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In Dallas, Dan Connor says he’s joined “an unbelievable team”

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After four seasons with the Panthers, linebacker Dan Connor signed a free agent contract with the Cowboys in March. And he believes he’s now on a team that’s going places.

It’s an unbelievable team,” Connor told Fox Sports Southwest. “This is a great group of guys. Great coaching staff. Everything’s been smooth. It’s something to be excited about. The fans should be real excited about the team they put together here.”

Connor started most of the games he played in Carolina the last two seasons, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll start in Dallas this year. Sean Lee will be one of the starting inside linebackers, and Connor is competing with Bruce Carter, last year’s second-round draft pick, for the other starting spot. Regardless of whether he wins the competition for the starting job or not, Connor said he believes he’ll play a lot.

“Any team I’ve been on, it’s hard to get through the season with just the starting linebackers,” Connor said. “You need guys who can come in and play, if injury happens or even just rotational, give a guy a break or give Sean a breather here and there. It’s never been a problem having too many good ‘backers.”

With DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer on the outside bracketing Connor, Lee and Carter on the inside, the Cowboys definitely think they have a lot of good ‘backers. Even if the Cowboys have a ways to go before they’ve proven they deserve to be called an unbelievable team.

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51 Responses to “In Dallas, Dan Connor says he’s joined “an unbelievable team””
  1. avallstar says: Jun 19, 2012 10:41 AM

    this is where fans of the other NFC east teams make fun of Conner for making an outrageous claim because we all know the Cowboys suck.

  2. dldove77 says: Jun 19, 2012 10:42 AM

    Overrated. If this guy was any good he wouldn’t have been allowed to leave Carolina. They were desperate for another linebacker before the draft and let him walk.

  3. peachyc39 says: Jun 19, 2012 10:45 AM

    Every team is unbelievable right now they are in Training Camp…duh!

  4. bdawkins20 says: Jun 19, 2012 10:55 AM

    compared to where he played prior, every team is unbelievable

  5. cowboyswin says: Jun 19, 2012 10:55 AM

    the title has “cowboys” in it so let the hating begin! gotta love americas team!

  6. captainspangled says: Jun 19, 2012 11:03 AM

    SOOOO glad that Connor is finally gone. Guy is horrible in pass defense. If Beast hadnt got hurt this year, he wouldnt have seen the field at all.

  7. lightcleric says: Jun 19, 2012 11:06 AM

    He’s right, it’s unbelievable that a team has underachieved so much…

  8. christopher525 says: Jun 19, 2012 11:06 AM

    First, cowboyswin, it says Dallas not Cowboys, reading comprehension is a very important thing buddy. Secondly, New England is closer to “America’s Team” these days, since Dallas hasn’t been relevant since about 1995. Lastly, in relation to Dan Connor, of course it’s an unbelievable team, not many people believe they’re still in the league these days.

  9. thatstinks says: Jun 19, 2012 11:06 AM

    Its good to like the team you sign with ; )

  10. hendawg21 says: Jun 19, 2012 11:07 AM

    Haven’t we heard this tune before in Dallas??? Of course he’d have probably said that no matter where he landed…

  11. txxxchief says: Jun 19, 2012 11:08 AM

    The team is “unbelievable,” and the management is “mind-boggling!”

  12. terrellblowens says: Jun 19, 2012 11:13 AM

    “Unbelievable” just doesn’t have the same ring as “Dream Team” so we can’t use this joke 100000X this season when the cowboys lose

  13. bowwserr says: Jun 19, 2012 11:15 AM

    Christopher525 – Thank you for your input on this website. It truly makes me feel incredibly good to know that, as bad as my life may get, at the end of the day, I’m not a troll such as yourself.

    Having said that, I must say people like you make it IMPOSSIBLE to have an intelligent conversation on these comment threads, because people like yourself do nothing but sit here and trash talk. GIVE. IT. A. BREAK.

  14. flapjackdaddy says: Jun 19, 2012 11:24 AM

    He’s an old-fashioned box LB with a nose for the ball. A good ‘football player’ and is capable on special teams…just don’t ask him to cover a RB.

