If everything's bigger in Texas, that goes double for the state's true passion - football. Which means if you own the Dallas Cowboys, you don't own just a team, you own "America's team." And you don't build just a stadium you build the biggest in the land. In Texas, you dream big and in the mind of Jerry Jones, that means a fourth Super Bowl ring. This year, with a healthy quarterback behind center and the new season ahead of him, his hopes are high. But that's how he felt when we first met him last year. In 2010, the team was celebrating its 50th anniversary and he was hosting the Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium. Extra: Romo, Austin on Jerry Jones But there was one thing the 68-year-old Jones had not imagined. His team would not be in the championship. Scott Pelley followed the high-flying Jones through what turned out to be a season from hell. Winning is a lot more fun, but losing reveals more of a man's character especially when he's the most innovative, controversial and bombastic … [Read more...] about Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones and a tough season
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Other than occasional wagers with friends for token items like lunch or the title to our car, and far-too-infrequent trips to Vegas -- someone needs to have a bachelor party. Like, soon. It's been more than two years since we've been to Vegas -- we don't wager on sporting events. They are too unpredictable. We stay away. Still, we are fascinated by the gambling aesthetic -- point spreads, bad beats, bailouts, parlays, the whole thing. As such, the end of the Cowboys/49ers game Sunday continues to interest us. You might recall that Jesse Holley -- who made it to Cowboys training camp in the first place only because he won Michael Irvin's reality TV show -- caught a 77-yard pass to set up a very short field goal in overtime, capping a frantic Dallas comeback from 10 points down in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys won 27-24. Everyone with an interest in Dallas is happy, right? Well, yes ... everyone except the gamblers. The Cowboys, you see, were three-point favorites on the road. … [Read more...] about Tuesday (How the Dallas Cowboys cost gamblers $72 million) edition: Wha’ Happened?
The Dallas Cowboys were among the darlings of Vegas oddsmakers a year ago. Most pegged them as favorites to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LII. That didn’t happen, of course. Instead, NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles became the darlings of the league and earned the organization’s first Super Bowl championship with a thrilling 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday. As the Eagles and Philadelphia plan their celebrations, the rest of the football world looks ahead to next year. And the early signs indicate a hint of skepticism for the Cowboys going into 2018. The Cowboys have 24-to-1 odds to win Super Bowl LIII next season, according to MyTopSportsbooks.com. That’s tied for the eighth-best odds in the league. The favorties? None other than the runner ups of this season, the Patriots, who are pegged at 7-to-1 even though the futures of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Rob Gronkowski hang in the balance. The reigning champion Eagles have the second-best … [Read more...] about What are the Dallas Cowboys’ odds to win next year’s Super Bowl?
There are 18 finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 and two are former Dallas Cowboys. The Class of 2018 will be announced Saturday in Minneapolis, Minn, site of Super Bowl LII. Among the group is former Cowboys stars Everson Walls and Terrell Owens. Walls is a finalist for the first time in 20 years of eligibility. Owens is a finalist for the third time in three years of eligibility. To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent during the annual selection meeting. The most recent representative from the Cowboys to enter the Hall of Fame was owner Jerry Jones, who was enshrined in the contributor’s category in the Class of 2017. Here are the Class of 2018 finalists: @Bobby Beathard Career: General Manager/Personnel Administrator – 1966-67 Kansas City Chiefs, 1968-1971 Atlanta Falcons, 1972-77 Miami Dolphins, 1978-1988 Washington Redskins, 1990-99 San Diego Chargers Notable: Integral part of Miami’s two Super Bowl … [Read more...] about Will Walls, Owens be the next Dallas Cowboys to enter Hall of Fame?
