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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

Last Updated: Monday, September 17, 2007

Its as simple as that. Its a proven fact that Rex Grossman chokes under the big lights. I’m sure he’s doubting himself going into week three, he’s probably telling himself: “The Cowboys are for real, I don’t know, I hope I can win the game” or “What if I start throwing dumb interceptions, will my defense pick up the slack? If the Cowboys rattle Grossman, we will win the game. Unfortunately, that’s the big question, “IF”. So far the Cowboys have been lack luster in getting any significant pressure on the QB. Fans are asking why Ware does not have any sacks in this aggressive Phillips34. I will give you three names: Spears, Canty, and Ellis. None of these guys are on the field playing. We know why Ellis is not on the field, but the other two guys, Canty and Spears are not getting it done. Canty is playing like the 4th rounder we picked him as. The whole “we got a steal” is out the window, he’s not a steal. News gets worse when you talk about Spears. Spears is a half season away from being a full-fledged bust, ok. No help, no sacks. Get behind the “Start Hatcher Now” campaign, and let your voices

Last Updated: Sunday, September 16, 2007

Another solid game from the offense. The similarities between this offensive squads of the ’90s is eeriely similar. Under Jimmy Johnson, the Cowboys took a good half to get going, and these Cowboys are the same. Garrett has been surgical with his play selection and Romo has been pinpoint accurate; and, the combination of the two will be deadly effective against our opponents. If anyone has any questions about Romo’s mental strength after that fumble in Seatlle, you can put that to bed. Romo is back, and better than ever. The defense looked average in the first half, but picked it up in the second half. Each unit was feeding off each other today. Players were pumped and it showed on the field. The Cowboys whipped up the Dolphins 37-20. PLAYERS OF THE GAME Tony Romo had another solid game, and continues to be a playmaker at the QB position. Jerry, give Romo the combination to the vault and pay this guy! Man he’s the real deal. Amazing pocket presence, all-pro vision, and a great field general. These upper echelon QBs are hard to find, and Romo is undeniably in the upper tier MBf’ingIII is a boss. Yes, we use a two back system, but each game we play, Barber is

Last Updated: Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Cowboys square off against the Dolphins in what should be a relatively close game despite some blowout predictions I’ve been reading on the web. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for blowouts, and its not out of the realm as a possibility; however, the Dolphins have a good defense which could keep them in the game. As you read in our Phinfever.com Q&A session, Dolphin fans are concerned about their banged up secondary and their young offensive line. This is where we’re going to hit them. Keys to Victory As it was last week, the Cowboys must limit dumb penalties, and limit turnovers to nil if possible. Hydration is another key in this game, because Florida’s humidity is unforgiving. I’m not too concerned about it though, Coach Jurasek is a conditioning master. Let’s try the Fast Start and Strong Finish again. Last week, it took the Cowboys awhile to get going on both sides of the ball. We need to come out and score a TD on the first drive, and make the Dolphins go 3 and out. Cowboys D 3rd Down defense needs to step it up. Phillips emphasized how the Cowboys would do several things to improve their 3rd down stoppages. It didn’t happen

Last Updated: Saturday, September 15, 2007

Number 82, Jason Witten, is Romo’s closest teammate. Last season, fans thought Witten would have a dominating season; but, this did not happen. Witten was used in a predictable conservative offense that did not allow Witten to showcase his catching and route running skills. Witten scored just one TD in 2006. During the preseason, Witten looked to be Novacek reincarnated; and, further support of this rejuvenation came last week against the Giants. Romo to Witten was money all night long, and the Novacek comparisons are back. Witten had 6 catches for 116 yards and a TD. Are we short changing Witten though? Witten has had solid receptions since he arrived in Dallas, but this year, I think Witten will officially break out from Novacek’s shadow. Statistically speaking, Witten is on schedule to shatter all Cowboys TE’s records. No more of this, “he is the next Novacek” business. Witten is Witten and better than Novacek at this point in his career. We just need to get some Super Bowl rings. Romo and Witten will shatter records together and have become the closest of teammates, and Romo acknowledges this fact: “I doubt if I’ll ever be as close to a

