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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Rolando McClain And Greg Hardy Are Ready To Play

The Dallas Cowboys will have some reinforcements return this week but will it be enough to take on the World Champions?

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Sturm: Instead Of Making Plays, Cowboys Defense Begging To Be Put Out Of Its Misery Bob Sturm- Dallas Morning News
The Marinelli Magic only works if this team is getting turnovers, a stat in which they've been purely pathetic at since week one.

And that has been a problem so far in 2015.  Over the last two seasons - since switching to the 4-3 scheme before the 2013 season, the Cowboys have taken the ball away a total of 59 times in 32 regular season games.  That average of 1.85 per game is fantastic and amongst the league leaders.

Gronk, Averaging Nearly 20 Yards A Catch, The Latest Defensive Challenge -Rob Phillips- Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys will have a whole new set of problems to worry about come Sunday's matchup with Gronk.

Gronkowski has the NFL’s fifth-highest receiving yards per game average (102.7) and he’s tied for second in receiving touchdowns (4). Three came in the world champion Patriots’ season-opening win against the Steelers.

Brady has targeted Gronkowski 28 times in their 3-0 start. He has caught 16 for 308 yards, his 19.3 average the third-highest among players with at least 10 catches and perhaps the best demonstration of his remarkable athleticism at 6-foot-6, 265 pounds.

Listening In On The Enemy: What The Patriots Coaches Are Saying About The Cowboys - One.Cool.Customer -Blogging The Boys
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia talk about what they expect from the Cowboys on Sunday.

"The one thing about Rod, I don't think you're going to see much different (schemes)," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday. "I think he'd be the first to tell you that he believes in what he's doing, he's not going to change a lot, he's had a lot of success, probably no reason to change it. Would there be a couple of gameplan things for us? I'm sure there obviously will, but overall they believe in what they're doing. They do it well. They've had a lot of success with it. I can't imagine they'll put in a new defense this week. That would be so out of character for them. They don't need to do that. I don't think they believe in that."

Weeden Keeps Focus; Not Concerned With Comments About His ‘Limitations’ -Nick Eatman- Dallas Cowboys
Brandon Weeden cares about getting his team in position to win and nothing else.

"I’m sure I’m still getting crushed for not playing well or whatever, but my goal, honestly, is just to give this team a chance to win," Weeden said. "I never will go out there and go 30-for-30, 300 yards and three touchdowns. I don’t care if I’m 12-of-30. Just give this team a chance to win, whatever that may be, and just find a way to give the team a chance to win. That’s my main focus."

Who Is The Real Greg Hardy? What Cowboys Will Get From Talented, Controversial Addition - Brandon George- Dallas Morning News
Greg Hardy is a lightning rod for controversy and he will be even more-so as a Cowboy. However, with a little bit of crazy you get a whole lot of talent.

Since he was a teenager, he’s used alter egos. He asked his high school coaches to call him "DK," which he explained was some sort of translation for "African Warrior."

These days, Hardy prefers to be called Kraken. The nickname is based on a mythical sea creature (picture a giant squid).

Tom Brady Unfazed By Greg Hardy’s comments - The Star-Telegram
Greg Hardy created a stir Tuesday when he met with the media for the first time since signing with the Dallas Cowboys last March.

"I’m just getting ready to play, man," Brady said. "I’ve got to focus on my job. He’s a great player. We’ve got to … It takes a lot of different things to handle a guy like that. But he’s been a great player since he’s been in the league, so we’re going to have to prepare for him and be ready for all different types of moves that he’s got."

Rolando McClain Happy To Be Playing, Happy To Be Healthy | Dallas Cowboys
RoMac is doing his best to be ready for any type of action on Sunday, for him it's just a breath of fresh air to back on the field.

"I feel good moving around, I feel good as far as being comfortable with the defense. But you’re not in football shape until you play football," McClain said. "All the sprinting and working out and everything extra you do, but football shape is a little different."