  15. prosb4hos says: Jun 19, 2012 11:29 AM

    I still remember Pat Kirwan’s final ’08 Mock Draft where he had Dan Connor going to the Broncos. Well smartly they selected Ryan Clady 12th overall and Connor fell to the 3rd round (74th overall). Yes, Kirwan gets paid for this type of analysis. SMH

  16. pixelito says: Jun 19, 2012 11:33 AM

    Another Dallas Cowboy talking about what a great team they are.

  17. solomon151 says: Jun 19, 2012 11:38 AM

    christopher525 says:
    Jun 19, 2012 11:06 AM
    First, cowboyswin, it says Dallas not Cowboys, reading comprehension is a very important thing buddy. Secondly, New England is closer to “America’s Team” these days, since Dallas hasn’t been relevant since about 1995. Lastly, in relation to Dan Connor, of course it’s an unbelievable team, not many people believe they’re still in the league these days.
    ————————————————–
    I not going to get into your nit-picking on the guy that said Cowboys instead of Dallas, We, all knew what it meant. But, Anyway. New England is not America’s Team. How can a team that only became relevant in the last ten or so years erased whats been built since the sixties. IF thats the case then it would be the bandwagon team of America. Being an American gives you the right to chose. You dont have to agree with everything to be an American. Thats the beauty of this great country. NFL films did a poll in the 70′s asking who is Americas team. It was the Cowboys. ESPN did another one not long after the Pat’s won their second Superbowl, The people voted the Cowboys as being America’s team. IF you look at the history of America and the history of the Cowboys, Kinda seems only right for the Cowboys to be America’s team. Everybody likes a success story like ours. Coming from nothing, turning into one of the most talked about teams in sports. With the most Superbowl apperences(8), second most titles(5) and one of the longest winning steaks in the history of the game (25 winning season in a row). When the Pats do that, Holla at me

  18. mojosmagic says: Jun 19, 2012 11:43 AM

    All that talent? We read about it every year. Two decades has translated into just a couple of playoff wins for America’s team.

  19. clownsfan says: Jun 19, 2012 11:46 AM

    An “unbelievable” team that will win just enough games to miss the playoffs AGAIN.

  20. selldannysell says: Jun 19, 2012 11:49 AM

    “It’s an unbelievable team,” Connor told Fox Sports Southwest. “This is a great group of guys. Great coaching staff. Everything’s been smooth. It’s something to be excited about. The fans should be real excited about the team they put together here.”

    The Mavericks?

  21. jdandcoke says: Jun 19, 2012 11:52 AM

    uh, dan…..you joined the cowboys, not the giants.

  22. trefkennedy says: Jun 19, 2012 11:53 AM

    Well the hate spewing continues smh team Cowboys regardless

  23. cooklynn17 says: Jun 19, 2012 12:00 PM

    Yeah Dan its unbelievable that Dallas can’t consistently win.

  24. calizcowboyz says: Jun 19, 2012 12:08 PM

    The Cowboys have the toughest schedule every year! Why? Because we get every teams best game.
    Even the the defending champs have it easier then us.
    Larry Fitzgerald said last year…”it’s the Dallas Cowboys” you just play them harder and give more then 100 percent, you just want to beat them so bad and give your best against them because of their history and what they represent to the NFL”. He meant this a compliment and admitted playing us is different then playing ANYONE else! So you see haters keep telling us how bad we suc when we get EVERYONES “A” game and your team just gets their PRACTICE reps! We have all the pieces this year, Carr, Claiborne, Connors, a strong draft, and finally a offseason in the new coaches defenses scheme. Talent we have everywhere! Now we have the off season to bring the Title back!

    Love the haters cuz they know who runs this league! Cowboys Nation !

  25. starfan79 says: Jun 19, 2012 12:20 PM

    It’s America’s team, just look at the ratings the cowboys post over all the other teams in the league. I like this guy too and in the Dallas D he won’t be asked to drop in coverage alot, he will be asked to stuff the run. But if he does have to drop, he can run. last year he was step for step with Owen Daniels on a seam route for almost 40 yards and got the deflection.

