Hangin' with the Boys
Hangin' with the Boys
Hangin' with the 'Boys: People Talking People
Feb 22, 2024
A lot of folks have had a lot to say here lately, so we might as well too. Danny White stood up for Dak Prescott but suggested those around him need to get better. Is that true? How about Jimmy Johnson? He stated he's now consulting some with Jerry Jones about the team. Is that a good thing? And what about Micah Parsons? Is what he saying going to sit well in the locker room? Hmm …
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Needing a Thumper
Feb 14, 2024
It's time to talk Super Bowl, starting with the quarterbacks. But there is also one key trait both the Chiefs and 49ers had that the Cowboys don't – a guy in the middle of the defensive line who could make play after play. Speaking of defense, Dallas signed a new defensive coordinator. Will Mike Zimmer's tough-nosed style be a good fit with the Cowboys? Plus, comments from Lamb, Emmitt, Micah and more.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Answer with a Question
Feb 07, 2024
Rex Ryan has seemingly entered the mix in the Cowboys' search for a new defensive coordinator. Would a previous head coach be a good fit for Mike McCarthy? Or does that just bring added pressure in what is the final year of his coaching contract? Plus, are there players out there who like what football brings them, but don't like football itself? You bet there are. Oh, and there's a big game coming up.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: All In?
Jan 31, 2024
The question may not be will the Cowboys go all in this year, but can they? There's still the little matter of Dak Prescott's contract with CeeDee Lamb and Micah Parsons on deck as well. Plus, has Dan Quinn been holding the Cowboys hostage? Have they been in limbo while he decides what to do? Plus, Kellen Moore to Philly, thoughts on the championship games and … baldness talk?
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Chasing Ghosts
Jan 24, 2024
Are today's Cowboys haunted by the success of the 1990s Cowboys? Does being constantly reminded of past greatness make future greatness difficult? Or is there an automatic sense of entitlement once you've become a Cowboy? Are the best players ready to sacrifice the most? Plus, Mike McCarthy is back as head coach. What are the pros and cons? And is family chatter a sign of bigger issues? As Nate says, "Let's get honest."
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Blow it Up?
Jan 16, 2024
When the playoffs come around, a team's weaknesses are magnified. That sure was proven in the Cowboys' loss to the Packers. So what happens now? Should they look at getting a new head coach? How about a new quarterback? Is that even possible? Doe a culture change need to happen (again)? Is there anything that can be done to end this extended run of postseason failures? Time to talk about questions that may not have any good answers.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Worried We're Not Worried
Jan 12, 2024
It seems like the Cowboys have a clear advantage in this upcoming showdown against the Packers, which admittedly makes us a little nervous. So are there any flaws in Dallas' game? After all, playoffs are when the flaws get exposed. Also, is the fact Green Bay is so young help them or hurt them? As Nate says, nobody understands playoff football until you're in playoff football. Plus, keys to the game, predictions and a Happy Birthday to our man Chris!
Hangin' with the 'Boys: NFL Wide Open
Jan 11, 2024
Packers running back Aaron Jones has feasted on the Cowboys, but will it be different this time around? Especially without the same offensive line and quarterback? Of course, Jordan Love shouldn't be overlooked, but which is more worrisome, Green Bay's ground game or their aerial attack? Plus, fighting misdirection, putting in new plays, coaching changes around the NFL and, well, some confusing geography.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Make 'Em Stress
Jan 10, 2024
Here come the playoffs and questions again about whether can Dak Prescott win the big games. (The short answer is yes.) Given the season he's had, is this the Dak we've been waiting for? Is he finally meeting expectations? On the other hand, should we be more worried about the Packers defense? They're good enough to make plays but won't dominate. So how should the Cowboys offense attack them? Put on the pressure. Go get them!
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Used To It
Jan 09, 2024
Time to look back at our preseason predictions and look forward to what's ahead as well. Will the Cowboys get to the NFC Championship Game? Beyond that? Also, teams have come calling again for Dan Quinn. Does that create any kind of distraction or is this old hat for the players by now? And what about Will McClay? Could the Cowboys' VP of Player Personnel be headed elsewhere? Plus, a couple of celebrity call-ins.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Get You a Sponsor
Jan 05, 2024
Not much to discuss about the game as the Cowboys should take care of business. Instead, let's hear some tales from the locker room with Nate and Jesse. The pregame routines, the pecking order in the trainer's room, the players who were always nice, the few you just didn't want to mess with and … shower head ownership? Plus, the value of finding a coach who will support you. It's some memorable off-the-field talk on this Friday.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Style Points?