Greg Hardy Dodges Questions About His Past, Focused On Getting Sacks - Drew Davison- The Star-Telegram
Greg Hardy didn’t talk about his off-field issues when he met with reporters for the first time since signing with the Dallas Cowboys last March.

"It’s hard to get sacks when you’re not on the football field," he said. "That’s my main purpose in football, to get back there and get sacks and make a difference on the team, and I wasn’t able to do that. It was a process mentally for myself."

Bill Belichick: Cowboys Have NFL's 'Best Offensive Line' And Defense Is 'Sound' -Jon Machota- Dallas Morning News

Belichick sure is heaping some praise onto a struggling team, hopefully they will get the memo on good they can be.

"It's a really explosive football team that seems to start every game from ahead with drives and defensive plays, blocked kicks or close to it," he said. "They have a really aggressive attitude. They've got a lot of clutch players. They're very good on both sides of the line of scrimmage, a lot of good players, a lot of depth, a lot of size, a lot of power. They do a real good job there, run the ball well, very active defensively, create a lot of negative plays, good in the kicking game with really good kickers. They've made a lot of clutch plays. Again, certainly the kicker is a part of that, but a lot of clutch plays in critical situations in the last year and a half."

Scout's Eye: Examining Brady's Rotating Cast Of Contributors | Dallas Cowboys

It's Patriots week and the Cowboys will have all they can handle on the inside and out. The Broad One discusses all of the above.

The amazing thing about the New England Patriots is how they’ve managed to stay so consistent despite so much turnover.

As you can guess, a lot of that starts with the quarterback. Tom Brady has been the man in that building for 15 years, and he has been one of the NFL’s best players across that stretch. Brady’s success across all these years has allowed the Patriots to rotate a diverse cast of role players in an out of their system and continue chugging along.

What Is Wrong With The Dallas Cowboys? - Danny Phantom- Blogging The Boys

What needs to be fixed in Dallas to get the team back on track?

DISCLAIMER: There is not much of a question that the biggest contributing factor affecting the on-field performance is the absence of their big name playmakers. Romo, Dez, Greg Hardy, Orlando Scandrick, Randy Gregory, and even Sean Lee have all missed time. And these guys are really important players on this team. And while not having these players hurts immensely, it will not be discussed any further in this post. Instead, the focus will be directed toward the things happening on the field that are within the team's ability to control.

Dez Bryant Still Targeting Oct. 25 Game vs. Giants For His Return -Charean Williams- The Star-Telegram

The Dallas Cowboys remain hopeful of getting back receiver Dez Bryant for their Oct. 25 game against the New York Giants.

The star receiver fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during the season opener against the Giants. He has missed the past three games, and the Cowboys have missed him.

Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden On Twitter Haters: 'I'm 32 Years Old. I Don't Need A 12 Year Old Telling Me How To Play Quarterback' -Michael Florek- Dallas Morning News

Brandon Weeden is the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys and he has no time for any of the haters out there.

"I do a good job of blocking everything out, " Weeden said. "I deleted Twitter a long time ago. I don't do any of that crap.

Witten Joining Belichick's Opponent Mt. Rushmore - Chris
Bill Belichick had effusive praise for Cowboys tight end Jason Witten this week. Who else has earned The Hoodie's respect? Chris Wesseling unveils the Mt. Rushmore of Belichick opponents.

(Witten) does it all," Belichick said Tuesday, via CSN New England. "They use him really to do everything. I don't think there are any limitations. I don't think they're sitting there saying, 'Well, we don't want to run this play with Jason in there.' He run blocks, he catches the ball over the middle, he catches the ball in the red area, third down, inside, outside, seams, man coverage, zone coverage, pass protects. I mean, whatever they need him to do, he does it and does a good job of it."

Practice Update: Hardy & McClain Return, Lee Sits; 2 Roster Moves -Dave Helman- Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys’ two suspended starters returned to practice on Wednesday, giving the roster a boost in the wake of several injury issues.

"We anticipate both Rolando and Greg to be back this week," said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. "We’ll see how they do each and every day. We anticipate them helping our team."


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