Last Updated: Saturday, September 15, 2007

AP – Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 1. Romo completed 15-of-24 passes for 345 yards with five touchdowns, four passing and one rushing, during the team’s season. The four touchdown passes were the most thrown by a Dallas quarterback on opening weekend since Troy Aikman tossed five touchdowns in 1999. Also, the 45 points scored were the most in a Cowboys opener since 1971. It is Romo’s third career player of the week award. Share

Last Updated: Saturday, September 15, 2007

I got together with Dave, our FRN affliate Dolphins fansite, Phinfever.com and he’ll be answering a few questions on the upcoming game against our Cowboys. Be sure to visit their site, our message boards have been debating back and forth as to what the outcome will be. CowboysBlog.Net: Tell me why you think the Dolphins will defeat the Cowboys on Sunday? Phinfever.Com: Who is going to win this game? Well, I’m going to have to give you a “homer” answer and say that it is going to be the Dolphins. It should be a close game. How can this be since the Cowboys offense seemed unstoppable last week. It is because over the past 2 years, every time I think the Cowboys are going finally take control of the NFC they seem to collapsed into average … finding ways to lose games. They don’t seem to put together good games back-to-back even though they had Bill Parcells as their head coach. Now they have Wade Phillips and he brings nothing that we have not seen as he used to be the Bills head coach. I would say the biggest reason is playing the Dolphins in Miami and in the Florida heat. They are conditioned for it. Trent Green played very well last week and has a

Last Updated: Friday, September 14, 2007

Remember that movie “The Number 23“, that starred Jim Carrey, in which he posed the question, “What is 23?” If you saw the movie you know what I’m talking about. Basically the movie is about His obsession with the number 23 starts to consume him. In my boredom this evening I’ve created my own obsession with the number 9. And like Jim Carrey in his movie, I found my self asking, “what is 9?” I ran with it and came up with these numbers based on Romo’s #9 and our WR’s, and it all relates to our teams of the ’90s. Eerie, yet strange and extremely fascinating. 9+81=90 9+82=91 9+83=92* 9+84=93* 9+86=95* Romo’s current age, 27 divided by 9 = 3, the amount of Super Bowls* won in the ’90s Super Bowl XXVII MVP was Aikman 8 + 9 = 17, Jason Garrett What does all this craziness mean? It means whatever you think it could mean, it could mean nothing, or it could mean everything. Is this unit destined for the same success that we enjoyed in the ’90s? Spread the word! You heard it here first. Share

Last Updated: Friday, September 14, 2007

Fans are still uproared about the lack of punishment the Commissioner imposed on the cheating Bill Belichick, and today, Wade Wilson comments on what he believes is a double standard. Wilson was recently suspended five games due to his use of HGH for his own personal use to help with his diabetic condition. Considering that Wilson was suspended five games and Belicheat was not even suspended is a farce and a great injustice; moreover, this may lead Wilson to appeal his lengthy suspension: From ESPN: “I would say there is definitely a double standard being applied here,” Wilson said Friday when reached at his home near the team’s practice facility. “I don’t want to be seen as a crybaby or as someone questioning the commissioner’s decision, but I see some major inconsistencies here. “To me, they’re holding the organization accountable instead of the person.” “I don’t want to bash the commissioner, but I definitely think there are some inconsistencies here. Intent was a big issue in my defense. What their [Patriots] intent was, I don’t know. But I was just taking my punishment, and I guess what the commissioner does

Last Updated: Friday, September 14, 2007

Wade Phillips just let everyone know that Ellis has been ruled out for this Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. He had been practicing a little, but still has some ways to go. Newman has been practicing too, but his status for the game has not been determined yet. From DMN: Terence Newman would be a gametime decision. Ellis has not had a setback since returning to practice this week. He’s just not far enough along in his rehab from a ruptured Achilles tendon to play yet. He went through individual drills for the first time yesterday. Maybe next week for him. The other highlight of Phillips’ press conference this morning was him getting out of his chair to demonstrate how quickly the Dolphins’ defense morphs from a 3-4 to 4-3. Pretending to be Jason Taylor, Phillips got in a linebacker’s stance before putting his hand on the ground. His technique looked pretty sloppy, so he did it again, cranking his right foot in the air for emphasis. Looks like it’ll be the Spencer show again, as Ellis will be out. Spencer is really coming on, and I expect another solid performance from the rookie. Share

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