Daily Archives: October 25th, 2011

SPOTLIGHT: Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan

SPOTLIGHT - Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan - The Boys Are Back blog

SPOTLIGHT - Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan - The Boys Are Back blog

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Rob Ryan (born December 13, 1962 in Ardmore, Oklahoma) is the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He is the son of former defensive coordinator and head coach Buddy Ryan and the twin brother of current head coach of the New York Jets, Rex Ryan.

Early life

When his parents, Doris and Buddy Ryan, divorced in 1966, Rob and his twin brother Rex, moved with Doris to Toronto. In 1974, they moved back to the United States to live with their father. He attended Stevenson High School in Linconshire, Illinois.

Playing career

Ryan played defensive end opposite his brother Rex at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Coaching career

Ryan was a graduate assistant at Western Kentucky in 1987 and at Ohio State in 1988. Ryan then spent 5 seasons at Tennessee State, where he coached running backs (1989–91), wide receivers(1992) and the defensive line (1993). He served as defensive coordinator at Hutchinson Community College in 1996, where they led the nation in total defense (228 yards per game) and in sacks (56). His defense also set a national record by forcing 49 turnovers. Ryan originally entered the NFL coaching ranks in 1994 as defensive backs coach on his father’s staff at Arizona Cardinals. He also coached Cardinals cornerbacks and safeties in 1995. With Ryan as his position coach, cornerback Aeneas Williams earned two trips to the Pro Bowl in 1994 and 1995. In 1995, the Cardinals led the NFL with 32 interceptions and 42 total takeaways. The 1994 Cardinals ranked second in the NFL total defense, second in run defense and third in pass defense. From 1997–99, Ryan was the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State, where the Cowboys defense continually ranked among the best in the nation, also he was named Coordinator of the Year by The Sporting News in 1997.

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VOTE EARLY and VOTE OFTEN: Dallas Cowboy RB DeMarco Murray Up For Two Weekly Honors

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VOTE for the Pepsi Rookie of the Week - Click on picture

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IRVING, Texas — Surprise, surprise: coming off a franchise record-breaking 253-yard rushing performance, Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is a candidate for FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week and Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week.

Fans can vote for the FedEx Ground award here through 2 p.m. (CT) Friday and the Pepsi Rookie award here through 8 a.m. (CT) Friday. Both winners will be announced Friday on NFL Network’s Total Access and NFL.com.

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FedEX Player of the Week - Click on picture to VOTE

FedEX Player of the Week - Click on picture to VOTE

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Murray’s 253 yards broke Emmitt Smith’s single-game rushing record, and his 10.1-yard average was the league’s highest for any player with at least 10 carries in Week 7.

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ROOKIE DEBUT: Dallas Cowboys 2011 NFL draft pick Bruce Carter’s status

Dallas Cowboys 2011 NFL draft pick Bruce Carter - Rookie debut coming soon

Dallas Cowboys 2011 NFL draft pick Bruce Carter – Rookie debut soon – The Boys Are Back blog

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After spending the first six weeks of the season on the Non-Football Injury list, Cowboys second-round pick Bruce Carter took a step forward last week to practice with the team for the first time.

His long recovery from a torn ACL suffered in college last November is not yet complete, however. The Cowboys still have a 14-day window before they have to decide whether or not to bring him up to the active roster, or place him on the Injured Reserve.

At some point, Carter is expected to be added to the 53. The question is whether his first appearance will be as soon as Sunday in Philadelphia.

“We’ll continue to evaluate Bruce’s situation,” Jason Garrett said. “He looked good last week and it was fun to see him move around as a football player, as opposed to a guy running on the side of a football field. It looks like he’s comfortable and relatively confident in his knee. We’ll watch him again and just see how he does.”

The Cowboys typically make roster moves on Tuesday so incoming players will have a full week of practice. However, because Carter is already eligible to work out with the team, they wouldn’t be obligated to officially move him up until Saturday, if they intended for him to suit up against the Eagles.

RELATED: Cowboys rookie LB Bruce Carter said he expects to play Sunday

Bruce Carter has persevered through an extensive rehabilitation, waiting for the opportunity to play in his first NFL game. Now the countdown to his professional debut has begun. The Cowboys rookie linebacker said he expects to play Sunday against Philadelphia.

“I’m very excited,” said Carter, who actually sounded rather unenthusiastic.

