On Thursday, as the tremors from Jerry Jones' shakeup at Valley Ranch continued to reverberate, Morning News entertainment editor Rand Duren seized the moment. "It was announced yesterday that the Dallas Cowboys have fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan," he wrote on the paper's Whatever Blog, "and ... More >>
It's impossible to understand what happens behind the scenes in the NFL. Sure, there are NFL films and Hard Knocks, but even those get filtered down and provide a minute glimpse into the heart of an NFL team. Knowing how a group of athletes handle the death of one teammate and the jailing of another ... More >>
This year for Halloween, instead of playing on current trends like the Presidential race or zombies, the Cowboys decided to dress up like something tried and true: the Dallas Cowboys. In a game that bordered on parody, the Cowboys went to their old bag of fail and pulled out a gut-melter. It wasn't ... More >>
Friday afternoon, tragedy struck. America laughed while Big Tex smoldered, fairgoers having no free hands to wipe the tears as they double-fisted turkey legs and corn dogs. With the memory of the deep-fried deity lighting a fire in their collective boots, the Cowboys stormed out of the locker room ... More >>
It seems to have become a routine occurrence for the Cowboys in the Garrett Era: win one game, lose the next. One step forward, two drunken stumbles into the hot tub. Don't heap too much praise on any one player, lest you're prepared to be let down the following week. This time, it was the Bears wh ... More >>
What a win for the good guys. The Bi-Ringed Mouth Breather from the Bayou finally got his comeuppance, Tony Romo executed like a champ when it mattered, DeMarco Murray was DeMarco Murray, and the defense held up its end of the bargain by keeping the Giants' offense at bay much of the game. Now let ... More >>
Jonathan Bales is the founder of DallasCowboysTimes.com, a site dedicated to film study and statistical analysis of the Cowboys. As the seconds ticked away in the Cowboys' prime-time loss to the Giants on Sunday, Cowboys fans were left with that familiar taste in their mouths. (You know the one -- ... More >>
Editor's note: Jonathan Bales is the founder of DallasCowboysTimes.com and occasionally writes for The New York Times. We thought it'd be fun to have him break out the Xs and Os and Oh Shits before Sunday's big game. We apologize in advance for the nerdiness. While the "play-in game" that awaits t ... More >>
Christmas Depression: It's enough of a thing that terrible Photoshops exist for it.The holidays season is nigh. It's a festive time when we get actual mail instead of just bills and Brookstone catalogs, when we can drink and eat to excess with minimal judgment, and we finally, hopefully get t ... More >>
For as much screen time as he gets, and for as much as analysts fawn over his "exotic" blitz packages -- He throws everything but the kitchen sink! And sometimes he even throws that! He must be strong! Sinks are generally quite heavy! -- Rob Ryan can't be a very good defensive coordinator. C ... More >>
10. Like me, were you scared to death that Jesse Holley was going to fumble while holding the ball up in premature exclamation at the end of his 77-yard overtime catch? 9. Rob Ryan may be a defensive genius, but it doesn't show when he has Anthony Spencer trying to cover tight end ... More >>
But it's probably no better than gambling on any other team, so go ahead and be a homer.
*This advice is contingent on you promising never to root for your Fantasy Team over your Favorite Team.
Because it wouldn't be a newspaper football preview without piss-in-the-wind game predictions.
The stats say no. Here's hoping the stats lie.
In the fickle world of NFL fandom, the Cowboys' QB has one more year to prove himself.
Zuma PressAccording to Forbes magazine, your Cowboys are the NFL's most valuable franchise at $1.85 billion. Second-wealthiest team on the planet behind only English soccer's Manchester United. They are also, in case you haven't noticed, in disarray. Chaotic. Disjointed. Injured. If not in a rebu ... More >>
10. When could you tell it was preseason? Late in the first half Broncos' quarterback Tim Tebow scrambled across field, broke two tackles and eventually threw a pass down to Dallas' 5. However, there were three -- count 'em three -- penalties on Denver. On the play safety Danny Church i ... More >>
Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Just stop it with the calls for Stephen McGee to get more playing time, or even be elevated to No. 2. Watch the game. He's horrible. He can overcome sloppy footwork, inaccuracy and a lack ... More >>
The Cowboys had exactly 10 practices in pads in San Antonio. In this weird, truncated preseason of NFL football, that makes a training camp. After a walkthrough this morning at The Alamodome, Dallas headed north and will tomorrow night begin its four-game exhibition season against the Bron ... More >>
Yes, in fact, Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo did drop the P-word Tuesday during an exclusive interview on 105.3 The Fan. But not to worry, it was the one that rhymed not with wussy, but rather kiss. During training camp Romo was refreshingly a non-story. Collar bone healed, his throwing ... More >>
10. It wasn't exactly football, but it was close. Sunday's Blue-White scrimmage featured a couple of decent hits and some tackling to the ground. For the most part it was 75-percent speed, a juicy appetizer for Thursday's Cowboys-Broncos pre-season opener 9. By my very unscientific and ... More >>
Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:*Only at a Cowboys' training camp can you look on the sidelines one day and see the guys from Deadliest Catch and the next find a dork in an ill-fitting suit and bow tie. Yep, Pee Wee Her ... More >>
After an epic swing and miss at the NFL's No. 1 free agent, the Cowboys are off and crawling at training camp.
