There is good news for Shawn Marion, highlighted by the way he is performing as the Mavs’ Swiss Army Knife, and of course also involving the work of his 8-4 team. But there is challenging news, too
The Pro Bowl-caliber middle linebacker who leads Dallas in tackles and interceptions is being told the hamstring pull he sustained in a week ago in that embarrassing loss at New Orleans could sideline him for four weeks or more.
The resistance to change is understandable. Garrett’s entire foundation – not just as a coach but as a person – is unflappability. And Jones’ stated position is sound as well.
The Cowboys recognize they have issues at safety and they are respectful of the Hall-of-Fame-level body of work of Ed Reed. But a team source tells me that Dallas has ‘no interest’ in pursuing the just-released Texas safety.
Admiral Jonas H. Ingram, a key figure in World War II and then a director of athletics at Annapolis, once observed, – The closest thing to war in time of peace is football.
There are things about the departed Jay Ratliff that members of the Dallas Cowboys executive wing, coaching staff and personnel department cannot or will not.
Calculators all over Cowboys Nation are spitting sparks and being enveloped in smoke as a result of the ESPN report that alleged Dallas’ 2014 cap is going to be a “train wreck.’’
Ware did not practice on Thursday. But his ability to run on the leg indicates that his injury is less than a Grade-1 strain. There are likely some fascial adhesion issues (strains on his muscles) but indications are his strength is returning in the leg.
In the immediacy of the moment, some Dallas Cowboys observers believe the five-year, $40-million extension given now-departed Jay Ratliff two years ago ranks as Jerry Jones’ worst-ever gaffe.
Jay Ratliff’s career with the Dallas Cowboys – a major success story for most of it before the last 11 months of tumult – has come to an end.
The Mavs believe they have the makings of a premier two-man game with newcomer Monta Ellis joining Dirk Nowitzki. But they need a third man to run the show – and at Tuesday’s practice they got one of their first long looks at the man for the job.
The Cowboys will be playing for the lead in the NFC East this Sunday in Philadelphia but are planning on doing so without a pair of key starters, defensive end DeMarcus Ware and running back DeMarco Murray.