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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Michael Sam, the first openly gay athlete to be drafted in the NFL, is flying to Dallas Tuesday night to take a physical for the Dallas Cowboys. If he passes, the team plans to sign him to its practice squad, ESPN reports. ESPN football writer Kevin Seifert wasn't surprised Sam didn't make an NFL roster but was surprised he didn't isn't already on a practice team. "He'll now get a second chance to impress another organization, albeit after a longer-than-usual wait and with a franchise whose owner craves attention like no other," Seifert writes.

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Not gonna happen. The cowboys need their base of homophobic mouth breathers just like the republican party. They're not signing an openly gay player.

Jerry Jones just wanted to figure out how to get into the headlines on a slow tuesday.

#1 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-09-02 06:09 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

And I thought the Dallas Cowboys couldn't get any more gay

#3 | Posted by wurster at 2014-09-02 07:02 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Ballsy move

#4 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2014-09-02 07:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

The folks in Texas don't use the term "came out of the closet" the say
"busted out of the shed" ..LOL

#5 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-09-02 07:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

Gotta be a "Broke back Mountain" joke in there somewhere.

#6 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2014-09-02 07:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

The Cowboys defense is pathetic. Mike Sam can help some.

#7 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-09-02 08:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

wow...what a load of garbage from the top.....always amazed at how "FOREIGNERS" think they know so much about Texas...

anyway....their defense really sucks....as to a distraction....oh please...as if ANYONE can be more of a distraction than jerry Jones...and as long as this guy is on the practice squad there won't be much of anything..

#8 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-09-02 08:15 PM | Reply | Flag:

Ballsy move
#4 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2014-09-02 07:38 PM

Appropriate after getting the NFL shaft.

#9 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-09-02 08:22 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

"If you need to tell me you're gay, I'm thinking you're not really gay. You're just boring. Right now, as I write this, the media is reporting that a gay man is trying to make the NFL as a field goal kicker. Remove ‘gay' from the equation, and the reporter has to find another story. That story, however, will never be ‘Gay man doesn't give a --- about being gay.'"

Greg Gutfeld.....

#10 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2014-09-02 08:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

of a distraction than jerry Jones

....THAT'S COACH JONES to you...

#11 | Posted by Pegasus at 2014-09-02 08:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

This will be the first player on the team we can be sure isn't going to be distracted by their cheerleaders.

#12 | Posted by Tor at 2014-09-02 09:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

....THAT'S COACH JONES to you...

Posted by Pegasus at 2014-09-02 08:59 PM | Reply

The worst player on the Cowboy's roster is Jerry Jones. It seems like he wants to stick his nose into EVERYTHING. Why hire a Headcoach then???

#13 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-09-02 09:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

I am wishing Mr Sam and his hunky boyfriend, all the best. The same for former anti-gay Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his new boyfriend Wayne Ball.
With love... Sammy in Arizona and RI

(Has Rush Limbaugh ordered the RNC to set-up gift registries for the lovely couples ?)

#14 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-09-02 09:11 PM | Reply | Flag:

What a perfect fit! GO SKINS!!

#16 | Posted by DeadSpin at 2014-09-02 10:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

If the Dallas Cowboys hired him, it wasn't because he was gay. Maybe it was because they believe he can play football a little bit better than the next guy.

#17 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-09-03 01:21 AM | Reply | Flag:

Knowing how terrible Dallas's defense it he might be a good addition. Only leftwingers care if he is gay. True football fans only care if he can play football

#18 | Posted by mcmlcxx at 2014-09-03 03:12 AM | Reply | Flag:

... as long as this guy is on the practice squad there won't be much of anything.

With the Cowboys defense there's a pretty good chance he'll make the roster during the season.

#19 | Posted by rcade at 2014-09-03 07:59 AM | Reply | Flag:

WHo cares its all just a stunt.
He wasn't that good which is why he was cut.

#20 | Posted by tmaster at 2014-09-03 09:12 AM | Reply | Flag:

What do they pay a guy to be on the practice squad?

#21 | Posted by eberly at 2014-09-03 09:23 AM | Reply | Flag:

Eberly it's about 65k a year.

#22 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-09-03 09:36 AM | Reply | Flag:

About $88k per season, or $5200 a week.

#23 | Posted by RobThomas at 2014-09-03 09:36 AM | Reply | Flag:

Why hire a Headcoach then???

#13 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-09-02 09:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

No head coach with a strong resume and other options would coach for Jones at this point. No big time coach is going to accept Jones as GM. Jason Garrett is the Cowboys' head coach because he is willing to coach a team that has Jones playing at GM.

