Do you think that the Texas Rangers will have way over 100 wins this season?
Nope. We're talking about a team that has never won more than 100 games and with quality teams such as Boston, New York, Detroit, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles in the AL, it would be hard to win 100 games. I think 93-97 is a good range
Do u think with work DEZBRANT can be realy good.
you should see the best of Dez Bryant this year. It's his 3rd season, and he'll have a full off-season to learn the offense and work with the strength coach. No excuses this year. It's time to make it happen.
JJT, there are articles out there that suggest that there's no conscensus agreement as to who the Cowboys might select... But I think Barron will be the guy....call it a gut feeling....but Jerry could still be having nightmares about Victor Cruz running past the Cowboy secondary...Whattayya Think?
There's a good chance they'll draft Barron, but he's not a cover safety. he's more of a thumper, a guy who hits hard who can cover some. really good prospect, but if you're looking for Ed Reed, this ain't the guy
JJT, regardless of availability or what you think the cowboys are going to do. Ultimately, who would you like to see the cowboys draft? Personally, I think they should draft Barron, Upshaw, or Gilmore in that order.
I honestly don't care who they draft as long as the dude can play. I DO NOT want to see them trade down. Just make a decision and pick the guy you want - not the guy who's left.
What moves do the Stars need to make to get into playoff contention this year? and will Coach Tuberville go to that open coaching position at Arkansas?
pretty broad range of questions...lol...The Stars need an elite defenseman, preferably someone who can move the puck and attack, and they need an elite forward. Neither one is easy to get. Tuberville has done nothing at Tech to say he should get the job at Arkansas
i think at this point all signs are pointing to the cowboys taking a alabama player next week. So who do you think it would be in your opinion?
If I had to rank them, I'd go: Barron, Upshaw, Kirkpatrick, Hightower
is the 3rd wide reciever on the roster?
nope. They found Robinson and they'll find another one
Whats going on with the mavs and can they turn it around come playoff time?
they're an old team - 8 players older than 30 - who have just been hammered by the schedule this season. There's not a single shred of tangible evidence to suggest the Mavs can win in the playoffs. They can't win on the road. They can't win close games. And they don't have another scorer aside from Dirk that they can rely on every night. Oh, and Dirk is having an up-and-down season. He's still great, but his game doesn't show up every night because of the schedule
Where do you think the Cowboys will finish in the East and why?
no idea. We don't even know who's on the team yet. Check back at the end of training camp
Will the mavs bring back jason kidd or make a hard run at deron williams next year?
Both. Jkidd would be fine as a backup playing 18-22 minutes a game. The Mavs will push hard for Williams. I don't know that they'll get him since NJ can offer nearly $30 million more than Mavs
What would Dallas receive in return if they dropped from 14 to 18 or 20? 2nd? 3rd? 4th?
I don't care. It's dumb to trade down for a team that needs upper-echelon players. You trade down, you get further away from the upper-tier of talent
Why is T.O still holding on to this grudge with romo? and did romo have any part and him leaving?
If you were a 38 YO dude who should be in the HOF one day and you were playing for the Allen Wranglers, wouldn't you be mad? The Cowboys probably told Romo they were thinking about cutting him and asked his opinion of such a move. Romo probably said do what you need to do
Who better dez or miles?
right now, miles by far
The cowboys didnt get rob ryan much to work with in last years draft, bruce carter was hurt and josh thomas didnt make the team. so will they go heavy on defense this year since there only need offensive is a receiver?
they should go for the best players - offense or defense. It doesn't matter.They need a lot of help
Do you think the Cowboys are going to cave in to Anthony Spencer's demand for a new deal? If so, why? He's a model of inconsistency.
this isn't a negotiation. The Cowboys have offered him a one-year deal for $8.8 million. He can either sign it or shop himself for a better deal. Or he can negotiate a better deal with DAllas. Spencer thinks he can get a long term deal for more than $10 million per year, which is why he fired his agent and hired a locally-based agent
Do you think the Angels lauded acquisitions will give the Rangers any real competition this year?
absolutely. but the Rangers' lineup is still a little better and their BP is much better
As of today, does Ogletree make the final roster this season?
