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Vote for Romo: Never Say Never Moment of the Week


a blog post on the mother ship on a couple of things we can vote Romo for this week. Never say Never moment of the week and FedEx Air player of the week. ====== While Tony Romo is just hoping to get healthy enough to play next Monday night against the Redskins, the Cowboys quarterback is being honored for a pair of league-wide awards that fans can vote for online. Romo is one of three players up for the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week that shows the best moment of play that represents determination and perseverance. Romo returning to the field despite a broken rib/punctured lung to rally his team from 10 down in the final seven minutes to get into overtime was worthy of the honor, along with Buffalo’s Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tampa Bay’s Le Garrette Blount. Fans can vote on nfl.com/gmc and the winner will be announced Friday on NFL Network’s "Around the League" show. After the regular season, fans will have a chance to determine the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Year, from among the 17 weekly winners. The Cowboys’ quarterback is also one of three passers up for the weekly NFL FedEx Air & Ground Player of the Week, along with Tom Brady and Matthew Stafford. The award highlights the top passers and runners of the week. Blount, Fred Jackson and Michael Turner are up for the "Ground" portion of the award. Fans can vote for one player in each category on nfl.com/FedEx until Friday afternoon. The winners will be announced Friday on NFL Total Access on NFL Network and on NFL.com. FedEx will support education efforts at Junior Achievement by making weekly $2,000 donations in the winning players’ names. The funding, allocated to local Junior Achievement area offices in that team’s city or state, is used to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs on how to start and grow their own small businesses.

Looking for Fantasy Football Advice


I was one of the unfortunate souls that had Jamaal Charles on my FF team. He's been put on IR. any advice on who I should pickup? Non PPR league. 12 team league so not much out there. We play 2 RB and have a flex position. here's some options: Dexter McCluster, KC (Thomas Jones is not available) Isaac Redman, Pit John Kuhn, GB here's the Rb's I have...should I just stick with what I got or grab one of the guys above. Blount, TB Jacobs, NYG Stewart, Car Carter, Ind

Post Game Audio


here's some post game audio from BSPN of Romo, Austin and a few others. One thing to note....The Romo audio. You can hear how hard it is for Romo to breathe as he's answering questions.

Free Saves the Day


I thought this blog post at the Star telegram brings up a good point. =================== Tony Romo saved the day. And Jesse Holley too. But Doug Free hasn't gotten credit for his part in making the Cowboys' 27-24 overtime victory happen. Receiver Miles Austin already was gimpy with his hamstring injury when Jason Garrett called for Austin to take a running play on third-and-two from the 49ers 28 with 49 seconds to play in regulation. Austin further injured himself, and he fumbled. Free recovered the ball. "I just couldn’t run," Austin said. "I went out there and [the injury] kind of just slowed me down. I fumbled the ball, too. I shouldn’t have done that. Maybe my knee was down. Maybe it wasn’t. But either way, I can’t do that." Officials did rule it a fumble, and TV replays showed his knee was not down. So without Free, Romo and Holley wouldn't have starred. -- Charean Williams

Should Sean Lee Play on special teams?


Saw this on BSPN. and I think its a good question. Should Lee...who is emerging as our #1 ILB play special teams? Not only because he can get hurt...but he can get tired. if you watch his vid on the mothership from yesterday he mentions how he got gassed at times playing all that time. of course, he doesn't want to come out...but its something to consider. what do you think? ============ Much has been made about whether Dez Bryant should be used on special teams. How about the Cowboys’ second pick in the 2010 draft class? Linebacker Sean Lee covered kicks and punts in the season opener in addition to playing almost every defensive down. Considering that the lone knock on Lee is that he’s had major durability issues, that’s an extremely heavy workload.

Terence Newman ruled out

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the team is exercising extreme caution with Newman as he recovers from a strained groin suffered Aug. 3. Newman has not practiced since suffering the injury, although he is sprinting and cutting hard during rehabilitation sessions. "Terence has to have it just right," Jones said. "It isn't just right. Hopefully, it could be there next week. What we're doing is being ultraconservative because he had something similar to this [three] years ago, and we thought we got him back there a little quick, so we're being ultrasensitive. If this were the Super Bowl this weekend, he'd be playing."

