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OXNARD, Calif. – For the second year in a row the Dallas Cowboys have lost a quarterback the first week of training camp. Read

         Last year it was Kellen Moore, fracturing his fibula at the ankle level in the first padded practice of camp, the team losing the projected backup quarterback for the entire season. Read


OXNARD, Calif. – Jerry Jones will turn 75 on Oct. 13 of this year. Read

There are many out there thinking he’s becoming overly sentimental in his advancing age. That he continues to tear up when he speaks of his kids; the old days; how mighty fortunate he’s been to have thrown everything he had into the Cowboys at the beginning and end up where he is today. Read


FRISCO, Texas – And now for the question of the day: Read

Are these Dallas Cowboys, heading to Oxnard, Calif., on Saturday for training camp, sustainable? Read

         Right? Read

         That’s what you want to know, asking yourself, was I teased last year by 13-3 or are these Cowboys something I can sink my teeth into for the long haul? Read

         Thoroughly understand if there is skepticism lacing your anticipation to this season. One year the Cowboys go 12-4, the next year they go 4-12. Then the next they go 13-3. Read


FRISCO, Texas – About this time last year, threw a curve ball at you guys. Read

         You were expecting the yearly prediction of just who was going to be Mr. Indispensable, the guy the Cowboys simply could not do without, and instead came Mr. Relevant, actually Misters, since picked two players, one on offense and one on defense. Guys the Cowboys simply needed to, well, let’s see, explained it this way: Read


FRISCO, Texas – This seems to invariably occur this time of year. Yep, once all the OTA practices and minicamps are completed and we enter this five-week chasm of inactivity before the start of training camp. Read


Someone asks a question causing me to go, Hmmmm. Read


And right on schedule – and maybe it was this past Monday while playing my one round of golf for the year at Cliff Harris’ JDRF annual charity golf tournament, where I had the pleasure of finally meeting Craig Morton – this question was posed: Read



FIRSCO, Texas – Here is a story that is not going away anytime soon. Read

         Not next week, during the final week of OTA workouts. Read

         Not the following week during the three-day, mandatory minicamp. Read

         Not even by the start of training camp, the first portion out here at The Star for a three-day period before the team loads up for the July 22 departure to Oxnard, Calif. Read

         And this will be an alternative version of Who’s On First?, Cowboys style: Read

         Who’s Where And What On The Defensive Line? Read


FRISCO, Texas – Three OTA workouts a week for three consecutive weeks begin on Tuesday, here at The Star. Read

The full team minicamp is scheduled for June 13-15. Read

Training camp will begin sometime around that third week in July. Read

And for this Dallas Cowboys team, the defending NFC East champs, seems as though heading toward the 2017 season it’s the same worries, next year. Read

Am I right? Read

The defense. Read

If you remember, that was the universal worry starting the 2014 season. Then again in 2015. Once again in 2016. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Here is what we should all like best about Xavier Woods. Read

You know Woods, right, the defensive back the Cowboys selected in the sixth round from Louisiana Tech, 5-11, 200, some ranking him as the 12th best safety in the draft, but others, like the Cowboys, thinking he was a late third-, fourth-round pick. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Great the Dallas Cowboys selected Taco Charlton with the 28th pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. Read

         Great the Cowboys then proceeded to restock their secondary, selecting Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, Xavier Woods and Marquez White, versatile combinations of cornerbacks and safeties. Read

         One and all will compete for starting jobs as rookies. There are jobs available for those jobs. Right defensive end. Left defensive end. Right corner. Left corner. Strong safety. Nickel and dime corners. Read


FRISCO, Texas – As we all know, variety is the spice of life. Read

The Dallas Cowboys, by the way, and let’s all remember this part, too, when analyzing these guys with the 2017 season still like five months away, that’s The Defending NFC East Champion Dallas Cowboys, have somewhat amended this proverb over the past few days to . . . . Read

Versatility is the spice of an NFL roster. Read

That evidently is what those defending division champs were thinking as they navigated their way through the 2017 NFL Draft over the past few days. Read


FRISCO, Texas – With apologies to Dean Roy Fisher, sports editors Gary Clark and John Rawlings, the very guys who taught me the do’s and don’ts of journalism at the University of Missouri, yes, I’m going to break one of the cardinal rules drummed into us at an early age. Read

         Do not start a story with a question. You are supposed to answer questions not ask them. Read

         So here goes: Read


FRISCO, Texas – For the Dallas Cowboys, going on their 58th NFL season and two weeks from their 57th NFL draft, gosh, they must feel like they’ve been searching for Bigfoot … Read

         When it comes to drafting pass-rushing defensive ends. Read


DALLAS – So there he was, really his first somewhat public appearance since announcing he was moving from the football field into the CBS booth as the No. 1 TV analyst after the Cowboys last week granted his release. Read

         There at the American Airlines Center Tuesday morning following the Dallas Mavericks shootaround before tonight’s final home game of the season, with young son Rivers, who was dribbling around with a smallish basketball, and frankly not bad for a 3-year-old, the one his mom had told me once is “their little Tony.” Read


FRISCO, Texas – So after watching all 14 seasons of Tony Romo’s career with the Dallas Cowboys, every one of his of his 156 games played, all 2,829 of his completions, those 248 touchdown passes, along with 117 interceptions, a club-record 66 games with a passer rating of at least 100, a club career-record passer rating of 97.1, authoring 78 victories in 127 starts and that 2-6 playoff record, every bit of this leaves me scratching my head. Read

What a strange dichotomy of a career. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Consider this a sort of public service announcement, either to help clear the air on what seems to be some confusing developments or to offer some help to improve upon others. Read

So on this double-dose Final Four weekend – one of those being played down the road in Dallas – and before the 2017 MLB season pitches off, let’s get going here in a hurry. Read


All About Witt Read


FRISCO, Texas – And 67 days after the fact comes a victory for common sense. Read

Too late for the Dallas Cowboys. Read

Now before we go any further, let’s give a couple of definitions for the age-old term of common sense: Read

First: Good sense and sound judgment in practical matters. Read

Second: Sound and prudent judgment based on a simple perception of the situation or facts. Read

Makes sense, right? Read


FRISCO, Texas – And now we bear witness to the continuing exodus of the 13-3 Dallas Cowboys. Read

         One by one, piece by piece, already nine players contributing this past season to the Cowboys’ best record in the NFC and second NFC East title in the past three years are being swept away by the riches of free agency. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Happens this time every year, where molehills turn into mountains, when common sense takes a backseat to headlines. When player agents have no problem throwing something out there in the name of creating market value for their clients. Where team officials say one thing to disguise what they’re really thinking. Read

         So as a public service, let’s do this. Let’s try to bring some facts, and give you the rest of the story. Read


DeMarcus Ware would like to return to the Cowboys: Read


WACO, Texas – So thought I knew everything there is to know about Darren Woodson over these past 25 years. Read

         You know, how former Arizona State assistant coach Lovie Smith basically raised him as a Sun Devil in his hometown of Phoenix, Ariz. Read

         How Cowboys defensive assistant Dave Campo was the guy insisting to head coach Jimmy Johnson that the Cowboys select this hybrid linebacker with cover skills in the second round of the 1992 draft. Read