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Cowboys News And Notes: Tony Romo's Age, Filling The Last Coaching Vacancy, And A Couple Of More Cowboys Who Want To Stick Around

Plus a very sad story about one of the Cowboys' all time greats.

How did Romo wind up helping Brady, and vice versa?
How did Romo wind up helping Brady, and vice versa?
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Cowboys Interviewing Steve Loney, Still Weighing Options For Asst. O-Line Vacancy | Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys only have one vacancy on the coaching staff, the assistant to offensive line coach Frank Polack. Marc Colombo was seen to have the inside track, but the Cowboys have brought Steve Loney in for an interview.

Loney is a longtime offensive line coach, as the vast majority of his 30-plus years in coaching have involved coaching the line. His most recent NFL stints were as the offensive line coach in St. Louis from 2008-11 and in Tampa Bay in 2012 and 2013.

This past season, he served as a consultant on Bret Bielema's coaching staff at Arkansas.

This is not seen as a threat to Colombo's future to the team, just that he may have another role, perhaps in scouting where he has been working already.

Tony Romo’s successor? QBs the Cowboys could target in the NFL Draft | Dallas Morning News

Tony Romo isn't getting any younger. There isn't any reason to believe that Dustin Vaughn is starter material, and Brandon Weeden was never meant to be. As Jon Machota observes, the quarterbacks that are going to be available are not good shots to become Romo's replacement - but then, who figured on a UDFA becoming one of the top quarterbacks in the league?

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo's age shouldn't be a question - ESPN Dallas

Of course, the hope is that the Cowboys won't need a replacement for Romo for at least a couple of seasons at least. Jean-Jacques Taylor points out one reason that hope may not be in vain.

New England quarterback Tom Brady did more than earn his fourth Super Bowl ring and third MVP trophy when he led the Patriots to a thrilling win in Super Bowl XLIX.

He ended all the silly chatter about older quarterbacks not being able to win a Super Bowl. At least for a little while.

Brady became only the second quarterback older than 35 -- Denver's John Elway did it twice -- to win a Super Bowl since Oakland's Jim Plunkett did it in Super Bowl XVIII. That's important around Dallas because Tony Romo turns 35 in April.

Tom Brady explains fourth quarter of Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX | The MMQB with Peter King

There's a more direct link between Brady and Dallas. The New England quarterback, in a long interview, talked about the video he watched to get ready for the Super Bowl matchup with the Seattle Seahawks.

I watched a lot of tape-our game with them from two years ago three times, Dallas this year multiple times, their championship game against Green Bay three times.

NFC East Coach of the Year: Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett - ESPN

ESPN's four beat writers got together to award some best-in-division honors, and Jason Garrett gets the unanimous nod. The current New York Giants writer had the best explanation for his vote.

Dan Graziano: I've long thought that Garrett has shown an aptitude for the leadership elements of his job as head coach. His players seem to play for him and to buy in. You never hear about locker room unrest, and he's steered the team through some tough times the past couple of years. The issues were with play-calling, etc., and they finally figured out the right mix this year with his old friend Scott Linehan coming in to handle those duties. That allowed Garrett to concentrate on his strengths and the Cowboys to emerge as one of the year's surprise teams. Easy call here.

Cowboys 1-on-1 Laughs With Cole Beasley - CowboysHQ

Cole Beasley, the somewhat vertically challenged wide receiver, has really turned his attitude around since he almost quit the league in training camp his rookie year.

"It felt good to finally get to experience playoffs," Beasley said. "You're going against the best of the best. It was a whole new thing for me. In college (at SMU) we played in some bowl games, but I had never been a part of anything like that. It was a very fun year for me."

Orlando Scandrick: 'Hopefully I'll play in Dallas my whole career' | Dallas Morning News

Beasley mentioned that he fully expects to be back on the roster this year since he is a restricted free agent, and the team has all the power in that contract negotiation. Another player who knows he is going to return also hopes to end his career wearing the Star. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick's reasons appear to be simple.

"I love it here. I love the fans. I love the ownership. I love the team."

And an interesting side note: The original interview was with TMZ.com. The media landscape continues to evolve.

Roster Rundown: Tyrone Crawford Found A Home, Has A Bright Future At Three-Technique | Dallas Cowboys

The mothership sees nothing but good things ahead for Tyrone Crawford, one of the rising stars for Dallas.

With a productive year under his belt and the experience that he was able to gain, you will continue to see a player that will grow and develop in the number of tackles that he will make but also in those sack numbers. His technique was good during the season, but with an entire offseason of working with Rod Marinelli, Leon Lett and Ben Bloom, there will be more tools added his belt to help him for the position.

Tony Dorsett battling CTE, had no idea 'that the end was going to be like this' - ESPN Dallas

This is a heartbreaking story about one of the all time great running backs. Until there was Emmitt Smith, Tony Dorsett was the best running back to wear the Star. Now he is battling to maintain the quality of his life due to the damage done to his brain in all the violent collisions of his career.

The 60-year-old Dorsett, the 1976 Heisman Trophy winner who played with the Dallas Cowboysand is the NFL's eighth all-time leading rusher, has struggled with his memory and has said in the past that he had trouble controlling his emotions and was prone to outbursts at his wife and daughters.

Greg Hardy's case dismissed in domestic violence trial - SBNation.com

What happens to Greg Hardy may be pertinent to the mess Joseph Randle finds himself in. And, of course, when this news broke, there were immediate calls from the Twittersphere for the Cowboys to pursue signing him - probably from the same people calling for the team to cut Randle loose right now.

The Panthers released a statement Monday afternoon, echoing the league's stance on Hardy:

"We are aware of the decision by the district attorney's office to dismiss charges against Greg Hardy. Greg remains on the Commissioner's Exempt List and the NFL has advised us to allow it to complete its review under the Personal Conduct Policy. There is no change in his status at this time."

Dallas Cowboys free-agent debate: James Anderson - ESPN

Dallas Cowboys free agent debate: punter Chris Jones - ESPN

A couple of the down-roster free agents that Dallas has to decide on.

Todd Gurley vs. Melvin Gordon: 2015 NFL draft comparison | NFL | Sporting News

Given the very real possible that the Cowboys will not be able to afford DeMarco Murray's services this season, this comparison of two running backs that are in the draft is certainly of interest. It breaks them down by facets of their game and also looks at injury history, but we'll cut to the chase.

In the long-run, both of these running backs have all the makings of future Pro Bowl performers. The Giants, Dolphins, and Cowboys may prefer the upside of Gurley, while the Browns, Chargers and Cardinals and may prefer the NFL-readiness and consistency of Gordon.

Bob Sturm’s 2015 NFL Draft profile: What I see in Benardrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State | Dallas Morning News

Sturm's evaluation of this candidate advises some caution.

Overall, there are too many questions to value him in the Top 2 rounds (where you want a guy who you are sure can come right in and be a starter).  I have no doubts that he will be a useful roster player and may even overachieve as so many linebacker have over the course of time, and play a decade. But you want way more answers than questions if you take a guy at the top of your draft and I really don't feel comfortable tabbing him with a high investment.  I believe that he does not have enough top-end athleticism for assured success on Sundays.

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