Dallas Cowboys: Tim Brown

Rich Bisaccia as a possible interim coach

February, 6, 2014
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IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys' biggest topic last week was the addition of Scott Linehan as the passing game coordinator. In a close second was why the Cowboys did not allow Bill Callahan to seek employment elsewhere.

I talked about it. Calvin Watkins talked about it. We both believe the Cowboys were wrong in not letting Callahan leave.

ESPN’s Ed Werder offered up an interesting nugget in between all of his work leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. Via Twitter, Werder said a source saying Callahan could be the interim head coach should Jerry Jones replace Jason Garrett in the middle of the season.

Jones has said he keeps a list in his desk with names of possible head coaching candidates in case things don’t work out. I get that. It makes sense to be prepared for all kinds of situations, the good and the bad.

What I don’t understand is why Callahan would be promoted over the guy he was replaced by as playcaller, Linehan, or the new defensive coordinator, Rod Marinelli. Maybe Jones would view them as "Garrett guys." But they have NFL head coaching experience. It wasn’t great, I realize, especially with Marinelli overseeing the only 0-16 team in NFL history with the Detroit Lions in 2008. Linehan was fired early in the 2008 season by the St. Louis Rams.

Callahan directed the Oakland Raiders to Super Bowl XXXVII but don’t bring up the discussion with Tim Brown.

If the Cowboys need to make a coaching change during the 2014 season, then the season will have gone awry. Who cares who would be the interim coach? Jones would likely get rid of everybody for 2015 anyway.

But since I’ve trotted down this path, I would bring up another coach on the staff as a possible interim choice: special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia.

He interviewed for the head coaching vacancies with the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns in the offseason. I like the idea of special teams coaches running a program because unlike an offensive or defensive coordinator, they have a command of the entire roster. The special teams coach has the ears of offensive and defensive players.

When Garrett took over for Wade Phillips in 2010, there were some defensive players who really didn’t know him other than what they saw on a practice field. It’s just how the NFL is with the separation between units. It was not a slap at Garrett.

From all reports Bisaccia did well in his interviews with the Redskins and Browns.

From what we saw on the field last year, it can be argued that he was the Cowboys’ best coach in 2013. Why wouldn’t they give him a shot at the interim job in 2014 if all went haywire?

Five Wonders: Can Dallas go deep in '14?

February, 4, 2014
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IRVING, Texas -- Not necessarily by popular demand, but Five Wonders is back and we'll look at a number of issues the Dallas Cowboys face in the offseason.

