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  • Saints sign a familiar face, Tommylee Lewis to reserve futures deal

    by cajuncommando58 on January 27, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    Sorry Tommy Lee don’t think you’ll be doing much of this. | Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images Camp body or message to the under performers? The Saints are bring back Tommylee Lewis. They have signed him to a reserve/futures deal which means he will get a chance to compete in camp. The Saints originally signed Lewis in 2016 as an UDFA. He made the final 53 and was on the roster for the NFCCG on 1-20-19, when you know what happened. That was his final game as a Saint. Lewis was signed by the Lions 3-19-19 but was released during final cuts on 8-30-19. In October of 2019 Tommylee Lewis was selected in the fifth round of the 2020 XFL draft by the Dallas Renegades. During his career he has 20 receptions for 252 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned 24 kickoffs for 528 yards with a long of 39. Returned 36 punts for 339 yards and a long of 59. No touchdowns. He has fumbled 4 times losing 2 of them. He will perhaps push some of our other receivers who have been disappointing to say the least, but it’s a long shot for him to make the final roster. WR/KR Deonte Harris almost assuredly has his spot locked down. Injuries do happen and the Saints are practicing due diligence.

  • Saints 2019 Year in Review: A.J. Klein

    by BobRose on January 27, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images Looking back at one of the most underrated of New Orleans defenders in 2019. The New Orleans Saints entered the 2019 season with a linebacking unit considered their best in the Sean Payton era. The unit, long considered a team weakness, has been retooled with a third round draft pick in 2017 (Alex Anzalone) and two free agent signings in Demario Davis and A.J. Klein. Anzalone was lost early in 2019 with injury, but the team's linebackers performed up to task for the majority of the season. Much of the reason for that was due to the performance of today's year in review: A.J. Klein. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports A.J. Klein was signed as a free agent by the Saints in 2017 away from division rival Carolina, where he had played for the first four years of his career. After being a key reserve and spot starter at linebacker for the Panthers, Klein was an immediate starter for the Saints defense. He had 2 sacks, 54 tackles (6 for loss), 4 passes defensed, and a forced fumble in twelve starts with New Orleans in 2017. Klein would start 15 games for the Saints in 2018, playing a key role for one of the league's most improved defenses. The 6'1 240-Lb linebacker would finish that season with 70 tackles, including 7 for loss, 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, and an interception. Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images The 28-Yr old Klein was one of the Saints most underrated defensive players in 2019. He had a career high 2.5 sacks and 7 quarterback pressures to go along with 67 tackles, six of those for loss. Klein was also credited with two passes defensed, forced a fumble, had a fumble recovery, and intercepted a pass which he returned for an important score in a road victory over the Panthers. Klein is not strong in man coverage because of limited athleticism, but was still a valuable tool in the Saints pass defense. He is both smart in his coverage drops and has proven to be a skillful blitzer. Klein's biggest strength is his read-and-react ability as a run defender. He consistently knifed between opposing blockers to make a play on running backs at the line of scrimmage or in the backfield, helping fuel the Saints 4th ranked run defense. A.J. Klein is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but New Orleans is expected to make a strong push to re-sign him. He has been a vital part of a Saints defense that has become one of the better units in the NFL over the last three seasons.

 

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  • Super Bowl Day Pregame Discussion Thread

    by Mark Tyler on February 2, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Today’s the big one…then fans go into hiding for the next 6 months until we get some football again. I find it very difficult to go without meaningful football for six months. Luckily, I have become a pretty big baseball fan over the last 10 years, so that helps pass the time. And obviously, we have free agency and the draft to help keep us sane for a few months. Anyways, let’s discuss some of your favorite Super Bowl game prep. Maybe it’s food, a big party, gambling; etc. Some possible discussion topics: – Who are you pulling for? – Can you root for Kyle Shanahan after all the digs he’s taken at our organization? – Predict the score… – Do you wear your favorite team’s jersey to your Super Bowl party? – Who’s betting the game? What are your bets? – Game Spread – what’s your favorite food for the big game? – Drink of choice? – Halftime show – will you watch? – Best Super Bowl national anthem you’ve ever seen? – If the Redskins were in the game, what would your routine look like? – What number will Chase Young wear? Oh, and Happy Groundhog Day!

