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Cowboys en Español: 5 Cosas Que Aprendimos Después del Juego del Salón de la Fama

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Extrañaba este sentimiento. El football americano está de vuelta. Lo hicimos. Sobrevivimos la espera. Este jueves, después de siete largos meses, vimos a los Dallas Cowboys jugar un partido de football americano... bueno, algo así. En el partido anual del Salón de la Fama, los Cowboys se enfrentaron a los Arizona Cardinals en un encuentro en el que principalmente se jugaron bancas.

Así es la pretemporada. No se trata de ver a las estrellas, sino de ver a los novatos por primera vez, de ver las famosas peleas entre dos jugadores para ganarse un puesto en el roster y simplemente, para ver NFL de nuevo. Ver los pequeños detalles que hablan mucho de lo que sucederá en el futuro.

Los Cowboys vencieron a los Cardinals por dos puntos, en un juego que resultó en un marcador de 20-18. Pero, veamos más allá del marcador.

En esta edición de Cowboys en Español (la primera que escribo en época de partidos reales de NFL), les comparto cinco notas de lo que aprendimos esta semana. ¿Quién sorprendió? ¿Quién quedó mal? Aquí vamos...

Brice Butler Quiere Quedarse

La posición de WR es de las más cargadas para los Dallas Cowboys y existe una pelea entre los últimos puestos de la posición. ¿Quién será el quinto WR en el roster? ¿O acaso cargarán con seis para la temporada del 2017? Brice Butler sabe de esta discusión, y está haciendo algo al respecto.

Durante el offseason, se ha hablado de lo bien que le ha ido a Butler, y durante este juego demostró de que hablaban todos. Con Kellen Moore como QB, logró llamar la atención de muchos con sus dos recepciones para 78 yardas, incluyendo esta que fue una gran sorpresa.

https://twitter.com/NFL/status/893275748475084800

Si Dez se lesiona, puede ser preferible que Butler se quede en su puesto y que Williams continue con su rol de WR2, donde ha sido más exitoso. Es un seguro para la posición de receptor externo, y tiene lo necesario para hacer un papel decente.

Rod Smith vs Alfred Morris

Uno de los temas principales este offseason, ha sido, ¿quienes serán los corredores detrás de Ezekiel Elliott? Con tanto ruido acerca de una suspensión a la super estrella del equipo, esta discusión no ha hecho más que crecer.

A lo largo del training camp, se ha hablado mucho de lo que Rod Smith ha logrado y de la posibilidad de que le robe el trabajo de tercer corredor a Morris, o incluso el de RB2 a McFadden. Alfred Morris sin duda está consciente de esto y lo demostró corriendo para 42 yardas en siete acarreos.

Rod Smith no se quedó atrás y aunque no promedió el mismo yardaje, su actuación reflejó lo que tanto se ha hablado en training camp. A Rod Smith le queda mucho tiempo de juego en la NFL. Más que a Morris y más que a McFadden. Smith parece ser la respuesta de RB2 a largo plazo.

Has TE Rico Gathers Developed Enough To Earn A Roster Spot?

Dallas Cowboys Tight End Rico Gathers #80

Cumpliendo Expectativas: Rico Gathers

Después de Jaylon Smith, Rico Gathers sin duda es lo más emocionante en esta pretemporada. Con Jason Witten jugando lo que puede ser su última temporada en la NFL, los Cowboys tienen que contar con un buen remplazo.

Los Cowboys parecen confiar en Rico, y después de mantenerlo un año entero para enseñarle el deporte, todo indica que se quedará en el roster. La ex-estrella de basketball se ha adaptado al football americano mejor de lo que yo esperaba.

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Su tamaño es extraordinario y su habilidad de correr después de atrapar el balón es algo que hará que Gathers se quede en el roster. Un gran paso en su desarrollo, y uno grande en su carrera.

Taco Charlton o Charles Tapper

Desde el inicio del partido vimos a Taco Charlton. Se podría decir que decepcionó, pero no hay que apresurarse a sacar conclusiones. Charlton mostró tener la fuerza y el motor, pero la técnica no está ahí aún.

Algo que me parece importante recalcar es que inició jugando del lado izquierdo de la línea defensiva. Al ser seleccionado, se habló mucho de la confianza que tenían en él para ejecutar del lado derecho. Más tarde en el juego, se rotó al lado derecho y tuvo menos éxito aún.

Charles Tapper pareció tener un mayor impacto. Tapper fue seleccionado el año pasado pero no pudo jugar debido a varias lesiones. Ahora vuelve y puede llegar a sorprender a todos e impactar a la línea defensiva antes que Taco Charlton.

Sólo el tiempo dirá quien resultará siendo el mejor jugador, pero para Charlton, le falta aprender mucho y no es correcto apresurarnos a etiquetarlo como un fracaso. Mejorará.

Kellen Moore

Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Kellen Moore #17

Calma, Kellen Moore Sigue Siendo el QB2

Cooper Rush llegó a ser la atención del partido por la mayor parte del juego. El novato sin duda parece intrigante y con mucho talento para llegar a ser algo en la NFL eventualmente. Quizá con el tiempo, los Cowboys lo puedan desarrollar para ser el banca de Dak Prescott.

Pero por ahora, nos guste o no, Kellen Moore sigue siendo el QB banca. Y por ahora, es lo correcto.

Kellen Moore no tuvo un mal juego, simplemente, en veces no fue del todo consistente. Creo que todos estamos de acuerdo en que Moore no es el jugador ideal que se quiere tener en la banca, pero muy pocos equipos en la NFL tienen un muy buen banca... por eso no son titulares en otro lado.

Con Dak Prescott liderando al equipo, es preferible tener un veterano en Kellen Moore de banca que un novato como Cooper Rush. Sin embargo, si Rush continua con buenas actuaciones, quizá pronto se convierta en el QB2 de los Cowboys por un largo tiempo.

Algunas Noticias…

Nota: Para empezar la temporada del 2017, cada semana incluiré esta sección para cubrir noticias extras en el mundo de los Dallas Cowboys, así como una frase semanal que se gané un lugar en Cowboys en Español.

  • El CB Anthony Brown sufrió una pequeña lesión de tendón. Puede que sacarlo del juego haya sido más precaución que nada, pero es digno de mencionarse.
  • Ryan Switzer, Jourdan Lewis, Justin Durant, Maliek Collins, David Irving no viajaron a Ohio para el partido.
  • Jerry Jones continua sugiriendo que en la investigación de Ezekiel Elliott no hay nada de violencia doméstica.
  • Jerry Jones por fin será introducido al Salón de la Fama. Felicidades al dueño de esta gran franquicia.

Frase de la Semana

Hablando de su mayor decepción como dueño de los Cowboys siendo no conseguirle a TOny Romo un Super Bowl:

"Esa es mi culpa... Debió tener mayor apoyo a su alrededor."

-Jerry Jones durante la transmisión del partido.

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

Kevin Brady

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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?

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Scott Linehan

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.

Kellen Moore

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

Kevin Brady

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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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