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3 Reasons to Remain Optimistic About the 2018 Dallas Cowboys

John Williams

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After a loss, it's really easy to look for all the reasons that a team can't do something. If you read  or listen to many in Cowboys Nation you'd think that we've reached the last quarter of the season and the Dallas Cowboys have been eliminated.

That's not the truth of the situation though. They've played three games and while the offense has looked stagnant for most of those three games, there are things that we can look at and find a bit of hope for this season and the future.

Hot Boyz Destructive

The Dallas Cowboys have a defense that has shown capable of taking over a game as they showed in week two against the New York Giants. In their loss to the Carolina Panthers, they showed that even when the offense wasn't playing well, they could keep the game close long enough for the offense to have a shot at getting back into the game.

Week three was a different story as the Seattle Seahawks were able to do something Carolina and New York weren't able to do; hit big plays in the passing game.

They'll be without Sean Lee for an indeterminate amount of time, but they'll also be getting back a fresh on Monday after he serves the final game of his suspension this Sunday. He's a wrecking ball in the middle of the Dallas defense. Putting him on a line that now sits second in the NFL in sacks.

Byron Jones has asserted himself as one of the better corner backs in the NFL. Leighton Vander Esch has been really good in his rookie season, who now leads the Dallas Cowboys in tackles.

The Dallas Cowboys have really good players at all three levels of the defense. If they can correct some of the zone mishaps, particularly from their safeties, the Dallas Cowboys will have a defense that will cause problems for every team remaining on their schedule.

This defense is capable of helping the Dallas Cowboys make the playoffs and will keep games close until the offense figures it out.

Superstar Capable of Carrying the Load

Ezekiel Elliott is the best offensive skill player that the Dallas Cowboys have. He had an up and down game on Sunday where he ran for 127 yards on 16 carries and at the same time had several drops and mental miscues that ended drives.

He's a great player that can carry your offense if he doesn't have the lapses that he had on Sunday. Ezekiel Elliott is leading the NFL in rushing through the first three weeks despite only carrying the football 48 times.

Among players with at least 22 carries so far this season, only Christian McCaffrey's 5.9 yards per attempt are better than Ezekiel Elliott's 5.7.

The Cowboys coaching staff appeared to make a better effort to get Ezekiel Elliott the ball and he had opportunities for big plays after the catch, but again the mental lapses hurt him and the team. I don't think that's something that will happen again.

This week when facing the media, Elliott took responsibility for his part in the team's 24-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He's a better player when thrown the ball than what he showed on Sunday and I think given the opportunities again, Ezekiel Elliott will rise to the occasion.

When you have a player as capable of taking a game over as Elliott is, then you have a chance to win a lot of football games. If the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff doesn't shy away from giving him opportunities, then the Cowboys could find themselves in the playoff race at the end of the season.

13 Games Remaining

In a league where there are only 16 games in the regular season, teams don't have many opportunities to send a message about who they are as a football team. After three weeks, many would argue that what we've seen is who they are.

The reality of the situation is there is a lot of football left to be played.

At 1-2, the Dallas Cowboys are still in the thick of the NFC East race, sitting just a game back. The Los Angeles Rams are the only undefeated team in the NFC at 3-0 and so the Dallas Cowboys are only two games back of one team at the moment.

Sure, the deficiencies in the passing game are troubling and it's looking more and more likely that this is who the Dallas Cowboys are in the passing game. Yet, the possibility remains that they turn it around and begin playing much more efficient football through the air.

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I've been guilty of it too, but we need to be careful not to live in a world where we blow from one extreme to another. Yes, the Dallas Cowboys have some things to work on, but they still have some areas where we can feel positive about this team, even if it's only a sliver of optimism.



Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could.

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  • Ethan

    With all due respect john you fail completely in this article. The offense has been putrid, and it has not scored in the 2nd or 3rd quarter of any game this season. It’s superstar RB has been grossly underutilized, the play calling is so predictable opposing defenses are picking up on hand signals and the WB refuses to take shots down the field DESPITE having butler, Thompson who are supposedly deep threats. Gallop has looked awful, and even Tyron smith looks like a shell of his former self. The TEs are not being used at all. So tell me again how there is all this supposed hope? Dak Prescott is not a franchise QB and this team just built an offense around him. More than happy to debate this. Also with dan bailey gone do you trust Maher with a game tying winning field goal right now? That means our special teams are also effectively suspect.

  • Mark

    The article kinda reminds me of Sadam Hussein’s spokesman during the Iraq war. He kept telling the world the Iraqi army was winning the war and would soon push the entire U.S. army back into the sea – as American soldiers were all around him in Bagdad….

    I’m rooting against my team of 50+ years until they fire the clueless carrot…sad

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Cowboys en Español: Sí, Amari Cooper Lo Valió

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys' Revenge Against Atlanta Hinges on These 3 Key Matchups 1

Cuando los Dallas Cowboys sorprendieron a la NFL mandando una selección de primera ronda por el receptor Amari Cooper de los Oakland Raiders, la respuesta fue muy dividida. Al final de cuentas, Cooper estaba pasando por una temporada bastante mala junto a su equipo. Sus números iban en decline y muchos habían perdido la fe en la ex-estrella de la universidad de Alabama y cuarta selección global en el NFL Draft del 2015.

