Big 12 Draft Breakdown (Pt. 1)

Sifting through the Big 12, it's clear the conference is full of players good enough to make the jump to the NFL. This list has your obvious choices (Kevin White, West Virginia) and some lesser known guys that can flat out play in the league (B.J. Finney, Kansas). 

One notable exclusion from this list is Dorial Green-Beckham. The troubled, but talented wide receiver did not play one down in an Oklahoma Sooners jersey this season, so he will not be included. 

The undrafted (in no particular order)

Chris Hackett (S), TCU

Quinton Spain (OG) West Virginia

Bryce Hager (ILB), Baylor

Adam Shead (OG), Oklahoma

Julian Wilson (CB), Oklahoma

Chucky Hunter (DT), TCU

David Irving (DT), Iowa St.

Trevor Pardula (P), Kansas

Spencer Roth, (P), Baylor

Dexter McDonald (CB), Kansas

Aaron Ripkowski (FB), Oklahoma

Sam Carter (SS), TCU

James Castleman (DT), Oklahoma St.

Now, it's on to the players that will hear their names called in Chicago for the 2015 NFL Draft.

24. E.J. Bibbs (TE), Iowa St.

The current NFL climate calls for tight ends exactly like the Cyclones’ E.J. Bibbs. Undersized (6-2, 258 lbs.) but effective is the best way to describe Bibbs.

Bibbs has a way of getting open and making tough catches. This guy is a team captain with a competitiveness you cannot teach. While not a vertical threat, nor a huge red zone target, he always seems to find a way to get the job done.

Projection: 7th round

23. Tayo Fabuluje (OT), TCU

By far the best name of this crop, Tay Fab as I’m calling him should be taken before the draft is all said and done. The dude is enormous (6-6, 353 lbs.) and raw (sat out 3 years because of transferring between TCU and BYU).

A good O-line coach can make Fabuluje a steal in round 7.

Projection: 7th round

22. Kevin White (CB), TCU

The other Kevin White, who in fact, lined up against West Virginia’s Kevin White this season holding him to 3 receptions and 28 yards.

That performance earned TCU’s White Big 12 defensive player of the week and showed what the diminutive Horned Frog DB can do against pro level talent.

Projection: 7th round

21. Mario Alford (WR), West Virginia

The other wide receiver for West Virginia was effective in his own right. Mario Alford caught 11 touchdowns as the Alvin Harper to Kevin White’s Michael Irvin.

Running a 4.43 will make scouts take a longer look at any prospect. The production to go along with the nice showing in the combine will result in a team finding Alford a home in NFL.

Projection: 7th round

20. Malcolm Brown (RB), Texas

Malcolm, not Malcom, Brown of Texas shared the touches out of the backfield with Jonathan Gray last season averaging 3.9 YPC.

Once a five star recruit, Brown is looking for a team to take a chance on him. He has the strength to run the ball against NFL defenses.

Projection: 7th round

19. Antwan Goodley (WR), Baylor

Antwan Goodley always seemed to be making plays in Baylor’s high scoring attack. With 4.44 speed, Goodley constantly found himself slicing through defenses.

After an All-American season in 2013, Goodley settled back down to earth and did not eclipse 1,000 yds. receiving in his senior year.

Goodley is a nice late round option for a team looking for a slot receiver to develop.

Projection: 6th or 7th round

18. Mark Glowinski (OG), West Virginia

Upper body strength is what comes to mind when I think of Mark Glowinski. After shifting from tackle to guard his junior season, Glowinski’s pro stock came to fruition.

Glowinski was second among guards at the NFL combine in the bench press. He is strong enough to play in the league. He may not be fluid enough off the snap of the ball to contain D-lineman in the league however.

I’d take a flier on Glowinski just because he is as strong as a bull.

Projection: 6th or 7th round

17. Shaq Riddick (DE), West Virginia

Riddick excelled at Gardner Webb before taking his talents to Morgantown. The senior transfer racked up 7 sacks over the course of the season, including a 3 sack outburst against Baylor.

Riddick is tall (6-6) but must add weight to his frame to become anything more than a pass rusher.

Projection: 6th or 7th round

16. Cedric Reed (DE), Texas

A steady, 32 game starter for the Longhorns, Cedric Reed has the size and speed to make a NFL team.