I wouldn't think so. He's just a guy. They can do better - even if its a young guy with more potential
JJT, I have a errie feeling that the Mavs are going to either miss the playoffs or get hot as a 7-8 seed and make some noise. Seems like the last few games they have been snake bit. What say you?
I don't see it. They haven't found any consistency. I tend to deal in reality - not what I want it to be.
JJT whats your take on Spencer or better yet what's ur gut feeling now that he changed agents you think Boys' try n sign long term(which I hope not) or even look harder now at his replacement in the 1st or 2nd round, which you already said would be cheaper. Plus think Spencer is a one trick pony from my eyes doesnt do enough especially when has 1 on 1 match ups with pass rush. Draft OLB early would be my thoughts Upshaw Perry Branch or McCellin come to mind all have better motors IMO. Thoughts?
If they wanted to sign him long-term they would've already done it
When is Romo going to give up on this US Open dream and concentrate on football? I know it may not effect him, but the apperance it gives is one of the reasons people dog him all the time.
do you change your life because of what other people say about you? I don't. Playing golf for a few days isn't going to affect the Cowboys' season
I see this as hamilton's last year with the Rangers. Simply because of the off field issues and the cavalier attitude he has had towards the team. Then throw in Martin being ready next season and I think the writing is on the wall for Hamilton. So what is your gut feeling on the Ragners resigning Hamilton?
My gut says they'll sign him. It's best for him and the team that he stay in Texas. His off-the-field issues make it a difficult contract, though
Do you see the Rangers making any big moves at the trade deadline this year? maybe trading Hamilton?? Also what do you think the long term plan at first base is, Olt?
You don't trade Hamilton in a year that you're trying to win a title? My suspicion is the Rangers will trade Moreland at deadline or off-season and Olt will be the first baseman next season
It's Sept. 5th, Who are the starting OLB's? Ware and ??
i'm not looking that far ahead. They haven't even had the draft yet. We don't even know who's on the team
Now that Lamar Odom is gone, what do you talk about in Dallas?
Will Tiger get to Jack's record for majors?
nope, though he may put together a couple of nice 4-day performances and win another 2-3 Majors before his career is over
Are folks in Texas excited about Larry Brown coming to SMU?
I'm not. Then again, SMU may be the most irrelevant D1 program in America
That doesn't answer my question. Not saying they should do it, just curious what they could get.
i don't care, so I haven't thought about it. Since I haven't thought about it, I can't give you an answer. But YOU should google draft chart, which puts a value on every pick, and then you can figure out what it's worth. It will only take you a few minutes to find it
Why all the media hate for Dez when he had 933 yards and 9 td's last season in (15) games?
I never speak for the media. I speak for myself. I don't hate Dez
What's your overall impression of the free agents the Cowboys added?
Carr is really good, the rest are solid.
Do you think Mark Cuban has a plan for next year b/c this year looks like a wash?
it starts with Deron Williams
Why in the world would Dallas consider drafting Barron, a safety potentially with coverage issues, considering coverage is becoming the most important part of a safeties job these days?
i didn't ay he COULDN'T cover. He just hasn't done much of it. But the Cowboys have loved him since the middle of last season. They've done a lot of work on him
I am smelling overconfidence among Ranger fans. A fast start is good but the Dodgers are burning up the league at 145 win pace...calm down Ranger Fans!
I don't sense any overconfidence. That said, call me when the Dodgers have been to consecutive World Series
Can the Cowboys draft three starters?
guess we'll find out.
Do you think the Cowboys are in better shape now with Garrett at the helm compared to if they had hired a veteran coach like Mike Shanahan?
Shanahan hasn't accomplished anything of note in a decade. I;'d take Garrett
So do u see drafting OLB in 1st or 2nd round then with no intention of signing Spencer long term?
it could happen. They cold take Upshaw and rescind offer to Spencer, making him a FA
JJT, This Ranger team is off to a much better start defensively. It is hugely important for Darvish to feel like his team can catch the ball and get aggressive in the strike zone, what are you thoughts?
