The age of this unit has been covered at length already here, but Tom throws out this interesting nugget as well:
The average size of last year’s unit was 6-6, 324 pounds. This season, it’s 6-4, 309.
Sensi was looking for a monster payday this offseason. He didn’t get it, and he only got a 1-year deal, which must have been a humbling experience. Might be a chip on his shoulder this season.
David Buehler, Shayne Graham, Kai Forbath, Dan Bailey, and now Dave Rayner. Oof.
On the decision to rely on youth this season:
You have no choice. If you stay with Davis and Columbo (sic) and Gurode and Brooking and Newman, you’re looking at 7-9 or 8-8 again this year, and then you’re pushing two years further down the road. By starting it now, at least they see the back end of Romo’s window has a shot at winning a Super Bowl and being a Super Bowl contender. If you try to tread water with the older guys this season, you’re just getting older and you’re getting worse. So whenever you start rebuilding, add two years, and I think that’s where Tony Romo sits. And at 33 or 34, they think he can still win for them.
I think that sums up my thoughts perfectly.
Wow, some rare criticism for the front office from the mothership – you don’t see that very often. And oddly enough, I disagree with Nick’s point:
To take him to the Minnesota game and then tell him as he’s getting on the bus to go to the stadium that he won’t be playing, and subsequently, that his future with the team is now in question, was not the way it should’ve been handled, in my opinion. I just don’t see the need to embarrass him like that.
The NFL is a business. The Cowboys, I’d have to imagine, were trying to recoup a draft pick in return for Gurode, and so they hung onto him for their trip to Minny. Meanwhile, they knew they were cutting him if they couldn’t work out a deal, so why would they play him? If you play him, for one, you take away snaps from all these really young guys that desperately need the reps, and worse, from a business perspective, you run the risk of Gurode getting hurt and having to pay him an injury settlement. I get it – It sucks. Sometimes decisions in business aren’t easy, and often times cruel. I’m sure they didn’t set out to inconvenience or embarrass Gurode, but what else could they do?
As of Monday, those of you with delusions of grandeur can stop dreaming about the Dallas Cowboys playing in the Super Bowl.
The playoffs? Nope. Not this season.
Your Dallas Cowboys are in full-fledged rebuilding mode just like the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns.
Seems like click-baiting to me here. I can buy the point that the Cowboys are rebuilding, as they should be, but let’s tap the breaks on the comparison to the Bills.
(Redskins, Eagles, and Giants news after the jump)…
Maybe the Cowboys will sign kicker Clint Stitser.
Several Skins are ranked far too low. London Fletcher, the 20th LB in the league? Nonsense. Frankly, Scouts Inc has pretty much lost all credibility with me. I mean, they ranked Terence Newman ahead of Michael Vick. Let me repeat that. Scouts Inc thinks Terence Newman… TERENCE NEWMAN!… is a better football player than Michael Vick.
Good news for Stephen Bowen: His wife and two children will join him in Virginia on Tuesday. Bowen, as you probably know, had to leave his wife shortly after the birth of their twins (June 28). They were born premature and one of them died 10 days later. But Stephen III, who is still hospitalized, now weighs 4.5 pounds. He’ll likely need to be hospitalized when they come to Virginia.
“I can’t even put it into words, it’s going to be a good feeling,” Bowen said. “It takes a load off. I’m not worried about him every day. … Some days were good and some days were bad, but now he’s … stabilized.”
The reunion will be good for his wife, too.
“My wife’s a little stressed out,” Bowen said. “She has a lot to do, shipping all our stuff here; buying a house here and trying to sell the house in Dallas. It’s a lot on her plate.”
Stephen Bowen joins Jeremy Maclin as players I’m rooting for this season, regardless of fan affiliation.
I remember watching one of the Skins’ preseason games (I believe it was the first one), and I kept see 24 around the ball on pretty much every play. I had to look up who it was – turns out it was Gomes.
the sixth year voids if he participates in 35 percent of the snaps in any year of the deal. It’s actually a five-year, $80 million deal.
It’s not a $100 million deal in the slightest.
Whether he asked or not, I’m pretty sure he was going to play regardless. He needs all the reps he can get.
I’ll bet they are.
You know what doesn’t make sense? Writing a scathing article about how crappy a deal is before you the real details of it emerge.
This is of course about 3rd round pick Jerrel Jernigan, who, in case you missed it, had 3 muffed punts and a fumble in the Giants last preseason game against the Jets. 4 fumbles – Wow. The Giants aren’t going to cut Jernigan – You don’t cut 3rd round picks. I believe the last coach to cut a 3rd round pick (and I didn’t research this, so apologies if incorrect) was Mike Shanahan, when he cut Maurice Clarett in Denver. Teams keeps 53 players, but they only dress 45 on gameday. Jernigan will make the team, but don’t expect to see him in uniform anytime soon.
He’ll be out for the first 6 weeks of the season. The age-old debate of Ramses Barden vs Billy McMullen is heating up!
Ramses Barden’s first two seasons – 6 receptions, 80 yards, 0 TD.
Former 3rd round pick Billy McMullen’s first two seasons (remember him, Philly fans?) – 4 catches, 26 yards, 0 TD.
So far, Barden has a commanding lead, but McMullen had his big breakout season in his 3rd season in 2005, when he had 18 catches for 268 yards and a TD.
The D looked great, but the O and special teams were pitiful.
Wanted to touch on this little excerpt:
Safety Antrel Rolle also made his debut as the slot cornerback in nickel packages, and he held up well. He was locked onto Jets star Santonio Holmes a handful of times and played solidly. Rolle isn’t the fastest cover man in the world, but he did his best to compensate for that by being physical.
That’s not an ideal setup for the Giants’ D, but it might be the best option for Perry Fewell. If you stick Antrel Rolle down in the slot, you get Deon Grant onto the field instead of Brian Williams.