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Emmitt offers dire prediction for Cowboys

Former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, who’s on the outside looking in after a failed two-year run at ESPN, is making a preseason radio tour — and he is predicting failure for the Cowboys.

“Realistically, I think that the Cowboys can win seven games,” Smith told Colin Cowherd of ESPN Radio (via Tim MacMahon of the Dallas Morning News). 

“I mean, when I start hearing things are going to change, I keep
asking myself as a player, how much are they going to change?  Are you going to be a hard-nosed coach now since things are going to
change?  Are you going to be more focused than you were last year?  Those
kind of things, I’m like, c’mon.  This is not a game where you can just
turn it on and turn it off.”

One major area of concern?  Wideout Roy Williams, the new No. 1 man on the depth chart, thanks to the exile of Terrell Owens.

“The question is, can Roy step up and be what they need him to be?” Emmitt said. “I don’t know. I don’t know if it’s possible. . . .  I do not see him as a No. 1.  I never have saw him as a No. 1.  Never
have.  When I say No. 1, I mean your No. 1 go-to guy.  He’s not your No.
1 go-to guy.”

Emmitt also has misgivings about quarterback Tony Romo’s vow that the man with the “happy to be here” demeanor has changed.  The all-time leading rusher shared those views on a visit with Sirius NFL Radio’s The Sirius Blitz.  (Emmitt is doing these radio spots because he’s pushing pork.  Not to be confused with pulling pork.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

“[W]hen you have your offseason and you say things are going to change and you’ve never been that dominant personality or in that leadership position then, as a player, you lose me,” Emmitt told Adam Schein and Rich Gannon.  “You lost me.  I’m sitting there saying, ‘OK, now you’re going to become a leader?’  What happened when we had all this great talent over here and we had a chance to go, not only in the playoffs, but in the first round of the playoffs when we got knocked out both times?  Now all of a sudden you’re going to change?   And our talent level is less than it was two years ago?  How much better can we be?”

Yikes.

We assume Emmitt won’t be hanging out much at the new football cathedral in North Texas.

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  1. DarthPirate says: Sep 8, 2009 7:17 PM

    So is he predicting the Cowboys to get blowed up?

  2. beefandpork says: Sep 8, 2009 7:19 PM

    This alone makes me think the cowboys are going to do great this season =-D

  3. The Wishbone says: Sep 8, 2009 7:20 PM

    Did he pronounce “realistically” correctly?
    If so, I’m kinda proud of him.

  4. Jlewx says: Sep 8, 2009 7:23 PM

    I am hoping he is correct. Bad enough to miss playoffs and just good enough to pick in the middle of the draft. But knowing how stupid Emmitt is, I don’t believe he has a clue.

  5. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Sep 8, 2009 7:24 PM

    “I never have saw him as a No. 1….”
    Perhaps it was his grammar that kept him from continuing his career at ESPN?
    He speaks like a functional illiterate.

  6. StartTarvaris says: Sep 8, 2009 7:26 PM

    Bobby Wade > Roy Williams

  7. paranoidandroid says: Sep 8, 2009 7:26 PM

    no love from a former player….bitter maybe?

  8. Roger the Dodger says: Sep 8, 2009 7:29 PM

    Emmitt was a great running back – my alltime favorite. He is a great dancer.
    He’s not a major intellect.

  9. PkrNboro says: Sep 8, 2009 7:30 PM

    re: Emmitt
    I never have saw him as…
    …quotable.

  10. Beer Cheese Soup says: Sep 8, 2009 7:34 PM

    So, if they do make the playoffs, will he be able to admit he’s been debacled?

  11. NDCowboysfan says: Sep 8, 2009 7:37 PM

    Tavaris Jackson

  12. savagenation says: Sep 8, 2009 7:39 PM

    Emmitt’s Analysis:
    “The leadership definitely have to come from the leaders.”

  13. ChrEYEst says: Sep 8, 2009 7:40 PM

    To hear the interview was much more entertaining, as Emmitt created a new phrase, “Numerous OF Times.” He was also asked why Dallas would invest so much in Williams if he’s not a true #1 WR, to which Emmitt replied, “I’ve been WRASTLIN’ with that in my mind.” The Legend Of Emmitt Smith Continues!

