Daily Archives: November 21st, 2011

MOVING ON: Dallas Cowboys turn attention to the Miami Dolphins

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Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett (right) and special teams coach Joe DeCamillis watch the action Sunday.

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LANDOVER, Md. — Normally Jason Garrett wants his players to forget the previous game following the day-after game team meeting. This week, the Dallas Cowboys had the plane ride home to enjoy their 27-24 overtime win against Washington Redskins.

On Thursday they play Miami, which has won three straight, like the Cowboys.

“It’s fast,” right guard Kyle Kosier said. “I think the first group goes out in about 36 hours. We’ve got to enjoy this for about four hours and get on to the next one.”

The Dallas Cowboys have not played a road game prior to their annual Thanksgiving Day game since 2004 when they lost at Baltimore and beat Chicago four days later in a game started by Drew Henson.

Late last week coach Jason Garrett said the coaches’ focus had been on Washington, not Miami. Any advantage in the short week might be mitigated by the fact that Dolphins coach Tony Sparano was a Dallas assistant from 2003-07.

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WASHINGTON REDSKIN TIRADE: Jabar Gaffney tells Dallas Cowboys fan to “Kill Himself” on twitter

Washington Redskins wide receiver Jabar Gaffney took to Twitter after a tough loss to the Dallas Cowboys and told a Dallas fan to “go kill himself,” The Washington Post reports.

The Twitter tirade began after a Cowboys fan tweeted Gaffney “lmao 3-9.” The Redskins, however, are 3-7 and Gaffney responded rather angrily in a string of three tweets to the Cowboys fan.

“3-7 ain’t a record to be proud of I’m just proud I ain’t you get a life or kill urself,” the deleted tweet read.

Gaffney ended up deleting most of the profanity laced tweets. To see photos of the deleted stream, click here.

In Sunday’s overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Gaffney caught seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown.

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Courtesy: Sports Illustrated | The Washington Post

RELATED: Jabar Gaffney tells Cowboys fan to kill himself

The Redskins should probably go ahead and agree not to check Twitter on Sundays after losses.

First Fred Davis wrote that anyone who thinks he fumbled in the first quarter is an idiot.

Then Jabar Gaffney had a brief meltdown on his new account. He ended up deleting many of these messages, but I got the summary from the aggressively named FireTheShanahans.com.

This started when a Cowboys fan who lives in Virginia sent Gaffney a tweet reading “lmao 3-9.” The Redskins, of course, are not 3-9. Things devolved quickly from there.

The stream is below, with the bad words blacked out. Read from the bottom up.

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Courtesy: | The Washington Post | 11/21/2011

RIVALS HEADLINE: Jerry Jones’ ‘mad’ day nets a tie for 1st, Dallas Cowboys beat Washington Redskins 27-24 in OT

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Photo courtesy: STAR-TELEGRAM/RODGER MALLISON

Dallas Cowboys executives Jerry Jones Jr., Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones talk on the field before the game.

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LANDOVER, Md. — Jerry Jones’ team is tied for first place. Dan Snyder has never had a team lose this many in a row.

But such was the nature of the Dallas Cowboys’ 27-24 overtime victory over the Washington Redskins that it was winning owner Jones who afterward declared: “I stayed mad all day.”

“That is what happens,” Jones said, “when you go in maybe thinking that you have a little more going for you than you possibly should.”

Jones said he wasn’t picking on the coaches — he was merely reflecting his own roller-coaster feelings after the Cowboys allowed a last-minute game-tying touchdown in regulation and survived a missed Redskins field goal in overtime. Dallas came in with the momentum of solid back-to-back wins over the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills, but on Sunday came the reminder that rivalry games can never been taken for granted — even when the other team is struggling.

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DALLAS COWBOY GUT-CHECK: Orlando Scandrick admits to having a bad day against Washington Redskins

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Photo courtesy: STAR-TELEGRAM/RODGER MALLISON

Terence Newman (41), Orlando Scandrick (32) and Gerald Sensabaugh celebrate after Scandrick intercepts a pass from Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman.

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Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick had his first interception of the season on Sunday.

