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Cowboys en Español: Dallas Tiene Lo Suficiente Para Sobrevivir Sin Elliott

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Por fin tenemos una respuesta respecto a la elegibilidad de Ezekiel Elliott. Des Desafortunadamente, no era lo que queríamos escuchar. El corredor de los Dallas Cowboys ha sido suspendido seis juegos por la NFL y después de perder la moción que Zeke y compañía para evitar que perdiera juegos mientras se resolvía su caso, la suspensión comenzará inmediatamente.

Y esta vez, no será como la semana pasada, cuando Elliott terminó jugando después de que el viernes consiguió una restricción administrativa temporal. Esta vez, Elliott no tiene opciones.

Es necesario mencionar que la apelación que perdió el jueves, era una apelación específicamente sobre su elegibilidad en el periodo antes de que se escuche su caso. Intentando evitar que Zeke sufra "daño irreparable." Todavía ni siquiera empieza la apelación del caso real.

Eso será hasta el primero de diciembre. Para entonces, Ezekiel Elliott ya habrá servido cuatro juegos de suspensión.

Ezekiel Elliott's Suspension A Blessing In Disguise?

Para Elliott, ya no hay esperanza de evitar la suspensión que se le fue, en opinión de muchos (incluyéndome), injustamente otorgada al corredor.

Los Cowboys están en una posición en la que casi todos sus juegos son partidos que deben ganar. Con Philadelphia dominando la división 8-1, Dallas necesita todas las victorias para mantenerse con el puesto de comodín que necesitan para entrar a playoffs.

Robarse la división era un reto con Zeke... sin él será casi imposible.

Pero durante los próximos partidos, estoy convencido de que Dak Prescott y compañía encontrarán la manera de mantenerse en la pelea. Los siguientes seis rivales no representan un gran problema como se hubiera pensado al inicio de la temporada.

  • Semana 10: @ ATL Falcons
  • Semana 11: vs PHI Eagles
  • Semana 12: vs WAS Redskins
  • Semana 13: @ NY Giants
  • Semana 14: vs OAK Raiders

Si hubiera visto ese calendario en la semana uno de la temporada, hubiera temblado de miedo. Pero aparte de los Eagles, no hay un rival en esa lista que realmente de miedo.

Excluyendo a Philadelphia, ninguno de estos equipos tiene un mejor record que 4-4. Ni uno solo tiene récord ganador. Sólo Philadelphia se encuentra con un récord de 8-1, el mejor de la liga.

Y aunque no lo parezca, Dallas es un equipo de elite. Muchas cosas han cambiado para este equipo desde la semana de descanso. Este equipo es contendiente para el campeonato. El reto será entrar a playoffs sin su corredor estrella.

Y los Dallas Cowboys tendrán suficiente para lograrlo.

Para empezar, el comité de corredores con el que cuenta Dallas es bastante profundo. Alfred Morris, Darren McFadden y Rod Smith competirán por los acarreos durante todos los juegos de aquí en adelante.

En lo personal, a pesar de que sé que Morris será el "titular", me encantaría ver a este equipo darle una oportunidad a Rod Smith. No creo que haya un RB con más potencial en el equipo y Smith podría terminar siendo el banca del futuro para los Cowboys.

 1Dak Prescott está teniendo una temporada completamente diferente a lo que muchos esperaban. Después de hablar todo el año sobre como Prescott tendría una regresión inevitable en su segundo año en la NFL, el QB está jugando a un nivel altísimo.

Va rumbo a los 40 touchdowns totales al terminar la temporada. Es el tercer mariscal de la liga con más anotaciones, incluyendo TDs terrestres. De hecho, Dak tiene una oportunidad de oro para competir por el MVP del año. 

Otra de las cosas que ha cambiado radicalmente para los Cowboys, es el juego de la línea ofensiva. Una de las fortalezas más grandes del equipo se estaba convirtiendo en una de las debilidades.

Sin embargo, después de nombrar a Jonathan Cooper como el guardia izquierdo titular del equipo, esta línea se ha acercado al nivel que tenía en el 2016. Entre Cooper y Collins, han encontrado la manera de acoplarse a la mejor línea ofensiva en la NFL.

Mientras es muy fácil fijarnos en como los números de Elliott han mejorado las últimas semanas y pensar "Ezekiel está de vuelta"... es más que justo darle crédito a Cooper por el impacto que ha tenido en el juego terrestre en tan sólo tres juegos que tiene como titular.

Del lado de la defensiva, David Irving y DeMarcus Lawrence siguen dominando a líneas oponentes, dándole miedo a los QBs que se enfrentan a los Cowboys. Pero no sólo es la línea defensiva la que esta sorprendiendo.

Sean Lee

Sean Lee y Anthony Hitchens han demostrado ser un duo de LBs más que capaz en el campo, e incluso sostuvieron a Kareem Hunt abajo de las 40 yardas por tierra. La secundaria mejora semana tras semana, y falta ver que puede hacer Chidobe Awuzie cuando vuelva de su lesión este domingo.

