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Latest Cowboys headlines: Six of seven Cowboys in the pro Bowl played for the winning team; The danger of falling in love with the status quo; Will linebackers be best unit on the team in 2015?

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Cowboy-filled Team Irvin comes out on top at Pro Bowl | Dallas Morning News
In the gentle, friendly version of football played at the Pro Bowl Sunday, Team Irvin came out on top 32-28. Six of seven Cowboys playing in the Pro Bowl were playing on Team Irvin.

Team Irvin, Cowboys Coaching Staff Earn 32-28 Win In 2015 Pro Bowl | David Helman, DC.com
Helman takes a look at the playing time for the Cowboys players.

Four of the Cowboys’ Pro Bowlers – Frederick, Martin, Smith and Jason Witten – were on the field for Team Irvin’s game-winning drive. Witten almost caught the game-winning score himself, as Ryan found him on a short outroute to the one-yard line, before he was pushed out of bounds. The team’s two highest-profile players played very limited roles in the win, however.

Tony Romo got the start for Team Irvin in what was his fourth Pro Bowl appearance. He led the starting offense 61 yards on the game’s first possession before settling for a field goal to make the score 3-0.

DeMarco Murray, making his second-consecutive Pro Bowl appearance, joined Romo in the Team Irvin backfield. He carried the ball three times for 18 yards and added a nine-yard reception on the opening possession.

DeMarcus Ware reunites with Dallas Cowboys for Pro Bowl | AL.com
Ware met Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli, his former line coach, at the Pro Bowl.

"He came to me and he said, 'Do you have any rushes left in you? Let's get to the quarterback this week,'" Ware told ESPN Dallas of Marinelli. "So I know he's excited. He takes his game to a whole other level. Whenever he's out there able to coach, it's a game and he said, 'I am going to be on the winning team. I'm not going to lose.'"

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Cowboys need to avoid falling in love with the status quo in free agency | Rick Gosselin, DMN
With 23 free agents on the roster, it's easy to find scenarios in which you re-sign many of them, but Gosselin warns that all that does is maintain the status quo.

You can sign any combination (or all of) these free agents -- Carter, Durant, McClain, Selvie, Spencer, Hayden and Melton -- but all you're doing is maintaining the status quo. This defense wasn't good enough last year. Don't fall in love with the status quo. Go find some new parts, some different parts, some better parts with your money. Bring one or two of them back, then go shopping.

Making sense of the Cowboys' linebacker situation | Kevin Sherrington, DMN
Sherrington makes a strong case for re-signing Bruice Carter ("may be the Cowboys' best athlete on the defensive side of the ball") and argues that far from cementing a status quo, a linebacking unit of Bruce Carter, Rolando McClain and Sean Lee makes linebacker easily the best position on the Cowboys' defense, and maybe the best on the team.

Great defensive linemen don't hit the open market anymore | Rick Gosselin, DMN
Gosselin doesn't see the Cowboys going after a premium free agent for the defensive line.

Great defensive linemen don't hit the open market any more. The Lions will franchise Suh before letting him go. The best young linemen in free agency last season were Michael Johnson, Lamarr Houston and Arthur Jones. They received the three biggest free agent contracts. Would any of those players have done anything for you? Older players like Julius Peppers, Jared Allen and DeMarcus Ware also changed teams. But I don't see the Cowboys going the age route. This is one of the youngest teams in the NFL and that's the direction this club is pointing.