  14. FireJerryJones says: Sep 8, 2009 7:41 PM

    Amazing how fast the rats jump ship.
    Emmitt, as well as all the supposed fans here dissing him.
    He’s probably right.
    He wasn’t sugar coating his words. Romo has to be a leader and call out the O-line. They AVERAGED two false starts a game last year.
    What he said was they have less talent, and there seems to be an expectation that Wade’s going to be tougher… and that Romo’s going to be tougher now that T.O. is out of the way.
    Not likely.

  15. DoomsDayD75 says: Sep 8, 2009 7:45 PM

    I don’t think Emmitt has been paying too much attention to the Cowboys. If he did he would know that Jason Witten is our go-to guy. We also have this kid named Felix Jones who is about to establish himself as one of the most dynamic and explosive players in the NFL. We also have two of the best defensive players in the league in DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff. We have an improved secondary and solid middle linebackers.
    I understand why people pick the Giants or the Eagles to win the division and I am happy that people are sleeping on the Cowboys this year. I just can’t wait ’till my ‘Boys prove all the doubters wrong.

  16. Moe Lester says: Sep 8, 2009 7:47 PM

    who is he to judge?
    he ran behind the best line in football for years and then it took him year after year of 2.3 yards/carry just to break the rushing record?
    If Barry Sanders wasn’t the classy guy he is and retired in his 9th season where he would of broken the record but didn’t want to because it wasn’t important to him, Emmit Smith would never be able to call himself the rushing leader.
    Way to make your way to the top by being a joke for the final years of your career.

  17. paranoidandroid says: Sep 8, 2009 7:47 PM

    strange move by espn not to have emmitt back, especially when they employ the smilin feel-good puppet magic johnson, who adds nothing…. jalen “the robot ” rose and merrill “why am i here” hoge. their analyst are among the worst but i still fight through it to get the highlights.

  18. pantherdan89 says: Sep 8, 2009 7:49 PM

    Yeah, I agree. The Cowboys are going to get debacled this season.

  19. jeffjewell says: Sep 8, 2009 7:53 PM

    Cowboys to be debacled? They neededed a wake-up call.

  20. screaming sheep says: Sep 8, 2009 7:59 PM

    Bring back the comments ratings system.
    savagenation says: September 8, 2009 7:39 PM
    Emmitt’s Analysis:
    “The leadership definitely have to come from the leaders.
    It’s Gold Jerry, Gold!

  21. savagenation says: Sep 8, 2009 8:01 PM

    Moe Lester says: September 8, 2009 7:47 PM
    who is he to judge?
    he ran behind the best line in football for years and then it took him year after year of 2.3 yards/carry just to break the rushing record?
    If Barry Sanders wasn’t the classy guy he is and retired in his 9th season where he would of broken the record but didn’t want to because it wasn’t important to him, Emmit Smith would never be able to call himself the rushing leader.
    Way to make your way to the top by being a joke for the final years of your career
    Good post!!. Emmitt couldn’t carry Barry Sanders jockstrap

  22. dahawkster813 says: Sep 8, 2009 8:04 PM

    the bucs will beat the cowboys week 1. i dont see anything on dallas that scares me except barber who will not be that good without t o in the offense. cowboys favored by 5.5 take the bucs…. florio i heard u on 620 am tonite in tampa. seem like a pretty decent guy that takes alot of crap from people in here, i would just call them haters.

  23. jjared1101 says: Sep 8, 2009 8:16 PM

    the bucs will beat the cowboys week 1. i dont see anything on dallas that scares me except barber who will not be that good without t o in the offense.
    ———
    Lol… your team didn’t beat the Cowboys when they had Brad Johnson at QB.

  24. Bill In DC says: Sep 8, 2009 8:32 PM

    Actually emmitt saying this makes me think the opposite will be true.

  25. pubicreign says: Sep 8, 2009 8:32 PM

    I was just watching around the table on nfl network, they were debating conference predictions and Irvin happened to hint the cowboys as a superbowl contender. HAHA! He smokin the rock again?

  26. Bubby Brister says: Sep 8, 2009 8:35 PM

    Their season is debacled.

