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Dallas Cowboys News: Surprising 2011 Re-Draft, Murray As Starter, More

Is DeMarco Murray the steal of the Draft? Gil Brandt thinks so, and believes the Dolphins should have taken him with the 15th pick.
Is DeMarco Murray the steal of the Draft? Gil Brandt thinks so, and believes the Dolphins should have taken him with the 15th pick.

Gil Brandt: If there was a re-draft, two Cowboys rookies would go in the first round -
Brandt suggests that if the draft were re-done today, DeMarco Murray would be a first round pick and the first RB drafted. He also has the Cowboys taking Nate Solder over Tyron Smith because Solder is "ready to play right now," but Tyron would still be a first rounder.

Dallas Cowboys' DeMarco should get bulk of work in split with Felix Jones - ESPN Dallas
Tim MacMahon argues that DeMarco Murray should get bulk of carries, even when Felix Jones returns. The main reason, he says, is that Jones simply isn't a feature back, and the Cowboys drafted him specifically to be the change-of-pace back for Marion Barber:

Tony Romo owns November with a 15-2 career record as a starter - The Dallas Morning News
Let's hope that this stat means something for the next couple of games, because Romo is also 7-10 as a starter in December.

Seattle faces Ware here, there, everywhere - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Ware will present problems for the Seahawks. They've allowed 28 sacks, most in the league, despite already having a bye week. Defending Ware is particularly hard because he lines up all over the place: he has six of his sacks from the left side of the defense and six from the right, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

LB Bradie James on his Cowboys future: "The writing is on the wall'' | Dallas Cowboys Blog | Sports News | News for Dallas, Texas | The Dallas Morning News
Bradie James, Cowboys team captain and the leading tackler for the last six seasons knows that his time in Dallas is likely coming to an end.

"The writing is on the wall,'' said James, who is in the final year of his contract. "As soon as that happens, after the first game, the second game, the writing is on the wall. I'm a big boy, a grown man with a family. I know what time it is.''

James also said that winning is all that matters at this point in his career.

"My biggest thing is we've been here long enough, I just want to win," James said. "I don't care about whether I continue to lead the team in tackles and this or that. What matters is our legacy. We've been here long enough to where we understand that window is closing," James said.

Cowboys feel they are in good hands with Scandrick - Star-Telegram
Orlando Scandrick will start at right cornerback Sunday against the Seahawks. And despite Scandrick playing most of his snaps for the Cowboys as the third corner, Garrett said he considers Scandrick a starter anyway.

"Absolutely he is, and that's just the nature of the position he plays," Garrett said of the nickel back position. "I think everybody in the league considers that nickel back, that third corner, as a starting player, because so many offenses on first and second down and on third down, they get into 11 personnel with three- or four-wide receiver sets and you need that guy out there. You have starters in each of those defensive personnel groups. Some games those guys play a lot. Some guys they play less depending on the team you're playing and the situations that arise."

Will other teams copy the game plan Philadelphia used to demolish the Cowboys' defense? - The Dallas Morning News
Rainer Sabin asks whether Dallas' future opponents will duplicate the Eagles' game plan which used the Cowboys' aggressiveness against them, and argues that until the Cowboys prove they deal with what the Eagles threw at them, other teams will copy Reid's gameplan.

Dallas has chances to recover in NFC East - Tulsa World
Stephen Hawkins writes for the Associated Press that there will be plenty of chances for the Dallas Cowboys to recover in the NFC East. He sees the Cowboys in a three-way scrum for second place in the NFC East, and safety safety Abram Elam concurs:

"If we do what we have to do, everything will take care of itself," Elam said Wednesday. "We're only as good as our next game. If we don't handle our business this Sunday against Seattle, it puts us even further in the hole. All we can do is control what we have in front of us."

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