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Is CB Orlando Scandrick Still In The Cowboys 2017 Plans?

Brian Martin

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Is Orlando Scandrick In The Cowboys' 2017 Plans?

What a roller coaster of a ride the 2017 NFL Draft ended up being for the Dallas Cowboys. The ride really got interesting when rumors started circulating the Cowboys were shopping Orlando Scandrick, which brings into question whether or not he is still in their plans for the 2017 season?

If I am being completely honest, I was not all that surprised Orlando Scandrick's name started floating around as a potential trade candidate, especially after the Cowboys spent two of their first three draft picks on defensive backs.

Scandrick is what he is at this point in his career. He is a solid cornerback in the NFL that has the versatility to play in the slot or outside. But, he hasn't been known as one of those difference making CBs that are able to accumulate a lot of interceptions. Plus, his age and recent injuries could indicate he is starting to decline as a player.

Scandrick however is still the best CB the Cowboys currently have on their roster and he provides that valuable veteran leadership for these incoming rookies. For those reasons alone he is still a valuable commodity for the organization, but I wouldn't rule out the possibility of him playing somewhere else in 2017 just yet.

CB Orlando Scandrick

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The rumor was that Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys were seeking a third round draft pick in exchange for Scandrick. Whether or not there were any interested teams remains an unknown, but from what I hear the Cowboys were pretty firm on that third-round asking price. That to me indicates that #32 is still in their plans, but open to the possibility of parting ways if the price is right.

Now that the 2017 NFL draft is over, I am pretty sure that any trade involving Scandrick probably won't involve a draft pick for next season unless it is at the very least a third-round selection. Instead, I believe it could be more of a player for player type deal if it happens at all.

I think the Cowboys will first wait and see how everything plays out in training camp and evaluate how these new rookies will fit into the defensive plans for 2017. If they feel that these rookie CBs are ready to start right away, then we could once again see Orlando Scandrick's name start to circulate as a potential trade candidate.

Unfortunately, that's just the nature of the business. Scandrick is one of the better defenders the Cowboys have on the defensive side of the ball, but no one is safe when there is an influx of youth and talent added to the roster.

This will ultimately did come down to how the rookies perform and how comfortable the Dallas Cowboys feel about moving on from Orlando Scandrick. Which is why I for one will be paying particularly close attention to the position battle at cornerback.

I don't know about you, but I will be paying a little bit more attention to injuries at the cornerback position around the league once off-season practices get underway. That could end up being Orlando Scandrick's new team.

Do you think Orlando Scandrick is still in the Dallas Cowboys 2017 plans?



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  • EverybodyTalks

    I have to agree that they will sift things out with training camp. It’s kind of strange how the Cowboys looked like a vacant parking lot before the draft and now there’s not enough parking spaces. To me, that’s great. The pressure to make the team went up ten-fold on the defense. One competition is Frazier vs, Blankton because Xavier Wood will be playing. Initially, I thought Marquez White was drafted in case the legal action went south on Jourdan Lewis, but….maybe not. White might have another function and that would be to give Orlando his wake-up call.
    Then there is the Defensive Line. Taco comes in and does that push Ash out? Charles Tapper is healthy so is Moore gone before he starts. What about Cedric? When push comes to shove is he better than Paea? Is Tyrone Crawford healthy, I mean really? What about Lawrence? I see a lot of questions being answered in the training camp trenches and a stronger D-Line when it is all through.
    Could they go with 6 CBs and 5 Safeties? Could you keep 6 LBs and 8 for the Defensive Line.? Would that be enough?That does comes to 25. Add in a K, P and LS and you have 28. That leaves 25 for the Offense. Makes you get out the calculator!

    • Brian Martin

      I personally can’t wait for training camp to see how all these position battles shake out. All of this competition should make the defense better in 2017.

    • John Williams

      This is honestly going to be one exciting training camp.

  • John Williams

    Hard to part ways with a competitor, leader, and player that Orlando Scandrick is. At least this year.

    I think they have to hold onto him throughout the year and allow competition to take over. It would be odd for a Jason Garrett coached team to come in and just hand a rookie a starting job. He likes to make his players earn it.

