NFC East: George Steinbrenner

Is Jerry Jones the new Boss?

July, 30, 2010
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ESPN.com contributing writer Johnette Howard thinks that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is the closest thing we have in professional sports to the late George Steinbrenner. But she's surprised that Jones seems to be downplaying his club's shot at winning another Super Bowl.

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"Who is this guy soft-pedaling the 2010 Cowboys' chances of winning it all and talking instead about the unpredictable 'journey' that all NFL seasons become?" asks Howard. "Nobody should buy this judicious Jerry. He will not last. And it doesn't become him, anyway. Somewhere down the road, Jones will forget his humility and snap back to who he really is. He is still the man who once dismissed a past bit of bravado by telling a magazine interviewer, "That was just the whiskey talkin'," and maintained that vanity is a good thing because "It makes you go the extra mile."

I wouldn't worry about Jones cutting back on the hyperbole. Believe me, he's spent the last three years daydreaming about the Cowboys playing a Super Bowl in his beloved stadium. Jones and Steinbrenner had a unique relationship that actually led to them becoming business partners. But Jones can't approach The Boss when it comes to impulsive decisions.

If Steinbrenner had been the owner of the Cowboys, I think Wade Phillips would've been fired following the '08 season. In retrospect, that would've been the wrong move. But at the time, it seemed like the right thing to do. Jones still regrets giving up on Chan Gailey so fast, and that's one of the reasons Phillips is still in Dallas.

Steinbrenner and Jones shared a passion for winning, but it always seemed to me that Jones had a little more fun along the way. But if you're making the argument that Jones is now the most recognizable owner in professional sports, you may have a point.

Can you name another owner who might be considered for a guest spot on HBO's "Entourage"? Ralph Wilson, anyone?

Beastlines: Kolb vouches for Vick

July, 15, 2010
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Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys signed a pair of draft picks yesterday: Seventh-round pick Sean Lissemore and sixth-round pick Sam Young.

Continuing his "Proving Ground" series, ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon looks at safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah.

In an Insider piece for ESPN.com, Football Outsiders' Bill Barnwell names two Cowboys players among the top 10 NFL draft prospects: Running back Tashard Choice (No. 4) and cornerback Orlando Scandrick (No. 6).

The Dallas Morning News' Gerry Fraley takes note of the Cowboys' "trouble-free offseason."

In a chat on the DMN website, writer Rick Gosselin declares that Roy Williams will have his "best season as a Cowboy."

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Cowboys running back Felix Jones feels his likeness was misused to promote a youth football camp.

Quarterback Tony Romo has won an award... for his golfing.

New York Giants

Giants safety Antrel Rolle told Sporting News he "loves playing under the bright lights."

Giants third-year receiver Mario Manningham is looking for more out of 2010.

A former New York Giants scout joins the National Football Post and writes about the supplemental draft.

Clark Judge of CBSSports.com looks at training camp battles in the NFC East including the Giants competition at left guard.

Philadelphia Eagles

Embattled Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has a friend in starter Kevin Kolb. Kolb told the Philadelphia Inquirer: "I just told him that it was unfortunate what he had to go through. I just said, 'If there's anything I can do, whatever it is, I don't care, just holler.' And, of course, he said, 'I appreciate it.'"

Salt Lake City Tribune blogger Jay Drew thinks the Eagles will win the Harvey Unga sweepstakes.

Former Eagles running back Brian Westbrook says, "This season is going to be different."

In its continuing series of "Camp Classics," Philly.com reflects on "When George Hegamin went AWOL."

Washington Redskins

The Redskins are unlikely to make a pick in today's supplemental draft.

Safety LaRon Landry had toe surgery last month, but should be able to join the team for training camp.

Football Outsiders' Bill Barnwell ranks the Redskins dead last in young talent in the NFL. "Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan have inherited a wasteland from Vinny Cerrato, who used his draft picks to acquire 'has-beens' and 'never-weres.' As a result, the Redskins only have four 'young' starters, and two of them (wideout Devin Thomas and safety LaRon Landry) have been professional flops," he writes in the Insider piece. However, Barnwell ranks Redskins cornerback Justin Tyron the fifth best NFL prospect.

The Redskins have launched a new ad campaign with the slogan, "No more looking back."

Yahoo! Sports ranks the Redskins 26th ... for fantasy purposes.

Video: Jones on Steinbrenner's impact

July, 13, 2010
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Jerry Jones talks about how George Steinbrenner paved the road for him as the owner of the Dallas Cowboys.

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