Es seguro decir que los Cowboys tienen su mayor fortaleza en su línea ofensiva. Es simple y sencillamente, una unidad de elite. Por muchos es considerada una de las mejores en toda la NFL actualmente.
Sin embargo, la página de Pro Football Focus publicó una clasificación de las líneas ofensivas en la liga, y los Cowboys aparecieron relativamente abajo. Una línea que por muchos es considerada la mejor, o por lo menos dentro de las tres o cinco mejores, obtuvo apenas el noveno lugar.
Esto me dejo bastante sorprendido, pues siempre vemos a la unidad de los Cowboys como una de las mejores (a veces como la mejor) entre los 32 equipos de la NFL. Justo como debería de ser.
Pero, ¿por qué cayó hasta el noveno lugar?
Dos Puestos Abiertos
El año pasado Ron Leary y Doug Free eran titulares de esta gran unidad. En el 2017, ninguno de los dos estará vistiendo la estrella. Leary usará un bronco en el casco, y Free disfrutará su retiro en casa.
Mientras tres de los cinco puestos estén ocupados por jugadores All-Pro, quedan dos en disputa entre varios jugadores.
La'el Collins seguramente obtendrá uno de estos dos puestos. Se sabe que los Cowboys lo han estado probando especialmente como un RT. Collins no tiene un trabajo tan fácil. A pesar de que sea uno de los favoritos de los aficionados, no hemos visto literalmente nada de La'el como tackle en la NFL.
Sin la menor duda, tiene el físico necesario para esta posición y todo el potencial de hacer un buen papel.
El otro puesto, el de guardia izquierdo, se lo pelearán jugadores como Chaz Green, Byron Bell y Emmett Cleary. Claro, cabe la posibilidad de que Collins vuelva a este puesto como era el plan original.
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La'el Collins es un excelente prospecto. Su nivel de juego como guardia izquierdo fue muy bueno. Incluso, en lo personal, me gustaría más verlo como LG y así dejar el puesto de RT como la única preocupación en la ofensiva.
Doug Free era un mejor jugador de lo que muchos aficionados le daban crédito, pero nunca estuvo en el nivel de sus compañeros. Remplazarlo no será fácil, pero no será imposible. Remplazar a Ron Leary me parece un poco más complicado.
Leary es un jugador de calidad que quizá el único jugador que hubiera podido tomar su lugar sin que se sintiera como una baja en la posición es La'el Collins.
Cuando el Training Camp tome lugar este 24 de Julio, los Cowboys podrán ver a sus jugadores más de cerca y tomar una decisión cuando ya estén equipados.
Así que, claro, tenemos unas dudas en la línea ofensiva, pero ¿qué hay del trío de jugadores de primer nivel que tienen los Cowboys.
Tyron Smith es discutiblemente el mejor tackle de toda la NFL. Ahora, entiendo que se pude hacer un argumento a favor de Joe Thomas, o de Jason Peters.
Realmente creo que no hay nadie como Tyron. Nadie tiene ese físico, ese talento y ese dominio de técnica que tiene Smith. Hay muchos LTs excelentes en la liga.
Me parece aún más difícil considerar que hay un mejor centro que Travis Frederick. Incluso es justo discutir que el valor de Frederick para el equipo sea más grande que el de Tyron.
No es muy común tener a un centro como el número 72.
No sólo es lo grandioso de Tyron Smith, ni lo grandioso de Travis Frederick, sino que tenemos también a probablemente el mejor guardia de la NFL, Zack Martin.
En una liga donde el valor de los guardias cada vez es más grande para las ofensivas, Martin es fundamental para el éxito de este equipo, y sin duda recibirá una extensión millonaria próximamente.
Esta Línea Tiene el Potencial de Ser la Mejor en la Liga
Concederé un punto. Por la incertidumbre de los dos puestos que no tienen a un jugador seguro como titular (LG y RT), accederé a decir que es justo decir que la línea ofensiva de Dallas no es la número uno.
Realmente creo que está entre las mejores tres, y creo que en algún punto de la temporada volverán a ser la mejor.
Sea quien sea el RT, estará jugando enseguida de Martin y Frederick. Sea quien sea el LG, estará jugando entre Smith y Frederick. Esto funcionará. El talento de Collins será por lo menos bueno, con potencial de ser excelente.
Esta unidad sigue siendo excelente aún con las dos bajas que sufrió. Y con una ofensiva con Dak, Zeke, Dez y Beasley... vaya que tendrán apoyo.
¿Qué opinas de la línea ofensiva de los Cowboys?
