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Last Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2007

You can cross Terry Glenn off the Giants game, he’s developed a new injury, his knee. Great. Just Great. No reason to get too uproared; however, this is very disappointing and basically takes out the speedy deep threat Glenn brings to the table. IRVING, Texas – Three days before their regular-season opener, the Cowboys learned wide receiver Terry Glenn’s problematic right knee likely will force him to miss two weeks and possibly more, team owner and general manager Jerry Jones said late Thursday afternoon. Glenn missed all of preseason after having arthroscopic knee surgery Aug. 1 to remove a tiny cyst from the back of his right kneecap. The 33-year-old receiver returned to practice Wednesday but sat out Thursday because of what Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips described as swelling in his knee. Without Glenn, the Cowboys would have to rely even more on Terrell Owens, fourth-year veteran Patrick Crayton and second-year veterans Sam Hurd and Miles Austin. Crayton started three preseason games in Glenn’s place, with Hurd entering the lineup in three-receiver sets. The Cowboys also have rookie Isaiah Stanback, but the fourth-round pick is more of a developmental

Last Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2007

I’m going to break down who has the stronger starting rosters in this upcoming game. The player in bold is the better player, and bold italics means even, at their respective positions. OFFENSE  QB: Romo vs. Manning RB: Jones & Barber vs. Jacobs & Droughns WR: Owens vs. Burress WR(2): Glenn vs. Toomer WR(3): Crayton vs. Smith TE: Witten vs. Shockey FB: Hoyte vs. Douglas LT: Adams vs. Diehl LG: Kosier vs. Seubert C: Gurode vs. O’Hara RG: Davis vs. Snee RT: Colombo vs. McKenzie   DEFENSE DE: Spears vs. Strahan DE: Canty vs. Umenyiora NT: Ferguson vs. Cofield/Robbins/Joseph LB: Ware vs. Kiwanuka LB: James vs. Pierce LB: Ayodele vs. Blackburn LB: Spencer vs. Mitchell CB: Newman vs. McQuarters CB: Henry vs. Madison FS: Hamlin vs. Wilson SS: Williams vs. Butler K: Folk vs. Tynes P: McBriar vs. Feagles KR: Thompson & Austin vs. Moss & McQuarters PR: Crayton vs. McQuarters   On offense, we clearly have the better offensive line, and our WR/TEs are superior to the Giants as well On defense, the Giants clearly have the better DEs, Ferguson is the better player at the NT/DT spot, After DeMarcus Ware, the LBs corps of the Cowboys and Giants are close,

Last Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2007

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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Yes, Newman is banged up, but he’s determined to play against the Giants. Tomorrow Newman, will get the injection to numb up the inflammed area at the bottom of his foot, he will test out planting, bump and go, his speed, and man-to-man. Once its shown that he can play through the pain, he will play. In my eyes, Newman is old school. He’s a Parcells guy through and through, no disrespect to the current regime, but Newman was Parcells first draft pick in the first round in Parcells first year in Dallas. Parcells coached players on all levels, and very hands-on, and I’m positive he enstilled the tough as nails attitude into his players. Newman has the “play through the pain – tough guy attitude” for the field of play, in the same veign of Jason Witten. These guys step up and play even if they are banged up. Newman will be there on Sunday Night, so get ready. Having Newman really bolsters the defensive secondary, and will let the defensive schemes be alot more aggressive. Reeves will be the starting Nickel back when Newman is on the field, so that’s good as well. Reeves is a solid #3 CB for us. If, for whatever reason Newman does not play, this

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 5, 2007

On the eve of America’s real “pastime” it doesn’t matter if your favorite team is not the Saints or Colts, the fact is, Football is here! No more boring sports like tennis, golf, and baseball to torture us for most of the offseason. The real deal, NFL, is back on the block and all other sports can now take their designated seats in the back row. Get outta here with that stuff. The NFL is the best sporting product out there. No other professional sports organization draws in the biggest viewers. Just think about it, the NFL Draft is pretty much a holiday, people request off or call in just to gather around friends and family to view the latest crop of prospects. The NFL Hall of Fame Inductions is money too, where else can you see the best stars of their time and enjoy watching all the inductees speeches? Baseball, and Basketball HOF coverage has nothing on the NFL. And now comes NFL Kickoff 2007, where the Saints visit the Colts, this is like the Super Bowl. There’s a whole lot of pregame festivities and events leading up to Kickoff – a big celebration! Football is a game that you can watch even if your favorite team is not playing, we

