The online sportsbook experts did not expect much from the Dallas Cowboys in 2011. The Cowboys were coming off of a disappointing season in 2010 with a new head coach, new defensive coordinator and basically the same roster that could not make the playoffs last year. With some key injuries on the offensive line and in the offensive backfield, the Cowboys were even less of the team it was last year. The price per head sports experts did not expect Dallas to be a Super Bowl contender and the odds the Cowboys were given to win the Super Bowl reflected that.
Now that the season is over and the Cowboys lost the most critical game of the season to the New York Giants, the finger-pointing begins along with the long bouts of confusion. The fans are getting anxious over this lack of playoff success under owner Jerry Jones. Head coach Jason Garrett looked out of place at times and made decisions a high school coach in his first game would not make. You just don’t ice your own kicker on the game winning field goal. If you have been in football for more than a season or two, then you should know that instinctively.
New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was supposed to bring the system that he perfected in Cleveland to Dallas and use superior players to get better results. As the season wore on, it became evident that the Cowboys’ defensive players were not all that superior to the Browns’ players. According to the pay per head sports experts, Ryan’s defense in Dallas ranked 14th overall by the time the season was over. It did great against the rush where it ranked seventh, but wound up 23rd against the pass. The defense just could not stop the opposition when it had to.
A bodog review of the entire Dallas team shows a team that was affected by the lack of a training camp. The team did not have time to get used to its new systems and its new coaches and it suffered. Jason Garrett is going to have to work on his game management skills because he made several blatant errors that had even the most casual fans scratching their heads. To judge this team on this season is probably not fair.
The first questions that Jerry Jones handled after the loss to the Giants were about the futures of Garrett and Ryan. Jones was adamant when he said that both men would stay in their positions with the team next season. Jones did not address any concerns about the level of NFL caliber talent on the Cowboys’ roster. While changes are expected, Jones did not give any indication of what kind of changes to expect.
One player that did speak out was wide receiver Dez Bryant. He indicated that the team was angry and disappointed at the way the season turned out. When asked about his own performance in his second year, Bryant indicated that he did okay but that he could do better. The Cowboys’ players all seem to share the burden of the loss, which could be the first sign of a team coming together as a single unit.
Dallas Sports Fan – Mavs Slide Into Break, Stars Prepare For Stretch Run, Rangers Get Ready For Camp
2012 March Madness betting players in Dallas are still getting their brackets together as the season is winding down, but it is a busy time for three of the four professional teams in the area as the Mavericks head into the All-Star break, while the Stars are awaiting the trade deadline and the Rangers are going to spring training to get ready for the 2012 campaign.
The Mavericks are still hanging around despite not playing their best basketball this season, and a sportsbook review of their chances may even show surprise that the defending champions are still in it after an awful start. Dallas split their four games over the last week as they prepare for the All-Star as they held off Philadelphia on the road, then they were caught in “Linsanity” with a loss in New York before returning to beat Boston and lose to the Los Angeles Lakers. Dirk Nowitzki will represent the Mavericks at All-Star weekend for the 11th time, even though he said he doesn’t deserve to be there, and then he’ll return to Dallas for a home game against New Jersey on Tuesday (players that purchase price per head services will hear a lot about Deron Williams, the Dallas native at the point for the Nets who is a free agent in the offseason), then the Nets travel to Memphis on Wednesday.
The Stars are doing a great job of keeping themselves in the Western playoff picture, although they’re a little fortunate as there are a number of teams around them that may be more inconsistent than Dallas. The Stars played four games since last Thursday: an overtime home win over Calgary, an overtime loss in Phoenix, a one-goal loss at home to Nashville and then Dallas blanked Montreal on the road. Dallas’ busy slate continues on Thursday in Chicago, then the Stars return home for meetings with Minnesota, Vancouver and Pittsburgh. There are no NHL trade deadline rumors surrounding the team right now, but the Stars have until Monday at 3:00 PM ET to decide if they want to make a move.
The Rangers are now working out in Arizona as they are aiming for a third consecutive trip to the World Series, and of course, there was a media circus surrounding Yu Darvish, the Japanese pitcher who is being touted as the next superstar. However, a more important piece to the puzzle may be veteran Roy Oswalt, who will make a decision on Monday as to where he will be this year. The frontrunners figure to be the Rangers and Boston, and even though he isn’t the pitcher he once was, Oswalt’s experience can help any pitching staff, which in turn improves a team’s odds at most sports betting sites.
