The Dallas Cowboys are on a mission, and the team and their coaches want everyone to know about it. Catch phrases are cute, but whether or not they are said with belief and conviction, and more importantly carried out, are what really matters. Mike McCarthy and company have a new mantra for 2023. Meanwhile, outsiders are looking into what it will take for the club to succeed in their mission, acknowledging just how good the club’s roster looks… on paper.
A player thought to be on the bubble but who made the roster had to rework his deal to stay in Dallas, a prediction for a league leader within the locker room, and a look into who may not be able to play against the Giants in the latest news and notes.
Cowboys, Neville Gallimore agree to restructured contract :: Cowboys Wire
Dallas did some contract housekeeping, shaving a bit off of Gallimore’s base salary and turning a part of it into incentives.
Barnwell: How every NFL team can win Super Bowl 58 :: ESPN +
Bill Barnwell dives deep into each team, here’s the beginning and end of the Cowboys’ section:
Algorithms don’t have feelings or watch games, which can be good and bad. Anybody who has watched the Cowboys flail under coach Mike McCarthy in a pair of playoff losses isn’t going to believe they have the sixth-best chance of winning a Super Bowl. His track record in Green Bay got worse as time went along, with the Packers memorably missing out on a trip to Super Bowl XLIX as McCarthy kept his foot on the breaks throughout a miserable loss to the Seahawks. McCarthy taking over the offense from Kellen Moore this season while suggesting that he will try to score less isn’t inspiring, either. . .
History is littered with coaches and quarterbacks who couldn’t win the big one until they did. Ask Andy Reid or John Elway. We can’t even make that claim about McCarthy, who won a Super Bowl as the 6-seed with the Packers in 2010. Skepticism over Prescott amounts to about 30% of all sports talk discussions on an annual basis, but we’ve certainly seen similar or lesser quarterbacks win Super Bowls. . .
The Cowboys’ defense ranks third in EPA per play allowed over the past two seasons. The Dallas offensive line is the healthiest it has been in years heading into Week 1. Tony Pollard has finally been moved into the primary role at running back. This is arguably the league’s most talented roster. Now, the Cowboys just have to get out of their own way and buck history.
Here's 3 keys to a Cowboys' victory over the Giants in Week 1 :: Cowboys Wire
Making sure to exploit these perceived talent advantages is the easiest path to victory for the Cowboys on Sunday.
Sam Monson's 2023 NFL Award Predictions: Garrett Wilson, Bijan Robinson and more :: PFF
In PFF’s individual honor predictions, the Cowboys are shut out. However, there is a projection that Dallas’ star defender tops this statistical category.
Myles Garrett will certainly be in this conversation, as will Nick Bosa and T.J. Watt if he can remain healthy, but Micah Parsons may be the player best suited to top this list. Parsons led the league last season with 90 total pressures — the best indicator of future sacks — and he got several of them against the best tackles in the game. Three came against Andrew Thomas and Christian Darrisaw.
Parsons also dropped into coverage more than 60 times compared to four for Bosa and Garrett, something set to change this season. Garrett may be my favorite for DPOY, but Parsons will be hot on his heels — and maybe with the league’s sack lead.
First Week 1 injury report has 3 Cowboys DNPs, but Lewis as full participant :: Cowboys Wire
Jourdan Lewis took a major step toward active duty by practicing with the team on Wednesday; a Giants receiver is also nearing a return.
'Carpe omnia': McCarthy, Cowboys look to seize everything in 2023
McCarthy’s powerful theme for the 2023 season comes with a visual reminder that players will find themselves face-to-face with each day.
Nick Bosa’s contract with San Francisco 49ers will impact Dallas Cowboys, Micah Parsons :: Blogging The Boys
The 49ers star and reigning DPOY finally got his new deal at five years, $170 million. RJ Ochoa sees the indication of what awaits Parsons when he’s eligible following the season. Dallas has control through the 2025 season.
Given that Bosa has hit $34M per year it stands to reason that the conversation will start at $35M per year with Parsons and at least $123M guaranteed. What’s more is that the standard has also been set by both Bosa and fellow rusher T.J. Watt for a salary cap percentage north of 15%.
Cowboys have had some memorable season openers throughout the years :: Inside The Star
Mario Herrera takes a look back to three of the most memorable season openers, including many fan’s favorite, the 1999 overtime win over Washington.
This game is special in my heart as being the largest deficit I’ve seen the Cowboys overcome.
I know it as the Rocket Ismail game, named after one of the Cowboys’ biggest free agent signings that offseason, Raghib “Rocket” Ismail.
Dallas went into the fourth quarter facing a 35-14 deficit, but the experience of the team led by Aikman stormed them back to tie, and eventually win in overtime.
Ismail dropped a sure touchdown earlier in the game, but hauled in the game winner in overtime to complete the epic comeback.