This week, the Dallas Cowboys actually did hire Derek Dooley as the Wide Receivers coach, and like I said in last weeks article, I think it's a great hire. Sadly, when coaches like Dooley are hired most fans just dwell on the fact that he was an unsuccessful head coach at Tennessee. But the reality is, he inherited a mess at Tennessee and the program was already well into a decline before he even got there. I think that Dooley is smart, energetic and really knows how to give attention to detail. Being a head coach probably wasn't a good job for him because he's much better on the offensive side of the ball than the defensive side. Regardless, Derek Dooley will bring a new spark to the Cowboys offensive game plan and help further the progression of the Cowboys talented receiving core.
Another thing that happened in the past week was Cowboys tight end Jason Witten being named the Walter Payton Man of the Year. This award is given to a player for community service and playing excellence, and Jason Witten definitely deserved it. On the field, Witten is the go to guy for Tony Romo. No matter what the situation is, Witten is always reliable and is never a let down. But off the field, Witten is also an amazing person. Since becoming a Cowboy in 2003, he has been actively involved with many non-profit organizations, he also is the Dallas Cowboys spokesperson for NFL Play 60, and with his own time and effort he has created the SCORE Foundation (JWSF), which has launched numerous programs and funded several building projects in Texas and his home state Tennessee. No one is more deserving of being named the Man of the Year than Jason Witten.
In other Dallas news, the Mavericks are trying a new technique to get wins. The majority of the players on the team will not be shaving their beards until the Mavericks get back to .500. Currently at 21-28, the Mavericks might not be shaving their beards for a while. But right now is the right time to start this no shave trend. The Mavs only have two more road games the rest of February, so now is the time to get hot. My prediction is that the Mavericks roster will be shaving again within 4 weeks.