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A Question For Cowboys Fans

Bryson Treece



Randy Bush writes, "My question to all of you Cowboys fans is this: Do you feel that Mr. Jones VALUES winning enough to find making these fundamental changes worthwhile?"

That's the end of a comment left on the feature from last week (redacted post), and I felt compelled to take a shot at answering his question while giving other fans a more noticeable chance to do so as well.

My take on Jerry Jones is that through his years before buying the team; he learned to assume that he's right and to fix it when he's not. The oil business that he got rich from requires a lot of educated guesses and luck, and that line of work can really teach you a lot about your own judgment skills.

As the Cowboys Owner he's had 20 years to experience some similar things to what he did in the oil business. They're both up and down regarding success and they both take time and money.

He seems to approach this team like he probably used to approach an empty field that he suspected had oil under it. You find a place you think is right and you start throwing money and man-power at it until you strike gold.

He got Jimmy and Troy and the rest, and he, like the other famous hillbillies, struck gold. But that well dried up after a while and ever since he's been trying to find a new one. He still feels his judgment is right on queue, and he's not that far off most of the time. Maybe just enough to make him a better Owner than a GM.

But a football team isn't like an oil field. More money doesn't always equal better production, even if everything else is just right.

Drills and pipes and wrenches don't have personalities, girlfriends, or egos; they're just tools. And that's what Jerry fails to realize; every well-oiled machine needs the right tools.

On the flip side, in that business you learn after a while that when you look for one specific trait in a prospect that you think makes it a good place to drill, and you get enough bad results, you have to take a step back and look at things. You start changing your crew out to find better guys because the old ones didn't get you that oil, then you try different equipment for the same reason.

But eventually you have to see that the only common thread remaining is you and your obsession with finding that one special trait you always look for.

Well right now Jerry Jones is still going for that one special trait, and it happens to be the very control that he has believed would bring another championship to Dallas. We're just along for the ride until he does finally realize that he's the only link on this Cowboys team to the failures of the all of the last 12 years.

Nothing gives me greater joy than the experience of being a Dallas Cowboys fan come time to check another victory on the schedule every Sunday. I live Inside the Star everyday and blog on it occasionally, as well. Follow us on Twitter - @InsideTheStarDC

  • Bryson

    Maybe that’s going to be Dan Reeves’ job … to fix some of that.

  • Bob

    I am not sure how committed Jerry is to winning. I think he is committed to winning his way and if he doesnt then he tries to spin it so that it makes it seem as if he wants to win.
    I believe he hired Parcells to rebuild the team so the team could be successful enough for him to get his new stadium.

    This is the longest post-season drought in team history and the coaching staff appears to be incompetent and the front-office is devoid of an experienced football staff.

  • Randy Bush

    Bryson, that was an excellent analysis of the situation. I believe what it comes down to is Jerry’s perception of what course he needs to take to make a profit. Tex Schramm and his immediate successors not only built a great football team, they also built a marketing and merchandising powerhouse. That powerhouse brings in money whether the Cowboys win or lose. That fact makes look closely at Bob’s comment above. Does Jerry understand fans will support team endevours with their wallets if they really SEE a TEAM on the field, with no backbiting or BS in the locker room? Or does he dismiss that as a non-profitable course. When he brings in players like T.O. and Adam Jones, he brings in their reputations, regardless of their talent. The discord that’s stirred up by these reputations along with lax discipline keeps the team in the news like a soap opera & sell rags like the Inquirer & Star. It keeps public interest focused on the Cowboys in a very negative way. Such interest equals sales & not necessarily from the loyal fans. They want to see Cowboy football, not “As the Cowboys Turn”. My biggest fear is that Bob is correct & that Jerry thinks that exploiting the Cowboys’ marketing/merchandising successes are a far quicker way, maybe the only way, to turn a profit in the time frame he expects.

  • Bryson

    Well, let’s say that is the case, what is his ultimate goal? He had money before he bought the team, and the team was well recognized before, too.

