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Rafael Vela

Rafael Vela

Senior Analyst Cowboys Nation.com at Sports Talk Line
Started covering Dallas Cowboys @ TheBoys.com in '95 and '96. Two more stops along the way and here I am. Senior Analyst for SportsTalkLine.com
Rafael Vela

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The Practice Squad Bowl Published 8/31/2010 in Cowboys Nation

This man has the team made.Those of you firmly determined to scout the '10 Dallas Cowboys practice squad will get your best look at the candidates tomorrow night.  Consider the math.  The Cowboys have 75 players on their squad at the moment.  Starters and some key subs won't play.  Teams are required to cut down to 53 by... read more→


Get Thee Behind Me, Preseason! Published 8/31/2010 in Cowboys Nation

".. for it is written; thou shalt value only the NFL regular season, and those games only shalt they count."I can't deny the fumbling, frustrating quality of the Cowboys preseason play.  They've been sloppy and outhit.  But I think I understand.  I watched all of the San Antonio workouts and saw a team hard at its business.... read more→


Breaking the Wagner Code, or Why Andre Gurode is My Current Favorite Cowboy Published 8/30/2010 in Cowboys Nation

You have to be tough to succeed in pro sports, but sometimes you can be too tough for your own good.  One of the Dallas Cowboys broke the code of quiet suffering and may help his unit get out of its funk in time for the regular season.I first learned this lesson in 2000 watching Astros reliever Billy Wagner mysteriously lose his mojo.... read more→


This Week's Cuts Could Make the Cowboys' '06 Draft an Even Darker Memory Published 8/30/2010 in Cowboys Nation

News that Pat Watkins has been released means that, for the time being, only two draftees from the club's 2006 draft remains on the roster.That number could drop to one if Pat McQuistan is released today or by the next cutdown. For those of you with strong stomachs, here's that list of draft infamy:Round 1 -- Bobby CarpenterRound 2 -- Anthony... read more→


Judging the Cut of Cowboys Cloth, Defense 2010 Published 8/29/2010 in Cowboys Nation

In part two of the series, we look for context, and compare the 2009 defensive unit to the 2010 incarnation.Defensive line'09 -- Spears, Ratliff, Olshansky, backups -- Hatcher, Siavii, Bowen'10 -- Spears, Ratliff, Olshansky, backups -- Hatcher, Brent?, BowenNot much change here, though that's hardly a bad thing.  Olshanky provided the... read more→


Vanilla Meltdown: Texans 23, Cowboys 7 Published 8/29/2010 in Cowboys Nation

A quick-acting, highly-contagious virus has affected the Dallas Cowboys offense the last few weeks.  Last night, it showed how fast it can truly spread, jumping from offensive player to offensive player in a dismal first half which saw the Cowboys go scoreless, en route to a forgettable 23-7 loss to the Houston Texans.Let's look at the... read more→


The NFL Blitzes Hollywood -- Maybe Published 8/27/2010 in Cowboys NationNFL

Evidence that an 18 game season may be in the offing comes from Variety, which reports that the Academy Awards show, a regular on Sunday nights since 1999, may move to Monday to avoid a conflict with the Super Bowl, which would move to late February with an extra two weeks tacked onto the schedule.This would be a possible headache for the... read more→


Judging the Cut of Cowboys Cloth, Offense 2010 Published 8/26/2010 in Cowboys NationCowboys Draft Quick Take

Way back in 1995, when I was creating my first Cowboys season preview, I made a point about context.  Entering year two of the salary cap era, the Cowboys were seen by many as a team in decline.  They had lost the NFC Championship Game to San Francisco that January.  Free agency has swiped Alvin Harper, Mark Stepnoski and Kevin... read more→


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Rafael Vela

Rafael Vela

Senior Analyst Cowboys Nation.com at Sports Talk Line
Started covering Dallas Cowboys @ TheBoys.com in '95 and '96. Two more stops along the way and here I am. Senior Analyst for SportsTalkLine.com
Rafael Vela