Dallas Cowboys

Joined the NFL in 1960 as an expansion franchise, and has never relocated.

League Championships: 5 – 1971 (Super Bowl), 1977 (Super Bowl), 1992 (Super Bowl), 1993 (Super Bowl), 1995 (Super Bowl)

Conference Championships: 10 – 1966 (EFC), 1967 (EFC), 1970 (NFC), 1971 (NFC), 1975 (NFC), 1977 (NFC), 1978 (NFC), 1992 (NFC), 1993 (NFC), 1995 (NFC)

Division Championships: 18 – 1967 (NFL Capitol), 1968 (NFL Capitol), 1969 (NFL Capitol), 1970 (NFC East), 1971 (NFC East), 1973 (NFC East), 1976 (NFC East), 1977 (NFC East), 1978 (NFC East), 1979 (NFC East), 1981 (NFC East), 1985 (NFC East), 1992 (NFC East), 1993 (NFC East), 1994 (NFC East), 1996 (NFC East), 1998 (NFC East), 2007 (NFC East)

Playoff Appearances: 27 – 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009

Recent Records:

2004: 6-10 2005: 9-7 2006: 9-7 2007: 13-3 2008: 9-7 2009: 11-5 2010: 6-10

2011 Draft Grade

Dallas Cowboys (C-)
9: Tyron Smith (10, 10 = 10) -1
40: Bruce Carter (48, 51 = 50) -10
71: DeMarco Murray (90, 64 = 77) -6
110: David Arkin (138, 216 = 177) -67
143: Josh Thomas (72, 247 = 160) -17
176: Dwayne Harris (112, 160 = 136) +40
220: Shaun Chapas (200, 255 = 228) -8
252: Bill Nagy (255, 255 = 255) -3

The Cowboys made a very solid pick at #9 overall, especially since Tyron is seen as a top tier tackle of the future, but might not be that instant gratification pick that Jerry Jones always seems to be looking for. He was smart… Crazy idea I know! Bruce Carter and DeMarco Murray were both picked right about where they were ranked, as was Shaun Chapas and Josh Thomas. The Boys lost a lot of value in their draft with David Arkin in the 4th round. I don’t see many of these guys helping Dallas this season – maybe Smith and Carter, and maybe Josh Thomas.

Draft Pick Total: 1021 – Player Rankings Total: 1093—- TOTAL RANKING: -72

2011 Mock Draft

Dallas Cowboys 6-10 – Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M: There’s a lot of talk about the Cowboys going after a corner (though if both Peterson and Amukamara are gone at this point, will they go with Jimmy Smith), but think they take the best value player on the board, Von Miller. Miller is a Top 5 player, probably one of the best athletes in the draft, posting the fastest shuttle speed (4.06) and second fastest cone drill (6.7) of any player ranked amongst the Top 50 prospects in the draft. The only guy that beat him in the cone drill, Julio Jones, arguably the best combine participant this year. But Miller isn’t just a freak athlete, he’s one heck of a football player, and he went to play down in Texas. I think the Cowboys would be stupid to let this kid slip if he was still on the board at #9.

2009 Fantasy Football Notes

Tony Romo, Jon Kitna, Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Teshard Choice, Roy Williams, Patrick Crayton, Miles Austin, Jason Witten, Martellus Bennett

Now of these guys I would probably note that Bennett, Kitna, Austin, and maybe even Choice are only fantasy worthy in injury situations where they are getting the chance to step up and get more looks, but they all have talent. Kitna is a much better back-up option at QB than Cowboys have had since, well, Romo was a back up a few years ago. But hopefully he won’t have to play at all. Choice is a young solid back, but Barber and Jones should be the two backs sharing carries, making Choice a tough guy to own unless injury happens. Austin and Bennett are both nice pass catchers, but Witten is one of the league’s best TEs, and Roy Williams and Patrick Crayton have the starting spots pretty much locked up. But keep a look out. Felix Jones is lightning and Barber is a beast. Jones should get more involved this season while Barber will have less touches per game, but I would be surprised if Barber finishes out of the Top 15 amongst running backs. Remember, he was still a fantasy stud with Julius Jones starting a few seasons ago. Tony Romo is said to have less value without TO, and that might be true, but not much less. He won’t have TO pressuring him to get him the ball, and with Felix Jones and Roy Williams being more involved in the offense, I don’t know how many weapons Tony really loses with TO gone. But Owens is one of the games best receivers, so you’d have to think Romo loses a little bit of fire. Jason Witten is probably the #1 option in the passing game. Romo has always had a nice relationship with Witten, and with Jessica Simpson out of the picture, the man love between the two can only get stronger.


