10:57 PM EST, Tue November 20, 2018
SportsDay

Former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, safety Darren Woodson among 25 Hall of Fame semifinalists

First-year eligible Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed and Champ Bailey are among 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.In all, 13 defensive players, nine on offense and three coaches -- Jimmy Johnson, Tom Flores and Don Coryell -- made the cut.Making it to the semifinals for the first time, although previously eligible, are Flores and linebacker Zach Thomas.Already finalists for the hall are contributors Gil Brandt and Pat Bowlen, and senior committee nominee Johnny Robinson.The 25 modern-day finalists from an original group of 103 will be reduced to 15 on Jan. 3. The selection meeting will...

Blogging The Boys

Cowboys offense finally cashing in on team’s best defense since Wade Phillips was in charge

It took half of the season but this offense is finally taking advantage of opportunities presented by the best Cowboys defense in a while. During the preseason, there was cautious optimism that the Cowboys could have a pretty good defense. Well, ten games into the season, the Cowboys have one of the very best defenses in the NFL, currently third in total defense. The last time the Cowboys ranked higher than third in total defense was in 2009 (second), when Wade Phillips was the head coach. The Cowboys finished that season 11-5 and won their first playoff game in over a decade....

Blogging The Boys

Jason Garrett press conference: welcome to “Thursday” for the Dallas Cowboys

The head coach had some stuff to say on Tuesday. It’s Tuesday of a short week, that means head coach Jason Garrett addressed the media. Here’s what he had to say. (All Garrett answers are paraphrases of what he said and not direct quotes). The Cowboys are getting ready for Colt McCoy Jason Garrett was asked about Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy since that’s who they’ll face this week and he feels that Colt McCoy is a very good player, shocker. He mentioned that they liked Colt when he was coming out of the University of Texas and that when he’s had opportunities...

SportsDay

Cowboys tight end Geoff Swaim needs wrist surgery

FRISCO -- Cowboys tight end Geoff Swaim fractured a bone in his wrist in Sunday's win over Atlanta and will require surgery. Swaim will miss Thursday's game against Washington and more time, but coach Jason Garrett did not rule out Swaim for the rest of the season. The Cowboys have been playing with four active tight ends but the loss of Swaim is a blow, as he's been the most consistent and has been playing well. Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin will be asked to fill the void. Rico Gathers is the other tight end. Swaim leads the group with 26 catches for 242 yards and a touchdown. None of the...

Hogs Haven

Jay Gruden Redskins Presser: "We’re all sick and heartbroken over Alex there’s no doubt about it"

Jay Gruden speaks to the media the day after their loss to the Texans Jay Gruden answered questions from the media earlier today. He talked about the season-ending injury to QB Alex Smith, his confidence in Colt McCoy, and why the team chose Mark Sanchez to be the new backup. He also gave some injury updates heading into this week's Thanksgiving Day game against the Dallas Cowboys. l WATCH LIVE: Head coach Jay Gruden speaks to the media Monday from Redskins Park. https://t.co/Hql1NrzD4u— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 19, 2018 Injury updates: Gruden said he’s not sure...

SportsDay

A slow march to a regime has been halted, and you can't deny this fact about Cowboys coach Jason Garrett

Like we knew all along, the Dallas Cowboys are the class of the NFC East. Wait, we didn't know that?In one of the most remarkable plot twists since Season 3 of "Dallas," the Cowboys appear to have the best shot to win the NFC East. This team was left for dead after that soul-crushing loss to the Tennessee Titans, but two road wins have breathed life into this organization. And with Redskins quarterback Alex Smith suffering a gruesome leg injury in a loss to the Texans on Sunday and the Eagles getting shellacked by the New Orleans Saints, there's a new sherrif in town. Let's have a round of...

