Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Winter Is Coming

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: It will be a very cold night in Chicago but Jason Witten is going sleeveless anyway, Marinelli uses some interesting teaching devices, and the NFC East is always good for some laughs.

Monday night in Chicago could be Cowboys’ coldest regular season game - Tom Orsborn, Express-News
Orsborn writes that the weather forecast predicts game-time temperatures of 17 degrees. Add a westerly wind of 16 mph and the wind chill could approach zero, making the game possibly the coldest regular season outing in Cowboys’ history.

Jason Witten's fashion statement - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Weather? What weather? Jason Witten is going sleeveless. But he's allowing the other two tight ends to wear sleeves.

"I let them wear them," Witten said. "I’ve gotten soft. But I bust their chops about it, for sure."

Dallas Cowboys defense expected to get huge boost when Sean Lee, aka 'coach on the field,' returns - Rainer Sabin, DMN
The Cowboys may have won the two games Lee sat out with injury, but they're a much better team with Lee on the field. Monte Kiffin and Barry Curch agree.

"He’s a special player," defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said. "When he plays, he plays. He’s sideline to sideline. There’s a lot of different type of Mike backers. But he can do it. He can do it all. He’s like the quarterback of the defense."

"The confidence in our whole defense seems to go up when he’s out there," Church said. "He’s like a coach on the field for us. And also he’s a playmaker out there. He makes huge plays for us in game-clinching moments. Just to have that clutch factor and that playmaker for us it does wonders."

Marinelli uses visual aids to improve Cowboys’ defensive line - Charean Williams, Star-Telegram
Interesting article by Williams in which she details some of Marinelli's teaching tools, including homemade movies known as 'Marinelli Madness', which usually include an animal from the wild attacking its prey.

Recommended reading.

Callahan says Cowboys will keep moving Bryant - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
The Cowboys will continue to move Dez Bryant around the line of scrimmage.

"He’s in every formation and location that you can even think of," Callahan said in his weekly meeting with reporters. "I think a couple of games ago, we targeted him 16 times and he was in just about every imaginable formation you can think of. We’re going to continue to do that, not only with Dez, but with a couple of other guys as well."

Dallas Cowboys see improvement on third downs - ESPN Dallas
The Cowboys are 11-of-24 on third downs over their last two games. That's not great, but much better than the 8-for-36 they put together in the three-game stretch before that.

"Right, you always want to win first and second down to stay out of (long) third downs," Bill Callahan said. "And if you can do that and I think we did that a few times in the Raiders game I really believe it lends to a better rhythm. Lends to a better flow not only for the players but for the play-caller and everybody else involved. Again, we really worked hard on that aspect to improve and again, we've been fortunate to improve that and hope we can do it again on Monday night."

ESPN Chicago picks: Cowboys at Bears - ESPN Chicago
The ESPN Chicago writesr favor the Cowboys 9-2. Two quotes that stand out:

Tom Waddle: Sometimes this game is about confidence and momentum. The Cowboys have a little of both. The Bears have neither.

Michael Wright: Even though the Cowboys aren't running the ball well, the Bears will make DeMarco Murray look like the second coming of Barry Sanders.

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Eagles have snow problem with Lions - Courier-Post
And the "Bad Pun of The Week" award goes to ...

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Instant Analysis: Loss shows all that is wrong with the Giants - Big Blue View
Ed Valentine writes that the Giants can't go forward continuing to try to fool themselves into believing they are a championship-caliber team undone by injuries or bad breaks.

When does Eli Manning's two Super Bowl trophies start to look like ancient history? - Newsday
How long can Eli hang on to two Super Bowl rings?

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Mike Shanahan’s days with the Washington Redskins are numbered - The Washington Post
The Redskins will have a new coach next season, if not sooner - and it’s now clear that's good.

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