Archive for October, 2008

Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Sounds Off

Give credit to my boy Tim MacMahon of the Dallas Morning News blog for landing an interview with Cowboys defensive coordinator Brian Stewart.

Bottom line, Stewart feels scapegoated and defended himself.

Rangers Top 2008 Draft According To Baseball America

The Rangers had the best draft in baseball according to a note sent to me by my man Jamey Newberg from his newbergreport.com:

A year after Baseball America tabbed the Rangers’ deep 2007 draft class as the second best in baseball, the publication has just published an article anointing Texas as having had the number one draft in baseball in 2008, ahead of the Royals, Giants, Twins, and Red Sox.   

First baseman Justin Smoak was named the number two power hitter in the draft (behind only Pittsburgh ’s Pedro Alvarez).  Righthander Joe Wieland, the club’s fourth-round pick, was recognized as having the fourth-best pro debut of any high school player drafted in 2008, trailing three players who went in the first round. 

BA will review the Rangers’ draft in detail on Monday. 

Jamey

6PM Sports Live From Arlington

I will be at the Parks Mall for the 6PM sportscast.   I will be at the Barnes and Noble where Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton will be signing copies of his book Beyond Belief.

I have read the book and Josh goes into serious and disturbing detail of his cocaine use and his comeback to baseball and finding Jesus Christ.

The title is perfect and his story is very inspiring.

I’ll Take The Phillies

I think Philadelphia will win the World Series over Tampa Bay.

I have a rooting interest.  I got to know Charlie Manuel when he was the hitting coach for the Cleveland Indians.  He used to wonder if he would ever get his chance to manage because he was an older guy.

He did well with the Indians as a skipper and now he has taken Philly to the World Series. 

Charlie’s mom past away recently so I know a win would mean so much to him personally.

Brian Stewart Is Not Calling The Defense

Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips would not deny defensive coordinator Brian Stewart will not call the plays this Sunday against the Bucs.

“I’d say more active, yes,” Phillips said. “I’ve been with the defense, but I’m going to concentrate more, I guess you’d say.”

Stewart’s demise was reported by ESPN.com’s Matt Mosley.

This team has some cracks and if they don’t find a way to win Sunday the house may fall in on everyone.

Tony Romo Won’t Play Sunday

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will sit out another game with his broken pinkie. 

Romo said this at Terrell Owens radio show Tuesday at the House of Blues in Dallas.

Josh Hamiliton Voted American League’s Best

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was voted by his peers as the American League Outstanding Player in 2008 in the Players Choice Awards.

This could be a lead up to Hamilton possibly winning the A.L. MVP after the season.

More DFW Media Want Wade Fired

Tim Cowlishaw of the Morning News said Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips needed to be fired.

Today, Jen Engel of the Star-Telegram writes Wade must go.

Jen says Jerry needs to give the job to Jason Garrett. WRONG. 

 Right now Jason Garrett can’t run the offense.  So, I don’t think he is qualified to run the team right now.

This Week’s Newdawg and Buck Debate

Each Tuesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Ray Buck and NBC 5’s Newy Scruggs go at it in a point-counterpoint on the sporting issues of the day.

How much of the Cowboys’ 4-3 start should be pinned on Laid-Back Wade?

NEW DAWG: The alarming thing about Wade’s lack of leadership is the media — the darned media couldn’t even warn him of the “issues” his club has had. After that close win against the lowly Bengals, Phillips went into spin control instead of admitting his team had some things that needed to be tightened up. The same Wade who said the Mexico trip Tony Romo and other players took during the post-season bye week was all good … just doesn’t seem to get it. You can’t trust your players. They need to be called out on occasion, and sometimes the media can raise legitimate concerns about what they are witnessing on a weekly basis.

 

BUCK: Well, one thing he isn’t … Chameleon Wade. What you hire is what you get. Recognizing it now just shows how little you knew about the guy in the first place. So, if the players want him around (and I think most of them do) they need to hold a players-only meeting and get this accountability mess sorted out. Sure, it starts at Wade. But it’s on the players, too. Unfortunately, not everyone responds to a congenial work place the same way. A few players forget to actually work. 

 

What changes can the Cowboys make to assure they don’t go into their bye week with a 4-5 record?

