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Jason Garrett is teaching Dallas Cowboys receivers geometry

Jason GarrettJason Garrett has long been lauded as a cerebral coach. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current head coach was an Ivy League quarterback who attended both Princeton and Columbia. It’s safe to say he’s pretty well educated. And it sounds like he’s trying to pass some of his education along to his players.

According to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News, Garrett saw wide receiver Miles Austin running a route during practice in Oxnard, Calif., on Wednesday morning and began quizzing him about the Pythagorean theorem. Why? Because based on the way Austin ran his route, Garrett felt the theorem could help explain to Austin how he could have done it better.

“It’s an important thing to understand,” Garrett said of the theorem. “If you’re running this route from here to get to that spot, it’s going to take a little bit longer [if you're at the wrong depth]. … So we talked about Pythagoras.”

Garrett apparently does quiz his players on things, but Google defeats any real research they would be forced to do.

Though geometry and NFL players doesn’t seem to mix, Garrett’s lesson does make plenty of sense. The only challenge is making sure he’s not talking over his players so that they will be able to understand his point. When Garrett eventually gets canned, I bet this will be one of the things people point to as an explanation for why he didn’t succeed as a coach. Think about it: the guy knows geometry, but he can’t figure out that icing a kicker is a bad idea.

Ex-Dallas Cowboys scout: Dez Bryant had worst background I’ve seen

Dez BryantThe recent allegations surrounding Aaron Hernandez have caused many to wonder how the New England Patriots missed potential warning signs and felt comfortable drafting and handing a big contract extension to the tight end. Teams often spend countless hours investigating players before deciding to draft or sign them. In fact, a big part of the scouting process does not involve 40-yard dashes or broad jumps, but rather an investigation into the player’s background.

During an interview with 105.3 FM The Fan’s “G-Bag Nation” on Wednesday, former Dallas Cowboys scout Bryan Broaddus, who currently covers the Cowboys for the team’s official site, said Dez Bryant had the worst background he had seen.

“The worst I had ever seen of a background is the kid Dez Bryant,” Broaddus told “G-Bag Nation,” according to the Dallas Morning News. “When you look at what he went through and then you’re talking about these players, and it’s hard for them to get away from these people in their lives because these people have been with them when they were nothing, when they were nobodies. All of a sudden you’re thinking ok, I’m going to turn my back on my three buddies here. I have to change, but they ain’t changing.

“I think if Dez Bryant was playing in St. Louis or Baltimore or Seattle, I think the fact that his family is here with him, I think that was a really hard adjustment for him. Hopefully from what we’ve seen, he’s managing that well. That’s the important thing.”

What Broaddus said of Dez — that being around his family and friends could have been bad for him because it kept him tied into a bad lifestyle — may have harmed Hernandez. There were some reports that the tight end was trying to get away from his neighborhood ties after signing a $40 million contract extension.

Bryant has been the center of many controversies, but none were terribly serious until his misdemeanor family violence charge last year. When you consider some of the trouble Hernandez is facing, maybe Bryant is doing pretty well relative to his background.

Helmet smack to Around the League

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: I am a Dallas Cowboys fan (Video)

Chris-ChristieNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie has plenty of choices when it comes to picking a favorite team. With the four major American sports, he gets to choose between the New York Mets, New York Yankees, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, New York Jets and New York Giants. For the most part, he sticks to that collection of teams.

However, Christie revealed to an elementary school in New Jersey on Tuesday that his favorite NFL team is not from the area. In fact, the team is the most hated rival of many residents of New York and New Jersey — the Dallas Cowboys.

“I was a big fan when I was your age,” Christie admitted, via For the Win. “I was a big fan of Roger Staubach, who was the quarterback for the Cowboys back then. And the Giants and the Jets pretty much stunk when I was a kid and my father was a Giants fan and I used to remember watching him when I was eight, nine years old and every Sunday he would watch the Giants and yell at the TV set. I used to think to myself why would I want to root for a team that makes you angry?”

Well, the Jets still stink. The Giants have won two Super Bowls in the past five seasons and Tony Romo has managed to turn the Cowboys into the team that makes you angry every Sunday. Too bad Christie can’t go back in time, because the last five years would have been mighty enjoyable for him if he could.

Typically we rip politicians for trying to talk sports because it results in embarrassing moments like this, but Christie actually seems to know his stuff. The fact that he’s a Cowboys fan is his own loss at this point in time.

Antrel Rolle takes shot at Dallas Cowboys

Antrel RolleAntrel Rolle has always been an outspoken player. Whether he’s getting upset with TV announcers or predicting that his team will make the playoffs, the New York Giants safety speaks his mind.

During an interview with NFL Network’s Total Access on Tuesday, Rolle was asked to give an assessment of his NFC East competitors. He saved the best for the Dallas Cowboys, whom he described as a “good team” that’s missing pieces. Oh, and those pieces? They’re not the players.

