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Last Updated: Monday, August 29, 2011
53-Man Roster Prediction (v.4)

It’s the second-to-last edition of the nation’s best Cowboys roster prediction.  I was going to do it yesterday but wanted to wait and see what happened with Andre Gurode first. Between that development and the Martellus Bennett injury, there are some new wrinkles to consider. As always, feedback is welcome and encouraged!    QB: Tony Romo, Jon Kitna, Stephen McGee

Last Updated: Friday, August 26, 2011
Last Ride Cowboys

About one month ago we saw veterans Marion Barber, Marc Colombo, Leonard Davis, and Roy Williams leave the team mostly due to their salaries. As this 2011 Preseason nears its end, it’s becoming clear that other veterans are due to suffer the same fate next offseason. Here’s a look at some Cowboys players who are almost certainly on their last ride with the team: Terence Newman

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 21, 2011

The Cowboys are now 1-1 in preseason play; however, tonight’s game raises some concerns over the defensive side of the ball. The defense looked weak: Missed tackles, missed assignments, no rush, nothing good to pull from this game. The defense wasn’t alone in sloppy play, the Offense looked out of sync most of the night. It’s back the the drawing board and time

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: Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Position Breakdown: Offensive Line

KEY PLAYERS Marc Colombo – He’s the most predictable cut once the lockout ends, and it’s unfortunate as he’s a great locker room presence.  The lack of depth at tackle, especially with the lockout giving coaches less time to work with guys like Sam Young or rookie Tyron Smith, might have helped Colombo stick around if not for the financial issues.  But with Dallas needing

Last Updated: Saturday, July 16, 2011
Column: “Don’t Hate the Lockout”

Originally written on July 8th. It’s the first week of July. In a normal year, we’d be about four months removed from significant free agent activity and three months removed from the draft. This would typically be the worst time of the football fan’s year; the closing period of inactivity and the anticipation of training camps driving a die-hard mad with excitement. You might

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