How ‘Bout them Cowboys?! Dallas Set to Lasso Redskins in Week 7
Well, what do you think now of America’s Team? Anyone who foresaw Dallas’s evisceration of the league’s No. 1 defense hailing from Jacksonville is a downright soothsayer. In case you were in a coma this past weekend, the Cowboys obliterated the Jaguars’ vaunted defense to the tune of a 40-7 massacre in which Dak Prescott tossed for 183 yards, two passing touchdowns and ran one into the end zone for good measure. When the dust settled Prescott had chewed up 82 yards on the ground and Ezekiel Elliott surpassed the century mark in rushing with 106 yards and a touchdown of his own.
It was a glorious day to be a Cowboys fan and it’s safe to say that America’s Team is back!
Or are they?
Dallas is in a three-way logjam for the top spot in the NFC East with the Redskins and Eagles, but the way they made mincemeat of the Jacksonville defense gives us all hope that more good things are in the cards soon.
Seventh-year WR Cole Beasley blew the doors off of the Jags secondary by catching nine passes on 11 targets for a pair of touchdown receptions and 101 yards. It was a season-high for Beasley and the fact that Prescott has no real top-tier targets after the departures of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten makes it even more special.
This is a team that was not supposed to be able to move the ball through the air and, to be fair, hasn’t done much of it this season as evidenced by their 29th ranked passing game. But a little creative game planning by Head Coach Jason Garrett and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan paid dividends and the lingering specter of their heartbreaking overtime loss to the Texans in Week 5 was exorcised by the dominating victory.
What has gotten lost in the euphoria of Dallas’s week 6 win is their defense, as the Cowboys had three sacks, seven quarterback hits, and an interception by Jeff heath.
Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles was under siege and did not respond well to the pressure after establishing career highs in passing yards over the last two weeks leading up to this contest. But his opportunity to become the fifth NFL QB with three consecutive games of 375 passing yards or more evaporated in the heat of a blistering Dallas defense. Bortles ended the day with 149 yards, a TD and a pick.
As the Cowboys move on to Washington, we see that their success at home is only equaled by their struggles on the road. Dallas is now 3-0 at home and 0-3 on the highway. Buoyed off their stunning blitzkrieg of the Jags, we see that one of the most respected and trusted online sportsbooks in the industry, BetOnline has the Cowboys as 1 ½ point underdogs which is most likely a few points below what they would have been had they not won so convincingly last week.
Those who like to back up their football prognostications with cold, hard cash understand that Dallas is not only losing on the road but losing money for their backers in those contests. In those three losing games, Dallas is 0-2-1 against the spread but this week could be different. Against their divisional foes this week, Dallas is 4-0 straight up and 3-1 ATS versus Washington over the last two seasons.
The way this Cowboys defense is playing and the sudden explosion of Cole Beasley as a focal point of the passing attack, we could very easily see their first road win of the year.
Should the Dallas Cowboys Trade for These 2 Oakland Raiders?
The trade deadline on October 30th will be here faster than we know. It's the final opportunity that NFL teams will have an opportunity to make a significant upgrade to their roster. And if you're a frequent reader of the Dallas Cowboys, then you know that the Dallas Cowboys could use some help, especially on the offensive side of the football.
On Thursday, Marcus Mosher from The Raiders Wire on USA Today posed a hypothetical trade involving the Dallas Cowboys. In his scenario, he has the Dallas Cowboys trading for Wide Receiver Amari Cooper and thinks that Cooper could net the Raiders a top 75 draft selection.
Amari Cooper is a good wide receiver, but he's not a receiver I would trade a top-75 pick for. Cooper is a player that has a lot of talent, but has struggled with drops and inconsistency. Even now, with the Raiders he's having a hard time getting consistent opportunities.
Cooper's second on the team in targets, but third on the team in receptions behind a tight end and a running back. Cooper's also third on the team in yardage behind the two guys that I'd be way more interested in trading for; Tight End Jared Cook and Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson.
Yes, these guys are on the wrong side of 30, but they are guys that have been around a long time and can help your offense this season. Both would be upgrades at the position, even at their advanced NFL age.
Jared Cook - Tight End
You've heard the adage, "if you can't beat em, join em." Well, this is the reverse of that. "If he always beats you, acquire him."
That's what Oakland Raiders Tight End Jared Cook is to the Dallas Cowboys. Point of evidence.
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That remarkable catch by Jared Cook still haunts me and many of you in Cowboys Nation. It was a perfectly thrown ball by Aaron Rodgers and Cook made an incredible catch along the sidelines that led to Mason Crosby's game-winning field goal at the end of regulation.
