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The under-30 Dallas Cowboys

With the cutting of D Ware, and the almost certain loss of Jason Hatcher and Anthony Spencer to free agency, do you all realize that there likely won't be a single player on Dallas's defense next...

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The Cowboys offseason, part II -- several critical choices need to be made

This is part II of my end-of-season overview. Just gotta get some stuff off my chest. Part I -- what went right, what went wrong in 2013, is here. I'm going to break this down into four areas --...

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The Cowboys' offseason, part I -- what went right, what went wrong in 2013

This is going to be a 2-part postmortem on the 2013 Dallas Cowboys' season. Part 1 is my take on the plusses and minuses from this year, which I believe you must look at before devising a plan for...

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Lance Dunbar could have been a difference maker for this offense

For weeks and weeks, I've wondered why Callahan and Garrett haven't utilized the strengths of Lance Dunbar to boost the Dallas offense. In the last two games, and especially on Thursday, we've...

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An optimistic take on the 2013 Dallas Cowboys

There have been quite a few posts lately on the demise of the 2013 Dallas Cowboys. For example, Tom Ryle just posted "The Wearying Effort of Being A Cowboys Fan." They may all be right. After...

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This is the type of offense Dallas needs to play

Dallas went into this game knowing it needed to score on every possession to have a chance. And they almost pulled it off. They punted once, fumbled once, and suffered one untimely interception. ...

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Dallas keeps churning the roster -- to get ahead of the curve

The process of building an NFL roster is a never-ending one. Here was the front page BTB post on Dallas's "final" 53-man pre-season roster. Since then, 7 guys have been cut, traded, put on IR, or...

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It's only 3 games, but where did these magnificent 7 guys come from?

Dallas is just 2-1, with only one dominant win so far. But they've already done twice what they failed to do at all last season -- win games without ever falling behind. They also have a top-10...

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ALMOST doesn't count in the NFL.

The Giants fans are left after this game with a mantra that Dallas fans have gotten used to over the last couple of years -- ALMOST. As in, we ALMOST beat the Giants last season at home, even...

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What is the "secret sauce" to Cowboys success in 2013?

Contributions from every part of the team. Dallas doesn't have the best offense in the NFL. Year after year, (or more recently because of Peyton Manning), that honor has gone to New England (34.8...

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A short clarification on the Brian Waters signing -- Waters didn't want to avoid training camp; he just wanted his price.

First off, of course I'm ecstatic that Dallas has come to its senses and decided to pony up the money needed to bring in Brian Waters at right guard!!! I think it's the best free agent move Dallas...

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2012 v. 2013 Roster comparison

Thought I would try to compare last year's roster to this one. The players are sorted by games played, then games started, then first names. What are your observations? The biggest difference is...

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Offense and Defense v. Special Teams: Which 7 players will Dallas inactivate for games?

After looking at Dallas's 53-man roster and all of its Special Teams specialists, I find myself wondering, which 7 guys will Dallas leave at home? Here's what we have now: 2 QBs - Romo, Orton4...

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Who will the starting five offensive linemen be for the Giants game?

With talk of Dallas looking for its Best 5 Olinemen, does that mean: A. Smith, Leary, Frederick, Free and Parnell, or B. Smith, Leary, Frederick, Bernardeau and Free, or C. Smith, Bernardeau,...

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Strengths and weaknesses of the Dallas Cowboys roster

On the cusp of the preseason final 53 man roster -- which will likely see some changes before we play the Giants September 8th -- I thought I would look at the roster by position group to see where...

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Gotta get this off of my chest

As most anyone who reads my commentary on here knows, I'm a huge fan of Dallas spending the $3.25 million dollars it's likely to cost to sign Brian Waters to be right guard this year. The $3.25...

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What I Love and Hate About the Cowboys Offseason

Overall, one of the reasons I have been so optimistic about the Cowboys prospects in 2013 is because there is a LONG list of things I have been very enthusiastic about. Not all has been perfect,...

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The current 75-man roster and where the final cut-down decisions are likely to be made

Most people try a 53-man roster projection. I'm going to go at it the other way, by listing the guys available right now on the 75-man roster. The first number after the position group is the...

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It's still too soon to give up on Matt Johnson

If you look at some 53-man roster projections, including Tom Ryle's picks from today, and Tim McMahon's from yesterday, they have Dallas cutting Matt Johnson. I THINK THIS WOULD BE VERY...

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Burning questions (and answers) with two weeks to go

Here are the biggest questions with just two weeks to go until opening night. 1. WHO WILL START ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE IN WEEK 1? With a different starting O line for each of the 4 pre-season...

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Will Dallas ever get beyond its Stars and play like a TEAM?

In the last couple of days, I've been thinking about the Seattle-Denver preseason game, with a little bit of envy for the way the Seattle Seahawks went out and DEMOLISHED the Denver Broncos,...

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Tempering expectations: the Cowboys still have a lot of things they need to fix

Anyone who has been reading my fanposts over the last few months should know that I'm pretty excited about the Cowboys prospects in 2013. I think this may be the best team since 2007. I've laid...

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2007 or 2013 -- which Dallas Cowboys roster would you rather have?

I would rate this version of the Dallas Cowboys to be the best team since 2007, when we went 13-3 and were the best team in the NFC. Of course that team lost to the Giants at home after earning a...

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Updated 8-19: Why not sign Brian Waters? It makes too much sense.

Just decided to update this post with arguments I've made elsewhere. In my Tempering Expectations post I guessed that the Cowboys and Waters are likely only $1-1.5 million apart, based on the $2...

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Hard to stomach the pessimism still coming from many Cowboys beat writers.

As anyone who has read any of my recent posts would conclude, I've decided to go all in for the Cowboys in 2013. Here are four of my recent posts. - Cowboys Primed for Success in 2013 - Cowboys...

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10 Reasons Why Dallas Will be Much Better in 2013

Everyone likes top-10 lists. Well, here are my top 10 reasons why Dallas will be better in 2013. Like Letterman, they are in reverse order. In the comments, please offer up your own. 10. A...

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Offense or Defense -- on which side will Dallas be better in 2013?

In 2012, Dallas's offense was 6th in yards, but only 15th in points per game, at 23.5. Total points: 376. Dallas's defense was 19th in yards, but 25th in points allowed, at 25 PPG. Total points:...

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Roster Math -- where the real fights are going to be to make the roster

As I think about the roster decisions Dallas is going to have to make, there really isn't that much flexibility. When you look at position groups, I think you can start with a base number of...

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Why Lawrence Vickers, not Dante Rosario, is likely to make the 2013 roster

7/12/13. NEWS FLASH -- COWBOYS CUT LAWRENCE VICKERS IN ADVANCE OF TRAINING CAMP -- MAKING THE VAFAN LOOK LIKE A TOTAL MORON FOR WRITING THIS FANPOST!!!! If you'd now like to ridicule me below,...

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Turnovers in 2013: expect Dallas to improve its differential by more than 20, and win several more games as a result

In Monte Kiffin's run as the Tampa Bay Defensive Coordinator from 1996-2008, the Bucs averaged 19 picks and 12 fumble recoveries each year. Also, Rod Marinelli's Bears had the most forced turnovers...

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