Daily Archives: August 17th, 2011

Lions give Cowboys-ex Leonard Davis a look today

Leonard Davis, the former Texas Longhorn who spent four years with the Cowboys, is working out with the Detroit Lions today.

Dallas let Davis go during the off-season rather than absorb his base salary of $6 million. He earned spots in three Pro Bowls while in Dallas.

The Lions need more help at tackle than at guard, but they apparently thought Davis was worth a look to solidify their offensive line.

Rick Gosselin’s 12 most deserving Ring of Honor candidates

By RICK GOSSELIN

Staff Writer

Published 17 August 2011 12:38 AM

Here’s how Rick Gosselin stacks his dozen top Ring of Honor candidates in worthiness:

Rk., Player

Pos.

Comment

1. Drew Pearson

WR

NFL all-decade performer in the 1970s

2. Harvey Martin

DE

Franchise’s all-time sack leader

3. Cornell Green

CB/S

Pro Bowler at two positions

4. Larry Allen

G

Two-time NFL all-decade performer

5. Darren Woodson

S

Franchise’s all-time tackle leader

6. Everson Walls

CB

44 career interceptions

7. Charles Haley

DE

Three Super Bowls rings with Cowboys

8. Danny White

QB

Took Cowboys to three NFC title games

9. Nate Newton

G

Three Super Bowl rings with Cowboys

10. Ralph Neely

T

NFL all-decade performer in the 1960s

11. Deion Sanders

CB

Best years were in Atlanta, SF

12. Jay Novacek

TE

Critical to Troy Aikman’s success

Tony Romo: I feel ‘very, very good’ about the next phase of my career

By JON MACHOTA

Published 17 August 2011 01:18 PM

During a recent interview, Tony Romo gave Cowboys fans a reason to be excited about his future as the teams starting quarterback.

While answering questions for the show In Depth with Graham Bensinger, Romo discussed how he has progressed as a player in the NFL.

But some of his most interesting thoughts were spent on where the 31-year-old said his career is headed.

“I’m slowly getting to the point where I feel very, very good about what’s about to take shape in the next phase of my career,” he said. “I feel like I just got done with the first part of it, the understanding the game, the getting to where you have good footwork, you can throw the ball where you want to. And now I get to use all of these experiences.

“I can go out and play the game at a tempo and speed that I don’t feel like I have to overcome myself in anyway.”

Why is Romo so optimistic?

During every season of his professional career, Romo said he has become more accurate, developed better footwork and gained a better understanding of the game.

“I think it will be fun for me to go out and see how good this next stage and next phase will be,” he added. “I’m excited about the opportunity.”

For Romo, Candice Crawford’s tears meant proposal was right decision

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By JON MACHOTA

Published 17 August 2011 02:25 PM

Tony Romo isn’t one to talk much about his personal life, but the Cowboys starting quarterback let his guard down for a few minutes during a recent interview.

After answering several football-related questions on a show called In Depth with Graham Bensinger, Romo dished about his December marriage proposal and May wedding.

The quarterback proposed to former Miss Missouri Candice Crawford on her 24th birthday and the couple married on May 28 at Dallas’ Arlington Hall.

With both families out to dinner in Dallas for Crawford’s birthday, Romo figured it would be a good time to pop the question.

“She had no idea that it was going to be an engagement party, basically,” he said. “I got down and proposed. When you know, you know.”

Following that response, Bensinger immediately asked Romo if he was nervous.

“You know, it was fine, fine, fine and then right before, you get a little nervous,” he said. “But then you see her start to cry, and you know you made a great decision.”

As far as the wedding weekend, Romo said it was a great time and he enjoyed seeing all of his friends and family. But the part he will remember most occurred when he saw Crawford’s face as she walked down the isle.

“That will always be etched in my memory,” said Romo. “I think it’s just a unique once in a lifetime thing, and I think it’s a special moment in my life.”

Tashard Choice may be best trash talker on offense

Linebacker Victor Butler  of the Dallas Cowboys joined The Ben & Skin Show on KESN-FM 103.3 on Wednesday. Some excerpts:

Who is the guy that talks the most trash on the offensive side of the ball?

Oh man, there are so many. I love all my teammates. There are so many good offensive players that are good at trash talking. But it may be Tashard [Choice]. … I wouldn’t want to hurt him, just hit him. He’s a great running back … but he’s good with the mouthpiece.

Have you ever played with a kicker as jacked up as David Buehler?

Well, he did go to USC so jacked up is a little of an understatement for those guys.

What kind of TV shows and music do are you into?

When I’m not footballing, I watch a lot of the old NFL Films-type things. First of all, I like the soundtracks. Whoever is narrating the old NFL films (John Facenda), I love him. He’s so passionate about football. I like watching True Blood. My mom got me into it. I’m a big Dexter fan and I like cartoons.

Felix Jones: NFL lockout gave me ‘more time to focus on what I wanted to do’

By JON MACHOTA

Published 17 August 2011 05:31 PM

For the first time during his three-year career in Dallas, Felix Jones was given the bulk of the Cowboys’ rushing attempts in 2010.

