DeMarcus Lawrence had a harsh critique of the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
The Cowboys dropped to 1-3 after losing at home 49-38 to the Cleveland Browns in Week 4. Dallas is arguably lucky to even have the one win, as they needed a huge comeback and Falcons collapse in Week 2.
So what is the team missing? Lawrence believes they have talent, but not the grit and toughness.
“We’ve got so much talent … but without grit and toughness, it’s doesn’t count for much,” Lawrence said after Sunday’s loss, via FOX 4’s Mike Doocy.
Lawrence also called the defense “soft.”
The grit and toughness are probably central to the team’s problems.
The defense as a whole has been a big issue. They’ve allowed 146 points, which is the most in franchise history through four games. They allowed a franchise-worst 307 rushing yards too.
The offense has scored 30-plus points in three straight weeks, but that’s not enough when the defense is performing even worse.
On Sunday, things weren’t even going Dallas’ way on special teams.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander probably figured he’d be mentally focused on his Super Bowl battle with the Kansas City Chiefs, but it sounds like he’s sparked a bit of a legal battle for himself.
Alexander filed a trademark for the phrases “Hot Boyzz” and “Hot Boyzz University,” a moniker the 49er defense has gone by all season.
Just one problem: the Dallas Cowboys used the moniker “Hot Boyz” in 2018. DeMarcus Lawrence, the mind behind that trademarked movement, was not particularly pleased and suggested he’d be lawyering up.
This will be a fun one for the copyright lawyers. Alexander has added an extra Z, but getting that copyrighted might be a stretch. The 49ers linebacker might give Lawrence the same advice the Cowboys lineman gave an autograph seeker recently.
A video of DeMarcus Lawrence refusing to sign an autograph for a young New York Giants fan has gained some attention on social media this week, but don’t expect any type of apology from the Dallas Cowboys star.
When Lawrence was on his way to the bus on Sunday, a young fan wearing a Saquon Barkley jersey eagerly ran up to him and asked for an autograph. Lawrence only looked at the boy and told him, “You need the right jersey, son.”
As you might expect, the refusal drew some criticism on Twitter. Lawrence, however, stands by his decision. He said Tuesday that there are plenty of kids wearing Cowboys gear that never get to meet players, so the ones wearing the colors of the enemy should “suck it up.”
If any Giants supporters want Lawrence’s autograph in the future, they should keep in mind that the star pass-rusher seems to have no problem with fans switching their allegiances. He recently recruited Oakland Raiders fans in hilarious fashion after all the Antonio Brown drama, so he probably wouldn’t mind acquiring some people from New York’s fanbase.
If there are any Oakland Raider fans out there so over the Antonio Brown drama that they’re ready to jump ship, Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence has a message for you.
With fresh doubts about Brown’s tenure as a Raider lasting much beyond the start of the regular season, Lawrence recruited Raiders fans with a funny Twitter message on Saturday, suggesting that he’s a “hard-working & loyal” player they can back instead.
You have to respect the hustle. While Brown’s Oakland career is in meltdown, Lawrence is trying to pick up a few extra fans for the Cowboys. Given that he has 25 sacks over the last two season, Lawrence can back it up, too.
Sure, he won’t get many bites, as most loyal Raider fans were there before the Brown drama and will remain there after. Still, can’t hurt to try.
There was some thinking that Le’Veon Bell’s decision to sit out an entire season may change how players handle contract negotiations going forward. Maybe it still will, but it certainly didn’t apply to DeMarcus Lawrence.
After finalizing his huge extension with the Dallas Cowboys, Lawrence was asked if Bell’s yearlong holdout was on his mind as something to potentially replicate if he didn’t get what he wanted. The short answer: not with that kind of money on the table.
The Cowboys offered Lawrence a huge deal, and he was quick to take it. Every contract negotiation is different, and when Dallas gave the defensive end what he wanted, there was no reason to wait around.