SportsDay

Cowboys rookie Michael Gallup's brother has died, Jason Garrett confirms

The Cowboys locker room was noticeably somber after Sunday's last-second victory against the Atlanta Falcons after news circulated within the team that wide receiver Michael Gallup's brother had died over the weekend. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed the death Morning morning on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM The Fan 105.3."We just found out after the ballgame that his brother had committed suicide and just wanted to leave it at that," Garrett said. "Obviously a very personal matter. We're all behind Michael and supporting him and his family, and this is a very challenging time for...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Hello 4-6, Goodbye playoffs

In the 91st episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, Falcons Grady Jarrett, Desmond Trufant, Matt Ryan and coach Dan Quinn drop by to discuss the state of the team after the 22-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The Falcons dropped to 4-6 and their playoff chances are on life support.

Big Blue View

The Giants are winning and, yes, that is a good thing

Second straight victory has Giants feeling better about themselves Don’t look now, but the 3-7 New York Giants are actually in the discussion in the NFC East. The Washington Redskins lead the division at 6-4, but lost a game and a quarterback on Sunday as Alex Smith suffered a broken leg in a loss to the Houston Texans. The Dallas Cowboys are 5-5, and the 4-6 Philadelphia Eagles got destroyed 48-7 on Sunday by the New Orleans Saints. It’s improbable. A little insane, even. But, why shouldn’t the Giants dream a little? “Crazy, isn’t it?” asked coach Pat Shurmur after...

Bleeding Green Nation

Mark Sanchez is back in the NFC East for a third time

Eagles will see their former backup QB twice this season. The Sanchize is back in the NFC East. The Washington Redskins signed former Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Mark Sanchez on Monday, according to a report from NFL insider Field Yates. Washington was in need of a quarterback due to the season-ending leg injuries suffered by starter Alex Smith. Head coach Jay Gruden confirmed that Smith broke his tibia and his fibula during Washington’s loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday. Sanchez will be the backup to Colt McCoy, who is 7-18 in 25 career starts. McCoy and...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What Dan Quinn said after the 22-19 loss to the Cowboys

Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn said after the 22-19 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday:

The Falcoholic

Falcons may face struggling Packers without Jimmy Graham, Mike Daniels

The Atlanta Falcons have a chance to limp into the playoffs, so we are keeping a close eye on their upcoming opponents. Falcons fans are having one rough season, but the Packers are simply on another level. Despite finally going aggressive in free agency, the team is in full struggle mode with ultraconservative head coach Mike McCarthy flushing away potential wins. Actually this feels a lot like 2014. The Falcons obviously need to take care of business against the Dallas Cowboys, but they have a realistic path to the playoffs. They play the Saints on Thursday night, of course, but they...

Blogging The Boys

Overlooked: Cowboys coach Ben Bloom (and Sean Lee) deserve more credit for linebackers

The wolfbacker and the swiper have been a revelation, so why aren’t we talking about their coach? The surprisingly good performance of the Dallas Cowboys offensive line against the formidable front seven of the Philadelphia Eagles has brought a lot of praise for the job done by new offensive line coach Marc Colombo (feat. Hudson Houck). But there has also been another unit on the team that has performed even better than expected this season. Maybe it’s because the development took a few games. Or that there was so much else going on with the team. For whatever reason, no one is talking...

Big Blue View

Where are your former Giants now? QB Randy Dean

25 questions with a former Giants signal caller In 1976, the Giants had just come off a horrible season under second-year coach Bill Arnsparger. The starting QB was Craig Morton whom the Giants had gotten in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys in 1974. Morton’s backup was Norm Snead, who was now 37 years old. Morton was 33. The Giants just drafted Jerry Golsteyn in the 12th round of the 1976 NFL draft. In the off-season, Morton was traded to the Denver Broncos for QB Steve Ramsey and a fifth-round pick. Ramsey never played a down with the Giants. Snead was in his second stint with the Giants...

