Needing OL Help, Cowboys Sniffing Around Former Local Star Brian Waters

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​Increasingly concerned that
veteran Montrae Holland won't be the answer at right guard in 2011, the Cowboys have begun re-working their offensive line as training camp ends here in San Antonio after this afternoon's final padded practice at The Alamodome.

Yesterday the Cowboys switched veteran Kyle Kosier and rookie 4th-round draft pick David Arkin. With 1st-round pick Tyron Smith a lock to start at right tackle, Dallas didn't want two rookies starting side-by-side so Arkin is now left guard with Kosier on the right. Doug Free remains the left tackle and, if and when his knee rehabs, veteran Andre Gurode will be the starting center (for now it's second-year, undrafted free agent Phil Costa).

Also firm that last year's starter Leonard Davis won't return at a lower salary after being released two weeks ago, last night the team expanded its search for solutions, kicking the tires of 11-year NFL veteran Brian Waters. If you're a local football fan -- or merely a fan of badass offensive linemen -- you probably remember Waters.

I know that last week owner Jerry Jones was adamant that there were no plans to bring in a veteran lineman to compete with Holland. But that was before the veteran followed up a tweaked knee with worrisome back problems that have kept him out of practice since Thursday. He came to camp about 20 pounds overweight (listed at 340), proved too immobile to get out and pull on sweeps and has team officials so concerned that Jones' plans may be changing as we speak.

If the Cowboys were convinced Holland would be healthy and effective in 2011 they wouldn't have switched Kosier yesterday. And they wouldn't be putting together a list of veteran alternatives.

Enter Waters, who starred at Waxahachie High School and the University of North Texas before signing with the Cowboys as a free agent in '99. After being released, he joined the Chiefs and had himself a sparkling career--highlighted by 133 starts at guard in Kansas City-- two All-Pro teams and five invitations to the Pro Bowl.

At 34, he's still got a little tread on the tire and I hear he has a desire to finish his career close to home in Dallas. The Cowboys haven't made him a contract offer, but a source last night told me his name comes up daily in conversations.

Waters, who was released by Kansas City on July 28, is 6-foot-3, 320 pounds and was the NFL's 2009 Walter Payton Award winner for being a swell guy off the field. He was also No. 67 on NFL Network's Top 100 Players in 2011 and a member of the NFL Players Association's Executive Board during the recent lockout.

He's smart. He's a great locker-room guy. He has an impressive resume at guard. And he wants to be a Cowboy.

The less Montrae Holland makes sense, the more a guy like Brian Waters does.


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Laylow315
Laylow315

The chiefs let a 5time pro bowler like Brian Waters go now the can't run or score.LayLow (cedar hill tx)

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

"Richie Whitt's Sportatorium: the official Cowboys blog of the Dallas Observer"

Tired of this crap
Tired of this crap

Mr. ToneWhat is going on with the sportatorium. It seems as if we are only getting 1 cowboys post a day, and the blogger only rips his readers in print and on radio. Is this what we should expect going forward? There are many readers there who are very unhappy, if you have not read the comments section. Is there anything going to be done about this? Thanks for your time

Email to editor

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

A MAJOR first in local sports history occurred - and nary a blog post about it (at least many 'comment-ers' acknowledged the occurrence.). It's after 1 pm in the afternoon - so I doubt it's coming.

I must join in the chorus of criticism being spewed forth.

(YES, I'M YELLING!) WHITT! THE RANGERS HAVE 5 SP W/ 10+ WINS - SAME SEASON FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!! NO MENTION HERE? PRETTY SHITTY, MAN.

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

There's a whole world of fascinating stuff we could be reading about every day. Why are we limited to just what goes on during training camp? Personally, I'd like to see some articles about what the Cowboys are doing after they leave training camp. What did Romo have for dinner? Did any of the guys go out together? Where? What did they do? Were they recognized? Did they sign autographs? How about some stories about pre-training camp activities? Does Kosier shave every morning? What time? Electric or blade? What brand of shaving cream is the most popular with the guys? I can think of a million things that are just as fascinating as training camp observations. I feel like we're being short-changed!

Mishon
Mishon

We need to be more like the people in London in here. They were unhappy about a few things that were going on, so they rioted! We have been unhappy with the product here for a long time, so let's do something about it. Somebody more technical savy than me should start a firerichiewhitt.com page and we can get signatures and send it to Wilonsky. This shit has gone on for too long! Anybody have any other ideas?

Debbie Kearney
Debbie Kearney

Ogando back from paternity leave.   When are we going to get the promised story on the Kinsler/Lewis paternity leave and now you can add Ogando in there.5 pitchers with 10 wins and we get a story about the offensive line.

