Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram says it will be a difficult season for the Cowboys. “If the Dallas Cowboys hope to achieve their goal of becoming the first host team to play in the Super Bowl, they will have to overcome a brutal 2010 schedule, which was announced by the league Tuesday.”
Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News says Jerry Jones already knew the season wouldn’t be a breeze. "We knew before today that this was a very challenging schedule," Jones said. "Seeing it on paper doesn't make it any easier, but our team will be ready."
David Moore of the Morning News talks about the Cowboys' draft strategy. "When you're there at the 27th pick, if a quality offensive lineman was there, it'd be a real consideration," Jones said.
Todd Archer says Jones sure is aging gracefully. “Jones, 66, has an energy level that would knock out any Red Bull-sipping twentysomething, especially when it's draft time.”
Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com says, thanks to Doug Free, the Cowboys can focus more on safety in the draft. "We aren't hostage to any position in this draft," Jerry Jones said. "If you look at our numbers, then just something as simplistic as the number of safeties you take to camp or the number of [cornerbacks], then you'd say we need to draft a safety."
Jeff Offord discusses the Eagles' primetime schedule. "The schedule release is a day of great anticipation around the NFL," Eagles president Joe Banner said. "Having eight nationally televised games is an incredible testament to the popularity of the team and the optimism about the Eagles on a regional and national scale.
"I'm also happy that we are at home during the final two weeks of the season against Minnesota and Dallas. I think the NFL has done a great job creating a fan-friendly scheduling process in recent years by having a plethora of divisional games toward the latter part of the season."
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer says the Eagles need some help at center.
Daily News columnist Paul Domowitch says the safety position has become more important than it used to be. "The old-school [approach] used to be, take an old corner who's lost his speed and put him at safety,” Ron Jaworski said. “That's not true anymore. It's now a specific talent that you have to have [to play safety]. You have to be a quality cover guy. You have to be able to play in the box. You have to be able to blitz. It's a position that now demands versatility."
New York Giants
Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News talks about the home opener for the Giants, in which New York will take on the Panthers.
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post has more on the schedule. “The uniqueness of the schedule is that we will play six games before we play a divisional opponent,” coach Tom Coughlin said. "I think the bye is in a very good place, after our seventh game. I like the fact that we do have an opportunity to regroup before heading out to Seattle, which is a long trip out and a long trip back. Then three of the next four are in the division.''
Make sure to tune in on Sept. 9 when the Manning Brothers will square off.
Vacchiano also reports the Giants are making sure they know how to reach Clemson running back C.J. Spiller. "I'm just a youngster coming in and trying to learn things," Spiller said. "You have to be willing to learn. You have to know what you're doing before you can get out on the field. I'm willing to learn from the older guys, learn the ins and outs, and then let my athleticism take over."
Jason Reid of the Washington Post says Oklahoma tackle Trent Williams and Oklahoma State tackle Russell Okung are atop the draft options for the Redskins. "One thing you know about Mike Shanahan is he's going to protect his quarterback," center Casey Rabach said. "I definitely think we have a lot of capable guys, and we take a lot of pride in what we do, but we did struggle at times last year and we've lost a lot with Chris [Samuels] retiring. Those are some big shoes to fill, so if they look to the draft to try to make us better, I think that's a good thing."
Reid and Rick Maese also combined to report that Washington acquired Adam Carriker from the Rams.
Also according to Reid, Donovan McNabb isn’t trying to get Terrell Owens back on his team.
Dan Steinberg has a draft special on his blog.