  27. Fan_Of_ Four says: Sep 8, 2009 8:36 PM

    Fall in line Emmit, if you don’t promise your soul to all things Cowboys the fans will turn on you in a nanosecond. Just ask a guy named Brett. Funny how these all knowing fans didn’t care how Emmit spoke when he was ripping it up in Dallas. Now that he has an opinion of his own he’s a functioning illiterate. Great stuff, you stay classy Dallas fans.

  28. jjared1101 says: Sep 8, 2009 8:37 PM

    Barry Sanders holds the record for most carries for negative yardage.

  29. Fan_Of_ Four says: Sep 8, 2009 8:38 PM

    By the way…Roy Williams is exactly who Emmit thinks he is, why do you think the Lions shipped him off so fast, even they could see he wasn’t going to amount to jack chit.

  30. pubicreign says: Sep 8, 2009 8:47 PM

    Why are cowboys fans praising the o-line? They are on a sharp performance delcline. Nobody on the line is under 31. Adams gave up over 7 sacks alone last year, and without any deep threat left (Owens) i can only imagine and deffenisive cordinator is going to be tightening up the box against the run. I would put money that Romo is going to have a few more shower collapsing incidents this year. Vox, im looking forward to this season.

  31. nfcbeast says: Sep 8, 2009 8:48 PM

    Tony Romo=turnovers=6-10 record. Fin

  32. truth says: Sep 8, 2009 9:03 PM

    OK, it;s rumored Percy scored 11 or 12 on the Wonderlic WPT. Look it up – that doesn’t qualify for manual labor. seriously. and to prove it, here’s a guy that has only football in his life and gets stoned at the combine…and gets caught. you have to wonder how he graduated. now…what school did he “graduate” from? where is emit from?

  33. JimmySmith says: Sep 8, 2009 9:05 PM

    OK, so Emmit is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, he mangles sentences and words but giving his opinion on an overrated team is not a crime. Trading a 1, 3, and a 5 for a talentless WR should be a crime but isn’t. Hiring a loser coach and setting a NFL for consecutive playoff losses should also be crimes but it passes for entertainment in Texas.
    Emmit is just trying to keep it real.

  34. jb1966 says: Sep 8, 2009 9:06 PM

    “Former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith, who’s on the outside looking in after a failed two-year run at ESPN, is making a preseason radio tour — and he is predicting failure for the Cowboys.”
    Now if this were meant to be some type of mating call for every emasculated loser who gets off on trying to tear down men whose jockstraps they will never be able to carry, then from some of the cheap shot comments above, it seems to have worked to perfection.

  35. sim448 says: Sep 8, 2009 9:09 PM

    emmitt looks like a pug. he talks like he might be retarded. seriously, he’s got the look. is…he…special?

  36. PolegoJim says: Sep 8, 2009 9:10 PM

    Great Running back, but a foolish man. Come on E. Those comments weren’t tough love, that was downright disrespectful foolishness. Have fun in that luxury box…NOT.
    Remember this next time you speak in public:
    A closed mouth gathers no foot. Close the mouth, Emmitt. Close the mouth.

  37. VoxVeritas says: Sep 8, 2009 9:11 PM

    “Fall in line Emmit, if you don’t promise your soul to all things Cowboys the fans will turn on you in a nanosecond. Just ask a guy named Brett.”
    Brett? What do guys named Brett have to do with the Cowboys?

  38. Stinemonster says: Sep 8, 2009 9:28 PM

    This is coming from the guy who said he was a diamond surrounded by trash in his last years as a Cowboy.
    In his last year as a Cowboy he averaged 3.8 yds/carry. In his only 2 years as a Cardinal he averaged 2.8 and 3.5.
    Hmm. Keep talking trash Emmitt. If you were a diamond surrounded by trash in Dallas then what were you in Arizona?
    After reading what Emmitt said the Cowboys may actually get it together this year.
    Go Cowboys! Shut Emmitt up again.

  39. east96st says: Sep 8, 2009 9:34 PM

    Nothing would make me happier than Dallas going 0-16 in Jerry’s first year in his new fun house. But Witten, Jones, Barber, Bennett – you have all the tools there to consistently gain 4 or 5 yds a pop, with a 10-15 yd gain thrown in from time to time. Williams just has to catch the occasional long pass to keep defenses honest. As much as it sickens me, I think Dallas can be a very dangerous team if they focus on the short stuff and nickel and dime opponents to death.