  • All aTwitter: 2 February 2020

    by Bill-in-Bangkok on February 2, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Photo by Lee Coleman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images News, links to articles, updates and more from DC area writers and national sports journalists All atwitter will be posted at the beginning of every day (at midnight in Washington, DC). The goal is to give readers a handy spot to check the Redskins beat writers & bloggers, and national sports journalists to keep up on the latest news about the Redskins, the NFL, and sports in general, along with a smattering of other things. atwitter [ uh-twit-er ]adjective excited; nervous; aflutter; twittering The first known use of atwitter was in 1833 NFL News twitter feed: Tweets from https://twitter.com/ScottJenningsHH/lists/nfl-rumors-and-reporters Redskins twitter feed: Tweets from https://twitter.com/ScottJenningsHH/lists/beat-writers “Very much lucky to be alive. Very lucky to still have my leg.”Alex Smith tells @JeremySchaap how his 2018 injury almost cost him everything. pic.twitter.com/z4DQIH1EgY— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) February 1, 2020 Impossible not to be rooting for & have massive respect for Alex Smith. #Redskins pic.twitter.com/Q22zBhkPM5— Al Galdi (@AlGaldi) February 1, 2020 Alex Smith… holy shithttps://t.co/Oxm8Oj7Ajl pic.twitter.com/U3OQcgXM1N— Danny (@recordsANDradio) February 1, 2020 pic.twitter.com/wflxCeDcSQ— Elizabeth Smith (@lizbsmith11) February 1, 2020 “If Alex is healthy and he's rolling, and he's competing, and he wins the job, he'll be the starter. I mean, it's that simple. And vice versa. If Dwayne goes out and does the things he's supposed to, developing like we're hoping he can, he'll start. This is about competition.” https://t.co/vxT18NZi1V— Burgundy Blog (@BurgundyBlog) February 1, 2020 Alex Smith w/Jeremy Schaap on Outside the Lines right now. Smith nearly died, lost leg, and is still healing today. If he plays football again, it would be one of the all-time sports comebacks. #Redskins— Kevin Sheehan (@kevinsheehanDC) February 1, 2020 Rivera to @JPFinlayNBCS in #RedskinsTalk pod: “If people don't want to buy into what the vision is, people don't want to agree with what you want to do, and how you want it, we gotta get rid of them.”— Burgundy Blog (@BurgundyBlog) January 31, 2020 Happy Birthday @VernonDavis85 Thank you for all you do to make our community a better place! #HTTR | #RedskinsGiveBack pic.twitter.com/r2Iu4WmltF— Redskins Community (@RedskinsCR) February 1, 2020 “I'm tired of always hearing, ‘He shows glimpses…'” Good @kareemcopeland story on Derrius Guice's injury frustration. https://t.co/O5pCkVw49V— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) February 1, 2020 Congrats to @AdrianPeterson, winner of the 2019 Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award! Another great honor for 2️⃣6️⃣‼️#HTTR pic.twitter.com/uXQyiCdV9u— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) February 2, 2020 “To me, it's all about inspiring others, uplifting others, that's the main objective when it comes to life in general. And having this platform, that's how I want it to be used.” #HTTR : #NFLHonors | 8pm ET on FOX— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) February 2, 2020 Proud of you brother @AdrianPeterson ❤️ pic.twitter.com/POmL4ctCuO— 2️⃣9️⃣ (@DhaSickest) February 2, 2020 QBs : Todd Rosenberg/NFL pic.twitter.com/QSs4OXSeV5— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) February 2, 2020 “He's an example on and off the field of what it is supposed to look like. How to work and someone to look up to especially in the locker room.” We caught up with @dh_simba7 on the #NFLHonors red carpet to talk about @AdrianPeterson's award and more. #NFLHonors |8pm ET on FOX pic.twitter.com/WtqEMDjkYd— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) February 2, 2020 The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020: S Troy Polamalu RB Edgerrin James S Steve Atwater G Steve Hutchinson WR Isaac Bruce.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 1, 2020 #Ravens QB Lamar Jackson is the MVP for the 2019 season. For the second time ever, there was a unanimous MVP. Unreal.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 1, 2020 The 2019 Most Valuable Player.@Lj_era8 joins @TomBrady as the only players in NFL history to be unanimously selected as MVP! #NFLHonors pic.twitter.com/HxhwdW1dF2— NFL (@NFL) February 2, 2020 : Cardinals QB Kyler Murray named 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of Yearhttps://t.co/0FPUKNlkV4 pic.twitter.com/rZOwvxVptQ— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) February 1, 2020 NFL s:MVP: Ravens QB Lamar JacksonDPOY: Patriots CB Stephon GilmoreOPOY: Saints WR Michael ThomasCPOY: Titans QB Ryan TannehillOROY: Cardinals QB Kyler MurrayDROY: 49ers DE Nick Bosa COY: Ravens John HarbaughACOY: Ravens Greg Roman— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 1, 2020 Former Patriot Chandler Jones finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting behind Stephon Gilmore.Final voting tallies (out of 50):Gilmore: 21Jones: 14T.J. Watt: 10Shaq Barrett: 2Danielle Hunter: 1Tre'Davious White: 1Aaron Donald: 1— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) February 1, 2020 Here are the full voting results for the 2019 AP NFL awards▪️ MVP▪️ Offensive Player Of The Year▪️ Defensive Player Of The Year▪️ Comeback Player Of The Year▪️ Defensive Rookie Of The Year▪️ Offensive Rookie Of The Year▪️ Coach Of The Year▪️ Assistant Coach Of The Year pic.twitter.com/DgIYXsZ3Aw— René Bugner (@RNBWCV) February 1, 2020 All 50 AP voters picked Lamar Jackson as MVP.All 9 Sports Illustrated voters picked Jackson.The Pro Football Writers Association picked Jackson.Sporting News picked Jackson.PFF picked… Russell Wilson as MVP.— Football Perspective (@fbgchase) February 2, 2020 We're live at Pro Football Hall of Fame voting on South Beach, where #Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is considered a virtual lock … and then the field is largely wide open. @nflnetwork @gmfb pic.twitter.com/eqWZjRmtdK— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 1, 2020 No longer eligible for this committee. Up to the seniors now. This group totally botched it https://t.co/njteqN0n4z— Andy Pollin (@andypollin1) February 1, 2020 Colts of the 2000sHall of Fame exec — Bill PolianHall of Fame coach — Tony DungyHall of Fame QB — Peyton Manning (eligible next year)Hall of Fame WR — Marvin HarrisonHall of Fame RB — Edgerrin James— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) February 1, 2020 Genuinely surprised by Stephen A.'s inability tonight to match the tone of the moment. Can't drop the schtick even for just one day. My expectations of him are consistently low and he still manages to disappoint.— Sports Media Watch (@paulsen_smw) February 1, 2020 George Kittle sustaining blocks is football pornography. pic.twitter.com/kG4joYb2Op— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) February 1, 2020 It's been a long road to #SBLIV but @RMos_8Ball made it. pic.twitter.com/cNQwVmbs4n— Strong Side (@strongsidenfl) February 2, 2020 When chaos breaks loose, ⁦@NFL⁩ calls in Bill Vinovich. Low flag count, efficient administration and, as we explain, not at fault for missed call in 2018 NFC Championship Game. https://t.co/BSUJxFSGIB— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) February 1, 2020 Just once in the last 16 Super Bowls has a player rushed for 100 yards in a winning effort. Will that change tomorrow?This graph shows the # of rushing yards by the leading rusher for the winning and losing team in each Super