Jan 04, 2024
The Commanders are ready to pack it up and go home, so if the Cowboys don't beat them by 20 will they have played a bad brand of football? Do they need to make a statement to erase any doubts heading into the playoffs? Speaking of, there's a mess at the bottom of the NFC as far as team's fighting for position. Who is the biggest worry for the Cowboys among that group? And congrats to the Pro Bowlers, although one player for sure was snubbed.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: A Night to Remember
Jan 02, 2024
Nate tells us stories about his night celebrating Jimmy Johnson and being surrounded by teammates, Ring of Honor members, broadcasters and more. But want to know the first thing Jimmy said to him? Plus, are we feeling good about beating Detroit? Or are there still question marks that have us worried? Hey, a win is a win. Also, a couple of familiar faces are getting tryouts. Can they really help this late in the season?
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Bang, Bang, Bang
Dec 26, 2023
What happened to CeeDee Lamb in the second and third quarters? Why did he disappear from the game plan? Was it Mike McCarthy trying to spread the ball around? Did Dak Prescott not get the reads he wanted? And why aren't we seeing more of Tony Pollard? One of the team's top playmakers only got 13 touches. Plus, when it had to make a stop, the Cowboys defense wasn't good enough.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: No Angle Advantages
Dec 21, 2023
The Dolphins are No. 1 in the NFL in using motion, which is where they beat you. They want you to go horizontally, so they can go vertically. So how do the Cowboys defend that? Jam the receivers? No. Try to stop the running game? Good luck. They got to do what they do best – pressure the quarterback. And, as Nate says, "If you're not going to play smart, you're just wasting everybody's time."
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Attack the Light Box
Dec 20, 2023
Like Dallas, the Dolphins defense is at its best when they've got the lead. But is it an even better version? Is this a physical defense or a fast one? Offensively, do the Cowboys need a bounce-back effort from Mike McCarthy and Dak Prescott in their play-calling? Do they have to go after Miami on the ground? Plus, should they let Zack Martin play if he's not 100 percent? Join us as we celebrate Nate's birthday!
Hangin' with the 'Boys: The Little Things
Dec 19, 2023
The Cowboys defense has a bunch of pass-rushers. Some of the best, in fact. So how do you get those guys to become strong run-stoppers? Is it up to the coaches? The players themselves? Or does this defense simply need the lead to truly be successful? Plus, Nate shares stories of how he benefited from the locker room leadership of those 1990s Cowboys teams. And hey, let's all enjoy a little Eagles self-hate with our man, Newy Scruggs.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Back to the Future
Dec 18, 2023
The same concerns from the past came back to haunt them in the present with worries about what might happen down the road. Once again, the Cowboys couldn't match their opponent's physical play, especially on defense as the Bills ran wild. Should Dallas have made adjustments? Is it simply a mindset? Or is this only a good defense when it has the lead? And how much of the offensive effort was the fault of the quarterback? Shakin' off the Monday blues (and silvers).
Hangin' with the 'Boys: The Next Step
Dec 15, 2023
The Cowboys have beat up the bad teams, won a tough one against the Seahawks, a .500 team, and then took down a good team at home in the rival Eagles. So what do the Cowboys need to do now to prove they're elite? Defeat a good team on the road, of course. But can they stop the Bills running game? Can they keep their quarterback in check? And what about that rainy weather? Will that be a disadvantage? Plus, Josh jumps on, fan calls and predictions. Here we come, Buffalo!