  40. Stinemonster says: Sep 8, 2009 9:41 PM

    Is there delay on leaving post?

  41. pubicreign says: Sep 8, 2009 10:02 PM

    “As much as it sickens me, I think Dallas can be a very dangerous team if they focus on the short stuff and nickel and dime opponents to death.”
    It would make sense. But with egocentric Jones at the helm this will be very doubtfull. He did not buy that Jeratron to zoom in on short scrimage play. – fail

  42. sevendollarbologna says: Sep 8, 2009 10:09 PM

    Wow! Emmit had a moment of clarity, maybe he’s trying to get a T.V. gig again.

  43. liquidpaper says: Sep 8, 2009 10:21 PM

    ‘Now that he has an opinion of his own he’s a functioning illiterate. Great stuff, you stay classy Dallas fans.’
    Yeah, but he’s not a player anymore- we’re not watching him athletically in competition. He attempted a different career– on-air broadcasting, shouldn’t he speak better than that? Be at least a smidgen articulate? After all, in essense his job is to speak.
    That said, I don’t have anything against Emmitt- but seriously he did himself no favors in that interview.

  44. FumbleNuts says: Sep 8, 2009 11:02 PM

    Jesse Holley will be the cowboys true #1 wide receiver within 2 years.

  45. Stinemonster says: Sep 8, 2009 11:30 PM

    I liked Emmitt until he started talking crap about the Cowboys, even though they were sorry at the time. Now if he wanted to talk crap about Jerry Jones that would be ok but not about the team.

  46. DreJoh says: Sep 9, 2009 12:28 AM

    Oh Yeah. Emmit doesn’t know anything about winning. He was only successful in every phase of his football career. He doesn’t know anything about leadership. He only saw Troy lead a team to 3 super bowls. I think he was on the field with him also. Yeah. He doesn’t know any of this because he doesn’t speak well. But, there are a bunch of morons on here that know all about winning, because they’re brilliant speakers. I wonder why the talk shows aren’t asking you for your opinions?
    When you have nothing to contribute to a conversation, make personal attacks. Brilliant!!

  47. Beer Cheese Soup says: Sep 9, 2009 12:37 AM

    FumbleNuts says: September 8, 2009 11:02 PM
    Jesse Holley will be the cowboys true #1 wide receiver within 2 years.
    ______________
    What a horrible thing to say.
    …and worse yet, you’re probably right.

  48. Stinemonster says: Sep 9, 2009 12:40 AM

    DreJoh, brilliant. Did someone write that for you?

  49. World Champs Raiders 3 Chargers 0 says: Sep 9, 2009 12:53 AM

    Bo Jackson was the best back ever. Period.

  50. moral-authority says: Sep 9, 2009 1:04 AM

    It’s absolutely amazing how many Cowboy fans have wasted words on Emmit’s grammer. When he was scoring touchdowns & breaking the all time rushing mark I didn’t hear any cowboy ebonics experts say, “…yeah he broke the record but he’s illiterate.” I think what’s illiterate here is where the typical cowboy fanatic, dogmatic fan is analyzing his speech & not listening to what he’s talking bout. Who cares if he is not eloquent. What about the point? Romo is indifferent. That’s just who he is & we all know “indifference” at the QB position has NEVER, read it again, NEVER won a Superbowl. Stop being the “illiterate” one cowbow fans because denial is a MF, especially when you’re worried about if the “I” came before the f*cking “E”!! Win a playoff game. That seemes more inportant than eloquence.

  51. SEAYDOG says: Sep 9, 2009 1:32 AM

    EMMITT, JUST SHUT UP AND RUN THE FOOTBALL BEHIND THE GREATEST FRONT LINE EVER, AND DO A LITTLE DANCING ON THE WAY, I HEARD YOU WAS FAIRLY GOOD AT THAT.

  52. cheddar is beddar says: Sep 9, 2009 1:34 AM

    It’s surprising to see Vox shut down so far in his relentless effort to stick up for his team. Usually, he’ll just regurgitate what everyone else said and spin it to some sort of lame Cowboy reference that only benefits his argument. I actually appreciate him stepping aside for once and realizing that his team is going to finish 3rd in the East and be nowhere close to making the playoffs. Yet another year wasted by the incomparable JJ.