Reed has four multi sack games over the past two seasons at Texas. He enters the draft without the necessary burst off the edge to demand being picked in the first two days, but Reed’s steadiness over his career in burnt orange will warrant a late round pick.

Projection: 6th or 7th round

15. Geneo Grissom (DE), Oklahoma

Grissom can play as a 4-3 defensive end or a 3-4 outside linebacker. He played both in college already to varied effectiveness. Grissom has been known to get he big paws in the way of quarterback passes. He has 8 pass break ups over the past two seasons, to go along with two INT’s returned for touchdowns.

Grissom may be too much of a tweener to succeed in the league, but is no doubt worth a draft pick.

Projection: 6th or 7th round

14. Quandre Diggs (CB), Texas

Quandre Diggs was a constant performer during his time in Austin. Diggs started 49 games and racked up 11 INTs over his career at Texas.

Diggs has great work ethic and is experienced enough to contribute to a defensive backfield. The question remains, is he too short to cover in the NFL? I think he’s resourceful enough to be a contributing player in the league.

Projection: 6th or 7th round

13. Blake Bell (TE), Oklahoma

The career arch of Blake Bell is simply incredible. Bell began his college career as a bull dozing goal line quarterback, who scored 24 rushing TD’s in his first two years. After a failed stint as the head signal caller, Bell revived his pro potential by switching to tight end.

The learning curve was apparent as Bell adjusted to the new position, but there are definitive signs Bell can play at the next level. Bell possesses soft, natural pass catching hands for a TE that’s only played one full season at the position.

As a blocker, well, like I said there is a learning curve. However, the potential of the “Belldozer” will tantalize an NFL team.

Projection: 6th round

12. Jacorey Shepherd (CB), Kansas

Toiling in Lawrence, Kansas, Jacorey Shepherd flashed the ball skills at cornerback to play in the NFL. Shepherd came to the Jayhawks as a wide receiver and has developed into a great neutralizer to any slot receiver.

Shepherd picked off 5 passes over the last two seasons and defensed many more. He may not have the height to contend with some of the NFL’s bigger wide outs, Shepherd will make his living as a nickel or dime corner.

Projection: 5th to 7th rounds

11. Jordan Hicks (ILB), Texas

The 2014 may have been as important to Jordan Hicks as any other player in the country.

Once a premiere prospect, Hicks could not stay on the field over in 2012 and 2013. Staring a combined seven games in that two years span many scouts wondered whether he would be able to ever reach the vast potential he showed coming out of high school.

Hicks seemed to answer the durability questions by starting every single game his senior year. Mixed in amongst those games, included two 18 tackle performances.

The inability to stay healthy should absolutely still be a concern to everyone when considering Hicks as a pro. However, if Hicks can stay healthy he has the size (6-1, 236 lbs.), speed (4.68 40-yard dash) and instincts to be a decent NFL player.

Projection: 5th to 7th rounds 

Check in tomorrow for part 2...

Post Free Agency Full Mock NFL Draft

Here are the first four rounds of my annual seven round mock draft. You may not realize the work that goes into researching and prioritizing team needs against best available player while also taking into consideration depth at positions in the draft (i.e. only five premiere DT but ten premiere WR) , upcoming free agents in 2016 and even using tiebreakers as what would sell best in each teams’ market. Take a look and keep an eye out for the later rounds over the next few days.

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1- 1- 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers:     Jameis Winston QB Florida State       This regime will live or die with this pick. Hopefully we have many more years of Lovie Smith because Jameis Winston grows up and is the face of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the next 15 years.

1- 2- 2 Tennessee Titans:   Leonard Williams DT USC….Can’t see Mariota landing here. I could see Phillip Rivers in Tennessee and San Diego making this pick. If it stays with Tennessee then Williams too much of a sure thing to pass up.

1- 3- 3 Jacksonville Jaguars:   Dante Fowler Jr. OLB Florida…Disruptive force that the defense needs and will fit Coach Bradley’s system. Like with Bortles and Winston taking a home state kid also helps with fan base.

1- 4- 4 Oakland Raiders:  Amari Cooper WR Alabama..Derek Carr’s new best friend. Finally Oakland has a real number one wide receiver.

1- 5- 5 Washington Redskins:   Vic Beasley OLB Clemson…New defensive system and they get to add a guy with a great motor.