Jared Cook's Oakland Raiders team isn't going anywhere this season. They're already four games back of the AFC West leading Kansas City Chiefs and the AFC is looking deeper than it has in recent years. The Raiders and the Indianapolis Colts are the only teams in the NFC with less than two losses. That means there are 14 teams with better records than Jon Gruden's Oakland squad. This week the Raiders face a Seattle Seahawks team that beat the Dallas Cowboys and lost by only a couple of points to the undefeated Los Angeles Rams.
Cook has been one of the better tight ends in the NFL this season and would be a veteran presence that the Dallas Cowboys could add if they felt like they could make a run at the playoffs.
At 31, Cook is averaging six catches and 78 yards receiving per game. He'd give the Dallas Cowboys someone they could run on post, corner, and seam routes to challenge safeties deep. Something that they're lacking from the tight end position at the moment. Cook is leading the Oakland Raiders in targets, receptions, yards, and is second on the Raiders in touchdowns in 2018.
No offense to Geoff Swaim, who's been surprisingly good this year, but Jared Cook makes this offense better. He allows you to make Rico Gathers your TE3, which would allow Rico to continue learning the game without the responsibility of being a primary target on certain pass plays.
Jared Cook is in the last season of his deal, so you wouldn't have to be committed to him beyond 2018. The perfect rental who could step in and play pretty quickly.
Jordy Nelson - Wide Receiver
I know this team is allergic to adding veteran players, especially veterans over 30, but Jordy Nelson is another name that they should take a long look at.
At 33 years of age, Nelson leads the Raiders in receiving touchdowns and is second on the team with 15.9 yards per reception. He's also third in receptions and second in yards.
His numbers -- 20 receptions for 317 yards and three touchdowns -- would lead the Dallas Cowboys in all receiving categories.
Nelson's still got some juice left and he's always been a good route runner with good hands.
Here are some highlights from Jordy's week three performance against the Miami Dolphins.
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Nelson doesn't have any guarantees left on the deal he signed this past offseason so if you cut him in the 2019 offseason, you'd get zero dead money added to your 2019 salary cap, but would get $7.2 million in savings.
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Because of their age and the fact that they'd likely be one-year rentals, I don't imagine that you'd have to give up much more than a fifth round pick for either of these guys. And while I don't think the Dallas Cowboys would take a look at trading for either veteran, it's something they should do if they have aspirations of making the playoffs in 2018.
The Dallas Cowboys offense could use a boost.
What's the most you'd be willing to offer for either Jordy Nelson or Jared Cook?
Cowboys’ Issues Are Deeper Than The Division Race
Yesterday, Inside The Star staff writer Jess Haynie posed an interesting question: "could the wide-open NFC East help Jason Garrett's job security?"
The Dallas Cowboys started off their season a disappointing 2-3, but despite this rough start, they are right in the thick of things in the NFC East. The defending champion Eagles, who most expected to run away with the division, are now just 3-3. The lowly New York Giants are probably done at 1-5, and the Washington Redskins looked pathetic on Monday night, dropping to 2-2.
This division looks average at best, though I still somewhat expect the Eagles' talent to take over at some point and allow them to make a run. Still the Cowboys are alive, and if they can pull off the upset at home this Sunday, they may even be in first place come Monday morning.
So, Jess fairly asks, could this help Jason Garrett and the Cowboys' coaching staff keep their jobs? After all, it's rare you see an owner change coaches after remaining competitive within the division throughout most of the prior season. And given Jason Garrett's relationship with Jerry Jones, it might take an awful season to see any real change occur.
Here's the thing: this team could win the division at 9-7, and it would still be time for changes. Incompetence of others does not mean that you are competent, even if you are competent in comparison to those others.
The Cowboys have players openly questioning play calls, alluding to lack of trust in the quarterback, and pretty consistent drama swirling around the locker room. Yes, some of that is the media created Cowboy drama we always see, but there is disfunction within the organization without a doubt.
As a franchise the Cowboys need new blood in the building. To be honest, they could use a general manager separate from the Jones family name, but that is very unlikely to ever happen. So we focus on the coaching staff, specifically on the offensive side of the ball where the Cowboys have struggled the most.
Dallas is 29th in passing yards, 28th in passing yards per attempt, and tied for 26th in passing touchdowns through five weeks. Plainly put, they're horrible, and bringing back an offensive minded head coach and/or offensive coordinator who oversaw this terrible passing offense is counterproductive.
Regardless of where the Cowboys stand within this average division, they need to look themselves in the mirror this offseason. They need to be seriously comparing themselves to teams like the Rams (and not by lying to themselves like Jerry Jones did), not the 1-5 Giants.
The Cowboys should be striving for more than just being the best of a group of average football teams, and if that means cutting ties with Jason Garrett, then so be it.
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