Cowboys article roundup

I'm glad to see Jason Ferguson get his own article in the paper. I've been pumping his play since the preseason this year. He's a big reason our run defense is so stout. In a 3-4 defense, stopping the run all starts with the NT, he has to be able to hold his ground while getting pounded by two offensive linemen. If your NT can't do that, teams will run all over you up the gut. But Ferguson wasn't always on solid ground with Parcells, early on it looked like he might not make it.

After a couple of bone-headed plays, Parcells told Ferguson that if he kept it up, he'd be back home in Mississippi.

"I called my mom and said, 'I don't think this guy likes me. I may be home real soon,'" Ferguson said. "I didn't know that when he's on you, he likes you."


Good thing Parcells hit him with the figurative bat.
He leads Cowboys defensive linemen with 26 tackles, leads the team with three tackles for losses, and has a quarterback pressure and a pass defended.

Unlike last season when he played on a sprained ankle suffered in minicamp, he's fine now and able to throw around his 310-pound body. He also no longer has to split time with tackle La'Roi Glover, who signed with the St. Louis Rams in the off-season.

"First of all, La'Roi is good," Ferguson said. "He got paid for a reason. So there was that. I just couldn't get warm or into a rhythm."


Here's the money quote:
"You see him, and guys aren't moving him at all. And he's usually getting hit by two, sometimes three linemen every snap," defensive end Chris Canty said. "When guys push on him, he doesn't move."

Somebody make a Starbucks' run, quick. T.O. can't stay awake.

Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens is falling asleep in team meetings, most recently on Thursday.

Owens told the Cowboys he had a sleeping problem before he signed with the team in the spring.


Umm...OK. Jerry what do you think?
"Those are personal health issues, and we all have them in varying ways. I don't say that as though it's something that's irritating at all," said Jones, who said such things aren't discussed with those outside the team."

Pretty non-committal by Jones.  
Owens said he's not making light of the situation, which he said bothers passing game coordinator Todd Haley.

"Todd is a big stickler, and he kind of got offended," Owens said. "That's one of his pet peeves about not sleeping in a meeting. I talked to him one-on-one and said, 'I'm not trying to fall asleep. I've always been like that.' "


Look, there's a Starbucks on every corner in America, let's get an endorsement contract set up that keeps Owens in the black, coffee that is. Kind of like Kramer's deal on Seinfeld.

All you ever wanted to know about our stud punter Mat McBriar. Not only can he kick, but he's kind of funny.

The bitterness and hurt can be heard in Mat McBriar's voice. The Dallas Cowboys punter has not been able to move past the rejection.

As one of the most famous Australians living abroad, McBriar can't let go of the fact that he was not invited to the wedding of fellow Aussies Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban this past summer in Sydney.

"I don't think they had my right address. Maybe that's what they're saying," he said. "I don't like to talk about it."

The scar is deep. Almost as deep as his decision not to accept the job as the original Crocodile Hunter, rather than the late Steve Irwin.

"I can't believe I turned it down," McBriar said. "It was between me and Steve. I thought, 'That will never work. The Discovery Channel? Who watches that?'"

Washington DC Gregg Williams talks about planning for Tony Romo in this article. It also looks like the Skins defense will finally be fully healthy for a game this season.

Williams was more relieved that for the first time since training camp, the Redskins would play with their projected starting lineup. Shawn Springs and Carlos Rogers will start at cornerback, and defensive tackles Cornelius Griffin and even a sore Joe Salave'a are expected to start. Over the past month, Salave'a has fought strains in both calves and has been inactive for three of the seven games. Griffin says he has recovered from a strained hip flexor that left him inactive for the past two games.

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