    My point is, what if his goal was to do what he has done, which is get this new stadium built, to be the most recognized football franchise in history etc. etc.?

    What are the chances, based on that theory, that now he backs off more and focuses on getting the team to a higher level of competition again? Maybe it’s because he doesn’t need to interfere as much, or because he is just dumb enough to have been putting one before the other all these years. Either way, so far 2009 has shown us all a different side of Jerry Jones, and that could be the next step.

    So many possibilities, and unfortunately, we can’t know for sure what is what unless Jones does what none of us want him to do, which is get back in the media.

  • Randy Bush

    Well….so much for Dan Reeves. A very competent & respected man like Reeves, if given authority, mind, could have done wonders for this organization. Sad.

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Can QB Dak Prescott Steal Back His Mojo From Atlanta?

Brian Martin



Can Dak Prescott Regain His Mojo Against Atlanta?
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

When the Dallas Cowboys last traveled to Mercedes-Benz Stadium they were completely throttled by the Atlanta Falcons. It's a game a lot of Cowboys Nation would like to forget, but no one more so than Quarterback Dak Prescott. That game could very well be where his struggles really began.

It's almost exactly a year later and the Dallas Cowboys still find themselves haunted by that brutal beating the Atlanta Falcons handed them in Week 10 of the 2017 season. The Cowboys seemed to lose all confidence in themselves after that game, but it was almost as if it was the exact point in time where Dak Prescott lost all of his mojo as well.

Before that match up against the Falcons, Prescott was still playing at a pretty high level. But since then, he has been in a slump and there have been very few signs of recapturing any of that magic he once had. Heading back to Atlanta maybe the key for him finding and stealing back his mojo.

Things could definitely go a little differently this time around. The Cowboys will have Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith in the lineup this week. Zeke missed the game last year due to the league mandated six-game suspension, and Tyron missed due to an injury. Having those two back in the lineup could pay huge dividends, especially for Prescott.

Without his starting left tackle and running back, Dak was pretty much beaten to a pulp by the Falcons defense a year ago. They applied relentless pressure, hitting and sacking him on a number of occasions. Unfortunately, I think that's where he started seeing ghost in the pocket and its haunted him ever since.

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

The beating he took at the hands of the Falcons has really thrown off his entire game. His mechanics, accuracy, and effectiveness as a scrambler can all be traced back to that one matchup. He just hasn't been the same QB he was prior to that game.

Prescott's stats prior to the Falcons game:

24 starts
66.7 completion percentage
102.4 passer rating

Prescott's stats since the Falcons game:

17 starts
63.3 completion percentage
83.1 passer rating

As you can see, that's a notable difference. His passer rating has shockingly dropped nearly 20 points since last playing the Falcons and it's really hurt the entire offensive production. It's time for that to change.

Prescott has no choice this week. He has to get back up on the horse that bucked him off and hopefully regain that mojo he left in Atlanta a year ago. Fortunately for him, his confidence might be is as high as it's been since that last meeting after pulling off the upset against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

Now, he just has to go out and prove it!

Do you think Dak Prescott can regain his mojo against the Atlanta Falcons?

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How Cowboys Could Regain a 2019 1st-Round Draft Pick

Brian Martin



Cowboys Headlines - 5 Cowboys Players That Could Be Traded
Matthew Edmonds-USA Today

The Dallas Cowboys are currently without a 2019 first-round draft pick after acquiring Wide Receiver Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders, but what if I were to tell you there was a way to regain another first-rounder? Well, with a little outside the box thinking I think there could be a way to accomplish just that.

It's completely hypothetical, but I think the Dallas Cowboys could possibly regain a first-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft with little finagling and good luck. Everything would have to fall into place perfectly, but I think it's definitely doable.

Remember, this is completely hypothetical with a lot of "what if's" involved, but the Cowboys could regain what they lost acquiring Amari Cooper and come out of it no worse for wear. I think there are a lot of different scenarios that could accomplish this feat, but only one of them that doesn't hurt the team in my opinion and it centers around Right Tackle La'el Collins.