 

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Four keys to a Cowboys playoff victory over the Seahawks

by Michael Strawn on January 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Breaking down how the Cowboys can walk out of the playoff game on Saturday with a win. The Cowboys home playoff tilt will soon be upon us (yay!). Let’s look at the keys to a victory for the good guys. Obviously, scoring more points than the opponent is the best and simplest way to victory, but to reach that goal? Well, winning the turnover battle is always a good start, as there’s a strong correlation between that and victory on the scoreboard. But what are the more subtle things Dallas can do to insure the team advances and keep the 2018 season going? Get an early lead We outlined earlier how during the Cowboys’ five game win streak they rarely faced a deficit and played most of those games with a lead. The Cowboys’ formula for success works much more efficiently when the team has a lead; further, the team isn’t well-equipped to come from behind. Thus, the Cowboys are going to need to continue a trend they’ve enjoyed throughout the season: outscoring the opponent in the first quarter. Dallas (15th) and Seattle (12th) rank about the same in points scored in the first quarter of games (4.8 and 4.9 respectively). Dallas, however, is the stingiest team in the NFL at allowing first quarter points, surrendering only 1.5 points per game. Seattle ranks 14th, giving up 4.4 points per game. Just as Dallas wants to “stay ahead of the sticks” (not fall into long down-and-distance situations) they’ll want to “stay ahead of the scoreboard” as well. This will allow them to keep running the ball aggressively, keep the Seattle defense honest and play a balanced offensive game. On defense, a lead allows the Cowboys defensive line to play more aggressively. Perhaps more importantly, data shows that teams playing from behind simply make more turnovers than teams playing in a tie game or with a lead. Win the red zone battle We all know Dallas has not executed well in the red zone. They rank 29th overall, converting only 48% of red zone opportunities into touchdowns. Seattle, by contrast, ranks 8th scoring touchdowns on 65% of RZ opportunities. Defensively, both teams rank in the top seven of the league (Dallas 7th at 51% and Seattle 4th at 49%). In short, Dallas is going to have to flip the script in this area if they want to succeed. There’s three three keys for the team’s success in the red zone: Execute – too often the team simply hasn’t done the simple things. Dropped passes. Penalties. Blown assignments. Precise execution is the simplest means to red zone success. Utilize the tight end – nowhere has Dak Prescott missed Dez Bryant and Jason Witten more than near the goal line. Tight ends become viable targets in the cramped quarters near the goal line. Fortunately both Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz have been allowed entry into the circle of trust late in the season and give Prescott viable red zone options. Noah Brown also seems like a sneaky option that might prove fruitful in the scoring area. Use Dak Prescott’s legs – no quarterback has more rushing touchdowns the last three seasons than Dak Prescott. He’s a legitimate scoring threat running the ball, especially inside the five-yard line. Dallas hasn’t used him aggressively in such situations but should. The Carolina Panthers make no effort to hide how they use Cam Newton in such situations and it’s been effective for them; Dallas should do the same with Prescott. Win the quarterback battle Speaking of Prescott, he’s simply going to have to be better than Russell Wilson. That’s no easy feat as Wilson has quietly put up his best season, throwing for career-highs in touchdowns, yards per attempt, touchdown percentage and passer rating. He’s also battle-tested, having played in twelve playoff games, winning eight of them. But Wilson will turn the ball over, having thrown eight interceptions in his last seven post-season games. Dak, as we know, has only one playoff game under his belt. But what a game it was. He threw for 300+ yards, three touchdowns and put up a 103 passer rating in the team’s 34-31 loss to the Green Bay Packers in 2016. He also ran for a two-point conversion in a game where he led the team back from an 18-point deficit (only to have the defense come up short in the end). Dak has also proven to raise his game when the stakes are high, compiling an elite passer rating in close games. Saturday night’s outcome could very well come down to which quarterback is able to make a big play out of nothing, something both have proven adept at over their careers. Slow the Seattle rushing game Again, this is easier said than done. But the simplest way to disrupt the Seahawks offensive plan is to slow their league-leading rushing attack. Seattle has averaged 173 yards rushing since week three, when they racked up 113 yards against the Cowboys. Dallas ranks 5th in the league in rushing yards allowed and 4th in yards per carry. The Cowboys must limit the number of explosive runs (those of 10+ yards), something the Seahawks have been able to do against virtually every team. If the Seahawks run for 140+ yards Dallas has almost no shot of winning this game. In fact, the Cowboys defense is likely going to have to limit the Seattle ground game to 110 yards or less, something only one team (Carolina) has done since week two. If Dallas can manage to do at least three of the four above, they should have a high chance of winning and giving Cowboys’ fans only their third playoff victory since 1996. […]

