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Cowboys bench Leonard Davis, possibly for good

Cowboys right guard Leonard Davis hasn’t missed a start since signing a seven-year, $49.6 million contract to leave Arizona for Dallas during the 2007 offseason.  It appears that may change shortly.

After allowing two first-half sacks to Titans defensive tackle Jason Jones in Sunday’s loss, Davis was benched in favor of journeyman guard Montrae Holland.  Both takedowns of quarterback Tony Romo came on crucial plays — the first in a third-and-long situation and the second on first down to begin a string of negative plays that resulted in a punt after Dallas had driven to the Titans’ 34-yard line.
Davis did reenter, but offensive coordinator Jason Garrett indicated that no starter has been decided upon for Dallas’ Week Six game at Minnesota.
We just have to evaluate the tape and make those decisions tomorrow,” said the Cowboys’ play-caller, per Tim MacMahon of  “… Leonard early in the ballgame was having a hard time with some of (the Titans’) inside pass rush.  We just felt at the time it was the right thing to do.”
A Pro Bowler in three straight seasons entering this one, Davis is earning collecting a $5 million salary in 2010.  If his benching sticks, Davis would likely be released in the upcoming offseason.  The 32-year-old’s salary jumps to $6 million in 2011.
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48 Responses to “Cowboys bench Leonard Davis, possibly for good”
  1. wd40 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:06 PM

    He’s the fall guy. The whole O Line is either old or average.
    Your best bet over a whole game is to pressure
    Romo, and until it is proven otherwise expect the heat to continue.

  2. Cup says: Oct 10, 2010 11:10 PM

    Sometimes offensive linemen need to work out kinks, it happens. They shouldn’t bench him yet. Let him try to work it out, guys don’t just lose ability like his.

  3. rickvaldez says: Oct 10, 2010 11:11 PM

    Redskins 3 2
    Giants 3 2
    Eagles 2 2
    Cowboys 1 3
    Look at that Superbowl team on the bottom

  4. BigBear123 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:16 PM

    Have bigger issues on defense.

  5. Dan Mateus says: Oct 10, 2010 11:18 PM

    (the phone rings in Foxboro)
    Hello Bill here…
    Hi Bill it Jerry…
    Hi Jerry…
    Jerry:Yeah um who do you want for Logan Mankins?

  6. Canyonero says: Oct 10, 2010 11:21 PM

    Yeah when that fat ass left Arizona all he did was complain about the Cardinals, but since then AZ has gotten better & had success, and Dallas has gotten worse.
    Explain that one..

  7. Insomniac says: Oct 10, 2010 11:26 PM

    Two words for Jerry Jones: Logan Mankins.

  8. other half of the triangle says: Oct 10, 2010 11:29 PM

    Any news on Wavering Wade getting benched yet?

  9. lithiumfx26 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:29 PM

    How about them Cowboys?

  10. pft_b1ows says: Oct 10, 2010 11:31 PM

    Losses are a good thing for all Cowboy fans at this point. No more fools gold, out with Garrett and demote Phillips.

  11. boysrollisgay says: Oct 10, 2010 11:32 PM

    The players really dislike Wade and are trying to get him fired before the season is over.

  12. Redskinfansince82 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:32 PM

    Why didn’t they put in Alex Bearhug Barron…..insert Russian mobster laugh here!
    Romo interview after the game was classic Dallas 1-4 Redskins 3-2. Dallas may go from playing in this years Super Bowl at home to Hosting it and being a lottery team. lol ………..Hail!

  13. HighwayKiller says: Oct 10, 2010 11:42 PM

    How bout them 1-3 Cowgirls!!!!!!

  14. stunzeed3 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:43 PM

    Who cares? He’s more interested in being in a stupid rock band than playing in the NFL….
    The Cowboys are so irrelevant.

  15. Lotus says: Oct 10, 2010 11:48 PM

    The Cowpokes are staring at 6-10.

  16. skinsfan703 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:48 PM

    Hey Dallas fans where are yall at.. yall talkin all that trash befor the season man yall are hiding somewhere…Redskins babi NFC East champioins…LETS GOOOOOOO
    It aint easy being greezy

  17. wd40 says: Oct 10, 2010 11:55 PM

    He’s not the only guy who needs to be benched.
    Did you guys see Brookings…

  18. boysrollsmokespole says: Oct 11, 2010 12:06 AM

    Yea the O line is in need of an upgrade. But really when are u cowpukes gonna get real and admit what everybody else knows, your QB is a choke. He hit that defender beautifully to end that game. Get all the O lineman you want. As soon as good defense says gets close enough to say boo to choke boy he will throw the game. Have a great week in Dallas.