The Dallas Cowboys and DeMarcus Lawrence seem to have closed their negotiating gap quickly.
Lawrence and the Cowboys and expected to agree to a 5-year deal, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo. They say the deal should eclipse $100 million.
The Cowboys had franchise-tagged Lawrence to ensure they wouldn’t lose him in free agency, and now they’re locking him up. This is a quick turnaround considering last week they were reported to be at an impasse in discussions.
Lawrence had 64 tackles, 10.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception last season. He had 14.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2017. The Cowboys couldn’t afford to lose him with Randy Gregory suspended and David Irving planning to retire.
There appears to have been a thaw between DeMarcus Lawrence and the Dallas Cowboys.
Multiple reports indicated Friday that the Cowboys and their star pass rusher were not only talking again, but were actually moving close to an agreement on a long-term contract. The most notable of those reports comes from Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo would not go that far, but did report that the two sides were talking again and “cautiously optimistic” about coming to terms.
This is quite the change considering as recently as a week ago, the two sides weren’t even in the same neighborhood. Lawrence had been franchise tagged, much to his chagrin, but negotiations are continuing and there may, in fact, be a breakthrough here.
Dallas Cowboys executive Stephen Jones said this week that the team is motivated to sign star defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence to a long-term deal despite using the franchise tag on him, but it does not sound like the two sides have made much progress in contract negotiations.
While Jones said the Cowboys are at an “impasse” with Lawrence and his agents, a report from Jane Slater of NFL Network on Thursday made it sound like that is underselling it.
Cowboys reporter Clarence Hill Jr. says the Cowboys started with a long-term offer to Lawrence worth about $17 million annually and have since come up to $20 million. Lawrence is supposedly looking for somewhere between $20.5 million and $23.5 million per year, which makes sense given that Von Miller makes more than $19 million per year and Slater says he wants more than that.
Lawrence had 64 tackles, 10.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception last season. He had 14.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2017. He’s in a position of strength negotiating with the Cowboys in the wake of Randy Gregory’s latest suspension and David Irving saying he will retire. However, Dallas did make a major move on Thursday to bolster their defensive line.
Details on the contract negotiations between DeMarcus Lawrence and the Dallas Cowboys have been revealed.
Lawrence was franchise-tagged by the Cowboys earlier this month, marking his second straight year being tagged. Though he stands to be paid handsomely for the 2019 season if he were to sign his tender, Lawrence is instead seeking a long-term contract for the financial security that comes with such a deal.
On Tuesday, Cowboys exec Stephen Jones said the two sides were at an “impasse” despite being motivated to get a deal done.
On Wednesday, longtime Cowboys reporter Clarence Hill Jr shared details regarding the negotiations. He says the Cowboys’ first offer to Lawrence started at $17 million and the team has since come up to $20 million. Hill says the range for Lawrence is between $20.5-$23.5 million and that the lineman is looking to meet in the middle.
Lawrence racked up 64 tackles, 10.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception last season. He had 14.5 sacks and four forced fumbles the year before. He says his stats weren’t as good the two prior seasons because he battled injuries.
The Cowboys have never been shy about paying their top players when they’ve earned pay raises, so there is reason to believe something will get done. Another factor in Lawrence’s favor is that the demand for his services has gone up due to Randy Gregory’s suspension and David Irving’s retirement plans.
As expected, Demarcus Lawrence is getting the franchise tag from the Dallas Cowboys.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Cowboys would be giving Lawrence the franchise tag for the second consecutive season.
It became clear things were headed this way over the weekend, when contract negotiations between Lawrence and the Cowboys were going poorly. The big question now becomes what Lawrence’s next move will be. He did not want to play on the franchise tag again, and it’s likely that he’ll skip out on some offseason activities at minimum as a result, and potentially much more than that.
Lawrence contributed 10.5 sacks to the Cowboys last season, following up a 14.5 sack season in 2017.