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THESE BOYS AREN’T BACKING DOWN: It’s a love-hate relationship between offense and defense | Dez Bryant and Tyler Patmon draw national headlines | 2015-2016 Dallas Cowboys training camp

THESE BOYS AREN’T BACKING DOWN - It’s a love-hate relationship between offense and defense - Dez Bryant and Tyler Patmon draw national headlines

You’ve undoubted heard, late in Sunday’s Dallas Cowboys training camp practice, Dez Bryant got into a spat with cornerback Tyler Patmon. Continue reading →

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IT’S TRUE-BLUE ENVY: Dallas Cowboys have NFL’s best fan base | America’s Team haters face the most avid, engaged, passionate and supportive fans in the league

IT’S TRUE-BLUE ENVY - Dallas Cowboys have NFL’s best fan base - America’s Team haters face the leagues most avid, engaged, passionate and supportive fans

Here at The Boys Are Back website, we knew it all along. The Dallas Cowboys have the best fans in the NFL.

The new study from Emory University is sure to turn some heads and anger Dallas Cowboys demonizers, and haters, all around the world.

The Dallas Cowboys are not only “America’s Team”, but they are also have “the best fans” in the NFL according to Mike Lewis and Manish Tripathi (at Emory Sports Marketing Analytics). The authors define “best” as “the most avid, engaged, passionate and supportive fans.”  Continue reading →

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY 2015: The Boys Are Back hopes you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY 2015 - The Boys Are Back hopes you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Did you know … you can always find a show? | Dallas Cowboys audio archives | Dallas Cowboys video archives

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Coming into the fifth year of The Boys Are Back website, I thought it prudent to give it a tweak and find a few more ways to differentiate this site for others around the web. If you’re a regular visitor and loyal reader you already know this website is quite unique.  Continue reading →

KEEP THE FAITH: Happy Easter from The Boys Are Back

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DALLAS DOLLARS & SENSE: Cowboys create cap cushion–Romo restructured | $12.8 million mad-money move | Top-10 QB salaries for next two seasons

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IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys opted to restructure Tony Romo’s contract, freeing up several million dollars in salary cap space in the process.

The possibility of restructuring Romo’s deal has been tossed around throughout this offseason. Valued at $108 million overall, is easily the largest contract on the Cowboys’ books. It’s common practice for teams looking to free up spending space, as the Cowboys restructured both Romo and Sean Lee in 2014.

Earlier this offseason, the Cowboys restructured Tyron Smith’s deal, freeing up $10 million in space.

It’s worth pointing out that the move is simply a rearrangement of Romo’s existing deal, not a pay cut. That said, it effectively functions to lower the quarterback’s astronomical cap hit of $27 million and give the Cowboys extra money to work with in 2015Continue reading →

2015 NFL DRAFT WORKSHEET: Rock Your Mock–Fan challenge cheatsheet | Create your own NFL mock draft | Updated NFL Draft order | Top-5 needs for all 32 teams | Team selection order for all 7 rounds

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WALL OF SHAME TO HALL OF FAME: Flashback–Change of scenery worked for Charles Haley; he thinks Dallas will help Hardy | Counseling was key to smarter decisions, funneling rage and leaving aggressiveness on the field

WALL OF SHAME TO HALL OF FAME: Flashback–Change of scenery worked for Charles Haley; he thinks Dallas will help Hardy | Counseling was key to smarter decisions, funneling rage and leaving aggressiveness on the field

Greg Hardy isn’t the first player the Dallas Cowboys have ever brought in with baggage.

“Bags?” Charles Haley mused, “I had suitcases. Full suitcases.”

Haley was one of the NFL’s best pass rushers at the turn of the 1990 decade. He hit double figures in sacks in four of his first six seasons and went to three Pro Bowls. He was San Francisco’s dominant pass rusher on back­-to­-back Super Bowl champions in 1988­-89.