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Here’s Fox Sports Adam Schein’s prediction on the NFC East: 1. Dallas Cowboys Head coach: Wade Phillips, 6th year, 1st with Cowboys 2006 record: 9-7 (2nd in NFC East); lost in wild-card game to the Seattle Seahawks Schein’s projected record 11-5 Tony Romo is for real and will prove it in his first full season as a starting quarterback. As a result, Terrell Owens will be more consistent in 2007 and Jason Witten will raise his touchdown total. Julius Jones is happy and healthy and will succeed in a contract year. While Terence Newman’s foot injury is a huge concern, the Dallas defense should make a lot of game-altering plays under the direction of new coach Wade Phillips. The upside of DeMarcus Ware, Marcus Spears Chris Canty and Co. will keep offensive coordinators up at night. 2. Philadelphia Eagles Head coach: Andy Reid, 9th year 2006 record: 10-6 (1st in NFC East); lost in divisional playoffs to New Orleans Saints Schein’s projected record 10-6 (wild card) Donovan McNabb is healthy and has something to prove after the club drafted Kevin Kolb. Remember what the quarterback did before he got hurt last year. But we want to see balance on offense with the

Last Updated: Monday, September 3, 2007

Alright Cowboys Fans, let’s get back into the groove. There’s lots of doom and gloom going around out there, and it all revolves around the defense. Everyone’s concentrating around our injuries, and frustrations over recent roster moves. Obviously, the powers that be have decided to roll with what we have on this team, so that’s-that for now. Let’s remember there’s two units that will be there at Texas Stadium, the defense is banged up with Newman being doubtful, that’s one player. We still have Ware, Williams, Hatcher, Ferguson, James to beat up the Giants. More importantly, we still have Garrett’s explosive offense. The offense will definitely carry the load in week 1, that’s clear to me now, I’ve come to accept it. Newman is not going to play, and it’ll be Jacques Reeves and the inconsistent Henry on the other end. Ok. Well, do you think the Giants weak secondary is any better than our secondary right now. We have the better safeties, but I would say our corners are both young and inexperienced, just as the Giants are too. With this being said, its going to come down to execution. It’s going to be a

Last Updated: Monday, September 3, 2007

I’ve taken some time to look around the web this holiday, and I found some good articles on the Giants, and their roster. Here’s a good read from David Syvertsen at MVN’s Giants 101. They have some good Giants opinions there: Here we are. Finally within one week of the season opener in Dallas where we hope to trounce the cocky Cowboys and wipe the smirk off Tony Romo’s face. Starting today, each Giants 101 writer (hopefully) will dish out their thoughts regarding the 2007 season using the same format. Look at it as both a preview and a little competition between the writers here at Giants 101. Season Record: 7-9 NFC East Standings 1 – Dallas Cowboys (11-5) 2 – Philadelphia Eagles (10-6) 3 – New York Giants (7-9) 4 – Washington Redskins (7-9) Top Offensive Player: Jeremy Shockey – TE -With Eli Manning appearing to finally be ready to take his game to the next level, I am under the assumption that the greatest beneficiary will be 27 year old and 6th year veteran Jeremy Shockey. I have stated time and time again that the one thing that separates Shockey from a monster year is health. If Shockey can avoid the injury bug, which is a

Last Updated: Sunday, September 2, 2007

Matt Moore fans, kiss the young QB goodbye, the Carolina Panthers claimed him off waivers. The Cowboys miscalculated, and have lost out on a solid backup for the future. Instead the Cowboys went ahead and signed Richard Bartel to the practice squad, wow. The Cowboys claimed two players off waivers, and its just not going to cut it. Here’s the latest (DMN Blog): The Cowboys claimed linebacker Justin Rogers off waivers from New England and cornerback Evan Oglesby off waivers from Baltimore. To make room, they cut safety Abram Elam and Alan Ball. Rogers played at SMU and was making a switch from college defensive end to outside linebacker in the Patriots’ 3-4 scheme. He had two sacks in the preseason and the Patriots wanted to put him on their practice squad. With Greg Ellis’ injury, he might be needed in the opener vs. the Giants. Oglesby spent parts of the previous two seasons with Baltimore, playing in 19 games. Cutting Elam is a difficult choice because he is an excellent special teams player. Ball could be brought back to the practice squad if he clears waivers. Again, nothing impressive. If Rogers is better than Glymph ok, but if not, what the heck man. If anything

