Bill Callahan's play calling should maximize Tony Romo and Co. - NFL.com
How will the Dallas Cowboys perform on offense with Bill Callahan calling plays? Bucky Brooks believes the accomplished coordinator can transform Tony Romo into a bona fide MVP candidate.
Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee tantalizes in practice - Dan Graziano, ESPN NFC East Blog
Dan Graziano looks at Sean Lee's performance in camp:
"This is why there is hope for Cowboys fans who wonder whether their team can make the leap from almost-good-enough to playoff team. This is why Stephen Jones can say with a straight face he believes the Cowboys can contend for a championship. Because there are quite a few players on this Cowboys roster who have the opportunity to elevate them from good to great. Lee is one of them. For the defense, he's probably the most important one. He's the kind of talent, leader and be-everywhere-at-once game-changing playmaker who can make this Cowboys' defense an excellent one. "
Cowboys receivers coach Derek Dooley: Dez Bryant 'blessed with rare talent' - DMN
Wide receivers coach Derek Dooley said Bryant is "blessed with rare talent" on 103.3 FM on Thursday, and adds an important qualifier:
"But as we all know there's talented people all over this world that never reach their potential and that's our goal, it's to get him the best he can be, and really we'll never know that until we see it."
Callahan Moving To Coaches’ Booth To Call Plays This Season - David Helman, DallasCowboys.com
We've known it for a while, now Helman confirms it in writing on the mothership: Callahan will call plays from the booth.
Cowboys impressed by how well and how quickly Travis Frederick picked things up - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
The Cowboys walked away from the spring practices sold on new center Travis Frederick’s football intelligence, writes Mendez.
“You tell him one time, and he gets it,” OL coach Bill Callahan said. “He may err on occasion, but he’s not a repetitive error guy. He’s not going to make the same mistake twice. He listens, he learns. He understands the situations that he’s in and he can fix it on the move. He can rectify them pretty quick. So it’s been a real positive from that sense.”
Handing out Cowboys offseason awards - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer runs down the best performers from the six practices that were open to the media, and hands out eight awards, including the appropriately titled "Best player, offense (not named Dez)".
Eight in the Box: Biggest questions - Dan Graziano, ESPN NFC East Blog
Graziano looks at the major question facing each team in the NFC East after OTAs and minicamp. For the Cowboys it comes down to the offensive line:
"So the questions are whether first-round pick Travis Frederick can step right in as an upgrade at center, whether Ronald Leary can seize one of the starting guard spots (or one of the incumbents can improve enough to hold him off) and whether Doug Free can play at something near his 2010 level at right tackle. If the answers to these questions are positive, the Cowboys are capable of big things. "
Cowboys shuffle scouting staff - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
The Cowboys will promote Will McClay to assistant director of player personnel and named Tom Ciskowski the director of scouting. Hidden in the body of the article is this little nugget:
"According to sources, the Cowboys denied Cleveland and Kansas City permission to speak with McClay about front-office jobs in those organizations this offseason."
Last offseason, Tom Ciskowski interviewed for the vacant GM job in Indianapolis, and at the end of last season, Cowboys general counsel Alec Scheiner accepted the job of Cleveland Browns president. Now we hear McClay was being recruited by two teams. This may not fit the prevalent "Jerry sucks" narrative, and proponents of that simplistic point of view may find this objectionable, but the these personnel moves confirm what we've known for quite a while: the Cowboys front office and personnel people are highly regarded around the league.
The 16 Worst Coaches In Modern NFL History - Deadspin
Enjoyable read by Deadspin. Their list includes not one, not two, but three former Philadelphia Eagles head coaches in Buddy Ryan, Marion Campbell, and Rich Kotite. It also includes three former college head coaches who failed spectacularly at the NFL level in Steve Spurrier, Lou Holtz, and Bobby Petrino. Draw your own conclusions about today's situation in Philly.