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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Shayne Graham Signed; Disaster NOT Averted

By yesterday’s signing of veteran kicker Shayne Graham, the Cowboys unofficially announced that they have no confidence in the young prospects currently on staff. It’s one thing to bring in another young guy such as Kai Forbath, but going the veteran route shows a philosophical shift likely brought on by growing concern. There is no position you can take lightly, but considering

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 23, 2011
53-Man Roster Prediction (v.3)

After the second preseason game against San Diego, here are the updated roster predictions.      QB: Tony Romo, Jon Kitna, Stephen McGee (3) Previous: Romo, Kitna, Mcgee I’m a little surprised by how little work Kitna is getting in the preseason games, but they must feel comfortable with it.   RB: Felix Jones, DeMarco Murray, Lonyae Miller, Phillip Tanner (4) Prev: Jones,

Last Updated: Sunday, August 14, 2011
53-Man Roster Prediction (v.2)

I did a 53-man Roster prediction after the draft back in May. This new edition, the first since joining the blog, takes into account all of the Training Camp reports and the first preseason game, which I finally got to watch today. I’ll be doing another one after each preseason game. I’ve decided to include the picks from the May prediction for comparison: QB: Tony

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Big Week Ahead

[ UPDATE:  During the writing of this article news broke that Barber, Williams, Davis, and Colombo have all been cut.  Some of the analysis may not reflect these changes. ] Ding, dong… the lockout’s dead.  As NFL business begins this week, our Cowboys are in a dire financial situation thanks to the lowered salary cap.  All but dashed are dreams of signing the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha

Last Updated: Friday, July 22, 2011
Position Breakdown: Defensive Backs

KEY PLAYERS Terence Newman – For my money, Newman is the most underappreciated player on the team.  You can knock him for his lack of interceptions but he usually handles his business and has proven he can take a star receiver out of a game.  Last year he posted his career-best numbers in both tackles and interceptions.  Maybe this will be his last year in Dallas as the financial

Last Updated: Thursday, July 21, 2011
Position Breakdown: Linebackers

KEY PLAYERS DeMarcus Ware – He’s a two-time league-leader in sacks and nearly broke Michael Strahan’s record in 2008.  However many talking heads seem perfectly willing to rank guys like James Harrison and even an aging Julius Peppers over Ware.  I know this isn’t the most unbiased forum, but I haven’t seen anyone in the NFL right now who brings the consistency and

Last Updated: Thursday, July 21, 2011
Position Breakdown: Defensive Line

KEY PLAYERS Jay Ratliff – It was a down year for the defense as a whole, but top players like DeMarcus Ware and Terence Newman still had a high level of statistical production.  The same cannot be said for Ratliff, who disappeared both from the box scores and the highlight tapes.  I theorized about Ratliff’s struggles and possible solutions in a previous blog (link), but

Last Updated: Monday, May 16, 2011
Position Breakdown: Quarterbacks

I thought I’d do a series of breakdowns of the different spots on the team.  I’ll be looking at last year’s players, players recently taken in the 2011 Draft, free agent prospects, and sound strategies for next year.   To begin this series, I’m looking at easily the most stable group for the team right now; the quarterbacks. KEY PLAYERS Tony Romo –

Last Updated: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Lockout Delaying Offensive Line Revamp

The 2010 season was a colossal disappointment and no other unit received more scrutiny at season’s end than the offensive line. Fans wanted the Cowboys to draft some offensive lineman and sure enough we drafted three of them. This confirmed what we already knew,  meaning, the offensive line needed help. This was the first phase of what needs to be a year when we revamp the

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Should Ratliff Stay at Nose Tackle?

In 2005, Jay Ratliff was drafted in seventh round as a defensive end prospect.  An injury to then-starter Jason Ferguson in 2007 forced Ratliff to play as an undersized nose tackle, but the result was something no one saw coming.  Three Pro Bowls and a First Team All-Pro selection later, Ratliff goes into 2011 as one of the staples of our defense and a veteran leader. That said,

Last Updated: Monday, May 9, 2011
Presumptuous Parting Shots

Before the NFL Draft and especially now in its aftermath, Cowboys fans have been speculating what 2010 players will not be with the team next season.  My CowboysBlog colleague gave his thoughts on Roy Williams’ future in a post yesterday (link).  I actually disagree with Joe and think Roy will still be with us next season, but we’ll get to him later.  For now, here

Last Updated: Friday, May 6, 2011
Introduction to Logic (Most of the Time)

First off, I want to thank Mr. Rodriguez for the opportunity to join his site.  If you know me from our message board (CowboysBoard.com) then you’ve watched me try to be a poor man’s sports columnist for years.  The chance to now publish my work in a more formal setting is exciting and I hope I bring some fresh content and insightful analysis that all will enjoy. Just

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