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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Talented Enough For Playoffs? Extension For Lee? Hot In K.C?

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Herm Edwards: Dallas Cowboys have too much talent to not make the playoffs - Jon Machota, DMN
In the middle of a series of staccato sentences, Edwards pulls off an accident-free 22-word sentence:

“He’s going on his third year as a head coach there,” Edwards said. “They’ve got enough talent. They were 8-8 last year. This is an 8-8 football team. At 8-8, you either go one way or the other. Either you become a playoff team or you stay the same. This team can not stay the same. Has too much talent. It doesn’t have more talent than anybody else, but it has enough talent at a bunch of spots now, especially on offense. They have the ability to score points, dictate the terms on offense. It starts with the quarterback. The play-caller will help the quarterback.”

Johnson dumped by Cowboys -
Relax. It's the North Queensland Cowboys from Australia and they dumped Dallas Johnson. I would have loved to make this the title of this news post, but I wimped out.

Cowboys are a hot ticket in Kansas City - Wichita Eagle
The hottest ticket for the 2013 Chiefs season will be the Sept. 15 home opener against the Dallas Cowboys, according to Vivid Seats. The tickets for the Cowboys game are averaging $150 apiece, the highest of any tickets on the Chiefs' home schedule.

Notable NFC storylines: Quarterback Battles Heat Up Across NFL - Christian Kohl, CBS DFW
Except in Dallas, of course.

Eleven cases where extension can be best for player and team -
Pat Kirwan looks at 11 players drafted in 2010 who have one year left on their contracts, and who should be signed by their teams with a high priority. Sean Lee is one of those 11 players:

"Lee missed 10 games last year but he is the leader of the defense. New defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin will rely heavily on Lee to run his defense. In his past 21 starts, Lee has been in on 105 tackles with five interceptions and 10 passes defended. He is only scheduled to make $630,000 this season and he knows about injuries, which should motivate him to sign a deal."

Position Series: LB Corps Looks Young, Should Be Hungry - David Helman,
Oddly, this rundown of the young linebacker corps omits any reference to some of the youngest linebackers, like Taylor "Tank" Reed (21), Cameron Lawrence (22), or Caleb McSurdy (23).

Super Bowl 2011 Fans Lose Bid to Pursue Class Action - Bloomberg
Apparently, this thing still isn't over yet. While claims against the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones by fans who sued over seating arrangements at the 2011 Super Bowl were dismissed a while ago, the suit against the NFL is still ongoing. Yesterday's ruling denied class-action status in the case, so the litigation may have to continue on a case-by-case basis.

2013 NFL supplemental mock draft -
When you think you've seen it all, along comes a mock draft of the supplemental draft. And a thorough one at that: This is a full seven-round mock draft of all 32 teams. I kid you not.

Bryan Broaddus Prediction: Spencer Will Lead Defense In Sacks -
Broaddus incorrectly describes Ware as "one of the most dominate" passrushers, and argues that Spencer will have more sacks than Ware:

"Opposite Ware has been Anthony Spencer who has manned the position as the Sam linebacker on the strong side which primary responsibility is to control the tight end front side and drop in coverage to handle the flat or inside routes. There were times where Spencer did get the opportunity to rush the quarterback out of the nickel package and for two seasons, shown he can more than provide enough pressure when given the chance." [...]

"I project an outstanding battle between the two but with the factors of Ware facing more teams trying to stop him scheme wise, a better blocker to his side as well and the fact that Spencer no longer has to play in space as a linebacker and he gets the opportunity to rush the passer full time, his production and numbers will flourish to a whole new level."


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