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QB Cook Shines In Rookie Season
QB Cook Shines In Rookie Season

Cowboys Think They Have Their Franchise QB

Conner Cook, Dallas’s first round draft pick, did not have his season start as he had hoped. After suffering an injury in Training Camp, the rookie was projected to miss the majority of the season. Instead of sulking, Cook used the time to apply himself and study film in hopes that he would get back on the field in the 2020 campaign. Cook’s hard work appears to have paid off.

The Michigan State alum was cleared by doctors to play and in week 13 with the season out of reach, was inserted into the lineup. The Cowboys could not have been happier with his performance.

In his first game as the starter, the Cowboys routed the division leading Giants by a score of 27-3. The Dallas defense lead the way to victory, but Cook played an outstanding game. Cook completed 62.5% of his 24 passes for 180 yards, and also managed 3 TDs and only 1 interception. His 107.6 rating on the day impressed many in the stands and the front office.

For Cook’s next game, the Cowboys faced an even tougher opponent, the Raiders who finished the season 12-4. Cook shown once again as the Cowboys fell short in a wild fourth quarter comeback that fell short. Dallas came close to beating another playoff team, losing 38-35. Cook carried the offense as the running game could only managed 81 yards against the tough Raider D. In his best game of the season hit 57% of his passes for 374 yards, 2 TDs, 1 pick, and a rating of 110.7. Not bad for a rookie against a Super Bowl favorite that held opponents to a mere 77.6 passer rating all season.

In week 15 the Cowboys came up just short against the Rams, losing 27-24. Cook had his worst game of the season managing only 47.5% completion percentage and had 267 yards passing with a TD and an interception.

However, Cook and the Cowboys rebounded in their last 2 games, winning both against quality opponents. Dallas bested playoff bound Arizona 30-23 and defending Super Bowl champ Washington 31-24. In those two games Cook passed for nearly 500 yards and 3 TDs and only 1 pick. For the season Cook finished completing over 50% of his passes, with 1,313 yards, 9 yards an attempt, 9 TDs, 4 interceptions and a rating of 90.9. More importantly, Cook was 3-2 as a starter against 5 quality teams that won over 62% of their games. Because of this, the Cowboys are very excited about Cook and his future.

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Forum Discussion (by K_VanWagner on 05/11/2016) Replies - 1 :: Views - 30
CB Owusu-Ansah Becomes All-Time Interception Leader
CB Owusu-Ansah Becomes All-Time Leader

Leads GZL with 44 Career Interceptions

Last season, in Dallas’ 24-3 win over division rival Washington, long-time Cowboy CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (or AOA, as he’s known around the locker room) picked off two Ricky Stanzi passes to help seal the win. In the process, AOA quietly moved passed Antoine Cason to be the GZL’s All-Time leader in interceptions, with 44 in his illustrative career.

Owusu-Ansah, who began as a 4th round pick out of tiny Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has proven to be one of the better Cornerbacks in league history. In his 8 full seasons in the league, AOA has been invited to 3 Pro Bowls (2013, 2016, and 2017) and some feel his 7 picks in 2015, good for 3rd best in the NFC, warranted another selection. Owusu-Ansah’s best years were 2013 when he led the league with 12 interceptions, and last year when he finished second in the league with 11 takeaways. AOA stands as the only player in GZL history to pick off more than 10 passes in two separate seasons.

Owusu-Ansah became the starter in 2013 after playing as a Nickle CB for his first 3 seasons in with the team. In his 5 seasons as the starter, AOA has finished near the top in CB Efficiency 4 times – 2013 (9th), 2015 (11th), 2016 (2nd), and 2017 (4th). In fact, among the Top 50 Corners, AOA ranks 4th All-Time in CB Efficiency. Not too shabby for a 4th rounder out of Indiana of Penn.

At 31, the 6’1”, 215-pounder shows no signs of slowing down. Now beginning his 9th year, Awusu-Ansah has two years left on his current contract. AOA has not talked about retirement and says he’s only focused on returning to the Playoffs. The Cowboys congratulate Owusu-Ansah on his accomplishment and look forward to his continued leadership on the field.

