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Dallas Cowboys sign DT Henry Melton

The Cowboys desperately needed defensive line help this off-season, especially defensive tackle help. After losing Jason Hatcher to the Redskins, there might not have been a single team needier for any single position than the Cowboys were for a defensive tackle. Things were so desperate for the Cowboys at defensive tackle this season that Nick Hayden not only started at defensive...
Via The Football Fan Spot
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

THE TRUE BLUE ROSTER TEST: Name all ten of the Dallas Cowboys defensive linemen currently on the roster | Special Feature

You know the Dallas Cowboys don’t have Jason Hatcher or DeMarcus Ware on their defensive line anymore. Do you know who they do have? Hint: There are currently 10 defensive linemen under contract. Another Hint: Three of them are defensive tackles and seven are defensive ends. How many can you name off the top of your head? STOP READING NOW AND THINK ABOUT IT … SPOILER...
Via KC Sports Ninja
March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

THE TRUE BLUE ROSTER TEST: Name all ten of the Dallas Cowboys defensive linemen currently on the roster | Special Feature

You know the Dallas Cowboys don’t have Jason Hatcher or DeMarcus Ware on their defensive line anymore. Do you know who they do have? Hint: There are currently 10 defensive linemen under contract. Another Hint: Three of them are defensive tackles and seven are defensive ends. How many can you name off the top of your head? STOP READING NOW AND THINK ABOUT IT … SPOILER...
Via KC Sports Ninja
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agency Should Address Depth and Shape Draft

The one thing that has really derailed the Cowboys over the past two years has been the lack of quality depth. This became more apparent than ever last season when the defensive line was decimated by injuries and the replacements were adequate to a degree. We still failed to get any real pressure on the quarterback. Jason Hatcher was able to bring the pressure from the defensive...
Via CowboysBlog.Net
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Free Agency: Recap of who’s available

Over the past few months, all of here at cover32 have been compiling lists of all the top free agents at every position. Now we are one day away from the start of the new league year and the opening day of free agency. The Cowboys will have needs all across the board and maybe a free agent or two can come in on the cheap and play above their value, much like George Selvie and Nick...
Via cover32 - Cowboys
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Dallas Cowboys Position Analysis: Defensive Tackle

Players Under ContractTyrone Crawford - Signed through 2015 - Dead Money Hit: $288,000The Cowboys had high hopes for Tyrone Crawford entering last season and were dealt a huge blow day one of training camp as he tore his achilles.  Particularly when the Jay Ratliff situation deteriorated as it did, Crawford would have had a chance to shine.  Barry Church rebounded nicely from...
Via Football Nation
February 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Drafting Defensive Tackle in 1st Round, Not Since 1991

With the NFL Scouting Combine just 2 weeks away, its time to ramp up the draft talk and dig deep into draft day scenarios. The Cowboys 2013 draft was heavy on offense early and I expect the defense to get the concentration this year in the same manner. Forget about trading up for the hot name QB, its not going to happen. This team needs defense and they need a lot of it. I believe...
Via CowboysBlog.Net
February 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Adding Will McClay could yield Defensive draft pick gold

Dallas Cowboys news has been a bit slow since we departed the 2013 season; but, word is coming out that Will McClay will be infusing his pro personnel scouting magic into this year’s draft board. McClay has been instrumental in finding some nice gems over the past few seasons. On top of finding Laurent Robinson a few seasons ago, he hit on George Selvie and Nick Hayden has been...
Via CowboysBlog.Net
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Priority number one: fix defensive line

Back before the start of the 2013 season I wrote an article entitled “Dallas Cowboys Defensive Line Under Pressure” in which I outlined my concerns about the starters and depth at DL for the Cowboys.  Many analysts were focusing on the safety position as the biggest gap in Dallas’ defense, and while I did not necessarily disagree with that assessment, I had more questions...
Via cover32 - Cowboys
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Dallas Cowboys: 2013 Week 13 NFL Power Rankings (#19)

Last week: 17 (-2) Record: 7-5 The Cowboys may be 7-5, but they have one of the worst defenses in the NFL and their schedule gets much tougher from here on out. Their 7 wins have come against teams with a combined 28-49-1 record and their final 4 games send them to Chicago and Washington and send Packers, likely with Aaron Rodgers at that point, and the Eagles, now with Nick Foles...
Via The Football Fan Spot
November 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Kiffin Report: The Remarkable Waiver Wire Defensive Line

If the 2013 Dallas Cowboys go anywhere this season - such as hosting a playoff game in Arlington because they won the NFC East - I believe we will spend a lot of time praising the fantastic job of the defensive line who is in their first year in the 4-3 scheme under Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli. Those of us on the outside talked the entire off-season about the change with strategy...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Dallas Cowboys: 2013 Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#12)

Last week: 11 (-1) Record: 4-4 You can call it a crushing loss for the Cowboys, but they did not deserve to win that game. They were outgained by 355 yards, only the 24th time that had happened to a team since 1989 and lost despite winning the turnover battle by 4, only the 20th time that had happened to a team since 1989. They won’t always be able to force turnovers and they have...
Via The Football Fan Spot
October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Dallas Cowboys: 2013 Week 5 Power Rankings (#10)

