Sunday News, Notes, & Rumblings

More news and notes surrounding Emmitt's run to glory this season, as well as analysis on the cuts made this week by the Cowboys are contained in this report. Without question, the 2002 draft is already starting to pay dividends.

* The Cowboys are officially off until July 9th, when the final QB school takes place at Valley Ranch. However, most players are continuing daily conditioning drills during the break. Training camp is scheduled to begin in only 39 days in San Antonio.

* The Boys are already getting ready for the chaos that will surround Emmitt Smith's run towards Walter Payton's rushing record. Smith needs just 539 yards to pass Payton, and most experts tend to think it will happen somewhere around the 7th game of the season.

NFL Films has been at the Cowboys' Valley Ranch headquarters over the last couple of weeks shooting a video that is set to be released when Smith breaks the record.

* And speaking of "the record," offensive coordinator Bruce Coslet has indicated on more than one occasion this year that he'll do everything he can to help out.

"I'm going to try my best to get him the record as fast as we can get it, because if we do get it early on then we must be doing something pretty good," said Coslet.

Adding Bruce Coslet to the coaching staff this offseason might just end up being the most important acquisition by the Cowboys in 2002. Coslet has had a calming influence on an offense that was lacking an identity, and the players genuinely show a lot of respect for him.

* None of the three cuts on Thursday came as much of a surprise to anyone who follows the Cowboys organization closely.

Releasing WR Darrin Chiaverini might have caught some people off guard, but with Antonio Bryant now in the mix, and with Chiaverini's lack of true speed, you could see could see it coming. Reggie Swinton, Ken-Yon Rambo, and Randal Williams are all more than capable backups in their own right- Chiaverini was just the odd man out.

OL Ben Fricke was let go simply because the Cowboys have been so pleased with big OL Andre Gurode.

Gurode can be moved anywhere on the interior line, and that versatility goes a long way in the allowing the Cowboys to feel more comfortable with the offensive line situation in general. Frick, who started 5 games last year, was scheduled to make $563,000 this season.

RB Josh Ranek was a longshot to make the team, but it wouldn't surprise me to see him land on his feet somewhere in the Canadian Football League.

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