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Cowboys en Español: Es Tiempo de Hacer las Paces con Dak Prescott

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: Dak Prescott #14 Según los Jugadores, ¿Realmente Lo Es? 1

Dak Prescott está por terminar su tercera campaña en la NFL. Después de tres temporadas tan distintas entre sí en su carrera, Prescott se ha convertido en uno de los jugadores más debatidos entre analistas y aficionados de la liga. Es parte de ser el quarterback de los Dallas Cowboys. Estando constantemente bajo la lupa, es uno de los trabajos más juzgados en la NFL. No por nada, años después de su retiro, se sigue debatiendo si Tony Romo era o no un gran mariscal.

¿Es Dak Prescott un QB bueno? ¿Es el futuro de los Cowboys? ¿Es élite? ¿Es sólo un novato que tuvo éxito en el 2016? ¿Debería Dallas pensar en alguien más para el 2019?

Todas estas preguntas son discutidas constantemente entre aficionados, y en la edición de esta semana de "Cowboys en Español", me propongo a ofrecer mi punto de vista. Háganme saber que piensan en los comentarios o en Twitter en @MauNFL.

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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Troy Wayrynen / USA TODAY Sports)

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Dak Prescott no es un QB élite. Tampoco es el peor titular en la NFL ni un jugador digno de estar en la banca. Me parece de suma importancia aclarar esto para comenzar. En los deportes, no todo es blanco y negro. Hay que aprender a encontrar puntos medios, áreas grises por así decirlo. Sobre todo si nos disponemos a evaluar el desempeño de un quarterback.

No hay manera de negar que Prescott tiene una cantidad considerable de defectos y que está lejos de ser un excelente mariscal capaz de echarse el equipo a la espalda. Simple y sencillamente, al menos en este punto de su carrera, no está listo para eso.

Prescott tiene complicaciones a lanzar pases profundos, tiene una puntería inconsistente (a veces perfecta y a veces desastrosa), se niega a "escalar" la bolsa de protección, y acepta muchos sacks en vez de deshacerse del balón.

Y a pesar de esto, es un QB cuyos intangibles compensan sus errores mecánicos. Lo hemos visto acumular remontadas a lo largo de su carrera debido a su excelente habilidad de manejar la presión y mantenerse con calma. Tan sólo como un novato, fue capaz de manejar un tiroteo contra los Pittsburgh Steelers en 2016. Dos veces ha liderado series ganadoras en overtime contra los Philadelphia Eagles.

En terceras oportunidades y largo, logra mover las cadenas con acarreos sorprendentes. ¿Y además de esto? Lanza el balón efectivamente. No podemos basarnos exclusivamente en estadísticas, ya que no cuentan la historia completa. Pero en sus primeros tres temporadas, promedia más yardas por pase completo que lo que Tom Brady, Drew Brees y Andrew Luck hicieron en sus primeras temporadas.  También promedia más yardas por partido que Ben Roethlisberger, Brady, Brees, Russel Wilson y Matt Ryan en sus respectivas tres temporadas.

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Digging through stats for a story I'm writing. Here's a thing: in his first three seasons, Dak is averaging more yards per completion than Brady, Brees & Luck, and he's averaging more yards per game than Ben, Brady, Brees, Russ & Ryan.

Prescott es muy juzgado por las pocas yardas que aparecen en la ficha al final de cada juego. Les aseguro que estos mariscales no llevaban esa crítica. Además, es importante considerar que eso es lo que le pide el esquema ofensivo de Scott Linehan. Muchas veces la frustración de aficionados porque Dak no lanza largo es porque las jugadas no están diseñadas para eso. Nos guste o no, en la mayoría de las ocasiones es lo que se le pide a Prescott.

Dak Prescott tiene sus defectos, así como tiene sus cualidades. Si fuera tan malo para ser digno de estar en una banca en la NFL, no tendría 31 victorias desde el 2016. Sólo Tom Brady cuenta con más desde entonces (34). Ojo, las victorias no son suficiente para juzgar a un QB. Pero claramente dan la indicación de que un equipo puede ganar partidos con dicho jugador.

