Ray Lewis, Emmitt Smith trash Cowboys defense

Cowboys defenseThe Dallas Cowboys were blown out on Monday night 45-28 by the Chicago Bears in what turned out to be their latest poor performance on defense.

The Cowboys allowed 498 yards and 32 first downs in the loss. They made backup quarterback Josh McCown look like an MVP candidate, allowing him to throw for 348 yards and four touchdowns. There was nothing positive to say about their defense.

On ESPN’s postgame show, Ray Lewis stated the obvious about Dallas’ defense, saying they might have one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

“Taking no credit away from [McCown], but when you think about who he played against, that may be one of the worst defenses in the NFL today,” Lewis said. “You see how they were just out of position. Nobody communicating. The balls that they had an opportunity to make interceptions … they could have made three interceptions.

“When you think about the Dallas Cowboys, when you look at them as a total team, there is no balance there. I think Tony Romo had a pretty good night, but everything else was just bad.”

Despite calling them one of the worst defenses in the league, Lewis’ thoughts on the Cowboys seemed tame compared to Emmitt Smith.

The former Cowboys legend tweeted his disgust for the defense all night. This is how his thoughts unfolded as the game progressed:

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Jerry Jones, Cowboys accuse Giants of faking injuries to slow their offense

Jerry-Jones-Concussions-PresidentThe New York Giants struggled tremendously to slow the Dallas Cowboys down on Sunday night. Six turnovers from Eli Manning and company didn’t help, but there were times when Dallas had the G-Men on their heels even with a banged-up Tony Romo. According to Jerry Jones, it could have been worse if the Giants weren’t faking injuries.

“I thought us experts on football were the only ones who could see that,” Jones said when asked if he thought New York was putting on an act, per The Star-Telegram. “I didn’t know everybody could. It was so obvious it was funny. It wasn’t humorous because we really wanted the advantage and knew we could get it if we could get the ball snapped.”

The question stemmed from Jason Witten’s reaction to Giants defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins dropping to the turf with an injury in the second quarter. Witten had just picked up a first down and was rushing back to the line of scrimmage with the rest of his teammates when Jenkins began shaking his arm and went down. Cameras then captured Witten clearly yelling, “He’s faking!” at an official.

We can expect to see a lot more of this if the 2013 season progresses the way it began this past week. More and more teams are turning to no-huddle offenses in an attempt to tire out opponents and put up points in a hurry. New York did the same thing on Sunday night, and if not for fumbles and interceptions they may have been able to pull out a win with their up-tempo offense.

[Video: Georgia linebacker fakes injury after getting signal from coach]

Last week, Brian Urlacher revealed that the Chicago Bears used to receive a signal from the sidelines when their coaching staff wanted to them fake an injury. It’s by no means a new concept, but it will become a more popular debate topic if fast-paced attacks continue to be the theme.

Texans CB AJ Bouye angers Cowboys by celebrating on logo after interception

AJ-Bouye-TexansHouston Texans rookie cornerback AJ Bouye recorded an interception during his team’s final preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night, and he decided to go bold with his celebration. The undrafted free agent channeled his inner Terrell Owens, standing on the star in the middle of the Cowboys’ field and raising his arms in the air. This did not please the home team.

“That’s just stupid,” Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee said, via The Dallas Morning News. “I understand having fun, but you know me, I don’t like to celebrate too much. I like to worry about winning football games and moving on to the next play. I guess there is fun in having fun out there, but at some point I think that’s doing a bit much.”

A photo of the celebration can be seen here. Bouye had every right to be excited as a player who was hoping to showcase his skills and make the 53-man roster, but he was given a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for the stunt. That’s not going to impress the Texans’ coaching staff, and it certainly didn’t impress Dez Bryant.

“He’s got to understand that this is nothing to get excited about,” Bryant said, per ESPNDallas.com. “It didn’t count. It’s preseason. This is preseason. I’m not trying to bust his bubble, but it’s the truth. It’s just preseason.”

Bouye must have gotten an earful for showboating, because he expressed regret over his decision after the game.

“I wasn’t thinking, I was being stupid,” he said. “It was disrespectful for me to do it, for the team and the other team. I wasn’t thinking. … They don’t’ teach us to do that. For me to even do that was disrespectful.”

Coaches would always rather see a player let his game do the talking, and that is especially true for an undrafted free agent who is just trying to make the team. Not a wise decision.

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.

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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