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Is Cole Beasley In Jeopardy Of Losing His Job?

Brian Martin

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- Cole Beasley, #11

The NFL is a fickle beast. Just when a player thinks he is at the top of this game and can finally feel secure about their job status, their respective team goes out and drafts their eventual replacement. That could possibly be the situation Cole Beasley finds himself in after the Dallas Cowboys drafted wide receiver Ryan Switzer in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Now, before any of you start thinking I'm trying to send Beasley packing, let me tell you that I'm a huge #11 fan and would hate for him to suit up for any other team than the Dallas Cowboys. But, with his heir apparent possibly waiting in the wings, Beasley could be at risk of losing his job.

In the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys selected Ryan Switzer, another diminutive wide receiver whose game and skill set is very similar to Cole Beasley's. It was an odd selection at the time, which is why it started to cast little doubt about Beasley's future, at least in my mind.

Cole Beasley has served as the Dallas Cowboys slot receiver and occasional punt returner since joining the organization as an undrafted free agent in 2012. His role has continued to increase year after year and he has now developed into one of the best slot receivers in the entire NFL.

Cole BeasleyRyan Switzer will definitely have his work cut out for him if he is going to unseat an established veteran player like Cole Beasley, especially since #11 already has a strong bond with his QB and the trust of the coaching staff. But, it's not unthinkable that it could end up happening.

If that is indeed what happens and Switzer comes in and is just as good, if not better than Beasley, would the Cowboys considered keeping both WRs?

I personally don't think the Dallas Cowboys would have drafted Ryan Switzer if they didn't have a clear idea of how to get both him and Beasley involved on offense. I actually would love to see offensive coordinator Scott Linehan spread things out with Dez Bryant/Cole Beasley on one side and Terrance Williams/Ryan Switzer on the other. The thought actually makes me a little giddy of how dangerous the offense could be in 2017.

Just imagine how much more potent the running game will be with an extra defender having to move out to cover Beasley/Switzer in the slot and with Bryant/Williams working the outside. Scary right? But, the running game wouldn't be the only thing to improve. Having two shifty slot receivers would also give Dak Prescott more reliable underneath targets to get rid of the ball quickly, opening up the entire passing game.

I don't envision Cole Beasley going anywhere anytime soon, because I believe he and Ryan Switzer can coexist on offense and make this team better. But, if a team were to call and make an offer for Beasley the Dallas Cowboys can't pass up, I could see a scenario where they make a deal.

I don't know about you, but I'm really excited about the addition of Ryan Switzer and how Scott Linehan will get him and Cole Beasley involved on offense.

Do you think Cole Beasley is in jeopardy of losing his job?



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15 Comments
  • Randy Martin

    I don’t think Beasley is in jeopardy at all. The one in jeopardy is Lucky. I think they had a very clear idea in their head on how they would put both Switz and Beas on the field at the same time and the thought of that is awesome! I think it will give defenses nightmares. As good a runner/receiver as Zeke is with both of those two and Dez and either Witten or Twill or even Brown lined up I think it will be very difficult to anticipate what is coming at them.

    • Brian Martin

      Randy, I completely agree with everything you said. However, I also think Beasley could be one of the few players they could use to trade in order to upgrade another position. I would hate to see it, but with Switzer now on board it does make him expendable to the point where it wouldn’t hurt the offense any.

      • Jess Haynie

        Beasley isn’t just a piece, though. He is arguably Prescott’s favorite WR and security blanket, more so than Jason Witten. Switzer needs more than an offseason to prove he can fill those shoes.

        • Brian Martin

          I completely agree. I’m in no way saying that Switzer is as good as Beasley, but if he turns out to be as a rookie, it could make things interesting.

      • Randy Martin

        I would be shocked to see Beas traded. Not only is he a fan favorite, He is his QB’s favorite, and an essential piece of this offense. Let’s see what Switzer brings to the party before we “toss the Sauce.” If Switz ends up being what we hope he is, I’m more excited about an offense with both guys on the field than a “best man wins” scenario. Like I said, he is Lucky’s replacement, not Beasley’s.

