Dallas Cowboys Are Tops On TV, If Not In Your Hearts - Adweek
Love ‘em or loathe ‘em - and according to a recent poll, many people have been hate-watching 'America's Team' - the Dallas Cowboys always draw a crowd. So much so that five of the top 10 most-watched regular season NFL games featured the Cowboys writes Adweek, the second-largest advertising-trade publication in the US.
Bisaccia Among Candidates for Titans' Vacancy - Scott Crisp, NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, who interviewed with the Redskins last week, is reportedly among the candidates for the Titans' head coaching job.
The return of Dallas Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Watkins writes that the Cowboys should take a long look at bringing Anthony Spencer back to the team and suggests the Cowboys should re-sign Spencer to a two-year deal.
It shouldn't cost the team much to sign Spencer because he's already pocketed nearly $20 million in franchise tags the past two seasons and coming off major knee surgery he wouldn't have much leverage.
More Than Just Injuries Troubling LB’s - Bryan Broaddus, DallasCowboys.com
Bryan Broaddus takes a look at all the Cowboys’ linebackers and delves a little into the Bruce Carter mystery - without providing any additional clarity to what happened to Carter.
No matter who you talked to in the front office, coaching staff or even his own teammates, there were plenty of dumbfounded looks when asked what happened to Carter during the season.
Some believed that learning the new scheme affected his ability to just go and make plays. There was too much thinking and it took away his ability to just go be a football player. Whatever the case might be, if this defense is going to be successful, there needs to be a solution on how to fix Bruce Carter -- he is just too talented a player to be this inconsistent.
Time to cut Miles Austin? That move -- and restructuring contracts -- can ease Cowboys' salary-cap pain - Brandon George, DMN
George goes all State Of The Union on us, using one article to address the Cowboys cap issues, their free agent strategy, their draft approach, the contracts neeeding cleaning up, key offseason dates, and Cowboys free agents. Somewhere along the way, he writes that the Cowboys "would save $5.5 million in cap space by making Austin a post-June 1 cut."
Aikman Shares Thoughts On Norv Returning To Cowboys - Mike Fisher, CBS DFW
Fisher writes that if the Dallas Cowboys dismiss offensive coordinator Bill Callahan, would the third time in flirting with Norv Turner be the charm to bring him back to Valley Ranch?
The biggest obstacle, though, might be the zig-zaggy organizational chart at Valley Ranch. I suggested to Aikman that maybe it’s time moving forward for the head coach to be given more authority by owner Jerry Jones in picking his offensive and defensive coordinators.
"Are you saying that’s not the way it’s been?’’ joked Aikman.
Cowboys Hidden Gems: Tyler Clutts - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
The Cowboys wanted to be a two-tight end team this season but by signing fullback Tyler Clutts in December, "the offensive coaches admitted a mistake," Archer writes.
Clutts is signed through 2014 but his spot is anything but secure. The Cowboys could opt to go fullback-free once again, especially if Escobar progresses in the offseason the way they hope. He did not offer much on special teams and he had only one catch in the four games.
For Dallas Cowboys, no more small-school DBs - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer has some sound advice for the Cowboys: Don't draft draft a defensive back from a small school. Why?
Since 2010, the Cowboys have drafted five defensive backs from small schools and have not seen one pan out yet.
With Cap Problems, One Contract Paying Off - Rowan Kavner, DallasCowboys.com
Despite what many would have you believe, not every contract the Cowboys sign is a bad contract. Kavner points out that the contract Barry Church "appears to be a major steal."
The Cowboys took a flier on an injured Barry Church during the 2012 year after the safety suffered a season-ending injury with an Achilles tear. They locked him up to a four-year extension worth $8.8 million with fewer than $4 million guaranteed and incentives that move the contract toward the $12 million range.
Will Robert Griffin III help or hurt the next Washington Redskins coach? - Sally Jenkins, The Washington Post
I don't know if Sally Jenkins is to the Redskins what Jen "Little Ball of Hate" Floyd-Engel was to the Cowboys, but her take on Griffin is just hilarious (hat tip to lonewolfz28):
"23-year-old boy emperor ... a player whose rampant owner-empowered entitlement was clearly part of the team’s problem this season ... Griffin had fierce finger-pointing tensions with his wide receivers ... bragged to teammates that he could procure favors from the owner and influence the franchise’s direction ... alienated his receivers and members of the offensive line ... something unhealthy has poisoned it ... Griffin hasn’t yet learned to read coverages."