The Falcoholic

Deion Jones injury: Quinn rules Jones out for Sunday against Cowboys

The reinforcements just aren’t fully healthy yet. The Atlanta Falcons recently activated Deion Jones from injured reserve, giving us some hope he could play on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys. Atlanta’s defense hasn’t looked anywhere close to the 2017 version with Jones out, and they could definitely use the help in a must-win game against a beatable Cowboys team. The help isn’t coming, as head coach Dan Quinn has already ruled out the Pro Bowl linebacker. Deion Jones will not play vs. the Cowboys, Matt Bryant will kick against the Cowboys. #Falcons— Kelsey Conway...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Deion Jones will not play against the Cowboys

Falcons Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones was declared out for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys by coach Dan Quinn on Friday.

SportsDay

Cowboys head coach on Roger Staubach: "He's just been a really rare gift to this community, to this state, to this league.''

Jason Garrett didn't get to watch the ceremony. His team was preparing for its game against Atlanta when Roger Staubach was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.But the Cowboys head coach did talk about the honor late Friday morning before players and coaches took the practice field."I just think Roger Staubach is one of the most amazing people I've ever met,'' Garrett said less than an hour before the President draped the medal around Staubach's neck. "I think anyone who has come across him would say the same thing."Obviously, his resume as an athlete is as good as it gets. Heisman...

SportsDay

It's 'pretty obvious' Cowboys would rather have Dan Bailey than Brett Maher down the stretch of the season

Matt Mosley, contributor to SportsDayDFW.com, answered your questions in a live chat Friday. Here are some highlights.After the win last Sunday, what are the current odds of Jason Garrett returning as head coach for the Cowboys next season?Mosley: After the Titans loss, I had Jason Garrett with an 85 percent chance of being fired. With the road win over Philly, I have adjusted it to 65 percent. This is a volatile thing and it could swing wildly based on how the Cowboys perform in Atlanta. That is a much scarier offense they are facing than what the Eagles brought to the table. Philly needed...

Blogging The Boys

Jason Garrett: Four defensive linemen not expected to practice, linebackers could play a role in helping

Coach updates us on all things Cowboys. Friday brings us the last Jason Garrett press conference of the week. As the Cowboys prepare for the Falcons, we get the last word. (All Garrett answers are paraphrased and not actual quotes.) How is the defensive line depth and will you have to make a roster move? Guys are out, hopefully we’ll have enough guys for the game, we’ll find out more today. Maliek Collins will practice, Antwaun Woods won’t. We don’t expect Taco Charlton or Daniel Ross to do much if anything. (We are assuming David Irving won’t practice either though it wasn’t...

SportsDay

Defensive line depth a concern for Cowboys entering Atlanta game

Three defensive linemen have been ruled out of Sunday's game and a fourth is listed as doubtful even though he didn't practice this week.The Cowboys are thin in the defensive line for their game against Atlanta, so thin that the club is considering activating defensive tackle Christian Ringo from the practice squad."We have some guys who are out, no question about that,'' head coach Jason Garrett said. "Hopefully we'll have enough guys to play in the ballgame."Whoever is available has to be ready to go and play.''Starting defensive end Taco Charlton (shoulder) has been ruled out along with...

SportsDay

Cowboys DB coach Kris Richard on scuffle before Eagles game: 'You kind of get caught up in the heat of the moment'

FRISCO -- In his first season in Dallas, Cowboys secondary coach Kris Richard has become known for his passion and the way he runs around the field during practice, like he's still a player. So it wasn't necessarily shocking to find him in the middle of the scrum last Sunday in Philadelphia when Cowboys and Eagles players came face to face. Richard, 39, and Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills shoved each other, which was caught by cameras and shared across social media, of course. "It was a really interesting moment," Richard said Thursday. "I look fairly young and people probably don't know or...

Blogging The Boys

Cowboys hot topic: Gauging the temperature of Garrett’s and Linehan’s seats

See what I did there? A week ago, the feeling was nearly universal: Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan had to go. While the defense had been playing much better, the offense was an absolute mess, despite the move to get a real WR1 and the replacement of offensive line coach Paul Alexander with Marc Colombo, featuring Hudson Houck. And now they were facing the Philadelphia Eagles and their formidable defensive front seven with a backup at LG, Xavier Su’a-Filo, filling in for the injured Connor Williams. We had resigned ourselves to the...

