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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: How To Improve In 2014?

Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: Five draft prospects who fit the Cowboys' needs, a lot of fixes for 2014 may not involve new player personnel, and the Cowboys need to address the salary cap.

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Five ways Dallas Cowboys can improve in 2014 - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
The Cowboys have a lot of personnel to add, especially on the defensive line and at safety, but Mendez argues that a lot of fixes can be made by Jason Garrett and his assistants and do not involve new player personnel.

Final exam: Right call to keep Jason Garrett - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
In a meandering argument, Watkins suggests that Garrett now has more power to fix the Cowboys than before.

Cowboys not good, not bad, just stuck in middle - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Very rare in this day and age: Mendez writes a balanced review of the 2013 Dallas Cowboys.

Cowboys’ salary cap situation starting 2014: $22 million over - Charean Williams, Star-Telegram
The Cowboys have 50 players signed for $136.9 next year, and have an additional $11.8 million in dead money to deal with. Problem is, the 2014 cap is projected to be "only" $126.3 million.

Draft prospects who fit the Cowboys’ needs - Charean Williams, Star-Telegram
Williams and Dane Brugler of CBS Sportsline run down five prospects for the Cowboys. The list includes three defensive ends, one defensive tackle and free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Mizzou DE Ealy leaving early for NFL draft - Express-News
Ealy, one of the early favorites for the Cowboys, declared for the draft on Friday. The 6-5 Ealy had two sacks in the Cotton Bowl win over Oklahoma State, pushing his season total to 9½ sacks.

New Cowboys Meme: Jason Garrett Is A Lame Duck - Blogging The Boys
This is the Cowboys. There always has to be a bigger story for the team that is one of, if not the biggest, stage in the NFL. Enter a new meme about the Dallas Cowboys.

Jerry Jones makes Jason Garrett lame duck - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Since his successor hasn't been appointed, Garrett can't technically be a lame duck ... but then again, who cares about technicalities.

Former Cowboys still playing this weekend - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer did the research: 14 former Cowboys are on the rosters of playoff teams this weekend. Only the 49ers and Packers do not have any former Cowboys on their roster.

Redskins coaching search: Rich Bisaccia by the numbers - Washington Post
The Post does a nice piece about Bisaccia, who always flies a bit under the radar as a special teams coach.

Poll: Do you think the Cowboys' DeMarco Murray should be fined? - LA
After the NFL fined Murray $21,000 for de-cleating Eagles DE Damion Square, the LA Times, a paper that's never shown any pro-Cowboys tendencies, asks its readers whether Murray deserves a fine for the hit. The results so far: Less than a third think Murray should be fined.

Former Cowboys coach Wade Phillips fired as Texans defensive coordinator - DMN
Even if he didn't succeed in Dallas, Wade Phillips was always a classy guy. After he was fired yesterday in Houston along with the entire coaching staff, this was his response on Twitter.