1- 6- 6 New York Jets:  Marcus Mariota QB Oregon…Kid the right disposition for the Big Apple and is the style that should intrigue OC Chan Gailey.

1- 7- 7 Chicago Bears:   Danny Shelton  DT  Washington…New defensive system gets the anchor for the middle of the defensive line.

1- 8- 8 Atlanta Falcons:   Shane Ray OLB/DE Missouri…Great story and finally the Falcons have that player to replace what John Abraham used to bring to the defense.

1- 9- 9 New York Giants:   Arik Armstead DT Oregon…Monster of a man who can play inside or out and will help make the defense scary again.

1-10-10 St. Louis Rams:  Kevin White WR West Virginia…St. Louis finally gets a #1 wide receiver and a game changer for the offense.

1-11-11 Minnesota Vikings:    Andrus Peat OT Stanford…Bridgewater likes this pick and so will the rest of the offense and team. Peat is a day one starter.

1-12-12 Cleveland Browns:  DeVante Parker WR Louisville …Parker got some top coaching at Louisville and should make them finally move on from Josh Gordon.

1-13-13 New Orleans Saints::   Randy Gregory OLB Nebraska…Failed drug tests makes this top 5 talent slide a bit but now Rob Ryan gets a steal at 13.

1-14-14 Miami Dolphins:   Brandon Scherff OG Iowa. The every changing offense line in Miami gets a day one starter and should mirror Zach Martin’s success in Dallas.

1-15-15 San Francisco 49'ers:   Trae Waynes CB Michigan State…A team and especially defense starting over. Waynes is the top CB in the draft and should start game one.

1-16-16 Houston Texans:    Bud Dupree OLB Kentucky…Would love a franchise QB but no such luck in this draft so instead they keep improving defense and Bud teamed with the other guys on the defense should make them top tier for 2015.

1-17-17 San Diego Chargers:    La'el Collins OT LSU …whoever is under center in San Diego will enjoy a player like La’el as this pick immediately makes the running and passing game better.

1-18-18 Kansas City Chiefs:  T.J. Clemmings OT Pittsburgh….Alex got a WR in Maclin now he should get some more time to get the ball to him.

1-19-19 Cleveland (from Buffalo):   Jordan Phillips NT Oklahoma….Huge player who could be a boom or bust type but if Jordan is successful he could make running the ball very difficult in Cleveland.

1-20-20 Philadelphia Eagles:     Jalen Collins CB LSU…Philly has completely gutted the team from last year and need another quality corner opposite Maxwell. Jalen has special skills and could be the best corner on the team at the end of the year.

1-21-21 Cincinnati Bengals:    D.J. Humphries OT Florida…very underrated player who should get into the starting lineup and allow the Bengals to forget about left tackle for the next 12 years.

1-22-22 Pittsburgh Steelers: Landon Collins SS Alabama….Ideally replacement for recently retired Troy Polamalu.

1-23-23 Detroit Lions:   Malcom Brown DT Texas…Will team with Haloti Ngata and make people forget (or almost forget Ndamukong Suh and Fairley)

1-24-24 Arizona Cardinals:  Eddie Goldman DT Florida State…Big man who plugs the open spot at defensive tackle on the Cardinals front wall.

1-25-25 Carolina Panthers:   Ereck Flowers OT Miami (Fla)..Ideal right tackle to protect Cam Newton and allow the offense to reach potential.

1-26-26 Baltimore Ravens:    Eli Harold OLB Virginia…takes over for where Pernell McPhee left off. Harold is along like of talent Virginia players and should make the front office of the Ravens again look very smart.

1-27-27 Dallas Cowboys:  Michael Bennett DT Ohio State…Running back might be tempting but Dallas hold the course and add the perfect defensive tackle for their system. With RB deep this year they can add a quality back in a later round.

1-28-28 Denver:    Owamagbe Odighizuwa DE/OLB UCLA..DeMarcus Ware wore down as the season went on and Odighizuwa is the perfect replacement down the road. This season he can be part of the defensive line rotation with an eyeing on full time starter in 2016.

1-29-29 Indianapolis Colts:   Todd Gurley RB Georgia…Frank Gore bolted on Philadelphia to join the Colts and is going to be a great leader for the young Colts. With that said Gore is far from durable so rolling with him as starter in 2015 and then Gurley being 100% by some point gives the Colts a backfield significantly improved from last year.

