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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: "Special Year" For Cowboys, Barry Church Is Back, More

In our review of Dallas Cowboys headlines, we look at why Orlando Scandrick believes 2013 could be a "special year" for the Cowboys, congratulate Barry Church on his comeback from injury and scratch our heads about which coaching tree Jason Garrett shows up on.

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Orlando Scandrick sees 'special year' if Cowboys play as they should - DMN
According to Stats Llc., Orlando Scandrick allowed an elite-level burn rate of only 39.3% in the eleven games he played in last year, allowing only 11 completions on 28 passes thrown his way. Scandrick is looking to build on that performance for the 2013 season and believes it's going to "be a very special year" for the Cowboys if every player would perform up to his potential.

Barry Church picks up where left off - ESPN Dallas
Barry Church won the starting job with a dominant performance in training camp last year, but his season was cut short by a torn Achilles after only three games. He was cleared for full offseason activities just last week, and he plans to pick up exactly where he left off:

"I definitely feel like the job’s mine to lose and I don’t plan on losing it," Church said.

Five NFL scheme changes to watch: Defense -
Marc Sessler takes a cursory look at five teams that are changing defenses: The Cowboys are moving to a 4-3, the Saints, Eagles and Browns are moving to a 3-4 based scheme, and the Jaguars are moving to a Seattle-type hybrid defense under new head coach and former Seahawks DC Gus Bradley.

The Sid Gillman coaching tree - ESPN is running a series on the greatest coaches in NFL history and yesterday examined Sid Gillman's coaching tree and legacy. And look who they had gracing the cover art for the article:


Things get decidedly murky after that, as ESPN shows Jason Garrett as a member of the Bum and Wade Phillips coaching tree. While that may be technically accurate in that Jason Garrett was an assistant coach under Wade Phillips and then went on to become a head coach, the reality is that Jason Garrett is philosophically much better located on the Nick Saban coaching tree.

Bears to Retire Ditka's Jersey During Cowboys Game - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Ditka played the first six NFL seasons in Chicago, and played the last four seasons of a twelve-year career in Dallas, where he also started his coaching career. Ditka was hired by Tom Landry as an assistant immediately after ending his playing career and spent nine season working on Landry's coaching staff before moving back to Chicago to lead the Bears in 1982. It is only fitting, and a nice gesture, that the Bears retire Ditka's jersey during halftime of their game against the Cowboys.

Travis Frederick will shave on May 30 - DFW Entertainment News and Nonsense
Frederick plans to shave the beard on May 30 in a ceremonial shave-off: The shaving of the beard will happen on The Ben and Skin Show and will be carried out by Floyd’s 99 Barber Shop.

Judge Denies Motion To Revoke Brent’s Bail - CBS Dallas
Mike Fisher writes that a judge has denied the Dallas County DA's motion to have Josh Brent’s bond revoked, finding that the Dallas Cowboys lineman is not in serious violation of the terms of his bail. Brent has however been ordered to wear an additional monitor that randomly takes photographs of him and his whereabouts, and he is required to be home by 3 a.m.


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