On to the Wonders:
  • I wonder how different the Cowboys' offense will look in 2014 with the addition of Scott Linehan. He will call the plays, but they will be Jason Garrett's plays in the pass game and Bill Callahan's plays in the run game. If there is a change, I wonder if it will be in the deep passing game. He was unafraid to take shots down the field. That's easy to do when you have a receiver like Calvin Johnson and a quarterback with an arm like Matthew Stafford. The Cowboys did not force the issue down the field with the 51-48 loss to the Denver Broncos as the only real exception. Tony Romo averaged a career low 7.2 yards per attempt in 2013. As an offensive line coach, was Callahan protecting his guys from having to hold the fort a little longer by not calling the deep ball as much? Was Romo protecting himself in some ways because he has taken a beating in recent years with an offensive line that had too many holes? Maybe it's partly both. Linehan will have to boost the confidence in the deep passing game to make a real difference.
  • I wonder if the Cowboys look at extending Doug Free's contract. He is set to make $3.5 million in 2014 and the final two years of his deal voids after the season. Free, who had a bounce back season in 2013, will count $6.520 million against the cap and if the Cowboys choose to extend Free, they would gain cap space as well as have one of their tackles in place for 2015 and beyond. The Cowboys will have to make it worth Free's while after they cut his pay in half the last two seasons. He will be under no obligation to get do something “team friendly,” but he is not in a hurry to leave. He just turned 30 last month and is entering his eighth season. His backup, Jermey Parnell, is about to enter the final year of his deal. He was supposed to press Free in training camp last summer, but he never did in part because Free never really allowed it.
  • As you look at what the Cowboys might do in the May draft, I wonder if just how much you should keep an eye on wide receiver. I would almost guarantee Miles Austin will not be back with a $5.5 million base salary in 2014. With Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams the Cowboys would have to feel good about their top two receivers. I wonder if they would look at a receiver in the third round, like they did last year in taking Williams. Or I wonder if they will look for a veteran that is not looking to break the bank. Somebody like New Orleans' Robert Meachem comes to mind. If the Cowboys lost Bryant or Williams to injury, then they would need to have receiver ready to be a No. 2 receiver, like how Laurent Robinson filled in a few years ago.
  • Last year was the year of the hamstring injury for the Cowboys. Austin, Justin Durant, Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Morris Claiborne, Gavin Escobar, Dwayne Harris, Danny McCray, Ernie Sims, J.J. Wilcox and Williams were among those troubled by varying hamstring injuries last year. Jason Garrett said the Cowboys continually looked at the reasons why. They studied how much they stretched, what they ate, what they drank. The Cowboys had players wearing GPS-like monitors in practice to gain different measurements. I wonder if the Cowboys practiced too long as the year went on. Garrett liked to say you don't want to leave it all on the practice field during the week, but could they have been in a position where they practiced so much in the week they were gassed for the game?
  • Sometimes patience is required when it comes to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I wonder if that will serve Charles Haley well. Haley was once again left off the final ballots of the voters, but that doesn't mean he will not get in. Not to go all Garrett on you, but it is a process. In the last two years we've seen the receiver logjam break with Cris Carter and Andre Reed getting selected. That could be good news for Tim Brown in 2015. Haley has seen defensive linemen Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan get selected the last two years. Maybe next year is his turn and if it is, then nobody will remember all the years it took him to make it to Canton, Ohio, and his gold jacket will be the same as every other Hall of Famer. The voters have a difficult job. I'm not of the belief Haley's conduct toward the media has played a role in his lack of support so far. Sapp was hardly the friendliest player and he got in. It will happen for Haley, one day.

Logjam at wide receiver hurts Tim Brown

February, 1, 2014
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This logjam at wide receiver might be hurting Tim Brown.

The Dallas native, who played for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but missed out on election Saturday.

Instead, wide receiver Andre Reed, who played in four Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills, got in along with six others. Reed was part of a logjam at wide receiver that involved Michael Irvin, Cris Carter and Brown.

Carter and Irvin are in the Hall, and you can add Reed to that.

But as the years progress, other receivers such as Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt will be added to the mix. Of course Marvin Harrison missing enshrinement this year brings another name to evaluate at the position.

Brown wasn't the greatest receiver who played (Jerry Rice), or one of its biggest winners (Irvin), or a man who noted for scoring plenty of touchdowns (Carter), but he was a dominant force.

Brown is just one of eight players with at least 100 touchdowns in league history. He's also just one of eight men with more than 1,000 catches. Carter and Rice are the only two in the Hall on that list.

When it comes to yards, Brown has 14,934, sixth all-time. that's more than Harrison (14,580), Carter (13,899), Irvin (11,904), and Reed (13,198). However in the next few years when the Hall of Fame voters look at the numbers of Moss (third in yards), Owens (third in touchdowns) and Bruce (fourth in yards), will Brown get lost?

Reed getting into the Hall was well deserved for a man who played on four teams that reached the Super Bowl, and dealt with the frigid conditions of Buffalo late in the season.

Brown didn't deal with poor weather. He just had these great quarterbacks throwing to him: Jay Schroeder, Steve Beuerlein, Todd Marinovich, Jeff Hostetler, Vince Evans, Billy Joe Hobert, Jeff George, David Klingler and Donald Hollas.

Those men were before Brown turned 33, and the Raiders were able to finally stabilize the quarterback position with Rich Gannon.

In 1999, Browns' first season with Gannon as the quarterback, he caught 90 passes for 1,344 yards and six touchdowns.

Brown had nine consecutive seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards, that's right, catching passes from guys like Hobert, George and Hostetler.

The career of Brown is wonderful, yet it's twisted around some other receivers whose numbers are comparable to his. Skill set can be debatable, but Brown missed out on the Hall, and given the type of receivers coming up in a couple of years, the logjam will continue to hurt him.

