Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Will Redskins Cure Ailing Cowboys?

Ronald Martinez

Saturday morning Cowboys headlines for your reading pleasure.

Rebuilding of offensive line paying off for Dallas Cowboys - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
For all the things that have gone wrong for the Cowboys this year, the offensive line is something they got right.

"It’s a hard thing to do," Garrett said. "It started with Tyron Smith, it continued with some other decisions that we’ve made. And then certainly Travis Frederick came into the mix this offseason and has helped us. You need to have young, cornerstone players on your offensive line, and we’ve gone through that process over the last couple of years. I think we’re getting where we need to be."

Now if only the Cowboys can replicate that approach for their defensive line.

Is Tyron Smith's Improved Play Deserving of Pro Bowl Invite? Rowan Kavner, DallasCowboys.com
Bill Callahan is the latest voice to bring up Pro Bowl consideration for Tyron Smith:

"I’ve had some really good tackles in my career, and he ranks right up there," says offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. "He’s played at, I think, a Pro Bowl level on many occasions. He’s become more consistent in his play, and he’s gone against some of the best pass rushers in the league. To his credit, he’s worked tremendously hard. He’s deserving of anything that comes his way. I certainly hope that the fans and people who follow the NFL vote him as a player to represent the NFC in the Pro Bowl."

Dallas Week: 5 Questions with Blogging the Boys - Hogs Haven
Dave Halprin answers questions about the Cowboys on the Redskins' blog. If you head over there, remember to troll responsibly.

Tony Romo is not the Dallas Cowboys’ biggest problem - Washington Post
Sally Jenkins writes that asking for understanding for Tony Romo is like asking for a tax cut for the rich, and then goes on to make a case for why Romo is a superior quarterback. Very enjoyable read that even manages to squeeze in a reference to the insufferable progeny of some country music dude:

There are at least three good reasons why the Cowboys have lost seven games this season that have nothing to do with Romo: a defense that couldn’t stop Miley Cyrus from undressing, brainless play-calling, and receivers who blow routes.

Scout’s Notebook: Time For Offense To Fully Lean On Dez - Brian Broaddus, DallasCowboys.com
Yep.

Dallas Cowboys ready for anything from Washington Redskins - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer writes that the Redskins might have a lot of trickeration in store for the Cowboys, and the Cowboys need to be ready to play a team that has nothing left to play for, but also has nothing left to lose.

Tom Sorensen’s NFL picks: Redskins will cure ailing Cowboys - Charlotte Observer

People talk about teams nobody wants to play. The Redskins are the team everybody wants to play. Dallas 35, Washington 27

Sean Lee, Morris Claiborne hope Week 17 matters - ESPN Dallas
Lee and Claiborne won't play tomorrow, but they could be back for the season finale against the Eagles.

Jason Witten set to become NFL’s iron man - Charean Williams, Star-Telegram
Washington's London Fletcher is set to retire after this season, which would leave Jason Witten' 169 consecutive games played as the longest active streak in the NFL

DC Cheerleaders To Air "Making The Calendar" Program Dec. 21 - DallasCowboys.com
You may think you have more important things to do tonight, but you don't. A behind the scenes look at the making of the squad’s 2014 swimsuit calendar will air tonight at 8 p.m. on KTXA CBS in Dallas.

Agent's Take: Worst salary caps? Cowboys, Saints, Steelers lead way - CBSSports.com
Former agent Joel Corry examines the three teams -- Cowboys, Saints, Steelers -- with the worst salary-cap situations heading into the offseason and what moves can be made by each club. For the Cowboys, Corry argues that a handful of restructurings will significantly lower the cap, but that the team faces tough decisions about DeMarcus Ware and Miles Austin.

If Cowboys beat Redskins, expect Dallas-Philadelphia season finale to flex to Sunday Night Football - Barry Horn, DMN
Horn expects a quick announcement once the Cowboys beat the Redskins.

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