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Tony Romo Golf Photos

Pictures from Tony Romo’s golf outing in Fond Du Lac, courtesy of fdlreporter.com


Cowboys News and Notes: 6/8/10 (Patrick Crayton OTAs, Tony Romo U.S. Open)

Perhaps Crayton realized the team is not going to release him (at least not just yet) and cannot find a suitable trade partner.  We are still projecting Crayton to be in Dallas this season.

Romo started his second round off poorly anyway, but this could at least silence some of the unenlightened who (still) think Romo isn’t totally committed to football.

The cover 2 Bryant saw at Oklahoma State is much different than what he will see in the pros, however.  In the NFL, most teams run a “Tampa 2”–a defense that sends a speedy middle linebacker to the deep middle part of the field (the weakness of a traditional cover 2).  Thus, sitting down in the middle of the field behind the linebackers and in front of the safeties won’t be as easy.

Cowboys Minicamp Questions

Dallas is the NFC’s No. 1 team, which might be a stretch with New Orleans and Minnesota still lurking.  Surprisingly, he has the Chargers as the league’s top team.

These rankings seem off.  We are definitely No. 1.


Cowboys News and Notes: 5/21/10 (Felix Jones, Tony Romo, Orlando Scandrick)

The final 2009 grades we provided those players were as follows:

Thus, we agree with Archer on everyone except Scandrick.  Don’t forget that Scandrick has received a ton of bonus money from the NFL based on playing time.  We believe Scandrick will ultimately improve to the point where he can be labeled as ‘underpaid,’ perhaps as soon as this season.

While we agree that the actual starter isn’t a huge deal, there is a problem if Jones doesn’t receive the majority of carries in 2010.  He has shown explosiveness and play-making ability which is far superior to that of Marion Barber and even Tashard Choice.  Our “A-” overall grade for Jones is proof of that.  He averaged 10.0 yards-per-carry on 22 counter runs, 3.3 yards-per-rush after contact, and was surprisingly solid in pass protection.

It is more surprising to fans than those within the league, we presume.  We saw enough bad tape on Adams in 2009 to know that, should Dallas release him, he may have trouble finding work.  Remember that, even with a solid grade in run blocking, we gave Adams a “C-” overall grade.

Tony Romo after advancing in U.S. Open qualifier

The Cowboys don’t run nearly as many zone blitzes as some other squads, but whenever you see nose tackle Jay Ratliff in coverage (which does happen a handful of times a season), that means coach Wade Phillips has dialed up a zone blitz.

Interestingly, they believe RB Marion Barber “cost” the Cowboys 13.5 points last season.  In a future article, we will compare their statistics and methodologies with our own.


Romo Misses Golf Tourney to Participate in Cowboys’ OTA’s

Cowboys’ OTA’s (Organized Team Activities) begin today, and one familiar face you can count on seeing is that of Tony Romo. Romo skipped his 9:57 am tee time this morning at the Byron Nelson Championship Opening Qualifying tournament to be with his teammates at Valley Ranch.

This may not initially seem like a newsworthy story, but we point it out because of all the flack Romo receives for “not being 100% committed to the Cowboys.”  Following a bye week trip to Mexico and various celebrity girlfriends, Romo’s work ethic and focus have been called into question in the past.

Of course, we know Romo is all-in for the Dallas Cowboys. He is one of the hardest workers on the team and, as a superstar player, sets an example for the younger guys to follow.

His absence from the Byron Nelson golf qualifier in favor of OTA practices reinforces our notion of Romo as ultra-dedicated to this 2010 Cowboys team.

Of course, skeptics will point out that Romo should be there, and they are correct.  He is the leader of a Super Bowl-caliber NFL team, and his presence in all offseason activities should be a foregone conclusion.

But NFL players, even quarterbacks, don’t always do what they should.  Thus, it is not out of line for us to praise Romo’s decision.  We may come to expect it, but only because of the level of dedication and focus he has displayed in the past.

Cowboys fans–you should be relieved in knowing that the most important player on your favorite team is also perhaps the most driven.


The Blonde Side: Stalker Report

By Amber Leigh Hartman (Twitter: @texasaleigh)

Be sure to check back frequently for new posts in my blog "The Blonde Side."

Now that football season is over and you can’t get your Cowboys fix by flipping on a game or sports news, you have to get creative if you want a glimpse of your favorite players. So where are the ‘Boys in Blue’ when they aren’t tearing it up at Jerry’s World? Indulging in some well-deserved time off of course.

Quarterback Tony Romo has been spending his time playing indoor soccer, but hasn’t had much luck escaping the spotlight. Even when Romo isn’t on the field he is getting bashed for his hobbies. Can this guy catch a break? Speculators think Romo should be spending the off-season gearing up for next year by training and working on his technique. Playing soccer is what, unhealthy? At least he is staying in shape and being active instead of hitting the clubs and getting into trouble.

You can also catch Romo on the golf course at the Four Seasons. Last summer he spent a lot of time at Lake Lewisville (we will have to see if his new leading lady is comfortable on Jessica’s boat). Regardless of what he does, cut him some slack and let him have some fun.

Miles Austin recently picked up some turntables and has been laying down the beats! Will he be a guest DJ at the hottest nightclub? Probably not, but he might be in VIP with his partner in crime Kevin Ogletree. The young duo has been on the go, jet setting off to Vegas, LA, and most recently spotted at The Factory in Dallas (I just hope they don’t get hurt, we need these two)!

After taking a trip to his hometown of Chicago for some R&R, Jason Williams is back in town. Williams likes to lay low but can be found at the bowling alley in his down time, and as luck would have it, he bowls against his teammates. He also likes to increase his workouts and focus on preparing for the season. . . True Blue if you ask me.

Cowboys’ trio Marc Colombo, Cory Procter and Leonard Davis can be found hitting the streets as members of their band ‘Free Reign.’ Colombo (vocals/guitar), Procter (drums) and Davis (bass) perform heavy metal music and tour in the off-season. Be sure to check them out and decide what you prefer: their play on the field, or that on the stage (your choice shouldn’t be too difficult for Procter).

Follow your favorite Dallas Cowboys on Twitter to get your daily updates!

Miles Austin (Wide Receiver): @MilesAustinIII

Kevin Ogletree (Wide Receiver): @KOforPrez

Jason Williams (Linebacker): @TheRealJWill58

Cory Procter (Guard): @CoryProcter

Feel free to tweet anyone but this guy. . . he spends a bit too much time on Twitter as it is.

Marc Colombo (Offensive Tackle): @MarcColombo

Leonard Davis (Guard): @LeonardDavis70

Tashard Choice (Running Back): @TChoice23

Cletis Gordon (Cornerback): @CletGordon24

Marcus Dixon (Defensive End): @MarcusDixon92

Felix Jones (Running Back): @FelixJones28

Gerald Sensabaugh (Safety): @GSensabaugh

Jay Ratliff (Nose Tackle): @JRat90

Marcus Spears (Defensive End): @MSpear96

Marion Barber (Running Back): @24MarionBarber

Martellus Bennett (Tight End): @Jupiters_Crunch

Mike Jenkins (Cornerback): @MikeJenkins21

Jason Witten (Tight End): @JasonWitten