        • Brian Martin

          I agree. I think offense can be really creative with Switzer and Beasley on the field at the same time. I like thinking outside the box, even though I would hate to see Beasley play somewhere else.

        • Thomas Williams

          I hope Beasley is not traded. The guy is a GREAT at his job and I think we need him …

  • Travis Diggs

    This is one of those hypothetical questions. It’s not a real question It’s something to just get us thinking while we’re in the off season bored. Switzer and Brown were drafted to replace Whitehead and Butler That’s simple Every small white receiver is compared to Cole Beasley or Julian Edelman That’s the only reason why this is even a discussion. Cole Beasley had his best season ever last season Why would he be replaced ??Really??

    • Brian Martin

      I don’t apply to the idea that Switzer was drafted to replace Whitehead. I don’t think Lucky was going to make the roster to begin with. If the Cowboys didn’t draft a receiver I think he would’ve been beaten out by Andy Jones. Switzer will eventually be Beasley’s replacement, but probably only after 11’s contract expires. Switzer and Beasley could make this offense really exciting to watch in 2017.

  • tom

    if Switzer makes 53, then it gives OC lots of flex on game day using 10 personnel. I see Lucky being the odd man out if Switzer makes 53. Hope Switzer can run those jet sweeps well

    • Brian Martin

      Tom, I think were going to see the 10 personnel more in 2017. I think that’s what they had in mind when they drafted Switzer in the first place.

  • suziequzie61

    I had the privilege of being at training camp in Oxnard one day last summer and saw up close how fierce Beasley is. They were having one-on-one drills and he beat out his defender(that was a good bit bigger than him)every time! I became a fan of his that day!

    • Brian Martin

      Beasley is basically unrecoverable, which is why he has become such a mismatch problem for opposing defenses around the league. If Ryan Switzer can become that kind of player, the Cowboys have just made their already potent offense even more dangerous. I’m really looking forward to seeing how all of this shakes out.

  • Thomas Williams

    I feel the same way Randy…And after Lucky pulled that Stunt during regular Season. And then they drafted Switzer , that spelt the end of LUCKY..

  • dcoopthemann

    As much as I like Switzer, the only way they trade Beasley is if someone offers them a “JUICY” deal, which I don’t see happening. I see Switzer as a “COMPLEMENT” to Beasley, not his “REPLACEMENT” (unless Beasley gets hurt, then they can keep that “SAME” part of their offense going), even when his contract expires (unless the numbers get too crazy). Here’s the thing for me. You’re not going to be winning any Super Bowls if all you keep doing is “SWAPPING” out players at the same position constantly. As a Cowboys fan living in San Diego, I just laugh when I hear Charger fans hyping up draft picks, which some of them are potentially good. The problem is, they already had a good/great player at that spot, so all they are doing is running on the treadmill “SWAPPING” player out for player and never getting close to a Super Bowl. They can make great use of 10 personnel packages (and if Linehan was smart, he would’ve been drawing up plays as soon as they drafted him). Beasley is just starting to really excel (despite a few too many drops for my taste, but he’s gotten better) plus he has great chemistry with Dak. Why would they want to get rid of that? That would be going backwards or on the treadmill like the Chargers. You don’t want that. Switzer is quicker than hiccup. With him and Beasley and if they can get one of their other receivers to “TAKE THE TOP OFF” the defense consistently and get consistent separation “DOWN THE FIELD” (or find one), then their offense will be set (once they get RT and LG worked out). Do something with the secondary and pass-rush, then they’re set.

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QB Dak Prescott Continues To Come Through In Clutch Situations

Kevin Brady

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Dak Prescott Continues To Be Money In Clutch Si

Dak Prescott is possibly the most criticized quarterback in all of football.

