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Last season, in 2010, the Dallas Cowboys kinda sucked. Everyone had them as pre-season favorites to win the NFC and go to the Super Bowl, only to watch them start out 1-7, and finish 6-10. Things have to change, and the NFL Draft is the first place to set that change in motion. Getting some new, young, talented playmakers on this team is “change we can believe in”. We just won’t give them healthcare.

The Cowboys played in six primetime TV night games last year (3 on Sunday night, one on Monday night, one on Saturday night, and one on Thanksgiving) and lost all six of them. It was the second coming of the Not Ready For Primetime Players. When the spotlight was on, their game was off. The new 2011 season schedule has been released, and it has our beloved ‘Boys starting the year on the road, at the Jets, on Sunday night. Of course. It pits brother against brother (twins, no less), with new Dallas Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan going head to head with NY Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan, in what will undoubtedly be a media bonanza. It’s time for Jason Garrett to get his team off the schnide, and win one of these games for a change. (There’s that word again)

NFL Draft Preview: We’ve had four months to think about how bad the Cowboys were in 2010, and dance around like we’ve had to pee for that length of time waiting to draft “that special player” that can get us the next championship. Well, it’s all gonna start on a Thursday night this year, so Roger “Der Fuhrer” Goodell can showcase his league on national television and act like everything is ok, when everybody knows that the league is in its worst labor dispute since the mid-eighties strike. What a fuckin’ putz. It’ll be great to watch the opening of the draft when Goodell gets booed by the entire Radio City Music Hall audience. The Cowboys have the ninth pick in the draft, and nobody seems to know what they’re going to do with it. Get a Cornerback? Get an Offensive Lineman? Get another pass rusher? As you can probably guess, I have an opinion on it.
Let’s start off by saying that I think that there are only 27 prospects in this year’s draft that have first round talent. Given that there are 32 teams, not every team will even get a quality first round pick. The Cowboys CAN’T mess this up, or else they’re doomed to never win a Super Bowl in the Tony Romo era. The Cowboys have never picked an Offensive Lineman in the first round in the time that Jerry Jones has owned the team. This may be the year that all changes. Marc Colombo, RT, gave up 9 sacks, 11 hits, and 40 QB pressures in 2010. Unacceptable. It might be time to replace him, move Doug Free back to Right Tackle, and start a big ass rookie stud at Left Tackle. That means either Tyron Smith from USC, Anthony Castonzo from Boston College, or Gabe Carimi from Wisconsin. Mike Pouncey, G/C from Florida is certainly a first round talent, but not worthy of the #9 pick in the draft as an interior lineman.
Potentially, I see 11 Defensive Linemen being taken in the first round. I’m not sold on the idea that the Cowboys go there in the first round. There are only three Cornerbacks (and no safeties) worthy of a first round pick. The Cowboys could spend their #9 pick at Cornerback, but only because they gave up a league-tied for worst 38 passing touchdowns last season. The Cowboys desperately need a Safety, and their second round choice may be to get Rahim Moore from UCLA with the #40 overall pick… if he’s still on the board. Otherwise, no safeties are worth the pick in the second round, and free agent Safety Michael Huff would be the best option to sign once free agency hits the market after all the bitching and moaning and crying about the CBA is over.

CBA Update: Carolina Panthers owner, Jerry Richardson, has a big fuckin mouth, and an even bigger bank account. The Panthers had a player salary payroll of $113 million in 2009. It was only $73 million in 2010, and he’s pleading poverty in the Collective Bargaining Agreement talks. Hey Jerry, where’s the extra $40 million? The owners want to collect all the TV money whether they play football this upcoming season or not. The players want a bigger piece of the pie… oh, and healthcare coverage after their playing days are over for all the beatings that their bodies took during their career. They, after all, are the product on the field that we as consumers pay to watch. Nobody is going to pay to watch a bunch of old, fat, billionaire owners throw the football around on Sundays. Like I predicted at the start of this whole CBA mess, this deal won’t be finished before the middle of May, even though Judge Susan Nelson ruled in favor of the players just two days before the draft. Now all the owners are pissed and are appealing the ruling. What’s a few billion dollars between friends, right?

Draft Predictions: Round 1- Cowboys move down a few spots, pass on Tyron Smith, and pick Anthony Castonzo with the 13th or 14th pick.
Round 2- Phil Taylor, DL, Baylor, 6’3”, 334#
Round 3- Aaron Williams, CB, Texas, 6’0”, 204#
Round 4- Deandre McDaniel, S, Clemson, 6’0”, 217#
Round 5- Ricardo Lockette, WR, Ft. Valley St., 6’2”, 211#
Round 6- K.J. Wright, LB, Miss. St. , 6’3”, 246#
Round 7- Roy Helu, RB, Nebraska, 6’0”, 219#

I realize that Jerry is well-known for his wheeling and dealing on draft day, and that the Cowboys may not even pick in every round, and that these predictions are guaranteed to all be wrong, but I’ve identified areas of need and players that may be available when the Cowboys pick. So there you have it.
It’s time to crush the beans.

Go Cowboys!