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Fans involved in training camp fight between Cowboys and Raiders (Video)

After last week’s preseason game between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, the two teams participated in joint practices over the next couple of days at Ravens’ facilities. New Raven Steve Smith joked he won the office pool because he didn’t engage in any fights during the three days the two teams practiced together. In fact, there were none at all.

The same can’t be said across the country, where the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys practiced against each other.

Tempers flared during one of the sessions and a skirmish broke out that wasn’t limited to just players. At the end of the video, shared by NBC 5′s Pat Doney, a few fans can be seen getting involved as action spilled over towards the fence.

Not surprisingly, additional security was placed near the scene of the fight.

The Cowboys and Raiders will practice together again on Wednesday.

Cowboys print and send playoff tickets to season ticket holders

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If the Dallas Cowboys silence their critics and reach the postseason in 2014, we already know what the tickets to the games will look like. How? Because the team has already printed them.

As ESPN’s Darren Rovell revealed on Friday, Cowboys season ticket holders received a sheet of playoff tickets with their season ticket packages this week, including tickets to a potential NFC Championship Game in Dallas. Considering the Cowboys have not reached the playoffs since 2009 or played in the NFC Championship Game in almost 20 years, the pre-printing has been met with plenty of scrutiny.

However, there is reason to believe the Cowboys are simply the first team to do what many others will soon do. If you remember, the Green Bay Packers had trouble selling out a playoff game last season because of the bitter cold. The Cincinnati Bengals also had problems unloading their last-minute tickets. Getting the actual tickets in the hands of season ticket holders in advance could help prevent that.

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LeSean McCoy: ‘I own Dallas’

LeSean McCoy is exactly what the NFC East needs in a star running back. The 26-year-old has played in one of football’s most competitive divisions long enough to know that toying with the opposition is all part of the game. He gave us another example of that on Thursday.

LeSean McCoyBam, shots fired. McCoy is starting the smack talk already and Week 1 of the preseason isn’t even in the books. Last year during a radio interview before Philadelphia’s Week 17 matchup against Dallas, McCoy told listeners that the Eagles were going to “manhandle the Cowgirls.” Philly went on to squeak out a 24-22 victory, so there wasn’t exactly any manhandling.

Overall, I’d say McCoy is wrong. Philly is 4-7 against the Cowboys since the former Pittsburgh star joined the Eagles in 2009. McCoy only rushed for 55 yards on 18 attempts during his first meeting with Dallas last year, though he did rack up 131 yards on the ground in Week 17 en route to winning this impressive championship belt.

Even if the facts don’t back it up, the NFC East could always use more trash talk. Gone are the days when at least one playoff-caliber team from the division was left out of the postseason. The Eagles and Cowboys square off in Weeks 13 and 15 this season. Maybe they’ll surprise us.

H/T Dallas Morning News

Donovan McNabb and Randy Moss: Cowboys’ problem is coaching

Jason GarrettThe Dallas Cowboys have not made the playoffs since 2009, which was also the last time they posted a winning record. Despite having some talented players on their roster, the Cowboys can’t seem to win when it counts. Tony Romo takes most of the blame for that, but Donovan McNabb and Randy Moss see things a bit differently. The two former NFLers think coaching is the issue.

Under Monte Kiffin last season, the Cowboys allowed a league-worst 415.3 yards per game. They also gave up 27 points per game, which makes the fact that they even won eight games somewhat impressive.

“I think for the Dallas Cowboys it’s much more than just what we see from the defense and offense, I mean, let’s go upstairs,” McNabb said on FOX Sports Live, via The Dallas Morning News. “Let’s talk about the coaching staff. How do you go from Monte Kiffin and Marinelli being a position coach to [Marinelli] now being the defensive coordinator and Kiffin being like a position coach? And it’s the same on the offensive end. You had Jason Garrett calling plays, supposedly, then Callahan.”

Most defensive coordinators would have been fired in a heartbeat given how bad the Cowboys were last season. Kiffin was basically just demoted.

McNabb didn’t let Jason Garrett off the hook, either. He said it makes no sense that Garrett has kept his job while doing worse than Wade Phillips did before him.

