December 2007 - Dallas Cowboys Wiretap
Cowboys' Ireland To Interview For Miami GM Job
Bill Parcells is wasting no time in reworking the Dolphins' front office. Shortly after firing GM Randy Mueller and a pair of his assistants, Parcells received permission from the Cowboys to interview Jeff Ireland to be the team's new GM, FOXSports.com has learned. Dolphins' sources say that Ireland, the Cowboys' VP of College and Pro Scouting, is expected to interview for the job tomorrow. FOX Sports first reported during the week of Parcells' hiring that Ireland would be his primary target, but there was a question about whether he could get him out before the draft. However, to Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones' credit, he granted permission for the interview despite having Ireland locked up contractually through the draft.
Falcons To Interview Cowboys 'Assistant Sparano
Dallas Cowboys' Assistant Head Coach Tony Sparano will interview with Atlanta Falcons' officials on Friday for the opening. Falcons' officials on Monday requested and were granted permission by the Cowboys to discuss their vacancy with Sparano, who has been on the Dallas staff since 2003. Sparano is also a favorite of new Miami Vice President Bill Parcells and would likley receive an interview should a head coaching vacancy open with the team. Sparano, 46, worked primarily with the Dallas offensive line this season. But under Parcells, he had much broader responsibilities and, while he didn't hold the title of coordinator, called the team's plays in 2006. Although he has worked in the league only nine seasons, Sparano is widely respected for his offensive acumen and his demeanor with players. Before joining the Dallas staff in 2003, Sparano worked with Cleveland (1999-2000), Washington (2001), and Jacksonville (2002).
Owens May Not Be Ready For First Playoff Game
Terrell Owens might not be ready to go when the Dallas Cowboys play their first playoff game. "Terrell's still iffy," Cowboys' Coach Wade Phillips said after Sunday's 27-6 loss to the Washington Redskins in the regular-season finale. Owens was hurt in last weekend's victory over the Carolina Panthers. "You're not as good offensively without T.O.," said quarterback Tony Romo, who was 7-for-16 for 86 yards and an interception in about 2 1/2 quarters of work against Washington.
Cowboys Sign Crayton To Extension
Patrick Crayton became the latest player on the Cowboys to be rewarded for a strong season. Crayton and the Cowboys on Thursday agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $14 million. The deal includes a $6 million signing bonus and features escalator clauses and incentives that could add $2 million to its overall worth.
Cowboys' Glenn Prepared To Play In Finale
Barring a setback at practice in the next two days, wide receiver Terry Glenn will see his first playing time of the season on Sunday when his Dallas Cowboys visit the Washington Redskins. Glenn, a 12-year veteran who has been sidelined since September when he underwent a second arthroscopic procedure on his right knee, has been able to practice this week at full speed and has worked with the first-unit offense. Coach Wade Phillips said it will be Glenn's decision whether he starts. Dallas will play the season finale without wide receiver Terrell Owens, who suffered a high left ankle sprain early in Saturday's victory at Carolina. The Redskins can claim the final NFC wild-card spot with a victory against archrival Dallas.
Cowboys' Glenn Set To Return
The Cowboys and Terrell Owens received some coal in their stockings when the Pro Bowl receiver was injured on Saturday. But help may be on the way in the form of veteran receiver Terry Glenn. The 33-year-old Glenn, who was second in the NFC with 18.3 yards per catch last season, missed the first 15 games while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery on September 13. Rather than put Glenn on injured reserve, which would have ended his season, the Cowboys instead chose to save the wide receiver a roster spot.
Owens Will Miss Cowboys-Redskins' Battle
Terrell Owens is out. Beyond offering that bit of information, Wade Phillips wasn't particularly forthcoming when asked Monday about the Dallas Cowboys' personnel plans for the regular-season finale at Washington. "We haven't finalized everything as far as who is playing," Phillips told reporters in Irving. "We want to see who is healthy; see who is ready to go. But we are going to approach it like we want to win the game. That's how you play football." Sunday's game is meaningless for the Cowboys (13-2) because they locked up home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs with Chicago's upset of Green Bay. Dallas has a first-round bye and won't play again until the divisional round Jan. 12 or 13.
Packers Hand Cowboys NFC's Top Seed
No tears for Brett Favre this time, just frustration. And Green Bay can forget about the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Brian Urlacher returned an interception for a touchdown for the first time in his career; Adrian Peterson ran for 102 yards; and the Bears beat the Packers 35-7 on a frigid Sunday afternoon. The loss wiped out the Packers' shot at home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
T.O.'s Ankle Sprain Overshadows Cowboys' Victory
Tony Romo's sore thumb appeared fine and the Cowboys were driving down the field on the way to taking a 14-0 lead. Then Terrell Owens sprained his left ankle. The offense stalled, and the concern about Owens' overshadowed Dallas' 20-13 victory over the Panthers on Saturday night.
T.O. 'Backpedals' On Jessica And Romo
Terrell Owens talked about Jessica Simpson and Tony Romo again Thursday -- this time, to clear the air. Just in case anyone thought he was serious Wednesday when he proclaimed his quarterback's latest girlfriend "not a fan favorite," Owens explained he was merely having fun with a subject that's been tossed about by others for days. T.O. being T.O., however, the story took on a life of its own. He was driving home Wednesday afternoon when friends told him about the ruckus. He wound up on the phone with Romo, who'd already heard from Simpson. "I guess she was kind of upset about it," Owens said. "(I) just told him I would do whatever I can to rectify the situation. That's about it." Owens said the call "wasn't necessarily an apology."
T.O. To Simpson: Stay Away From Romo
Dallas' fans feel there is a link between Jessica Simpson's appearance at last Sunday's game and the poor performance of QB Tony Romo.
Cowboys' Williams Suspended 1 Game For Tackle On McNabb
Cowboys safety Roy Willaims was suspended for one game Monday by the NFL for his third illegal "horse collar" tackle of the season.
Owens Challenges Keyshawn Johnson
The Dallas Cowboys' Terrell Owens is never at a loss for words.
Romo Leads Dallas To Victory In Final Seconds
Jason Witten caught a 16-yard touchdown pass with 18 seconds left, lifting the Dallas Cowboys to a 28-27 win on Sunday.