Daily Archives: November 2nd, 2011

FRIENDLY SIBLING RIVALRY: Rob Ryan enjoys dissing and taunting his brother Rex Ryan – Video

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With his Cowboys mired in a 24-0 hole at halftime Sunday night, Rob Ryan told NBC’s Al Michaels in a prerecorded interview that he doesn’t see himself as an assistant coach for much longer.

“My chance will come,” Ryan said. “It only took my dad 25 years to get a (head coaching) chance and, hell, he’s better than me and (Jets coach and twin brother) Rex put together.”

Not ideal timing for the Cowboys’ mouthy coordinator, who later acknowledged he was “out-coached” in the 34-7 loss to Michael Vick and the Eagles after he ripped Philadelphia earlier in the season.

Rob Ryan — really, all three Ryan’s — is who he is, and one embarrassing loss isn’t about alter his hyper-self-confident world view.

Or his knack for taking shots at brother Rex.

“I know (Rex is) one of the most recognizable head coaches in football this year, and things like that,” Rob Ryan said. “But, I mean, he’s also gone to two AFC Championship games in a row. I mean, I don’t think anybody else can say that. So, he’s had an opportunity and he’s done great with it. I’ll be better than him, so I’ll get my chance.”

Asked to cite what makes him different than his brother Rex, Rob thought for a minute before getting serious: “I like a curvy woman.”

Rob Ryan, ladies and gentlemen.


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SPOTLIGHT: Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan


Washington Redskins CB DeAngelo Hall to start selling ‘I Hate Dallas’ wristbands

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With the way the season is unfolding for the 3-4 Cowboys and 3-4 Redskins, barring a dramatic two-week turnaround, it’s highly unlikely there will be any hype surrounding their Nov. 20 matchup at FedExField. Tony Romo versus John Beck just ain’t gonna cut it.

Enter Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who’s adding a little zest to the otherwise lackluster matchup between the longtime NFC East rivals.

Hall’s line of “Hail Yeah I Hate Dallas” silicone wristbands will go on sale Tuesday on his website, giving Redskins fans a chance to proudly express their hatred for their fiercest rival. If that’s not enough reason to spend $3.99, a press release says “partial proceeds of sales” will benefit the D.C. Central Kitchen, which feeds the less fortunate throughout the Washington D.C. area.

We’re sure plenty of anti-Cowboys folks — who stretch beyond just Redskins fans — like to believe that hating on the team somehow helps make the world a better place, but in this case, it’s actually true.

Redskins fans sure need something to feel good about after being shut out by the Bills on Sunday for their third consecutive loss. Adding ex-Cowboys running back Tashard Choice on Monday probably won’t suffice.

WEDNESDAY PRACTICE UPDATE: Sean Lee, Felix Jones sit out | Kosier limited

The first practice since last week’s 34-7 loss to the Eagles saw a few key players not on the field Wednesday at Valley Ranch.

Most notably, running back Felix Jones, who has now missed two straight games with a high-ankle sprain, was not in attendance and wasn’t working with the athletic trainers or the strength and conditioning staff during the early portion of practice.

With the Cowboys cutting Tashard Choice on Saturday, leaving just rookies DeMarco Murray and Phillip Tanner as the only healthy backs on the roster, it seemed as if Jones might be ready to return to practice this week. While Jones could practice Thursday or Friday, it seems likely at this point that Murray would get his second straight start Sunday against Seattle.

Linebacker Sean Lee missed Wednesday’s practice with a dislocated left wrist. Lee visited a hand specialist on Monday and he wasn’t ruling out the possibility of playing against Seattle. That would depend on how much swelling decreased in his wrist and how limited he would be wearing a protective cast.

“If I can get it wrapped up and not worry about hurting it more than it is, I’d play (Sunday),” Lee said. “I just have to be smart about it.”

And for the third straight week, right guard Kyle Kosier was only limited in practice. He worked with the starting five at the beginning of practice but went back into the training room once the team went into its stretching period. Kosier has been limited for the last three Wednesdays of practice with a foot injury.


RUMOR: Dallas Cowboys’ Sean Lee out Sunday, possibly longer, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN

By Adam Schefter | ESPN

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee suffered a dislocated wrist that will prevent him from playing Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks and possibly well beyond, a source close to the situation said.

Some doctors believe he should have season-ending surgery, others believe he can cast the injury and play through it, the source said.

Lee has not made any decision yet. He and the Dallas Cowboys will continue consulting with doctors until they make a determination of what’s best for the linebacker’s future. The team hasn’t officially ruled him out for Sunday’s game.

