IRVING, Texas — Normally on Tuesday we bring you the officials’ breakdown but with the bye we have changed it up for you with a penalty breakdown.
In four games this season the Cowboys have been penalized 28 times for 211 yards. Two penalties have been declined by the opponent.
Here’s the breakdown per penalty:
Offensive holding – 8
False start – 6
Delay of game – 2
Defensive holding – 2
Offside – 2
12-men on the field – 2
Defensive pass interference – 1
Face mask – 1
Leverage – 1
Unnecessary roughness – 1
Offensive pass interference – 1
Encroachment – 1
Illegal formation – 1
Neutral zone infraction – 1
Doug Free – 3
Alan Ball – 3
Frank Walker – 2
Tony Romo – 2
Tyron Smith – 2
Derrick Dockery – 2
Jason Hatcher – 2
Kyle Kosier – 2
Bradie James – 1
Keith Brooking – 1
Kevin Ogletree – 1
Martellus Bennett – 1
Sean Lee – 1
Jason Witten – 1
Phil Costa – 1
Anthony Spencer – 1
Phillip Tanner – 1
DeMarcus Ware – 1
Apparently, saying that the Dallas Cowboys are America’s Team is more than just repeating an old-fashioned nickname.
According to the results of a recent Harris Poll, the Cowboys are the most popular team in the NFL for the fifth consecutive season. Jerry Jones’ team also topped the poll, which began monitoring favorite NFL teams in 1998, during the 1998, 1999 and 2003 seasons, and the franchise with five Super Bowl trophies has never been ranked lower than fourth.
The results were gathered from an online survey of 2,462 adults, which was conducted between September 12 and 19. Rounding out the top five this season were the Packers, Steelers, Patriots and Bears.
The results obviously show that Jones doesn’t have to win a Super Bowl, or even make the playoffs, to harbor an impressive fan base.
Receiver Laurent Robinson said he’s always wanted to play for the Cowboys. Now, he’s living in the moment after the breakout game of his five-year career Sunday against Detroit. Robinson had seven catches for a career-high 116 yards in the Cowboys’ 34-30 loss.
Robinson was with the San Diego Chargers in training camp in August, and he said he became even more intrigued about possibly playing for the Cowboys one day after the Chargers spent a few days in town practicing against the Cowboys before playing them in a preseason game at Cowboys Stadium.
Linda Brown, Robinson’s mother who lives in Cape Canaveral, Fla., said her son called her after his visit to Dallas while still with the Chargers.
“He said, ‘Mom, I would love to play for the Cowboys,'” Brown said. “I said, ‘I don’t want to even hear it. You’re a Charger!’ I was thinking in my mind that it’s never going to happen. And now it’s all worked out for the best. He loves it in Dallas.”
The Cowboys are enjoying Robinson as well. He’s moved into the team’s third receiver spot – ahead of Kevin Ogletree – and is expected to play a big role for the team going forward.
“I thought he played really well in this most recent game,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of Robinson. “I thought he got off to a really good start in the Washington game for someone who hasn’t been with us for training camp and was on and off our roster in the early part of the season. He really stepped in and understood what to do and how to do it. The quarterbacks have a real comfort level throwing the ball to him. I think has the ability to run past defenders but also make some plays underneath. I think he’s played well and he’s only going to improve. He goes about it the right way, works very hard. We’re excited to have added him to our team.”
Robinson said that he’s been able to learn the Cowboys’ offense quickly because it’s very similar to the Chargers’ offense.
“There’s a little bit of difference, but the number system is pretty much the same thing,” Robinson said. “I pretty much got it down.”
Cooley wrote a long and thoughtful post about the topic and we wanted to pass it along.
“In a league full of glad-handing and ass slapping between competing teams, I actually care about the organization and fan base that has supported me throughout my 8-year career,” Cooley writes. ”While I feel an honest respect for all NFL players, I show no remorse in cheering against another team, especially the Cowboys. If it sounded like I was delighted by Tony Romo’s failure last week, I was.”
Thank you. Cooley goes on from there to point out that it’s not personal with Romo. He also responds in hilarious fashion to a lot of the nasty Twitter messages he’s received.
Admonishing Cooley like he’s some fourth-grader is a joke. The more that I read about the NFL of the 60′s, 70′s, and 80′s, the more I realize there was far more “trash talking” then. You want players to root against each opponents. It’s boring to get the same fake sound bite over and over.
There is nothing worse than hearing phony moralizing from people who take sports too seriously. When there is a rare player like Cooley that has a little fun, we kill him for it.
We leave with an actual response from ESPN’s Skip Bayless about Cooley’s quotes:
“Way, way, out bounds. I lost a lost of respect of Chris Cooley,” Bayless said with a hushed tone as if someone had died. “He comes across as some lame-brained, knee-jerked Redskins fan.”
This is coming from a man who holds the world record for lame-brained, knee-jerk, out of bounds, hypocritical sports commentary.