Carter, who joined his rookie teammates Tuesday and played bingo with seniors at The Brady Center of Catholic Charities of Dallas, practiced for the first time last week after recuperating from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that he suffered in his senior season at North Carolina.

He said he could have played against St. Louis on Sunday but that the Cowboys didn’t want to rush him back to action.

But Carter anticipates he will be active against Philadelphia and that means the Cowboys will have to cut a player from the 53-man roster to make room for him. They will make the corresponding move as they carve out a role for Carter. When asked by a reporter if he will contribute on special teams and appear in defensive sub packages, Carter responded, “Exactly what [he] just said.”

Before practicing last week, Carter was curious to see if he had returned to full strength. The answer he was looking for soon arrived.

“I wanted to make sure I still had it,” Carter said.

“Which I did.”

Courtesy: Rainer Sabin | DMN

EAGLES RESTING: Sunday bye week may not give Philly an edge against the Dallas Cowboys

Most of the Philadelphia Eagles are resting this week - Coaches prepare for Dallas Cowboys

Most of the Eagles are resting this week - Coaches prepare for Dallas Cowboys

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The Philadelphia Eagles may not have as big an advantage against the Dallas Cowboys as one might expect coming off their bye in Week 7.

As NFL.com’s Michael Lombardi points out, teams are 3-9 coming off their bye week this season. That would include the Dallas Cowboys’ 20-16 loss at New England in Week 6, for which they had two weeks to prepare.

The old assumption that extra time to rest and get ready for an opponent is beneficial may not be holding true this year because of a change in the league’s CBA which mandates players be given at least four consecutive off days during the open date. Combined with no offseason and jam-packed training camps, the thought is that teams and players are letting their fundamentals get away from them during the extra time away from the practice field.

Unlike the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia entered their bye on a positive note, earning a gut check win over Washington to get to 2-4. But having those good vibes extended may not make a difference.

As opposed to playing an unfamiliar team coming out of the bye, like the Dallas Cowboys going to New England, the extra time to prepare for the Cowboys probably won’t have an effect for Philly. They know the Dallas Cowboys as well as any team in the league, and the Cowboys are just as familiar with Andy Reid’s bunch.

NFC EAST: Dallas Cowboys nemesis Santana Moss likely to miss Nov. 20 rematch

Dallas Cowboys rival Santana Moss of the Washington Redskins

Dallas Cowboys rival Santana Moss of the Washington Redskins

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The Cowboys were pretty shorthanded and banged up when they faced the Redskins at home on Sept. 26, but found a way to win.

Now it’ll be the Redskins likely having even bigger problems when they face the Cowboys on Nov. 20 at FedEx Field. Longtime Cowboys nemesis Santana Moss is expected to miss 5-7 weeks with a broken hand that required surgery.

While there are just three games in between now and the Cowboys-Redskins’ rematch, Moss likely won’t be rushed back in time, especially considering the nature of the injury and the position he plays.

Add that to running back Tim Hightower being lost for the season with a torn ACL, and the fact they’ve already switched quarterbacks from Rex Grossman to John Beck, and the Cowboys appear to have caught a break in their next game with the Skins.

In 13 career games against Dallas, Moss has 78 catches for 1,125 yards and six touchdowns.

Obviously, that’s not the focus this week as the Cowboys head to Philadelphia to face a talented Eagles team coming off a bye week, which followed a road win over those Redskins.

 

WEEK 7 REVIEW: Dallas Cowboys vs St. Louis Rams

There isn’t a weekend that goes by during the football season where you don’t hear a coach or a player tell you how difficult it is to win a game in the National Football League and how grateful they are when they get that victory.

If you are Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys, be grateful that the St. Louis Rams were on your schedule when you needed a victory the most. The Rams defensively are as poor of a football team as I have seen this year when studying these Cowboys opponents.There is nothing that the Rams do well at all on defense. As we saw on Sunday, they don’t get off blocks in the running game and other than cornerback Al Harris, they struggle to really have any productive plays on pass defense.

Offensively without quarterback Sam Bradford, running back Steven Jackson was going to struggle. Backup quarterback A.J. Feeley was not going to make enough plays to keep Rob Ryan from trying to gang up on Jackson.

ABRAM ELAM VS. STEVEN JACKSON

Jackson had shown the most success running the ball when he was able to bounce it outside, get around the corner and make defensive backs have to come up in support to handle him with a head of steam.