But Haley had issues. Anger issues. There were confrontations with his coaches and teammates. Continue reading →

THE FUTURE OF THE STAR: The Dallas Cowboys world headquarters set to open in the summer of 2016 | The state-of-the-art training facility located in Frisco, Texas | The Omni Hotel anchors major retail and restaurant development plan

THE FUTURE OF THE STAR: The Dallas Cowboys world headquarters set to open in the summer of 2016 | The state-of-the-art training facility located in Frisco, Texas | The Omni Hotel anchors major retail and restaurant development plan

It’s very rare for such a wide array of Dallas Cowboys employees – from sponsorship sales and marketing gurus to legal experts and Dallas Cowboys website reporters – to gather in one room at Valley Ranch, but that’s exactly what happened this morning (Tuesday). They were invited to learn more about the future home – the future headquarters and world-class training facility of the Dallas Cowboys, officially named The Star. Continue reading →

TRUE BLUE TWO PLUS YOU: 2015 NFL Draft Worksheet | Position by Position Top-5 Rankings | NFL Draft 2015 #1 Ranked Prospects by Position

TRUE BLUE TWO PLUS YOU: 2015 NFL Draft Worksheet | Position by Position Top-5 Rankings | NFL Draft 2015 #1 Ranked Prospects by Position

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THE AMERICA’S TEAM DREAM: Tony & True Blue Timothy Tinman–Romo helps a dream come true for 7-year-old fan | Surprise reunion with family’s father

Timothy Tinman Brookshire and his Tony Romo poster - The Boys Are Back websiteDallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo helped give 7-year-old Timothy Brookshire a day he won’t forget.

Romo met with Brookshire through the Dream On 3 organization, which helps children with “chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities or life-altering conditions” meet their favorite professional athletes and attend sporting events.

Timothy, nicknamed “Tinman”, has several medical conditions, including a heart defect, chromosomal abnormality and Langerhans cell histiocytosis.

Timothy’s dream was to meet Romo, which he did yesterday (Monday) when he and his family flew to Big D to take a tour of the Dallas Cowboys facilities.

The boy’s father, a National Guardsman, also took part in a surprise reunion with the family, as depicted in the video.


Timothy “Tinman” Brookshire reunited with dad and meets Tony Romo

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Timothy “Tinman” Brookshire

Timothy: Even before birth, it was determined that Timothy’s conditions and birth defects were “not compatible with life.” His mother and father were told to enjoy their time with their son because he would likely only live for a few days. 7 years and 58 surgeries later, Timothy’s medical conditions include TOFPA – Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia (Heart Defect), Cleft lip and palate, Trisomy 16 (a chromosomal abnormality,) and Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH). Continue reading →

‘BOYS BROKEN BRAND: Jason Garrett believes Greg Hardy can become a second-chance success | Troy Aikman advocates action | Moose calls for redemption plan

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SEE FOR YOURSELF: NFL Film Breakdown–Dallas Cowboys DE Greg Hardy | Hardy makes Top 100 Players of 2014 list | The Kraken | NFL Videos

NFL Film Room: Breaking down defensive end Greg Hardy

Bryan Broaddus breaks down three plays from the Dallas Cowboys newly acquired defensive end, Greg Hardy. Continue reading →

FALLOUT FOLLOW-UP: Hansen on Hardy–Wife thinks he went too far | Charlotte Jones Anderson not afraid of 2nd chance opportunity | Diggin’ Deeper | Mark Cuban Chimes in | Hot Air Hansen | Salary Break-down | Greg Hardy poll

Dale Hansen on the Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview)

WFAA’s Dale Hansen joined the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday to discuss his comments on Greg Hardy. Here are some highlights from the interview. Continue reading →

MORE ON MARINELLI’S MAULERS: Contract cap-cushion & credits–Eventually, Greg Hardy will affect the Dallas Cowboys salary cap | Hungry Hayden Hanging ‘round | Elite pass rushers are as rare as franchise quarterbacks | BONUS Audio & Video

MORE ON MARINELLI’S MAULERS - Contract cap-cushion & credits–Eventually, Greg Hardy will affect the Dallas Cowboys salary cap - Hungry Hayden hangin’ around

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TONY ON THE TUBE: Tony Romo on Jimmy Kimmel Live from Austin | Feelings about losing DeMarco Murray | Future of the Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo shares his feelings about losing DeMarco Murray and talks about the future of the Dallas Cowboys.


Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo recalls the controversial Dez Bryant “catch” made during the playoffs and talks about being an underrated player.

DIRECT YOUTUBE LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEDC69r-uwY

HARDY HANGOVER HANSEN HEAT: Dallas sports broadcaster Dale Hansen rips the Dallas Cowboys for signing Greg Hardy

HARDY HANGOVER HANSEN HEAT - Dallas sports broadcaster Dale Hansen rips the Dallas Cowboys for signing Greg Hardy

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2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS: The bargain-‘boys bag sack-artist Greg Hardy with bonuses | Free-Agent fortifies Front-Four | Suspension status safeguards second-chance signing

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2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS: ROSTER ROUNDUP N REVIEW | Free-Agency Finally Fueled | Backfield Bullies Jed Collins & Ray Agnew III | LBs Jasper Brinkley & Andrew Gachkar | Cover Corner Corey White

2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS - ROSTER ROUNDUP N REVIEW - Free-Agency Finally Fueled - Jed Collins & Ray Agnew III - Jasper Brinkley & Andrew Gachkar - Corey White

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TRUE BLUE FAN QUESTION: Should the Dallas Cowboys sign free-agent pass rusher Greg Hardy?

Dallas Cowboys question mark - Fan comment n commentary - The Boys Are Back blogSpecial thanks to loyal The Boys Are Back reader Donnie, who replied to this post DALLAS’ DREADED DEAD-MONEY DEALS with an interesting question:

“My question is: Are we going to get a step-in, pass rusher this year, like a Greg Hardy? We can probably get him for cheap anyway, we dealt with worse people and made it ok!!”

The question is great because so many Dallas Cowboy fans are missing the pass rush threat that was anchored by DeMarcus Ware for so many years. The team responded, in part, by drafting DeMarcus Lawrence with their 2014 second round pick. Lawrence showed promise once he returned from his injury late in the season, but the pass rush issue is far from resolved. The pressure from Marinelli’s Maulers was just a click short more often than not. The front seven seemed to be a split-second late getting to the opposing quarterback. That left the linebackers and secondary vulnerable and exposed at times. That’s a concern that we’ll surely see addressed in the upcoming NFL Draft and the remaining free-agency period.

The solution is debatable because success can be achieved by “right” lineman, linebacker or defensive back. It can also come from this very young defensive core of players entering their 2nd and 3rd years of Marinelli’s rotational system. All told, there are 16 defensive linemen (including NT Ken Bishop) on the Dallas Cowboys payroll. Personally, I agree with Donnie on his approach to this … defensive lineman. But, is Greg Hardy the best solution? Continue reading →

DALLAS’ DREADED DEAD-MONEY DEALS: Winds of change–The Dallas Cowboys transition of power is shifting | Stephen Jones Era–From Texas Hold’em 2 Texas Fold’em | NFL salary cap leads to philosophy shift

DALLAS’ DREADED DEAD-MONEY DEALS - Winds of change–The Dallas Cowboys transition of power is shifting - Stephen Jones Era–From Texas Hold’em 2 Texas Fold’em - NFL salary cap leads to philosophy shift

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2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS: Roster Update–Free Agent activity

Here’s the latest updates on the Dallas Cowboys players involved in NFL free agency this season. Six players have been lost while six have been added. Eight players have been retained from the Dallas Cowboys 2014-2015 squad. Nine players remain in limbo. Continue reading →

2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS: GM swaps DM’s–From DeMarco Murray 2 Darren McFadden | Scouting Report–Then & Now | The Fiscal Free-Agency Formula | Jerry Jones official statement | RB ROPES RIVAL–DeMarco Murray officially a wealthy Philadelphia Eagle

2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS - The GM DM swap–From DeMarco Murray 2 Darren McFadden - Scouting Report–Then & Now

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2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS: ROSTER ROUNDUP N REVIEW | First-Week Free Agency Frenzy | NFL Salary Cap reset | Diamond Dez Bryant & Cole Beasley | Keith Rivers | Doug Free & Jeremy Parnell | Dwayne Harris | Justin Durant & Bruce Carter | Jed Collins | Henry Melton

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