Of course, this comes with the territory of being the Cowboys starting quarterback, but each throw Prescott attempts is placed under an intense microscope, even by NFL standards. We analyze every snap of every game, looking to find where Dak was right or wrong with this reads.

There's no question, though, that Prescott has been inconsistent throughout his young career. Week to week, drive to drive, and even play to play, we seemingly have no gauge on just how Dak Prescott will perform.

One scenario where we can say with confidence he will come through, however, is when it matters most. Last Sunday, in yet another must-win game for the Dallas Cowboys, Prescott orchestrated a game winning drive to lead his team over the favored Atlanta Falcons.

The Cowboys offense was pedestrian for much of the afternoon, but when Prescott got the ball in a tied game, I felt confident he would give Brett Maher a chance to win the game. Even on the road, and even after the offense had struggled a bit through the air all day.

Prescott got the ball late in the fourth quarter, looking to answer former NFL MVP Matt Ryan's game tying touchdown strike to Julio Jones. Dak went for it all on the first play, looking for Michael Gallup deep down the sideline, but the ball fell incomplete. After that throw, Prescott went 4/5 for 45 yards, including a huge completion to Cole Beasley, putting Dallas in game winning field goal range.

This confidence in Dak Prescott is justified, as is shown by his numbers in late game situations. Prescott now has 12 game winning drives, tying him for the league lead over the last three seasons. For comparison sake, Eagles starter Carson Wentz has just 3 game winning drives over that same stretch.

Overall the box score shows a rather quiet day for Prescott, but it was exactly the kind of Sunday they need from him. He completed over 60% of his passes, ran for a touchdown, and avoided the key turnover which could have sung this close game.

He played efficient football, and gave the Cowboys a chance to win it late. Then, he did what he does best, making plays in clutch situations and coming through in the 2 minute drill.

For all of Dak Prescott's flaws, those end-of-half and end-of-game situations have been a clear strength for the young quarterback, and continued to be this week.



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Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Entre los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys, pocas cosas son criticadas tan frecuentemente como la administración de la franquicia que no ha ganado ningún Super Bowl en más de dos décadas. Se ha convertido en un equipo que, a pesar de ser el más valioso en el mundo deportivo, no ha sido nada relevante en el emparrillado. Lo que alguna vez fue una dinastía se ha convertido en una unidad que rompe frecuentemente los corazones de los fans.

Jerry Jones y Stephen Jones, siendo los operadores del ámbito deportivo del negocio familiar, son criticados semana tras semana y en gran parte por justa razón. Pero en gran parte, por cosas no muy válidas.

Cambios de Coach

A mi parecer, lo más criticable para la administración de este equipo viene cuando hablamos de los coaches. Muchos se burlan de los Cincinnati Bengals y de la manera en la que están atascados con el Head Coach Marvin Lewis. Con Jason Garrett al volante, la situación para los Cowboys no es nada diferente.

A mediados de la temporada 2018, no parece que esta narrativa vaya a cambiar. Una vez más, los Cowboys arrancaron de una manera muy inconsistente y ya no sabemos que esperar de ellos. Gran parte de las derrotas, la mayor parte, es el coacheo.

Sin duda el equipo no será exactamente el mismo en 2019, pero ¿serán suficientes los cambios como para decidir quedarse con el mismo capitán que no ha podido mantener el barco navegando por años?

El Draft

A diferencia de como se manejan muchos equipos en la liga, los Jones fungen como general managers de su propio equipo. Con la ayuda de Will McClay han logrado superar varios de los fracasos de los Jones de antaño, pero actualmente, siendo sinceros no han hecho un mal trabajo.

A pesar de las critícas de Abril, Leighton Vander Esch está probando haber valido más que la pena. Siendo objetivos, aparte de Taco Charlton en el 2017, todas las selecciones de primera ronda de los Cowboys han sido valiosas. La línea ofensiva, el corredor, un cornerback que por fin se está perfilando como uno de los mejores en la liga.

