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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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Why having Bill Callahan call plays is good for Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys

There are a number of reasons why having Bill Callahan take over the play calling duties is good for both Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys. 1. Bill Callahan had a pretty good record as a play...

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Dallas Primed for Success in 2013

Looking at the Dallas Cowboy's roster, I believe this may be the team's best chance since 2007 at a Super Bowl run. Yes, a Super Bowl run. Why? Because we still have the best of our veterans on...

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Why does Dallas think it can get Doug Free to take a pay cut?

We've all seen the stories about Steven Jones saying right after the draft that Dallas wants Doug Free on the team, but not at the salary they signed him for a couple years ago. What I don't...

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Losing in the trenches -- is Jerry ever going to learn?

Once again we have a draft where Jerry Jones falls in love with skill players when his lines on both sides of the ball are in need of serious upgrades. Leaving aside whether the new center we...

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Romo deal makes sense if the Cowboys use the cap savings on an offensive lineman

For better or worse, the Cowboys have Tony Romo back, and with his new deal, he's almost certain to finish his career in Dallas. Will he be like Danny White and Dandy Don -- great stats but never...

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Fixing the offensive line

I've written a number of times about how the Cowboys need to fix the offensive line. Last season they tried Nate Livings and MacKenzy Bernardeau and "competition" at center. Well, the competition...

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Top ten priorities for Dallas's offseason

I think the firing of Rob Ryan and hiring of Monte Kiffin is a very good start to Dallas's offseason. When you dump a defensive coordinator whose best showing has been 13th in the NFL in points...

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Why Dallas should re-sign Anthony Spencer to play DE

A lot of people have been writing, even before Monte Kiffin was hired as DC, that Dallas would let Anthony Spencer walk. Most of this was money related, given the cap issues Dallas faces, and the...

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If the Cowboys hire Monte Kiffin as DC, what chance is there of both Demarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer playing DE?

Both Ware and Spencer played DE in college. Ware is currently listed as 6-4, 254, but his combine number was 6-4 and 262. Given the greater wear and tear playing 4-3 DE, Ware is likely going to...

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Why Jason Garrett should be fired at the end of the season

Reason #1. The Cowboys have not improved under Garrett. His best year, BY FAR, was his first year. Since then, the Cowboys offense has been mediocre, at best. And the trend line for the offense...

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Injured Cowboys don't HAVE to win Thursday to make playoffs.

Last week I asked "How many wins will it take to win the NFC East in 2012?" The answer was that if the Cowboys get to 9-7 they will most likely win one of the tie breakers with the Giants if the...

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How many wins will it take to win the NFC East in 2012?

Giants are currently 6-4. This is their remaining schedule. ByeGreen Bay (6-3)@ Washington (MNF) (3-6) -- Washington gets extra rest after playing Cowboys on ThanksgivingNew Orleans (4-5)@...

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Cowboys still suffering from Jerry Jones' parting ways with Jimmy Johnson

The show last night on Jimmy Johnson (A Football Life), and the news articles since, really do isolate the source of the Cowboys' continuing inability to return to prominence on the football field. ...

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Dan Bailey should have made the kick. Period.

One of the things that came out of the Ravens game that has driven me a bit bonkers is all the talk about time management at the end of the game. I consider this to be a huge distraction, just...

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The Callahan Line

As I've said on several other posts, I've taken more hope than disappointment out of the last two games, especially the game on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Why? It's all because of the...

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The outcome was bad, but I'm liking the team a lot more after the Ravens game

Just like after the Bears' debacle, I'm more optimistic about the Cowboys' chances this year after the Ravens game than I was before the game. The reason is that there was significant progress in...

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Making the playoffs will be much harder in the NFC

Have you looked at the standings after 5 weeks? There is a distinct lopsidedness between the NFC and the AFC. In the NFC, there are 9 teams 3-2 or better, 5 of them 4-1 or better: Atlanta 5-0C...

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I am oddly optimistic after Bears debacle. Most errors can be fixed.

I must start out by saying "I told you so" before Monday night's game against the Bears when I posted that the game would hinge on turnovers. In the offseason, I also posted regularly about the...

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Turnovers will be the key to the Bears game

The Cowboys defense may be rated number 1 in the league, and that's great. The unfortunate problem with that ranking is that, so far, our defense has not done what all defenses must do, generate...

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Which 6 of these 10 NFC teams will make the playoffs?

After one week, and the chance to see every NFC team in action, it looks like it's going to be VERY competitive for the 6 open playoff spots in our conference. These are the 10 teams that I think...

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The center position over the next few weeks

I would think with Phil Costa's back issues flaring up after only 3 plays (actually 1 play, but he gutted it out for the next 2) on Wednesday night that the Cowboys are not going to be able to...

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Why the Cowboys will win tonight.

Under 3 hours to kickoff. We don't know if Jason Witten is in or out. All the hype (outside Eric Mangini) is in favor of the Giants. Giants are at home, confident in their abilities, and ready...

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First game will define Cowboys' season

I believe that our first game at the Meadowlands will make or break our season. We have a very difficult schedule. It includes 6 games against the Giants, Eagles, and Washington, but games...

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Dan Koppen anyone?

Looks like the Pats may cut him He's 32. It's not likely we'd play him over Phil Costa (even if we should), but isn't he a better backup choice than David Arkin if/when Costa gets hurt? The...

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53-man roster projection after Chargers game

Here's my current view on how the roster might/should shake out. Offense -- 24 QB (2) -- Romo, Orton. (It would be dumb to keep McGee at this point.) RB (3) -- Murray, Jones, (Tanner or...

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Offensive line woes could easily sink the season

In the offseason, the one area of the team I hoped the Cowboys would fix was offensive line. As I pointed out in a very long fanpost, if we want to have any hope of reaching the Super Bowl --...

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Roster review: Lots of competition ahead

Let's do a review to see how things have changed since last season, what's set, and what's not, where the fiercest competition is likely to be, and what's still left to be done. The roster from...

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