Last Updated: Saturday, September 1, 2007

Cowboys Nation has hit its first crossroad before the season even starts. In fact, I would say 50% are unsure if we can win against the Giants with the roster we have right now. The main concern is CB and LB. Some fans cannot believe Glenn is gone? and I ask why? Neither Glenn nor Reeves or any of the other backups have quality skills to be a #2CB in relief. Now we’re in trouble. Some people say “don’t panic”…get real. Its time to worry. And if you think we can fill some of our inadequacies from the waiver wire you’re dreaming. I’ve looked, and there’s nothing out there. Even if there was someone out there, you’re taking someone that another team had all offseason and in the end did not like for whatever reason. No, the waiver wire is not the way to go. Unfortunately, the only way to get some help is via trade. There’s rumors swirling that Marcus Spears is on the trading block, but nothing has manifested yet. Linebacker is also paper thin. You can’t count on Burnett, he’s injured all the time, its becoming detrimental to the team. Ellis is the great unknown, who knows anything about Ellis, anything solid on this

Last Updated: Saturday, September 1, 2007

With the cuts in the bag, here’s what the starting 53 look like. Remember these are dynamic, so they can change at anytime during the season, but here’s what we’re rolling with right now: OFFENSE QB(2): Tony Romo, Brad Johnson RB(5): Julius Jones, Marion Barber, Tyson Thompson, Deon Anderson, Oliver Hoyte TE(3): Jason Witten, Anthony Fasano, Tony Curtis WR(6): Terrell Owens, Terry Glenn, Patrick Crayton, Sam Hurd, Miles Austin, Isaiah Stanback OL(10): Flozell Adams, Kyle Kosier, Andre Gurode, Leonard Davis, Marc Colombo, Pat McQuistan, Cory Procter, Doug Free, Joe Berger, James Marten DEFENSE DL(6): Marcus Spears, Jason Ferguson, Chris Canty, Jay Ratliff, Jason Hatcher, Stephen Bowen LB(7): Greg Ellis, Bradie James, Akin Ayodele, DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, Kevin Burnett, Bobby Carpenter DB(11): Anthony Henry, Terence Newman, Roy Williams, Ken Hamlin, Keith Davis, Pat Watkins, Jacques Reeves, Nate Jones, Courtney Brown, Alan Ball, Abram Elam ST(3): P Mat McBriar, K Nick Folk, LS L.P. Ladouceur My Take on the roster moves: We kept all (8) of our draft picks, I’m surprised Glymph was released considering the injuries we have on the team with Ellis and Burnett.

Last Updated: Saturday, September 1, 2007

Aaron Glenn and Martin Gramatica are packing their bags. Other players cut today are: LB Junior Glymph,C Matt Tarullo, WR Mike Jefferson, WR Damarius Bilbo, CB Joey Thomas, RB Alonzo Coleman, RB Arliss Beach, CB Quincy Butler, FB Lousaka Polite, TE Rodney Hannah, LB Blair Phillips, G Trey Darilek, NT Remi Ayodele, DE Marcus Smith, QB Matt Moore, QB Richard Bartel, TE Adam Bergen, LB John Saldi, LB Khari Long and WR Jerheme Urban From DMN: In a major surprise, the Cowboys cut veteran cornerback Aaron Glenn Saturday, among the 22 players released in order to reach the 53-man limit. Glenn started three of the four preseason games with Terence Newman out with a partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot. He played better in Thursday’s preseason finale, but evidently it was not enough to keep him on the final roster. He was scheduled to make $1.7 million this season, but he will receive $500,000 because part of the base salary was guaranteed when he signed an extension last season. Newman’s status for the season opener remains in question. He did not take part in Saturday’s workout and it’s not clear if he will practice Monday. Without Glenn as the No. 3 corner,

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