The Dallas Cowboys are set to lose $10 million against the cap over the next two years, while the Redskins are set to lose $36 million. According to ESPN:
During the pre-lockout 2010 season, the collective bargaining agreement expired and the league operated without a salary cap.
According to sources, the Cowboys and Redskins took immediate cap hits during the 2010 season that normally would have been spread out over the length of the contracts, giving them an advantage that other NFL owners found unfair.
Putting all biases aside, this is total B.S. The Cowboys and Redskins both took advantage of the uncapped season and reworked contracts accordingly. Now Goodell is punishing them retroactively for something they did that was not against the rules.
That being said, it makes me smile to see Dan Snyder get screwed out of $36 million in cap space right after he trades away draft picks that are more precious than ever after the latest CBA.
In one brief statement after last Sunday’s season finale in the Meadowlands, Jerry Jones summed up the direction and organizational philosophy of the Dallas Cowboys in the way that only he can:
“The facts are that I’ve spent 22 years doing this exactly the same way,” Jones said Tuesday on KRLD-FM. “I’ve made a lot of changes from year to year as time goes along, but frankly, I know that when we do not have the kind of success, when we don’t have expectations lived up to, the one that should get the most heat is the one that ultimately makes the decisions, period, with the Dallas Cowboys. And that’s me.”
The contradictions in those remarks are obvious, yet the logic contained within is so full of twists and turns that it defies analysis. Find a new team to root for, people.
Dez Bryant Scores a Touchdown in the First Quarter
Here are my quick hits from the game:
- Cowboys definitely tried to establish the run early. 6 of the 9 plays on the Cowboys first drive were running plays. Even so, they were never able to establish a solid running game.
- Where is Dez Bryant? Again, he has no impact after the first quarter. I think he is the most talented player on the Cowboys roster, but he just disappears. (OK, I typed this before his big overtime catch to convert on 3rd down and get the Cowboys into field goal range)
- It never felt like the Cowboys were winning. Even when they were up by 10 in the first half, it always felt like they were behind. They just never seemed to be playing very well.
- Sean Lee continues to be a stud. He may not have had any game changing plays, but he led the team in tackles with 10.
- Sensabaugh also has a great game. Second on the team in tackles with 9, and had the big fumble recovery. He’s been better this year than I expected.
- Martellus Bennet had his best game of the season. 3 catches for 31 yards, the most receptions and yards he’s had in a game this season. At least the ball never went off of his facemask into a defender’s arms. What a disappointment.
- Have the Cowboys finally found themselves a kicker? Or is this another Nick Folk? Dan Bailey is now 25/26 for the season on field goals including a game winning 39 yarder in overtime today.
It wasn’t the best game the Cowboys have played, but right now I’ll take a W any way I can get it. I guess I have to pull for the Vince Young led Eagles tonight. Yay.
Here are my initial reactions to the game last night. I would have posted them last night, but I got a concussion when I was hit in the head by an errant snap from Phil Costa.
- Tony Romo has turned a corner. He may not have had the best line last night, but the adjustments he made and his ability to be a coach on the field were tremendous. I don’t think anyone can argue now that he isn’t a leader.
- Martellus Bennett has had enough chances. He can’t catch a ball over an undersized defender, and he continuously is called for untimely penalties. While it pains me as an Aggie to say this, it is time to replace him with John Phillips.
- Sean Lee is a player man. A nice interception, the game clinching fumble recovery, 8 tackles and 2 passes defended. 31 tackles on the season. Why didn’t he play more last year?
- The Cowboys have themselves a kicker. 6 made field goals for Bailey, and all of them were solid. Do they really need to continue carrying 2 kickers on the roster?
- The lack of depth is still a major concern on this team. I didn’t even know who half of the WRs were out there. And they didn’t know where to line up or where to go. I’ve never seen an NFL team look so lost just because their #1 WR was out.
- Jason Garrett. I really don’t have a comment for Garrett other than to say it is difficult to judge him on this one. I suppose the biggest criticism would be that he didn’t have the backups prepared, so it looked like an episode of Green Acres on offense.
- What the hell, Phil Costa? 4 premature snaps? I know he said the defense was barking out the calls, but doesn’t that always happen? He could have cost them the game if Romo wasn’t able to save his ass several times.
- Felix Jones looked like he might have found something after halftime. He made a few good cuts that I think he missed making in the 1st half and found some burst. I know the holes haven’t been there, but he has had some opportunities to make something out of nothing, and hasn’t been taking advantage of them.
While I’m happy my Dallas Cowboys got their victory, that was one of the ugliest games I’ve watched in a long time. Between the injuries on the Cowboys offense, the total discombobulation of the Cowboys wide receivers, and the 4 premature snaps by Costa, that was hard to watch.
I’ll leave you with this parting thought. What do you think a conversation between Jason Garrett and Rob Ryan sounds like?
According to ESPN.com, the Dallas Cowboys have released Terrell Owens. I’m not sure if I’m on-board with this or not, but the Cowboys definitely need to do something this off-season to improve the attitude/chemistry of the team. I guess we’ll find out if Roy Williams can step up and be a #1 wide receiver.
Speaking of Roy Williams, when will they release the Roy Williams the safety?
A quick rundown of the questions that will be answered about the teams near and dear to fld’s heart:
1) Will the Cowboys make the playoffs?
2) Will the Frogs make the BCS?
3) Will the Irish make a bowl game?
3a) Will the Irish win a bowl game?
4) Will the 2008 Aggies equal the 2007 Irish’s 3-9 record?
Weigh in. Will add a jump soon.
Ed Werder from ESPN clarifies the safeguards the Cowboys have in place should Adam Jones be suspended by the NFL for his most recent off-the-field misbehavior:
The Cowboys sent a 2008 fourth-round pick to Tennessee and a 2009 fourth-rounder to acquire Jones this offseason. But the Titans had to give up a 2009 fifth-round selection if Jones missed any games because of a suspension.
Because in the NFL no team had ever traded for a player serving a suspension, the Cowboys made a fourth-round 2009 draft choice included in the trade conditional upon Jones being available to play the entire season if healthy.
At the time, the Cowboys were protecting themselves against the possibility Jones might not be reinstated for the beginning of the season, as well as addressing concerns that any misbehavior could result in disciplinary measures that would take him off the field.