Cowboys vs. Seahawks Wild Card playoff game: How to watch, game time, TV schedule, online streaming, radio

by Dave Halprin on January 4, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Information on the Dallas Cowboys Wild Card playoff game, including the game time, TV channel, how to stream the Cowboys-Seahawks game online, radio, odds, announcers, predictions, and more! NFL playoffs and the Dallas Cowboys – that’s about as good as it gets. This Saturday night the Cowboys will host the Seattle Seahawks in one of the NFC Wild Card games for the right to move on to the Divisional round. Earlier this year, the Cowboys traveled to Seattle and were solidly defeated by the Seahawks 24-13. But as everyone who follows the Cowboys knows, that was a different team. The addition of Amari Cooper, the change of offensive line coach, the growth of the young players on the roster have all helped to transform this team. The defense is playoff-caliber and the offense can now reach that level, just doing it on a consistent basis has been tricky. Last week’s win over the Giants was a confidence boost for Dak Prescott, and revealed Blake Jarwin as a possible weapon in these playoffs. The Cowboys game plan was a little different and turned out to be wildly successful. This week, they get a rested Ezekiel Elliott back on the field. Dallas is riding momentum and has home-field advantage. The Seahawks counter with Russell Wilson who is so tough to contain and a Seahawks team that has improved as the season rolled on. These are two evenly matched squads. The season is on the line Saturday night. What You Need To Know Important links: Cowboys depth chart | Roster Date: Saturday, January 5, 2019 Game time: 8:15 PM EST Location: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX TV channel: FOX Coverage Map: 506 Sports Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Chris Myers Radio: 105.3 The Fan | Full listings | Westwood One | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 82 (Sea), 83 (Dal) | XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Sea), 225 (Dal) Streaming: Fubo | NFL.com GamePass (audio only during game) | FoxSportsGo Cowboys record: (10-6) Seahawks record: (10-6) Odds: Dallas -1 Prediction: Dallas 23 – Seattle 21 Enemy blog: Field Gulls Twitter: @BloggingTheBoys Facebook: Please Like us! […]

Cowboys news: Why Dallas needs Amari Cooper to be a difference-maker against Seahawks