As for Sam, he performed well in the preseason games. Wasn't going up against top talent but he did well with the opportunity he was given. Jones would sign him just to make headlines but given how bad the Cowboys D is, it probably isn't only about that.

#24 | Posted by Sully at 2014-09-03 09:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

He wasn't that good which is why he was cut.

#20 | Posted by tmaster at 2014-09-03 09:12 AM | Reply | Flag

It's not that he isn't any good it's that he's only good at one thing. Which is pass rushing.

#25 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-09-03 09:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

About $88k per season, or $5200 a week.

#23 | POSTED BY ROBTHOMAS AT 2014-09-03 09:36 AM | REPLY | FLAG:

Corrections, $6300 per week. Nice raise.

#26 | Posted by RobThomas at 2014-09-03 09:38 AM | Reply | Flag:

It seems like he wants to stick his nose into EVERYTHING. Why hire a Headcoach then???

#13 | POSTED BY LARRYMOHR AT 2014-09-02 09:07 PM | REPLY | FLAG

He gotta blame somebody when they lose.

#27 | Posted by RobThomas at 2014-09-03 09:40 AM | Reply | Flag:

It was hilarious when someone asked Jones if it was someone else in the roll of GM would he have fire them yet. He had to admit he would have fired them already.

#28 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-09-03 09:48 AM | Reply | Flag:

"It's not that he isn't any good it's that he's only good at one thing. Which is pass rushing."

Add to that the fact that he was drafted to the Rams, who may have the best 4-3 defensive line in the NFL. Sam was a longshot to crack that roster as a lineman. The Cowboys, however, are at the other end of the spectrum as a defensive line. RCADE called it correctly that Sam will get on the field in a Cowboys jersey at some point in the season.

#29 | Posted by DCTexan at 2014-09-03 10:56 AM | Reply | Flag:

#24 Saw a good summation of his preseason on ESPN that went something like "he had some bright moments coming off the end in the pass rush, but he had a lot more bad moments where he was thrown around by bigger, stronger players". He might make it with the Cowboys. Jones recognizes the value of publicity and I don't think Sam's level of effort is in doubt.

#30 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2014-09-03 11:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

It's not that he isn't any good it's that he's only good at one thing. Which is pass rushing.

Some teams desperately need a pass rush. The Jaguars have been trying to develop one for five years.

Sam is not a sure thing to make the Cowboys roster this season. But if I had to bet money I'd put it on him playing at least a few games to see if he can make it as a sack specialist.

It's not like he isn't talented. You don't win SEC Defensive Player of the Year without talent, and he did get sacks in the preseason.

#31 | Posted by rcade at 2014-09-03 01:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

After the draft, JJ said they passed on him for 3 other 7th rounders because he is a "tweener" in a 4-3 defense; too big to be an OLB, too small to be a DE.

But considered their DE draftee in the 2nd is out for a month or so, this makes good sense.

Which is not what JJ has been making still crying over the decision not to draft J. Football.

#32 | Posted by Corky at 2014-09-03 01:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

You don't win SEC Defensive Player of the Year without talent, and he did get sacks in the preseason.

#31 | Posted by rcade

Tebow won a Heisman without quarterback skills, but I digress.

#33 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-09-03 01:41 PM | Reply | Flag:

Rcade, I'm not saying he won't play or that he doesn't have talent. I'm just saying that's why he wasn't a fit with the Rams. They have guys more talented. I think personally that he hurt himself when he faked the whole draft scene by bringing Oprah in and the Rams found out he was doing a reality show and wanted cameras at practice etc... The NFL doesn't like stuff like that. I've said from the start that if he's talented enough he will play somewhere and if he isn't he won't play.

#34 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-09-03 01:41 PM | Reply | Flag:

Corky, did you see where JJ's son or son in law had to physically restrain him from picking Manzel?

#35 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-09-03 01:43 PM | Reply | Flag:

lol, JJ said he might have embellished that story about his son a little.

His son needs to take over asap, says here.

#36 | Posted by Corky at 2014-09-03 01:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

Tebow won a Heisman without quarterback skills, but I digress.

Tebow was a terrific Heisman choice. Just because he sucked in the NFL doesn't retroactively make him suck at college ball. A lot of great college quarterbacks didn't have the tools to make it at the next level, where defensive linemen are as fast as college safeties and the whole front is full of giants.

#37 | Posted by rcade at 2014-09-03 01:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

His son needs to take over asap, says here.

#36 | Posted by Corky at 2014-09-03 01:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

I don't think he will give up the GM position b/c he's so bitter with Jimmy Johnson taking all of the credit for those super bowls. He wants to prove he can do it on his own.

