Welcome to this week's Cowboys chat on ESPNDallas.com. Lots of questions already, so let's get right to it.
How come I haven't heard anybody talk about us selecting Maurkice Pouncy with the 27th pick? I have heard such great things about him and I heard he can play guard. He seems like a great pick because Kosier is going into the last year of his contract and Gurode is in his 30's. What do you think?
It's like you're reading my mind. We'll focus on Pouncey in tomorrow's edition of the draft series on our Cowboys blog. Talked to the Florida offensive coordinator/line coach today, and he said there's no question in his mind that Pouncey could start immediately at guard or center. He'd be a smart, safe pick for the Cowboys at No. 27, although tackle and safety are bigger needs than guard/center.
There has been a lot of talk about moving Felix Jones into the starting spot. Why, if it's so obvious to most fans and most journalists to make the change, does Jerry Jones or the Cowboys not confirm it. It seems to me that it would be better for everyone, especially Jones and Barber, to know there roles now and prepare for the season that way. It is so obvious what to do and how this team can get better. Just say it and move on. Who cares how much Barber is getting paid, same with Roy Williams just give Austin the starting spot even though Roy is getting paid more. It's about who plays better or at least should be.
Why declare it now? You might get the best out of both of them by making it a competitive deal. But I agree that Felix Jones is obviously the best back on the roster.
What do you make of Jerry's remarks about Bill Parcells and Tim Tebow? I am still thanking Bill for turning this soft, non-winning team around for the better. He implemented the 3-4 which is working great, gave our franchise quarterback a shot, and brought toughness and discipline.
Frankly, I didn't take the Tebow comments as a great insult. Jerry is on the record saying the Cowboys don't plan on drafting any quarterback. As far as the Parcells [expletive] ... wow. As I wrote on the blog, I think it's further evidence that Jerry's ego is out of control. He worries way too much about who gets credit for the Cowboys' success. Parcells played a huge role in righting the ship, whether Jerry wants to admit it or not.
what safety is next on the cowboys borard after Thomas and Berry... and is the safety or WR more important in the draft.
My hunch is that it's South Florida's Nate Allen. USC's Taylor Mays is visiting Valley Ranch this week, but I think he's too similar to Roy Williams (the safety) to be a good fit in Wade Phillips' scheme. LSU's Chad Jones and Georgia Tech's Morgan Burnett are second-day possibilities.
This video of "JJ", do you really think that is Jerry Jones?
Absolutely. The Cowboys wouldn't have declined comment if that was a fake. They would have made that very clear.
Why don't the Cowboys trade Roy Williams?
Because of the obscure NFL rule that both teams have to agree to a trade, and the fact that no other team would take that contract.
Shouldn't the Cowboys just take the best player on their board with the 27th pick? If Pouncey is available wouldn't that fill a need for a G/C for next year or year after? Kosier has been solid but an injury to him or the the center and the Boys have no depth.
Best available player is the Cowboys' plan, unless it's a quarterback. And, yes, guard/center is a significant need, just not as glaring as tackle or safety. Kosier is also in the last season of his contract, so they need to find a replacement for him.
Assuming the video going around is Jerry, what kind of repercussions could he be facing from the league?
are there any talks about dallas getting the tackle from baltimore
ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins reported this week that the Cowboys had internal discussions about trading for Jared Gaither but never pursued it. They believe in Doug Free and don't want to pay big money to replace Flozell Adams.
Will the Cowboys aquire a speedster like say a Ted Ginn?
Maybe if Ginn gets cut by the Dolphins. He's been a bust at WR, but he'd definitely give the Cowboys an upgrade in the return game.
Miles Austin is the teams number one wide receiver. Jerry has already said that he wants him her long term. Miles has said he wants to be here long term. Why was there not a contract in place already?
It's safe to assume that the sides are millions of dollars apart in preliminary negotiations. The Cowboys probably want to see more than three-fourths of a season from Austin as a No. 1 receiver to give him elite WR money ($9 million per year). Austin probably believes -- and should believe -- that he's worth that price. At this point, I'd bet on something getting done in the middle of the season if Austin keeps producing, much like they did with Tony Romo a few years ago.
Do you see Flozell coming back to dallas at a lower price, or Ellis coming back while knowing that he is a third down guy? Because both would fill needs. The only reason Flo was cut is his contract and Ellis was cut because he still thought he wwas a starter.
Nope. Flo's days in Dallas are done.
Why were the Cowboys not more interesting in acquiring Brandon Marshall in an uncapped year? If they would only have had to give up a second round draft pick for this year and next year it seems that would have been within their reach. Maybe they are still feeling the effects of the Roy Williams hangover?