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Forum Discussion (by K_VanWagner on 12/17/2014) Replies - 0 :: Views - 22
Cowboys Busy In the Off-Season
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The Dallas Cowboys have had a very busy off-season, as they try to rebound from a woeful 2016 campaign. The Cowboys wasted little time making a series of moves that it hopes will both improve the team, and improve its chances of making a Playoff run.

The off-season started with a bang as the Cowboys traded the 6th overall pick in the draft for former Oakland first rounder CB Camden Pietarila. Pietarila is a big physical defensive back and is one of one two corners in the league that can boast 6’2” size along with 96 SPD. Pietarila will immediately become the team’s shutdown corner and is expected to pair nicely with Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, who picked off 11 passes last season. The team considered drafting a rookie corner with its first round pick, but felt that Pietarila brought to the team a more finished player, which is needed to improve Dallas’ last-ranked defense. The team quickly restructured Pietarila’s contract and gave him a 7-year deal, meaning he’ll likely end his career a Cowboy and give the Dallas defense stability for years to come.

The move dramatically shifted the dynamic of the secondary, and ultimately led to the amnesty of CB Mike Jenkins. Jenkins has been a standout starter for the Cowboys for many seasons and is most remembered for his 11 pick season in 2012. Though the Cowboys know Jenkins still has a lot of gas in the tank, his cap number proved too high, especially as Dallas looks to develop a strong set of young CBs.

Dallas didn’t stop at these changes in the secondary. First, Dallas Franchise Tagged HB Joe Lima. Lima managed five 100+ games in 2016, but disappeared in others. The former Saint and Eagle managed almost 1,200 yards rushing, but did so with only 3.8 yards a carry. Dallas decided it needed another year to determine if Lima was a long-term solution or only a stopgap back.

To aid Lima and other rushers, Dallas next used its Exclusive Resign on OG Lance Nguyen. A former first rounder, Nguyen has been a steady force on the Dallas line averaging 66 pancakes a year against only 2 sacks allowed. The five year deal will likely run the course of Nguyen’s career as a starting caliber lineman.

In an attempt to build depth and improve the team, Dallas also signed five of its Restricted Free Agents. The Cowboys brought back WR Jaz Reynolds and DE Rasir Dowling for another year. More importantly, Dallas restructured three additional RFAs, each of whom the Cowboys are very high on as developmental players. Dallas signed CB Coty Sensabaugh, MLB Nico Johnson, and SS Jabari Jones to extended deals. Dallas GM Keith Van Wagner is confident these three players will contribute in the years to come.

Dallas also said farewell to two longtime Cowboys, HB Felix Jones and CB Bryan McCann. Jones had lost a step in recent seasons and while he was able to contribute, his salary situation proved to be unfriendly to the cap. Jones rushed for over 1,000 yards in three of his seven seasons in Dallas. He leaves Dallas as their all-time leading rusher.

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Forum Discussion (by K_VanWagner on 06/18/2014) Replies - 0 :: Views - 24
Cowboys Announce 2016 Starters
The Cowboys have released the starting lineups for both the offense and the defense. The team features only a couple of new faces, but the most obvious is that of newly acquired QB Mark Sanchez. There has also been intense competition at the HB position as returning starter Felix Jones and newcomer Joe Lima continue to battle it out.

Monday, January 6th, 2016

2016 Projected Depth Chart::
KEY = 2015 Pro Bowler | Returning Starter | New Starter | Rookie

CB Mike Jenkins (96) | FS Gerald Powell (91) | SS Morgan Burnett (89) | CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (87)
ROLB Jared Hixon (78) | MLB Kenrick Nielson (82) | LOLB Sean Lee (96)
RE Ryan Kerrigan (99) | DT JaQuinton Long (89) | DT Scott Taylor (79) | LE Josh Jordan (90)

LT DJ Fluker (87) | LG Lance Nguyen (88) | C Tyson Steffen (85) | RG Doug Free (90) | RT Anthony Collins (88)
WR Dez Bryant (95) | WR Rick Urban (78) | WR Tavon Austin (79) | TE Tyler Eifert (99)
HB Felix Jones (88) / HB Joe Lima (79) | QB Mark Sanchez (99) | FB Charles Clay (92)

K David Buehler (99) | P Mat McBriar (99) | KR/WR Tavon Austin (79)

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Forum Discussion (by K_VanWagner on 01/07/2014) Replies - 5 :: Views - 112
Felix Jones Likely Out For the Season

The Cowboys suffered a serious blow to their playoff hopes last week against the 49ers when Felix Jones went down to injury. Initial reports out of Dallas indicate that Jones will miss at least 10 weeks and thus, unless the Cowboys make a deep run in the playoffs, his season is likely over.

