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Cowboys en Español: Arranca la Agencia Libre, ¿Qué Pasará con Romo?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: Agencia Libre

Editor’s Note: Beginning this week, we are starting a new series for our Spanish speaking friends in need of better Dallas Cowboys coverage. Contributor Mauricio Rodriguez is a Mexican resident so who better to cater Cowboys news for readers south of the border.

¡Ahora puedes escuchar esta publicación como un Podcast en español!

Cowboys en Español: Arranca la Agencia Libre, ¿Qué pasará con Romo?

Cowboys en Español: Arranca la Agencia Libre, ¿Qué pasará con Romo?

El football es divertido. Eso es un hecho de la vida. Nadie lo puede negar. Todos amamos ver a 22 jugadores totalmente equipados en el campo peleando a muerte por la victoria. Pero la diversión no sólo está en el campo. Incluso en Marzo, cuando no hay partidos, es entretenido estar al pendiente de las negociaciones, de quién contrato a quién y a quién  firmará nuestro equipo.

Para los Dallas Cowboys, este año la Agencia Libre nos puede resultar un poco dura. Hubo bastantes pérdidas de jugadores y casi nada de movimiento por parte del equipo. Entiendo que puede parecer un poco alarmante y que nos hace pensar “¿Qué demonios pasará con nuestra defensiva?” Pero realmente, no hay razón para entrar en pánico. Este fue el plan desde un principio y evitando hacer un movimiento grande en la Agencia Libre es la manera de lograr que en los próximos años no tengamos una espacio salarial tan limitado.

El jueves fue el inicio de la Agencia Libre y fue un día muy interesante. Muchos jugadores llegaron a acuerdos con equipos nuevos, algunos recibieron extensiones y algunos fueron el centro de atención de todos los fans. Uno de ellos, el más reciente Cleveland Brown, Brock Osweiler. Y el otro, bueno no hace falta que lo presente…

Tony Romo… ¿Qué está pasando?

El miércoles todos los aficionados de la Estrella Solitaria, sufrimos una pequeña depresión. Los Cowboys anunciaron que Tony Romo, el QB de Dallas durante la última década, sería soltado por el equipo el jueves. Todos esperábamos que llegará la hora pacientemente cuando todo dio un giro inesperado.

Surgieron reportes de que el equipo intentaba realizar un trade involucrando a Romo y a Denver o Houston. Aún seguíamos boquiabiertos cuando los Houston Texans intercambiaron a Brock Osweiler, mandándolo a Cleveland. Todos pensamos “Houston quiere a Tony. Esto puede suceder.”

¿Dónde terminará Tony? Nada es seguro y eso se demostró el jueves. Sabiendo que Denver y Houston son los dos equipos interesados, y que ninguno de los dos quiere llegar a un trade, mi predicción será que Tony Romo se quedará en Texas. Denver tiene a dos QBs jóvenes (Trevor Siemian y Paxton Lynch) mientras que Houston se quedó solamente con Tom Savage después de deshacerse de Osweiler. Además pueden inclinarse a recurrir a un trade para evitar que Denver le ofrezca un mejor contrato a Tony.

Finalmente, los aficionados de Dallas seguimos asimilando estas noticias y deseándole lo mejor a Romo. Después de ser nuestro líder por tantos años, es hora de verlo usar otro uniforme. Pero los recuerdos no se irán y por eso hay que agradecerle al número 9.

Otras Pérdidas

Tony Romo no será la única despedida durante esta temporada, muchos otros jugadores se irán, especialmente en la defensiva. Barry Church, la pérdida que más me duele, encontró un lugar en Jacksonville. Terrell McClain nos seguirá viendo dos veces al año tras irse con nuestros rivales los Washington Redskins. Y Ron Leary por fin consiguió su bien merecido contrato en Denver. Los Atlanta Falcons también nos quitaron a un defensivo, Jack Crawford.

Morris Claiborne está recibiendo interés de los Ravens, aunque su futuro parece incierto. JJ Wilcox recibe interés de Seattle Seahawks y de Tampa Bay Buccaneers… Dallas ni siquiera intentará quedarse con él. Brandon Carr estuvo pensando en retirarse y si es que vuelve a jugar, creo que será con los Cowboys y es algo que se está convirtiendo en una necesidad a estas alturas. Y claro, Terrance Williams no se ha visto envuelto en ningún rumor.

