Posted: 8:00 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013
NFL Fans at the "Twitter Water Cooler" - Emory Sports Marketing Analytics
The guys at Emory are at it again. This time, they use the Twitter reaction of fans after a win or a loss to determine how stable or unstable that fan base is. Cowboys fans emerge as the most stable bunch.
But while it's nice to sit at number one, you've got to wonder about the methodology of a study that returns Eagles fans as stable - at anything.
Good thing they didn't use the BTB gamethreads as the basis for their analysis.
In Dallas Cowboys season opener, spotlight is on CB Morris Claiborne - Rainer Sabin, DMN
And on Tony Romo. And on DeMarcus Ware. And on Dez Bryant. And on DeMarco Murray. And on Bill Callahan. And on Jason Garrett. You get the drift.
Pondering the 46: Last spot a WR or TE? - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer argues that the inactives for tnight are mostly clear already: Lance Dunbar, Danny McCray and Anthony Spencer are out with injury. The Cowboys traditionally only dress seven offensive linemen, which would likely make Brian Waters, David Arkin and Darrion Weems the inactives. Which leaves one more spot, and Archer argues that could end up being fifth wide receiver Cole Beasley.
Backups At Defensive Tackle Ready To Get Work This Week - Rowan Kavner, DallasCowboys.com
As Archer points out above, all defensive linemen are likely going to be active today.
"You’ve just got to be ready to adjust and roll, however the chips fall," said backup defensive tackle Landon Cohen. "Any time you get a chance to do what you love to do, it’s a great thing."
Giants offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride ready for new-look Dallas defense - Big Blue View
Gilbride has the Cowboys defense all figured out.
"In the last two years, you had a different regime which was totally committed to confusion, disguise, overload blitzes, and pressures. Now you have a guy that has a little different approach. I think he's got much more mixing, but is more inclined to be coverage," Gilbride said this week. "Not necessarily the two deep for which he's famous for, but he'll mix in single high, but it's a one funnel. Lot of mixture of a one man dog or that type of thing."
"I won't say it's conservative, but it's certainly a much different approach than it's been the last two years and it really resembles what it was a few years earlier with Wade Phillips."
Dallas Cowboys players get ready for new defense - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
The Cowboys didn't show off much of their new defense in the preseason, but that's going to change today, and the players are excited:
"Everyone is anxious to see it," outside linebacker Justin Durant said of the defense. "We know what we got in here, we're just ready to show it."
"The whole thing about the preseason is you don't want to show too much as far as blitzes and stuff like that," Bruce Carter said. "You just want to go out and run your base stuff and just execute doing that and we did a great job of that in the preseason. Guys just need to learn where they're going to be at and what they got to key. It's a great opportunity to do what you have to do."
Bernadeau no doubt knows Waters is here for his job, but says Giants are his focus right now
Bernadeau has to answer some awkward questions after a veteran was brought in specifically to take his spot.
"I don’t think about that," Bernadeau said. "Not at all."
"I’m focused on the Giants, and that’s what I do. I’ve got to work on myself and what I’ve got to do every day. He’s a great guy. I’ve learned a lot from him. But I just focus on this week, and that’s the Giants."
Bill Simmons ranks the teams in the NFC - Grantland
Simmons ranks the teams heading into the 2013 season and offers a bleak outlook for the Cowboys, who are ranked 14th.
"Anyway, I think we're headed for a "You know what? Tony Romo is underrated!" season: more than 5,000 yards, more than 35 TDs, fewer than 15 turnovers … and yet, the Cowboys will finish 9-7 and miss the playoffs, and everyone will blame Tony Romo again. Lather, rinse, repeat."