The news is especially bad for Dallas as Jones had been having a career year as the Cowboys’ feature back. Dallas began the year with new quarterback Ricky Stanzi behind center, and the team had been employing a more balanced offense featuring the run. Jones responded to this new challenge, posting four 100+ rushing days in the first eight games, and two more in which he rushed for over 90 yards. At times in the first half in the season Jones lead the league in rushing. More importantly, he had helped engineer a redemptive season for Dallas, in which the team won its first five of seven games. Jones is currently fourth in the league in rushing with 811 yards and a 4.9 yard per carry average.

The team briefly considered trading for a new starting HB to shoulder the load down the stretch, but for now has decided to stay put with its current roster. Chris Ivory, a six-year pro will start next week against the Eagles. Ivory is a former 1,000 rusher with the Saints, but has done little since joining the Cowboys in 2012 as the backup. In four seasons with Dallas, Ivory has amassed only 816 yards with a paltry 3.4 ypc. In addition, he has 4 TDs as a Cowboy, fewer than his 5 fumbles in a Cowboys uniform. However, the Cowboys are optimistic that Ivory can excel in their new offense. So far this season Ivory has rushed for 418 yards and a 4.3 ypc, including a 115-yard game in a week 3 victory over the Eagles. Filling in for Jones against San Francisco last week, Ivory managed 73 yards on 18 carries for a 4.6 average.

The team will elevate second-year back Lucious Dufree to the backup role. Dufree is fast, though slight in frame. In limited action, Dufree has impressed coaches. The team is also reported to have made a free agent offer to former Charger Daniel Thomas. Thomas would be expected to be the third running back.

The team is hopeful that despite the big blow to the offensive production the loss of Jones may represent, Ivory and the other running backs can provide the needed firepower to continue winning games.
Forum Discussion (by K_VanWagner on 09/11/2013) Replies - 4 :: Views - 90

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At A Glance

GM K_VanWagner
Head Coach Marvin Lewis
Offensive Coordinator Charlie Weis
Defensive Coordinator D.Jauron
Special Teams Bobby April
Salary $168.19M
Cap Penalty $3.38M
Cap Room $2.43M

Cowboys Jack Berry WR 72 Out for season
Cowboys Camden Pietarila CB 93 Out for season
Cowboys Connor Cook QB 99 Out for season
Cowboys Purifoy Bolden LE 99 Probable

NFC East
#11 Redskins y-Redskins 11-5-0 0.69 4-2
#7 Cowboys Cowboys 10-6-0 0.63 2-4
#19 Giants Giants 8-8-0 0.50 4-2
#10 Eagles Eagles 7-9-0 0.44 2-4

1 Sep 10 at Seahawks Seahawks #26
Lost 19-31
2 Sep 17 vs 49ers 49ers #31
Won 20-3
3 Sep 24 at Redskins Redskins #11
Lost 13-19
4 Oct 1 vs Rams Rams #3
Won 27-17
5 Oct 8 at Ravens Ravens #8
Won 24-17
6 Oct 16 at Eagles Eagles #10
Won 17-10
7 Oct 22 vs Steelers Steelers #27
Won 44-6
9 Nov 5 vs Packers Packers #5
Won 24-20
10 Nov 12 vs Eagles Eagles #10
Lost 20-46
11 Nov 19 vs Giants Giants #19
Won 23-12
12 Nov 23 vs Browns Browns #14
Won 25-23
13 Dec 3 vs Redskins Redskins #11
Lost 27-30
14 Dec 10 at Bengals Bengals #20
Won 20-13
15 Dec 17 at Saints Saints #18
Lost 24-51
16 Dec 23 at Giants Giants #19
Lost 30-33
17 Dec 31 at Cardinals Cardinals #28
Won 26-10

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