Tony Romo says he, team won't fold tent

"Anyone who thinks that I'm going to fold up the tent around here or this team is, they don't know us very well, and this team is going to come back with great energy this week," Romo said. "I'm going to come back with great energy and we're going to play good football going forward, and I'm excited about the 49er game. And I just can't wait to get out on the field this week."

Injury report: Austin and Spencer nicked up

The Cowboys added some new names to the injury report Wednesday, and wide receiver Miles Austin was listed with a knee injury. Austin had his right knee wrapped, although he was a full participant in practice. Austin was on the report last week with a hamstring. Starting outside linebacker Anthony Spencer is on the injury report with a shoulder injury and he was limited in practice. Starting left guard Bill Nagy was on the injury report with a neck problem and he was limited in practice. That would explain why Derrick Dockery got some reps with the first team during Wednesday's practice.

beWARE of dWARE: In slow mo


here's a link to a vid on nfl.com that shows Dware sacking Sanchez in slow motion. Sanchez looks left, fakes....looks right and DWare is in his face.

Anthony Spencer: 'I can't mail days in'


Here's part of an Interesting blog post on BSPN about spencer review tape of himself. Hopefully with JG's influence this kind of stuff is no longer tolerated. ============ "You can't mail days in in this league," Spencer told me in a phone interview Thursday. "And I definitely found I was doing that last year." This is a surprising admission from an NFL player to a writer -- the kind that startles a shrewd interviewer into scrapping his next couple of planned questions and following up. So, for the sake of you, my dear blog followers, that is exactly what I did. Spencer told me he was reviewing game tapes from last season and spotting mistakes he'd made that didn't make any sense to him. In the pass rush, he'd take the wrong angle or attack the line at the wrong spot -- little detail things he knows not to do but was doing anyway. So he decided to investigate further, and he dug up some practice tapes. What he saw there was a guy wearing his uniform but not always working very hard on those little detail things in practice. "So this year, definitely been focusing more in practice," Spencer said. "That's been my big thing, and I think it's going to make a big difference."

Aikman hates Skip


I know....not breaking news. But I was listening to an interview that DCFanatic had on his website with aikman talking bout skip bayless. you can just hear the hatred in his voice...he doesn't try to hide it..even said he didn't know what he'd do if he saw skip in person. haha. The title link is just to DCfanatic's website...you'll have to scroll down for the actual post. Here's a link to the podcast

Can't the Cowboys just be pretty good?


Interesting article on BSPN Dallas. A more optimistic outlook. =============== I love the folks who cover the Dallas Cowboys, because they're all so grouchy about the team. The Cowboys beat remains one of the last great bastions of skepticism in modern sports journalism. You talk to the people who spend their days around the team and you would think there wasn't one decent player on the roster except maybe DeMarcus Ware, and he needs to speak up more. I think it's the way teams should be covered -- relentless doubt and constant questioning of everything the newsmakers are saying. I've long believed that the beat writers who cover a team, since they examine it so closely every day and see all of the warts and flaws, should be the last ones to admit the team is any good. .....It's easy to look at the team you see every day and get caught up in the flaws, but every team has flaws. Six teams will make the playoffs from the NFC, and they won't all be great. Some of them will just be pretty good. Heck, last year, one was downright lousy, and it knocked off the defending champs in the first round. This isn't a league in which a handful of teams contend and the rest don't. This is a league with ample middle ground from which some teams rise to great heights and others tumble. It happens every year, and we never know which teams will rise from the middle and which will fall. The Cowboys can be wisely future-focused and at the same time contend in 2011. These things are not mutually exclusive. It doesn't all have to be one extreme or the other -- not even with the Cowboys. I don't think they'll win their division and coast into the playoffs without a care, but I think they have enough very good players to make them a contender if they stay healthy and things break their way. The NFL has a lot of teams like that, and there's nothing wrong with being one of them.