Sinceramente, creo que los Cowboys tienen un equipo muy fuerte que puede terminar esta racha sin Elliott con una marca ganadora.

Mi predicción es que los Cowboys terminan con un récord de 4-2 durante las próximas seis semanas. Creo que definitivamente perderán contra los Eagles, pues sin Ezekiel Elliott será muy complicado vencer a un equipo que está dominando a la NFL en todos los aspectos del juego. Quizá en la semana 17, veamos otra historia.

No me sorprendería si los Cowboys también pierden contra otros rivales de división, los Washington Redskins.

Dallas batalló contra este equipo a pesar de que cuando se enfrentaron los Redskins estaban plagados de lesiones. Sin Elliott, creo que Washington logra sorprender en un juego de absoluta rivalidad.

No creo que este equipo pierda tres partidos durante este periodo. Y ciertamente, creo que se llevan dos victorias en las últimas semanas de la temporada una vez que Elliott regrese... porque regresará hambriento.

Realmente creo que los Cowboys tienen una oportunidad muy grande de cerrar la temporada dentro de los playoffs. Sin embargo, más vale que Dak Prescott se ponga a la altura de un QB MVP, y se eche el equipo a los hombros.

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Will Terrance Williams’ Run Of Bad Luck Continue?

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If Suspended, Will Cowboys Cut Ties With Terrance Williams?

To say that Terrance Williams has had a run of bad luck recently would be an understatement. First he breaks his foot, which kept him out of all of the offseason practices so far. Then, he ends up getting arrested on an intoxication charge, a Class C misdemeanor, on May 19 after crashing his Lamborghini into a light pole. Unfortunately for him, his bad luck could continue with training camp approaching because he could be looking at a demotion.

As things stand right now, I have a hard time seeing Williams being any more than the fourth wide receiver on the Dallas Cowboys depth chart. I have him behind Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley, and rookie Michael Gallup (in that order) right now, possibly falling even further. For now, I'll pencil him in at WR4 though.

I believe a lot of Dallas Cowboys fans wouldn't be too terribly upset if we don't see a lot of Terrance Williams in 2018. Fans have been unhappy with Williams for quite some time and many voiced their displeasure when the Cowboys signed him to a contract extension last offseason. But, he is still on the roster, which means we should probably expect him to stick around for at least one more season.

There is a cloud still hanging over Williams' head though. His intoxication arrest is still an open case and the league could decide to discipline/suspend him for breaking the NFL's conduct policy. That could impact his availability to start the season, which could ultimately determine where he exactly fits in on offense in 2018.

I know, it's a lot to take in, but that's how things stand right now and I don't things get much clearer when training camp gets underway. But, let's try to dive into this little deeper to try to determine what to expect from T-Will this year.

Did Terrance Williams' Big Game Quiet His Doubters?

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

As I mentioned earlier, I believe Hurns, Beasley, and Gallup are the top three Cowboys receivers this year. If that proves to be true, Williams is looking at demotion. He may be nothing more than an insurance policy in case of injury.

Terrance Williams does have something going in his favor though. He has the coaching staffs trust, which means he could reprise the same role we have seen from him in the past. But, that's where his potential suspension comes into play.

If Williams is indeed suspended, that would give more opportunities to other WRs on the roster to prove themselves, particularly Michael Gallup and Noah Brown. I think these are the two receivers who could have the biggest impact on Williams' offensive role this season.

Gallup will without a doubt receive every opportunity to prove he's ready to hit the ground running as a rookie. I think he will be successful, which is why I have him ahead of Williams on the depth chart to begin with. Noah Brown on the other hand is the wild card here.

I'm a big fan of Noah Brown's. I believe he can adequately replace Williams as both a receiver in the passing game and as a blocker in the running game, something the coaching staff really values about Williams. I think he has a chance to leapfrog T-Will on the depth chart, but he's really going to have to have a good training camp to do that.

Having said all that, I still don't know exactly where Terrance Williams will fit offensively for the Dallas Cowboys in 2018, but I think his bad luck will continue. I think he should probably just be an insurance policy in case of injuries, but will have to wait to see if the coaching staff agrees.

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Alternate Universe: Where Would Cowboys Be With RB DeMarco Murray?

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During the Spring of 2015 the Dallas Cowboys faced what most considered a difficult decision.

Following an unexpectedly successful 12-4 season in which the Cowboys won just their second playoff game since 1996, two of the team's main offensive weapons were set to hit free agency.

On one hand was wide receiver Dez Bryant, coming off of a career year and widely considered a top wide out in this talent-rich league. On the other hand was running back DeMarco Murray, also coming off of a career year in which he led the NFL in rushing yards.

Could the Cowboys afford to pay the somewhat aging running back in this NFL economy? Could they place a premier price tag on a wide receiver despite their run-first, ball control mentality?

Of course, this wasn't exactly an either/or situation, but the Cowboys did re-sign Bryant to a lucrative deal and allowed Murray to walk to Philadelphia.