  26. bosspower says: Jun 19, 2012 12:21 PM

    I cant wait till America’s Champions, No the World Champions NY Football Giants, AKA Cowboy Killers, AKA Romo’s Nightmare, AKA That’s my Quarterback Man, comes and put the boots to Fatboy Rob Ryan’s Defense again on Wednesday night Football.

  27. source7769 says: Jun 19, 2012 12:23 PM

    this guy sounds scorned to me , carolina is an up and coming team and im not so sure id rather have romo than newton at qb for all romo does he makes the biggest mistakes when the game is on the line

  28. slopmcflop says: Jun 19, 2012 12:39 PM

    As a Carolina fan, I can honestly say the Cowboys got themselves a hell of a player. Sure, his pass coverage isn’t the best, but that goes for a lot of middle LBs. Connor is a stud and will lead his team in tackles if given the starting job.

    He didn’t set the school record for tackles at “Linebacker U” for nothing.

  29. jacksaysfu says: Jun 19, 2012 12:41 PM

    Where’s Rob Ryan saying the Cowboys are gonna whoop the Eagles a$$ ? I guess a combined 54-14 thrashing made Rex put his foot in his brothers mouth …. In all honesty , Dallas does have a very talented team but they have to be behind Philly & NY right ? I just can’t see the Cowboys being talented enough to leap frog either team this year.

  30. snowpea84 says: Jun 19, 2012 12:42 PM

    Too bad Rmo is still their QB. The rest of the team could be amazing, but with a bad QB…

  31. therealsmiley says: Jun 19, 2012 12:46 PM

    He came from Carolina so he’s going to think anyplace is great. Hail!

  32. mortimeryoung says: Jun 19, 2012 12:50 PM

    I didn’t know Roseanne’s husband played football. Beats laying drywall.

  33. solomon151 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:33 PM

    bosspower says:
    Jun 19, 2012 12:21 PM
    I cant wait till America’s Champions, No the World Champions NY Football Giants, AKA Cowboy Killers, AKA Romo’s Nightmare, AKA That’s my Quarterback Man, comes and put the boots to Fatboy Rob Ryan’s Defense again on Wednesday night Football.
    ————————————————–
    WoW Dude, Its almost like your not use to winning, Oh yea i forgot you guys dont win that often. Need i remind you that the Cowboys are 56-39-2 all time against the Gaints. Sorry, I know the truth hurts

  34. solomon151 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:39 PM

    captainspangled says:
    Jun 19, 2012 11:03 AM
    SOOOO glad that Connor is finally gone. Guy is horrible in pass defense. If Beast hadnt got hurt this year, he wouldnt have seen the field at all.
    ————————————————–
    Really, So, I guess him leading the panthers in tackles last year didnt mean anything did it?!!?

    snowpea84 says:
    Jun 19, 2012 12:42 PM
    Too bad Rmo is still their QB. The rest of the team could be amazing, but with a bad QB…
    ————————————————–
    YEt another guy that doesnt watch football. So, let me help you.

    Records and honors2006 Pro Bowl
    2007 Pro Bowl
    2009 Pro Bowl
    NFL all-time recordsCareer#2 All-Time Career Passer Rating: 96.9
    #4 All-Time Yards Per Attempt: 8.1
    Dallas Cowboys team recordsCareerGames with 3+ touchdown passes: 24 (Previously held by Danny White with 20)
    Games with 300+ yards passing: 32 (previously held by Troy Aikman with 13)
    Lowest career interception percentage: 2.78% (minimum 16 starts; previously held by Aikman)
    SeasonGames with 300+ yards passing: 8 (2009)
    Passing TDs: 36 (2007); previously held by Danny White with 29
    Passing yards: 4,483 (2009); only Cowboys’ quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season (2007. 2009)
    Completions: 347 (2009); previously held by Romo with 335
    Consecutive games with a TD pass: 20 (2010–11); previously held by Danny White
    GameOn Nov 23, 2006, Romo threw 5 TD passes in a game, a record he shares with Troy Aikman.
    On Nov 13, 2011, Romo completed a team record 88.5% of his passes in a home game against the Buffalo Bills.

