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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

  1. Randy Martin

    May 8, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    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

      Brian Martin

      May 8, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      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

        Jess Haynie

        May 8, 2017 at 12:35 pm

        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

          Brian Martin

          May 8, 2017 at 12:53 pm

          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

        May 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm

        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

          Brian Martin

          May 8, 2017 at 3:11 pm

          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

          May 16, 2017 at 11:15 am

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

  2. Travis Diggs

    May 8, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    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

      Brian Martin

      May 8, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      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.

  3. tom

    May 9, 2017 at 9:59 am

    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

      Brian Martin

      May 9, 2017 at 10:15 am

      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.

  4. suziequzie61

    May 9, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    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

      Brian Martin

      May 9, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      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.

  5. Thomas Williams

    May 16, 2017 at 11:10 am

    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..

  6. dcoopthemann

    May 17, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    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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Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches
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Lamentablemente, la temporada 2018 de los Dallas Cowboys ha llegado a su fin. Lo hizo cuando el equipo visitó Los Angeles para intentar sorprender a los Rams en su propio campo en la Ronda Divisional de los playoffs. Ni siquiera con una invasión exitosa de la afición de Dallas pudieron ganarse un pase al Campeonato de Conferencia. En vez de eso, los Cowboys estarán viendo desde casa y la afición estará preguntándose: ¿qué sigue para los Dallas Cowboys?

Parece ya una tradición anual que no podemos dejar pasar. Este momento en el que comenzamos a cuestionar, una vez más, que entrenador es digno de quedarse en la franquicia y cual debe irse. En esta edición de "Cowboys en Español," hablaremos específicamente de los tres principales coaches en el equipo.

Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli Should Be On The Hot Seat

Coordinador Defensivo Rod Marinelli

El futuro del coordinador defensivo de los Dallas Cowboys no se puede tratar sin mencionar a Kris Richard. Fue la defensiva la que llevó al equipo hasta la postemporada y fue la unidad que cargó al equipo en muchas de sus victorias. Incluso con la llegada de Amari Cooper a Dallas, la defensiva fue siempre el pilar de la franquicia esta temporada.

Jaylon Smith y Leighton Vander Esch sorprendentemente se perfilaron como uno de los mejores duos de linebackers en toda la liga, la línea defensiva fue muy exitosa con Randy Gregory y DeMarcus Lawrence en los extremos y con la grata sorpresa que fue Antwaun Woods en el centro. La secundaria vio la mejor temporada en la controversial carrera de Byron Jones e hizo un excelente trabajo con un talento decente, pero no genial.

Todo esto, y el haber terminado como la sexta mejor defensiva en puntos permitidos (20.2) y la quinta mejor contra la corrida (94.6), hace a Rod Marinelli merecedor de una ronda de aplausos. Sin embargo, Richard probablemente merezca más aplausos.

Fue Richard quien revolucionó la defensiva de los Cowboys y la convirtió en un grupo mucho más agresivo. Fue él quien implementó jugadas de "blitz" en el equipo (algo no común con Marinelli) y quien en un punto de la temporada, comenzó a seleccionar las jugadas desde la banda.

En esta posición, me parece que los Dallas Cowboys tienen que enfrentar la dura decisión de decirle a Marinelli que es tiempo de dejarle el puesto a Kris Richard. Si bien no se llevó un trabajo de head coach, es muy probable que le llovieran ofertas a Richard si no se hace con el título de coordinador defensivo en Dallas.

Scott Linehan Acknowledges Need for New "Wrinkles" in Cowboys Offense

Dallas Cowboys OC Scott Linehan (Tim Heitman / USA TODAY Sports)

Coordinador Ofensivo Scott Linehan

Con un equipo tan polémico como este, la afición de Dallas no concuerda en muchas cosas. Sin embargo, lo hacen al hablar del pésimo trabajo que Scott Linehan ha realizado mandando las jugadas en ofensiva. Realmente ha sido doloroso de ver y es en mi opinión, el mayor problema que tiene el equipo actualmente.

Semana tras semana, fuimos testigos de pésimas decisiones en la ofensiva de los Cowboys. Vimos como el equipo se aferraba a llenar la caja de defensivos antes de correr el balón con Ezekiel Elliott. Vimos incontables pases pantalla en tercera oportunidad y largo. Pero no solo es lo que vimos, sino lo que no vimos.

A pesar de la innegable habilidad para correr el balón de Dak Prescott, Linehan se rehusó a explotar esta versatilidad de su QB. Vimos pocos "QB sneaks," jugada donde el mariscal toma el balón bajo centro y consigue poco yardage detrás del empuje de su línea ofensiva.

Siendo honestos, los Cowboys llevan dos años sufriendo por este coordinador. Dejarlo volver en el 2019 sería una decisión ridícula. Los comentarios en la radio de Jason Garrett no lucen prometedores, pero realmente sería una sorpresa que fueran ciertos. Linehan no debe volver... punto.

Jerry Jones Delivers Vote of Confidence in "Real Deal" Jason Garrett

Head Coach Jason Garrett

El futuro en esta posición será muy debatido durante los próximos meses, pero de los tres que hemos mencionado es sin lugar a dudas el más seguro de todos. Nos guste o no, Jason Garrett estará al frente del equipo la próxima temporada.