Now Fast forward to 2018.

Neither Murray nor Bryant are on the Cowboys, Tony Romo is broadcasting for CBS, and Dallas has spent a top five overall pick on replacing Murray at running back.

DeMarco Murray announced his retirement from football last week, making much of Cowboys Nation (including myself) think back upon those Romo-era teams.

And it's really hard not to wonder, where would the Cowboys have gone if they decided to keep DeMarco Murray? Where would they be had they re-signed Murray, rather than spending a premium pick on Ezekiel Elliott a year later.

If we're being honest, Elliott is a much more dynamic runner than Murray ever was. He brings more explosion and reliability to the offense, and is arguably the best back in football. Even when Murray was the league's leading rusher, this really couldn't be said about him.

There's not much of a chance that DeMarco Murray would still be a productive RB1 in Dallas heading into 2018. His play significantly dropped over the years in Tennessee, even behind their solid offensive line.

Of course the value of the running back position has been devalued as of late, making the Cowboys selection of Elliott a questionable one to some around the league. Paying the league's leading rusher what they would've had to pay him back in 2015, however, would have been even more questionable.

Plus, the Cowboys were able to replace much of Murray's production in 2015 with Darren McFadden, even if the team didn't win nearly as many games.

There might be an alternative universe out there where Tennessee's Murray and Derrick Henry-led backfield existed in Dallas, but Cowboys fans are certainly not upset about having Ezekiel Elliott in a Cowboys uniform.

Even if it took them a top five pick to seal the deal.



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Considering an Earl Thomas Extension, Age is just a Number

John Williams

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Dallas Cowboys Wishlist: 2018 Free Agency Edition
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When people consider whether the Dallas Cowboys should trade for Seattle Seahawks' Safety Earl Thomas, one rebuttal fans throw out there is his age, and for good reason. People get concerned about handing out contract extensions to players entering their age-29 season.

In the salary cap era of the NFL, it typically isn't good business to pay age as the team often doesn't get the value out of the player that the contract expects.

One position where I feel that isn't necessarily the case is at the safety position. Let's consider Earl Thomas' accolades for a moment and see if we can find some correlations.

Earl Thomas, in his eight-year career, has been to the Pro Bowl six times, missing out his rookie season and in 2016 when he only played 11 games. He's been selected to the NFL All-Pro's first team three times in consecutive years from 2012 to 2015.

So, let's go over to our friends at Pro Football Reference and see which other safeties have been to the Pro Bowl at least six times and have been selected as a first team All-Pro player three times.

Here's the list:

Considering an Earl Thomas Extension, Age is just a Number

The first thing you'll notice is the elite players on the list along with Earl Thomas. The likes of Rod Woodson, Ed Reed, Brian Dawkins, Troy Polamalu, Aeneas Williams, and Charles Woodson. Those are just the players whose career extended into 2000s.

Then if you consider Ronnie Lott and Cliff Harris, that's some amazing company.

The players with an asterisk are the players that are in the Hall of Fame. Reed, Polamalu, and Woodson will be in the Hall of Fame. Cliff Harris not being in the Hall of Fame is still an NFL injustice that needs to be righted as he was one of the key cogs to the success of the Doomsday Defense of the 1970s.

I know Deion Sanders is on the list, and he's only there because he did play some safety toward the tail end of his career, but we know that it was as a corner that Deion made his money. The key though is that Deion's switch to safety at the end allowed him to prolong his career.

Removing Earl from the discussion for a moment, the average length of the careers of the men mentioned above was 13.41 years. The longest career was Charles Woodson at 18 years followed by Deion at 17 and Brian Dawkins at 16 years. The shortest careers were the 10-year careers of Cliff Harris and Joey Browner.

So, if Earl Thomas, having played eight years, played to the short end of the career length, he'd still have another two years left, this season included. If he played to the average length of those listed above, he'd have another five years left.

Considering that half of the players listed above all played longer than the average, there's a good chance that Earl Thomas has another six to seven years left in his career.

So, when we think about an extension for Earl Thomas, we have to consider the fact that for someone who has had the career that he's had to this point, he's going to be able to play at a good to great level for the life of a four-year extension.

Earl Thomas is an elite player and is on track to one day be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

If the Dallas Cowboys could add that to their young and developing defense for the next four years, they shouldn't worry about his age.

Obviously, anything can happen, and people may point to him missing games in each of the last two seasons, but prior to 2016, Earl Thomas played and started 100% of his team's games. That's a six season stretch of being available for every single game.

For a team that is really close to contention and has the makings of an elite defense, Earl Thomas could be the missing piece that could put them over the top, much like Charles Haley did for the Dallas Cowboys' dynasty of the 1990s.

Don't let the age thing distract you from adding one of the best safeties in the NFL and one of the best players in the league. Earl Thomas to the Dallas Cowboys just makes too much sense not to do it, and for the All-Pro safety, age is just a number.



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