“I’m still figuring out how he still has a job at this particular point the way we have continued to see this team just continue to crumble,” McNabb said. “(You played) behind hall of famers and you see how they carry the two-minute offense. He’s run the two-minute offense himself as a starting quarterback. The way that they control their offense in certain games, how can you lead games in the middle of the third quarter and you end up losing the game?”

Moss agreed, though he went much easier on Garrett.

“The thing that’s not really fair to Tony Romo is he really hasn’t had that coaching to be able to bring him along,” Moss said. “I’m not sitting here busting Garrett or trying to call Garrett out, but there has not been nothing steady in Dallas. It’s always coaches come and go.”

Playcalling has been a major issue for the Cowboys in recent years — there’s no debating that. They seem lost at times when playing with a lead, and most of that falls on the coaching staff. If Dallas misses the playoffs again this season, Jerry Jones will have no choice but to move on from Garrett.

Cowboys looking at Brian Urlacher after Sean Lee injury?

brian-urlacherThe Dallas Cowboys are in serious need of help at linebacker after Sean Lee suffered a knee injury in practice that will keep him out for the season. Brian Urlacher is an exciting name, but does he have anything left in the tank after taking an entire year off?

According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, the Cowboys have shown some interest in reaching out to Urlacher to see if he would like to return to the NFL. They have also discussed the possibility of bringing in Jonathan Vilma, though there is said to be “not much” interest in either.

Lee is a workhorse and the anchor of the Cowboys’ defense when healthy, but he rarely ever is. Many feel that Urlacher was not ready to call it a career after 13 seasons, but he is now 36 and has lost more than a step. Even as a platoon player, he likely wouldn’t be able to bring much more than veteran leadership.

Cowboys drafted players who won’t ‘pee their pants’

Zack-MartinThe Dallas Cowboys don’t expect any bathroom accidents this season. If any of their players wind up needing to change their underwear during practice or a game, the Cowboys failed to accomplish their goal in the draft. That’s basically how Cowboys assistant director of player personnel Will McClay described the team’s approach earlier this week.

McClay, the man in charge of evaluating talent for Jerry Jones, said some of the Cowboys’ picks may have come as a surprise because they made it their top priority to select players they believe can handle the pressure of playing for America’s team.

“I think it was important for us to say if we’re trying to build this thing and get to a point where we can win now, who has been able to handle the pressure of a big time program?” McClay explained, via Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News. “Who will most likely be able to come into a situation like the Dallas Cowboys and the microscope that we’re under with all the games we play on national TV, and not, pardon the expression, pee their pants? We want grown men that are able to handle the situation.”

That would make sense for first-round pick Zack Martin, an offensive lineman from Notre Dame. Many expected the Cowboys to bolster their defense in the first round, but they chose to make some very quiet selections. They waited until the fifth round to take a skill player and did not draft a defensive back until the seventh round.

“We wanted to find players that filled roles. We spent time with the coaching staff and the scouts went out, did the things and did the work that we asked,” McClay added. “We came back with a good feeling for the guys that were on our draft board and the guys that we picked.”

And guys with very, very strong bladders. In other words, don’t be like Tony Romo.

H/T Around the League

Jerry Jones: Cowboys are not rebuilding – you don’t rebuild with Tony Romo

Jerry JonesThe Dallas Cowboys will have a new-look defense next season mostly because they lost so many players, but that doesn’t mean the team is rebuilding. Oh no. And Jerry Jones wants to make that clear.

In an interview from the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Jerruh emphasized that the team is revamping, not rebuilding. And his reason for saying that is pretty awesome.

“You don’t rebuild with (Tony) Romo,” Jones said via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “The firepower we have on offense and where we are with our running backs, and our receivers — you don’t rebuild with an offense that’s got the capability we’ve got.

“We didn’t bring [Scott] Linehan in here to rebuild. We’re not rebuilding. We are, by necessity, having to revamp the defensive line.’’

The Cowboys decided to let DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher go because of financial constraints, but they did add former Bears DT Henry Melton. They also reassigned Monte Kiffin and brought in Linehan as DC, as Jerruh said. They will definitely have a new look on defense. But remember: you don’t rebuild when you have Tony Romo. You just go 8-8.