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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: Friday, May 6, 2011
3 Seasons Later, 2008 Draft Class Has Peaked

Its always been said that you’ll know what you have in a player by their third year of play, and if we look at the 2008 class it looks like that draft class has peaked. After the 2010 season we’re able to see where these guys may be heading going into year four in the 2011 season. Do we have any keepers? In 2008 we drafted: 1a Felix Jones, RB 1b Mike Jenkins, CB 2 Martellus

Last Updated: Thursday, May 5, 2011
Free Agency Will Undoubtedly Address Cowboys Defense

Many critics of the Cowboys 2011 draft class are quick to point out that the Cowboys defensive needs were not addressed, in particular the defensive backfield, especially in the early rounds of the draft. To me, the Cowboys developed their board based on their assessments of the prospects this year, and the defensive back class were not that strong. So, the Cowboys went more the

Last Updated: Sunday, May 1, 2011
Top Undrafted Free Agents Cowboys May Target

We found out Friday that the 8th Circuit of Appeals overturned Judge Nelson’s lifting of the lockout, so for now the lockout is back on which means everything is on hold, including the signing of undrafted free agents. The Cowboys have found some nice gems in recent years from the undrafted rookie classes. Depending on what happens on Monday in the courts, we can’t sign

Last Updated: Sunday, May 1, 2011
Grading the Cowboys 2011 Draft Class

We all know the draft grades will start to trickle in from the major pundits, and there’s usually not that much substance to them, and some have traces of bias in them obviously. So when you’re looking at some draft grades stick to the guys that blog the Cowboys, like our site here, and your other favorite Cowboys blogs, you get more realistic opinions and we tend to

Last Updated: Saturday, April 30, 2011
That’s a Wrap, Here’s Your Cowboys Draft Class 2011

This marks the first draft class under Jason Garrett, and it’ll be highlighted by Tyron Smith, OT, USC. Here’s the draft class top to bottom: April 28-30, 2011 (Garrett) 1 | 9  Tryon Smith, OT, USC 2 | 40  Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina 3 | 71  DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma 4 | 110  David Arkin, OG, Missouri St 5 | 143  Josh Thomas, CB, Buffalo 6 | 176  Dwayne

Last Updated: Sunday, April 24, 2011
Roundtable: Scripting the 1st Three Draft Picks

We’re in the heading into the homestretch and the question remains; Who Will the Cowboys draft? Not only do all the fans want to know who we’re drafting, but they absolutely know that the brain trust must hit on their draft picks. To me, the first three picks should be immediate contributors. I got together with my message board moderators and surveyed them on who they

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The rumor is now official, Brian Baker has accepted the defensive line job offered to him by the Cowboys. This is a very very nice addition to the defensive coaching squad, I like this move coupled with the hiring of Rob Ryan. Watch out. The Dallas Cowboys have hired Brian Baker as their defensive line coach. Darin Gantt of the Charlotte Observer reports that Baker, who was with

Last Updated: Friday, February 4, 2011

The rumor mills are blowing up on the latest news that the Cowboys have made an offer to N.C. Tarheels Dline coach Brian Baker. Baker comes with a whole load of great NFL coaching experience, and if snagged into Dallas this could be a very nice addition. Baker worked as the defensive line coach while with the Carolina Panthers since 2009. Soon after the season ended and Fox was

Last Updated: Monday, January 31, 2011

As expected, the Cowboys are wasting no time and continue to piece together their staffs on both side’s of the ball. Today the Cowboys hired Matt Eberflus to coach the linebackers. Rob Ryan worked with Eberflus while in Cleveland. Next news should be the hiring of a defensive line coach and hopefully a secondary coach. Share

Last Updated: Sunday, January 23, 2011

Wade Phillips has snagged up Reggie Herring to Houston, its official. I fully expect secondary coaches Brett Maxie and Dave Campo to be relieved of their duties as well. The secondary played their worst football in several seasons, and a fresh start could be just what the doctor ordered. I don’t think anyone is surprised Herring is gone, but everyone SHOULD definitely expect

Last Updated: Sunday, January 23, 2011

In all the excitement of Rob Ryan becoming Dallas’ next defensive coordinator there also comes the reality that this could be a one year stint. Rob Ryan has great ambitions of becoming a head coach, and if anyone wants to get noticed, you sign with Dallas.Period. I see this marriage more of a stepping stone than anything long-term. The Cowboys will need to work closely with

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