Tim Brown: Dez Bryant 'scares me'

March, 24, 2013
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Tim Brown, the former Oakland Raiders wide receiver and Dallas native, was a guest on Fitzsimmons & Durrett on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM on Thursday. Among the topics discussed: Cowboys receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.

Here's a bit of what he had to say.

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On Dez Bryant and how he plays the position:

“This guy scares me so much. I’m just talking about the way he plays the position. It's like a kamikaze. He is so physical and so out of control at times. The problem with that is that when you’re dealing with a guy who is 6-3, 6-4 who has a pretty large frame, it’s almost impossible to protect this guy if he is not going to protect himself.”

On Bryant's aggressiveness and his ability to stay healthy:

"You have to figure out, 'How can I play this game for 16 weeks or 20 weeks or whatever, and be healthy week in and week out.' Is it possible? Absolutely it's possible. But I have to smart about when I fight for yards. When it's one guy fight. When it's two guys, maybe not. When it's three guys, man get your butt down. ...

"They have to talk to him about preserving himself for the full season, man, because they need this kid on the field all the time. But he takes himself out of the game by doing some of the things he does. He's trying to do good. That's the bad thing. I mean, that's the hard thing about this: It's not like he's doing dumb plays. He's trying to make something happen, but sometimes you just have to be a little smarter about how you go about that because you can certainly put yourself in a position that you end up hurting the team instead of helping."

On Miles Austin and his inability to stay healthy for a full season:

"I said this to Miles: 'Whatever you're doing, obviously you have to look at something differently.' I don't know if it's products that he's putting in his body. I'm not saying it's anything illegal. You can put too much caffeine in your body and it can jack you up, but whether it's that or if it's the fact that his training is not (right), because one of the things we used to do that was really beneficial was we always trained in our football shoes. I know nowadays they do a lot of track running. They do a lot of indoor type stuff, and you can't put those football shoes on. But when you're cutting and running in football shoes, it's totally different than running in track shoes."

Bill Callahan released a statement strongly refuting former Oakland receiver Tim Brown's suggestion that Callahan "sabotaged" the Raiders' chances of winning Super Bowl XXXVII.

Brown made the claim during a Saturday appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio based on Callahan's decision to drastically change the Raiders' game plan 36 hours before their 48-21 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, speculating that Callahan wanted to spite the Raiders franchise. ESPN analyst Jerry Rice backed Brown's claims, which Callahan called "ludicrous and defamatory."

“There are many people who are disappointed by the outcome of Super Bowl XXVII, but none more than me," Callahan, the former Raiders head coach and current Cowboys offensive coordinator, said in a statement. "While I fully understand a competitive professional football player’s disappointment when a game’s outcome doesn’t go his team’s way, I am shocked, saddened and outraged by Tim Brown’s allegations and Jerry Rice’s support of those allegations made through various media outlets over the last twenty four hours.

"To leave no doubt, I categorically and unequivocally deny the sum and substance of their allegations. Like every game I ever coached on the professional or collegiate level, I endeavor to the best of my professional ability to position my team to win. To suggest otherwise, especially at this time when it involved the Super Bowl, is ludicrous and defamatory.

"I have always honored the spirit of competition that drives us to sport as children and, for the lucky few, sustains us in adulthood. Any suggestion that I would undermine the integrity of the sport that I love and dedicate my life to, or dishonor the commitment I made to our players, coaches and fans, is flat out wrong. I think it would be in the best interests of all including the game America loves that these allegations be retracted immediately.

"I want to extend my personal and my family’s deep appreciation to the coaches, players and fans who have come forward and thoughtfully spoken out against these ill-conceived allegations.”

Larry Allen among Hall of Fame finalists

January, 11, 2013
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Former Dallas Cowboys guard Larry Allen is among the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which was announced on Friday morning.

Joining Allen were three other first-year eligible nominees in Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan.

The selection committee will make its final choices for the Hall of Fame on Feb. 2 in New Orleans.

Allen isn't alone among former Cowboys' players eligible for the Hall of Fame. Pass-rusher Charles Haley, in his ninth year of eligibility, has also been named a finalist. Former Cowboys coach Bill Parcells is a finalists as well.