DWare on the cover of SI Inside the magazine, SI writer Peter King picked Ware as his...


DWare on the cover of SI Inside the magazine, SI writer Peter King picked Ware as his preseason selection for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Ware has led the NFL in sacks two of the last three years, including 2010 when he posted 15 ½ sacks.

Kicking more tires in the kicking game


IRVING -- The Cowboys are still trying to solve their kicking situation. The team has plans to bring in veteran Dave Rayner for a workout and quite possibly some others. Rayner kicked with the Detroit Lions last year where in eight games he converted 81.3 percent of his field goal tries and out of 34 kickoffs had two touchbacks and 31 returned for an average of 20 yards. Rayner has also kicked in Cinciannti, San Diego, Kansas City, Green Bay and Indianapolis. In Saturday's preseason game vs. the Minnesota Vikings, with Buehler out with a hip flexor, Graham made one field goal and attempted five kickoffs. Bailey went 2-2 on field goals. Forbath has yet to kick this summer due to a quad injury. While Forbath returned to practice on Monday, coach Jason Garrett said he was not ready to kick. The Cowboys have David Buehler, Kai Forbath, Shayne Graham and Dan Bailey in camp. If the team signs Rayner, they have room on the roster for him because the team doesn't have to get down to 80 players until Wednesday.

Gurode cut


looks like he is cut ========= Andre Gurode is a Cowboy no more. Unable to reach an agreement on a re-worked contract over the last two days, the Dallas Cowboys decided to part ways with the five-time Pro Bowl center, according to a source, completing an overhaul of the offensive line that started after the lockout ended when they cut right guard Leonard Davis and right tackle Marc Colombo.

Playbooks on Ipad's


Saw this article...even though its on the Bucs, I think it's an interesting idea. Do you think JG would go for it? =============== Every year on every NFL team, the Turk nervously ambles next to players in the locker room, dorm room or cafeteria, his role a designated dream killer whose only job is to signal the death knell to somebody's career. He delivers two messages: The coach wants to see you, and bring your playbook. Well, never again in Tampa Bay. Instead, he'll ask them to bring their iPad. "We give these playbooks out, and by the end of training camp, we collect them so nobody sells them on the Internet," Morris said. "They become game books. If you need a reference to go back, you can pull up a blitz from camp and look at it. "Then it got to the point where we said, 'Hey, let's put some of the video on there … from the season. How about practice? How would (Josh) Freeman like to go home and watch practice again? How would "Free" like to sit there and watch third down from Detroit and Miami so when he comes to work the next morning, he's seeing the tape again and putting it all together?' " It used to be if players wanted to watch film at home, they would have to get Levy's crew to make a copy of a DVD. "You'd have to use your general remote to fast-forward or rewind," Morris said. "With this iPad, I can just flick through, and if that play doesn't apply to me, I just touch it and get out of there and go here, and there's third down. Get out of there, and let's go to the red zone. Okay, there's the nickel. It's a different deal now." What happens if a player loses his team-issued iPad? Well, it's better than leaving a playbook in a hotel room in Foxboro, Mass. "You've got a way to wipe (everything) off with the push of a button," Morris said.

In Depth: Tony Romo


saw some vids that DCfanatic had of a Tony Romo interview. I've linked the yahoo source of the vids. Its a long interview...so watch when you have time.

1 on 1: Tony Romo


Just a vid from dallascowboys.com.....an interview with Tony Romo.

Montrae Holland leaves with back issue


Anybody out there putting their hopes in this guy? Would you rather sign a vet or chance playing two rooks on the right side? ============ SAN ANTONIO -- Cowboys starting right guard Montrae Holland left the walkthrough practice with a stiff back Friday morning. Holland walked slowly through the tunnel at the Alamodome to the locker room area during the middle of practice. His status for the afternoon session is uncertain. Holland left practice on Wednesday during field goal drills with a minor knee injury but returned. Fourth-round pick David Arkin replaced on the first-team on Friday. Holland is replacing Leonard Davis, whom the Cowboys released due to salary cap reasons last week.