  53. 10mm says: Sep 9, 2009 1:50 AM

    EMMETT WHO?? Is he related to JIMMY WHO??
    GO DALLAS COWBOYS!!!

  54. Jackal138 says: Sep 9, 2009 1:53 AM

    Hehehe…hahaha… Hahahahaha!
    Where’s Vox*, killachap, and Dewey Axewound?
    Oh, are the trolls staying quiet as one of their heroes takes a big old dump on their team’s chances?
    *Vox’s lame milktoast comment about a Brett Favre non-sequiter doesn’t count. 44-6.
    Keep calling it like it is, Emmitt.

  55. dcfan-1212450 says: Sep 9, 2009 9:27 AM

    Emmit Smith is a terrible analyst. So is Michael Irvin. Trow Aikman is the only one who knows what he is talking about. I am glad Emmit isn’t on TV or has his own show, he wastes his breath. Now as a die hard Redskins fan, id love for his prediction to come true. Hell, its far more likely than Michael Irvins hint at a Cowboys super bowl run. But there going to be at least 8-8. The worst team in the NFC East is always 8-8 it seems. Thats how good this division is.

  56. elvisguelvis says: Sep 9, 2009 9:55 AM

    I don’t sweat Emmit. He was probably thinking about how much his shoulder hurt when he was making those comments. It’s just low key hostility because we made him cry like a 6 year old girl last time he actually played in Dallas.

  57. slipkid says: Sep 9, 2009 10:04 AM

    pokes will be a running team this season.

  58. jjared1101 says: Sep 9, 2009 11:00 AM

    Cowboys fans can appreciate Emmitt Smith’s time on the football field, but they don’t have to like him as a person, role model, analyst, radio host, or anything else that he decides to do. He has an opinion just like many other people do, and that’s all that it is.
    There really isn’t a whole lot wrong with what he said. Doesn’t mean Dallas fans have to like it. The way he said it wasn’t classy, and you don’t have to expect that from him just because he used to play for Dallas. The same way Dallas fans don’t have to like him just because he played for them.
    Players and former players make predictions every year. Guess what…. the majority of them are wrong.

  59. bustahead says: Sep 9, 2009 11:42 AM

    Well, I have to say…”The truth hurts”!! I’ve been a die hard Boys fan since the beginning of the franchise in the 60’s but I’m worried about our O-line, Romo’s inability to get the ball deep, our lack of a deep threat and our Coach “Cupcake”. I hope and pray all things blue and sliver that Emmit is wrong but I’m afraid until Coach Cupcake is gone, gone, gone nothing in Big D will change.

  60. redsquare says: Sep 9, 2009 12:22 PM

    As another long-time Cowboys fan, I agree with bustahead–there are serious, long-term issues with this team that they’ve shown almost no capacity to address. Every year they seem to expect that talent automatically equals success. They’ve been 13-3, they’ve been 9-7, but they keep getting tripped up by the exact same stuff every season, without showing any acknowledgement of it.
    You may not agree with what Smith says or how he says it, but more people need to be saying it. The refrain of ‘things will change this year’ has been ringing hollow for a long time now.
    Personally, I just don’t see how a team whose QB and presumptive leader excuses himself so readily after massive debacles with that ‘it could be worse, I have my health’ tripe can ever break through. Once again, they have enough talent, but where is the heart and soul of this team? Where is the fire, the grit, the discipline? I just don’t see it.

  61. MadDragon says: Sep 9, 2009 1:38 PM

    Never fear, CowRats!
    We all know Jerry Jones is second only to Obama as a high-ranking angel of Satan, and we can always count on demonic interference to insure that Jerry makes money! Er, I meant, WINS. Who cares if the team loses?!?! It’s not about that. It’s about greed, people! And you’re all lining up to watch the circus, aren’t you? You’re all falling for it!
    Feed Jerry’s Greed!!!!
    And let’s all revel in the fact that the 49ers are UNDEFEATED in Jerry’s new palace!!!
    Eat that, CowRats!!!!

  62. h r coursen says: Sep 9, 2009 1:44 PM

    I hope Emmitt is right. But, Dallas fans, he took some huge hits and got right up. Toughest back I have ever seen, with the possible exception of Tommy McDonald. Go Big Blue!

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