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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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T.O. To The Rescue

The Cowboys need to hit Cleveland with a heavy dose of Terrell Owens in the season opener.

Check out my Star-Telegram column on it Saturday for my reasons why.

Also, one of T.O.’s harhest critics, Cris Collinsworth, of NBC Sports finally comes around him/ Staff Writers Weigh In On Cowboys’ Pressing Issues

It is always football time on the Newdawg Blog.  I always like to hit my boys at to see what they have.

I think they’ve got some pretty good discussion going on about what is in store for the season.

3. This is a make-or-break season for . .

 Nick Eatman: Well, the easy answer is Roy Williams. Of course, it’s make or break for him and you guys know it, too. But what about Marcus Spears? He’s going on his fourth season and he’s got competition breathing down his neck. While his lack of production will always be scrutinized, it can’t be overlooked that his position is simply one that doesn’t garner big numbers, including sacks. Still, if Tank Johnson is pushing for playing time at nose tackle, then it’s likely Jay Ratliff will be pushing Spears for time at end. Spears is still the starter but he might have to fighter harder than ever to keep it this year. 

Mickey Spagnola: Linebacker Kevin Burnett. The former second-round draft choice is in the fourth and final year of his contract, so this season will be an important one for his continued future with the Cowboys or his future station in the NFL. Not only does he need to continue playing well on the nickel and special teams, he needs to make a run at Zach Thomas for the starting weak inside linebacker position if he wants to parlay the year into either a lucrative contract to remain with the Cowboys or one in free agency with another team offering him a chance to start.

 Rob Phillips: Right tackle Marc Colombo, in terms of breaking the bank. Once labeled an injury risk, Colombo has shored up what used to be a problematic position for the Cowboys by starting all 32 games over the past two years. But he needs another strong season to earn a long-term deal and fend off the team’s young tackles.

My Take On T.O. Missing Mini Camp

Cowboys star receiver Terrell Owens missed today’s mini camp practice and will probably miss the whole thing.

The Cowboys said it was a family issue.

I hear T.O.’s father may have some health problems.  I have not been able to confirm it.

Everyone should try to give T.O. some space until we know exactly what it is.

Bottom line, T.O. and Tony Romo have their timing down.  I am not worried about Owens missing mini camp.

It is time for Sam Hurd, Miles Austin, and Isiah Stanback to step up and earn Romo’s trust.

T. Newman Deserves His Deal, Marion Barber’s I Don’t Get

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones loves to spend money on stars.

Pro Bowl cornerback Terence Newman got a 6-year contract extension.  The deal is reportedly for 50 million and 22.5 million is guaranteed. 

I would be shocked if Newman gets to the end of this deal.   He’s 30 now.  Not many corners are 36 so if the Cowboys get three good years out of the deal they should be happy.

I like T-New.  He is a classy kid and I am happy for him.   Jones took care of him.

Now the deal for Marion Barber, III was not smart in my opinion.  Barber has only started on NFL game and Jones rewarded him with a 7-year contract for 45 million. 

Barber made the Pro Bowl, but geez, he got paid for 16 games as a backup. 

If he is worth 45 million why did they have to use a first round pick on a running back and a fourth round pick on a running back in the April NFL Draft?

Barber will get 21 million in the first three years of the contract.   I sound like a hater, but he’s never gained one thousand yards in the NFL. 

Hey, it ain’t my money.  It’s Jerry Jones’.   Oh yeah, when is T.O. going to get paid.  He is in the final year of his contract.

Cowboys Will Screw Up By Going On HBO

The Cowboys are about to screw up…BIG TIME.

Tomorrow the club will have a press conference to announce that HBO and NFL Films get another shot at reality TV with America’s Team.

Hard Knocks is the NFL’s attempt at trying to “go behind” the scenes at training camp.

That’s it Jerry Jones, make it a big circus again. This is the type of move that will sink the 2008 season. Name a team that has won a championship doing this?

The Cowboys looked like slappies in 2002 when they did Hard Knocks in San Antonio.

Jerry Jones was on TV cutting players. Dave Campo looked silly playing with Shamu at Sea World and rookie wide receiver Randal Williams never lived down a comment from his mother in which she described reasons why she didn’t want him running on the streets of New York City as a boy, one was “he could be gay”.

Then quarterback Chad Hutchinson was playing his guitar with teammate Richmond Flowers in their room. Both guys looked corny and proved they couldn’t play a lick.

After going 5-11 some players felt teammates were “acting” for the camera. That alone is a reason to tell NFL Films and HBO “no thanks”. says, “Storylines the show is likely to focus on for this year’s version of the show include the hands-on approach of owner Jerry Jones, how rookie running back Felix Jones adjusts to his first camp, restricted free agent running back Marion Barber’s contract negotiations and the relationship between wide receiverTerrell Owens and quarterback Tony Romo.”

I don’t see how head coach Wade Phillips will look good in this. Campo looked for Boo Boo the fool in the 2002 series.

Does quarterback Tony Romo need anymore cameras in his face? Does Pacman Jones need to have camera following him to the Spearmint Rhino strip club in Oxnard after practice?

I had high hopes for this group, not anymore.

Columnist Says Cowboys Players Won’t Watch Pacman Jones

Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News penned a very nice column on the Cowboys players take on newly acquired corner Adam “Pacman” Jones.

They ain’t taking care of him and he if cuts up, it’s on him.

That’s how they are in that locker room.  I know it, I cover it.   Just like Terrell Owens and Tank Johnson came to Valley Ranch with baggage, the guys in the room never allowed that their past issues to take away from their focus on the field.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo taking a bunch of teammates to Mexico with Jessica Simpson during the bye week of the playoffs is another story.

Taylor pens a piece that lets you know how guys think about their new nickel cornerback:

But the players insist they’re not going to be part of Jerry Jones’ security force.

They’re not going to be chaperoning Pacman. Or calling him to make sure he’s home by midnight. Or having the bouncers at various strip clubs phone them when he’s on the premises.

Nor should they. It’s not their responsibility.

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