Has This Old Dallas Cowboys’ Dog Learned A New Trick?

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December 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones claps while standing on the field prior to the Cowboys game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Stop the presses and halt the horses. Is this actually happening? Are the Dallas Cowboys truly refusing to subscribe to the same tale of woe that they’ve been so willing to embrace the last decade plus?? Well, kick my mule and call me Nancy. We’re finally cooking with some grease at Valley Ranch. (FYI: I don’t own a mule and don’t ever call me Nancy.)

In offseasons past, we’ve seen our owner/general manager Jerry Jones throw caution to the wind like a full bed pan and, unfortunately, we fans have all had to stand in the aftermath of that “boomeranged” urine. Not at all an attractive visual, I know. Yet, it’s a disturbingly accurate depiction of how us legions of Cowboys fans feel every December: disgusted and “pissed off”.

It’s been demonstrated time and time again our willingness as a franchise to overpay age, ignore injury, and pray that Father Time simply disobeys all natural laws within the confines of our locker room. I could go down the list of instances where this is true, however, I’m not a fan of salting my own wound. Sure it heals faster, but, Neosporin works just as well.

All of that being said, this off season just feels different. It feels right. Dare I say it even feels special. It’s clear that despite Jerry’s deliberate steering towards the belief that he’s still calling all the shots, the shots that are being called directly dispute that. None of this feels like Jerry Jones. Not one iota of it. Well, not the post-Jimmy Johnson version of Jerry, anyway.

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  • Ced/Big C

    You definitely kept it 100….Hope Jerry ( or Stephen ) continue in this route…and don’t revert back 2 old tactics…This year’s draft will be big in seeing where this team can head

    • Earl Robertson

      That is right you can turn a team around fast with a good draft. They need to draft players from big schools, no projects and no injured prone guys! So this draft will tell us if things have really change for the better!

      • Patrik Walker

        Please, no injury prone players. My heart can’t take another year of it. Careful about players from big schools, though. Sometimes they come with big egos. The guys from “non-prime” universities also tend to have better work ethic as they usually play with a chip on their shoulder.

        It’s not an exact science. It’s a risk either way. Glad I don’t have to make that call, to be honest. Lol.

        • Earl Robertson

          I would rather have a 7th rounder from a big school instead of a 4th rounder from a division II. Hollman is a perfect example, he was picked in the sixth but looks more of a playmaker then anyone they got in the 4th

          • Patrik Walker

            I don’t disagree here. Simply saying you have to admit there’s a risk either way. But, generally, players from bigger schools/programs are more NFL ready. So you’re correct overall.

          • Patrik Walker

            I don’t disagree here. Simply saying you have to admit there’s a risk either way. But, generally, players from bigger schools/programs are more NFL ready. So you’re correct overall.

    • Patrik Walker

      100% agree, Ced. These off season moves will either be solidified by this draft or undermined by it. Shall we pray?

  • Old Frog

    Jerry has his new “triplets”….Stephen, Garrett, and McClay. All under 50 and raring to go.

    • Patrik Walker

      And I’m raring to rub our victories in the faces of our enemies.

  • Ed

    Patrik, as a Cowboys fanatic you should know Irvin was drafted under Tex’s watch, one year prior to Jones’ purchase of the Cowboys. Sorry, but I had to set that straight.

    • Patrik Walker

      You are correct, Ed. Blame the Jerry in me for that error.

      By the way…..I’ll never forgive you for making me remember how much I miss Schramm. How dare you, Ed. How dare you.

      Lol. Salute.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Good article and very much on the positive side. All teams do make personnel and salary cap mistakes. Those teams who make fewer than others are the teams that are contenders. Jones did make some good decisions but not enough to make up for the numerous bad ones. It appears the Cowboys are now heading in the right direction but I am holding my praise until after the draft. After all, they did waste resources when they recently signed probably the worst quarterback in the league.

    • Patrik Walker

      Thank you for the comment and I’m glad you appreciated the write up. I did cringe when we started talking to Weeden. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t fight off a bout of nausea. However, we do need a practice squad QB and we’re basically paying Weeden in Jolly Ranchers and a box of used envelopes.

      If it turns out we can actually develop him into a solid backup, then, we’re going to look like geniuses.

      Time will tell. Until then, on to the draft. Cheers.

  • PaulTX

    I may be one of few that like Jerry. He is not the best GM in the league, but he’s not the worst. JJ is probably a solid 8-8.

    • Patrik Walker

      Lol…..a solid 8-8. Well said, Paul. My stance is always simple: give blame where it’s due and be equally willing to give praise when it’s owed. I look forward to this draft. Let’s see if he can truly let go of the reigns.

      • PaulTX

        He’s done amazing at finding value in free agency. No one ever gives him credit for that.

        • Patrik Walker

          Not true. You and I do. Lol.

        • Patrik Walker

          Not true. You and I do. Lol.