I know you're probably going to think I'm crazy, but I think the Dallas Cowboys could possibly land a 2019 first-round draft pick if they decided to trade away RT La'el Collins. Trust me, I wouldn't suggest this if I didn't think there was somebody capable of stepping in and playing just as well.

Enter Connor Williams.

Connor Williams

Dallas Cowboys LG Connor Williams

I always believed Connor Williams' best position in the NFL was at right tackle, not on the inside at guard. And yes, I was one of those advocating for Williams to play RT and Collins to move back to LG before the 2018 season started. I thought that gave the Cowboys their best starting five.

Williams has been serviceable at LG this season, but has been overpowered at times. His athletic ability would've been much better served on the outside at tackle, which is where I would play him next season, making La'el Collins expendable.

Again, I know what you're thinking. If you move Williams to RT and trade Collins, there is now a void at LG. Well, that's where Xavier Su'a-Filo comes into play. He is coming off a fantastic performance against the Philadelphia Eagles and a lot of Cowboys Nation is already advocating that he remains the starter over Connor Williams.

If Su'a-Filo can maintain the same level play he did against the Eagles, he probably remains the starter for the rest of the 2018 season. If this is indeed what happens, he could end up being the starter once again next season, making my plan of trading La'el Collins more feasible.

Were you able to follow all of that?

Keep Xavier Su'a-Filo at left guard

Move Connor Williams to right tackle

Trade La'el Collins

Like I said, this is all hypothetical, but something that could feasibly happen. Now we just have to wait and see if Xavier Su'a-Filo can continue to play like he did last week, because without him sticking at left guard none of this is possible.

I told you it was some out-of-the-box thinking.

Would you go along with the scenario to regain a 2019 first-round draft pick?

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Should Cowboys Stick With Xavier Su’a-Filo at Left Guard?

Brian Martin



Should Cowboys Stick With Xavier Su'a-Filo at Left Guard? 1

Don't look now, but we may have another Ron Leary/La'el Collins situation unfolding before our eyes with Xavier Su'a-Filo and Connor Williams. Who ends up starting at left guard for the Dallas Cowboys the rest of the 2018 season is up in the air right now, but might not be for long.

Remember a few years ago when La'el Collins started the season at left guard for the Dallas Cowboys, but then had to miss time due to a toe injury. Ronald Leary took over during his absence and never looked back. It even earned him a big payday with the Denver Broncos.

Déjà vu anyone?

Yes, I'm talking about the hot topic of the hour as to whether or not the Dallas Cowboys should stick with Xavier Su'a-Filo at left guard or reinsert Connor Williams once he is healthy enough to return to the lineup? As with any debate, there are two sides of the coin.

Honestly, I can make an argument for both sides here. These are two different players and both have their own strengths and weaknesses. Su'a-Filo isn't as agile as Williams and relies more on his strength and power, whereas Williams is almost the complete opposite. Depending what the Cowboys coaching staff wants out of their LG, either player makes sense.

Xavier Su'a-Filo

Dallas Cowboys LG Xavier Su'a-Filo

I could go into a long debate as to who I believe the Cowboys should start at LG moving forward, but I think that would be a waste of our time. I think this is a situation that will work itself out one way or another this week against the Atlanta Falcons.

Nothing is set in stone right now, but I have a hard time seeing Connor Williams being ready to play this week after having knee surgery. It would be unwise to rush him back before he's 100% healthy, especially after the way Su'a-Filo preformed against the Eagles. And if Su'a-Filo plays well once again, Williams may not get his starting job back.

See, I told you it was looking like a Ronald Leary/La'el Collins situation all over again.

This is a situation that many of us will be following closely this week and it may not only have ramifications on the rest of the 2018 season, but it could carry over into next year. Maybe Xavier Su'a-Filo remains at LG next year and Connor Williams moves to his more natural position (right tackle), making La'el Collins expendable. But that's a debate for another time.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should stick with Xavier Su'a-Filo at LG?

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