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COWBOYS OFFICIALLY DUMP OWENS, WILLIAMS

The Dallas Cowboys finally have formalized the release of receiver Terrell Owens and safety Roy Williams.
“Terrell Owens was a very productive player who performed at a very high level for all three of his years here in Dallas,” said owner Jerry Jones. “But we have made a decision to move forward without him.
“In the aftermath of the season, we talked about change.  Some of what is changing involves the process and some of it involves people.
“This is a decision that was made based upon consideration for an entire team.  We will move on now with a new team — a new attitude — and into a new stadium.  The evaluation process and the prospect for change will continue at every level of the organization.”
In those 105 words, Jones said plenty.
He essentially admitted that all of the stories about dissension in the locker room were true, even though he had said they’re false.
He also has acknowledged that significant change is needed.  So why hasn’t he fired the head coach?
Jones’ comments contradict the notion that he has been out of touch when it comes to the state of his team.  The fact that he has not engaged in sweeping change, then, reinforces our suspicion that the combination of a sagging economy and the opening of a billion-dollar stadium might have prompted Jones to avoid the cost of buying out Wade Phillips (and the highly-compensated Jason Garrett) and then hiring their replacements.

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41 Responses to “COWBOYS OFFICIALLY DUMP OWENS, WILLIAMS”
  1. WheresSeptien says: Mar 5, 2009 4:56 PM

    As a Dallas Fan, I hate this move. I am one of the few TO supporters in Cowboy Land, we are offensively much worse then we were yesterday.

  2. Ralph GreNader says: Mar 5, 2009 4:57 PM

    I guess I just don’t understand it seemed like things were going so well.

  3. omegalh says: Mar 5, 2009 4:57 PM

    Isn’t Florio’s anti-TO list bogus? If they just released him, then if any team today had said they wanted him, it would be tampering. Therefore, everyone should said “No way on TO.”
    Florio needs to restart it.

  4. isonic says: Mar 5, 2009 5:00 PM

    This kinda sucks for skins fans. T.O., Pacman and Tank Williams made it easy for us to make fun of the cowboys. I guess there is still Romo…

  5. T says: Mar 5, 2009 5:01 PM

    Seems to me there are two possibilities here: either Jones has finally seen the light and understands that character and locker room chemistry mean as much as pure talent on the football field, or he is merely trying to placate his fan base (which, as Jones is surely aware from his marketing people, is FINALLY crying out for a change). My guess is the latter. Jones first love is money. Winning is much further down the list (and winning with class is even lower than that).

  6. LionsfaninClev says: Mar 5, 2009 5:02 PM

    Jerry Jones–the Lions favorite GM–Nos. 20 & 82 overall for a player who would have been an unrestricted FA (unless franchised) and a CB who started 16 games in exchange for a QB the Lions would have released anyway.

  7. gorillaghost says: Mar 5, 2009 5:05 PM

    it must suck to be jerry jones, oh wait he’s rich never mind

  8. twosteppinpun says: Mar 5, 2009 5:05 PM

    How long did it take you to count those 105 words?

  9. tinshaker says: Mar 5, 2009 5:06 PM

    Maybe he actually likes Philips because he can walk all over him. Or maybe he thinks he’s a good coach. He’s been around forever, he can’t be as bad as he looked last year.

  10. ShockAndAweD-LineNYG says: Mar 5, 2009 5:08 PM

    NOW IT GETS GOOD LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!..HEY FLORIO REMEMBER JERRY REESE HASN’T SAID ANYTHING YET!!

  11. Ralph GreNader says: Mar 5, 2009 5:10 PM

    so whereseptien…. ummmm. you’re pretty dumb.

  12. ronry says: Mar 5, 2009 5:10 PM

    Now that T.O. is unemployed without his 15 million reasons to live, maybe a suicide watch is needed.

  13. VBG says: Mar 5, 2009 5:11 PM

    omegalh says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 4:57 pm
    Isn’t Florio’s anti-TO list bogus? If they just released him, then if any team today had said they wanted him, it would be tampering. Therefore, everyone should said “No way on TO.”
    Florio needs to restart it.
    ____________________________________________________________________
    They cut him last night, teams saying they aren’t interested as of today would not be tampering. Owens is a 100% free agent (as of about 11:00 pm last night).

  14. Sundance says: Mar 5, 2009 5:13 PM

    I hope the Vikings go after Roy Williams……….

  15. Jonathan9999 says: Mar 5, 2009 5:14 PM

    now just dump your coach and you might be on to something.

  16. lilbomberx says: Mar 5, 2009 5:15 PM

    hey isonic….laugh at Romo all you want while he’s winning games and campbell is busy being ass

  17. sjt2115 says: Mar 5, 2009 5:18 PM

    @omegalh
    Expressing hypothetical interest in a player isn’t tampering unless you actually contacted their agent to try and negotiate prior to the release.

  18. krkid says: Mar 5, 2009 5:19 PM

    Jerry is clearing cap space for Michael Vick and Marshawn Lynch.

  19. alewatcher says: Mar 5, 2009 5:19 PM

    The head coach is a puppet, why bother to fire him? Let his contract run out and bring in the next puppet.

  20. dystopianow says: Mar 5, 2009 5:20 PM

    “Jerry Jones–the Lions favorite GM–Nos. 20 & 82 overall for a player who would have been an unrestricted FA (unless franchised) and a CB who started 16 games in exchange for a QB the Lions would have released anyway. ”
    Well someone has to be an acting GM for the lions. Call it being a good samaritan.