Is Martellus Bennett finally ready to break out?


A blog post on BSPN. Seems like every year we are asking this question. Obviously its do or die for him this year. I believe he is in his last year. What do you think? Do you think he finally breaks through? Will he be able to playing behind Witten? If he has a productive year, would you want to sign him long term or are you content to just move on from him and count on John Philips? ======== Martellus Bennett making plays in the Alamodome is nothing new. The big tight end was the star of training camp two years ago, seeming to make at least one spectacular catcher per practice. That prompted anticipation that he was on the verge of blossoming into a major weapon for the Cowboys’ passing game. In the two seasons since then, Bennett has scored a grand total of zero touchdowns. Considering that, perhaps we should be careful pumping up too much optimism about Bennett’s potential. However, it’s worth noting that Bennett was one of the first names out of Jason Garrett’s mouth when the head coach/offensive coordinator singled out players for praise due to their camp performance.

Another Safety off the market: Brodney Pool staying with Jets


The Jets are re-signing Brodney Pool, according to sources. Terms to come

One Down: 7th Rounder agrees


The Cowboys have their first agreement in place with a draft pick. Seventh-rounder Bill Nagy, a center/guard from Wisconsin, has agreed to a four-year deal, leaving seven players left to get under contract. Nagy will receive base salaries of $375,000, $465,000, $555,000 and $645,000 from 2011-14. Nagy, 6-3, 318 pounds, is a versatile lineman because he can play all three interior spots and he also lined up some last year as a tight end in short-yardage situations. As a senior he started at center, guard and tight end for the Badgers after a scooter accident limited him to three games as a junior. Nagy will likely be battling with Phil Costa for one of the backup jobs along the interior.

"Sources": Cowboys Training Camp starts on July 28th.


take it for its worth from the "sources". ======= If everything goes as planned with the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and players over the next few days, the Cowboys will hold their first training camp practice July 28 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, according to multiple sources. According to Cowboys Vice President Rich Dalrymple, the team will not make any "specific camp related announcements until there is a substantial feeling of resolution on the CBA." The team is about to begin the process of filling trucks with weight room equipment, football equipment and medical supplies and should head to San Antonio by the end of the week. From there it could take staff three to four days to unpack everything to be ready in time for the first on-field workouts. While other teams have been forced to move training camp to their own practice facilities, in part, because of schedule conflicts, the Alamodome and Grand Hyatt kept the dates open for the Cowboys for practices and meeting rooms.

Players to Vote on new CBA&nbsp


interesting note about the reports about the potential for a stall because of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. ================== One thing that shouldn't hold up a possible deal is special considerations to the 10 named plaintiffs in the Brady antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. The NFLPA decided the best course of action was to forgo special compensation for those 10 players as part of a settlement, sources confirmed to Schefter. Mawae referenced this in his comments to reporters Wednesday. "The deal we're working on is the one that's best for all the players in the NFL and not just four guys," he said. It will take a majority vote of the players to ratify the deal. The owners would vote on the proposed CBA on Thursday if the players OK the deal Wednesday. Twenty-four of the 32 owners must cast "yes" votes for the CBA, expected to cover 10 seasons, for it to be ratified. ============================ As mentioned by Rena in the comments, the vote was held up, I changed the article link. NFL Players Association player representatives gave DeMaurice Smith and the executive committee a "vote of confidence" to finish the remaining deal points, a source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen, adding the committee will work tonight to try to resolve issues. Part of the holdup in taking a vote, the source said, was that the player reps did not have a final document to review. The vote could take place by conference call or remote communication, very possibly tomorrow, according to the source, who seemed upbeat.