Ver tantos jugadores irse es difícil, lo entiendo. Pero no hay que temer. Era el plan desde un principio y era algo bastante esperado. Esta organización ha demostrado que pueden seleccionar excepcionalmente en el Draft. Estos jugadores conseguirán selecciones compensatorias para el Draft del 2018. ¿Saben quién fue seleccionado con una compensatoria? Su nombre es Dak Prescott. Lo que ahora hacen Jerry Jones y compañía, es para evitar que en el futuro, sigamos teniendo el problema de tener $3M en espacio salarial.

Brice Butler se queda

Con un pequeño contrato de $1.1M, Dallas se quedará con el Wide Receiver Brice Butler. Este equipo necesita encontrar un segundo receptor para llenar el hueco que dejará de Terrance Williams. No creo que Butler sea la solución, pero es una gran ayuda. Esto le da la oportunidad a los Cowboys de encontrar a alguien en algún punto del Draft o incluso desarrollar a jugadores jóvenes como Andy Jones.

El inicio de la Agencia Libre del 2017 fue uno muy largo, lleno de rumores y noticias. No siempre es tan entretenido, pero ahora seguro lo fue. La Agencia Libre continuará, pero no esperemos mucho de los Dallas Cowboys, que han demostrado no ser aficionados de esta temporada. Este equipo se ha construido a base del Draft, y es lo que continuarán haciendo. Sin más, les deseo que se mantengan calmados y no entren en pánico. Esto es parte del proceso y esta organización se ha ganado nuestro respeto con el trabajo que han hecho construyendo este equipo que en un futuro muy próximo, serán campeones.

¿Cómo te sientes con esta Agencia Libre y con el final de Tony Romo en Dallas?

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3 Comments
  • HECTOR

    EXCELENTE ARTICULO !!!!!!! ME GUSTA MUCHO QUE SEA EN ESPAÑOL

  • Oscar R. Reyes

    Estoy en acuerdo con éste artículo. Él dueño Jerry Jones hace muchos malas decisiones con escoger y dejar ir jugadores. Le va pesar mucho si deja ir a Tony Romo. Se va a repetir porque todavía Romo es un Quarterback muy excelente y es mucho mejor que Dan Prescott. Prescott tuvo la buena suerte pero le falta mucho en aprender para que sea el heredero para el puesto de Quarterback. Él tiempo dictará en realidad si Jerry Jones es buen dueño o malo para el puesto de Quarterback entre Romo o Prescott. En mi opinion Romo es superior y mucho mejor que Prescott.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      ¡Hola Oscar! Muchas gracias por leer nuestro blog. Quiero mencionar que creo que dejar ir a Romo es lo mejor que puede hacer el equipo. No por quien sea mejor que quién, pero porque es lo correcto. Prescott ya se ganó su titularidad y Romo se merece la oportunidad de jugar en otro lado.

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Will Terrance Williams be Back with Cowboys in 2018?

Brian Martin

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Will Terrance Williams be Back with Cowboys in 2018?

Each offseason tough decisions have to be made by teams around the NFL, and the Dallas Cowboys are no exception. Teams have to decide who to promote, who to demote, and who to cut ties with altogether. For the Cowboys, Terrance Williams fits into one of those three categories, but which one?

It was plainly obvious that the Dallas Cowboys wide receivers all had an extremely disappointing 2017 season.

Everybody has their own opinion as to why this happened, but one thing is for sure, the Cowboys coaching staff will definitely look at ways to get more out of their receiving core. The one player who I think could be affected most by whatever decision the coaching staff ends up making is Terrance Williams.

Williams didn’t do much to make a case for keeping his starting job in 2017, let alone sticking on the roster.

To say he had a disappointing season would be an understatement.

Williams finished the 2017 season with just 53 receptions for 568 receiving yards and absolutely zero touchdowns. The Cowboys were likely hoping for more production from someone they just signed to a four-year, $17-million contract extension back in March [2017].

Now, you can make the argument Williams took a team discount in order to stay in Dallas, but that doesn’t carry much weight when your production leaves so much to be desired. This is especially true when there might be somebody on the roster who can do just as well, and possibly be an upgrade.

Noah Brown

Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Yes, if you haven’t guessed it yet, I’m talking about Noah Brown.

I know I’m not alone here, but I think Noah Brown could easily replace Terrance Williams’ production. I understand that there’s not much evidence to back up that statement based on Brown’s rookie season, but he has all the tools required to succeed.

This is really all about potential, and Noah Brown simply has more upside than Terrance Williams.

