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Browns Take Loss Like Men

The Browns made no excuses.  The Cowboys came out and knocked them around.

They told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “We have to get better,” said linebacker Willie McGinest. “We got our butts beat today. That was a good lesson.”

Injuries were the reason the Browns all but admitted they tanked the preseason. Most disrupted their high-powered offense, and a surprise scratch of receiver Donte Stallworth in pre-game warmups added to the discontinuity.

“We played like we hadn’t played together in two or three weeks,” said running back Jamal Lewis, stating a fact.

But the defense — the relatively intact unit — sent out S.O.S. signals with a horrendous first outing.

The multi-dimensional Cowboys hit the Browns for 487 yards and 30 first downs. Tony Romo was intercepted once in the end zone and ended the game by taking a knee at the Browns’ 13 — else this whuppin’ would have been worse.

Ten Thoughts On The Cowboys Win

1.  Say what you want about head coach Wade Phillips running training camps being “soft” or “easy”, but make sure you say they are effective.  The Cowboys as Wade said, “We ready to play.”

2.  The Cowboys were marvelous on 3rd downs.   On offense they were 8 of 11 for 72%.  That will win a lot of ballgames.  And on defense, the Cowboys were outstanding.  The Browns only converted three of nine attempts. 

3.  The Browns never got to run.  You have to run to win in this league.  The Cowboys defense only allowed 91 yards of rushing.  Jamal Lewis was 13 for 62 yards.

4.  Tony Romo spends time on football.  All that stuff about him playing too much golf in the offseason and hanging out with Jessica Simpson too much is wrong.  Romo threw for 327 yards.  That is his 11th 300-yard game in three seasons.  Troy Aikman had just 13 in his entire career.

5.  Patrick Crayton is a legit number two receiver.  Six catches 82 yards.  That is big time.  Go look around the NFL and you’ll see he’s really good when you start to stack up the numbers.

6.  The Cowboys drafted really well.  Rookies Orlando Scandrick, Felix Jones, and Tashard Choice played well.

7.  The offensive line got the game ball.  They simply knocked Cleveland around.  They didn’t allow a sack and you never saw their blitzes work.

8.  Matt McBriar had two punts.

9.  11 penalties.  Way too many.  The Cowboys have to focus better if they are going to win in the playoffs.  The Browns first touchdown came off two Cowboys penalties on third downs.

10.  The name Skip Peete will be one to remember this week.  If Pro Bowl running back Marion Barber can’t play because of sore ribs, Peete, the Cowboys running backs coach, will have to make sure rookies Tashard Choice and Felix Jones can pick up the Eagles blitzes.

Cleveland Scouts The Cowboys

Tony Grossi was one of my favorite NFL writers to read in Cleveland.  He’s got his take on the Cowboys and spoke with Jerry Jones in the Plain Dealer.

While some owners like to consider themselves their team’s general manager, Jones has the title to prove it.

The fact that the Cowboys are on the verge of a Super Bowl-or-bust tour is sweet icing on his cake. Life hasn’t been this good since Jones teamed with Jimmy Johnson (and then Barry Switzer) for three Super Bowl championships in four seasons in the 1990s.

“I think the key is I feel good about our quarterback,” Jones said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “When you have quarterbacking that you feel gives you a chance to win, that causes me to stretch out, to do some higher risk things in terms of other personnel moves. I felt like that when we had Troy Aikman in place.”

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T.O.

I wrote in my Star-Telegram column on why the Cowboys need to feed T.O. this Sunday in the season opener.

The Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiving corps is down to just two proven players: Terrell Owens and Patrick Crayton.

The club will not have the services of Miles Austin (sprained knee) or Sam Hurd (high ankle sprain) for the season opener in Cleveland on Sept. 7. They were penciled in as the third and fourth receiving options for quarterback Tony Romo.

His fifth wide receiver option, Isaiah Stanback, has a dislocated shoulder. I wouldn’t exactly be counting on Stanback for realistic production if I were offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.

Here’s what the game plan should be when it comes to putting the ball in the air against the Browns: Trust in T.O.

Put it on No. 81’s shoulders. I bet he will shine.

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Cowboys Practice Squad Is Set

                                                                               BIRTH-       NFL                                 HIGH SCHOOL

NO.       NAME                       POS     HGT    WGT   DATE         EXP        COLLEGE           HOMETOWN

18        Amendola, Danny       WR      5-11     190      11/2/85       R          Texas Tech            The Woodlands, Tex.

