Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Creative Offense, Healthy Defense?

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Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: It may be time for the Cowboys offense to get creative, the defense is slowly getting healthy again, and the Cowboys make some roster moves.

Dallas Cowboys must alter blueprint in final six games - David Moore, DMN
Morre argues that the Cowboys offense has been "too democratic", and that the Cowboys need to find a way to force the ball to their playmakers, which could help Romo and the team regain their "swagger."

Time for Dallas Cowboys offense to be creative - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer argues that the Cowboys need to get a little more creative in how they use their players on offense.

The Cowboys' answer to double-teams of Bryant and Witten are [sic] to throw it to somebody else. That's a win for the defense. Who would they rather see have the ball, Bryant or Witten, or Williams? If Williams is not winning on one-on-one coverage, then Romo is forced to create on his own.

The Cowboys answers to double-teams have to be about making it harder for teams to double Witten and Bryant. Putting them together on the same side of the formation helps. Putting Bryant in motion more would help.

Garrett More Involved With Offense; No Changes Expected - Nick Eatman, DallasCowboys.com
Garrett told the press that he doesn’t anticipate making big changes on offense. At the same time, he was noticeably more involved in the offense during practice than he was earlier in the season.

"I was down there a little more the last couple of days," Garrett said. "I typically move all over the practice field and just dive in and coach, help out, do what I can do to make our team better."

Garrett: Mental break also beneficial part of bye week - Rainer Sabin, DMN
Garrett explains that the break was beneficial not just from a physical point of view.

"But I think there’s a mental part of it as well, to kind of get away from it," Garrett said. "Last week was really a two-day week for the players. You practiced once, so it hopefully gives you a chance to get refreshed and recharged. We had a good practice on Wednesday. We had another good practice this morning."

Cowboys’ Dez Bryant hopes the return of Miles Austin serves as an early Christmas present. - Charean Williams, Star-Telegram
Dallas, 4-1 with Austin in the lineup, hopes the receiver's return opens up the passing game.

"You put a smile on my face saying that," Bryant said of Austin’s return. "It’s going to be great. It’s going to be outstanding. You’ve got Terrance Williams. You’ve got Jason Witten. You’ve got Miles Austin. You’ve got me. You’ve got Cole Beasley. What more can you ask for?"

Dez Bryant shrugs off JPP’s ‘blood’ lust - New York Post
Jason Pierre-Paul warned the Cowboys that there was going to be "a lot of blood spilled." Enter Dez Bryant, career diplomat:

"We’re just going to go out there and play our game," Bryant said. "All we focus on is the way we prepare and get ready for games. We’re going to go out there and give it our all. We aren’t worried about proving anybody wrong. We’re just trying to go out there and play some ball, some great football and try to execute the plays we practice on each and every day in practice."

Bruce Carter takes over the defense - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Bruce Carter will continue playing weakside linebacker, but will take over the signal-calling duties for the defense.

Bruce Carter says he will be more relaxed now that he is on the field full-time again - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Carter is looking forward to staying on the field for the duration of the game:

"When you are in and out, you don’t have a focus or tempo for the game because you are coming in and out," he said. "When you are in there, you can feel the tempo when you are playing well. You can kind of sense things. Going in and out was kind of frustrating."

Dallas Cowboys' D slowly getting healthy - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer expects DeMarcus Ware and Morris Claiborne to participate in the Cowboys' next scheduled practice on Wednesday. Jason Hatcher and J.J. Wilcox already were full participants on Monday.

1-On-1 With Sean Lee: How Cowboys Star Is Healing His Hammy - Mike Fisher, CBS DFW
Fisher details the many different ways in which Sean Lee is trying to rehab his hamstring injury, among them a compression boot, regenerative laser treatment, and a hyperbaric chamber. Says Lee:

"I’m exploring every avenue possible to come back as fast as possible. … The only thought I have is to be in as control of the situation as I can and to do everything I can to overcome whatever the problem is.’’

Wilcox says time away gave him chance to study more film, connect with mental side of the game - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
J.J. Wilcox says he benefited from the time off he had due to his injury.

"It helped with the mental aspect of the game," he said Monday at Valley Ranch. "I studied a lot more film. I was able to understand the weakness. I was able to understand the mental aspect."

Cowboys work out veteran LBs - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Jamar Chaney and Jonathan Goff worked out for the Cowboys yesterday. Both have previously played for NFC East teams, and with three more divisional games on the Cowboys' schedule, Archer concludes that " it can’t be a coincidence that both players have NFC East ties".

DE Hall Davis cut from their practice squad, SMU LB Taylor Reed added - Brandon George, DMN
The Cowbooys made some roster moves on the practice squad, bringing back Taylor Reed who had been with the team in training camp.

Jerry Jones Selected for Prestigious Horatio Alger Award, Class of 2014 - abc27 WHTM
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, today announced that Jerral (Jerry) Wayne Jones Sr. will be inducted as a Member of this prestigious Association next spring. Since its inception in 1947, this annual award has recognized exceptional leaders - all with a commitment to philanthropy and higher education - who have overcome significant personal challenges to achieve success.

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