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News: Mosley: D-line goes to top of this Dallas depth chart...

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  1. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Bill Parcells knows the Cowboys aren’t one player away from a Super Bowl. And that’s why he encouraged his boss to sit tight when other teams were spending wildly in free agency.

    The Cowboys have solidified some areas. But there are still some major concerns. We decided to rank the team by position. The No. 1-ranked position is the one with the most overall depth:

    1. Defensive line: A year ago, this was probably the team’s biggest concern. The thought of having to depend on Willie Blade at nose tackle wasn’t a pleasant thought, but things turned out fine. Now, Blade will be fighting for his job. Defensive tackles Daleroy Stewart, Jermaine Brooks and Leonardo Carson should all contribute. And the addition of Marcellus Wiley at defensive end puts this position over the top.

    2. Tight ends: The Cowboys could end up having as much depth at this position as any team in the league. Jason Witten has emerged as an effective receiver, and Dan Campbell is a steady blocker who will boost the running game. Sean Ryan, a rookie out of Boston College, should also help the running game.

    3. Linebacker: All the incumbents are back, and second-year player Bradie James could be the talk of camp. James will see action when the Cowboys use a 3-4 defensive scheme, and he could challenge Dexter Coakley for a starting job.

    4. Defensive backs: Three of the starting positions in the secondary appear solid. Cornerback Terence Newman and safeties Darren Woodson and Roy Williams should have big years. But one of the biggest questions heading into the season concerns who will start opposite of Newman. For now, Pete Hunter is the guy. He’s apparently had an excellent off-season. But we must remember that Hunter came close to being cut last season.

    5. Offensive line: The Cowboys whiffed in free agency, but the line could still improve. After a tumultuous off-season, left guard Larry Allen is reportedly in better condition than he has been in three years. With center Al Johnson returning from a knee injury, that will allow Parcells to move players around. Last year’s starting center, Matt Lehr, has made a smooth transition to guard. The biggest question concerns whether right guard Andre Gurode can come back from a miserable second year.

    6. Quarterbacks: Vinny Testaverde’s presence will make everyone in the organization breathe easier. He probably won’t overtake Quincy Carter as the starter, but he’ll be ready to go if anything happens. This will also buy time for Tony Romo and Drew Henson to develop.

    7. Running backs: Julius Jones may face more pressure than any other rookie in the league this season. He’ll be handed the starting spot from the first day of practice. Veteran Richie Anderson, Aveion Cason and ReShard Lee are the other backs. Rookie Lousake Polite will try to beat out Jamar Martin and Darian Barnes at fullback.

    8. Specialists: Richie Cunningham has become pretty dependable, but the Cowboys will choose between two unproven punters in Mat McBriar and Ryan Flinn.

    *****

    Fore! the love of the game…Quarterback Tony Romo followed his opening-round 82 with a 1-over-par 72 Wednesday at the Texas State Open. He missed the cut, which means he can focus on making the Cowboys’ 53-man roster.

    In addition to working out almost every day at Valley Ranch, Romo attempted to qualify for the EDS Byron Nelson Championship and the U.S. Open this summer. His crowning achievement on the links was qualifying for the prestigious Texas State Open.

    Romo may end up blaming his opening-round score on Australian caddy/punter Mat McBriar. Romo touted McBriar, a former Australian Rules football player, as a highly qualified caddy. But McBriar’s post-round comments regarding the large number of shots that Romo hit on Nos. 7-9 must’ve rankled Romo.

    With the British Open in full swing and not much coming out of Valley Ranch, it’s time to rank the top five Cowboys golfers:

    1. Tony Romo (when punter hopeful McBriar isn’t on the bag)

    2. Mike Zimmer (rumored to be a single-digit handicapper but would like to keep that secret from his boss)

    3. Mat McBriar (a 10-handicapper, according to Romo)

    4. Drew Henson (his baseball swing works better on the course than on the diamond)

    5. ReShard Lee (recent hole in one has inspired his game)

    Honorable mention: Parcells. He reportedly hit some great shots at the Cowboys Golf Club driving range recently. Too impatient to play a full 18, however.
  2. Sitting Bull

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    Richie Cunningham? Dependable? He hasn't even shown up for games in five years...
  3. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    B.S.



    That is Hilarious!:D

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