Archive for January, 2007


Be sure to read my Saturday column in the Star-Telegram. I’ll tell you why Bill Parcells four year tenure as the coach of the Dallas Cowboys failed to meet the bar.

It’s not a slam of Parcells, but I bring up points that get missed by the Parcells Lovers at ESPN, SI, and a few local Tuna lovers.

On another note, I’d like to know why Mike Singletary has not been mentioned as a head coaching candidate for the Cowboys. He’s served on the staffs in Baltimore and San Francisco. Each defense has improved with him around.

Big Mike is a former Baylor and Chicago Bear and commands respect from players. Jerry Jones needs to include him on his list.

Newy Scruggs

Jason Garrett

The Cowboys brought in Jason Garrett for an interview today.

It’s for the offensive coordinator job and the head coaching job.

I could see Garrett calling plays, but I don’t think he’s ready for the job of handling America’s Team… yet.

Garrett played on two Cowboys championship teams in the 90’s. He was coached by Norv Turner and Ernie Zampese, two great playcallers.

He’s the QB coach in Miami. He did an amazing job with Joey Harrington last season. Don’t discount that work. Tony Romo needs a guy in his corner.

Since Todd Haley will probably end up in Arizona, Garrett would be a good choice to run the offense if Jerry Jones looks to hire a defensive guy like Wade Phillips.

Of course I still like Mike Martz as the man to be the next head coach of the Cowboys.

Newy Scruggs

Fishy Tuna

So Bill Parcells needed 16 days to decide he didn’t want to coach the Cowboys again.

I feel for his former assistants. They will live in limbo while good jobs have been taken. Parcells was selfish by taking so long.

Of course The Tuna went fishing for the Giants GM job before the club reportedly told him they didn’t want him. That told me the guy should have been fired.

So, where to do they Cowboys go next?

Mike Martz.

This guy can run an offense. You just don’t want him controlling personnel like he did in St. Louis. When Lovie Smith ran his defense, the Rams made it to the Super Bowl. Martz was just arrogant in Super Bowl XXXVI by throwing too much against the Patriots.

Martz made Jon Kitna a four thousand yard passer in 2006. Kitna never threw for so many yards in his career. Kitna torched the Cowboys four touchdowns in a Lions 39-31 upset victory back in December.

Jerry Jones has a Pro Bowl quarterback who needs to keep developing. Tony Romo. His confidant, David Lee, is leaving to Arkansas. Sean Payton is already gone. Martz would make Romo a better player.

The Cowboys became great when Norv Turner worked so well with Troy Aikman. Jones must make sure Romo keeps getting better.

Martz will leave the defense alone. All the Jones’ need to do is find a man to run their 3-4 defense. The club must find another good special teams coach to fill the void of the departed Bruce DeHaven.

Martz can coach. I think he is worthy of another shot. Martz could be the man to make T.O. happy.

Newy Scruggs

Sammy Back To Arlington

The Rangers are close to signing slugger Sammy Sosa to a minor league deal.

The club could use a DH and why not see if Sosa has anything left in his bat. After sitting out last season Sosa is looking for a new start.

Sosa is 38 and worth a shot. He started his career with the Rangers before being traded to the White Sox.

If Sosa has anything left he may see some action in right field. I don’t think Nelson Cruz has a permanent post out there yet.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels: “Sammy seems hungry and somewhat humbled by the last two years,” Texas general manager Jon Daniels said in an e-mail to “This is about giving a second chance to a guy who did a lot for the game, and who wants an opportunity to prove he can contribute. We’re not setting expectations, and he’s not asking for anything other than a chance to compete.”

Newy Scruggs

The TV Show I Can’t Stand

I hate MTV’s show “My Sweet Sixteen”.

I’ll admit it, after sports, trash TV is one of my bad habits.

This show has more spoiled kids and stupid parents than you can shake a stick at.

Parents are buying kids convertible Jags and BMW SUV’s, this is just nuts. What else will these children think they are entitled to?

What do you buy these kids for graduation? A jet?!

These massive parties are sending the wrong message to kids. You have to hear these brats take materialism to a new level.

I hope MTV does a show on these kids ten years later. I’d like to see how screwed up they are and how their folks can’t get rid of them because they won’t go earn their own cash.

Newy Scruggs

Martyball… Right On Time!

Chargers fans should be sick. If the Bolts don’t choke against the Patriots, they are playing in the Super Bowl. I don’t see how the Colts would have beat them.

Well… I do. Martyball.

Right on time!

New England played terrible. Just terrible. Tom Brady was terrible with three picks. It was all there for the Chargers… they gave it away.

Doggone it. I knew it. I knew it. Marty Schottenheimer just can’t win big playoff games. The numbers don’t lie, a playoff record of 5-13, says it all. Martyball can’t get you a ring. It just gives fans a winter of discontent.

Give the players blame as well. Dumb penalties and fumbles did them in, but man those guys will be sick this offseason. 14-2 and homefield advantage does not come around very often.

Martyball may have played its last season in San Diego. GM A.J. Smith is no fan of his head coach. This could be his best chance to lop him off. After all, the Chargers blew an
8-point fourth quarter lead.

Poor L.T., he deserved better. Somewhere in the French Quarter, Drew Brees is happy his a Saint.

Newy Scruggs

Henning On Cowboys Staff?

Look out..Dan Henning was fired in Carolina.

Dan Henning was Bill Parcells offensive coordinator for years. Those two talk all the time and I see him finding a spot on the Cowboys staff if Parcells comes back in 2007.

I just have a hunch we will see Mr. Henning calling plays this fall. Maybe Parcells will let Henning open up the playbook for a change.

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