January 2013 - Dallas Cowboys Wiretap

Cowboys Earn America's Team Moniker Based On Facebook 'Likes'

Jan 31, 2013 5:39 PM

Data from Facebook 'Likes' confirm that the Dallas Cowboys are the most popular NFL team in the United States.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders round out the top-10.

The San Francisco 49ers rank 11th behind the Raiders, but have 50 percent fan loyalty in the Bay Area compared to 28 percent for the Raiders.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams and Buffalo Bills are in the bottom-three.

Ben Blatt/Harvard College Sports Analysis Collective

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Cowboys Gathering Coaches With Ties To Gruden

Jan 27, 2013 5:26 PM

There has been speculation of Jon Gruden going to the Dallas Cowboys in 2014 in light of the assistant coaches that have been hired with ties to the former head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders.

The Cowboys have hired defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, offensive line coach Bill Callahan and special teams coach Rich Bisaccia.

"Ridiculous," said a source from the Cowboys.

Evan Hilbert/CBS Sports

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Cowboys Hire Monte Kiffin

Jan 11, 2013 5:21 PM

The Dallas Cowboys have hired Monte Kiffin as defensive coordinator.

Kiffin was most recently with USC.

Kiffin had a 13-year run with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kiffin will have to re-tool a defense that has been in a 3-4 scheme since 2005.

Todd Archer/ESPN

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Cowboys Target Monte Kiffin For Defensive Coordinator

Jan 10, 2013 2:44 PM

Monte Kiffin has been identified as the Dallas Cowboys' preferred choice to become defensive coordinator.

Kiffin has emerged as the leading candidate from a list that also includes Ray Horton, a former Cowboys player and current Cardinals defensive coordinator.

Kiffin resigned as defensive coordinator at USC, where his son Lane is the head coach, and expressed his desire to return to the NFL.

Kiffin would transition the Cowboys from the 3-4 to 4-3, which would involve moving DeMarcus Ware to defensive end.

Ed Werder/ESPN

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Rob Ryan Fired By Cowboys

Jan 8, 2013 8:15 PM

Rob Ryan has been fired by the Dallas Cowboys as defensive coordinator.

"I'll be out of work for like five minutes," said Ryan to ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

Ryan has been defensive coordinator of the Cowboys since the 2011 season.

Brian Costello/New York Post

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Pro Football Focus Announces All-Pro Teams

Jan 3, 2013 10:44 AM

Pro Football Focus has announced their All-Pro Team for the 2012 NFL season.

Selections from Playoff Teams

Five selections: 49ers

Four selections: Vikings, Patriots

Three selections: Broncos, Packers, Texans, Ravens, Bengals

Two selections: Seahawks

One selection: Colts

No selection: Falcons, Redskins

(Second team selection in parenthesis)


QB: Peyton Manning, DEN (Aaron Rodgers, GB)

RB: Adrian Peterson, MIN (C.J. Spiller, BUF)

FB: Vonta Leach, BAL (Marcel Reece, OAK)

TE: Rob Gronkowski, NE (Jason Witten, DAL)

WR: Calvin Johnson, DET (Brandon Marshall, CHI)

WR: Andre Johnson, HOU (Vincent Jackson, TB)

WR: Reggie Wayne, IND (A.J. Green, CIN)

LT: Duane Brown, HOU (Joe Staley, SF)

LG: Evan Mathis, PHI (Mike Iupati, SF)

C: John Sullivan, MIN (Max Unger, SEA)

RG: Marshal Yanda, BAL (Alex Boone, SF)

RT: Andre Smith, CIN (Sebastian Vollmer, NE)


Edge Defender: Cameron Wake, MIA (Clay Matthews, GB)

Edge Defender: Von Miller, DEN (Aldon Smith, SF)

Defensive Interior: J.J. Watt, HOU (Muhammad Wilkerson, NYJ)

Defensive Interior: Geno Atkins, CIN (Gerald McCoy, TB)

OLB: Jerod Mayo, NE (Kevin Burnett, MIA)

MLB: Patrick Willis, SF (Bobby Wagner, SEA)

OLB: Derrick Johnson, KC (Daryl Washington, AZ)

CB: Richard Sherman, SEA (Antonio Cromartie, NYJ)

CB: Charles Tillman, CHI (Champ Bailey, DEN)

Slot CB: Casey Hayward, GB (Antoine Winfield, MIN)

FS: Jarius Byrd, BUF (Devin McCourty, NE)

SS: Eric Weddle, SD (Reshad Jones, MIA)

Special Teams

K: Blair Walsh, MIN (Phil Dawson, CLE)

P: Thomas Morstead, NO (Dustin Colquitt, KC)

Returner: Jacoby Jones, BAL (Leodis McKelvin, BUF)

Special Teamer: Ashlee Palmer, DET (Johnson Bademosi, CLE)

Pro Football Focus

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Jerry Jones Promises 'Uncomfortable' Offseason For Cowboys

Jan 2, 2013 4:43 PM

The Dallas Cowboys missed the playoffs again this season, finishing with an 8-8 record.

"I'm very disappointed. I thought we missed a great opportunity (to win Sunday)," Jerry Jones said. "... I can assure fans that it's going to be very uncomfortable for the next couple of weeks and months at Valley Ranch."

Added Jones: "Change is necessary at 8-8. A change will happen."

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

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