Cowboys Training Camp 2011: Top 5 To-Do List

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Well, are you ready for some?
Arrived in San Antonio this morning and will attend owner Jerry Jones' State of the Franchise press conference at 3 p.m. in The Alamodome. (After an off-season of relative silence and so many topics to cover, this baby could go 90 minutes.)

In the post-lockout NFL, the Cowboys have hit the ground sprinting. So far, so good.

Gone: Roy Williams. Marion Barber. Leonard Davis. Kris Brown. Robert Brewster.

Going: Marc Colombo?

Staying: Doug Free. Marc Colombo?

Coming: Abram Elam. Roger Emrich.

With the first practice tomorrow morning at 10 being a walkthrough and the first pads practice not until this weekend, things will start slowly. But eventually in these two weeks down south they've got to accomplish some lofty goals pretty quickly.

Like ...

5. Rookie Production -- In the wake of Leonard Davis and perhaps Marc Colombo being cut (the team is talking to him about returning at a lower salary), Tyron Smith must be able to play at a high level. Right now. Biggest question is whether he will balk at being asked/ordered to carry veteran Dez Bryant's pads?

4. Change the Culture -- Head coach Jason Garrett began that process last season, installing more discipline and more physical practices in leading Dallas to 5-3 down the stretch. The Cowboys got soft under Wade Phillips. In order to be a better team, Dallas has to be a tougher team mentally and physically. Even without two-a-days, that process starts in training camp.

3. Secure a Kicker -- He's got a strong leg, but can David Buehler make a field goal when it matters? The Cowboys signed veteran Kris Brown, but cut him yesterday to create some salary-cap room. Looks like 2010 Lou Groza Award winner Dan Bailey of Oklahoma State will be Buehler's camp competition. One of them has to emerge as reliable.

2. Upgrade the Secondary -- The Cowboys gave up 436 points in 2010, most in franchise history. The lasting image of lost after loss was safeties Alan Ball and Gerald Sensabaugh pointing at each other in the end zone after another passing touchdown as if to say "No, I thought you had him!" Sensabaugh is likely gone via free agency and Ball is moving back to Nickel cornerback. Whether it's Michael Huff or Abram Elam or Eric Weddle (re-signed with Chargers this morning), the Cowboys have to acquire a better safety or else new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's defense won't stand a chance.

1. Sign Doug Free -- In light of No. 1 draft choice Tyron Choice, Free might be the right tackle of the future. But he's the left tackle of the present. And the Cowboys landed him via a sweet deal last night, four years, $32 million ($17 guaranteed). Most experts thought a 26-year-old tackle entering the prime of  his career would command $10 million a year and a bonus of $20 million. Free isn't exactly in the Ring of Honor yet, but he held up last year against elite pass-rushers like Julius Peppers, Mario Williams, Clay Matthews and Dwight Freeney.


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Richie's overinflated ego
Richie's overinflated ego

In baseball news, Charlie Sheen is trying to put together a group of investors to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers. There is no way MLB will let that happen, they don't even want Mark Cuban to own them.

Is it just me or has Feliz become "Wild Thing Vaughn" this season. It was like he was working for the Twins last Night. It has gotten to the point where I want to vomit every time I see him warming up in the bullpen because you know the Rangers are gonna lose now.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

Your first post was doing nothing but pimping your god awful radio station that 99% of your blog readers don't listen to. Then your second is garbage that has already been discussed? I'm done with this blog. Somebody tweet me whenever the Observer or Wilonsky or whoever is in charge wises up and gets rid of this ass clown hack.

linefourguy
linefourguy

How can your #1 thing the Cowboys need to do be something that has already been done?

antiarmen
antiarmen

Is there anyone who likes the sound of their own voice more than Jerry Jokes?!

Sports Cactus
Sports Cactus

Soooo..... yet another recap of things the Cowboys must do in preseason? Haven't we covered this like 80 times already? You can't even count this turd as show prep. This is just weak.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

In SFBL, a no hitter was thrown today by a pitcher who I grabbed off the FA list,.  BOOM, and im back in 1st so suck it

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Nobody cares about Roger Dimrick. The PA announcer doesn't help the Cowboys win games. So this is "meh" like the majority of your posts.

Jx2
Jx2

Who's Tyron Choice?

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

RW: "I liked how Bob Sturm said "Free held up last year against elite pass-rushers like Julius Peppers, Mario Williams, Clay Matthews and Dwight Freeney." So much, I stole it..."

Mayor of Mehville
Mayor of Mehville

 Puts ear to the ground....They're coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Did you or Greggo drive to S.A.  and how was it.  I like how the Goose said da boys arent contenders.  Gotta lot of work to do and not much dough to do it with

D1P1
D1P1

Sounds like Greggo on drugs talking on the radio.

Mayor of Mehville
Mayor of Mehville

Funny, you all think RW "steals" shtick, categories, content from the little ticket, so.......Now what?!?!?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Tashard Choice and Tyron Smith's love child?I'd be giddier about this if you could combine a player with said attributes. The NFL needs a 300+ pound running back. F concussions.

MoronDog
MoronDog

You, my friend, are genius...

Rooster
Rooster

This is some funny schtick

Sporty Sport Sport
Sporty Sport Sport

Are you the one that researched the Harry Seaward signing yesterday? That one's a real game changer. I just bought season tickets. Wouldn't miss that for anything. Speaking of missing:

Bengals named Andy Dalton as their #1 QB at this point.Mariners break 17 game losing streak 9-2 at Yankee Stadium.Ervin Santana no hits the Indians.Epic blown call ends 19 inning NL battle: http://tinyurl.com/3v4pfj4

You all heard about it last here at the Sportytorium

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Mr. Mayor, I bring you the new PA announcer and game day yuck monkey.

MoronDog
MoronDog

The Ticket can do what they do but they cant do what the Ticket does.

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