Garrett está lejos de ser un gran coach y aún le hace falta demostrar que puede cumplir las aspiraciones de los Cowboys de traer un sexto Trofeo Lombardi a casa. Pero siendo honesto, este equipo debería tener suficiente con Garrett y un par de buenos coordinadores. ¿El problema? No hay un par de buenos coordinadores en el equipo.

Sin embargo, Garrett ha demostrado que cuenta con el amor y apoyo de sus jugadores. Ha demostrado que efectivamente, puede ganar la división (lo ha hecho en tres de los últimos cinco años). Este año el equipo le dio la vuelta a la temporada después de comenzar 3-5.

Lo más preocupante en mi opinión, es la falta de urgencia para despedir a Linehan, por ejemplo. Quizá a puerta cerrada Garrett quiere un cambio en su staff, pero nunca lo sabremos.

Jason Garrett no es un coach excelente, pero podría ser suficiente para llevar a los Cowboys a un Super Bowl si tiene un equipo adecuado. Todo parece indicar que su trabajo está seguro (incluso más de lo que pensamos) así que es tiempo de esperar que se arreglen sus coordinadores.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches" 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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2018 Draft Class Season Review: LB Leighton Vander Esch

Kevin Brady

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Leighton Vander Esch Lands on List of NFL's Top 10 Rookies

As the first round draft pick of America's Team, any player would be under a ton of pressure from all angles. Whether it's from the fans on the outside or the organization on the inside, the expectations around being a first round pick for the Cowboys are immense. But the pressure placed upon linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, from the second he was announced as the 19th overall draft pick, was second to none.

It felt like Cowboys Nation let out a collective groan when Vander Esch was taken, with fans hoping for a more glamorous first round selection. Someone like wide receiver Calvin Ridley or edge rusher Harold Landry would've done the trick, but after Vander Esch's rookie season it's hard to imagine either of those players would have had the impact Vander Esch did in 2018.

Though he didn't start a game until week 4, and didn't become the unquestioned full-time starting WILL until week 10, Vander Esch earned Pro Bowl honors for his rookie season. Tallying 140 total tackles and 2 interceptions, Vander Esch made his presence felt week in and week out.

No counting stats can fully measure Leighton Vander Esch's impact as a rookie, however.

Prior to the 2018 season, the Cowboys defensive success often came down to the health of Sean Lee. When available and playing at his best, Lee led an overachieving Cowboys defense to solid performances each week. But, when Lee went out (as he often did), the entire Cowboys defense seemed to fall apart.5 Studs and Duds From the Dallas Cowboys 2018 Season

This year, though, that all changed. When Sean Lee was out with injury the Cowboys defense got better. Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith became a versatile, hard hitting tandem the NFL immediately feared, and helped to direct the Cowboys defense to signature wins throughout the 2018 season.

There are arguments against taking any off-ball linebacker in the first round, as the value of the position has been questioned due to the new style of offense in the NFL. Nowadays linebackers are relegated to two-down players, taken off the field in favor of faster defensive backs on critical passing downs.

Leighton Vander Esch is athletic enough to be both an old school run stopper, but also a three down linebacker in today's fast paced NFL.

Despite the doubts which surrounded the pick, the Cowboys absolutely nailed their first round selection in 2018. And Leighton Vander Esch made Dallas' front office look like geniuses each and every Sunday.



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What Is The Cowboys Most Pressing Offseason Need?

Kevin Brady

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Finishing their season with a Division Round loss, Dallas Cowboys fans are getting a somewhat late start on the 2019 offseason. Of course, we'd much rather a later start, but the results are what they are.

Now Dallas must get better, and re-tool before heading into Dak Prescott's fourth season, and the Cowboys' 2019 campaign. Though they didn't feel all that close to a championship this season, looking around the roster, it's actually tough to identify one key need the Cowboys must address.

They are filled with young, talented players that they have high hopes for across the board. And in the places they are "older," such as across the offensive line, they have established veterans who aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

So what is the Cowboys' most pressing offseason need?

Well, despite already using their 2019 first round pick to address it, the answer very well might be wide receiver.

Adding Amari Cooper midseason provided a massive jolt to the Cowboys previously anemic passing attack, but on his own he is not enough to take this passing game to where it needs to be to compete in this new NFL.

Third round pick Michael Gallup is going to be a very good pro, and progressed really well as his rookie season went on. I think he can play opposite Amari Cooper nicely, and be the number two option in the passing game going forward.

Though arguably their best wide out against man coverage, Cole Beasley is a free agent, and if the reports are true about Scott Linehan returning in 2019 it could very well mean Beasley will not be opting to sign back with Dallas.

Regardless of Beasley's decision, however, the Cowboys need to seriously evaluate their pass catchers heading into next season.

This is a passing league. The rules have dictated that you must be able to pass the ball efficiently if you want to compete with the best of the best around the NFL. To take the next step in their progression, and reach an NFC title game and/or Super Bowl, Dak Prescott will need to have as explosive a group of pass catchers as possible.

The Cowboys have already taken solid steps to making this a reality, but another move or two this offseason could go a long way to putting Dallas in the conversation with teams like the Rams and the Saints in 2019.



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