  19. funi says: Oct 11, 2010 12:14 AM

    Leonard Davis leaves Texas and they win a nation title, Davis leaves Az and they go to Super Bowl and playoffs in back to back years! Get the picture Dallas! He been stealing money for years with his horrible play!

  20. 12thskin says: Oct 11, 2010 12:14 AM

    boysroll taking a time out or may be another bye week.

  21. TomBrady'sHairStylist says: Oct 11, 2010 12:17 AM

    patriots trade tully banta cain and logan mankins for demarcus ware…

  22. AttackRaven says: Oct 11, 2010 12:32 AM

    Sure is fun seeing Jerrah with that “I smell a fart” look on his face. If Jerrah wants Mankins he’d better start thinking in terms of Miles Austin or Dez Bryant.

  23. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Oct 11, 2010 12:34 AM

    Unprepared by a coach that believes in extra time off during a bye. A puppet coach who doesn’t understand or challenge his OC. No one fears being cut. Make an example of Davis? Whatever.
    This organization is run by ass clowns that perpetuated the “Winning while hosting a Super Bowl” nonsense. Play the game first and win!

  24. PatricktheDookie says: Oct 11, 2010 1:27 AM

    He was never worthy of being a pro-bowler. He got in via name recognition only.

  25. pauliesmooth says: Oct 11, 2010 1:38 AM

    Boy that was the best the cowboys could do against a mediocre titans team after having an extra week to prepare for them……its gonna be a long season for you guys lol HTTR.

  26. troll_aikman8 says: Oct 11, 2010 1:44 AM

    Bill: This is Bill Billichick.
    Jerry: Is Mankins the one who was busted for opiates and then dropped a dime on the seller to the feds?
    Bill: Does it really matter?

  27. TXHC says: Oct 11, 2010 1:45 AM

    “AttackRaven says: October 11, 2010 12:32 AM
    Sure is fun seeing Jerrah with that “I smell a fart” look on his face. If Jerrah wants Mankins he’d better start thinking in terms of Miles Austin or Dez Bryant.”
    Oh, please.

  28. east96street. says: Oct 11, 2010 1:45 AM

    As much as I despise Dallas, I am shocked. They usually don’t collapse until the playoffs roll around. I suspect they will get it together, play well enough to make the playoffs, fail spectacularly, and then cry to the media that the team that beat them ran up the score and that Dallas is the “better team”. It’s becoming as predictable as the sunrise and their inbred fans declaring the Cowboys Super Bowl champs every August.

  29. daltwisney says: Oct 11, 2010 2:23 AM

    it’s a given that wade will be gone after this season. it doesn’t make sense to can him if there’s no-one better to replace him with. and no, garrett is not an upgrade.

  30. gasolinej says: Oct 11, 2010 2:57 AM

    I thought the key to the Cowboys season going ino this year was a fast start, and that it would get a little hairy down the stretch. We’ve lost too many games in what was really the easiest part of our schedule.
    Looking at the rest of our schedule, I only see 3 games that jump out as “likely victories” (Detroit, Jacksonville, Arizona).
    The other 9 are all winnable, but we’d need to win 6 of them (assuming we win the 3 “easy games”, which is obviously no sure thing) to reach 10 wins. I don’t see it happening, but I hope I’m wrong.

  31. clintonrb says: Oct 11, 2010 3:25 AM

    im sure many teams would be more than happy to take him……
    why is this team picked to win the big one by so many pundits at the beginning of the year every year and then they continually fail to deliver

  32. jimmySee says: Oct 11, 2010 5:13 AM

    The owner won’t be happy until he’s also the coach (like George Halas).

  33. Nagasakee says: Oct 11, 2010 7:06 AM

    the phone rings in Foxboro)
    Hello Bill here…
    Hi Bill it Jerry…
    Hi Jerry…
    Jerry:Yeah um who do you want for Logan Mankins?
    Hold on Jerry, I’ve got the Vikings on the other line…

  34. allinSTACKme says: Oct 11, 2010 7:23 AM

    Is there anything better to watch than the Cowboys lose? So much for playing in that super bowl while it’s being played in your house.

  35. alewatcher says: Oct 11, 2010 7:37 AM

    Great game, I love to see the Cowgurlz lose. I liked Rodney Harrison and Tony Dungy commenting that they thought after the win against Houston entering the bye week that we might finally see “the real Cowboys”. I think we did see the real Cowboys last night – all hat, no ranch. When will Jerruh hire a real coach, and then just let them coach?
    1-3 is not how you go the the Superbowl. At this rate, they’ll be lucky to make the playoffs.