Setting the Tone in Training Camp


interesting blog post on BSPN by Archer about whether JG will be hindered in setting the tone in Training Camp due to sources saying that through the CBA discussions they "effectively eliminated two-a-day practices during training camp." ================= When Jason Garrett took over as interim head coach halfway through last season, he had the players wear pads during most of the Wednesday practices. He believed by being in pads the players would have a physical mindset and he wanted a physical team. As Garrett prepares for his first training camp as head coach here in perhaps a week or so, he will likely have to go without pads more than he anticipated. With player safety near the top of the list in discussions regarding the new collective bargaining agreement, owners "effectively eliminated two-a-day practices during training camp." According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, "Teams will be allowed to have some helmetless and padless non-contact walkthrough practices in lieu of a second training camp practice on the same day." (Who knew Wade Phillips was ahead of the game last year with helmet-less practices in Oxnard, Calif.?)

Romo calls in to 105.3 The Fan


Romo called into 105.3 The Fan to talk about his golf game and how its not a distraction...in season and off season. Lot of good stuff.

Dez taking the high road concerning Sanders comments


"All I know is everybody's entitled to their own opinion," Bryant said. "In my eyes, I feel like the Cowboys have nothing to worry about. I'm getting everything done like I'm supposed to do. I'm ready to go out and play football and do what I do best." Bryant congratulated Sanders for his upcoming induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and insisted that he's not caught up in any differences between himself and the former NFL cornerback. "My focus is on the Cowboys," Bryant said. "Whatever is said about that situation that can be said, I'm done with it, I'm just ready to move on."

Court Rules Lockout is Legal


I hope the article is right and it doesn't affect the negotiation progress. I wouldn't be surprised if it did. ============ The substance of the ruling, by the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis, was not surprising because the same three-judge panel earlier issued two delays of the injunction. But the timing of the ruling was a shock. Oral arguments on the league’s appeal of the injunction were heard June 3 and most outsiders thought the court was holding its opinion because negotiations toward a new agreement were progressing and the judges did not want to influence the talks. While the decision may have broad implications for future labor disputes, the practical effect of the ruling for the N.F.L. negotiations might be negligible. Because both sides expected the court to side with the league, it does not significantly change the dynamics of the current talks. Players and owners were believed to be close Friday morning to settling the revenue split that is at the heart of their dispute, which would move them closer to the completion of a tentative agreement.

Everson Walls on Romo


"I may not be the type of guy that really gives many quarterbacks my undying support. "Romo is the kind of guy that once again the inconsistency is there. I don't know his relationship with his players, but if he's one of those guys that has the trust of his players, you know he's out there giving 100% day in and day out, trying his best to win a game, not giving up on the team no matter what ... then yeah I would follow him. "And from what I've seen in the beginning of his career, that was Tony Romo. The Jessica Simpson crap that came up, it really seemed to affect his game. And afterwards the injuries started to come and then all of a sudden there became, around the league, this rumor out there, that Romo has a lot of tells in his game, and he hasn't been able to remedy those tells in his game. "That's when you start to say, 'OK who's going to be best for the Cowboys?' Is it Romo because of his premature popularity ... or are you going to go with a guy like Kitna? Kitna was a pleasant surprise last year. "Romo's ability to lead this team has been questioned all around the league. The fact that he is in the position to step up means that he has been knocked down a couple of pegs. I'm not anti-Romo as much as I am about pro-production."

New York Attorney General Investigating lockout


New York's attorney general has started an antitrust investigation into the NFL lockout, requesting information from both the league and the players' association about the economic impact of pro football's labor impasse. "While we are hopeful that the NFL and its players will reach an agreement to end the ongoing lockout in the near future, this office will take all appropriate steps to protect New Yorkers, many of whom rely on the significant economic activity generated by the NFL,'' Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday. Besides revenue, employment and contract information, he also requested within 10 days all NFL documents since 2008 concerning: the question of whether to lock out players or suspend play; the actual lockout that began March 12; and, the decertification of the NFL Players Association as the players' union representative in contract talks. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league is examining the letter with its attorneys and will respond. The fundamental antitrust issue is whether the 32 football teams acted as an illegal cartel since there's no place else for the players to go. Under New York law, the attorney general can seek triple any damages, estimated at millions of dollars to players and businesses in New York like hotels, restaurants and merchants.

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