The other finalists are: Jerome Bettis, Dallas native Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Edward DeBartolo Jr., Kevin Greene, Art Modell, Andre Reed, Will Shields and Aeneas Williams.

Along with the 15 modern-era finalists are two senior nominees in former Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Oilers defensive tackle Curley Culp and former Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins linebacker Dave Robinson.

Tony Romo still tied for fourth in Tahoe

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Tony Romo will enter Sunday’s final round of the American Century Championship from Lake Tahoe six points behind former Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien and tied for fourth.

Romo had 17 points in Saturday’s second round to give him 37 at Edgewood Golf Club. Dan Quinn is in second with 40 points and Mark Mulder is third with 38.

Romo struggled with his putter for the second straight day, shooting a 76 with five bogeys in a six-hole stretch on the front nine. He had two back-nine birdies to keep him in contention.

Other golfers with Dallas ties include ex-Dallas Stars Brett Hull (29 points) and Mike Modano (24), who are in 15th and 23rd respectively, Tim Brown (10), Emmitt Smith (minus-9), Miles Austin (minus-12) and Jason Witten (minus-24).

Tony Romo tied for 4th in Tahoe

July, 20, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- Considered the favorite entering the tournament, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is tied for fourth after the first round of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Edgewood Golf Club at Lake Tahoe.

Romo’s 20 points trail former Major League pitcher Mark Mulder and actor Jack Wagner, who have 22 points. Minnesota kicker Ryan Longwell is third with 21 points.

Romo finished his round with a putt for birdie on No. 18.

"Some putts you just have to make, you have to will in the hole," he said. "Even when you're not putting great that day, I had to have that one. And it was important."

Romo, who shot a 73, is tied with former Dallas Star Brett Hull and ex-NHLer Dan Quinn entering Saturday’s second round. Romo finished second last year.

"I hit the ball fine," Romo said. "I mean, I missed two shots really that cost me a couple of bogeys, but otherwise, it was just some chips and some putts. And, you know, if I make that up, there's about 10 extra points."

Other players with Dallas ties include Mike Modano (nine points), Tim Brown (five points), Miles Austin (minus-6), Emmitt Smith (minus-8) and Jason Witten (minus-16).

Hall of Fame quest continues for Tim Brown

February, 3, 2012
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Whatever happens on Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis, wide receiver Tim Brown has a plane to catch at 8 p.m. CT. Whether he'll head home as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame has yet to be determined.

Brown, a Dallas native, is a finalist again after 17 NFL seasons with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"You try to keep your life as normal as possible," Brown said.

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Steve Grayson/Getty ImagesJerry Rice is the only Hall of Fame receiver with better numbers than Woodrow Wilson product Tim Brown (above).
Brown has the numbers you want to see for a potential Hall of Famer. He's fourth all-time in receiving yards (14,934), fifth in receptions (1,094), fifth in all-purpose yards (19,679) and fifth in punt return yards (3,320). Brown is also tied for sixth in touchdown receptions with 100.

Brown was a nine-time Pro Bowler and played for the Raiders, one of the NFL's premier franchises.

It might not be enough.

Cris Carter and Andre Reed, two excellent receivers who also have fantastic numbers, are also finalists. The trio almost cancel each other out.

"Do we deserve to be in the Hall of Fame? If it's yes, then these men and women [the voters] have to get together and put them in," Brown said. "It has to get done. Just to say, 'You guys cancel each other out' is an easy way out of the deal."

Brown isn't being emotional when he talks about his quest for the Hall. The process frustrates him, and he doesn't like what it's done to family members, who get excited about him being a finalist and then get upset when he doesn't get elected.

In 2010, Brown was driving to a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., convention center thinking he was going to get elected and had to turn around when his name wasn't called.

"That was the worst drive of my life," Brown said.

Last year, Brown was home in Dallas watching the televised selection show alone.

"I thought I was going to get in," he said. "I didn't even make Top 10. It was deflating."

Brown said his 70-year-old mother drooped her shoulders when he didn't get in.

"It's not supposed to be this way," he said. "When you tell the loved ones [you don't get in] and they put their heads down."

He will be in Indy on Saturday, but with a different mindset.

He's headed to Maui for a charity event with the Children's Miracle Network, regardless if his name is called or not.

