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Cowboys en Español: El Impacto del Trade por Amari Cooper

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: El Impacto del Trade por Amari Cooper
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Los Dallas Cowboys decidieron ir tras un receptor talentoso antes de que llegará la fecha límite para acordar trades el 30 de octubre. Lo hicieron consiguiendo a Amari Cooper a cambio de su próxima selección de primera ronda en el NFL Draft a los Oakland Raiders. El movimiento sin duda fue una sorpresa para una afición que está acostumbrada a una administración que cuida mucho de su capital en el Draft.

Muchos han discutido el trade y han intentado nombrar a un ganador en el intercambio. Si bien una selección de primera ronda es un precio muy caro, Cooper puede cambiar la narrativa de este trade demostrando en el campo el talento que tiene. Sus estadísticas no han sido favorables últimamente, pero es necesario considerar que el equipo de Raiders en general está en una posición muy incómoda actualmente.

Amari Cooper llega a una ofensiva que tras siete partidos en la temporada parecen y con un récord de 3-4, están arrepentidos de la filosofía que quisieron adoptar al inicio de la temporada. Escuchamos hablar a Dak Prescott sobre una ofensiva que no necesitaba un receptor #1 y que vencería secundarias oponentes repartiendo el balón.

Con cuatro derrotas en lo que va del año, vimos lo mal que ha actuado la ofensiva por muchos factores, uno de ellos la falta de ese receptor #1. Incluso en su mayor victoria del año, una victoria de 33 puntos contra los Jacksonville Jaguars, los receptores no brillaron, a excepción de Cole Beasley. Beasley cerró el día con 101 yardas y dos touchdowns esa ocasión, pero ningún otro WR consiguió más de una recepción.

Ni Allen Hurns, ni Deonte Thompson cumplieron las expectativas puestas en ellos después de que el equipo los obtuviera en agencia libre hace varios meses. Michael Gallup ya nos mostró bastantes destellos, pero hace falta verlo más incorporado a la ofensiva, lo cuál probablemente sucederá con alguien como Cooper del otro lado del campo.

Amari Cooper tienen un impacto más drástico del que parece a simple vista. ¿Por qué? Porque los Cowboys ya tenían talento en WR para roles secundarios. Simplemente faltaba un #1, lo cual podría llevar esta ofensiva a ganar partidos.

Probablemente no sea como el 2016, pero gracias a las grandes actuaciones de la defensiva, no sería nada sorprendente si esta ofensiva comienza a hacer lo suficiente para ganar partidos gracias a la defensiva.

Amari Cooper Ahead of the Game Learning Cowboys Offense? 1

Si los Cowboys hubieran buscado un WR en la primera ronda del próximo Draft, no hubieran encontrado un talento como el de Cooper. Además, su edad le ayuda mucho. 24 años es una edad muy joven y está bajo contrato para el 2019, así que aún no hay mucho de que preocuparse para los Cowboys.

Lo más costoso para Dallas sería que si Dak Prescott sigue sin mejorar después de esta adquisición y los Cowboys quieren buscar a un mariscal para el futuro, no podrán hacerlo en la primera ronda del Draft, que es el mejor lugar para buscar un QB franquicia.

Hay muchas que considerar antes de tachar este intercambio como una locura de parte de Dallas:

  • Si este trade los hace un equipo competente y terminan con un récord ganador, el pick de primera ronda terminaría siendo uno tardío.
  • No habrá muchos prospectos dignos de una primera selección en el NFL Draft 2019.
  • Hemos visto a Dak Prescott tener éxito, esta ofensiva podría verse inmensamente beneficiada de una sencilla contratación como esta.
  • Esto le pone presión al QB, así como al coordinador ofensivo Scott Linehan y al entrenador en jefe Jason Garrett. Ya no hay excusas. La ofensiva tiene armas.
  • La división está completamente al alcance. Los Cowboys podrían colarse a playoffs en un descuido.

Por ahora, a Amari Cooper y al resto de los Dallas Cowboys les toca descansar este fin de semana. Volverán al emparrillado el 5 de noviembre en un Monday Night Football contra los Tennessee Titans.

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Dallas Cowboys: The Case For Regression In 2019

Kevin Brady

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Predicting Dallas Cowboys Roster Locks, Pre-Training Camp Edition
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It's been a few years since things around the Dallas Cowboys felt this good prior to a season. Coming off a 10-6 year in which Dallas won both the NFC East and a home playoff game before losing a one possession road game to the future NFC champions, Cowboys Nation is expecting some big things in 2019.

After all, the Cowboys went out and improved their roster in multiple ways this offseason and brought in some new blood on their offensive coaching staff. Spirits are high among Cowboys Nation, and just about everyone is anticipating a two team race for the NFC East.

But some numbers indicate we should be thinking "not so fast."

The details of the 2018 season are not as pretty as the total picture. Rarely are they ever, of course, but these particular details point towards possible regression for the Cowboys in 2019.

Basically, their point differential a year ago spells out impending doom. (That was dramatic, but let's discuss).