by Michael Sisemore on January 4, 2019 at 10:00 am

Amari Cooper made a huge impact on the Cowboys season, now they need him to be the difference on Wild Card weekend. Which version of Amari Cooper will face Seahawks on Saturday? – Todd Archer, ESPNAmari Cooper has been a huge difference-maker for the Cowboys but has had a quiet close to the season. Will he heat back up this weekend? The Seahawks play a lot of single-high safety, which creates one-on-one matchups similar to what Cooper faced against the Eagles. “There’s a lot of excitement because there’s a lot of opportunity,” Cooper said. “When teams play two-high, kind of gets more difficult to catch passes over the top and things like that.” The arrival of Cooper in an October trade from the Oakland Raiders helped change the trajectory of the Cowboys’ season. He gave Prescott an outside threat the quarterback did not have in the first seven games. A passing game that was stagnant now had some juice. Amari Cooper was the Cowboys’ missing piece and now they need him more than ever vs. Seattle – Kate Hairopoulos, SportsDayAmari Cooper has turned around the season. The Cowboys deemed the 24-year-old, two-time Pro Bowler their missing piece and worthy of the 2019 first-round draft pick they gave the Oakland Raiders to get him. When the trade was made Oct. 22, the Cowboys were 3-4. The 7-2 finish to the regular season and wild-card playoff game Saturday night against Seattle at AT&T Stadium — another chance for a franchise starved for postseason success — seemed almost fantastical at the time. Amari Cooper hopes to be the difference this time vs Seahawks – Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-TelegramThe last time these two teams met in week three of this season, the Cowboys had no idea who could make plays in the passing game. “They brought me here to make plays,” Amari Cooper said. “I believe I can do that … Very excited to get things rolling.” Cooper was not with the Cowboys when they lost to the Seahawks, 24-13, on Sept. 23 in Seattle. Dak Prescott had his worst game of the season, completing 19 of 34 passes for 168 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions for a passer rating of 54.5. Tight end Geoff Swaim led the Cowboys with five catches. But most glaring was the lack of weapons Dallas had on the outside. Cole Beasley was the top wideout with three catches for 46 yards. It prompted the trade for Cooper during the bye week that jump-started the passing game. Cooper has 53 catches for 725 yards and six touchdowns in nine games with the Cowboys. The yardage was more than all but seven receivers in the league. Flip Side: How will the Seahawks choose to cover Amari Cooper? – Bryan Broaddus, Dallas CowboysThe question for Seattle is how to deal with Cooper. Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper vs. Seattle Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin Amari Cooper is an accomplished route runner while Griffin is one of the best corners in the league when it comes to playing the position. Griffin will test Cooper when it comes to his release off the line. Griffin is a square player that shows the ability to use his hands and feet in order to maintain balance and positioning initially in the route. Where receivers have had some success against Griffin has been at the top of the route. Griffin doesn’t have the power to hang in there when a receiver bullies him. This is how you get separation on him as Allen Hurns did back in week three. Cooper is physical enough to present the same type of issues for Griffin. But where Cooper is different than Hurns is that he can win much earlier in the route, which will put Griffin in chase mode. Cowboys, Seahawks figure to focus on runs of Elliott, Carson – Staff, FOX SportsThe Seahawks travel to Dallas hoping to bring their top-rated run offense on the road but the Cowboys have the league's leading rusher. Two heavyweight ground games set to battle it out for NFC supremacy. Ezekiel Elliott won his second NFL rushing title in three seasons for a Dallas offense that has been defined by the ground game for several years now. Seattle takes the league’s No. 1 rushing offense into a wild-card playoff against the Cowboys on Saturday night, led by Chris Carson, but with more help from others than your average pro backfield . While receiver Amari Cooper’s impact on the Dallas passing game was dramatic following a midseason trade, and Seattle’s Russell Wilson again finished among the NFL leaders in touchdowns passing, both teams figure to try to control the second postseason meeting between these franchises with their running