Gosselin: By NFL quarterbacking standards, Tony Romo has been darn near perfect - DMN
Tony Romo has eight total turnovers through twelve games (seven interceptions, one fumble lost), the second lowest number among the 20 quarterbacks who have started each game this season. Rick Gosselin is suitably impressed:
Romo has been ultra-protective of the football this season. Maybe he’s put the days of his five- (Chicago, 2012), four- (Giants, 2012) and three-interception (Washington, 2012) games behind him.
If so, the Cowboys have a chance this month to accomplish something they have not done since 2009 — win an NFC East title. If so, Romo may be more deserving of a Pro Bowl invitation than any previous season when his arm was the story.
Stephen Jones: Look for several roster moves this week from Cowboys - DMN
The DMN transcribed part of an interview Stephen Jones have to KRLD-FM. Here's an excerpt:
On if the Dallas Cowboys will make any roster moves this week, especially with the loss of running back Lance Dunbar:
Jones: "Yes I see us making several moves. We obviously lost (quarterback Alex) Tanney and we may choose to go with some help — getting healthy in the linebacking corps. We may make a change on that practice-squad spot, but I could see us making three or four moves this week… I could certainly see a situation where we might replace Dunbar or a different type of player. But we’ll see how it goes. We’re going to have some guys in here working out (Tuesday). (We’re) getting a good chance to rest our players after a really crazy five days. We really don’t have our first real practice until Thursday and so they’ll be doing some lifting and some things around here, but playing a Monday game, we won’t get into our normal workweek until Thursday."
Football gods might finally give the Cowboys a break - Clarence Hill, Star-Telegram
Hill writes that with several injured players back for the last four games and a final schedule that doesn’t appear as daunting as originally thought, fortune may be smiling on the Cowboys this year.
Sean Lee still making his presence felt - 'just in another body,' says DeMarcus Ware - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
DeMarcus Ware said Lee remains a big presence, particularly in coaching his replacements like Ernie Sims.
"When you have guys like Lee still in there, in the meeting rooms, still teaching Ernie what to do – everybody in this league is athletic – but if you can instill what you do mentally first, especially like Sean Lee, he’s showing them so many things and what to key on, and they’ve gotten better," Ware said after the Thanksgiving Day victory against Oakland. "He’s still there, but just in another person’s body, of Ernie’s or whatever."
Has Kyle Wilber Finally Found His Niche In Dallas? - Blogging The Boys
Playing strongside linebacker, Kyle Wilber had seven tackles against the Giants and added a quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery against Oakland. The 2012 fourth-round draft pick, who has struggled at defensive end, may have found his spot as the SAM linebacker. Dawn Macelli looks at what this could mean for the team going forward.
Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley delivering in big situations - Rainer Sabin, DMN
Looks like the Cowboys' go-to-guy on 3rd down is now Cole Beasley: Sabin writes that Beasley has been targeted 15 times and caught 11 passes for 124 yards, and has proven to be more effective in that situation than either Jason Witten or Dez Bryant.
Loyalty led Rod Marinelli to Cowboys - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
When he spoke with the media during the Cowboys bye week, Marinelli re-emphasized the importance he places on loyalty.
"I'll say this, he was one of my very best friends," Marinelli said of Lovie Smith. "I went there because of him, not for any other reason. We had a long tenure together and I believe in him. I've started this thing off about my beliefs, being old fashioned or whatever, I have a strong belief in what he believes in and I liked it. For me, it's got to be that or I struggle. I never want to not do it with all my heart. For me, that was Lovie's defense."
Dallas Cowboys DL coach Rod Marinelli wrestled a bear once...seriously - DMN
In 1966 Rod Marinelli wrestled "Victor the Bear" at a car dealership in California. This is a story you absolutely have to read.
It's December. Will Tony Romo's form change with the calendar? - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Watkins pulls out the old "Romo in December" meme.
This dude has a different perspective on Romo's December numbers... http://t.co/K9icJBo2yB— Jean-Jacques Taylor (@JJT_ESPNDallas) December 2, 2013
Cutler: ‘I want to play’, but availability against Cowboys remains unclear - Chicago Sun-Times
A week after saying it was his goal to play against the Cowboys on "Monday Night Football," Cutler seemed more cautious about his high-ankle sprain, saying he still has to "go through some stuff" and a "scenario" with team doctors. The Bears return to practice on Thursday, but Coach Marc Trestman was non-committal on whether Cutler would practice.
Potential 2014 Salary Cap Cuts - Over the Cap
OTC Reviews players who could be in danger of being cut next year and what their cap savings would be. Kyle Orton (1 M), Phil Costa (1.5 M) and Jermey Parnell (1.5 M) make the list for the Cowboys.
NFP Sunday Blitz: Mike Shanahan's time may be up - National Football Post
Fact #1: Shanahan is facing a third double-digit defeat season in four seasons with the Redskins. Fact #2: Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has never been known as a patient man. Draw your own conclusions.
2014 NFL Draft: Pass rushers steal spotlight in Palmetto Bowl - CBSSports.com
Rob Rang writes that during Saturday night's Palmetto Bowl rivalry game between South Carolina and Clemson, NFL scouts had their eyes glued on the line of scrimmage, where they were watching South Carolina's DE Jadeveon Clowney (1 sack) and DT Kelcy Quarles (3 sacks), as well as Clemson's DE Vic Beasley (2 sacks, 1 FF). The Cowboys only have one player from either school on their roster (DeVonte Holloman); how would one more grab you?
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