1-30-30 Green Bay Packers:    Ronald Darby CB Florida State…Packers needs to address and improve defensive secondary and add Darby is the perfect addition. Reminds me along the lines of another FSU player they grabbed years ago, LeRoy Butler.

1-31-31 New Orleans Saints (from Seattle):  Breshad Perrimen WR Central Florida. The Saints are wheeling and dealing but they need the number long ball target for Drew Brees. Perrimen comes from a NFL family so the transition should be smooth and quick. Could have impact early in season and end of the year be Brees new favorite target.

1-32-32 New England Patriots:    Melvin Gordon RB Wisconsin …What do you get the team that keeps winning titles? How about the best running back they’ve ever had on their roster. Gordon would take a little pressure off Tom Brady and allow them to control the ball regardless of how inflated it is even more.


2- 1-33 Tennessee Titans: Kevin Johnson CB Wake Forest

2- 2-34 Tampa Bay: Cedric Ogbuehi OT Texas A&M

2- 3-35 Oakland Raiders: Carl Davis DT Iowa

2- 4-36 Jacksonville Jaguars: Byron Jones CB Connecticut

2- 5-37 New York Jets Shaq Thompson OLB Washington

2- 6-38 Washington Redskins:  Benardrick McKinney ILB Mississippi State

2- 7-39 Chicago Bears:   A.J. Cann OG South Carolina

2- 8-40 New York Giants:   Rob Havenstein OT Wisconsin

2- 9-41 St. Louis Rams:    Tre Jackson OG Florida State

2-10-42 Atlanta Maxx Williams TE Minnesota

2-11-43 Cleveland Browns:   Tevin Coleman RB Indiana

2-12-44 New Orleans Saints:   Laken Tomlinson OG Duke

2-13-45 Minnesota Vikings:    Eric Kendricks ILB UCLA

2-14-46 San Francisco 49'ers:   Paul Dawson ILB TCU

2-15-47 Miami Dolphins:   Phillip Dorset WR Miami

2-16-48 San Diego Chargers:    Jay Ajayi RB Boise State

2-17-49 Kansas City Chiefs:   Jaelen Strong WR Arizona State

2-18-50 Buffalo Bills:  Stephone Anthony ILB Clemson

2-19-51 Houston Texans:   Dorial Green-Beckham WR Oklahoma

2-20-52 Philadelphia Eagles:  Devin Smith WR Ohio State

2-21-53 Cincinnati Bengals:   Grady Jarrett NT Clemson

2-22-54 Detroit Lions:  P J Williams CB Florida State

2-23-55 Arizona Cardinals:   Denzel Perryman ILB Miami (Fla)

2-24-56 Pittsburgh Steelers:   Quinten Rollins CB Miami (O)

2-25-57 Carolina Panthers:   Ameer Abdullah RB Nebraska

2-26-58 Baltimore Ravens:  Sammie Coates WR Auburn

2-27-59 Denver Broncos:   Cameron Irving OL Florida State

2-28-60 Dallas Cowboys:   Duke Johnson RB Miami (Fla)

2-29-61 Indianapolis Colts:  Jake Fisher OT Oregon

2-30-62 Green Bay Packers:  Preston Smith  DE   Miss State

2-31-63 Seattle Seahawks:   Hroniss Grasu C/G Oregon

2-32-64 New England Patriots:    Gabe Wright DT Auburn

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3- 1-65 Tampa Bay Nate Orchard DE Utah

3- 2-66 Tennessee Brett Hundley QB UCLA

3- 3-67 Jacksonville Jarvis Harrison OG Texas A&M

3- 4-68 Oakland Charles Gaines CB Louisville

3- 5-69 Washington Ty Sambrailo OT Colorado State

3- 6-70 New York Jets TJ Yeldon RB Alabama

3- 7-71 Chicago Hau'oli Kikaha OLB Washington

3- 8-72 St. Louis Derron Smith FS Fresno State

3- 9-73 Atlanta Falcons: Rashad Greene WR Florida State

3-10-74 New York Giants: Clive Walford TE Miami (Fla)

