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Yes, there are things to talk about other than Keith Davis, although a story like that cannot be ignored. But back in the football world, FOX Sports has a preview of the Cowboys going into training camp. The writer trots out the tired line about Terrell Owens not catching 100 balls in this offense. Gee, let's look it up, only one time in his whole career has he caught 100 passes in a season, and in that year it was exactly 100. So why is it that not catching 100 in Dallas such an issue? Because reporters are lazy and are going by a remark Bill Parcells made in a press conference that was clearly meant for effect, not for accuracy.

Anyway, the author does do a pretty good job breaking down the offensive line issues.

Terrell Owens can help by getting open faster and drawing double teams to eliminate eight-man fronts. But at some point the offensive line is going to have to stand up on its own, especially if the Cowboys are going to realize their Super Bowl dreams. The Cowboys hope that the line will be better with the return of left tackle Flozell Adams from injury, the return to health of guard Marco Rivera and the addition of Jason Fabini at right tackle.

But there are some unknowns that could rock this group. Kyle Kosier might be younger and more athletic than the departed Larry Allen at left guard. He still might not be a better player. Al Johnson and Andre Gurode are still fighting to hold their own at center. This is crucial because up the middle protection is key for the immobile Drew Bledsoe. That is where teams concentrate most of their pressure and blitzes. The Cowboys have to be strong up the middle. Kosier needs to prove he is worthy of replacing Allen. And either Johnson or Gurode has to step up. The Cowboys are already excited that Rivera is way ahead of where he was last year at this point when he was rehabbing from offseason back surgery and never quite got back into shape.

That's as accurate an analysis as I've seen, especially the part about Kyle Kosier and the problems of protection up the middle.

This article takes a look at Drew Bledsoe by using statistics, and comes to some interesting conclusions. The final paragraph:

In football, perhaps more than any other sport, personal glory means less in the public consciousness that the golden ring of a championship title. A true football immortal brings home a title. Paradoxically, a smaller, tighter year statistically might be exactly what Bledsoe needs on his résumé. Optimistic Cowboy backers should look to the 1997-1998 version of John Elway and his Broncos, seasons in which the QB's stats took a slight dip but, supplemented with adequate running and strong D, garnered the man two Super Bowl rings.

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