Blogging The Boys

The Cowboys find themselves in the same situation as last year’s Bears

But how do the Cowboys make sure their 2019 is like the Bears’ 2018? Last year, the Los Angeles Rams took the NFL by storm with first-time head coach and offensive play-caller Sean McVay turning Jared Goff and Todd Gurley into superstars. Suddenly, every down-on-their-luck team wanted the next McVay. So far this season, it seems that the Chicago Bears found theirs in Matt Nagy, who has taken last year’s 5-11 Bears team to an impressive 6-3 start. While the win over the Eagles may have put a temporary hold on the calls for an overhaul in Dallas, the Cowboys still sit at 4-5 and face an...

Blogging The Boys

Jason Garrett: Tyron Smith had back spasms on Wednesday, hopeful he can do more today

Coach updates us on all things Cowboys. Coach Jason Garrett stepped up to the podium on Thursday and addressed the media about the state of the Cowboys heading into their game with the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. (All Garrett answers are paraphrased and not actual quotes). Matt Ryan is a great player Jason Garrett began the day discussing how great of a quarterback Matt Ryan is. He noted he’s a prolific passer, he can carry the burden alone if the run games is failing, he uses different receivers, just goes about it the right way. Garrett was full of praise for Ryan. 4-5 is plenty...

Big Blue View

NFC East Roundup: Dallas Rising? Eagles Into the Abyss?

Here’s the need-to-know news around the NFC East for this week. Ezekiel Elliott hurdled the Cowboys back into relevance, at least for another week. The first-place Redskins are “winning ugly,” as coach Jay Gruden put it, but still winning. And the Eagles continue to stare into the abyss known as The Super Bowl Hangover, with one prominent lineman now wondering where the locker room accountability has gone. Welcome to another week in the NFC East. A measure of clarity could come this weekend, as the trio each faces an intriguing matchup. Or, the mediocre division could be mashed up...

Revenge of the Birds

Bill Barnwell (ESPN Insider) Ranks Cardinals as Worst Situation of 10 Teams That Could Fire Their Head Coach

Bill Barnwell’s ranking of the team situations are as follows—-from best to worse: Green Bay Baltimore Seattle Detroit Cleveland New York Jets Denver Dallas Tampa Bay Arizona Here is the link to the E$PN In$ider: With each team, Barnwell lists what he considers to be the team’s biggest strength and biggest weakness. He rates the Cowboys, for example, so low because despite their roster talent (biggest strength) he thinks that “ownership meddling” is their biggest weakness. In the case of the Arizona Cardinals, Barnwell claims the opposite: Biggest strength: ownership...

SportsDay

Falcons coach Dan Quinn: I learned a lot from Cowboys DB coach Kris Richard; 'Not surprised' he's having success in Dallas

FRISCO -- There are similarities with how the Cowboys and Falcons play defense. Both have connections to Seattle.Dan Quinn spent two years as the Seahawks' defensive line coach and then two more as defensive coordinator before becoming the Falcons' head coach in 2015.Cowboys defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator Kris Richard worked with Quinn for three of those years, first as an assistant defensive backs coach and then the DB coach. Richard became Seattle's defensive coordinator when Quinn headed to Atlanta."I learned a lot from him," Quinn said during a Wednesday conference...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

What Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had to say about the Falcons

Here’s what Dallas coach Jason Garrett had to say to the Atlanta media in a conference call on Wednesday:

The Jim Rome Show: What was Jason Garrett thinking?

Jim Rome gives his take on the comments of Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on not attempting to go for it on fourth down.

Pete Carroll Mic'd Up vs. Cowboys "Ref Just Told Me Can You Keep Your Guy From Flexing?" | NFL Films

Listen to Seattle Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll, mic'd up against the Dallas Cowboys during Week 3. #NFLFilms #MicdUp #Seahawks

Cowboys Innovative Trade Formula Changed the Draft | NFL Draft Stories

During the 1990's Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, and head coach, Jimmy Johnson, came up with a draft day trade formula that changed the landscape of professional football.