  35. badintent says: Jun 19, 2012 1:47 PM

    Here’s all you need to know. Big Blue. Big Blue stomps you. Big Blue is true. Big Blue can do. Big Blue will fu*k you. Big Blue has plans for Brady’s wife. Starts with G and ends with G.

  36. stonedwhitetrash says: Jun 19, 2012 2:09 PM

    Americas love hate relationship with the Dallas Cowboys is very good for the bank account of Jerry Jones and the NFL

  37. catman72 says: Jun 19, 2012 2:18 PM

    Not sure how you got “And he believes he’s now on a team that’s going places” out of his comments, but Dan obviously doesn’t know much about the Cowboys, LOL

  38. dryzzt23 says: Jun 19, 2012 2:33 PM

    Dan Connor is a solid NFL LB, he’s not a selfish prima donna like so many other LBs.
    DO NOT underestimate him just b/c he’s white

  39. solomon151 says: Jun 19, 2012 2:44 PM

    catman72 says:
    Jun 19, 2012 2:18 PM
    Not sure how you got “And he believes he’s now on a team that’s going places” out of his comments, but Dan obviously doesn’t know much about the Cowboys, LOL
    ————————————————–
    Maybe he knows about them then you do!!!!! But, Now I’m wondering what team you root for.

  40. bigbluecrew420 says: Jun 19, 2012 2:46 PM

    Hey solowoman151

    Eli Manning ….

    2× Pro Bowl (2008, 2011)
    2× Super Bowl champion (XLII, XLVI)
    2× Super Bowl MVP (XLII, XLVI)
    2× NFC Champion (2007, 2011)
    NFL Record most 4th quarter touchdown passes in a season (15)
    Tied NFL Record longest pass completion and touchdown (99 yards)
    NFL Record most road playoff wins by a quarterback (5)
    Tied NFL Record most game-winning drives in a season (8)
    Most road wins in a single regular season and postseason by a starting quarterback (10)
    Most passing yards in a single postseason (1219 yards)

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Romo ….

    1 playoff win EVER

    THE CHAMPS ARE HERE
    THE CHAMPS ARE HERE
    THE CHAMPS ARE HERE
    THE CHAMPS ARE HERE

  41. commonsensedude says: Jun 19, 2012 2:47 PM

    Let’s see …. a real-life version of J.R. Ewing bought a once-great franchise and installed himself as General Manager even though he isn’t one. He hired his kids to run other parts of his Empire .. eh .. team and built a giant stadium in honor of himself. And despite spending an incredible amount of money on the team, they manage to only win ONE playoff game since the 1996 season (even the Washington Redskins have won more than one playoff game in that time period).

    You’re right, Connor. It’s pretty unbelievable.

  42. bigbluecrew420 says: Jun 19, 2012 2:49 PM

    Solomon151 spewed ….

    YEt another guy that doesnt watch football. So, let me help you.

    Records and honors2006 Pro Bowl
    2007 Pro Bowl
    2009 Pro Bowl
    NFL all-time recordsCareer#2 All-Time Career Passer Rating: 96.9
    #4 All-Time Yards Per Attempt: 8.1
    Dallas Cowboys team recordsCareerGames with 3+ touchdown passes: 24 (Previously held by Danny White with 20)
    Games with 300+ yards passing: 32 (previously held by Troy Aikman with 13)
    Lowest career interception percentage: 2.78% (minimum 16 starts; previously held by Aikman)
    SeasonGames with 300+ yards passing: 8 (2009)
    Passing TDs: 36 (2007); previously held by Danny White with 29
    Passing yards: 4,483 (2009); only Cowboys’ quarterback to throw for more than 4,000 yards in a season (2007. 2009)
    Completions: 347 (2009); previously held by Romo with 335
    Consecutive games with a TD pass: 20 (2010–11); previously held by Danny White
    GameOn Nov 23, 2006, Romo threw 5 TD passes in a game, a record he shares with Troy Aikman.
    On Nov 13, 2011, Romo completed a team record 88.5% of his passes in a home game against the Buffalo Bills.