Sean Lee still has some swelling. If he does undergo a surgical procedure, the recovery time would take six-to-eight weeks.

Lee hurt the wrist trying to tackle quarterback Michael Vick in the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

If the Cowboys don’t have Sean Lee, Bradie James and Keith Brooking would split the workload at inside linebacker.


The Boys Are Back comment: Adam Schefter is hit or miss on his reporting. Take this report with a grain of salt. Once Sean Lee’s status is officially resolved, it’ll be reported here on The Boys Are Back blog.


Miles Austin: ‘I have nothing but love for big Tanner’

IRVING — The Dallas Cowboys undrafted rookie running back Phillip Tanner is from local, Kimball high school.

Tanner is one of the first players to arrive each morning at Valley Ranch. He even puts his uniform on about four hours before the start of practice. Some of the Cowboys players give him a hard time about it.

But Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin isn’t one of them.

“I have nothing but love for big Tanner,” Austin said. “He is one of the first dudes here because I try to get here early, too, and he’s always usually here a few minutes before me. But now that I know that, I’m going to have to start coming a little earlier. He’s the man. He works hard every day. He’s a professional. He’s been treating it as professional as anyone could, especially coming in this year. He’s a great teammate and a great player for us and he’s doing awesome things.”

Phillip Tanner said he puts his uniform on early because he wants to soak it all in and enjoy every moment he can putting on the Cowboys uniform. Austin said he can relate.

“Whatever position you’re in, you have to savor every moment because you never know what could happen in any situation,” Austin said. “I didn’t necessarily put my uniform on early, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t savoring the moment. We all know his love for the game and his love for this organization already and that’s a great thing to already notice and see in somebody this early in their career.”


VIDEO: Roger Staubach discusses upcoming inductee’s into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor

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1 on 1: Roger Staubach

Nick Eatman had a chance to sit down with Cowboys hall of famer and ring of honor member Roger Staubach to talk about the players being inducted into the ring of honor this weekend. Drew Pearson, Charles Haley, and Larry Allen will be immortalized with 15 other legendary Dallas Cowboys.

RELATED: About the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor inductees

Originally published 19 August 2011 11:32 PM | The Boys Are Back blog



Position: Wide receiver

With the Cowboys: 1973-83

How acquired: Undrafted free agent

Notable:  Had 489 career receptions, third-most in club history. Hall of Famer Michael Irvin leads with 750. … Among Cowboys receivers with at least 200 career receptions, ranks fifth in yards-per-catch at 16. … Led NFL in receiving yards with 870 in 14-game season of 1977. Finished among league’s top 10 in receptions three times and top 10 in receiving yardage five times. … Named first-team All-Pro three times and selected to three Pro Bowls. … In 22 career playoff games, caught 67 passes for 1,105 yards and eight touchdowns. … Completed five of seven options passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns.

Quotable: “I really don’t live in the past. Who is to say it’s the right time? For me, this is the right time. I’m 60 years old, and I’m going into the Dallas Cowboys’ Ring of Honor. How about that?”


Position: Defensive end-outside linebacker

With the Cowboys: 1992-96

How acquired: From San Francisco, for a second- and third-round draft choice

Notable: Hybrid pass rusher. Had 33 sacks in 58 games during first four regular seasons with Cowboys. Finished fourth in NFL in sacks with 121/2 in 1995. Had 3 1/2 sacks and one interception in 10 postseason games. … Named first-team All-Pro in 1994 and selected to Pro Bowl in 1994-95. … Limited by back problems to one sack in five regular-season and two postseason games during final season with club. … Returned to San Francisco for two playoff games in 1998 and a full regular season in 1999.

Quotable: “For my teammates, I tried to let them know I’d be there no matter what, hell or high water. I know I put a lot of
teammates through hell, a lot of coaches through hell and owners. But Jerry stuck with me.”


Position: Offensive guard and tackle

With the Cowboys: 1994-2005

How acquired: Second-round pick, 1994

Notable:  Made 170 starts at both tackle spots and right guard while with Cowboys. Started 10 games at right tackle as a rookie
in 1994 and moved to right guard, starting every game in 1995, the last season the Cowboys won a Super Bowl. … During time with Cowboys, named first-team All-Pro six times and selected to 10 Pro Bowl teams. … Teammate and fellow offensive lineman
Nate Newton said he saw more than a few defensive linemen matched against Allen “quit’ during games.