3-11-75 New Orleans Devin Funchess TE Michigan

3-12-76 Minnesota Vikings:   Marcus Peters CB Washington

3-13-77 Cleveland Browns:  Lorenzo Mauldin OLB Louisville

3-14-78 New Orleans from Miami Bobby Richardson DT Indiana

3-15-79 San Francisco Marcus Hardison DE Arizona State

3-16-80 Kansas City Xavier Cooper DT Washington State

3-17-81 Buffalo Bills:  Daryl Williams OG Oklahoma

3-18-82 Houston Texans:   Taiwan Jones ILB Michigan State

3-19-83 San Diego Chargers:  Danielle Hunter DE LSU

3-20-84 Philadelphia Eagles:   Anthony Harris SS Virginia

3-21-85 Cincinnati Bengals:  Nelson Agholor WR USC

3-22-86 Arizona Kwon Alexander OLB LSU

3-23-87 Pittsburgh Donovan Smith OT Penn State

3-24-88 Detroit Mike Davis RB South Carolina

3-25-89 Carolina Tyler Lockett WR Kansas State

3-26-90 Baltimore Senquez Golson CB Mississippi

3-27-91 Dallas Cowboys:   Alex Carter CB Stanford

3-28-92 Denver Steven Nelson CB Oregon State

3-29-93 Indianapolis Jaquiski Tartt SS Samford

3-30-94 Green Bay Ramik Wilson ILB Georgia

3-31-95 Seattle Ty Montgomery WR Stanford

3-32-96 New England Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB Oregon

3-33-97 New England (Compensatory Selection) Stefon Diggs WR Maryland

3-34-98 Kansas City (Compensatory Selection) D'Joun Smith CB Florida Atlantic

3-35-99 Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection) Rory Anderson TE South Carolina


4- 1-100 Tennessee Tyrus Thompson OT Oklahoma

4- 2-101 New England (from Tampa Bay) Frank Clark DE Michigan

4- 3-102 Oakland Raiders:  Trey Flowers DE Arkansas

4- 4-103 Jacksonville David Johnson RB Northern Iowa

4- 5-104 New York Jets:   Ali Marpet C Hobart

4- 6-105 Washington Josh Shaw CB USC

4- 7-106 Chicago Bears:   Tre McBride WR William & Mary

4- 8-107 Atlanta Falcons:  Josue Matias OG Florida State

4- 9-108 New York Giants Kyle Emanuel OLB North Dakota State

4-10-109 Tampa Bay from St. Louis Chris Conley WR Georgia

4-11-110 Minnesota Mario Edwards Jr DT Florida State

4-12-111 Cleveland Browns:  Ben Koyack TE Notre Dame

4-13-112 Seattle from New Orleans Doran Grant CB Ohio State

4-14-113 Philadelphia (from San Francisco through Buffalo) Jordan Hicks OLB Texas

4-15-114 Miami Quayshawne Buckley DT Idaho

4-16-115 Cleveland from Buffalo Bryce Petty QB Baylor

4-17-116 Houston Eric Rowe CB Utah

4-18-117 San Diego Vince Mayle WR Washington State

4-19-118 Kansas City Max Valles OLB Virginia

4-20-119 St. Louis from Philadelphia Rob Crisp OT North Carolina State

4-21-120 Cincinnati Adrian Amos FS Penn State

4-22-121 Pittsburgh Cameron Artis-Payne RB Auburn

4-23-122 Baltimore from Detroit Nick O'Leary TE Florida State

4-24-123 Arizona David Cobb RB Minnesota

4-25-124 Carolina Za'Darius Smith DE Kentucky

4-26-125 Baltimore Kurtis Drummond FS Michigan State

4-27-126 San Francisco from Denver B.J. Finney C/G Kansas State

4-28-127 Dallas Cowboys:    Jamon Brown OT Louisville

4-29-128 Indianapolis Craig Mager CB Texas State

4-30-129 Green Bay Jeff Heuerman TE Ohio State

4-31-130 Seattle Derek Lott DT Tennessee-Chattanooga

4-32-131 New England Bobby McCain CB Memphis

4-33-132 San Francisco (Compensatory Selection): Darren Waller WR Georgia Tech

4-34-133 Denver (Compensatory Selection): Tyler Kroft TE Rutgers

4-35-134 Seattle (Compensatory Selection): Henry Anderson DE Stanford

4-36-135 Cincinnati (Compensatory Selection): Mark Glowinski OG West Virginia

4-37-136 Baltimore (Compensatory Selection) Thomas Rawls RB Central Michigan

Leave me your thoughts as I always enjoy discussing the draft and the fun and challenge a full seven round mock creates. If you want feel free to email me at or shoot me a tweet at @ftballdialogue 