Brandon Marshall is getting a contract comparable to the one the Cowboys gave Roy Williams. How would that go over with Miles Austin? Plus, you've got to consider off the off-field baggage Marshall brings. Hard to blame the Cowboys for passing on him.
If Dez Bryant is still available when the Cowboys pick at 27, what do you think the chances are that Jones will snag him?
A quick poll on the locker room at the ESPN 103.3 studios resulted in a unanimous, "Hell, yeah."
What is the best possible draft scenario for the Cowboys at the 27th pick?
I think Texas safety Earl Thomas is the best fit for a big need, but the odds of him being available at No. 27 are pretty slim.
I'm a bit confused about the "uncapped" season. Can't Jerry Jones or another owner just buy a super bowl like the Yankees attempt to do every year? Yet, Miles Austin missed much needed camp time with Romo because of money that still isn't resolved.
No. First of all, a long list of guys who would have been unrestricted are now restricted free agents, including Miles Austin and Gerald Sensabaugh. And the Final Eight Rules keep a team that went two rounds deep in the playoffs from spending wildly.
Is it possible the cowboys could draft a linebacker or a defensive lineman with their first pick?
Any position except for quarterback is a possibility. Cal's Tyson Alualu and Penn State's Jared Odrick are a couple of 3-4 defensive ends who visited Valley Ranch. Check out the draft series on the blog for more on those guys.
Hey Tim, I'm wondering when will the Cowboys start to sign some free agents? or are they just going to fill those positions with rookies from the draft?
It certainly looks like it won't happen until after the draft. I could see some high-priced veterans getting cut then and the Cowboys going bargain shopping.
How do you think the cowboy players react to Jerry Jones thoughts on Bill Parcells and Tim Tebow?
Some will laugh. Others will yawn. It won't impact anything in that locker room.
When will Jerry learn that he is not a football coach and doesn't know jack about drafting? He hasn't had a decent Draft since Jimmy left. Jerry, I remember my first beer.
How about 2008? Felix Jones, Mike Jenkins, Tashard Choice and Orlando Scandrick have all lived up to expectations and Martellus Bennett has a bunch of potential.
What is the latest with David Buehler kicking field goals? Has he been good, bad or indifferent?
The Cowboys haven't had any OTAs or other workouts open to the media, so we haven't seen him. But there's no question the Cowboys are counting on Buehler to improve enough to win that job. Conor Hughes is here as insurance.
Tim, why are you a tool?
So guys like you will continue reading.
Tim,Any word on Robert Brewster? Are the Cowboys expecting him to contribute this year?
He still hasn't put on a pair of shoulder pads as a pro, so the Cowboys don't know what they have in him. He's healthy and basically a rookie. He'll start out at right tackle but could end up moving inside to guard.
Hey Tim! SO, are we really expecting to turn over Left Tackle to Doug Free?I am ok with releasing Flo, but thought there would be a plan in place, but other than speculation, there has been no news of what direction we are going!
They are OK with Free. He really showed them something during his stint filling in for Marc Colombo at right tackle, and he's more suited to play the left side. I expect them to draft a left tackle pretty early, but I'd be surprised if Free isn't the starter this season.
I know the Boys like Nate Allen and he is project in the top of the 2nd round but they wouldn't take him in the first round, right?
I wouldn't rule that out. Maybe they trade down to early in the second round and try to get him there, but it's not like he'd be a ridiculous reach at No. 27.
It seems that every draft analyst is predicting Jordan Shipley to be a gem to be had in about the third round of the draft. As he continues to receive more and more hype, what do you think his chances are to move into the second round? Also, how late of a pick do you think he would have to be for the Cowboys to take him?
I'm not a draft guru, but the experts I've read project Shipley to be a late second or third-rounder. If he's there in the third, I think the Cowboys would jump at him.
Tim,Several teams have taken Dez Bryant off their draft boards. Can you think of any players in recent history that the Cowboys took off of their draft boards.
I can name three receivers right off the top of my head: Percy Harvin, DeSean Jackson and Randy Moss. All three ended up being pretty good, huh?
Seeing Jerry like that makes me yearn for the days he hands the team over to his son. Will that every happen in his lifetime?
Jerry will be the frontman as long as he's alive and kicking, but Stephen Jones already has a lot of power behind the scenes.
Since we haven't heard much from Marty B. the last few weeks does that suggest he might finally be taking the hints he has been getting from everyone about his work ethic and or attitude?
Martellus Bennett has been a regular at voluntary workouts since the day he was drafted. The questions with him are about focus, not work ethic.
