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Cowboys News & Notes: The Biggest Cowboys Headlines Of 2015

Latest Cowboys headlines: Fitz caught it; biggest stories of the 2015 season; enough QB draft talk, what about a RB or WR?

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The Divisional Playoffs this weekend made for some exciting football. The Pittsburgh Steelers will not be adding another Super Bowl title to their trophy case. Aaron Rodgers showed off his strong arm to do the unthinkable with a couple long bombs.

And this also happened...

Fitz Catch vs. Bryant Non-Catch: Proof The NFL Catch Rule Is Inconsistent - OCC, Blogging The Boys
The Cool One comes across a nice step-by-step breakdown that lets us all know that what's good for the goose, apparently is not good for the gander.

And the Babe tends to agree.

Jordan Spieth says what everyone is thinking: Dez caught it; Dean Blandino even weighs in - Joshua Friemel, SportsDay

There was no shortage of excitement in the Arizona Cardinals/Green Bay Packers playoff game on Saturday, but there was one play, in-particular that was of particular interest to Cowboys fans.

Larry Fitzgerald Catch Draws Epic Twitter Response from Dez Bryant - Sean Martin, Inside The Star
Are you wondering what Dez thought about all this? Well, wonder no more.

The 10 biggest stories of the Cowboys season: From the Dez Bryant, Greg Hardy sagas to the running backs - Michael Florek, SportsDay
One of the biggest stories heading in to the season was how the Cowboys would fare without the services of DeMarco Murray, but that story took a backseat to many more compelling stories.

Is it time the Cowboys cut ties with Brandon Carr? - Lauren Draper-Wood, The Landry Hat
Something will be done with Carr this offseason, whether he's a straight up cut or works out some sort of restructure. And with four full seasons with the Cowboys, it's pretty clear what he gives the team. Is it time to part ways?

Carr signed with the Cowboys in 2012 after four years with the Kansas City Chiefs. Jerry Jones clearly expected big things from the 2008 draftee as he signed a five year contract worth over $50,000,000. With three interceptions in his first two seasons in Dallas he’s since gone back to back years without one.

Why the Cowboys don't need to take a RB high in the NFL draft - Tim Cowlishaw, SportsDay
The Cowboys draft position offers more rewards than just the #4 overall pick. It's like being a member of the jelly-of-the-month club. It's the gift that keeps on giving. And one of those gifts include being positioned in a perfect spot to get in on some great talent running backs. Last year's third round running backs included: David Johnson, Tevin Coleman, Matt Jones, and Duke Johnson.

Question: Can you see the Cowboys making an offer for a big-name running back like Matt Forte or Arian Foster and platoon them with Darren McFadden?

Cowlishaw: No. I would say if Forte's not declining, he will be soon. Foster might be damaged goods. You can platoon a 3rd or 4th round pick with McFadden and have success with this O-Line. I know others who want them to draft Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State or other backs high in the draft. I don't see that as a need at all.

Is Laquon Treadwell too talented for the Cowboys to pass up? - Steven Mullenax, The Landry Hat
There seems to be two trains of thought when it comes to how the Cowboys should use their number 4 pick. Either QB or defense. But what if the best collegiate wide receiver was the highest player left on your board?

Although wide recevier isn’t a pressing need in Dallas, the Cowboys did discover a major flaw within their recevier corps last season. When All-Pro wide out Dez Bryant went down with a foot injury in Week One, no other Dallas recevier stepped up to replace his production. The Cowboys have a lack of playmakers at the position.

Dallas Cowboys: Ranking the Dallas Cowboys roster, Nos. 20-11 - Jon Machota, SportsDay
The countdown is almost complete. In his latest installment, Jon Machota stacks players from 11-20, including a couple rookies who showed some real promise.

16.) La'el Collins, OL. After opening the season as a reserve offensive guard, Collins took over the starting left guard spot and remained the starter for 10 of the last 11 games. Collins missed the season finale because of a high ankle sprain but recently said it won't have any impact on his offseason training.

15.) Byron Jones, DB. Jones was easily the Cowboys' most versatile player as he exceeded expectations during his rookie season. Dallas' first-round pick from a year ago failed to record a takeaway but he led the team with 12 pass breakups. Although he appears to be the Cowboys' free safety of the future, he showed in 2015 that he can also be a reliable cornerback if needed. "He's done a heck of a job just having to play all those different spots," Rod Marinelli said. "I think his future is really bright."

NFL special teams rankings, 2015: Cowboys lost Dwayne Harris, their best player, and improved - Rick Gosselin, SportsDay
The Cowboys lost their best special teams player when Dwayne Harris bolted to the New York Giants. And preseason performances had fans calling for Rich Bisaccia's head before the season started. The Cowboys ranked 13th in 2014 in special teams, but how would they rate in 2015? The results may surprise you.

The league's 32 teams are ranked in 22 categories and assigned points according to their standing - one for best, 32 for worst. The Baltimore Ravens finished with the best special teams in the NFL this season with 231 points, followed by the New York Giants (271.5), Jacksonville Jaguars (295) and Cowboys (310.5).

The 2015 Dallas Cowboys, Statistically Speaking: Pt I -- Defense - Jim Scott, BTB
The Real Dirk takes a close look at some defensive statistics to see how the Cowboys compare with the rest of the league.

Total defense finds Dallas right in the middle of the pack, 17th in yards per game, 16th in points per game, 15th in 3rd down percentage and 14th in 1st downs allowed per game. They were also a very average 50% on 4th down stops, putting them right in the middle again at 16th in the NFL. The overall defensive stats are very ordinary.

I remember a time, not too long ago, where we'd all be ecstatic to have a defense that was ordinary.

Cowboys fans begin online campaign for Johnny Manziel - Landon Haff, WFAA
Who are the people signing this?

Some of the "signatures" need to be taken with a grain of salt. One of them belongs to "Friedrich Neitzsche," and it’s highly unlikely the German philosopher who died in 1900 actually gave his endorsement. Others were put under names that just so happen to be double entendres it’s wisest to not type out in this space.

Okay, that makes sense. Dead people. Dead people want Johnny. That I can buy since nobody with any living brain cells would think this is a good idea.

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