Pero sorpresa, sorpresa. Desde que se unió a las filas de los Dallas Cowboys, Amari Cooper ha demostrado que la decisión que tomaron los Jones fue una muy buena.

En esta liga, es muy complicado justificar el deshacerse de un pick de primera ronda.

Estamos hablando de la oportunidad de tomar a un novato joven con muchísimo potencial para convertirse en un jugador calibre All-Pro en algún punto de su carrera. No es fácil renunciar a una posibilidad así en esta liga. Sin embargo, Amari Cooper no ha hecho más que justificar el trade por parte de los Cowboys. Si continúa así, al final de la temporada podríamos estar hablando de que Dallas pagó de menos por él.

Es importante recalcar que Amari Cooper tiene 24 años de edad. Para el NFL Draft del 2019, los mejores prospectos en esta posición tienen a lo mucho cuatro años menos. A.J. Brown de Ole Miss tendrá 21 años cuando pise el emparrillado por primera vez en la NFL.

Y no, ninguno de estos receptores está cerca del nivel de talento con el que cuenta Cooper.

#DALvsPHI: Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott Key to Clipping the Eagles Wings?

¿Qué tan grande ha sido el impacto de Amari Cooper?

Desde la semana 9, cuando los Cowboys consiguieron a Cooper, este ha tenido 30 recepciones. 23 de las cuales han resultado en un primer down o en un touchdown. Es el receptor con más atrapadas en tercera oportunidad. Podríamos hablar de las grandes estadísticas que el wide receiver ha conseguido vistiendo la estrella individualmente. Pero realmente, ha tenido un impacto en la ofensiva entera.

Desde su llegada, los Cowboys son el tercer mejor equipo en porcentaje de pases completos, el segundo en yardas después de la recepción y el tercero a la hora de convertir terceras oportunidades y mover las cadenas.

Simple y sencillamente, ha tenido un impacto que ningún otro novato del 2019 hubiera tenido en este equipo. Si, los Cowboys tendrán que pagarle una extensión cara en el futuro, pero cuando este sea el caso, lo habrá valido.

Amari Cooper es el ejemplo perfecto de porque la NFL es un deporte de equipo. Con los Raiders, todos lo tachaban como un jugador que ya no era bueno e iba para abajo. Pero bajo los Dallas Cowboys, se ve como un jugador que promete mucho para esta joven franquicia que necesitaba un verdadero #1 en la posición de wide receiver.

La ofensiva de los Cowboys tiene mucho talento. Es cuestión de mejorar en zona roja para que Dallas sea una amenaza bastante considerable en los playoffs de la NFL.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Sí, Amari Cooper Lo Valió" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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Why is Jerry Jones “keeping a very close eye” on the Kareem Hunt Case?

Brian Martin

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Why is Jerry Jones "keeping a very close eye" on the Kareem Hunt Case?
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As owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones has been pretty open-minded when it comes to giving talented players second and even third chances. So, it should come to no surprise he is "keeping a very close eye" on the NFL's newest troubled player, Kareem Hunt, according to a statement he made recently on 105.3 The Fan.

"Yes, keeping a very close eye, and have a very keen interest in how this plays out. It's a challenging area about what we're about…everyone has zero tolerance for domestic abuse," said Jones.

Leave it to Jerry Jones to say something so vague that can be misconstrued on several different levels. There is really no way of knowing exactly why he is so interested in the Kareem Hunt case, which is why I thought I would attempt to crawl inside his head to decipher what he could possibly be thinking.

The Kareem Hunt case is interesting though on so many different levels. There is actual video evidence of the altercation thanks to TMZ, unlike the hearsay with Ezekiel Elliott that ended up looking more and more like a witch hunt by the NFL and Roger Goodell. You can bet that could be one of the reasons why Jerry Jones' interest has been piqued, but I can guarantee he's not the only one watching closely to see how this plays out.

Before I get too off-topic, let me get back to the elephant in the room. Why is Jerry Jones "keeping a very close eye" on the Kareem Hunt case? Let's jump into his thought process to determine what he could possibly be thinking…

Considering an Ezekiel Elliott/Kareem Hunt Tandem?

Ezekiel Elliott, Kareem Hunt

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott and FA Kareem Hunt

Since Jerry Jones isn't shy about adding "troubled" players to the Dallas Cowboys roster, there have already been quite a few people who believe Kareem Hunt will eventually end up with the organization. I highly doubt it happens, but a Ezekiel Elliott/Hunt tandem in the Cowboys backfield would be something dreams are made of, not to mention really fun to watch.

No offense to Rod Smith or any other running back on the Cowboys roster, but they don't really have someone who is capable enough in the eyes of the coaching staff to cut into Zeke's heavy workload. Pairing Hunt with Zeke would give Dallas a two headed monster and give them the best RB duo in the league. That would fit right into their run first mentality.