Jones rushed 185 times, which was twice as many touches as he received during his first two seasons in the NFL combined.

However, his scoring production and rushing average decreased. The 5-10, 220-pounder only ran for one touchdown and averaged 4.3 yards per carry. Of the backs with 150 or more carries, Jones finished 16th in rushing average.

During a recent interview on SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket [KTCK-AM], Jones said he worked on improving his speed and losing a few pounds this summer to improve for the 2011 campaign, a season where he will be the Cowboys’ featured back.

“This off-season I had a lot of time to focus on different aspects of my game,” Jones told Norm Hitzges. “As far as doing my footwork drills or speed training, being away from the facilities and doing the regular things that we do there, I had more time to focus on what I wanted to do. I believe that helped me out a lot this summer.”

Hitzges pointed out that Jones looked faster in the Cowboys preseason opener last Thursday. Jones agreed and said his flexibility and quickness training are the reason for his extra speed.

“That’s how I made it this far,” Jones said, “with my quickness and speed. And I have to use that to my advantage.”

Jones was used heavily in the Cowboys passing game last season, catching 48 passes on 52 targets. It appears he will be significant in that area again this season, although, he didn’t confirm that speculation during the interview.

“Any opportunity for me to help out my football team, I’m willing to take that opportunity and make the best of it,” he said. “However I get the ball, I’m going to try to make the best out of it. If that’s the plan this year, to split me out and catch the ball a little more, hey, I’m willing and ready to do it.”

Now that Marion Barber is in Chicago, does that mean Jones wants to be the team’s primary goal-line back?

“Well, yeah,” Jones said. “You put yourself out there and you want to score points for your team. I believe all the running backs here are goal line runners. You just got to go out there and get that opportunity and make it happen.”

Cowboys should take care of the older Cowboys first

Aug 16, 2011 (The Dallas Morning News) — Tex Schramm did his best to frame the Cowboys Ring of Honor as a more exclusive fraternity than the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Tony Dorsett, Tom Landry and Randy White are testimony to that. All were enshrined in Canton before Jerry Jones welcomed them into the Ring of Honor in the 1990s.

But what Schramm did during his stewardship as king of the ring was a tremendous disservice to the franchise, its players and fans.

Understand this _ not all great players are enshrined in Canton. For many, a team Hall of Fame is the highest honor they can or will ever achieve. Sadly, Schramm denied many of them that achievement.

In addition to Dorsett, Landry and White, Jones enshrined Schramm-era Cowboys Cliff Harris, Lee Roy Jordan, Bob Hayes and Rayfield Wright into the Ring of Honor. Jones even enshrined Schramm himself.

Jones took the first step toward honoring the next generation of Cowboys _ the players who won three Super Bowls for him in the 1990s _ by adding the Triplets to the Ring of Honor in 2005.

Jones has indicated the Ring will expand again in 2011. Larry Allen, Charles Haley, Deion Sanders and Darren Woodson are all worthy considerations as Jones mulls his next enshrinees.

Sanders was inducted into Canton this month and Haley has been a finalist. Allen was a rare two-time NFL all-decade selection, and Woodson was in the initial wave of cover safeties who are now in vogue in the NFL.

But as deserving as Haley is, there’s no way he should be enshrined in the Ring of Honor before another defensive end, Harvey Martin. As deserving as Woodson is, there’s no way he should be enshrined before another safety, Cornell Green. As deserving as Sanders is, there’s no way he should be enshrined before another cornerback, Everson Walls.

// And, as deserving as Allen is, there’s no way he should be enshrined before Drew Pearson. As important to the Cowboys as Allen was in the 1990s, Pearson was arguably more important to the Cowboys of the 1970s.Pearson may never be enshrined in Canton. The same can be said for Martin and Woodson. That doesn’t mean they weren’t great players. If not the Pro Football Hall of Fame, they certainly belong in a franchise Hall of Fame.Clearly, Jones still has some housekeeping to do from the Schramm era. Players from the 1960s (Green), 1970s (Martin) and 1980s (Walls) should be feted by the Cowboys for their contributions, not forgotten.Green started for 12 seasons, played in two Super Bowls and earned Pro Bowl acclaim at cornerback and safety. He also set a franchise record with 10 blocked kicks.Martin was an NFL all-decade selection in the 1970s and co-MVP of a Super Bowl. He set unofficial franchise records with 23 sacks in 1977 and 114 in his career. Walls set a franchise season record with 11 interceptions in 1981 and picked off 44 passes in his career, second-most in Cowboys history.

Pearson was another all-decade selection from the 1970s. Dez Bryant wears 88 because of Michael Irvin, and Irvin wore it because of Drew Pearson. “Hail Mary” says it all.

Pearson, Green, Martin and Walls all deserve a standing ovation from the Cowboys and their fans _ if not on a stage in Canton, then on the field at Cowboys Stadium. The Ring of Honor may be the highest honor they receive. They shouldn’t be denied that.