En cuanto a la segunda ronda, ha habido varias críticas, muchas con razón. Pero el mejor caza cabezas del equipo, DeMarcus Lawrence, el linebacker Jaylon Smith, Randy Gregory y más están teniendo un impacto muy fuerte en el equipo.

Decisiones difíciles

La administración se ha visto en la necesidad de tomar decisiones bastante difíciles después de una temporada de nueve victorias en 2017. El LB Anthony Hitchens fue liberado, Dan Bailey se fue inesperadamente, se confió en Byron Jones para tomar su opción de quinto año.

Hasta ahora, pura decisión digna de aplaudirse. Pero ninguna como la más reciente de todas: Amari Cooper.

Por más caro que haya salido, los Cowboys merecen bastante crédito por haber mejorado muchísimo su posición de WR. Si el equipo llega a tener una oportunidad esta temporada, será en gran parte por él.

No cabe ninguna duda en mi cabeza de que los Jones han cometido errores a lo largo de los años, el más evidente siendo la resistencia de dejar ir a Jason Garrett. Pero a pesar de esto, la administración ha tomado excelentes decisiones y ha realizado el draft muy bien. En ese aspecto en específico, les aplaudo.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración" 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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Sack Numbers Don’t Tell DeMarcus Lawrence’s 2018 Story

Kevin Brady

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Breaking Down DeMarcus Lawrence's League High 5.5 Sacks Through Week 4

Coming off of a career year in 2017, many fans expected DeMarcus Lawrence to continue his ridiculous sack production this season. After all, he is once again in a "contract year" due to the franchise tag, and fans are hoping the Cowboys can secure him longterm this offseason.

Through the first four games of 2018, Lawrence looked as ridiculous and unstoppable as ever. He had 5.5 sacks, tied for the league lead, and was dictating the pass protection schemes of every offense the Cowboys were facing.

Since that hot start, though, DeMarcus Lawrence has recorded just 1 sack, falling behind some of the league leaders he was once ahead of. This has some people scratching their heads and wondering if Lawrence's career year in 2017 was just that, a career year. One which he will never replicate again, and one which the Cowboys should factor out when talking contract extensions.

Here's why those people are wrong.

Let's first talk about what makes DeMarcus Lawrence so good, and then we'll get into the full context of the Cowboys defense and how that explains some of the drop in sacks.

Lawrence, unlike some of the league's other top pass rushers, is a complete 4-3 defensive end. He is one of, if not the best run defending defensive ends in football, as shown by his 12 tackles for loss on the season (only Aaron Donald and Danielle Hunter have more).

Much of the year, the Cowboys run defense has boiled down to Lawrence making splash plays, as we saw against the Washington Redskins. Adrian Peterson was gashing the Cowboys during that game, and the only one who did anything to stop him was DeMarcus Lawrence, as indicated by his 3 tackles for loss that Sunday.

There's also the point that 6.5 sacks through half the season is, well, good. It's really good! And when you couple his sack numbers with his solid pressure and QB hit stats, you can see that Lawrence is having a very good season.

Then there is the context of this entire Cowboys defense, specifically their defensive line and pass rush. To put it bluntly, DeMarcus Lawrence has been their only consistent rusher this season. Though we came into the year with high hopes for Randy Gregory, and cautious optimism about first round pick Taco Charlton, neither have been all that impressive this season.

Somebody, anybody, has to step up and become a threat opposite of Lawrence. David Irving could help matters with his interior pass rush ability, but he has been unavailable for basically the entire season.

Without another pass rusher for offense's to even think twice about, Lawrence is getting double teamed and/or chipped by a tight end or running back on just about every rush. It's becoming rare that Lawrence is in a true one-on-one pass rush situation.

Of course, if you are elite, offenses are going to shift protections to you in this way and you still have to find ways to be productive.

And thus far in 2018, DeMarcus Lawrence is doing just that.



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