I'd say that's important for any pitcher. The defense, however, has been outstanding overall
Why are you such a bitter man ?
not bitter at all. Actually, I'm in a good mood today because I'm going to watch a movie in my man cave and crank it like i'm at IMAX when I finish this chat. As I've mentioned, I deal in reality 0 not what fans want reality to be. I don't deal in hope, faith and optimism. I deal in what it is. The glass is not half full or half empty. It's simply a half a glass of water. Not everyone can handle that.
JJT, would you be a proponent of trading down if the team had a SOUND drafting record? I know you hate trade downs and I agree with you....but what iff???
not really. I like taking the guy I want - not the guy who's left. When you trade down, you get further away from the talent. when u consistently take the best player,it's hard to go wrong
Any word on Murray's ankle?
should be fine for camp
the cowboys are going to trade down so they can get more draft picks like i said weeks ago 1 round draft picks are overrated
That's factually inaccurate. The majority of All-Pro players and Pro Bowl players are found in the first round. Exceptions exist, of course, but the best players are in the first round
Your top 3 musical artists?
I'm so eclectic, I like a wide variety from gospel to hip hop to country to pop to RB
what's more important a solid secondary or a relentless pass rush?
"Dealing in reality" does not justify snide and condescending answers to our questions (ie - your answer of "who cares")
that's your perception, which doesn't make it right - only yours
what do you think of smu hiring larry brown,will it work
NO. No. No. A thousand times no. And then multiply that by a thousand times.
why not draft Dre Kirkpatrick, and have him play some safety, in todays game theres almost always 4 WR's... i have confidence in B Carter defending the TE......
safety and corner are not the same position. The game looks entirely differently from those 2 spots. If u want a CB, then draft one, but don't think he's going to play safety
Every team needs a Delonte West, agree?
Ian Fitzsimmons gets in an uproar when Dontari Poe is mentioned as a possible pick @ 14. Do you think he's a better prospect than Fletcher Cox or Courtney Upshaw?
I don't like Poe as a player. Not enough production for a dude in a lower tier conference to be taken in the first round
What do you see Darvish's record at the end of the season? Feliz record? I was very impressed with Feliz first start this season.
I don't like predicting pitcher's records because you can pitch great and lose or you can pitch poorly and win. I like innings because that usually equates to success. I'd say Darvish pitches 170 with an ERA of 3.85 and Feliz gets 160 with an ErA of 3.75.
who can ideal opponent for mavs if they make it to playoffs
OKC, but that's only because it's the lesser of several evils. OKC would beat them in 6 after going up 3-1
Watkins or MacMahon in a steel cage match?
Watkins. He's from Bed-Stuy in NY
Is any SMU player on cowboys draft radar or free agent radar
don't know. I'm not a huge fan of the draft, so i don't pay much attention after the first round
I will take those stats on both pitchers. Thank you very much for your time. I thoroughly enjoy reading your stuff on a daily basis. As a transplanted Ranger fan over here on the East Coast.
I won the MVP in 1974 and only hit 25 HR's. Of course there was a jet stream blowing in at that time, what kind of season would I have had in todays game and stadium?
What do you see as the Cowboys three biggest positional weaknesses on their team roster?
Safety, OLB, DE
do u think ryan broyles would be a good pick up for the boys in the later rounds
sure, but an elite pass-rusher would go in the top 10. Every one else is a hope they can rush the passer pick
Whos your favorite cowboys?
define favorite: interview, player to watch, etc.
JJT, I know you well enough that after the draft you will say "let's see how camp goes during the summer", then it will be "i haven't seen a preseason snap so I can't say", then it will be "we are only 4 games into a 16 game season." At some point you have to give readers some sort of evaulation.
well done. I don't believe in saying whatever just to get folks off my back or give them some false hope in case they happen to respect my opinion. I don't like labeling players until I've seen them in the preseason against other opponents who don't know the plays. I don't like predicting records until I know who's on the team. That's the way I roll. Others roll differently, which is fine.
I always wondered, whats up with Teddy Williams?? Super fast, track athlete, nice size, what do they not like about giving him a chance to return Kicks ?
very little football experience. This is a huge summer for him
Lots of thoughtful debate today, which is always fun. Feel free to hit me on Twitter @JJT_ESPNDallas if you want to continue the discussion. Until Next Tuesday, peace.