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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Dez Bryant Undergoes Successful Surgeries, Looks Forward To Rebound

For the Dallas Cowboys, the season is over and now they can focus on re-tooling their team and getting healthy for next season.

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Can 4-12 Cowboys Rebound Into Playoffs in 2016? - One. Cool.Customer- Blogging The Boys
Every year since 1990 there have been a handful of teams that had a losing record in the previous season, yet still made the playoffs the following season. Can the 2016 Cowboys be one of those teams?

All of these numbers have a very simple message: Anything can happen in the NFL. Every new NFL season is also a new chance for teams that fell short of the playoffs the season before. The NFL is intrinsically designed to be a parity-driven league; the draft, revenue sharing, the salary cap, compensatory draft picks, even the schedule; everything about the NFL is designed so that every team from every market has a legit opportunity to compete year-in and year-out.

Lance Dunbar More Focused On Recovery Than Contract Status -Dave Helman- Dallas Cowboys
Exit interviews have a way of bringing out forgotten aspects of a season, and this past Monday was no different when speaking to Lance Dunbar.

"It was very frustrating. My whole career, every time I’ve gotten an opportunity either I’ve got hurt or something bad has happened," Dunbar said. "But it makes me stronger. I’ll keep fighting through that adversity and just get better. I’ll have another opportunity, and when it comes I’ll be ready."

Dallas Cowboys: Gosselin: If Cowboys want Super Bowl QB, now is the time to draft him -Rick Gosselin- SportsDay
Perhaps no factor to their 4-12 season finish was more evident than the loss at quarterback. With Tony Romo at 36, now is the time to think about grooming someone.

The winning quarterbacks in 27 of the first 49 Super Bowls were first-round draft picks. Quarterbacks selected in the top five combined to win 19 of those Super Bowls: Len Dawson, Joe Namath, Bob Griese, Terry Bradshaw, Jim Plunkett, Jim McMahon, John Elway, Troy Aikman and both Peyton and Eli Manning.

Cowboys put up big numbers with viewers on NBC’s Sunday Night Football -David Humphrey- The Star-Telegram
When it comes to TV viewers, the Dallas Cowboys are always good for business despite only winning four games this season.

Three games involving the Cowboys finished in the top 10. The Cowboys-New York Giants game drew an average of 26.8 million viewers to rank third, Cowboys-New Orleans Saints on Oct. 4 (24.2 million) was seventh and Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 8 was ninth (23.0 million).

Jerome Henderson to interview with Browns; deal expiring with Cowboys - Todd Archer- ESPN
The Cowboys had the fifth-ranked pass defense, but the secondary accounted for only five of their eight interceptions. Either way, Cleveland is looking high and low for a replacement coach.

The Cowboys had the fifth-ranked pass defense, but the secondary accounted for only five of the Cowboys’ eight interceptions. The only interceptions by the cornerbacks came from Terrance Mitchell and Deji Olatoye. Brandon Carr has not had an interception since 2013 and Morris Claiborne did not have a pick in 11 games in 2015. In addition to Henderson, the other assistants with expiring contracts are safeties coach Joe Baker, defensive ends coach Ben Bloom, defensive assistant Turner West and offensive assistants Marc Colombo and Kevin Carberry.

Has Jason Garrett Seen Enough Of Greg Hardy? - Danny Phantom- Blogging The Boys
Jason Garrett doesn’t seem very enthusiastic about the idea of bringing back Greg Hardy and it is something worth monitoring.

So on Monday, when he was asked if he wanted Greg Hardy back on the team, he stayed on script and gave the media very little, saying...

"Don't want to get into any personnel decisions right now."

CowBuzz: Team Reflects on 2015 Season Through Social Media -Taylor Stern- Dallas Cowboys
On Monday the 2015 season was finally in the books with the players cleaning out their lockers for the offseason. However, some players took the time to reflect on the year through their social media.

Dallas Cowboys: Cowboys needed extra security for Greg Hardy; some teammates soured on him -Brandon George- SportsDay
Greg Hardy cleaned out his locker Monday at Valley Ranch like he wouldn't be back. The Cowboys defensive end made sure not to leave anything behind.

Hardy's market value this offseason isn't expected to be strong considering most teams shied away after his domestic violence arrest. Hardy didn't help himself by never showing remorse and continuing to be a distraction off the field. That leaves the door cracked for the Cowboys to re-sign him to a low-risk deal.

Cowboys’ Darren McFadden credits running backs coach Gary Brown for his success -Clarence Hill- The Star-Telegram
One year after running back DeMarco Murray led the NFL in rushing and won NFL offensive player of year honors, Darren McFadden, the replacement for his replacement, is a viable candidate for NFL comeback player of the year.

McFadden, who had just 128 yards after five games and didn’t get his first start until Week 7, finished 1,089 yards on a career-high 239 carries. He finished fourth in the league in rushing, while averaging 4.6 yards per carry.

Dez Bryant of Dallas Cowboys undergoes surgery on right foot, ankle -Todd Archer- ESPN
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant had surgery on his right foot and ankle Wednesday morning in New York, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Wednesday's surgery, which was performed by Dr. Martin O'Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery, involved an additional bone-grafting procedure in the area where the initial graft was performed in September. Bryant also had loose bone chips removed from the front of his ankle that were causing pain and swelling.

Cowboys 2016 Draft: What To Expect When You're Expecting The Fourth Pick - Jim Scott- Blogging The Boys
Should the Dallas Cowboys draft the quarterback of the future or an immediate impact player? Does a study of history show any clear pattern of success?

Many point to Joey Bosa, Jalen Ramsey, and Vernon Hargreaves as players who immediately improve this team. I'm not sure I agree. The immediate impact of first-round pass rushers is typically limited. While cornerback is indeed a position where rookies can come in and have some success, it's far from a "sure thing" as we've seen with Morris Claiborne. There is risk associated with any position here, and quarterback is no more likely to bust than any other pick.

Scandrick Getting Back on Track; Focus Remains on Training Camp Return -Nick Eatman- Dallas Cowboys
It was a tough season for the Cowboys and nothing was worse than having to watch their struggles from the sidelines while you were of no help. That's the exact feeling that Orlando Scandrick dealt with.

"It’s not just disappointing because I can’t be there, but it’s disappointing because I know we expected to be better," Scandrick said. "It was terrible. I guess we’ll get some good players in here, free agency and the draft. We’ll get some guys back healthy, so I guess it’ll be almost a new team. But it’s been disappointing. I’m just ready to get healthy and get back out there to contribute."

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