#38 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-09-03 02:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

he's so bitter with Jimmy Johnson taking all of the credit for those super bowls

Maybe I'm biased as a lifelong UM fan, but it wasn't all Jimmy. Remember he brought Hurricanes with him to play.

#39 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-09-03 02:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

I was on vacation once in Florida and while in the car was listening to sports radio and they claimed Tebow was the greatest college football player of all time. I nearly had a wreck b/c when you consider it took Tebow four years to do what Hershel Walker did in 2 1/2 years that claim is silly.

#40 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-09-03 02:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe I'm biased as a lifelong UM fan, but it wasn't all Jimmy. Remember he brought Hurricanes with him to play.

#39 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-09-03 02:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

I saw something on ESPN where Jerry refuses to put Jimmy in the Cowboys hall of fame b/c of his personal feelings toward Jimmy.

#41 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-09-03 02:04 PM | Reply | Flag:

I didn't make my point very well. Tebow received a huge chance to try and play in the NFL, simply because he was a Heisman winner (and saintly). Sam is not getting an equal opportunity, even though he actually has NFL level skills.

#42 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-09-03 02:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

I think the NFL has proven they will draft anyone if they think they can win for the team. Has nothing to do with being saintly or gay or wife beater.

#43 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-09-03 02:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

Maybe I'm biased as a lifelong UM fan, but it wasn't all Jimmy. Remember he brought Hurricanes with him to play.

How is it not "all Jimmy" because he brought Hurricanes? It would have been his decision to sign or draft them.

Jerry Jones has proven it was all Jimmy back then. He has turned the Cowboys into a mediocre franchise that has won one playoff game in 15 years.

#44 | Posted by rcade at 2014-09-03 02:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

Tebow received a huge chance to try and play in the NFL, simply because he was a Heisman winner (and saintly). Sam is not getting an equal opportunity, even though he actually has NFL level skills.

#42 | POSTED BY WHATSLEFT AT 2014-09-03 02:07 PM | FLAG:

Tebow won as many playoff games as Tony Romo has.

Sam is getting his opportunity. So much of the draft and trying to break into the league when you are a low round selection/marginal player is being at the right place at the right time.

#45 | Posted by RobThomas at 2014-09-03 02:25 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

How is it not "all Jimmy" because he brought Hurricanes?

Because he didn't do as well there without them.

#46 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-09-03 02:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

Tebow won as many playoff games as Tony Romo has.

#45 | Posted by RobThomas

Tebow beat a severely injury ridden team to win that one playoff game, and got his butt handed to him in the next game. But if you really think Tebow deserved more of a chance, Jacksonville should have started him last year.

#47 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-09-03 02:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

Sam is not getting an equal opportunity, even though he actually has NFL level skills.

#42 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2014-09-03 02:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

First of all, Sam isn't as talented as Tebow and wasn't as impactful a player in college. Sam didn't even play every defensive down for his college team because he's not good against the run. He was Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year. The kid who shared the award is actually a much better player but nobody even mentions him when they credit Sam with winning the award. Secondly, Sam was given ample opportunity to show what he could do. If any team thought he could help them, he'd be on their roster right now. Not many teams wants to spend a precious roster or even practice squad spot on a guy who at best projects to play 1/4 of defensive downs.

Similar to Tebow - If anything is working against Sam, its his supporters. After Tebow's stay in Denver, teams avoided him because they didn't want to have to deal with the added media and the fans calling for him to play over better players. With Sam, any team that gives him a shot has to worry about the media asking about his shower habits and other such nonsense. And they have to worry about being criticized should they cut him later. Who wants to be accused of bigotry for cutting a player who doesn't deserve a roster spot? The people who criticize teams for not giving him a chance are actually incenting teams to avoid him.

#48 | Posted by Sully at 2014-09-03 02:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

Tebow beat a severely injury ridden team to win that one playoff game ...

Weak. It's still a win, and nobody who watched that year's Broncos would've thought them capable of winning a playoff game before he took over. It was a dream season.

After Tebow's stay in Denver, teams avoided him ...

Any NFL team that would avoid a player it thought could help, just because he gets publicity, is run by losers who deserve to be losers.

The winningest coach in the NFL the past 15 years, Bill Belichick, didn't fear Tebow publicity. Another coach who reached a Super Bowl, Jeff Fisher, didn't fear Sam publicity.

At this point, NFL teams know they won't get criticized if they cut Sam, because we've seen the Rams take very little heat for cutting him. His success or failure in the NFL from here on out will be about how he plays.

#49 | Posted by rcade at 2014-09-03 03:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

You're a little wrong Rcade. Both Tebow and Sam are marginal players at best that draw too much attention. As the Patriots proved they would draft a guy that was questioned in a double murder while in college b/c they knew he would help them win. Tebow was brought in by the Jets as nothing more than a stunt. They didn't even play him at the end of the season when Sanchez was benched.