  36. DopeBoys says: Oct 11, 2010 7:44 AM

    Wow, the amount of pure ignorance on this particular post just warrants me responding here. First and foremost, the Cowboys line is not old. In fact they aren’t even close to being old. Second, they had allowed only 1, yes 1, sack until this game. Could it be that maybe the Titans defense is just that good? Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed watching Mike Jenkins do his best impression of Big Ben on a college girl during that first drive though. Next, do any of you actually watch football games before you come on here and bash every facet of the Cowboys? I mean if you had you would have seen that Romo had one hell of a football game. Two picks were deflections that weren’t really all his fault. The third was a desperation pass due to a lack of protection, which hadn’t been there all game regardless of if Davis was playing or not. Romo threw amazing passes all damn game. Miles Austin had over 160 yards receiving.
    The problem with Dallas is the same as usual: dumb penalties that a good coaching staff would coach and correct. Their offense was solid, hell Felix Jones rushed all over the Titans. Their defense pretty much shut down Chris Johnson with the exception of one big run and 2 short TD runs. The secondary had its first bad game in recent memory. I understand that everyone loves to bash Dallas but how about you guys get your head out of your rear ends and watch a game, or hell just read about the details before commenting on them.
    If you are going to hate on anyone, hate on Jerry Jones, Wade Phillips and Jason Garret as they are solely responsible for this season so far.

  37. BornSlippy says: Oct 11, 2010 7:55 AM

    JJ sees a bad oline ruining a potential super bowl in his castle (along with a shaky secondary and a qb you cant trust). I say he overpays for Mankins now.

  38. conníe says: Oct 11, 2010 7:58 AM

    The Cowturds now have the same record as the Detroit Lions.
    / LMAO

  39. conníe says: Oct 11, 2010 8:02 AM

    Time to rename Jerry’s palace to Jonestown.
    / pass the koolaid

  40. habibfromnewdehli says: Oct 11, 2010 8:17 AM

    And when the Ravens end up cutting Jared Gaither… look for the Cowboys to sign him.
    True, he’s injured right now. But Ravens had no intentions of bringing him back anyway. They were going to keep him for the last year on his cheap supplemental draft contract for their run at a Super Bowl… and then let him walk and let another team pay him the big bucks.

  41. FireJerryJones says: Oct 11, 2010 8:17 AM

    Looks like a top 5 draft pick for the Cowboys in 2011. Andrew Luck or Jake Locker please.
    And an o lineman. This is a weak draft for o line.

  42. DaveCardsAz says: Oct 11, 2010 8:44 AM

    I laughed really hard when Dallas signed this bust. We saw enough of him in Az. He takes 2 out of 3 plays off and should have NEVER EVER made a pro bowl. In fact he wouldn’t if he didn’t have that star on his helmet.
    That’s all the cowboys are is a helmet star lol.

  43. CHIEF ZEE says: Oct 11, 2010 8:48 AM

    Who would have thought that the Redskins would have been leading the division after 5 games?

  44. realitypolice says: Oct 11, 2010 9:32 AM

    It’s over for the team I thought was a legitimate SB contender this year.
    There are teams out there that could recover from 1-3. This team ain’t one of them. They don’t have the character, leadership, or coaching. Period.
    And I don’t know how it gets better unless JJ is willing to take a lesser role, which he never will. None of the big name coaching prospects are coming there knowing they will have JJ’s shadow over everything they do.

  45. goskins575 says: Oct 11, 2010 9:44 AM

    I can’t wait till the NFC participant in this year’s SB lobs massive dumps in the Cowgirls’ toilets.
    Hopefully, they leave a lot of danglers on their seats.

  46. hank moody says: Oct 11, 2010 9:56 AM

    Why did Jason G abandon the run in the 4th quarter? Why did it take 5 weeks to get Felix Jones involved? Once again, Jason G needs to be fired and his replacement next year will be Norv Turner. 2nd down and 6 on your own 13 yard line….no need to call a pass play, esp a play like that (I’ve seen QB’s as good as Marino throw INT’s returned for a td on that play).

  47. ipeefreely says: Oct 11, 2010 10:09 AM

    As Bill Parcells always says, lets see where we are after thanksgiving, then we’ll talk playoffs.
    Cowboys can rebound, but it wont be easy.
    Most penalties since 2006 in this game + 3 turnovers. Will lose everytime.
    Probably have the #1 offense now though, statistically.

  48. IKNOWALL says: Oct 11, 2010 5:24 PM

    The Cowboys have a solid team–they should contend—their problem is their qb.
    The “Romo experiment” is a total failure.
    All Cowboy fans know this. Enough is enough.
    Trade Romo for a decent draft pick and try to get either the Boise St. or Arkansas qb.
    Then maybe we will have a chance.

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