The Cowboys were +15 in 2018, and by pythagorean wins expectation, they were about as strong as an 8-8 team (8.53 wins to be exact). This means they won nearly 2 more games (1.47) than would be expected, fourth most in the entire NFL.

This point is furthered when looking at their record in one possession games. Dallas went 8-2 when the game was decided by 7 points or less, winning close games at a rate that is simply not sustainable year to year.

These numbers make the Cowboys a prime candidate for regression in 2019, as they were in 2017.

Why The Numbers Expect Regression, But Success For Cowboys In 2017

Back in 2016, the Cowboys outperformed their pythagorean expectation by a whole 2 wins. The following season? Dallas finished the year 9-7. The model also indicated that the 7-9 Eagles performed 2 wins under expectations in 2016, meaning they would get back on track in 2017. As we know, they ended up winning 13 games and the Super Bowl the following season.

Of course, this isn't set-in-stone, and the Cowboys very well could outperform these expectations and avoid regression. This would mainly hinge on their coaching staff and quarterback performing at an elite level, carrying them through close games and winning more games by greater than one possession.



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Newly Acquired DE Robert Quinn Brings High Expectations

Kevin Brady

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Robert Quinn
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Winning games in the NFL typically comes down to accomplishing two goals. One, being successful when passing on offense. And, two, stopping the opposing team's passing game.

The Cowboys set out to accomplish that second goal this offseason, re-signing defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, and trading for veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn. Quinn, who tallied 6.5 sacks last season for the Miami Dolphins, is one of the leagues more feared rushers when at his best. The former All Pro has multiple 10+ sack seasons under his belt, including a whopping 19 in 2013.

And, as expected, the Cowboys coaching staff is ecstatic to have such a respected pass rushing specialist on their roster.

“He’s got that first step. He’s an established pass rusher in this league, so he’s going to bring some good stuff for us.” - Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

The Cowboys acquired Robert Quinn for a 2020 6th round pick, which could end up being the steal of the offseason. Quinn has played with some top-notch pass rushers in the past, and each time they have brought out the best in his own game.

Back with the Rams in 2017, when Aaron Donald was on the same defensive line, Quinn got to the quarterback 8.5 times. And, last season, he remained consistent in his sack totals playing alongside Cameron Wake. Now he joins a DeMarcus Lawrence who has 25 sacks over the last 2 seasons.

"I think it was kind of one of those where I get to have fun, pin my ears back and just disrupt the backfield, which is what they want us to do." - Robert Quinn told NFL.com. 

Quinn and the always dominant Lawrence will form an impressive defensive end duo on passing downs, with the potential to be one of the best in all of football. Dallas is also hoping to add Randy Gregory into this mix, a piece which could prove vital late in football games if he is able to return from his current indefinite suspension.

Whether or not Gregory finds his way back onto the field, though, this defensive front will be in good hands. The edge combo of Quinn and Lawrence, combined with a plethora of skilled interior rushers such as Maliek Collins, gives the Cowboys a fearsome defensive line which should keep quarterbacks uncomfortable every Sunday.



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Can Rookie OL Connor McGovern Compete For A Starting Spot?

Kevin Brady

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Connor McGovern

Raising eyebrows in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Cowboys added Penn State offensive lineman Connor McGovern to their already deep OL depth chart.

McGovern, who played guard for the Nittany Lions, was reportedly by-far the best player remaining on the Cowboys draft board when they came on the clock in round three. Still, with seemingly more pressing needs yet to be addressed, Dallas' selection of McGovern was certainly a surprise.

When you watch the tape, though, you immediately see what the Cowboys loved about Connor McGovern.

A "plug-and-play" type guard, Connor McGovern is the type of rookie you'd expect to contribute in year one. On many teams he may be a candidate to start at guard or center from the beginning of his rookie season, but here in Dallas, his role for the 2019 season is somewhat in question.

Clearly, being a day two pick, there's no doubt that McGovern will make the Cowboys roster. But can he compete for a starting job?

During OTA's McGovern took reps at both guard and center, pointing towards the possibility of him being the first interior offensive lineman off the bench if one of the starters were to go down with an injury. Fellow interior linemen Joe Looney and Xavier Su'a-Filo each contributed in big ways during the 2018 season, however, and will be tough to beat out during camp.

Obviously McGovern won't be starting over All-Pros Travis Frederick and Zack Martin, but could he dethrone Connor Williams from his left guard position?

While possible, I would still say it's unlikely. The Cowboys selection of McGovern seems to be more about 2020 and beyond than it is about the 2019 season. With right tackle La'el Collins coming up on a contract year, Dallas might elect to let him walk in free agency, move Williams back to his college position of tackle, and slide McGovern into the left guard slot.

This seems fool-proof in theory, but this many moving parts across the offensive line could spell trouble early on in 2020. Regardless, Connor McGovern's arrival gives Dallas the flexibility to consider all options on their offensive line.

In reality, McGovern strengthened a strength for Dallas, and may be needed to prove himself as early as this Fall if injury issues arise.



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