It seems everyone has an opinion on receiver Dez Bryant's declining production and the impending decision the Dallas Cowboys are facing regarding his $12.5 million base salary for 2018. After catching just 69 passes for 838 yards and six touchdowns in 2017 while also leading the league in dropped passes, the Cowboys are poised to ask Bryant to take a pay cut or be cut. NBC NFL analyst Rodney Harrison said there is no doubt in his mind that Bryant is gone because he is no longer a No. 1 receiver and not deserving of that contract. “He will be gone,” Harrison said during a news conference to promote Super Bowl LII, which will air on NBC Sunday. “They ain't going to pay him $12.5 million. Is he a No. 1? No. He is not a No. 1 receiver, but Dez can still play.” Harrison, a former all-pro safety and Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots, said the biggest problem with Bryant is that he is a distraction to himself and his teammates with his complaining on … [Read more...] about Super Bowl LII analysts differ on Dez Bryant’s value to Dallas Cowboys
For the past two-plus decades, the Dallas Cowboys’ focus shifts solely to the Senior Bowl in late January. That’s the result of an organization stuck in football purgatory, one that hasn’t reached the Super Bowl since the 1995 season. The Philadelphia Eagles joined the New York Giants as division rivals that have now made multiple trips to the Super Bowl since the Cowboys’ last run. For the Cowboys, it’s back to the drawing board and attempting to put pieces in place for an extended playoff run. This team prides itself on building through the draft and has plenty of areas to address going into 2018. The groundwork starts this week with the Senior Bowl. The Cowboys have the 19th overall pick in the NFL Draft, which will be held April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Defensive line again? The Cowboys had the eighth-ranked defense at the end of the season, but that’s a tad misleading. This is a unit that couldn’t make a pair of 30-point … [Read more...] about Senior Bowl provides elite view of NFL prospects for Dallas Cowboys
Why aren’t the Dallas Cowboys still playing? How did a 13-3 team a season ago fall from Super Bowl contenders to completely out of the mix? “There’s a number of reasons,” veteran tight end Jason Witten said. Yes, there is. The easy answer (borderline excuse) is that this team simply couldn’t overcome the controversial six-game suspension handed to Ezekiel Elliott in the middle of the season. Elliott is the Cowboys’ best player, the reigning rushing champion and a home-run threat every time the ball is in his hands. Take away the best player from any team and they’re likely going to struggle. The Cowboys running game fared all right with backups Alfred Morris and Rod Smith, but defenses didn’t game plan for them the same way. The beginning of Elliott’s suspension happened to be coupled with All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith being sidelined with a groin injury. And Chaz Green had a disastrous game in Atlanta, while Byron Bell … [Read more...] about ‘Number of reasons’ why Dallas Cowboys were a 9-7 team
We’re less than 24 hours from the start of wild card weekend and the Dallas Cowboys are busy planning their next off-season move, but one of the hottest sports topics in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and really the NFL, is New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick. Specifically, the possibility that one of the greatest coaches in league history could soon become a free-agent. Early this morning, ESPN’s Seth Wickersham and Don Van Natta Jr. published a lengthy story that examined an ever-growing power struggle betwen Belichick, team owner Robert Kraft and quarterback Tom Brady. The line really stood out: “Those interviewed describe a palpable sense in the building that this might be the last year together for this group.” The duo have a long history of producing insider exposes, including the piece from last October that publicized how Jerry Jones was deliberately not invited to the contentious player-owner meeting designed to address the national … [Read more...] about How much would it cost to make Bill Belichick the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys?
When the Dallas Cowboys reported to training camp in July, storylines centered around several players involved in jurisprudence, a possible sophomore slump by quarterback Dak Prescott and the always-high expectations for a Super Bowl run. Little was it known at that time that there would be more - much more - to come, making the 2017 season one of high drama. There was controversy surrounding the national anthem that went all the way to the President of the United States, Ezekiel Elliott’s high-profile legal battle to fight a six-game NFL suspension, owner Jerry Jones being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Jones’ squabbles with Roger Goodell and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank over the commissioner’s contract extension. The Cowboys rarely left the news cycle. Not just the sports cycle, the news cycle. And, oh yeah, they finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs. While all the drama on and off the field made for must-see TV (social media too), the 2017 … [Read more...] about Controversy littered the Dallas Cowboys’ season that ended with no playoffs
The Dallas Cowboys are officially moving on to next season. Coach Jason Garrett remains disappointed about a 2017 season resulted in back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in his seven full seasons as coach, but out of the playoffs for the fifth time. Now begins an off-season of change that doesn’t appear will deter much from the core foundation that went from the high optimism of 13-3 campaign in 2016 to the utter chagrin of this season’s 9-7 finish, most notably at the top. Owner Jerry Jones has already assured Garrett’s return to being one of the league’s nine longest tenured coaches, including New England’s Bill Belichick, Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis, Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy, Baltimore’s John Harbaugh, Seattle’s Pete Carroll and Carolina’s Mike Rivera. Among the group, only Garrett and Lewis have failed to reach the Super Bowl. Garrett, who has a 67-53 mark, says Jones’ loyalty means a great deal to him … [Read more...] about No looking back, no turning back for Dallas Cowboys