  21. Leviathan says: Mar 5, 2009 5:21 PM

    “He also has acknowledged that significant change is needed. So why hasn’t he fired the head coach?”
    Uh, because he’s been winning? If he can’t get over the playoff hump in the next two years, THEN you fire him.

  22. nycJag says: Mar 5, 2009 5:22 PM

    Big D ain’t puchin’ their ticker until JJ fires the GM

  23. screaming sheep says: Mar 5, 2009 5:23 PM

    4450 days since the Cowboys have won a playoff game.

  24. steeltown pride says: Mar 5, 2009 5:27 PM

    Who cares ? The cowboys suck and will continue to suck . They are a non factor in football . Playoffs count if you aint winning you aint doing shit . Americas team ? No wonder why this country is going to shit .

  25. Agamemnon says: Mar 5, 2009 5:31 PM

    Reading between the lines. What’re the odds Wade Phillips is the next one out? 2 to 1? Even? I got my popcorn ready…

  26. The Scribe says: Mar 5, 2009 5:32 PM

    …and the Star shines brighter tonight.

  27. Heinekenfun says: Mar 5, 2009 5:35 PM

    I just love that the closing memories in Texas Stadium was back to back 80+ yard Touchdown runs by the Ravens, to hand the Cowboys a season crushing loss, on a Nationally televised game. The only thing better then that, was watching J.J. seethe on stage while the Cowboy ‘greats’ thanked the few, remaining, angry fans.
    I can’t wait to see how they open the new Stadium. I hope it will be a divisional loss to the Giants, Redskins or Eagles. That would be sweet!

  28. east96st says: Mar 5, 2009 5:41 PM

    All this Cowboy news and no word from Vox. Wonder if he has detention after school.

  29. fmfnavydoc says: Mar 5, 2009 5:51 PM

    Has anyone seen Voxy Vox since this went down? Dude must be heartbroken that almost half the league has said “NO” to TO….

  30. LionsfaninClev says: Mar 5, 2009 5:58 PM

    dystopianow says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 5:20 pm
    “Jerry Jones–the Lions favorite GM–Nos. 20 & 82 overall for a player who would have been an unrestricted FA (unless franchised) and a CB who started 16 games in exchange for a QB the Lions would have released anyway. ”
    Well someone has to be an acting GM for the lions. Call it being a good samaritan.
    Well played Trebek.

  31. Proman1 says: Mar 5, 2009 6:42 PM

    Its so nice to see the Cowboys implode. Another Jerry Jones decision backfires in his face!! LOL. They suck, the owner sucks, everything about them and their fans sucks. Nothing but a bunch of over-hyped crybabies.
    Literally.

  32. empty13 says: Mar 5, 2009 6:47 PM

    well the balto loss hurt. but they still only had to “win and be in” the playoffs up in philly. then the eagles ripped their heart out and ate it in front of them.
    44-6*
    but now that is all in the past! the destroyer is gone.

  33. upnorthscott says: Mar 5, 2009 6:49 PM

    The Seahawks need to make a move on Roy Williams. He is a heavy hitter that can bring fear into the secondary. A total Jim Mora kind of guy.

  34. Homeydogg says: Mar 5, 2009 7:05 PM

    Mr. Florio:
    What is the likelihood Jerry Jones waited a week after the FA signing period to screw T.O.?
    If the Cowboys had cut T.O. more than 2 weeks ago, Rosenhaus would have had opportunity to shop T.O. and create the appearance of demand. By waiting the big, stupid money (Redskins) has already been committed and teams in the market for WRs have filled their needs leaving T.O. to twist in the FA wind.
    If Jerry Jones is this conniving and vindictive, I have a new-found respect for the man.

  35. andyreid says: Mar 5, 2009 7:15 PM

    If they release Tony Homo and fire Bum Philips then I will fear them again. Until then, they are being led by complete losers.

  36. 44-6-andthenRomofainted says: Mar 5, 2009 8:32 PM

    Roy Williams will make whatever team he signs with decidedly worse

  37. roughingtheholder says: Mar 5, 2009 8:39 PM

    I don’t understand why Vox has nothing to say? He said that Florio was making up the TO and Roy Williams release stories. I wonder if he will take the whole two weeks off like he did when Romo got assraped by the Eagles Defense to the tune of 44-6.

  38. CaptainFantastik says: Mar 5, 2009 9:19 PM

    Not to worry, Dallas fans. My friend is a corrections officer in North Carolina and he told me Jerry Jones recently visited Nash Correctional Institute. I hear he’s working on a deal that will get Rae Curruth out of prison and into a Cowboys uniform by the start of training camp.

  39. jtl_2003 says: Mar 5, 2009 9:49 PM

    Welcome to the Panthers T.O ???

  40. jgarrisn says: Mar 5, 2009 11:32 PM

    Another crushing blow to my stock portfolio…
    Just last week I bought 100 SHARES OF THE “TEXAS POP-CORN COMPANY”
    Now what am I going to do?
    Oh, and Roy Williams is gone too? Great, just great! I knew I should have sold my stock in ‘Texas Toast’

  41. hamburglar says: Mar 6, 2009 1:26 AM

    Does anyone else see the Cowboys really bottoming out this year? Imagine an injury to Marion Barber or something. This team could look like last year’s Seahawks in a hurry. Think about it. Roy Williams was outplayed by Hank Baskett last year. Crayton and Miles are fringe NFL players. Romo is inconsistent at best and Witten is injury prone. The coach is a hobo and the secondary is God awful. Definetly going 0-6 in the NFC East. That much is for certain.

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