10. To accommodate the veterans who will practice with the team for the first time tonight and to give those fans who get off work later a chance to see their 'Boys, the team has moved its 2:30-5:30 practice this afternoon to 6:30-9:30 tonight at The Alamodome. Players like Doug Free an ... More >>
This is what happens when, for the first time in a long time, the Cowboys have no sexy new faces at training camp. Seems every player Dallas signs has already played with Dallas. The hottest topic in San Antonio is ... Tony Romo Dez Bryant Jay Ratliff's weight the Dallas heat. Non-stories ar ... More >>
10. Impressed yesterday that -- on a players day off -- 6th-round draft choice and receiver Dwayne Harris was running sprints and routes. All by his lonesome. 9. Mat McBriar isn't exactly Rob Ryan, but he's departing pudgy and heading toward fat. McBriar pulled his hamstring running in ... More >>
10. For a couple of anxious minutes last Friday the Cowboys thought they'd signed Nnamdi Asomugha. Then on Monday for a curious second we thought they'd acquired Bears' receiver/returner Devin Hester. Huh is right. DallasCowboys.com sent out a text/Tweet yesterday announcing "Cowboys Si ... More >>
10. Per the new collective bargaining agreement, the Cowboys are tweaking their San Antonio schedule. Today's padded practice ends at 4:15 p.m. instead of 5:30. Off day is moved from Wednesday to tomorrow. Plan accordingly. 9. Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan keeps calling cornerba ... More >>
10. Was it just me and Fox 4's Mike Doocy, or was owner Jerry Jones choking up a bit yesterday when talking about the voyage that was lockout negotiations? "We took the boat out into a perfect storm and got the boat back home." The older he gets, the more sentimental and emotional Jerry get ... More >>
With the NFL lockout finally over, the Cowboys embark on an unprecedented training camp and an unpredictable 2011 season.
Well, are you ready for some?Arrived in San Antonio this morning and will attend owner Jerry Jones' State of the Franchise press conference at 3 p.m. in The Alamodome. (After an off-season of relative silence and so many topics to cover, this baby could go 90 minutes.) In the post-lockout ... More >>
Not that my mood was helped any by yesterday's news that NFL lockout mediation would adjourn until perhaps May 16, but yes, thanks for asking, I am already ready for some football. Caught some Jason Garrett on NFL Network this morning (a replay from earlier in the week). The Cowboys' coa ... More >>
It's like knowing what you're getting for Christmas. Being able to shake the gift-wrapped present for confirmation. But then having to wait for what feels like forever to actually open it. It's the NFL schedule, this year the ultimate tease. With the lockout mired in mediation and the NFL Dra ... More >>
Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Coming to you today live from the Daytona 500. Literally. I awoke this morn -- as did hundreds of thousands of NASCAR fans -- to the public address blaring first, at precisely 6 a.m. "We ... More >>
What we saw in 2010 were the record number of yards and points allowed by the Dallas Cowboys' defense. We remember the eye-popping, heart-gouging 33 passing touchdowns surrendered. Apparently owner Jerry Jones saw something different. Either that, or the Cowboys have their eye on a cornerbac ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *So the Dallas Cowboys hire loquacious, bombastic, entertaining new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan not with a press conference but only a press release? That's like hiring Ricky Gervais to emcee th ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Jerry Jones is desperate to break the Super Bowl attendance record, set at the Rose Bowl back in 1980. To do so, he needs to pack 104,000 into Cowboys Stadium. Or around it? He wants to sell ticke ... More >>
Rubbernecking, Parrott the Pariah, Unfit for Freedom