    ————————————————–

    You forgot 1 playoff win EVER!

    But yeah he’s real good 

  43. cooklynn17 says: Jun 19, 2012 3:15 PM

    solomon151 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:33 PM

    bosspower says: Jun 19, 2012 12:21 PM I cant wait till America’s Champions, No the World Champions NY Football Giants, AKA Cowboy Killers, AKA Romo’s Nightmare, AKA That’s my Quarterback Man, comes and put the boots to Fatboy Rob Ryan’s Defense again on Wednesday night Football. ————————————————–WoW Dude, Its almost like your not use to winning, Oh yea i forgot you guys dont win that often. Need i remind you that the Cowboys are 56-39-2 all time against the Gaints. Sorry, I know the truth hurts
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Don’t forget that one huge playoff loss to the Giants in Dallas there stat boy.

  44. batyuki says: Jun 19, 2012 3:40 PM

    captainspangled says:
    Jun 19, 2012 11:03 AM
    SOOOO glad that Connor is finally gone. Guy is horrible in pass defense. If Beast hadnt got hurt this year, he wouldnt have seen the field at all.
    ————————————————–
    Really, So, I guess him leading the panthers in tackles last year didnt mean anything did it?!!?

    Actually, James Anderson led the Panthers in tackles last year with 145 combined vs only 75 for Connor. Also Godfrey had more than Connor with 84.

    “YEt another guy that doesnt watch football. So, let me help you.” LOL

    But I agree Connor is a good player and I was sad to see him leave, but still glad that he gets a chance to be a starter somewhere else since Beason was locked as a starter anyway.

  45. bigbluecrew420 says: Jun 19, 2012 3:43 PM

    Solomon spewed

    Cowboys are 56-39-2 all time against the Gaints. Sorry, I know the truth hurts

    —————————————–

    Hmmmm

    Last year the cowboys were 0-2 against the G-Men. Also the Giants ended Romos season. Hurts don’t it?

    I hope u are relishing all those memories from almost 20 years ago on opening night next year. The TRUTH is that the closest the cowgirls will get to the Lombardy is when we show it off on opening night and raise another championship banner!

  46. solomon151 says: Jun 19, 2012 5:06 PM

    bigbluecrew420, I’m willing to place a wager on that game and on who wins the superbowl next. Maybe something along the lines, you come on here and tell us why we beat the crap out of the Gaints on opening day. Or maybe you could post a pic with you in a Romo jersey. What ever it maybe, let’s just put something on it.

    cooklynn17, sure I remember. That was the same year that we swepted the Gaints and won the division. So, those two gave the Gaints a grand total of how many bowls?? It doesn’t matter how long its been since the last one, the Gaints still haven’t caught up and has been in the league longer.

    commonsensedude says:
    Jun 19, 2012 2:47 PM
    Let’s see …. a real-life version of J.R. Ewing bought a once-great franchise and installed himself as General Manager even though he isn’t one. He hired his kids to run other parts of his Empire .. eh .. team and built a giant stadium in honor of himself. And despite spending an incredible amount of money on the team, they manage to only win ONE playoff game since the 1996 season (even the Washington Redskins have won more than one playoff game in that time period).

    You’re right, Connor. It’s pretty unbelievable.
    ———————————————————————————–

    Umm, excuse me. But, once great franchise?? I think the cowboys won three superbowls and nine division titles since he’s bought the team. There’s no excuse for not winning more than one playoff game since then, but damn, how many playoffs games have we played in since then?? Like four or five. It took Payton the real Manning six years to win his first one. In the second season, you need a complete team to win in the playoffs and we haven’t had that yet.

  47. honestpath says: Jun 19, 2012 5:28 PM

    It’s a long post, but it’s hard to explain to others in a short post…

    The amount of hate people have is truly amazing.
    I supposed that is why I served and fought for this country, so people could choose to hate.