Hangin' with the 'Boys: A Bigger Loss
Dec 14, 2023
How do the Cowboys adjust their run defense without the big man in the middle, Johnathan Hankins? Quite simply, other players have to step up because the Bills can run the ball, especially on the left side, which might be right at Micah Parsons. The real key, though, is stopping Josh Allen. Will he play like an athlete who can throw, or a quarterback who is an athlete? (Better hope for the former.) And does he have revenge on his mind? Time to talk some defense.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Fat Boys Aren't Fat
Dec 13, 2023
Thanks to Aaron Donald, today's defensive tackles aren't the space eaters they used to be. They're trying to get to the quarterback. Can the Cowboys use their ground game to take advantage of the Bills' defensive linemen keeping their pad level high? Will it be more difficult to win if they don't commit to the run this week? Also, going to Buffalo means playing outside in the cold. Can that really be a factor in the game? Y-y-y-yes.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Statement Made
Dec 11, 2023
The Cowboys finally won a big game, defeating the rival Eagles handily in a showdown between division powers. So how we feeling? Is this team ready to battle for the NFC crown? Do the players believe now? Are they ready to take down San Francisco? And Dak Prescott is playing at an MVP level. Is this just a hot streak or is this the player we should expect going forward? Has his mental maturity in knowing the game finally matched his physical talent?
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Eat Donuts & Hold Folks
Dec 08, 2023
No ref talk here. Don't let it go to the judges. Got to knock the man out. So is this a statement game for the defense? Can Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence and the gang make a play when they have to? Or is it really about which quarterback makes the fewest mistakes? Let's thrown in a little Load Left story time with Nate as well. Plus, Shannon chats up a Philly fan, a few phone calls and our predictions. Sunday is coming!
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Contain is the Aim
Dec 07, 2023
So the 49ers found success against Philadelphia by not necessarily going after sacks, but rather focusing on containment of quarterback Jalen Hurts. Can the Cowboys duplicate their success? To do so, can they sustain coverage longer in the secondary? Or should they turn Micah Parsons loose while the rest of the line contains? Also, just what are the mechanics of the Tush Push? We're talking rugby, folks!
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Call the Game Warden
Dec 06, 2023
Are these birds about to get cooked? Jesse has some bold predictions about the Cowboys feasting on the Eagles secondary, but there's also that little matter of Philadelphia's front four. How can the Dallas offensive line keep things in order? Get them moving side to side, says our resident expert Nate. And can the Cowboys take advantage of a weak linebacking corps? How often should they run the ball? Time to talk our offense vs. their defense.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Controlling Destiny
Dec 05, 2023
We present to you … Philadelphia. That's all these Cowboys players should need. No rah-rah speeches from the coaches, no outside motivation. Just how do you prepare, how do you perform when their players are equal or better? Who has the advantage? The Eagles need to win to keep control, Dallas needs to win to gain control. As Coach Johnson used to tell Nate and his teammates, nothing else matters now in December.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Yes, It's Victory Monday
Dec 04, 2023
The Eagles' loss last night means a win for us! So do the Cowboys benefit because Philadelphia had to play a physical game against the 49ers while Dallas they had three days off? Maybe not. So do the Cowboys have to be a physical team too? No, but they do have to do what they do to the max. Rock with what you got, you know. Plus, what happens when a dirty play happens. Oh, the stories they can tell (and will).
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Dak to the Rescue
Dec 01, 2023
The defense may have struggled against the Seahawks, but no worries. Dak Prescott put the Cowboys on his back and carried them to a win. And about that defense, despite the interception, it was a rough game for DaRon Bland. What adjustments did Dan Quinn make to get things back on track? We saw some fiery play out there (looking at you, Jake Ferguson), so let's get some fiery talk going on this Victory Friday!
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Too Much At Stake
Nov 29, 2023
The Cowboys have an interesting matchup tomorrow in a Seahawks team that has one of the best receiving corps in the NFL and probably the best secondary. With the Eagles looming, is there any risk of looking past Seattle? Plus, the latest on the Shaq Leonard courtship, Aaron Rodgers jumping on the Dak Prescott bandwagon, a locker room bug going around and, oh yeah, a guaranteed prediction from Jesse.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Feeling Pretty
Nov 28, 2023
Every free agent wants to be courted, which is exactly what Dallas is doing with Shaq Leonard right now. But do they really need him? You bet. Also, as the Cowboys enter the tough part of their schedule, let's take a look at where they sit in the playoff picture. Can they still take the division? Or is fifth place all but locked up? And can they get over this longstanding playoff hump?
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Shaq Attack Coming?