Dallas Cowboys: C-

I wouldn’t say it’s ever good to fall in love with a kid that played at your Alma Matter and draft him in the 1st round – especially when a kid like Rashard Mendenhall had fallen like he did, and was available with your pick. The Cowboys get down-graded for that. I’m not saying that I don’t like Jones, in fact I do very much. But, that pick smells of ridiculousness.

Trading up to get the last of the stud cornerbacks (Mike Jenkins) was a good move. Jenkins will give the Cowboys defense what they desperately need, and that’s athleticism and ball skills (not to mention coverage help) in the secondary. Jenkins was a flat out stud at South Florida last season.

Martellus Bennett was a decent pick but he was never a great blocker and I would question if his speed is enough to get open in the NFL. However, his big, tall body could give the Cowboys a nice option in the red-zone. This was a reach in my opinion.

Tashard Choice was the 2nd running back the Cowboys took in their first 4 selections, and honestly, I find that to be absolutely ridiculous. Marion Barber is a stud, flat out, and I won’t ever believe anything different. He might not have ‘great’ speed in the 40-yard dash, but his game speed is explosive. The Cowboys needed help at receiver, and at corner, plus some added depth at the O and D lines would have been nice, but instead they drafted two running backs. Choice was very underrated coming into this draft, though, as he looked very good in the 5 or 6 games that I watched him play at Georgia Tech. He’s got nice size, solid speed, and better vision. The Cowboys didn’t’ need him, but he’s a solid value pick here.

Orlando Scandrick is a risky pick because he has gone through a lot of off the field issues at a small school in Idaho. I can only imagine that his risk skyrockets as part of America’s Team. However, now that he has a solid role model like Pacman Jones, I’m sure he’ll shape up in no time. Scandrick is a football player however, and if he does change his maturity level he could help the Boys.

Erik Walden, a small school defensive end (Middle Tennessee State) really struggled in his senior season but had great production prior to that. He’s very small for a defensive end and will definitely be a project for Dallas. I personally think there were stronger players available here.

I don’t really like how the Cowboys went about their draft. While I do think Jones has first round talent, they over-picked him considering what was left on the board. Jenkins was a great pick, Bennett was a reach, and though Choice had solid value, there was more help on the board for Dallas in round 4. Overall, this was yet another mediocre Jerry Jones draft.
2007 Dallas Cowboys

While their record doesn’t show much improvement over Bill Parcell’s tenure in Dallas, surely the Cowboy team is much better than they were in the era prior to the Big Tuna. Tony Romo, despite his playoff field goal holding destruction, looks like the real deal, and should benefit greatly from Parcells moving on, as that constant ire of his head coach is almost certainly gone. With Parcells departure, a certain wide receiver in Dallas just got a lot happier, as it was easy to see bill tried to assert his rule over the unmentioned wide receiver. With yet another season ending in a playoff loss, the Cowboys have to be looking for a top spot in the NFC, and God forbid, a playoff victory. With Tony Romo using his plethora of weapons, Marion Barber, TO, Terry Glenn, Julius Jones, Jason Witten, a machine gun, etc., the Cowboys should be on the fast track to success in a tough NFC West.

2007 Off-Season Plans:

Thus far, the Cowboys have signed a couple big name guys in free agency, including Leonard Davis (the mammoth offensive lineman from the Arizona Cardinals) and back up grayhawk, Brad Johnson. Also, the entire Cowboy coaching staff has been revamped, going from the consistently sarcastic and bossy Bill to players coach Wade Phillips, former Cowboy quarterback Jason Garrett, and a plethora of other young guns, that should add some creativity, and if nothing else an all out different feel from what Dallas has been in the recent future. As far as the draft is concerned, the Cowboys are definitely in the running for a quality cover corner, as Pro-Bowler, Roy Williams has shown covering receivers isn’t his forte. So right now, I have Dallas plucking Texas defensive back, Michael Griffin off the board, but depending on who falls, and if the Boys sign any safeties in free agency, Dallas definitely has the talent on both sides of the ball that would allow them to go with the best player on their board approach.

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