    • Brian Martin

      I think training camp will be big for Scandrick and all of these new rookie CBs. Everything will sort itself out, but I wouldn’t be surprised if 32 is still subject to trade talks.

      • John Williams

        Yeah for sure. Scan can help a team still at this age. It would be hard for me to imagine them letting another leader in the DB group go though. I think the likeliest outcome is Scandrick is here in 2017 and as the season goes along he becomes a rotational player with Lewis in the slot to keep both fresh and to allow Lewis to ease into the NFL grind. In 2018, Scandrick gets released and Lewis becomes the full time slot corner.

        Wouldn’t surprise me to see Brown and Carroll start on the outside, Lewis and Scan rotate in the middle, Awuzie become the strong safety this year and move to corner in 2018, letting Woods become the strong safety in 2018.

        Heath and Frazier stay on as depth and special teams players. Carroll and Scandrick get released.

        • Brian Martin

          I was thinking along the same lines. I can’t wait to see how things shake out though.

          • John Williams

            like wise.

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Was Sunday A “Wake Up Call,” Or Were Cowboys Exposed?

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Was Sunday A "Wake Up Call," Or A Flashback To Reality?

Entering last Sunday's game in Indianapolis, the Dallas Cowboys were riding high. Having won five straight games, including key victories over the top seeded Saints and division rival Eagles, everything seemed to be breaking right for the Cowboys heading into the home stretch.

Their defense was playing like one of the best in football, and after firing Paul Alexander and trading for Amari Cooper their offense was clicking just as they'd hoped. They needed (and still need) just one win to officially close out the division and clinch a home playoff game in January.

Instead, the Cowboys got absolutely demolished by the Indianapolis Colts. Of course, there's no shame in losing a road game to an 8-6 team in the NFL, but the way in which they lost certainly deserves some shame. Not even the 23-0 score can encapsulate the complete butt-kicking Dallas received at the hands of the Colts, and it was the type of loss that can sometimes make you question the blueprint.

The Cowboys, however, are not looking at it that way. Multiple leaders in the locker room have spoke this week about how they "needed" to lose like that. Running back Ezekiel Elliott called the loss embarrassing, but also said it is better for Dallas in the "grand scheme of the season."

Clearly, the leaders and coaches are calling the putrid performance a wake up call, something that will galvanize them and reset their win streak heading into the postseason. But is this really the case, or was the shutout defeat more of a sign of things to come?

Obviously it's too early to say for sure, but I do think it can be a little bit of both.

No, the Cowboys are not the class of the NFC, despite beating what can be called the best team in the same conference a couple weeks ago. There probably will prove to be some drop-off from the top 3 seeds in the conference and the Cowboys, if for no other reason than Dallas will have to go on the road to play those teams in the playoffs. It's really hard to win on the road in the NFL, especially with the increased wackiness of 2018.

The Cowboys offense is far from perfect or prolific, though if clicking they now have the skill talent to drop 30+ points any given Sunday. Their defense is talented, has a high ceiling, but is still very young and inexperienced. Though they've played elite level games before, they've also had some stinkers against the Colts and Titans during the same season.

All of this can be true. The Cowboys can be a team deserving of the playoffs, a team we should not be panicking over, but still a very flawed football team. They can be a team that if "hot" could make a run through the postseason, but also will have to answer some tough questions about coaches and players during the next two offseasons.

After all, who isn't greatly flawed in today's NFL? Hell, we just saw the beloved Rams lose two straight games.



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Is it Too Late For Dallas to Fire OC Scott Linehan?

Brian Martin

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Grab your pitchforks and your torches, it's time to run the Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan out of town. His playcalling has been absolutely atrocious season and it's time for him to hit the road, even if there are only two regular-season games left on the schedule.

It's completely unorthodox for an NFL team to fire an offensive coordinator this late in the season, but just last week we saw the Minnesota Vikings do just that when they parted ways with John DeFilippo. It was definitely a bold move to make considering the Vikings are still in playoff contention, but it was something they believed was in the best interest of their team.

