Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Extreme Makeover For Defensive Line?

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Latest Cowboys headlines: It’s time for ‘Extreme Makeover, Dallas Cowboys defensive line’ edition; No surprise Dallas Cowboys didn't land Jared Allen; Is DE Anthony Spencer part of Cowboys future?

Now it’s time for ‘Extreme Makeover, Dallas Cowboys defensive line’ edition | David Moore, Dallas Morning News
Moore writes that after successfully renovating the offensive line, it's now time for an extreme makeover of the defensive line.

"Yeah you would say it’s similar to that," Garrett said. "We’ve had really good players on the defensive line, like we have really good players on the offensive line. You have to move with it in a different direction."

"We’ve done a very good job as an organization getting younger and finding some cornerstone players on our offensive line. I think about Tyron Smith, I think about Travis Frederick. We feel like those two guys can be cornerstone players for us going forward."

"You try to do the same thing with your defensive line."

2005 NFL Draft do-over: San Francisco 49ers get Aaron Rodgers - NFL.com
Can the Cowboy help themselves with a repeat of the 2005 draft? Bucky Brooks revisits the 2005 draft, and has four Cowboys making the first round: DeMarcus Ware at #2, Marion Barber at #5, Marcus Spears at #19 and Jay Ratliff at #20. 2005 feels like a very long time ago.

Garrett on Ware, Hatcher: ‘You don’t want to build your team with guys based on what they’ve done in the past’ | David Moore, DMN
The Cowboys have not always done a good job of letting declining players go. But that is one of the key tasks the Cowboys have to get right.

"You always want to infuse your team with young talent," Garrett said. "You’re always trying to build your team for now and for going forward. You don’t want to build your team with guys based on what they’ve done in the past. It’s based on what they can do now for your team and what they can do going forward for your team."

No surprise Dallas Cowboys didn't land Jared Allen - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
If the Cowboys weren't going to pay Ware or Peppers, they were not going to pay Allen either, writes Archer, at least not to the tune of $32 million over four years.

Is DE Anthony Spencer part of Cowboys future? | David Moore, DMN
We know the Cowboys are keeping the door open for Spencer, his future really depends on his knee, and if even his agent is pushing back his return to pre-season/regular season, that's probably not a great sign.

"Structurally he is sound,’’ said Jordan Woy, Spencer’s representative. "Now he is building the strength back and conditioning to get ready for the season."

"He would be very limited in OTA’s but from what the doctors are telling us, he should be ready to go by pre-season and regular season."

Jason Garrett: Morris Claiborne needs to become "stronger" | ProFootballTalk
The dreaded B-word is increasingly being used by fans to describe Morris Claiborne. Garrett still hasn't given up hope.

"We got to get Mo healthy," Garrett said, according to a transcript from the Pro Football Writers of America. "We got to get him stronger. And keep giving him chances to go out there and play cause we feel like he has a bright future."

Regarding the decision to start Scandrick, Garrett said: "We are going to play the best guy. Last year we felt like Orlando was playing better than Mo for a lot of the year so that is why he was playing."

Roster Rundown: Weems Has Chance To Make The Jump - Bryan Broaddus, DallasCowboys.com
Broaddus thinks Weems is ready to compete with Jermey Parnell for the role of swing tackle, and may even be an option at guard in the Cowboys' zone blocking scheme.

The hope for the front office and coaching staff is that Weems develops like Ronald Leary and the jump that he was able to make from scout team guard into the starting lineup. If he is able to handle both positions, then his days of being inactive each week will stop. Then he becomes a valuable piece of the 46 man roster on game day. The Cowboys’ OTAs and minicamps will tell you all you need to know about how they feel about Darrion Weems and his future with the club, but it is time for that investment to pay off.

Henry Melton Files Million-Dollar Countersuit Against Grapevine Bar | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Henry Melton has filed a counterclaim for relief of more than $1 million after he was sued by a Grapevine bar owner. This could get interesting.

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Scheduled Visits: Add top pass rusher Anthony Barr to the list of Cowboys pre-draft invites. Also, WR Mike Davis and DE Jackson Jeffcoat will attend Dallas day for local prospects on April 17.

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Security firms watch social media for feisty fans - San Antonio Express-News
Better watch what you're saying online. Security firms tasked with monitoring fan behavior to stop them from rushing the court, threatening a coach or player, or getting rowdy during a big game are increasingly turning to social media as a predictor of whether or not fans will get feisty.

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