A performance like the one turned in by the Cowboys defense in Week 1 doesn’t happen often. As it turns out, it’s actually never happened before at all. We’re still processing the significance of Dallas’s big win, including how it helped the club in the newest power rankings, which veteran seemed like his younger self, and what one coach had to say about what the team held back on. Plus, if you thought watching the game was fun, wait until you re-live it as it happened on the Cowboys sideline.
Elsewhere, Jerry Jones responds to a troubling allegation of racially insensitive remarks, how Dak Prescott compares to every Cowboys quarterback of the last 30-plus years in one key category, and what the Aaron Rodgers news will mean for the Cowboys as the Jets prepare to fly to Dallas without their top gun. All that and more in a packed edition of News and Notes.
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Here’s how much history the Cowboys’ defense made against the Giants :: D Magazine
Just how good was the Dallas defense Sunday night? Well, we saw a team get shut out and lose by at least 40, lose the sack battle by at least seven, lose the turnover battle by at least three, and have an interception and a blocked field goal taken back for a touchdown: in league history, that’s never happened to one team all in the same season. The Cowboys’ D did it to the Giants all in one game.
Rodgers' torn Achilles confirmed, Cowboys to face Zach Wilson :: Cowboys Wire
Jets fans saw Aaron Rodgers’s debut season end after just four snaps. With the confirmed diagnosis of a torn Achilles tendon, Rodgers is out for 2023, and Zach Wilson’s second stint as the team’s starter is underway. The former No. 2 overall draft pick managed the game well enough for the Jets to beat Buffalo in overtime; now he’ll travel to Dallas on a short week to face a Cowboys defense coming off a performance for the ages.
Jerry Jones signals Cowboys are not willing to trade QB to Jets :: Yardbarker
With the Jets suddenly linked to passers ranging from Joe Flacco to Colin Kaepernick and even Tom Brady, the Cowboys owner said Tuesday he “can’t imagine what it would be” that could convince him to trade Cooper Rush or Trey Lance to the needy Jets. Cam Newton, Matt Ryan, Nick Foles, and Carson Wentz are among the other names that had Jets observers talking after the loss of Rodgers.
Cowboys Jerry Jones' alleged quote on lack of Black personnel in NFL surfaces :: Cowboys Wire
Former NFL Network reporter Jim Trotter claims that Jones once answered a question about Black professionals in decision-making roles around the league by stating, “If Blacks feel some kind of way, they should buy their own team and hire who they want to hire.” Trotter’s contract was not renewed by the NFL after he repeatedly pressed commissioner Roger Goodell about the league’s lack of diversity; he has filed a racial discrimination/retaliation lawsuit.
Jerry Jones responds to Trotter accusations :: Todd Archer
Jerry Jones statement on the allegation made against him in a lawsuit filed by former NFL Network reporter Jim Trotter against the NFL. pic.twitter.com/gx26OR8SSa
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) September 12, 2023
NFL power rankings Week 2: Reactions to opening week as NFC soars :: Cowboys Wire
Dallas catapulted themselves to the No. 2 spot in this set of power rankings with that 40-0 beatdown in the Big Apple. San Francisco remains at the top; the Chiefs, Dolphins, and Eagles round out the top five behind the Cowboys.
Tyron Smith proves doubters wrong in Cowboys win, reclaims top LT status :: Cowboys Wire
Just days after suffering an ankle injury in practice, the 32-year-old eight-time Pro Bowler allowed zero sacks, zero QB hits, zero QB hurries, and zero QB pressures the entire night, going against former Top-5 draft pick Kayvon Thibodeaux.
Micah Parsons blasts Giants coaches for keeping Daniel Jones in late :: Bleacher Report
Micah Parsons doesn't think Giants should've kept Daniel Jones in the game at end of 40-0 blowout.
"They should've protected him." pic.twitter.com/sxGOMYJCOC
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 11, 2023
DeMarcus Lawrence to give back with each sack in '23 :: Dallas Cowboys
Sacks for a cause 👏@TankLawrence is giving back to the community by donating $2,500 to the @ntfb for every sack he records this season! In addition, @GlobeLife will match each donation dollar for dollar.#DallasCowboys | https://t.co/PbcZmjxhZI pic.twitter.com/qEsKOc6Xf1
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 12, 2023
Schottenheimer: Cowboys held back on offense, happy to keep Jets guessing :: Cowboys Wire
Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer admitted that the Cowboys didn’t go through everything on their call sheet Sunday night. It was decided that some plays would be held back once the game was in hand, perhaps contributing to what some fans saw as a conservatively vanilla night from Prescott & Co.
Jerry Jones calls Dak Prescott ‘best leader' at QB he's seen as Cowboys owner :: Fox Sports
“You get someone that the team will follow, and that’s the key,” the owner said of Prescott. “He’s the best leader that I’ve ever seen at that position. And we’ve been around some good ones. Aikman was outstanding and [Romo] I think was just outstanding. But Dak is quite a leader out there at that position.”
Cowboys' Snap Counts, Positional Grades from Week 1 win over Giants :: Cowboys Wire
The Cowboys offensive line earned an A for keeping Prescott mostly clean all night, and Terence Steele logged 100% of the offensive snaps- leading the entire team- in his return from injury. Every single unit on the defense and special teams scored an A for their sensational night in New York. Markquese Bell recorded 31 snaps at linebacker in a bit of a surprise.
Sounds from the Sideline returns :: Dallas Cowboys
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) September 12, 2023
Cowboys 53-man roster, elevation-eligible players vs Jets for Week 2 :: Cowboys Wire
The status of players like Tyler Smith and Donovan Wilson for this week is not yet known. The team used a gameday elevation on Brock Hoffman and C.J. Goodwin in Week 1; they’re down to two elevations left. Running back Ronald Jones has one more game remaining on his suspension.
Former Cowboys OL released by Bengals :: Field Yates
The Bengals have released OT La’El Collins from PUP. He’s now a free agent.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 12, 2023
Gil Brandt leaves legacy as final member of Dallas Cowboys’ original trinity :: Dallas Morning News
Most of the 11 Pro Football Hall of Famers drafted or signed by Brandt attended the legend’s memorial service Tuesday, most dressed in their gold blazers. The Cowboys legends included Drew Pearson, Daryl Johnston, Troy Aikman, Tony Dorsett, Bob Lilly, and Roger Staubach, who may have been Brandt’s greatest individual find. Staubach revealed he never thought he’d play in the pros, but it was Brandt’s belief in him- and his dogged communication with him while he was in Vietnam, even sending care packages that included footballs- that changed No. 12’s mind.