Hunt of course is looking at least a six-game suspension. Jerry Jones would have to be comfortable with the backlash he would receive by bringing him aboard, but we've seen him make such moves in the past. I definitely believe it's something that has crossed his mind. As a football movement makes sense, but it without a doubt hurts the Cowboys brand and their public image.

Kareem Hunt an Ezekiel Elliott Replacement?

Kareem Hunt

FA Kareem Hunt

We are getting to the point in Ezekiel Elliott's career the Dallas Cowboys have to start considering whether or not they want to sign him to a long-term extension. It could be as early as this upcoming offseason, or they could wait until after 2019. Adding a young, talented, and cost-effective RB like Kareem Hunt would be a shrewd/savvy move on the Cowboys part.

Like I mentioned earlier, Hunt is looking at least a six-game suspension and could quite possibly end up being for an entire season. That means he's not going to cost a lot when/if he's able to return to the NFL and is still young enough to make any contract he signs pay off. Sounds like a win-win for a team who is willing to bring him aboard.

About the time Hunt is able to return to the league just so happens kind of coincides with when the Cowboys have to make a decision about Elliott's long-term future with the organization. This is a no-brainer from a business standpoint, but we all know that there are other factors involved here. But again, I wouldn't be surprised if this is something that hasn't crossed the mind of Jerry Jones.

Seeing How the NFL and Roger Goodell Handle Things

Jerry Jones, Roger Goodell

Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell (Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News)

I personally believe that this is the reason why Jerry Jones is going to keep a close eye on the Kareem Hunt case, although the other two reasons certainly make sense. I just think he still hasn't put the entire Ezekiel Elliott suspension drama behind him and really wants to see how Roger Goodell and the NFL handles things this time around.

We all know that Zeke's suspension was based on nothing more than hearsay. The NFL's lead investigator even recommended he shouldn't be suspended and that was after interviewing the accuser six times, something that hasn't happened once in Hunt's case. The entire investigation was poorly handled and drawn out, which made the verdict that much more hard to swallow.

I think Jerry Jones has kind of been waiting for another chance to voice his displeasure with the NFL's ability to investigate and punish players of wrongdoing on a consistent basis. This could be the exact kind of opportunity he's been waiting for and you can bet that he won't shy away from voicing his opinions on the matter. In fact, I'm a little surprised he hasn't done so already.

Why do you think Jerry Jones is watching the Kareem Hunt case closely?



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Randy Gregory Is Looking Like We Always Thought He Could

Kevin Brady

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Cowboys Need More From Randy Gregory and Taco Charlton

Much of Cowboys Nation had the proverbial pitchforks out when Randy Gregory was penalized for roughing the kicker after a key third down stop last Thursday night. Those same fans were understandably upset when Gregory was then penalized again, this time for lining up in the neutral zone and negating a sack fumble.

It was frustrating to see, and as head coach Jason Garrett said after the game, those plays were essentially turnovers committed by Randy Gregory. Because of these frustrating penalties, combined with his bone-headed personal foul all the way back in Carolina and his history of suspensions, people around the league have called Gregory a "dumb" player, or have suggested the Cowboys are wrong for giving him so many chances.

People have been wondering when the Cowboys' patience for Randy Gregory will pay dividends on the field.

I'm here to tell you that they already are.

Since returning against the Eagles four games ago, Gregory has compiled 3 sacks and 4 quarterback hits. Only DeMarcus Lawrence has been consistently better than Gregory as a pass rusher since he got healthy, and the production difference between the two isn't as large as you'd expect.

Of course, Lawrence receives much more attention from pass protection schemes than Gregory does, but if Gregory can continue to pressure quarterbacks and win his 1-on-1 matchups, things may begin to open up a bit more for Lawrence.

Gregory's calling card heading into the 2015 draft was his pure pass rushing ability. He's the athletic weakside edge rusher fans have been clamoring for for years. And while it took a while for him to get here, he's finally showing signs of playing like the athletic freak and football player he can be.

Gregory's hands, burst, and bend are special, and it was unfair to expect him to put everything together so quickly after not being around actual football for basically two whole seasons. But now that he's healthy and appears to be comfortable in his role, we are seeing more and more productive rushes from Gregory each week.

While Tyrone Crawford has been solid overall, Gregory has become the unquestioned pass rushing RDE, getting healthy and productive while Taco Charlton was injured and inactive. As a pure pass rusher he's clearly the 2nd best defensive end on the roster, behind the All-Pro caliber Lawrence, and looks primed for a Pro Bowl season in 2019.

This Sunday Gregory will take on Jason Peters and the Eagles offensive line. While he hasn't played enough to really have trends against any opponent, if he does have one it is against Peters. In 2016 Gregory tallied 7 tackles and a sack against the Eagles, and he also sacked Carson Wentz just a few weeks ago.

So in those two matchups, we have seen Randy Gregory at his best. As the Cowboys hope to take another step towards wrapping up an NFC East title, they certainly hope Gregory can continue this trend on Sunday afternoon.



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