 

30        Coleman, Alonzo        RB       5-9       210      1/27/84       1          Hampton                South Boston, Va.

39        Crosslin, Julius           FB       5-11     245      11/1/83       R          Oklahoma St          Amarillo, Tex.    

9        Dixon, Marcus           DE       6-4      285      9/16/84       R          Hampton                Rome, Ga.

59        George, Tearrius        LB       6-4       258      12/3/82       1          Kansas St               Fayetteville, Ark.       

44        Hannah, Rodney         TE       6-6       258      8/9/84        1          Houston                  Roseville, Calif.

85        Jefferson, Mike          WR      6-1       206      12/28/82    1          Montana St             El Paso, Tex. 

 

Chad Johnson Legally Changed His Name

The Bengals wide receiver has legally changed his name to Chad Ocho Cinco.  Yep.

Check out the story.  I know his cousin Keyshawn Johnson thinks this move is foolish.

The Cowboys host the Bengals October 5th.

My Texas Stadium Memory

I will always remember coming to my first game at Texas Stadium, it was in 1993.  I was working for a TV station in Austin and the Cowboys were defending World Champions.   It was a big thrill.

I grew up a huge Cowboys fan, so covering the team has been a great ride.  I will always cherish it.

Walking down the tunnel to the field was and is an amazing walk.  Electric.  I will miss that walk.

I will not miss Texas Stadium, it’s time has passed.  I will be happy when the new stadium opens in Arlington.

Pacman Risk Pays Off For Jerry Jones

Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones made the trade with Tennessee to bring Pacman Jones to the Cowboys. 

It was a risk that paid off today because Jones was reinstated by the NFL.  He can play in the season opener September 7th in Cleveland.

This is the official statement from the team:

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones was re-instated to play in the NFL for the 2008 season today by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.    

“This is another step in the process,” said Jones.  “I am very grateful for this opportunity, and I understand my responsibilities to the Dallas Cowboys and the National Football League.  Right now I just want to keep working hard so I can accomplish the goals that I have set for myself both on and off the field.”

“Adam has worked hard to get to this point, but he also knows that there is still a lot of work ahead of him,” said Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones.   “He is fully aware of the opportunity that he has been given, and he knows that this is an ongoing process.”

Jason Witten Is Right…Know Your Role Martellus Bennett

Tim MacMahon of the Dallas Morning News Cowboys blog got the scoop on the Jason Witten-Martellus Bennett relationship.

Witten is given him tough love.  The same tough love he got from former head coach and former teammate Dan Campbell.

The message is simple.  Know your damn role.  Seriously.  The rookie from Texas A&M has to realize this is the National Football League and everybody has talent. 

Bennett sometimes thinks he can just rely on his natural skills to get by.  This ain’t the Big 12.  He’s not in Aggieland anymore. This is the pros.  On the HBO TV show Hard Knocks, we’ve seen Bennett look disinterested sometimes.  I saw it at camp in Oxnard.

Please understand my take, I love the kid’s talent.  He just has to mature. 

I know Jason and he’s a great guy, but he works hard and expects others to do the same.  

Back to what I said, Bennett needs to know his role.  That means get in the playbook night and day, do what Witten does and perform when the time comes.

Witten should be applauded for keeping the bar high.

Witten told Timmy Mac:

“He says it all the time: ‘Jason doesn’t like me,'” Witten said of Bennett. “It’s not that I don’t like him. It’s just that I’m letting him figure it out. He’s got to figure it out first, and once he does, obviously that’s where I come along.

“He’s got a good position coach that pushes him, obviously. When he’s ready for it, I’ll definitely be able to talk to him and push his buttons. But you’ve got to figure it out first, and he’s well on his way to doing that.”

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Tony Romo’s Dad Gives His Thoughts On Jessica Simpson

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is very close with his dad.  You can say they are best friends. 

Ramiro Romo is a driven ex-Navy man who’s competitiveness has been passed down to his son.

I went up to their hometown of Burlington, Wisconsin, in July and asked Ramiro what he thought about his son dating celebrity singer Jessica Simpson. 

And for a bonus, I got Romo’s take on it as well.

Just click here to see what they had to say on the record only to NBC 5 Sports.

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