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Dallas looking at Georgia QB Aaron Murray

The Dallas Cowboys have three quarterbacks on their roster and expect to keep it that way when the 2014 regular season begins. However, it doesn’t mean the Cowboys won’t look at some quarterbacks. Team officials are in Athens, Ga., on Wednesday looking at University of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. Among the officials in attendance is Cowboys’ quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson. There is no expectation the Cowboys will draft Murray in the later rounds of next month’s draft, but the team is doing its due diligence, much like it did two years ago with Brandon Weeden.

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Reviewing the Cowboys’ drafts: 2011

IRVING, Texas -- Day 3 of reviewing the Dallas Cowboys’ past five drafts continues today with the Class of 2011. If you want our thoughts on the 2009 and 2010 drafts, click here and here. First-round pick: Tyron Smith (No. 9 overall) Number of picks: 8 How they did: In Jason Garrett’s first full season as head coach they did something Jerry Jones never did before: selected an offensive lineman in the first round. In Tyron Smith, they have one of the best left tackles in football.

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Coaching background helps Will McClay

IRVING, Texas -- One element I was not able to work into Tuesday’s feature on Dallas Cowboys assistant director of player personnel Will McClay was his coaching background. He was a defensive coordinator for five Arena Football League teams, including the Dallas Desperados, and served as the Desperados head coach from 2004-08. At the NFL scouting combine in February, coach Jason Garrett said McClay’s background as a coach is helpful, but noted a number of the scouts have a coaching background.

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In Will McClay, Cowboys will be covered

IRVING, Texas -- There is a Herm Edwards story that keeps coming back to Will McClay, especially now. The story is from more than 10 years ago, when Edwards was coach of the New York Jets. As a boy, Edwards' father made him sweep the back patio of their house. When Edwards was done, his father went out back, saw the pile his son made and immediately went to the corners. They were untouched. The message that stuck with McClay when he first heard the story was simple: Details matter.

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Dominik calls CB a 'hidden' Cowboys need

IRVING, Texas -- ESPN Insider Mark Dominik was the general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-13. He spent 19 years with the Buccaneers and his time coincided with Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and assistant head coach/defense Monte Kiffin. He knows what they want in draft prospects, so it was interesting to note that Dominik has cornerback among the Cowboys’ hidden draft needs in this Insider piece. Here’s what he said: Dallas Cowboys: Cornerback The Cowboys have acquired three cornerbacks of note over the past two years in Brandon Carr, Morris...

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Is Tony Romo too close to Jason Garrett?

Former Cowboys defensive end and new SEC Network football analyst Marcus Spears had an interesting comment Monday night on Twitter that sparked debate on the social media site. It also prompted a written piece by Spears on the Dallas Morning News' website in which he questioned the perception of the relationship between Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo. During the NCAA men's basketball National Championship game, Romo, Garrett, Jason Witten and DeMarco Murray were seen in Jerry Jones' suite watching UConn-Kentucky along with former presidents Bill Clinton and...

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Cowboys like Marinelli's personal touch

The Cowboys enjoy having a veteran coaching staff, and almost at the top of that is defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. The veteran coach develops close relationships with the defensive players, particularly the linemen. Last season, Marinelli placed notes in the lockers of his starting defensive linemen and gave them nicknames which encourage them to get sacks. Jason Hatcher was called "Big Daddy," DeMarcus Ware was "Long Arms," George Selvie the "Bricklayer," and Nick Hayden was the "Golden Cock" based on what he described concerning his positioning on the defensive line.

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On Wisconsin? Tony Romo reveals Final Four rooting interest

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, left, and quarterback Tony Romo, center, cheer on the Mustangs during the California Bears vs. the SMU Mustangs NIT Round 3 game at Moody Coliseum in Dallas on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. (Louis DeLuca/Dallas …

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Cowboys injuries part of 8-8 seasons

It’s been four seasons since the Cowboys made the playoffs. In Jason Garrett’s first three seasons as coach, the team has finished 8-8, missing the playoffs after losing in the regular-season finale. Injuries have played a part in some of those losses. Last year, Tony Romo and Sean Lee missed the regular-season finales. The year before, the Cowboys didn’t have Lee, and Dez Bryant suffered a back injury in the loss at Washington.

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Jason Garrett sticks with the process

Jason Garrett is a man who deals with the process. His process is work hard today, tomorrow and next week. Garrett’s stance on building a football program hasn’t changed. It never will. Garrett is a man who understands history. When he first became coach of the Dallas Cowboys he brought back the Blue and White scrimmage in training camp. Now the previous coach, Wade Phillips, had training camp scrimmages, but Garrett knew the significance of calling it ‘Blue and White’ because that’s what Tom Landry called it.

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Dez Bryant becomes the veteran

Jason Garrett was asked about the Cowboys' desire to obtain a veteran wide receiver this offseason. The head coach was quick to point out the team already has one: No. 88. "We consider Dez Bryant a veteran receiver," Garrett said. "He's played a lot of games for us and played at a very high level. He's certainly a strong veteran presence for us." At the tender age of 25, Bryant finished 2013 with 13 touchdowns and 1,233 receiving yards. In comparison, Cincinnati's A.

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Garrett says it's not easy to be coached by Rod Marinelli, but players buy in to how he coaches them

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said it’s not easy to play for new defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, but Marinelli makes it work because he builds relationships with the players. “It’s a hard day’s work. In a really good way,” Garrett said...