backs. There is a lot at stake for the Cowboys, but these two guys are auditioning for their future – DannyPhantom, Blogging The BoysThe Dallas Cowboys have a lot on the line when they play the Seattle Seahawks in Saturday’s wild card game, but it’s even more important for these two guys to have a strong showing. It’s been a roller-coaster ride when it comes to watching this Cowboys offense. Sometimes they are flying down the field, but then other times they sputter. The performance of Dak Prescott has a big correlation to whether the team wins or loses which seems to make sense – he’s the quarterback. But it matches up pretty tightly with Dak as the Cowboys have won every game where he’s had a passing rating above 100 (8-0). Every game. Simply put, if Prescott can play a good game, the Cowboys just don’t lose. Dak has an impressive 32-16 record over his first three seasons in the league. He’s had a winning record every year since coming into the league. There aren’t a lot of quarterbacks who can say that, but the QB lining up on the other side of the field on Saturday, Russell Wilson, is one of them. What chances do the Dallas Cowboys have of keeping Kris Richard? – Kristi Scales, SportsDaySince Black Monday that saw multiple NFL coaches lose their jobs, Kris Richard has been atop many organizations list. Can Dallas sway him to stay? Following his Wednesday press conference, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was asked if defensive backs coach Kris Richard had any job interviews lined up this week in advance of the Cowboys’ Wild Card playoff game. Garrett confirmed that, because of the short work week with the game being on Saturday, Richard will not interview this week with teams that have head coaching vacancies. Garrett would not speculate on whether Richard will interview in the week following the Wild Card game. With eight head coaching jobs available, I think it’s going to be tough to keep an up-and-comer like Richard, in spite of the NFL’s so-called turn towards wide open, creative offenses and many team’s desires to hire “the next Sean McVay”. Defense still wins in this league (ask Baltimore and the Cowboys). And Richard is definitely a hot commodity. The folks here inside The Star, particularly his colleagues on the Cowboys’ coaching staff, continually sing his praises. 3 & Out: This Cowboys-Seahawks playoff matchup is about two mentally tough teams – Rob Phillips, Dallas CowboysThe Cowboys and Seahawks are two battle-tested teams that win games despite their deficiencies, it's perfect for the playoffs. You can make the argument that Saturday’s wild-card matchup at AT&T Stadium features the two most playoff-prepared teams in the NFC field. Here’s why: I went through all 32 teams’ schedules, and of the six NFC teams left standing, the Seahawks have played the most games (seven) decided by three points or less. The Cowboys are right behind them with six, including two overtime thrillers – the second-most in the league behind Cleveland (four). Three biggest reasons the Cowboys' defense continued its transition into a team strength this season – Jon Machota, SportsDayThe Cowboys had a Top-10 defense in their last playoff debut in 2016 but were ousted by the Packers. Here’s why this youthful defense is now ready-made for the postseason. The average age of the 11 starters on the Cowboys’ 2016 defense was 26. The average age this year is 24 and ½. One of the areas where the youth has taken over most is at linebacker. Sean Lee and Anthony Hitchens were very good in 2016. Lee had a career year. But neither were as athletic as Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. The Cowboys have also gotten noticeably younger in the secondary with Jones and Chidobe Awuzie basically replacing veterans Orlando Scandrick and Brandon Carr. 2018 Wild Card: Two similar teams collide with Seahawks at Cowboys – Who do you got?, Seahawks.comThe opinions on the outcome between this weekend’s playoff game between the Cowboys and Seahawks are pretty evenly split. ESPN.com: Six experts think the Cowboys will win, while five experts pick the Seahawks to win. Field Yates, ESPN NFL Insider: These teams are similar stylistically, as both want to run the football on offense. The Seahawks led the NFL in total rushing yards and rushing attempts, while Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott led all players in rushing yards and rushing attempts. This might prove to be a low-scoring affair, but the difference-maker is the home-field edge; the Cowboys — catalyzed by a young and improving defense — have won seven of eight games at home this season. […]

