Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Trevon Diggs allows a lot of yards, but creates turnovers. Is an extension guaranteed?

 Every week until the regular season, this series will put the spotlight on a key, but not fully established Cowboys player who is still on his way to his finished form. It will try to examine where his journey has gone so far, where 2022 might take him and beyond. Last week in this series, we profiled the case of Dalton Schultz. Schultz has a much more complex case to consider when you look at his franchise tag designation and the big bucks that go with it.

https://theathletic.com/3446205/2022/07/26/dallas-cowboys-trevon-diggs-interceptions/

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Did 2019 give the Cowboys any difficult contract decisions?

 One last piece here before the Dallas Cowboys climb on the airplane to California that will double as our assumption of what might be a meeting at the Star during the offseason between those who are in charge of the finances. It is time to begin to get our affairs in order for the next group that comes down the "conveyor belt of talent" and puts the franchise in a decision-making process with each of a draft class that is completing its final season of its rookie year.

https://theathletic.com/3438146/2022/07/21/cowboys-2019-draft-class-rookie-contracts/

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

The Cowboys and Dalton Schultz: Where we have been and where we are headed

 Every week until the regular season, this series will put the spotlight on a key, but not fully established Cowboys player who is still on his way to his finished form. It will try to examine where his journey has gone so far, where 2022 might take him and beyond. Dalton Schultz was the 10th tight end taken in the 2018 NFL Draft and, at pick 137, he certainly was much better than his draft spot.

https://theathletic.com/3433441/2022/07/19/cowboys-dalton-schultz-franchise-tag/

Thursday, July 14, 2022

The Cowboys didn't win up front on either side in the playoff loss to the 49ers

 One thing I make a point in doing every July is to rewatch the end of the previous year. I stole this idea from watching "Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul" or even when "Game of Thrones" would finally give us a new season after being away for far too long. I have to remember where we left things. Where were the main characters? What pickle did the bad guys put us in as the screen froze and we faded away into the offseason? In TV shows, we often don't have anything occur.

https://theathletic.com/3417552/2022/07/14/cowboys-49ers-wild-card-playoff-game-review/

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Cowboys draft analysis: What Day 3 picks Matt Waletzko and Devin Harper bring

 This is the final installment of our three-week plan to “get to know” each of the Cowboys’ six players taken on Day 3 of this year’s draft. You know the drill by now, 200 snaps to tell us what kind of player the Cowboys have selected as well as what we have found out about their backstories and potential roles with the team.

Two weeks back, we did the dive on Jake Ferguson and John Ridgeway.

Last week, we got after the two defensive pieces the Cowboys added with the middle two picks in Round 5, DaRon Bland and Damone Clark.

https://theathletic.com/3335011/2022/05/26/dallas-cowboys-draft-analysis-day-3/

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Cowboys backfield: Why not feature Ezekiel Elliott, Tony Pollard together more?

 I have a couple more things to finish up this week before I take a long break until early July. If anything massive happens, I will try to get involved here (and I will also attempt to tweet something relevant to read from the past for you each day), but for the most part, I will spend June doing something that isn’t writing about this football team. Usually, June is quiet, anyway, so bear with me.

But, one of those two things this week was going to be to explore and ponder one of the spots on this roster that is really starting to perplex me — and I imagine some of you.

https://theathletic.com/3330542/2022/05/24/dallas-cowboys-ezekiel-elliott-tony-pollard/

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Cowboys draft analysis: Day 3 picks Damone Clark and DaRon Bland

 As we did last week (and will do again next week), it is time to push out our look at two more of the Cowboys’ later-round draft picks after we have given them the thorough film treatment. You know the drill by now, 200 snaps to tell us what kind of player the Cowboys have selected as well as what we have found out about their backstories and potential roles with the team.

Last week, we did the dive on Jake Ferguson and John Ridgeway.

This week, it is two members of the defensive depth chart, including a corner who may get in the mix pretty quickly and a linebacker who we may not even see in his rookie season due to rather significant health considerations.

https://theathletic.com/3319281/2022/05/19/dallas-cowboys-draft-damone-clark-daron-bland/

Monday, May 16, 2022

Mavericks make history, Stars fall short: Diary of night Dallas won’t soon forget

 May 15, 2022.

We have gathered Sunday night to witness a chance of a lifetime. Trying to win in a Game 7 for the fifth time in Dallas Mavericks history and only the second time ever on the road.

While …

Trying to win a Game 7 for the fourth time in Dallas Stars history and the first time on the road (bubbles don’t count).

At the same time!

https://theathletic.com/3313469/2022/05/16/dallas-mavericks-stars-game-7-history/

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Cowboys newcomers: TE Jake Ferguson, DT John Ridgeway add reasonable pieces on both sides

 Here in the next few weeks, I want to make sure I get to the checklist of post-draft activities that I might have delayed this year for certain “playoffs in other sports” reasons locally. Yes, it is possible the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns versus the Mavericks (not to mention those Calgary Flames against the Stars) have helped delay my looks at all of the draft picks I had not studied properly.

So, for each of the next three weeks, I will grab two of the Cowboys’ front office Day 3 picks and see what we can see. This always is a fun activity to meet these guys and try to put ourselves in the war-room seats to try to understand the Cowboys’ ultimate vision.

https://theathletic.com/3303861/2022/05/12/dallas-cowboys-nfl-football-rookies-jake-ferguson-john-ridgeway/

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

How bad was the Amari Cooper trade for Cowboys? Take a look around the league and find out

 Matt Waletzko.

That will be the name that will forever be etched in the transactional record books when someone spends the time to dust off the 2022 volume and dive deep into what exactly the Dallas Cowboys were able to fetch for Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper when they traded him to Cleveland to alleviate their financial stress.

Matt Waletzko. Or, to be fair, the Cowboys could have used that pick on whatever gem was available at pick No. 155. And not only that, with pick No. 193 Oklahoma State linebacker Devin Harper was secured. But, that also cost them pick No 202.

https://theathletic.com/3293279/2022/05/04/cowboys-amari-cooper-trade-browns/