But he wasn’t in the celebrating mood after the Cowboys 27-24 victory against the Washington Redskins because the secondary gave up too many plays to quarterback Rex Grossman who completed 25 of 28 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns.

Scandrick said he played a horrible game for giving up too many completions, being flagged twice for defensive holding, including once on the game-tying touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

“I didn’t play my best game,” Scandrick said. “Quite frankly, I think I played bad. Made a big play, but a couple penalties, a couple missed assignments, a couple misalignments and they’re right back in the game.”

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TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL: Martellus Bennett shows off his full potential (Video)

Video - Martellus Bennett - Postgame interview - Press play

Video - Martellus Bennett - Postgame interview - Press play

Martellus Bennett talks about contributing in the passing game.

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Maligned Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett said every one was thinking after catching three passes for 31 yards.

It was a season high output for Bennett, one that he admittedly needed, considering his drops earlier in the season.

“I needed a game like that,” Bennett said. “I get stuck in a role of block, block, block…I am thankful to make some plays when I got the opportunity. I know people don’t think I have good hands,” Bennett said. “But I have pretty good hands. These hands are great.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Jason Garrett commended Bennett for his play on Sunday. Jones hopes it’s the beginning of hot streak for his big tight end.

“I’ve told him he’s probably a big-time play away, a couple big-time plays with his confidence, of really taking some of the how he’s viewed and turning that around,” Jones said. “And we know he blocks good.”

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DALLAS COWBOYS WIN: Postgame press conferences with Jason Garrett | Tony Romo | Jerry Jones | Jason Witten

Dallas Cowboys Postgame Press Conference - Jason Garrett | Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys Postgame Press Conference - Jason Garrett | Tony Romo

Garrett & Romo: Postgame

Jason Garrett and Tony Romo speak to the media after their 27-24 defeat over the Redskins.

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Video - Jerry Jones - Postgame interview - Press play

Video - Jerry Jones - Postgame interview - Press play

Jerry Jones: Will To Stay In There

Jerry Jones evaluates his teams performance against the Redskins in D.C.

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Video - Jason Witten postgame interview - Press play

Video - Jason Witten postgame interview - Press play

Witten: Felt Like They Were Ready To Quit

Jason Witten breaks down the Cowboys overtime victory against the Redskins.

Dallas Cowboys heading into Thanksgiving Day matchup in 1st place

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Star-Telegram/Paul Moseley

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) arrives in the Redskins end zone on a 59 yd run

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The Cowboys 27-24 overtime victory against the Redskins on Sunday may have not come as easy as expected considering Washington is in the midst of a six-game losing streak.

But the only thing that mattered was that the Cowboys (6-4) got the victory. It was their third straight and fourth in the last five games.

That fact was never more important than late Sunday night when former Longhorns quarterback Vince Young led the Eagles to a victory over the Giants.

The Cowboys are now tied for first place atop the NFC East with the Giants.

“It’s easy to say you want to stack wins together,” tight end Jason Witten said. “But it’s hard to do that. We knew it was going to be a tough game. But to stay in the hunt that’s what you got to do. No way are we a championship team right now but those type teams have won those games where you look back and say we willed that. Just find a way to win. For us that was a will type of win.”

The Cowboys will be looking for their first four-game winning streak since they ripped off seven straight in 2007 when they take on the Dolphins (3-7) on Thanksgiving Day.

Considering that the Cowboys take on the lowly Cardinals after the Dolphins, that streak could move to five games if things go right. Add in a tough schedule by the Giants, who play the Saints and Packers the next two weeks, the Cowboys could distance themselves a bit before the Dec. 11 showdown with the Giants at Cowboys Stadium.

Owner Jerry Jones is just happy for the win against the Redskins and plans to take nothing for granted against a Dolphins team that has won three straight, including a blowout of the Bills on Sunday, after losing seven straight to open the season.

“I saw what Miami did against the Bills and I saw how competitive and tough this was right here,” Jones said. “I really am not going anywhere with this. We’ve got some tough games ahead, starting here in about three days, four days, I guess.”

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