Syracuse Spring Game..The Good, the Bad and the Future

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of going with my family to the University of Syracuse Spring Football game at the Carrier Dome. As someone from Pennsylvania, a state where football is king, it is always interesting to see a place that clearly does not place the same importance on the football program as it does on its basketball program. Personally, we had a great time and plan to make it a yearly event, but as a sports blogger and passionate football fan, I cannot help think what “could be” at this school for their football program. Don’t get me wrong, for those of us who went I am sure everyone enjoyed themselves. When you enter the stadium you get a voucher, along with a roster to learn the team, and you have the ability to sit anywhere in the stadium. You get to see up close action of linemen drills, pass plays and hear the wonderful sounds of pads hitting.

After the “game”, several players walked around, as on the field festivities where being set up, and shook hands with those of us who remained. No greater sight then seeing a pair of six year olds after high fiving a few players. After a brief wait, all remaining fans were allowed on the field and were able to go to various stations to get pictures with players. Having the gladiators you route for on Saturdays shake hands with you when you are a little kid is something I know my six year old won’t be forgetting anytime soon. We then had the opportunity to throw him some passes on the field and watched him as he “took the ball to the house.” He shared that experience with all his friends, family and classmates over the past few days. They also set up bounce house at the one end for the youngest of fans to go in and burn off some energy. The “spring game” was a nice day for the few hundred people who made the trip out to the Carrier Dome on the holiday weekend.

I had a few thoughts regarding the direction of this program and what could have been done differently. First, why have an event over a holiday weekend when your student population has to be at its lowest. One week earlier or later and you could at least hope to get some students to the game. Second, if we did not have family in the area, this might be the most under publicized spring football game I have ever seen. To only imagine the pilgrimage that will happen shortly to State College where thousands of fans will trek across the state and sit outside to watch a spring game at Penn State. Third thing that jumped out at me was unlike the majority of the top programs that actually put a game on for their spring game, Syracuse just runs drills with no real acknowledgement to the fans of what is going on and how much longer it was going to last. Reading the coaches quote of “being glad the game is over” and seeing the half-hearted approach of the spring game, makes me wonder why they even do it. Is the process that much of an inconvenience? It is supposed to act as a way to get your fan base excited, not make it look like you look forward to it as much as a trip to the dentist.

Imagine you add something such as having a few former alumni at the game, maybe have them take pictures with fans and/or sign a few autographs. Let us be honest, your die-hards are going to come regardless, but to really elevate your football program, you need the same excitement “midnight madness” gets compared with a program that is happy being second bananas at the school and does not want to rock the boat. With what transpired with the basketball program and its future, this is the golden chance for the football program to become a larger focal point of the University of Syracuse landscape. I can’t help but wonder what a guy like Greg Schiano might do with this program. Remember what Rutgers was like before Coach Schiano and then during his tenure. Hmmm, love to see that.

Slideshow: University of Syracuse Spring Football

Urban Legends or Actual Facts about the Dallas Cowboys

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As I always say some in the press never let the facts get in the way of a good story, especially when it comes to reporting in the NFL and especially the Dallas Cowboys. The first example on my list, I was watching the NFL network and saw the replay of The Catch (you know the play Montana is throwing the ball away and Clark leaps and grabs it) and read the caption this game marked the start of the San Francisco 49’ers dynasty and the end of the Dallas Cowboys dynasty. I always took that as fact.

I did a little digging and remember the 1982 was a strike season but guess what the Cowboys record was 6-3 and the San Francisco 49’ers they were 3-6. Hmm quiet the passing of the torch. San Francisco must have given the torch back as they missed the playoffs and Dallas lost in the NFC Title Game that year. Even the game with The Catch gets spun into a different story then how the rest of the game unfolded. After Dwight Clark’s incredible catch the Dallas Cowboys still had 51 seconds and had it not been for Eric Wright then legal horse collar of Drew Pearson (after his long reception) The Catch may have been a footnote.