The online betting world is starting to focus in on March Madness betting, but the sports fans in Dallas have a whole list of Cowboys issues to deal with. First on the list of things that is causing some grumbling at Valley Ranch is comments made by defensive end Jason Hatcher. When asked about the future of the Cowboys’ defense under Rob Ryan, Hatcher said that the talent is there and the scheme is good but the defense lacks leadership. Hatcher pointed to the lack of a “Ray Lewis type leader” in the Dallas locker room that could bring the defense together.
While the 2011 season was going on, the pay per head sports experts were questioning the leadership abilities of linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Ware is often acknowledged as the most talented defensive player on the Cowboys’ defense and many feel he should assume a more prominent leadership role. Ware’s response to the comments was that Hatcher was wrong. Ware maintains that the Dallas defense has strong leadership and as the team gets more familiar with coordinator Ryan’s schemes, the leadership in the locker room will emerge.
The fans are also starting to make themselves heard when it comes to the job that Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones has done as general manager. Several fans have started social networking pages and websites dedicated to forcing Jones to hire a general manager and put Jones back to being just the owner. A bodog review of Jones’ responses to past fan insurrections indicates that these kinds of pressures do not bother him. But this is not just a smattering of fans here and there. The number of fans actively trying to force Jones to hire a general manager is growing and it will soon be something that not even Jerry Jones can ignore.
The Cowboys are in the same boat as all the other NFL teams in that Dallas has to use its franchise tag by March 5th or the team loses the tag for the season. Many sports experts are following the franchise tag. You can even read about the NFL franchise tag updates on the occasional NHL trade deadline blog. But there are some teams that may not use the franchise tag at all. The Buffalo Bills do not have any players outside of wide receiver Stevie Johnson that would require the tag. The wide receiver tag number is around $9.5 million this year and it is doubtful that the Bills will want to pay that much to Johnson.
The Cowboys have several candidates for the franchise tag, but it is expected that the Cowboys will not use the tag and rely on free agency instead. The most likely candidate for the tag is linebacker Anthony Spencer. But the Cowboys would rather work out a long-term deal with Spencer than pay him the $8.8 million that a franchise linebacker would get in 2012. The Cowboys are trying to avoid using the franchise tag if at all possible in 2012. At this point, Dallas is in negotiations with all of its free agents and hopes to have deals struck soon.
It’s not a Bet Online scam if you see the Dallas Mavericks moving up the pecking order of NBA betting favorites as the defending champions are starting to come alive, as proven by their recent hot streak. On the ice, the Stars are in danger of falling out of the playoff picture, while the Cowboys and Texas Rangers continue their offseasons.
The Mavericks have now won five in a row as they head out for weekend road games in Philadelphia and New York, and smart BetOnline players would have known not to count Dallas out after a slow start. The streak has included a pair of wins over Denver, as well as Minnesota on the road and home games against Portland and the Los Angeles Clippers, so they’re beating good teams. The Mavericks finally seem to be healthy and they’ll need all hands on deck this week; after their meetings with the 76ers and Knicks, the Mavericks return home to host Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Stars head into Thursday’s home game against Calgary on a three-game skid and they’re four points out of eighth place in the tough Western Conference, having lost at Buffalo and Detroit as well as at home against Los Angeles. They’ve likely fallen out of favor with players that use price per head software as the Stars scored five goals in those three games; it doesn’t matter how good your defense is, you’re not going to reach the postseason by scored less than two goals a game. The Stars will be in Phoenix on Saturday night, at home against Nashville on Sunday, and then in Montreal on Tuesday.
There hasn’t been much to talk about when it comes to the Cowboys in the offseason; those who work with bookie software will find Dallas as a reasonable darkhorse for the Super Bowl next season, and everyone is preparing to make another run next season. The Cowboys have also stated that they’ll pass on Randy Moss, who has come out of retirement on his 35th birthday and he has always played well against Dallas, who passed on him in the 1998 draft, instead selecting defensive end Greg Ellis. That may not have been smart, but avoiding Moss at this point, especially with all the youth the Cowboys already have at receiver, is the best move for Dallas.
The Rangers signed Mike Napoli to a one-year deal as they’re getting ready for spring training, but the big story going into camp is outfielder Josh Hamilton, who has had well-publicized problems with alcohol as of late and has gone back to counseling. The Rangers have enough to get by without Hamilton, but they’re obviously a better team with him in the lineup, so keep an eye on his story before making any sports bets at Bodog for the World Series.
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