NEW DAWG: You can’t fire Wade because I don’t have a lot of faith in Jason Garrett to take over. The defense has to get better, and I wonder if Wade doesn’t just take over the calls for that unit starting Sunday against Tampa Bay.

 

BUCK: The “changes” can be only cosmetic, i.e., a “lift” here, a “tuck” there. As Wade himself explained, there isn’t a whole of wiggle room with personnel. The Cowboys desperately need a split here to stop the bleeding … and Jeff Garcia to Antonio Bryant (Bucs) are less scary than Eli Manning to Plaxico Burress (Giants), although this Dallas D had problems against winless Cincinnati (still the Cowboys’ only W in a month of Sundays). 

 

Is Jerry Jones really the “NFL’s No. 1 enabler,” as ESPN Cris Carter claims?

NEW DAWG: Yes.

 

BUCK: He’s a good samaritan and a “second-chance” giver when it works … an enabler when it doesn’t. It’s a 20/20 hindsight thing.

 

Who has the best chance of beating Tampa Bay Sunday? Brad Johnson? Kyle Boller? Tony Romo with a splint on his passing hand?

NEW DAWG: It really depends on which game plan Jason Garrett comes up with. I don’t care who the quarterback is on Sunday, the game plan has to fit what the signal caller can do, and it must not be predictable for the defense to make quick adjustments.

 

BUCK: Good grief, let’s hope the Cowboys’ head coach-in-waiting understands the concept of game-planning. This Sunday, give me Romo with the pinkie protector.

 

Who are the locker-room leaders for the Cowboys — defensively and offensively — and what needs to be done about it?

NEW DAWG: Right now, I just don’t know who the leaders are. In the past, I would have said tight end Jason Witten or linebacker Bradie James. But when the head coach makes excuses every week, I’m not sure if the locker-room leaders can do anything.

 

BUCK: That’s the ultimate excuse, Newy: “We can’t be leaders because our head coach doesn’t browbeat in front of the media.” That’s a bunch of boo-hoo. Witten, Romo, James, Greg Ellis, DeMarcus Ware, Keith Davis need to buck up and step up and do it now. This has to be “leadership by committee” at this point.  

 

Does the first BCS poll reflect TCU (No. 14) fairly?

NEW DAWG: The Frogs are in a great spot. All they have to do is keep winning and they’ll play in a BCS bowl game. Going 11-1 means they would have beaten Utah and won the Mountain West title. The league is darned good this year.

 

BUCK: I would’ve flip-flopped TCU (14) and Missouri (15) and moved Florida (10) way, way up. But the Horned Frogs are for real, if they keep it real — which Gary Patterson will make sure of that! TCU being a BCS buster remains a good possibility. 

 

Is this No. 1-ranked Texas Longhorns team as good as the one that won a national championship with Vince Young at quarterback?

NEW DAWG: It cannot be. Those Horns beat a two-time defending national champion with two Heisman Trophy winners on it.

BUCK: Good point. But that VY teams didn’t have to tiptoe through a regular-season minefield like this one is doing — OU, Mizzou … now Okie State, Texas Tech. That gets my attention, I don’t know about you. P.S — This Colt McCoy juggernaut is only halfway through its four-game stretch of Top 10 opponents.

Wade Phillips Is On The Hot Seat Now

The Cowboys 20 point loss in St. Louis means one thing: head coach Wade Phillips is on the hot seat now.

Coach Cupcake has to stop giving the Boys milk and cookies for losing to bad teams.

Wade knew coming into the season he had to win.  He had to make the playoffs and win at least two games or Jerry Jones was going to look for another man to lead his team.

The seat is hot because if the Cowboys don’t start playing with some purpose and with fire they may not make the playoffs.  Forget winning the NFC East, just getting wild card sounds nice right now.

Phillips said he was known as Mr. Fix It, well the Cowboys are broken and he has 9 games to get the team right or he will be find a pink slip under his door.

Jones has to fill a new stadium next year.  He will not be able to sell the PSL’s he wants if Phillips can’t get this team to the playoffs and win.  This mess is Jerry’s creation, but he won’t fire himself.

Wade better start on Sunday by beating Tampa at Texas Stadium.

Tim Cowlishaw of the Morning News wants Wade fired NOW.


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