason and all throughout the regular season; however, I have to give some props now. Special teams gets a gameball, their coverage was spot on, and Keith Davis had

Last Updated: Sunday, September 23, 2007

Boo-yah!! Special teams coverage tonight has surpassed all my expectations, they get a gameball tonight. The defense just delivered the knock out punch we needed. Henry has two INTs again, and we’re in business baby! Cowboys Nation…We’re Back! Share

Last Updated: Sunday, September 23, 2007

As expected, Garrett continues to exhibit some of the best halftime adjustments in the league. We found the Bears soft spot in their armor, and we’re hittin’ hard. Terrell Owens, Jason Witten, Marion Barber, and Romo led the way on offense. We end the quarter with a forced fumble. Lets close them out now! Share

Last Updated: Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Cowboys continue to shoot themselves in the foot with penalties. We have not sustained a decent drive. Crayton’s bad finger is effecting his ability to catch the ball, pull him now. Not only are we playing against the Bears, but we’re playing against the refs in this game. We’re getting some horrible calls, and Im starting to wonder if we have a ref in this game that’s throwing the game like that one ref from the NBA! The last play off the game was dead with 3 seconds left and we did not get our free kick! we are getting ripped off. One thing to look forward to is Garrett’s adjustments. Garrett has been the master of second half adjustments with the offense. He’s seen what the Bears are doing, and will come out attacking. Let’s go Cowboys! Share

Last Updated: Sunday, September 23, 2007

Sloppy play on the offensive line, and too much cushion on the Bears WRs was the story of the 1st quarter. Penalties killed drives, and FLozell continues his quest for being the all-time offsides LT in Cowboys history. The refs are making horrible calls against us as well. Share

Last Updated: Sunday, September 23, 2007

Well, the day of reckoning is here, its our first big game on the road. This game against the Bears will assess how good this new Garrett offense stacks up against one of the better defenses in the NFL. Questions remain for both teams: Do the Bears have a good defense or have they simply not played anyone yet? Is the Cowboys offense the real deal or have we not played anyone? Two teams are on a collision course and after tonight, most questions should be answered. Keys to Victory Turnovers above anything needs to be zero against this solid Bears defense. Romo has been wise in his game management and game decisions, so I expect more of the same. Every inch of territory is premium in this game, so that means limit the dumb penalties. Sustain drives and control the clock. The fast start has yet to materialize, and I don’t know if it ever will. Garrett is very analytical, and from what I’ve seen, Garrett will run some plays to test out what the Bears will do, and the 2nd half is where its at. We’ll probably see more of the same. Fast start would be nice, but don’t be surprised if the first half is low scoring and close. Rattle Gator Arms I’ve been saying this

Last Updated: Friday, September 21, 2007

Newman has been practicing more, and looks like he could very well play against the Bears this Sunday Night. If he plays, it will be in the nickel and dime packages for sure. …all signs point toward that decision being a favorable one for the Cowboys’ defense even though the veteran cornerback still is listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report. While Jacques Reeves might very well start in place of Newman for a third consecutive game, there seems a better possibility of the Cowboys easing Newman back onto the field as a nickel back since he has not played in an actual game since limited duty back on Aug. 9 in the first preseason game. ( Other Injuries Greg Ellis is out for the season, or at least he might as well be. Ellis is listed as out for the Bears game and his practice on the field remains limited. At best I expect Ellis to return after the bye week, seriously. Oliver Hoyte is banged up, and listed as probable so backup Deon Anderson could get his first start this week. Anderson is a big hitter on special teams, and could make some big time blocks for Romo and the other RBs. Let’s hope he can put on a show for us and open up some lanes for

Last Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2007

Take a look around the web, and you’ll see virtually every headline saying the Bears will be a “litmus test,” or a “measuring stick” I disagree. In fact, I see it the other way around. The Cowboys have been virtually unstoppable on offense. The Bears have more to prove than the Cowboys. The pressure is on Rex Grossman, and the Bears defense. The Bears will be at home, and if Grossman starts throwing INTS the crowd will be unforgiving. It’s fair to compare the Cowboys offense of 2007 vs the Colts 2006 offense. Both units are explosive, solid ground attack and aerial attack. In addition, the Cowboys 2007 vs Colts 2006 are similar in their defense. The Colts had a very average defense last year, and the Cowboys defensive struggles continue this year. If the Bears in 2006, could not stop the Colts last year in the Super Bowl, its unlikely they will be able to stop Romo & Co. this Sunday night. On Defense, the Bears, lost key elements in coaching and player positions; moreover, they lost their best player on offense last year, Thomas Jones. This is not the winning recipe for a return to glory. The Bears lost their opening game to a poor Chargers team.

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Nate Jones was released in order for the Cowboys to sign Tank Johnson. He has been re-signed. DMN:  Good thing they never cleaned his locker out CB Nate Jones cleared waivers and has been re-signed. I had a hunch this would happen when I noticed that his locker still had his nameplate above it and equipment in it. Share

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Cowboys signed up Tank Johnson for pennies on the dollar: The Cowboys will pay Johnson a prorated base salary of $510,000 this year, depending on how many games he plays, and he will earn a $605,000 base salary in 2008 with the chance to earn more money through incentives. (ed. note – the prorated salary is expected to be $225,000 this year) Jerry Jones is killing a whole flock of birds with one stone, and here’s why: Johnson will supply ample depth at the NT tackle position, and will make our rotation problematic for tiring offensive lineman, we get him cheap, so there’s not much risk in ever cutting him. Finally, this is the genius part of it all, with Tank off the market, other teams looking to fill the DT/DE due to injuries will not have any legitimate options, and we all know how hard it is to find a solid defensive lineman that can come in and make some quality contributions. Jerry’s got some General Patton, “Tank” strategies that should pay off for us, especially late in the season. Share

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Todd Archer reports that the Cowboys signed suspended DT Tank Johnson. I’ve got no beef with this move. It’s a low-risk, high-reward deal that provides depth at a position that was the Cowboys’ primary concern. NT Jay Ratliff will need reinforcements after taking a pounding for the first half of the season. If Johnson screws up again, send him packing (bags, not guns). If he doesn’t, you’ve got at least a quality player to rotate with Ratliff and perhaps the defensive ends. Tank-for-Jason Ferguson in the locker room is as lopsided a trade as you could possibly make, but Ferguson’s injury meant bringing in a DT with such a troubled history was a risk worth taking for the Cowboys. Tank has been signed, but cannot join the team until after the bye week, which will be 8 weeks into the season, which is the time Tank’s suspension is fullfilled. Welcome to Dallas! Share

Last Updated: Monday, September 17, 2007

Looks like the Cowboys are doing their due diligence and are bringing former Bears DT Tank Johnson into Dallas this week! From DMN: Sources say the Cowboys are bringing in former Bears defensive lineman Tank Johnson for a workout. Johnson is serving an NFL suspension. Details to come. Share

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