“The Dallas Cowboys are a good team,” Rolle said. “I think they’re a good team. I think maybe they’re missing a couple pieces of the puzzle, but I don’t think the pieces they’re missing are actually the players.”

Despite taking an obvious shot at Dallas’ coaches and/or front office, Rolle still thinks the Cowboys will be competitive.

“They’re always contenders, they’re always right there in the mix, and I’m looking forward to meeting those guys twice a year.”

We don’t know if Rolle was talking about head coach Jason Garrett, owner/GM Jerry Jones, someone else, or both with his comments, but he is not alone in his thoughts.

Jones recently indicated that Bill Callahan will take over play-calling duties for Dallas from Garrett, who has disappointed as a head coach. And Jones has been so bad building the team he even admitted last year that he would have fired himself as GM if he weren’t also the team owner.

This is generally the sort of comment that would fire up Cowboys fans, but I really don’t know too many who would disagree with Rolle. He’s on the mark saying that Dallas doesn’t have the right pieces in place.

H/T ESPN Dallas

Grandma Susie Sanchez tries out to become Dallas Cowboys cheerleader

Suzie-Sanchez-Raiders-cheerleaderRemember Susie Sanchez? Sure you do — she’s the 39-year-old woman who made the Oakland Raiders cheerleading squad two years ago when she was 37. She also happens to be a mother of three and grandmother of one. That’s right, a grandmother was once an NFL cheerleader and recently went for it again.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Sanchez was one of over 400 women to try out for the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad over the weekend. Of the hundreds, she was the only grandmother. She tried out for five years before finally becoming a Raiderette in 2011.

“The year I was on that team, some of the girls were born the year I graduated,” Sanchez explained. “If you look at the numbers, it’s ‘What am I doing?’”

Sanchez will turn 40 in August, and she says she felt like she had to give NFL cheerleading one last shot. Believe it or not, she was not the oldest person at the tryout, as one woman was 41.

“I thought why not?” Sanchez said. “I got to go to the big guys. I’ve got to go to the best team in the NFL.”

Of course, she means the best cheerleading team in the NFL. No offense to Tony Romo, but the Cowboys aren’t quite there yet. Unfortunately, Sanchez only got to audition in front of the judges for 90 seconds before being dropped during the first round of cuts. She said this will be her last year trying out.

As far as seeing a 39-year-old cheerleader at Cowboys tryouts is concerned, I doubt anyone was surprised. If you remember, we showed you another grandmother who tried out last year that was 16 years older than Sanchez. One of these nanas are bound to make the team eventually.

Danny Amendola’s father, the high school coach who was hit by golf cart at state title game, suing Cowboys Stadium

runaway-golf-cartAfter the Class 5A Division II high school state championship game between Spring Dekaney and Steele on Dec. 17, 2011, Dekaney coach Willie Amendola was one of several people who were struck with a golf cart. Many of you have probably seen the video clip at some point, which showed a scary moment featuring an unmanned cart that somehow got loose and appeared to have a mind of its own.

According to MySanAntonio.com, Amendola and his wife Valarie have now filed a lawsuit against Cowboys Stadium, which is where the game was held. The couple is seeking more than $1 million in damages. The lawsuit can be read here.

All indications were that there were no serious injuries when the incident took place. Amendola, who is the father of New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, seemed to be in good spirits and even made a sarcastic comment about it.

“Did you guys get that? Wonder what the UIL is going to do about that?” he asked the Express-News at the time.

Apparently things got worse as time went on, because the lawsuit Amendola filed claims the incident caused physical pain, mental anguish, loss of earning capacity and loss of enjoyment. The video went viral and has been popular over the past year or so, which Amendola and his wife say “caused great personal embarrassment.” It will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

Donovan McNabb on Twitter: Tony Romo’s contract extension is crazy

Tony Romo hit the jackpot on Thursday, as the 32-year-old quarterback reportedly agreed to a six-year, $108 million extension with the Dallas Cowboys. The real shocker for many people has been the $55 million in guaranteed money that Romo is expected to receive, which is about as good as it gets in the NFL. It’s even better when you consider the fact that Romo has never won a Super Bowl and has only one playoff victory in his career.

That being said, quarterbacks are at a premium across the league. An above-average quarterback is an incredibly valuable asset, and Romo has put up tremendous stats despite his typically poor play in the clutch. That doesn’t mean Donovan McNabb agrees with the deal. In fact, the former Pro Bowler thinks it’s downright crazy.

If McNabb thought giving Romo a $55 million extension over six years was insane, he must have hit the roof when he realized that was just the guaranteed money and the deal itself was worth twice that. Although, I find it tough to believe anyone could think Romo isn’t worth an average of just over $8 million a year.

Aside from the fact that players-turned-analysts usually don’t speak as candidly as McNabb did, the former Phildelphia Eagle has once again made himself look like a dufus on Twitter. Remember the whole congratulatory tweet for Danica Patrick? Someone needs to tell Donovan to start taking a deep breath before he fires off a tweet.

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