#50 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-09-03 03:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

No, the Jets passed up Tebow and went with the #3 QB on the roster.

It's even worse then you describe.

#51 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-09-03 03:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

With Sams slow foot speed, he is very marginal because most teams are looking for guys that do not start to contribute on coverage teams. If he gets with the right team with the right scheme, he will stick. The NFL is a tough business. One mans misfortune is another mans opportunity. Those damn hamstrings....

#52 | Posted by RobThomas at 2014-09-03 03:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

That's what I mean Rsty.

#53 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-09-03 03:55 PM | Reply | Flag:

Sam has to play in a 4-3 defense and only about half the league runs that scheme.

#54 | Posted by Dalton at 2014-09-03 03:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Any NFL team that would avoid a player it thought could help, just because he gets publicity, is run by losers who deserve to be losers."

That sounds fine in theory and I read the reports that Tebow looked pathetically bad when he tried to make the Patriots. But just by his past in-game performance I don't see how anyone could honestly say most backups in the league are better than he is. Certainly he could be no worse than what the Cardinals were running out there at QB last year.

And I do think that coaches have to see it as a tradeoff. We're not talking about guys who project as starters. We're talking about guys who have upside as role players.

Ideally, your bakcup QB isn't going to play at all except to the run the clock out at the end of blowout wins. If all goes as planned, he has a minimal influence on how the team does. So do you want to bring in a guy who has a circus following him everywhere he goes when that can distract the guys who are actually going to play? Is having a better backup QB - which ideally won't matter - worth the risk of distracting your team?

Same thing with Sam. He's a marginal prospect who is likely to be out of the game in a few years. Best case scenario seems to be he plays a few snaps every game. Is that worth distracting the starters on your team with endless stupid questions about his showering habits? Maybe it is. Maybe you should expect your players not to be distracted by such things. But its certainly something people are going to consider.

#55 | Posted by Sully at 2014-09-03 04:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Any NFL team that would avoid a player it thought could help, just because he gets publicity, is run by losers who deserve to be losers."

That sounds fine in theory and I read the reports that Tebow looked pathetically bad when he tried to make the Patriots. But just by his past in-game performance I don't see how anyone could honestly say most backups in the league are better than he is. Certainly he could be no worse than what the Cardinals were running out there at QB last year.

And I do think that coaches have to see it as a tradeoff. We're not talking about guys who project as starters. We're talking about guys who have upside as role players.

Ideally, your bakcup QB isn't going to play at all except to the run the clock out at the end of blowout wins. If all goes as planned, he has a minimal influence on how the team does. So do you want to bring in a guy who has a circus following him everywhere he goes when that can distract the guys who are actually going to play? Is having a better backup QB - which ideally won't matter - worth the risk of distracting your team?

Same thing with Sam. He's a marginal prospect who is likely to be out of the game in a few years. Best case scenario seems to be he plays a few snaps every game. Is that worth distracting the starters on your team with endless stupid questions about his showering habits? Maybe it is. Maybe you should expect your players not to be distracted by such things. But its certainly something people are going to consider.

#56 | Posted by Sully at 2014-09-03 04:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

He's a marginal prospect who is likely to be out of the game in a few years.

The average NFL career is only 3.3 years.

Both Tebow and Sam are marginal players at best that draw too much attention. ... Tebow was brought in by the Jets as nothing more than a stunt. They didn't even play him at the end of the season when Sanchez was benched.

I was a Tebow guy but after the Patriots I accepted that he was rightfully dumped by the NFL.

I don't think too much attention is a problem as long as the player contributes. The Cowboys passed on Randy Moss because they feared he would be a circus. It was a huge mistake.

I think Tebow's treatment by the Jets was a sign of upper management dysfunction. Rex Ryan obviously didn't want him, because he never even did anything with him in the wildcat. Whoever wanted him couldn't make Ryan give him a chance there.

As for Sam drawing too much attention, the Rams said the exact opposite. He was focused on making the team and kept the media circus to a minimum (at least the part within his control).

#57 | Posted by rcade at 2014-09-03 06:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

Sam was suited up in #46 and playing on the scout squad for Dallas today.

www.dallascowboys.com

The bigger story for Big D, if he stays out of trouble, will be former #8 draft pick Rolando McClain "replacing" Sean Lee at ML.

profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

#58 | Posted by Corky at 2014-09-03 06:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

"I think Tebow's treatment by the Jets was a sign of upper management dysfunction."

100% agree on that.

#59 | Posted by Sully at 2014-09-04 09:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

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