    I am a Dallas Cowboys fan, but I am also a football fan. I know that the Cowboys may never make it back to the super bowl, but they may also find a way to win another one. I just like the idea that they have the opportunity with new players to give it a go. It’s all a matter of chance anyway. It takes the right type of players coming together and in a lot of cases, some favorable bounces of the ball.

    It’s not always the most talented team or the one with the strongest/weakest schedule. It truly depends on if you are in a situation at the end of the season to come together as a team and make it all work. I say team because that is exactly what it takes to win a championship. It is the team, offence, defense, special teams, coaches, time management, half time adjustments, a few gutsy calls that go your way and a ton of coming together when it matters most.

    I can understand disliking another team for whatever reason but I am too much of a football fan to go that route. When my team ends up at home during the playoff, I will still enjoy watching the game. I have other teams that I enjoy to rooting for, but ultimately my support and allegiance is with the Cowboys. I can’t knock other fans for being excited about their team making the playoff and even winning the super bowl but I also can’t just blast others because I don’t particularly care for their team.

    As for the “America’s Team” title, it wasn’t the Dallas Cowboys that ask for that title. It wasn’t even the fans. It is, for good or bad, there and if the Cowboys did not deserve the title then it would have been stripped away from the Cowboys since it was bestowed upon them nearly forty years ago. And, if they are still being called America’s Team after nearly forty years then they may very well be America’s team. It surely cannot be denied that they are the most liked and disliked team in all of America and if you take that alone, then they truly are America’s Team.

    Once people stop hating them so much and once the viewers stop watching them because they can care less whether they win or lose and once us fan’s can come into a site like this and not see so much hate for the team we support, then maybe, just maybe the title of “America’s Team” will be stripped and given to some other well deserving professional sports team. However, as long as you hold that hatred in your heart and as long as you continue to watch a team just to see them loose, or go into sites like this to take shots at their fans, well you can just go ahead and continue to hate the fact that the Cowboys are “America’s Team”.

  48. kingcarlbanks says: Jun 19, 2012 9:12 PM

    As a diehard Giants fan, i can admit that the Cowboys are in fact America’s Team. You can’t go anywhere in this country without finding a pocket of Dallas fans. That being said, Cowboys fans need to remember these few facts. 1. The New York Football Giants are THE CHAMPIONS! 2. Jimmy Johnson is gone and isn’t coming back! 3. Eli and the G-Men own that shiny new stadium of yours, henceforth known as METLIFE SOUTH!!!

  49. honestpath says: Jun 20, 2012 11:07 AM

    I want to reiterate, I am a Dallas Cowboys fan.

    I think some may misunderstand my previous post. I am not trying to say that the Cowboys are going to win a superbowl any time soon. I will, however, root for them to do so.

    I do acknowledge that the Giants are the champs. There is no taking that away. They came together as a team when it counted most and won it all.

    Not all Cowboys fans are haters. As I said before, I am a fan of the game. I have my sequence of teams I will root for. Cowboys first (always, since the early 70′s), if my team does not make it then I will root for the NFC East unless its the Bears, because of Urlacher, (I know some will hate that comment) and then I will root for the NFC to a certain extent.

    I can remember being the only person in the room rooting for the Giants when they won in 91. That doesn’t make me a Giants’ fan but I just like the idea that if my team can not win it then someone from my teams division should win it. It just shows that in order for my team to get there they have to get through the best teams in the NFL. And when you play the best and end up on top then it just makes it that much more special.

    I know there are a lot of other good football teams in the league, but I will always believe that the NFC East is the toughest division in the NFL.

  50. espnfeedback says: Jun 20, 2012 12:55 PM

    dryzzt23 says:

    Dan Connor is a solid NFL LB, he’s not a selfish prima donna like so many other LBs.
    DO NOT underestimate him just b/c HE’s WHITE
      ====================================

    No one here even mentioned or even cares about…. What?
    The Race Card?
    REALLY!!??

  51. ezdoesit209 says: Jun 22, 2012 1:33 PM

    At least he didn’t call them the dream team.

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