Quotable: “When I was stretching before [home] games, I’d look up at those names in the Ring of Honor and hope I could find a way to get up there. I kept trying.”.


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ROSTER MOVE: Dallas Cowboys make practice squad move

IRVING, Texas — The Cowboys have cut punter Chris Jones from the practice squad and re-signed defensive lineman Robert Calloway, but that should not be viewed as a sign Mat McBriar will be ready for Sunday’s game vs. Seattle.

McBriar is dealing with a nerve issue in his left foot, which first flared up two days before the Cowboys played St. Louis. He punted without trouble against the Rams but could make it through only a half against Philadelphia. He averaged 38.7 yards on three punts before being replaced by kicker Dan Bailey.

McBriar wore a bulky brace that ran up his calf but he was limping noticeably. He has seen specialists this week, but it could be a case of waiting for the nerves to re-fire.

If McBriar is unable to punt, the Cowboys would likely re-sign Jones, who was with the team in training camp. He averaged 37 yards per punt in the preseason and struggled in the Blue-White scrimmage.

McBriar’s absence would also affect Bailey, because the Pro Bowl punter is also the holder.

While there are veterans punters available, Chris Jones worked as Bailey’s holder for most of training camp. Tony Romo served as Bailey’s holder on a point-after attempt against the Eagles. Coach Jason Garrett said last week Jon Kitna would be an option, but Kitna has not served in that role in his career.

If Chris Jones is needed but McBriar’s injury is not one that would end his season, then it could set up the unusual circumstance of the Cowboys having four kickers on the 53-man roster and just three tailbacks with Bailey, Chris Jones, McBriar and David Buehler. The only tailbacks currently on the roster are DeMarco Murray and Phillip Tanner and Felix Jones.

DALLAS COWBOYS HERITAGE: Tom Landry special airing Thursday on NFL Network

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On a week that will acknowledge three of the great players in Dallas Cowboys history, it’s fitting that the NFL Network will air a documentary on the franchise’s all-time winningest coach.

Tom Landry: A Football Life airs Thursday night at 9 p.m. (CT).

The network’s promo for the special: “For 29 seasons, Tom Landry commanded the sideline for the Dallas Cowboys with a stoic demeanor and iconic hat, overseeing a football team that operated with machine-like efficiency. Yet behind the myth and mystique was a father figure that stood in contrast to the image of an unemotional head coach, all of which is revealed in Tom Landry: A Football Life.”


Among those interviewed are former players Roger Staubach, Drew Pearson, Mike Ditka, New York Giants teammate Frank Gifford and various media personalities.

The trailer can be seen here.


AUDIO: The Jerry Jones Show – November 1, 2011

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The Jerry Jones Show: Nov. 1

Jerry Jones joins The Fan to discuss Sunday’s game against the Eagles, as well as a few other subjects.

RELATED: Jerry Jones gets testy defending Cowboys, reiterates he is not worried

It will take more than a 34-7 blowout to the Eagles to shake owner Jerry Jones’ confidence in the Dallas Cowboys.

He said wasn’t worried after the game and reiterated that point Tuesday on  his radio show on KRLD-FM, even getting a little testy in doing so when asked  repeatedly why he wasn’t concerned.

Jones snapped that he just spent 10 minutes explaining his position then offered, “I think we’ll go right back. We just have to do that. In my life, I’ve  stuck my head in the sand and not recognized and dwelled on the situation, because if you do, you’ll become the situation. I just want us to move on past  this one.”

Jerry Jones is likely positive because of the Cowboys upcoming schedule that features four games against the Seahawks (2-5), Redskins (3-4), Dolphins (0-7)  and Cardinals (1-6), in addition to next week’s game against the Bills  (5-2).

He said he is also confident because of the presence of quarterback Tony  Romo.

“In my perspective, when we have a quarterback that’s healthy — Romo — that can play at the level that I believe he can play at, then I don’t think  you ought to lower your expectations,” Jones said when asked if fans should have  championship expectations this season or understand that the Cowboys are in a  rebuilding process. “I think you’ve got an opportunity to have a good team.  Consequently, when I look at the makeup of our team, that’s why I don’t want to – and fans shouldn’t either – dwell on this game.

“Philadelphia is a good team. They are a good team right now. It was maybe an  aberration that they started off like they did. But good teams don’t always win  the Super Bowl. That gives everyone else a chance, too. We caught them right.  They played well. We didn’t play well at all. Let’s look and see what’s down the  road for us.”


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