Storm_71
Storm_71

The Rangers really put there big sticks all up in that Furbush last night.

Thank you, thank you...............I'll be here all the week.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I am really having trouble getting amped up for this Cowboy's season...could be the lockout, could be the general (expected) suckitude of the Boys..could be RW whipping my ass for the last 6 months with COWBOYS articles. Thought that Jerra and Redball was going to do this thing with youth?  If we wanted 34 yo guards, you coulda kept Big Davis..Hell, methinks Nate and Gogan are still around.RW, think you may be able to swing a freaking article about the team that's been in first place all year..actually won something last year (didn't win it all, but still), has 5 members of the starting rotation with 10 wins, has the 2nd most quality starts in the league..most shutouts of any rotation..getting by with the Face at 3b, cause my guy only has a hamstring.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

The Sportatorium Mob is ready for our paternity article with Colby and Kins. Please compare them taking game(s) off to the normal man and how much time we take off.  If you need perspective, you can interview Gavin, he works at your station on the 7-10pm shift. Had a baby with his girlfriend, and took two weeks off. What the what? 

Spickey Magnola
Spickey Magnola

Waters was on the downslide the second half of 2010. He was not in ready shape to start the season so the Chiefs let him go. He will need time to get in game shape and then will need motivation to then give the effort on his 34 year old frame. He will get exposed by younger quicker defenders but might be serviceable to fill in the gaps. Good luck with that shoulder, Tony.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

PuhTheTic

Taking "mailing it in" to a new low.  This reads like a daily Cowboys press release.

If there were any advertisers other than Daily Deals and an Erectile Dysfunction Low Testosterone ad (wildly appropriately located close to Richie, however), I would be boycotting all Sportatorium Advertisers.  As it is, it looks like the overall sucktasticness of this blog are killing off advertisers like the drought is killing off my lawn.

What the what
What the what

100k watts, and you raised $6k? Wtf, knon raises that picking its nose, powder puffs got $250k. Y'all are a wast of the mot coveted spot on the dial. Someone tell me how rage took a timeslot pulling 3.5 and took it to 1.8, with the hammer? The problem must be the douchy host named whitt

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

Cowboys football is meh until the regular season starts. I don't care if Romo took a shit, I don't care if Dez pissed on the toilet seat, I don't care if Miles blew a load in his girlfriend's eye...actually I might be interested in watching that when it comes out on DVD.

Give us some Rangers stories. Fuck, we'll take MMA stories or some more of your ghost stories. Anything but Cowboys Training Camp Day XX Observations.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Brian Waters was a stud, as a Chiefs fan, I have enjoyed watching him play the last 11 years in KC, opening holes for the likes of Priest, LJ and most recently Mr Charles.  Unfortunately guys get older and the young push you out.  I think it worth a shot on Waters, he is a good dude off the field as you said. 

Guest
Guest

The Rangers won last night.  Harrison got his 10th win.  The Rangers have 5 pitchers with 10 wins.  Anyway, enjoy the rest of your day, Mr. Richie Whitt.  This one blog post probably sucked the life out of you.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

"Richie Whitt's Sportatorium: the official Cowboys and 40 yo and over Addison douche blog of the Dallas Observer"  fiixed

Storm_71
Storm_71

Fight the good fight brother.........fight the good fight.

Mishon
Mishon

He never wrote about Young's 2,000 hits yesterday either. Cowboys 24/7. If they make the playoffs, he will jump on the bandwagon again and act like he was with them the whole way.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Methinks the Observer isn't footing the bill for any of his trip, so he's boycotting by writing one article.

Sloppy Joe
Sloppy Joe

How about you guys try boycotting? That would be great.

Guest
Guest

I do not wish to see any person get fired or lose their job.  I do wish the Observer would light a fire under his ass for some better content.

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

they put their weed whackers to work, didn't they? hehehe

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

This year is a wash. If Brady can pull anything out of Ochocinco, it'll be the Pats and Eagles in the "Big Game".

Also, Nate is the size of a linebacker now and probably runs a 6.2 40. You know what, screw it, let's have Nate try out. Couldn't get much worse.

Rooster
Rooster

Personally, I'm having trouble giving a damn about the Cowboys because:

1) We have cap troubles and they're going to blow this year.2) I never give a damn about camp, or pre-season either for that matter.3) The Rangers are well on their way to being a serious playoff contender for the 2nd time in team history (and before anyone starts, no, I don't count the three 1 and outs of the roid years).

MoronDog
MoronDog

Yeah, but if a host at 105 takes 2 weeks off would anyone notice?