"You almost have to minimize the efforts of the Hall of Fame," Brown said. "Your emotions are going to get carried away."
Former defensive end Charles Haley and coach Bill Parcells are the men with Cowboys ties who made survived the cut to 17 Hall of Fame finalists, including two senior nominees.

This is the third consecutive year that Haley, the only player in NFL history to earn five Super Bowl rings, made the list of finalists. Haley, who is in his eighth year of Hall of Fame eligibility, did not make the cut to 10 candidates last year. The discussion on Haley during the seven-hour, 25-minute selection meeting lasted only six minutes.

One reason Jerry Jones put Haley, who played for the 49ers the majority of his career, in the Ring of Honor despite only a five-year tenure with the Cowboys is because Jones wanted to send a strong message to the Hall of Fame selection committee.

Parcells, who coached the Cowboys from 2003-06, is technically in his first year of Hall of Fame eligibility. However, he was a finalist in 2001 and 2002, which was before the Hall of Fame bylaws required a coach to be retired for five years to be considered. Parcells oversaw the turnaround of four NFL franchises has an overall record of 183-138-1, winning two Super Bowls with the New York Giants.

Former Raiders receiver Tim Brown, who graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, is also a finalist again.

HOF finalist Tim Brown left impression

February, 1, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- In 1998, Charles Woodson was the fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft by Oakland and Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown was coming off his best season when he caught 104 passes for 1,408 yards and five touchdowns.

Woodson’s introduction to Brown, the Dallas native who is a Hall of Fame finalist this year, at training camp did not go so well.

“Tim might’ve ran a triple move on me or something like that,” Woodson said “Actually I was pretty embarrassed. We were running one on ones and there’s no pass rush and he kind of left me in the dust a little bit. I had some great battles with Tim. He’s a guy that they always used him in motion and he did a great job of understanding leverages and getting open coming out of his routes, so I learned a lot, playing and going against him every day. That’s what prepared me to play in the games, going against a guy who hopefully is a Hall of Famer.”

Brown will learn on Saturday whether he will get selected and we will have more on his candidacy n Wednesday.

What did he remember about Woodson?

“I was happy when training camp was over, I can tell you that, so we didn’t have to go up against each other anymore,” Brown said.

Charles Haley and Tim Brown miss the cut

February, 6, 2010
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced just cut down the 17 finalist to 10 and Charles Haley and Tim Brown did not make the cut.

"Charles is a dominant football player," hall of fame quarterback Steve Young said on NFL Network.

Young said Haley was a difference maker.

Here are the final 10: Dermontti Dawson, Richard Dent, Russ Grimm, Rickey Jackson, Cortez Kennedy, John Randle, Andre Reed, Jerry Rice, Shannon Sharpe and Emmitt Smith.

Waiting for the Hall of Fame announcement

February, 6, 2010
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Here on the third floor of the media center, reporters await the Pro Football Hall of Fame announcement for the Class of 2010.

From the Dallas prespective, Emmitt Smith, Charles Haley and Tim Brown have the ties.

Smith is a lock thanks to becoming the all-time leading rusher in league history and numerous rushing titles and a MVP award.

Haley, despite five Super Bowl titles, something nobody has done, might not get in. Richard Dent could get more votes than Haley and it's not a guarantee he gets in. Haley was a dominant pass rusher, however his conduct in the locker room with reporters and teammates bothers some voters.

Not sure about Brown, of Woodrow Wilson High School. Brown, a talented wide receiver, still lives in Dallas, but his numbers might not be enough.

Up to five modern day players and coaches can get into the hall and up to senior candidates can also get in. Bob Hayes got in last year as a senior candidate.

Smith and Haley are Hall of Fame finalists

January, 8, 2010
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It shouldn't come as a surprise but former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith along with wide receivers Tim Brown and Jerry Rice are among the 17 finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame it was announced today.

Smith, Brown and Rice are first-year eligible players. The selection committee will meet in South Florida on Feb. 6 to announce the 2010 class for the Hall of Fame.

Among the 15 modern-era finalists is former Cowboys rush end Charles Haley. Some voters we've talked too don't believe in Haley's chances because of how he treated his teammates and media members.

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