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The end of Jerry and Jimmy

This has been a year of anniversaries around the Cowboys. It's the 25-year anniversary of Jerry Jones buying the team and today is the 20th anniversary of the departure of coach Jimmy Johnson after two Super Bowl titles. Jones was asked about his thoughts on the anniversary. "It's so funny," Jones began. "In the NFL, and I'll show you guys one of these days, the agreement and show you guys the dynamics behind the agreement, ya'll need to see that.

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Garrett on why he's focusing on defense this year: 'We have to do a better job in that area'

Head coach Jason Garrett said he has to give attention to the defense this year because the Cowboys have to play better in that area. “The best teams in this league, they play better defense than we played,” he said...

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Garrett talks corners: they're a strength, but Claiborne needs to get better, get healthy

The Cowboys still need Morris Claiborne to develop as a player and get healthy, coach Jason Garrett said. “We feel like he is a guy who is very talented and still needs to grow and develop,” Garrett said at the...

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No pro days for Jason Garrett

During this portion of the offseason you normally see head coaches visit various colleges and universities checking out prospective draft picks at pro days. Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett isn't one of them. Since taking over as head coach in 2011, Garrett has attended just two pro days, one at USC where the team eventually drafted tackle Tyron Smith and at Alabama. The Cowboys didn't draft anyone from Alabama despite Garrett's close relationship with coach Nick Saban.

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Garrett says Cowboys wants to build team based on players' present and future, not past, performance

The Cowboys are operating in free agency with an approach to paying for the future instead of the past. That was the message coach Jason Garrett delivered in explaining an offseason in which the Cowboys allowed their top two defensive...

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Cowboys signing a veteran receiver? Garrett says, 'We consider Dez Bryant a veteran receiver'

Asked if the Cowboys are considering bringing in a veteran receiver in free agency, Jason Garrett said, “We consider Dez Bryant a veteran receiver.” The Cowboys coach said Bryant, now the most-tenured receiver on the roster with the release of...

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Cowboys want to pick a defensive line spot soon for Tyrone Crawford, Garrett says

Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys are going to try to pick a position soon for Tyrone Crawford, who missed all of last season because of a torn Achilles tendon suffered in the first practice of training camp. “That is...

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Jason Garrett: We’ve played well on offense, we just have to improve our defense

In Jason Garrett’s three full seasons as head coach, the Dallas Cowboys have steadily declined on defense. They ranked 14th defensively in 2011, 16th in 2012 and 32nd last season. On the other side of the ball, the side Garrett …

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Jones: Another playoff miss won’t cost Garrett his job

The owner says the Dallas head coach is more capable than ever.Texas DE Jackson Jeffcoat hopes to continue following in his fathers cleat marksJerry Jones says another playoff miss by Cowboys in 2014 wont cost Jason Garrett his jobFollow Charean Williams on TwitterFollow Clarence Hill Jr. on TwitterFollow Carlos A. Mendez on TwitterCowboys Corner blog

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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett: “You don’t want to build your team with guys based on what they’ve done in the past.”

Jason Garrett has great respect for DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher. He talks about his love of both players. But the Cowboys coach said one of the biggest challenges an organization faces is recognizing when it’s time to let key …

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Extreme makeover, Cowboys edition: defensive line.

When Jason Garrett entered his first full season as the Cowboys head coach the first item on his to-do list was the offensive line. Renovation remains, but the club is much better off there than when Garrett took over midway …

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Cowboys want to get younger

ORLANDO, Fla. -- On the last day of the NFL owners meetings, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett talked about his team becoming younger. While it's good to have experience, Garrett said the league has always been geared for the younger talent. When asked if the Cowboys would seek a veteran receiver, Garrett said Dez Bryant was a veteran and he even mentioned Terrance Williams, entering his second season, as a Day 1 starter for 2014. Garrett didn't know the average age of the roster, mainly because it's still being finalized, but not re-signing 30 something defensive linemen DeMarcus Ware and Jason...

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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett remains steadfast as he enters final year of his contract

Jerry Jones downplays the fact that his head coach is in the final year of his contract. Jason Garrett tells reporters that the two sides haven’t really discussed an extension and his focus is in the moment. That’s fine _ for the moment. …

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Garrett defends decision to cut ties with Ware, Hatcher

SAN ANTONIO – Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett stressed Wednesday that the NFL is a young man’s game, saying that the decision to part ways with aging defensive linemen DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher was colored by the belief that “you always want to infuse your team with young talent.” “You’re always trying to build […]

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Jason Garrett not focused on contract

ORLANDO, Fla. -- On Tuesday morning, Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said coach Jason Garrett's job is not on the line. Garrett is in the final year of his contract, and if anything, Jones said he and Garrett are shoulder-to-shoulder in decisions and he's confident 2014 will become better. Tuesday afternoon at the NFL owners meetings, Garrett said he's glad to not only be on the same page with Jones, but he's not worried about his contract status.

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Garrett: Ware is one of the best ever

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Cowboys made the difficult decision to let go of their franchise sack leader, DeMarcus Ware, two weeks ago. The Cowboys decided they couldn't afford the salary-cap hit ($16 million in 2014), and while coach Jason Garrett called Ware one of the best players in franchise history, he understood the reasons for cutting Ware loose. "DeMarcus Ware is one of the best players the franchise has ever had," Garrett told ESPNDallas Tuesday afternoon from the NFL owners meetings.