En el caso de los Cowboys, la duda está en extender o no a Prescott. Esto es algo que muy probablemente sucederá y el contrato estará en aproximadamente 24 millones al año. Es algo que hay que aceptar porque es altamente probable que Prescott reciba esa clase de dinero. ¿Merecida? Posiblemente no. Pero, ¿cuántos quarterbacks en la NFL realmente valen lo que se les paga? Así es como opera la NFL.

Dak Prescott es un quarterback talentoso y con potencial que aún no se ha logrado explotar. La ofensiva de Scott Linehan es difícil de ver. La selección de jugadas nunca parece ser lo suficientemente buena y es evidente que muchas decisiones le han costado bastantes puntos a esta unidad. Prescott merece la oportunidad de jugar bajo la capa de otro coordinador ofensivo antes de que lo evaluemos por completo.

Es un buen quarterback. Lejos de ser élite, por supuesto. Pero con un coach/coordinador competente, podríamos ver resultados mucho más consistentes de su parte. Cuando los Cowboys decidan extender su estadía en Dallas, realmente considero que el equipo podrá competir aún pagándole 25 millones al año. Sin embargo, urge que otro coordinador ofensivo tome las riendas sobre su desempeño.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Es Tiempo de Hacer las Paces con Dak Prescott" 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!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

Kevin Brady

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.

The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.

After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.

So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.

What exactly is that role, though?

I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.

Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.

Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.

If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.

This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.



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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

Kevin Brady

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.

Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.

Randall Cobb on Twitter

Randall Cobb on Twitter

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In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.

This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

https://twitter.com/tae15adams/status/1108158105957920770

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Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb

Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.



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Malik McDowell Is Well Worth The Risk For The Dallas Cowboys

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Malik McDowell, Michigan State

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly brining defensive lineman Malik McDowell into The Star this week for a visit, as they decide whether or not to potentially sign him for the 2019 season.

McDowell is a former second round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, who fell to day two because of what scouts call "off the field" or "character" concerns. McDowell did not last long with Seahawks, as he was released in 2017 following an ATV accident in which he reportedly suffered "extensive brain and eye trauma" according to Charles Robinson.

None of us know much about who Malik McDowell is as a person, or what concerns their really should be with his health. But what I do know is that on tape at Michigan State, McDowell was a top 5-10 player in the 2017 draft class. He was a stud, and has the traits to continue to be a stud in the NFL.

2017 NFL Draft: Scouting Michigan State DL Malik McDowell - Slant Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft is chock full of talented, athletic, and productive defensive linemen. While most of the draft pundits have focused on EDGE rushers thus far, the defensive tackle class also possesses some of this year's top NFL prospects. Arguably the best of those defensive tackles is Michigan State's Malik McDowell.

Back in 2017 I wrote a full scouting report on McDowell, detailing why he earned such a high grade on my board. McDowell is a versatile linemen who is explosive off the ball, powerful and rangy against the run, and a skilled pass rusher who plays with a high motor. What more could you really ask for?

"McDowell is a patient pass rusher at times, setting up the blocker how he likes and then beating them with ease. McDowell’s ability to swipe hands off helps him greatly, but his quick swim is his most effective pass rush move.

On this play he uses that swim to perfection, forcing the center to power down to the right before swimming back to the other side."

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When the Spartans went to a three man pass rushing front, McDowell moved to the EDGE often and made plays with his quick, active hands and impressive swim move. He was much more impressive on the interior, however, and could be a direct replacement for David Irving as an explosive and powerful 3-technique for the Cowboys.

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I love that the Cowboys are bringing McDowell in for a free agent visit. His price will likely be low, as he is yet to play in an NFL game over the last two years, but his ceiling remains very high if he is healthy. It's rare for a player with his college production, natural ability, and measurables to completely fail in the NFL.

Maybe all McDowell needs is a second chance to get his head right and prove that he belongs in the league. Maybe he flames out quickly and can't get on the field due to "off the field" stuff. Or, maybe he simply isn't healthy enough to contribute as an NFL player. Regardless, for the price he'll likely command, McDowell is well worth the risk if the Cowboys are willing to take it.



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