We all know what Terrance Williams is as a receiver, and what he brings to the table for the Cowboys offense. I believe Noah Brown can do all the things Williams does and has the potential to be even better.

I already think Noah Brown is a better blocker, something the Cowboys coaching staff really values about Williams. I also think Brown is a better pass catcher. He is a natural hands catcher and has a large catching radius, something Williams obviously isn’t (body catcher).

Right now, Williams is only better than Noah Brown in a few areas. He is slightly faster, he’s more advanced as a route runner, and has more experience. That’s about it.

This will obviously be a tough decision for the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff to make. But, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if we see Terrance Williams playing somewhere else when the 2018 season kicks off.

Do you think Terrance Williams will be with the Cowboys in 2018?

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Are the Dallas Cowboys Building a Championship Defense?

Sean Martin

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Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense? 3

Three of the four teams remaining in the NFL playoffs — a win away from the Super Bowl — ranked within the top four defensively in yards per game allowed this season. The other is the defending-champion New England Patriots, who of course were expected to reach yet another AFC Championship game, thanks to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

Somewhere between this field, losing their 2017 hopes at a deep playoff run to injuries, suspensions, and just poor execution at times, are the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys ranked eighth in yards allowed per game at 318.1 this season.

On the surface, all this provides hope that typically springs eternal around the league through the offseason.

It has been far too long since the Cowboys defense matched the skill level of the team’s offense, but Rod Marinelli’s unit (not exactly by design) outplayed that of Scott Linehan’s at times through this 9-7 campaign.

This defensive rebuild in Dallas began with the admission that this group had reached their ceiling in the offseason, as the Cowboys let long-time starters like CB Morris Claiborne, CB Brandon Carr, S Barry Church (now with the Jaguars), and S J.J. Wilcox go in free agency.

Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense?

Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Chidobe Awuzie, S Xavier Woods (AP Photo / Ron Jenkins)

For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, looking to turn over an entire secondary in a division featuring Carson Wentz, Eli Manning, and Kirk Cousins as quickly as the Cowboys did was a risky move. Their confidence in hitting on draft picks paid off though.

The Cowboys’ bright future is predicated on the likes of CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB Jourdan Lewis, and S Xavier Woods.

With two young starters at cornerback, the sky truly is the limit the this Cowboys defense. And they’ll play in support of an offense with more than enough talent to return to form in 2018.

As it stands now under Rod Marinelli, the Cowboys defense is built to keep everything in front of them, and get bodies to the football. This coverage-friendly approach could be taken to new heights with Lewis and Awuzie on the outside, along with Anthony Brown finding a home in the slot. All three cornerbacks have excelled at using their speed, length, and technique to get their hands on passes.

Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense? 1

Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence

Of course, games are won in the trenches, where the idea of the Cowboys defensive line ever rising to the level of their offensive line was laughable until recently. Whether it’s with the franchise tag or a long-term extension, sack-artist DeMarcus Lawrence looks to be an all-important member of this entire team moving forward.

A healthy Lawrence was a nightmare for opposing right tackles in 2017. He earned a national spotlight each week on his way to the quarterback 14-and-a-half times. Making it look easy at times, Lawrence is a refined rusher with the speed and power to win inside and out.

The RDE position remains a sore spot in need of talent as this Cowboys defense looks to take the next step, but there’s hope for the likes of Randy Gregory, Charles Tapper, and Taco Charlton to get the job done, along with veteran starter Tyrone Crawford.

With Crawford at RDE for much of 2017, running the ball against the Cowboys front was a tall order. His ability to capture the corner against left tackles came as a pleasant surprise to many, and once in position, the defensive captain chased down plenty of plays.

Tyrone Crawford wasn’t the only pleasant surprise on the Dallas Cowboys defensive line this season.

Rookie Taco Charlton looked like an entirely different player to close a first year in Dallas that began with completely uninspiring results. Charlton — having the physical traits to play at the next level — was never a question out of Michigan.

He may never be a player to take over games for a defense, which the Cowboys couldn’t have expected to find at DE selecting 28th overall, but an improved player at DE and DT could be an incredibly valuable asset for the Cowboys in 2018 and beyond.

This leaves the Cowboys linebacker corps, where we find the best example of young potential on the entire defense. Amazingly playing in all 16 games, LB Jaylon Smith is in line to take a massive step forward in year two.

Smith closed his season looking enticingly close to the player he was at Notre Dame, an encouraging sign as the Cowboys look to become less dependent on Sean Lee on this side of the ball.

