July 2013 - Dallas Cowboys Wiretap

Cowboys Seek Improved Red Zone Conversions With Run Game

Jul 30, 2013 6:35 PM

The Dallas Cowboys scored a touchdown when entering the red zone on just 25 of their 49 possessions last season.

The New England Patriots, for example, had an NFL-best conversion rate of 70 percent.

One of the issues in the red zone was the Cowboys' inability to run the football.

"We have to run the ball better. That's what we have to do," Jason Garrett said. "We simply have to run it better and we'll run it more. You get favorable coverage mismatches, when you run it well. When we evaluated our team last year, the biggest issue in the red zone was minus plays and penalties. We were digging out of a hole way too much. 

"When you're on your heels because you can't run it, or you have minus plays as the result of penalties, you're playing into their hands because there's not a lot of space to throw it down there."

Jean-Jacques Taylor/ESPN

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DeMarcus Ware Feeling Great About Move To Defensive End

Jul 24, 2013 2:39 PM

DeMarcus Ware is feeling more comfortable with his move to defensive end as the Dallas Cowboys shift from a 3-4 base defense to 4-3.

“I think I’ve shown them 50 percent,” Ware said. “I’m trying to finish off and get done with this training camp and let them know what I can do.”

Ware is a seven-time Pro Bowler at outside linebacker.

“You’re able to make a lot more plays because you’re playing defensive end,” Ware said. “Sometimes you can get a little more one-on-ones with the tackles. You’re able to rush the passer, we’ll say 94 percent of the time, and I’m loving it.”

Jon Machota/Dallas Morning News

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Seahawks, 49ers, Bengals Have Most Talented Players 25-And-Under

Jul 23, 2013 2:38 PM

The Seattle Seahawks have the most talent in the NFL of players 25-and-under.

The Houston Texans were ranked first in 2010, while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the distinction in 2011 and the New England Patriots last season.

The Seahawks feature Russell Wilson, Russell Okung, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.

The San Francisco 49ers rank second with Colin Kaepernick and Aldson Smith headlining.

The Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers round out the top-five.

6. St. Louis Rams
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Carolina Panthers
9. New England Patriots
10. Indianapolis Colts
11. New York Jets
12. Cleveland Browns
13. Denver Broncos
14. Tennessee Titans
15. New York Giants
16. Houston Texans
17. Dallas Cowboys
18. Minnesota Vikings
19. Miami Dolphins
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
21. Kansas City Chiefs
22. Detroit Lions
23. Philadelphia Eagles
24. Atlanta Falcons
25. Arizona Cardinals
26. Baltimore Ravens
27. Buffalo Bills
28. Chicago Bears
29. New Orleans Saints
30. San Diego Chargers
31. Jacksonville Jaguars
32. Oakland Raiders 

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Josh Brent Announces Retirement

Jul 18, 2013 8:32 PM

Josh Brent has decided to retire from the NFL.

Bbrent was indicted on intoxication manslaughter charges last December after the the car he was driving was in an accident and killed teammate Jerry Brown.

"This is the right decision for me, and something that I have given a lot of thought to," Brent said in a statement.

"I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order. Those priorities are more important than football. Doing the right things in life are more important than football. I love the game very much. I love my teammates, but this is the right thing for me to do."

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Romo To Have More Involvement In Cowboys' Game Plan

Jul 18, 2013 1:59 PM

Tony Romo said that he will be more involved in the game plan of the Dallas Cowboys' offense this season.

"I think here going forward, I’ll just be more involved in game-planning," Romo said. "There are certain things I really believe can help us that we’re going to do some of that. It’s a collective group effort, and I think we’re all going to go in there and go to work." 

Bill Callahan will be the Cowboys' playcaller this season.

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Anthony Spencer To Play For $10.6M Franchise Tag

Jul 15, 2013 12:15 PM

Anthony Spencer will play for the Dallas Cowboys in 2013 under the franchise tag of $10.6 million.

Spencer and the Cowboys were undable to get a new deal completed.

Spencer was a Pro Bowl defensive end last season.

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Cowboys Haven't Begun Contract Talks With Sean Lee

Jul 11, 2013 11:45 AM

Sean Lee and the Dallas Cowboys have yet to begin negotiations on a new contract.

Lee has one season and $630,000 remaining on his rookie contract.

Jerry Jones has a reputation for paying to keep homegrown players such as Lee.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

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Scout: Dez Bryant's Background As Bad As Any Player He's Seen

Jul 1, 2013 1:46 PM

Dez Bryant has had a difficult upbringing and several issues coming out of Oklahoma State and his initial seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, but hasn't had any problems of late.

Bryan Broaddus, a former scout, said that Bryant had as bad of a background as any player he has studied.

“The worst I had ever seen of a background is the kid Dez Bryant,” Broaddus said. “When you look at what he went through and then you're talking about these players, and it's hard for them to get away from these people in their lives because these people have been with them when they were nothing, when they were nobodies. All of a sudden you're thinking, ‘OK, I'm going to turn my back on my three buddies here. I have to change, but they ain't changing.' I think if Dez Bryant was playing in St. Louis or Baltimore or Seattle, I think the fact that his family is here with him, I think that was a really hard adjustment for him. Hopefully from what we've seen, he's managing that well. That's the important thing.”

Josh Katzowitz/CBS Sports

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