Cowboys regular-season awards, plus playoff and Kris Richard discussion

by Dave Halprin on January 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

We’re covering multiple Cowboys topics on out latest shows. There so much to talk about concerning the Cowboys that we needed three shows to cover it all. Talkin’ The Star: Let’s Hand Out Some Awards! The Talkin’ The Star crew is back and ready for the playoffs! But before they can break it all down, they must hand out their regular season awards! Make sure you get ready for Wild Card weekend with your favorite dudes. The 75O: How Can The Cowboys Beat The Seahawks? It’s the first episode of The 75O in 2019 and we’re getting ready for a Cowboys playoff game! Check out our latest episode as 2-Time Super Bowl Champion Tony Casillas (@tccasillas) and RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) break down everything you need to know ahead of Saturday’s tilt between the Cowboys and Seahawks. There are a few keys to the game for both squads, and we’ve got them all. Let’s get it. OchoLive: Kris Richard Lurkers | Managing Expectations | Left Guard Hopes Whaddup World! The Cowboys will host the Seahawks in the playoffs on Saturday, and it’s going to be quite the treat. Before then, many teams have asked to interview Cowboys secondary coach, and pseudo defensive coordinator, Kris Richard, about potential head coaching opportunities. How possible is it that he leaves? What would it all mean? We get into that and the upcoming showdown with Seattle all on today’s episode. Huzzah! […]

Darren Woodson and Jimmy Johnson left out of Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 15 finalists for 2019

by RJ Ochoa on January 4, 2019 at 1:00 am

Two Cowboys legends will not be entering the Hall this year. We’re inching closer and closer to the Super Bowl, the playoffs starting this weekend being the proof, and that means that we’re nearing the announcement of a new Pro Football Hall of Fame class. On Thursday night the Hall announced a list of 15 finalists that the committee will pick from when they decide on the Super Bowl’s eve and Cowboys fans everywhere were hoping that this would be the year for Darren Woodson and/or JimmyJohnson. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Neither Darren Woodson nor Jimmy Johnson were chosen as one of the 15 modern-era finalists. These are the people the Hall prioritized over Woodson and Johnson Altogether there were five defensive backs included in this year’s group of 15: Steve Atwater, Champ Bailey, Ty Law, John Lynch, and Ed Reed. From a coaching standpoint Don Coryell and Tom Flores were on the list. This means that the HOF values all of these players/coaches over Darren Woodson and Jimmy Johnson. That doesn’t bode well. Getting into the HOF is a tricky process. It involves having had one of the more incredible careers in the history of the game, but there’s an element of politics involved as well. Both Johnson and Woodson have gone on to have post-football lives that feature them prominently around the game as analysts, it’s hard to imagine why their accomplishments aren’t enough. Recent Cowboys Ring of Honor inductee Gil Brandt was announced previously as a contributor finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so he’s on the ballot regardless. It appears as if he will have a bust in Canton a year’s time from now, but it will indeed be at least another year before we know whether or not Woodson or Johnson will get one of their own. […]

 

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