With a team this talented that is really close to being championship level, doesn't it make sense to go with quality over quantity in this draft? Why don't we try to package picks and move up in the 1st to grab one of the tackles or Earl Thomas. There is a lot of talent at our positions of need but they could be just gone by the time we pick
If Thomas is there in the late teens, I wouldn't be surprised to see the Cowboys make a move to get him. With the tackles, I think there will be a run in the top 10 and the Cowboys won't want to mortgage their whole draft to move that high. They could have their pick of Maryland's Bruce Campbell and USC's Charles Brown if they stay put.
Has there been any news on Sensabaugh?
He's not working out at Valley Ranch. We'll see if he shows up for OTAs and minicamps, but he's obviously not interested in playing on another one-year deal. He probably won't have a choice.
Some talented/troubled guys (Cromartie, Holmes, Marshall) have been traded for a lot less than many might have thought. Was Dallas not interested because of specifics around each deal or is there a bigger emphasis on character post-PacMan and T.O.?
I think a lot of it with Marshall was money and the dynamic with Miles Austin. Cromartie probably couldn't be a starter here, plus Wade Phillips might have had some input on that after coaching him. And the Cowboys weren't contacted about Holmes, although I'm not sure they would have been interested if they were.
If the draft doesn't fall in a way that the Cowboys get their safety, will Darren Sharper be an option?
Possibly. Sharper has to pass a physical before interest will heat up in him. O.J. Atogwe is another possibility.
Last year's draft did not yield much besides a great kickoff guy. Has the team learned anything from it?
Privately, maybe. Publicly, they still believe that draft will yield a handful of good players. They're counting on Jason Williams, Brandon Williams, Victor Butler and Mike Hamlin to make big jumps this year. B. Williams, Robert Brewster and Stephen Hodge will basically be rookies after missing all of last season with injuries. And John Phillips looks like a find in the sixth round.
Tim, Jerry's Stephen McGee reach is even more confusing when you consider a much better prospect like Colt McCoy might be there in round two this year. How much do you think we'll know about McGee by the end of training camp/preseason?
The Cowboys plan to test McGee enough during camp and preseason to determine whether he's a worthy developmental project. If not, QB will be a priority in the next draft.
Who has Jerry's ear and/or the most sway over him in the war room during the draft?
Scouting director Tom Ciskowski, Wade Phillips, Jason Garrett and Stephen Jones.
Tim, have you heard anything about a potential under the radar guy that is already on the team and may make a solid impact this upcoming season?
Don't be stunned if Stephen Bowen has a breakout season. He was very good as an interior rusher in the nickel and dime last season and might be able to beat out Marcus Spears to start at DE.
How high does a better (i.e. more explosive) punt returner rank on the team's to-do list?
They definitely want to upgrade the return game. And with Felix Jones getting a bigger offensive workload, I doubt that he'll return kickoffs. They'd like to get some return juice in the draft.
Do you think there is a chance..just a chance...that you are overreacting to JJ's drunken comments? Apart from the fact that he is obviously drunk, should we analyze bar conversation as learned analysis? I get it that some of you media personalites have deep issues with JJ. But, writing an article designed to attack his ego over a drunken slip sounds more like another ego in play to me. I'm sorry, but I really wonder sometimes who has the bigger ego, the media or JJ? Currently, I'd say you media-types are leaving him in the dust on that issue. It's like some of you earnestly believe that your audience is more concerned about your negative feelings about JJ than the actual team. I'd speculate that there is a larger disconnect between the average fan and the media than one between JJ and critics. I'm just sayin'...
Sure, there's a chance. But there's also a chance that a guy who got rid of a coach after two straight Super Bowl wins lets his ego get in the way of making good decisions.
If the Cowboys didn't want to pursue Jared Gaither because they believed in Free, why would they invest a 1st round pick in an OT?
Gaither will get Flo-like money. The No. 27 pick won't make nearly that much.
Has there ever been a team play a superbowl in its own stadium or home town?
Nope. The closest has been when the 49ers played a Super Bowl in Palo Alto, Calif.
Whats up with Sam Hurd?
He'll be back on a one-year tender and continue to be arguably the team's best special teams player. Barring injuries, he'll have a tough time getting any more playing time at WR.
why draft a LT if they believe in free and say free succeds what will we do with the first round LT?
Gotta have depth, especially with Colombo getting up there in the years.
Of the NFC East QBs who gets the most wins in 2010? 1.Kolb, 2.McNabb, 3.Romo, 4.Manning. Agree?
Romo, Kolb, Manning, McNabb.
That's all for today. We'll do it again next week. Thanks for all the questions.