Nov 27, 2023
Is Shaq Leonard the missing piece? Maybe not, but he can help. Plus, looking back at another blowout for the Cowboys, will they keep this aggressive offensive approach when they start facing better teams? Speaking of which, lot of talk about the tough schedule in December, but does it really start now against Seattle? And hey, it's time for Dak Prescott and DaRon Bland to get the recognition they deserve!
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Turkey Calls and Play Calls
Nov 22, 2023
Let's kick things off with some holiday talk as the boys share some of their memories being with the Cowboys on Turkey Day. But there's plenty of football to discuss as well, including Jesse breaking down just what goes into those scripted plays that coaches start every game with. There's more to it than you may think. Plus, what plays are working best for this team (as Nate asks where's the lead draw)? Happy Thanksgiving!
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Not A Fan… A Cowboy
Nov 21, 2023
The Eagles just keep finding a way to win, so are the Cowboys now playing for the first wild card spot? Regardless, it starts with taking care of business against the Commanders. What should we expect from quarterback Sam Howell? Reception or interception, he's going to keep slinging it. But is running back Brian Robinson the real threat? And, uh-oh, CeeDee Lamb has got a bum ankle. Time to worry?
Hangin' with the 'Boys: How it Happens
Nov 20, 2023
Jimmy Johnson is going into the Cowboys Ring of Honor and our man Nate happily shares his memories of playing for the Hall of Fame coach, including what they both really cared about – winning. Plus, the game against the Panthers was close for most of the day, which is how it usually goes in the NFL. Hey, they took care of business, though. But, oh my, there was nothing routine about the DaRon Band pick-six.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Keeping Them Fresh?
Nov 17, 2023
The Cowboys are entering their stretch of three games in 12 days. Since the toughest of those is that third matchup, are the coaches making plans now to perhaps rest guys in this first one, which is the easiest? Do they game plan any differently in an effort to keep players rested and ready? Plus a grab-bag of Friday topics from callers (hair color in Germany?), our predictions and more. It's a Friday fun day, for sure.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Working Ahead
Nov 16, 2023
Dallas is facing Carolina quarterback Bryce Young this weekend, this year's No. 1 pick. But are the Panthers using him the right way? Or are they setting him up for future failure? Also, the Cowboys are facing another bad team. Does this really help them prepare for when they have to face opponents like the Eagles? What should they work on now to be ready later? And, oh yeah, is Micah Parsons headed for a prove-it game?
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Gave Me a Job To Do
Nov 15, 2023
It's a blocking clinic on today's show as Nate gives a detailed breakdown of zone blocking vs. man blocking. So which scheme is better for the current offensive line? How about for the team's running backs? Are they best when they put their foot in the ground and go? And would the Cowboys rather face a 3-4 defense or a 4-3? Plu, is there a play to beat every defensive alignment? You about to learn!
Hangin' with the 'Boys: A Monster We Created?
Nov 14, 2023
With Leighton Vander Esch now out for the season, are the linebackers going to be able to hold up against the better, more physical teams? Markquese Bell has been good, but does he have the size? With that, Micah Parsons has been playing more linebacker and he doesn't sound real thrilled about it. He can impact a game from anywhere, so is he bringing the right attitude to the situation?
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Ready for Anything!
Nov 13, 2023
The Cowboys completely dominated the Giants, but because New York is such a bad team, how much can we actually take away from it? Do they have to win the next three (or five) to really make it mean something? And Dak Prescott is as hot as they get. What changed? Is he finally comfortable with the system? Plus, CeeDee Lamb said he's the best receiver in the NFL now. Is he right? Regardless, got to love that swagger!
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Your Phantom Show
Nov 10, 2023
So if the Cowboys don't beat the struggling Giants by double-digits on Sunday, is it a bad day? And is the Eagles upcoming schedule that tough? Won't they be favored in at least two of them? Also, one caller asks if they should use Hunter Luepke in short-yardage and goal-line situations? He's bigger … but is he better? Plus, how would you grade Mike McCarthy's offense through the first half of the season? Oh, hey, it's the head coach's birthday. What are we getting him?