Lee and Smith paired together would give the Cowboys a middle-of-the-field presence to rival the best in the league. Both players have exceptional range and awareness to run down plays from sideline to sideline.

Anthony Hitchens, an impending free agent, is another valuable piece at LB with his ready ability to play all three positions at a relatively high level.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

Stefon Diggs racing to the end zone with no time left to send the Vikings to the NFC Championship game will be the lasting image of this past Divisional Round weekend, an offensive play that will live on forever.

A closer look at these games and the teams that survived them reveals a collective trust in defenses, a trust the Cowboys could be blissfully close to with their own young defense.

The Cowboys are likely losing one of the smarter minds behind their defense in recent years, with Matt Eberflus ticketed for Josh McDaniel’s staff, and are still in need of a secondary coach after not retaining Joe Baker. In a league where better talent typically prevails though, the possibility of the Cowboys building a championship defense for next season and beyond may not be far off.

With defenses in Jacksonville and Philadelphia providing the hope that both teams can pull off the impossible and reach the Super Bowl on Sunday, will defensive potential be enough for Dallas to get through this long offseason and start the even longer path back to their first NFC Championship game in 21 seasons?

Tell us what you think about “Are the Dallas Cowboys Building a Championship Defense?” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Can Rico Gathers Make Cowboys Offense More “Dak-Friendly”?

Brian Martin

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Rico Gathers, Rams

The Dallas Cowboys unfortunately face all kinds of questions heading into the 2018 offseason. Right now, there are no answers to those questions, which means we’ll just have to sit back and take a wait-and-see approach. But, one question that absolutely has to be answered is how to make the Cowboys offense more Dak Prescott friendly.

Offensively, the Dallas Cowboys had an extremely disappointing year in 2017. Suspensions and injuries are the main culprits for the disappointment, but the Dallas Cowboys haven’t really changed things much in the scheme or personnel to help Dak Prescott succeed.

The sad truth is, the Dallas Cowboys are still operating as if Tony Romo is the starting quarterback. It’s pretty much the same personnel and scheme, but it really doesn’t suit Prescott.

It’s time for that to change. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that will happen overnight.

The Cowboys spent years putting together the personnel to help Romo. Just when they thought they had the missing piece — by drafting Ezekiel Elliott, Romo sustained a back injury, pretty much ending his career.

Anyway you look at it, the offensive personnel needs to improve in order to make this team more “Dak-friendly”.

Enter Tight End Rico Gathers.

Rico Gathers

Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

The Dallas Cowboys have invested two years in Rico Gathers’ development, but with the exception of a few flashes in preseason, they haven’t benefited from the fruits of their labor. The 2018 season should be Gathers’ coming-out party.

We all witnessed what the Cowboys offense looks like when they are forced to rely on the passing game. Dak Prescott struggled to find any kind of consistency throwing the ball — with the options he had at his disposal in 2017 — while Ezekiel Elliott served a six-game suspension.

Defenses decided to take Prescott’s favorite target out of the equation by bracketing Cole Beasley in coverage. Then, they also devoted extra attention Dez Bryant‘s way, making it difficult to get him the ball.

The only other option left really was Jason Witten on simple check downs.

And that is what the future Hall of Famer has been reduced to.

Jason Witten is no longer the threat he once was. Yes, he is still a reliable target, but his age is starting to catch up to him, which has unfortunately robbed him of some of his athleticism. We will no longer see Witten stretch the field down the seam, or run many routes further than 10 yards.

That’s why I think Rico Gathers could be a difference maker in 2018, especially for Dak Prescott.

Prescott needs more than an outlet receiver at the TE position. No offense to Jason Witten, but that’s pretty much what he has become at this point in his career.

Rico Gathers on the other hand is not only different from Witten, but also provides a different skill set than any other TE on the Cowboys roster. He’s a big target with athleticism, who cannot only move the chains, but stretch the field and break tackles in the open field.

Gathers’ sheer size alone creates mismatch problems against smaller defensive backs and linebackers, but his athleticism should allow him to create separation, something which fits into what Prescott needs from his receivers.

There is no reason why the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff can’t find a way to incorporate Rico Gathers’ unique skill set into the offense. They may not truly trust him to be an every down player, but that’s not happening anyway, not with Jason Witten on the roster.

If it was me, I would have a few packages in the playbook specifically designed for Gathers. I not only think this will help him grow as a player, but help the Cowboys offense become more “Dak-friendly”.

Can Rico Gathers make the Cowboys offense more “Dak-friendly”?

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