I believe if the Dallas Cowboys want to do what's best for their team right now and not later, then they should go ahead and cut ties with Scott Linehan. His predictability and un-creativeness as a play caller is holding back a talented offense, which is hurting the overall team as a result. He's been given every opportunity to turn things around, but enough is enough.

I'd personally be on board with Jason Garrett taking over the playcalling duties. He has the experience and held the position with the Cowboys from 2007 until Linehan was hired. I'd even consider giving Kellen Moore a shot as the OC. He knows the system and has worked closely with Quarterback Dak Prescott. Regardless, the Cowboys need to find some way to increase their offensive productivity.

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Dallas Cowboys QB Coach Kellen Moore

Right now the Cowboys offense is the 26th scoring offense in the NFL and are averaging just 19.7 points per game. To make matters worse they are the 31st ranked Red Zone offense in the league. I don't know about you, but I think that is completely unacceptable with the talent they have on the offensive side of the ball.

Firing Linehan has been a long time coming. The Cowboys flirted with the idea earlier this season during the bye week and should've pulled the trigger then, but for some reason or another decided to let him stick around. They are definitely still paying for that mistake now.

The Cowboys mistake not to replace Linehan could mean yet another early exit in the playoffs, something we have unfortunately become accustomed to. Scoring just 19 points a game isn't going to get them very far, which is truly unfortunate considering the talent they've acquired this season.

Unfortunately, as much as we would love to see Scott Linehan tarred and feathered and run out of town, I just don't see the Cowboys doing that before their season is officially over. But, in no way should he be allowed to retain his position beyond this season. He clearly isn't the answer any longer.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should fire Scott Linehan?



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Despite Embarrassing Showing, Health Remains Biggest Cowboys Concern

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Zack Martin

What is it about the AFC South with these Dallas Cowboys?

Dallas' five game winning streak came to a close on Sunday, as they got straight-up embarrassed by the now 8-6 Indianapolis Colts on the road. The loss was the first since the Cowboys were embarrassed by a different AFC South competitor, the Tennessee Titans, on Monday night football earlier this season.

Though the final was 23-0, and not a single phase (or really even a single player) showed much fight or promise, the biggest concern I have for the Cowboys moving forward didn't change because of the putrid performance. It didn't change because the defense was gashed play after play or the offense failed to finish a single drive. And it didn't even change because both the Redskins and Eagles secured season-saving victories on the same day Dallas was dismantled.

The biggest concern is still their health, particularly across the offensive line.

That was not a playoff caliber interior offensive line the Cowboys put out their on Sunday. Not even close.

With their backup center in Joe Looney, backup guard in Connor Williams, and the very last interior offensive linemen on their roster in Adam Redmond playing for basically the entire game, this offense never had a chance. Dak Prescott wasn't any more inaccurate or indecisive than normal, but all those who like to scream "step up in the pocket" whenever he is sacked did not seem to have an argument this week.

There often was no pocket to step into, as those interior three, specifically Looney and Redmond, failed to provide much protection or confidence for Prescott at all. Joe Looney has actually been rather solid this season, but Sunday felt like one of his worst games of the entire year.

The Cowboys absolutely need Zack Martin to get healthy if they are to make any noise whatsoever in the postseason. At the very least, the need Xavier Su'a-Filo to come back and replace Redmond, and regain the form he displayed during his debut against the Eagles back in November.

Prescott already has issues with his pocket presence and footwork when pressured, so throwing three backup-level linemen right in front of him is not a recipe for success for the Cowboys.

I'm not jumping out of the window over this loss, and I don't think any of you should be either. Dallas had won three straight incredibly emotional and important home games to extend, save, and solidify their season respectively before this loss. They had also just about clinched the NFC East a week ago with their win over Philadelphia, and they played like a team that was due a flat performance

A letdown loss on the road, against a good team I might add, is not the end of the world. The bigger issue here is their health, because if Martin can return to anchor this offensive line, the offense should look a whole lot better than they did against Indianapolis.

It's time to move on from Sunday, go beat Tampa Bay, officially clinch the division, and get ready for Wild Card Weekend.



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