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Gigantically Bad
Nov 09, 2023
Really no way to sugarcoat it … the Giants are bad. So how do the Cowboys stay focused? Got to have some dogs on your team. But what if one of those dogs, Tyron Smith, no longer practices during the week? Will that mess with his timing come game day? Does it affect his teammates? Do the details get lost? After all, the only way they lose is if they beat themselves.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Get-Right Game
Nov 08, 2023
With the Cowboys heavily favored to roll over the banged-up Gaints, can they use this matchup to work on things? Maybe get the running game going, which might include giving Rico Dowdle more carries? Or should they try making some changes along the offensive line? If not, can they at least get some help for Terence Steele? The pharmacy is coming to town on Sunday. Time to get right.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Own the Stage
Nov 07, 2023
When are the Cowboys going to win one of these good games? When will doubt stop creeping in? Can the switch be flipped? Because if you're not learning through winning, you won't learn through losing. Plus, Nate and Jesse look back at their own careers and share who their mentors were, the teammates who really helped them become NFL players (and their answers might surprise you).
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Attention to Detail
Nov 06, 2023
The small things matter. Like challenging the placement of the ball, kicking it out of bounds, dropping passes, getting slapped with penalties and on and on. Dak Prescott played championship level football and the defense largely held the Eagles in check, but in the end, they couldn't get the job done. Why in the biggest games, do the Cowboys always seem to come up short?
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Third and Long, Please
Nov 02, 2023
Speed is always good when it's going in the right direction, and the Cowboys have plenty of it. But what does that mean, and how do they use it to attack the Eagles' potent offense? Can they use the stunt to get Micah Parsons one-on-one battles in the pass rush? Plus, A.J. Brown will be the toughest receiver they've faced, but is it the run game that really needs to be shut down?
Hangin' with the 'Boys: No Quick Escapes
Nov 01, 2023
Their secondary can be beat, how does the Cowboys offensive line keep Philadelphia's vaunted defensive front in check? And how do they prepare to do so not knowing if Tyron Smith will play? Plus, how about a ground game? It may be more important than ever to at least make them think you might run. And that goes for Dak Prescott too. It's time to grab and go.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: All In or Nah?
Oct 31, 2023
We're feeling a little spooked on this Halloween. The trade deadline is upon us and moves are being made around the league (much to Nate's dismay). So should the Cowboys be wheeling and dealing as well? They're contenders, aren't they? Their window is open now. Why not? Plus, there's a big game ahead. What's it like in the locker room this week? It's all in the details, crossing those i's and dotting those t's.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Turned 'Em Into A Pumpkin
Oct 30, 2023
The Cowboys took care of business in a big way on Sunday, dominating the Rams on both sides of the ball. But what did we see different about the offense? Getting Lamb more involved? Finally using more of the vertical game? And on defense, DaRon Bland's position flexibility is paying off big-time while DeMarcus Lawrence continues to fly under the radar as one of the best in the NFL.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Bubble Guts
Oct 27, 2023
It's a fun Friday with fan phone calls as Nick steps in for an ailing Kurt. So will we see any adjustments to the offense coming out the bye week? Should we? Who's set to have a big game come Sunday? And we've got Jesse and Nate sharing thoughts on DeMarcus Ware going into the Ring of Honor and who some of their favorite teammates were, plus predictions and more!
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Route You To Death
Oct 26, 2023
The Rams receivers are not particularly fast, so how do they get open so often? How is Matthew Stafford leading the league in yards thrown before catch when they rely on a quick passing game? It's all about the route running. So how do the Cowboys defend that? And is now the time when the coaches really need to coach? The film is out. Are adjustments coming? Should they be?
Hangin' with the 'Boys: Run Through Them
Oct 25, 2023
Here comes that man again, Aaron Donald. How do the Cowboys keep him from disrupting their plans? The Rams secondary, however, can be attacked … if the wide receivers can beat their press coverage, which is something they've struggled to do this season. And is Dallas' short passing offense one of the reasons the running game is struggling? Time to break it down.
Hangin' with the 'Boys: A Solid No. 2?
Oct 24, 2023
As the trade deadline nears, does this team need to get a second wide receiver? Or is he already on the roster and they're just not using Brandin Cooks like they should? Are there any other positions they need to look at bolstering? Plus, are there any tweaks to the offense coming after the bye? Was Dak Prescott's aggressiveness against the Chargers a sign of things to come? The Cowboys need his "whatever it takes" mentality.