Last week: 8 (-2) Record: 2-2 The Cowboys lost in San Diego, but there’s no shame in losing to a decent San Diego team in San Diego, with a huge trend working against them (Non-divisional home dogs are 37-11 ATS since 1989 before being divisional road favorites, while, teams are 20-35 ATS since 1989 as non-divisional road favorites before being non-divisional home underdogs). They...
Via The Football Fan Spot
October 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Cowboys show they aren't ready to be elite, again

Welcome back to mediocrity, Cowboys fans. With a chance to prove they can be more than just the tallest dwarf in the NFC East, the Cowboys reverted to the team its fans have come to know all too well in recent years. After losing to the Chargers, 30-21, the Cowboys are again a .500 team at 2-2 and are again on the W-L-W-L roller coaster. They haven't been 3-1 four games into...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
September 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Five thoughts on Cowboys' loss to Chargers

The win one, lose one Dallas Cowboys are alive and well. After exploding for 21 second-quarter points, the Cowboys never scored again, falling 30-21 to the San Diego Chargers. Here are my five thoughts on the Cowboys dropping to 2-2. 1.) Same old Cowboys. The trend of mediocrity continues. The second-quarter outburst hinted that things might be changing, but that was only a tease...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
September 29, 2013  |  1 Comment

Cowboys DT Nick Hayden is known as “Golden Cock”

You really can’t make this stuff up. Dallas Cowboys coach  Rod Marinelli  apparently gives his players nicknames.  Well the name he gave defensive tackle Nick Hayden is very interesting. Hayden’s nickname is “Golden ****.”  The bad thing is that everyone will soon be referring to him as that. “Those nicknames are starting to stick,” head coach Jason Garrett said...
Via Pro Football Zone
September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Marinelli gives Cowboys DL interesting nickname

Rod Marinelli has given members of his defensive line some interesting nicknames. While the group is known as the “Fearsome Four” they all have individual names as well. The Dallas Morning News reports the following from a conversation with Jason Hatcher. Hatcher: Big Daddy. DeMarcus Ware: Long Arms. George Selvie: Bricklayer. Nick Hayden: Golden ****. Hatcher said Marinelli...
Via Tireball.com
September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Rod Marinelli nicknamed Nick Hayden ‘Golden Cock’

Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Rod Marinelli might give out the best nicknames in sports. The Cowboys are 2-1 and the defense has been a strong point through three games. The team is currently second in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (66.3) and sacks (13). Jason Hatcher has three of the 13 […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Cowboys' defensive line is now a Fearsome Four

IRVING, Texas The Dallas Cowboys' defensive line is making a name for itself with its play. It's also made up a name for itself: The Fearsome Four. The name is borrowed from the famous Los Angeles Rams' "Fearsome Foursome" from the 1960s: Deacon Jones, Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy. The Cowboys' Fearsome Four is made up of defensive ends DeMarcus...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Cowboys' defensive line is now a Fearsome Four

IRVING, Texas The Dallas Cowboys' defensive line is making a name for itself with its play. It's also made up a name for itself: The Fearsome Four. The name is borrowed from the famous Los Angeles Rams' "Fearsome Foursome" from the 1960s: Deacon Jones, Merlin Olsen, Rosey Grier and Lamar Lundy. The Cowboys' Fearsome Four is made up of defensive ends DeMarcus...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys: 2013 Week 3 NFL Pick

St. Louis Rams (1-1) at Dallas Cowboys (1-1) Trends wise, the Cowboys are in a bad situation this week. St. Louis is road dogs after a road loss, a situation teams are 88-52 ATS since 2008. Teams cover about 65% of the time in this situation historically as well, no matter what year you use to cut off the sample. The Cowboys, meanwhile, struggle as home favorites since the opening...
Via The Football Fan Spot
September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Dallas Cowboys at Kansas City Chiefs: 2013 Week 2 NFL Pick

Dallas Cowboys (1-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) After forcing just 16 takeaways last season, the Cowboys forced 6 against the Giants week 1. They won’t do that every week, but it’s just another sign that takeaways are very inconsistent on a year to year basis. They’re also very inconsistent on a week-to-week basis unfortunately for the Cowboys as teams who win the turnover...
Via The Football Fan Spot
September 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Dallas Cowboys: 2013 Week 2 NFL Power Rankings (#7)

After forcing just 16 takeaways last season, the Cowboys forced 6 against the Giants week 1. They won’t do that every week, but it’s just another sign that takeaways are very inconsistent on a year to year basis. They’re also very inconsistent on a week-to-week basis unfortunately for the Cowboys as teams who win the turnover battle by 5 have a turnover margin of -0.4 the following...
Via The Football Fan Spot
September 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Breaking down Kiffin's defensive debut with Cowboys

Every Wednesday we want to look at the defense and how things went in the previous game. This is a work in progress, but we will try to make sure after we talk a little game theory that we always dive back into our bread and butter. Splash plays and tracking the Cowboys use of bringing pressure. First, this week, I thought I would cover the dangers of a good play-action team on...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
September 11, 2013  |  Discuss

The Roster Decisions And The Ratliff Situation

Here are a few related items that we must all fit on to a Wednesday or we won't get to everything this week. 1 - Getting Down to 53 On Tuesday, the Cowboys made some procedural moves to help get down to 75 after these initial cuts: WR Jared GreenWR Eric RodgersWR Anthony AmosQB Nick StephensP Brett MaherOG Dennis GodfreyLB Deon LaceyTE Colin CochartCB Brandon Underwood...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
August 28, 2013  |  Discuss

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