Dallas Cowboys News: Latest Buzz out of Big D Following Awful Preseason Opener

David DanielsSenior Writer IAugust 14, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 13:  Head Coach Jason Garett of the Dallas Cowboys looks on while his team stretches during pre-game warm ups before they play the Oakland Raiders in an NFL pre-season football game at O.co Coliseum on August 13, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Optimistic Dallas Cowboys fan: “We shut out the Oakland Raiders!”

Pessimistic Dallas Cowboys fan: “We scored how many points on the measly Raiders?!”

News out of Big D after the Cowboys 3-0 snooze fest over Oakland on Monday night tends to lean more toward Mr. Glass-Half-Empty’s view of the outcome. Dallas always boasts one of the most talented rosters in the league, but over the past decade and beyond, something always manages to go wrong with the Cowboys. And their MNF performance didn’t help extinguish any doubts.

Here’s the latest buzz out of Texas.


O-Line Woes

When Don Banks of Sports Illustrated chose his winners and losers for the first week of preseason, “Tony Romo’s Ribs” was listed as a loser. He wrote:

Somebody tell Kyle Orton to stay loose this season, because he's going to play a bit. There's no way the Cowboys' offensive line keeps Romo upright and active for long, based on Monday night's thriller in Oakland.

Romo was sacked once in limited action and left the game with a passer rating of just 64.6. And while the Cowboys’ offensive line parted like the Red Sea on passing plays, it couldn’t clear a lane for Dallas’ backs. Demarco Murray and Felix Jones carried the ball four times and rushed for a grand total of four yards.


Marcus Spears’ Fight for a Roster Spot

Todd Archer of ESPN reported that former first-round pick Marcus Spears isn’t battling for a starting job anymore—he’s battling for a roster spot. When asked if he had something to prove this season, Spears said:

I think you have to every year. But this year, obviously I’m an eight-year guy. We’ve got a third-round pick and a lot of guys in the room that can play. I have to try and perform my best and let the chips fall where they may.

In his last two seasons with the Cowboys, Spears has recorded just 35 total tackles and one sack. Unless he proves that he’s a capable role player, he’s gone. $2 million is too much to pay for a 29-year-old to keep the bench warm.


Cowboys-Raiders Not the Most Boring Ever

According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, Jerry Jones didn’t fall asleep during the Cowboys-Raiders game. In fact, he even went on to compliment the contest’s entertainment. He said:

“I have seen worse TV.”

There you have it. The Cowboys aren’t the worst thing on television.

Stay tuned to see if Tony Romo takes that as a challenge in Week 2 against the San Diego Chargers.


A Second Chance for Ochocinco?

Chad Johnson was released by the Miami Dolphins this weekend after he went head-to-head with his wife Evelyn Lozada. The exit likely marked the end to Ocho’s NFL career.

Or did it?

Mac Engle of the Star-Telegram speculated that Johnson could be an option for the Cowboys—him or Plaxico Burress (even though he went on to write that they had too much baggage).

Dez Bryant and Miles Austin are both No. 1-caliber wide outs, but each has an injury history. Should the Cowboys really be comfortable starting Kevin Ogletree or Dwayne Harris if either goes down?

I wouldn’t. And that’s why Johnson is a realistic target.


David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.