Next thing you hear constantly is how arrogant the Dallas Cowboys are for naming themselves America’s Team? This is an error more with fans then media as anyone who can do a little research would know this actually came about during the 1978 NFL films naming them it because they noticed even on road games they had a lot of fans. Once the name was introduced individuals such as Tom Landry immediately expressed their displeasure but as the team continued to have success the name stuck.

Jerry Jones was horrible for firing Tom Landry. Again the fact is Jerry agreed to buy the team with the understanding that previous owner, Bum Bright, fire Tom Landry before the sale was final. Instead the story became leaked that the sale was complete and Jerry Jones was having dinner with Jimmy Johnson. To not hear it from anyone else Jerry flew to the golf course where he met Tom Landry to inform him of the move.

Something often forgotten and rarely mentioned was Tom Landry’s record over the last five years of his long coaching tenure Dallas was 36-43 with a .455 winning percentage. Despite what many admit now after the 3-13 season (his last in Dallas) most fans and many in the media were suggesting Tom Landry step down and that the game had passed him by. Once Jerry relieved him of his duties the same media and fan-base were horrified to see him go. You can’t have it both ways.

Another great point the anti-Dallas Cowboys fans will say Jerry was so stupid to let Jimmy Johnson and Bill Parcells leave. Again, do some homework on this both men were not long term guys anywhere. Both where builders of talented playoff caliber teams and moved on. Jerry Jones’s big error came with who he selected to replace them. Barry Switzer brought little if anything to the table as an NFL coach and one has to wonder with the track record Wade Phillips possessed how Jerry was convinced to hire him. Always laugh when I read Wade taking cracks at Garrett’s record. Wish someone in the media would remind Wade that he inherited the team from Bill Parcells but Jason Garrett inherited a team from Wade Phillips.

Tony Romo fumble against Seattle Seahawks ended the game and cost them a playoff game. Instead there was 1:19 left on the clock, so Seattle would have gotten the ball back if the kick was good. Seattle was the same team that had scored on its previous possession with ease. Seattle would have only needed a FG to win and had more than a minute to move the ball.  Let’s also remember the NFL changed the rule for a current game ball to be used for field goals and PATs after seeing Tony Romo’s issues. So a rule was changed because of Romo’s “failure.”

The next time you hear or go to repeat a comment you hear about the Dallas Cowboys or any other football team take a second to stop and think if you know for sure it’s a fact or are you repeating an urban legend.

Job Posting: Back Up Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys

With the calming of free agency upon us I look around and notice a job still not filled in Big D is their back-up quarterback. Sure, they have Brandon Weeden in place, but after making moves to get a guy Greg Hardy (hopefully) and looking to add a top tier running back in the draft, does anyone think the Cowboys brain trust (something now said without sarcastic tone) is really comfortable for an extended period of time with Brandon Weeden. You have to assume they would like to bring in some real competition for Brandon Weeden at the minimum.

Here is the (real) job description:

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Ability to play on short notice: Tony Romo is not the type of quarterback to miss time because of little bumps, bruises and punctured lungs for that matter so with the exception of Wednesday practices, that he sits out, the backup QB better be ready to run into the game quick and take over.

Playoff experience preferred: Now that the team has finally turned the corner and has the look of perennial playoff contenders, the Cowboys need a man who has been to the playoffs and won’t let the lights of the second season make him crumble.

Due to a limited playbook available for a backup QB (the ability to use your feet as well as arm) Head coaches and offensive coordinators often for obvious reasons pull back on the playbook for the back-up since there just is not enough time for him to practice it all during the week. With this established fact, having a quarterback who might be able to go through his progression then take off if necessary for positive yards would be a great benefit to the team.

Comfortable playing in large market (as it may lead to other endeavors):  Is there a bigger stage in the NFL than playing at Jerry World Stadium? As the sports world has seen many times some players excel in small markets but crumble on the bright lights of the major markets. A successful back up QB has to be comfortable on center stage at a moment’s notice.

As I look at the landscape of the remaining free agent quarterbacks, one name jumps out to me as a man the Cowboys should bring in for a visit. That man is Mike Vick. Vick has the playoff experience, the legs to run, the hunger to still play (plus the fact he went bankrupt once in his life) and knows that playing in Big D might be what he needs to make him appealing to Madison Avenue again. Like Randall Cunningham and Terrell Owens before him, signing Mike Vick to a two year deal makes sense at this stage of his career and at the current state of the Cowboys.