Jackson had two runs that hurt the Cowboys, and they were on back-to-back plays on the Rams’ touchdown drive. Abram Elam played as well as a safety has played here in a while, but he took a bad angle of each one of those runs. Those were the only minus plays that Elam had.

Elam did a nice job of running down Jackson from the backside earlier in the game. He also made a solid hit on Cadillac Williams, causing a fumble, and made an athletic play on the recovery. Then to finish his day, he came up with a sure tackle on the goal line on a fourth-and-1 to prevent a Rams touchdown.

Linebacker Sean Lee didn’t have a great first half by his standards — overrunning a screen to the outside, getting trapped inside by the guard on a pull and missing a tackle coming from the inside in space. In the second half, Lee was a different player, making quick reads and getting through trash to make stops. Lee was also effective in pass defense, carrying wide receiver Danario Alexander across the formation in zone coverage to defend the ball.

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A STAR IS BORN – SOON: Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo says his wife is pregnant with couple’s first child

Tony Romo and wife expecting first child

Tony Romo and Candice Crawford expecting their first child

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said Tuesday morning that he and his wife, Candice Crawford, are expecting their first child.

The baby is due in early March, leaving Romo plenty of time to lead the Dallas Cowboys to a Super Bowl win in February.

Tony Romo and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin spoke to students Tuesday morning at Cedar Hill High School as part of the school’s Red Ribbon drug prevention campaign.

A Cedar Hill high school student asked Tony Romo if he had any children and he responded, “I got one on the way. My wife’s pregnant.”

Tony Romo married Candice Crawford, the former Miss Missouri, in May in Dallas.

DALLAS COWBOY LIVING LEGEND: Roger Staubach shares who would be on his Dallas-area Mount Rushmore of sports

Roger Staubach - First pitch - World Series 2011 - Texas Rangers vs St. Louis Cardinals

Roger Staubach - First pitch - World Series 2011 - Texas Rangers vs St. Louis Cardinals

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ARLINGTON — After throwing out the first pitch before Game 5 of the World Series on Monday night, Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach chatted with media members about several topics, including who would be on his Dallas area Mount Rushmore of sports figures.

One criteria, he could not name himself.

The Dallas Cowboys legend stayed with his former team for his first answer, naming fellow former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman.

“You’ve got Troy up there, you’ve got to have Dirk Nowitzki up there, and if you’re a hockey fan you’ve got [Mike] Modano,” Staubach said. “Nolan Ryan is up there, and Kenny Rogers [who caught Staubach’s pitch before the game] pitched his perfect game here with us. There’s a good list. There’s only four people up there on Mount Rushmore, isn’t there?”

Not a bad list.

Roger ‘The Dodger’ Staubach said it was a thrill to be asked to throw out the first pitch. He was in Washington D.C. for a Naval Academy Foundation meeting when he got the invite from Nolan Ryan.

Staubach, who has never thrown out a first pitch before a World Series game, responded to Ryan by saying: “Gee, yeah, that would be great.”

And of course, before Roger Staubach exited the interview room at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, he fielded a question about the Dallas Cowboys.

Staubach was asked if rookie running back DeMarco Murray, who rushed for 253 yards on Sunday, could possibly be the missing piece for the current Dallas Cowboys team.

“I think Tony [Romo] has got the receivers. They do need a running game, and I’m hoping that this is a good sign,” he said. “They’ve got a young offensive line, but they need a running game. And there’s definitely hope that they have it now.”

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WORKOUTS: Center/Guard Cole among four players hoping for Dallas Cowboy roster spot

Dallas Cowboys Tuesday workout - The Boys Are Back blog

Dallas Cowboys Tuesday workout - The Boys Are Back blog

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The Cowboys are working out four players on Tuesday, the team’s usual day off.

Among the four include veteran center/guard Nick Cole, who has 29 career starts, with the Eagles. The Cowboys are also working out offensive lineman Langston Walker, a nine-year veteran who has had two stints with the Raiders and also played for the Bills.

Safeties C.C. Brown and Chris Horton also worked out Tuesday, in front of coaches, scouts and front-office personnel. Brown has played for the Texans, Giants and Lions, while Horton spent three years with the Redskins.

The Cowboys typically use Tuesday to work out players, similar to last week when the club worked out Montrae Holland, Daniel Loper and Mansfield Wrotto and signed Holland and Loper to the roster.

Obviously all four of Tuesday’s workouts this week appear to be for backup and special teams help.

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