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Cowboys News: What Needs To Go Right, And At Least Dallas Isn't Cleveland

It is almost time for football to resume. A look at things very pertinent and somewhat random in the Cowboys universe.

What, you've never heard of Christmas in July?
What, you've never heard of Christmas in July?
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Normally, One.Cool.Customer handles the news links post, but it seems our resident overseas writer is somewhat busy celebrating one of the the most dominant World Cup victories ever, so I will be bringing you all the latest Dallas Cowboys (and somewhat related) news.

Most important thing to remember today: ONLY 13 DAYS TO OXNARD!

Best case/worst case: Bruce Carter - Dallas Cowboys Blog - ESPN Dallas

Best case/worst case: Terrance Williams - Dallas Cowboys Blog - ESPN

Todd Archer continues his series of articles that offer some interesting takes on players whose performance will have a lot of impact on the season for the Cowboys, good or bad. However, this does look a bit like a way to fill space between the minicamp and training camp. Not that we'd ever do such a thing.

Emmitt Smith: Throwing less on offense could help Dallas Cowboys defense ‘catch fire’ | Dallas Morning News

The legendary Cowboys running back offers a counterpoint as to why the team should not be throwing the ball that much, even with the notoriously pass happy Scott Linehan calling the plays, because using up clock with the running game will help the defense in the long run.

Check out Dawn's take on it in case you missed it.

Guarded: Leary And Bernadeau On "The Threat" -

A look at the way Mackenzy Bernadeau and Ronald Leary are handling having to fight each other and new signee Uche Nwaneri for a starting spot.

Said Leary: "I try to help young guys out. I mean, right now, we're all learning. I've still not got it down pat. So, I'm still trying to get better; anything I can do to help. I don't shy away from telling anybody anything." 

Said Bernadeau: "I think everyone on the offensive line is considered a leader ... as long as you know what you're doing."

What could have been for the Dallas Cowboys - ESPN

It's been a fairly quiet offseason around Dallas. Part of that is by design, but it is also because a lot of the media spotlight has shifted to the city on the Cuyohoga. Between the swan-floating, dollar-bill-rolling antics of Johnny Manziel and the sad, out-of-control saga of Josh Gordon, the Cleveland Browns have just sucked the negative publicity to themselves like a black hole gobbling stellar debris. Have you ever wondered what it would have been like if both those players had wound up with the Cowboys? Well, they could have. And it is probably a dang good thing they didn't.

This isn't to congratulate the Cowboys for what they didn't do because they would have taken Gordon if no other team had put in a better bid and would have taken Manziel if they did not have so much money committed to Tony Romo

But it shows you just how much luck can be involved in decisions.

Weeden Aiming For Backup Job, With Or Without Orton

In case you missed it, I don't think Kyle Orton is going to be with the Cowboys this year, and if he is, then the team has made a serious mistake. I like the 'tude that Weeden is bringing to the backup job.

"I'm going to go about my business the same way regardless. I haven't met Kyle, so I can't really speak on it, but whatever he decides to do - it's kind of out of my control," Weeden said Saturday at the Nike Football Festival, held at Valley Ranch. "So what I'm worried about is, if I'm running with the twos out there, do my job to make the twos better. I want to make the team better any way I can, so it doesn't change my mindset or the way I feel about it."

Position Battle: Rookie Punter May Push For Job

Obviously, several people are wrapping up their reviews of camp battles to come.

2013 Run Defense by Number of Backs - Football Outsiders

I just included this for the masochists among us. A quick summation of the article from our viewpoint: "Dallas' defense sucked at this, too."

A Dallas Cowboys player as MVP in 2014? What are the odds? - ESPN

If the Cowboys stun the NFL and play deep into January, it could propel one or more of the team's stars into the running for MVP. If you want to put down a few bucks on a longshot, there are some pretty good odds available.

Romo is currently 50/1 to win the MVP. Bryant is 66/1 and Murray is 200/1.

Fantasy football impact: Are the Cowboys the most consistent team in fantasy? -

An article that is not only of possible interest to all of you who are involved in fantasy football, but also points out another of those memes about Dallas that seem to be so divorced from reality.

If people were asked to pick the most drama- and turmoil-filled NFL team, the Dallas Cowboys would probably finish near the top of every poll. Which makes it all the more interesting that, from a skill-player perspective, there might not be a more consistent, steady team in the NFL.

Finally, a little TMZ-type coverage.

Draya and Orlando Scandrick Break Up | BlackSportsOnline

Yes, the Dallas cornerback was dating a really hot reality show star, but things seem to have run their course. Of course, the article is pretty up front that this is all just an excuse to post some pictures of Draya wearing very little.

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