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Cowboys paid tribute to Tom Landry with victory formation shift

Tom-LandryThe Dallas Cowboys paid tribute to the late Tom Landry as the final seconds ticked away during their blowout win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night. As they set up for their first snap in the victory formation, the Cowboys shifted in unison before getting into their three-point stances.

Landry, who coached the Cowboys for 29 years and won two Super Bowls, was known for having his offenses shift from one formation to another before snapping the ball to confuse opposing defenses. One of the “shifts” he came up with was similar to the one you see above, where the offensive linemen would briefly stand upright to shield the defense’s view from what was going on in the backfield.

“That’s one of the signature things of the Coach Landry teams, was the offensive line coming to the line of scrimmage and doing that when Roger said ‘Shift,’ and the backs would shift behind him,” Jason Garrett said Monday, via the Cowboys official website. “That’s an image that we all have. It’s an iconic image in football.”

Garrett said the Cowboys have worked on the shift during practice but he was surprised to see the players execute it during a game.

The Cowboys are riding high at the moment, and rightfully so. They’re currently 3-1 after most people picked them to finish last in the NFC East.

H/T Eye on Football

Dallas Cowboys memes are the best

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The Dallas Cowboys lost their season opener to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in spectacular fashion, and the jokes and memes came out in full force. There were so many good ones it was hard to keep up, but we did our best to include them all in one place.

The one you see at the top featuring James Harden as Cowboys defensive coordinator started making the rounds after Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson tweeted it. If you don’t get the reference, the Cowboys defense was last in the NFL in yards allowed last season. Harden is also derided for his lack of defense, which you can see in this lowlight video.

But that wasn’t the only strong Cowboys or Tony Romo meme. Check out some of our other favorites below:

This was Romo’s 11th career 3-interception game. Cowboys fans are not at all surprised by it.

Also see: Dez Bryant hit to the back gets the meme treatment

Cowboys to sign Michael Sam to practice squad

Michael Sam RamsThe Dallas Cowboys are reportedly planning to sign Michael Sam to their practice squad on Wednesday if the former St. Louis Rams defensive end passes a physical, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Sam was released by the Rams last week in a move that surprised some after he played well in the preseason and showed his ability to get to the quarterback. It was even more surprising that St. Louis didn’t keep Sam on its practice squad, but the former co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year was not on the unemployment line very long.

There have already been rumblings that Jerry Jones is bringing in Sam as a public relations stunt, especially after it was recently revealed that the Cowboys owner desperately wanted to draft Johnny Manziel in order to assure his team’s relevance. However, the Cowboys need all the help they can get on defense and are very thin at defensive line — especially after losing DeMarcus Ware in the offseason.

We’re not saying Sam is or ever will be anything close to Ware, but he has a legitimate shot at getting on the field if he impresses on the Cowboys practice team. I’m sure Jones will enjoy selling Sam jerseys, but signing Sam is almost certainly a football move.

Adrian Peterson told Jerry Jones he wants to play for Cowboys

Adrian PetersonAdrian Peterson admitted late last year that he has daydreamed about playing for the Dallas Cowboys or Houston Texans before he retires. Peterson grew up a Cowboys fan outside of Dallas, so it makes sense that he would think about representing his home state. A recent report makes it seem like Peterson is more serious about that than we initially thought.

In a lengthy profile of Jerry Jones for ESPN’s Outside The Lines, Don Van Natta Jr. wrote about a phone call that the Cowboys owner shared with Peterson back in June. Van Natta was with Jones in his private suite at the time a phone was handed to Jerry that had Peterson on the other line.

“Well, I understand, Adrian,” Van Natta heard Jones tell Peterson. “I’d like that, too … Well, I love your story. I love your daddy’s story. I’ve always respected what you’ve been about. I’ve always been a fan of yours.”

It quickly became clear what the two were discussing.

“Well, we’ll see what we can do, if we can make that happen,” Jones said. “Hmm hmm … I’d like that, too … Well, we’re talking pig Latin here, but let’s see if we can do that … We’re talking pig Latin here, but let’s see what we can do about that. OK, Adrian, thanks.”

Jones confirmed that Peterson told him he wants to play for the Cowboys, which may not have been a great idea. While Jerruh didn’t think the call should be considering tampering, NFL rules state that a club that is contacted by a player who is under contract with another team “must immediately report such contact to the owner or operating head of the club which holds the player’s rights” or face potentially “severe” penalties.

Jones said he did not contact the Vikings about the call.

Peterson is 29 and in the fourth year of a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Vikings. It would only be human nature for him to be tired of losing in Minnesota, though the Cowboys have become the poster team for mediocrity in recent years. Plus, they have a promising young back in DeMarco Murray.

But if Peterson wants to force his way out of Minnesota, there’s no doubt he can find a way. And if that day comes, expect the first call his agents make to be to Jerruh.

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