ThongNCheese
ThongNCheese

RW will let you know that their ratings are "headed in the right direction".

Jeremy Wilson
Jeremy Wilson

Being a Chiefs fan myself, I can't help but hope Brian finds a great home to finish out his career. I was sad to see him go, and want to see someone do right by him to finish out a spectacular career.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Remember, Davis was close to signing somewhere else, then we were told that he was coming back, now he for sure wont come back.  Throw shit at the wall and something will stick 

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

We can only hope he's writing for the Who Gives a Shit Times instead of the Observer by then.

Overzealous Youth Minister
Overzealous Youth Minister

I would boycott but then I would miss tomorrow's post about Tony and Miles going to see Planet of the Apes together.

Guest
Guest

Why don't you get back into your Manwich can.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Not gonna happen. I want anyone new who stumbles across this place to know that Whitt half-asses his content. There's no way I'm letting the dude continue to collect his Observer paycheck for such pathetic effort without expressing my opinion of it until something changes.

I doubt I'll be the only one.

#1 FAN FAN
#1 FAN FAN

Why are you still defending RW? Just look at the content from the past two weeks. They only thing he has posted is useless Cowboys training crap that is day old news. No Rangers stories other than the ONE story that did nothing but bash the bullpen and its newest team members. How can you still love him? Does his cum taste that good? Sam Merten posted longer and better stories in the week that he filled in than Richie has in a month. Now go jump back on his cock.

Mishon
Mishon

I'm fine with somebody getting fired that a. Hasn't been consistently good at his job for a long time now and b. Rude as hell to the readers the few times he actually engaged with us in the past year.

He obviously doesn't value this job. Maybe somebody else out there would.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Gagreed with all three points Rooster, er..what have you done with the real Rooster?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

and the cap troubles only get worse next year, as they 3 guys we cut b4 camp hit the cap next year too.

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

Still think the lack of a true ace will bite the red shoes in the ass come playoff time IF they win the division - Angels pitching is fucking tough. Gonna be a dogfight, I'm afraid. Every time I think Holland has turned the corner, he spits the bit. He's the potential TORP, but not quite ready for prime time all the time just yet.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

"If a tree falls in the forest and noone is around to hear it..." I actually listen to their late night, they're the only local station that has anyone on air. I guess that goes back to the great Gilbert running that kind of thing at the Ticket. Makes me miss the Hot Spot a little bit.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

It's probably not a good idea for a certain someone to throw stuff out there when he has such a poor record of results.

Theows
Theows

For starters i set out not TO hunt whales. However after a weekend with lee my phone preformed marviloes feets of action (pardon the spelling boys i am after all a good ol boy".

Later when jack would say go see fin and feather instead of onstar taking me to that location. It wasnt so. Took me to a recycle center and GE. After a few days i noticed emails going out without me sending them. And the ones that did go changed. It wasnt until i came across a blog with josh and character diy were conversing about micing the offfice phones ect. Lee i guess guilt for my unborn told me the truth. I immideatly smashed my phone. Headed to fork to terminate the leak as instructed a week prior by jack. I did so. Jack backed up on me and i knew now or never. I love you guys so much only went deep to save ship. My only crime was letttng that charmful innocents trap me (les learned). That being said it will be hard to control josh althogh i can if jack retires. Otherwise i will have no control over this 9ft tall giant.

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

oh yeah....Cowboys.....meh. This is a town of champions - as in 2011 NBA Champions and 2010 AL Champions. Cowboys are slipping down that relevancy slope. Would JJones go broke if only 55k or 60k started showing up at the Death Star in a year or two with more losing? Some say he's 'over-mortgaged' now. Hmmm.

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

CLee got another shutout the other day - so he leads again. Dutch just needs to find some consistency. He has by far the best stuff on the staff (of the starters)

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Can't be too frustrated by the Dutch Oven, he does have as many shutouts as the great Clee, this year.  He's not gonna be a top three starter if'n we make it the playoffs..unless something happens methinks it looks like this: Ceej, Colby, Ogando, Harry..and if Colby doesn't get straightened out..nevermind, OSB is gonna pitch him no matter what.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

the ace will be a problem in the playoffs, but Ill live with that problem then.  Bobby V said it best last night.  The Angels have better 1-2 pitching but over a 60 game period the offense will have more a say in the the outcome than 2 pitchers, and the Rangers offense is the 3rd best in the majors.

Storm_71
Storm_71

I listened on Saturday afternoon to some dudes named Jeff and Matt (I think). They where not bad as far as weekend shows go. But alas then Mr. Whitt poped on and they acted like they had to suck his cock all over the place. Sad.

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