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Cowboys en Español: ¿Están Los Entrenadores de Dallas en Peligro?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: ¿Están Los Entrenadores de Dallas en Peligro?

El inicio de la temporada del 2017 no ha sido nada fácil para los Dallas Cowboys. De hecho, ha sido bastante difícil. Con un récord de 2-3, una defensiva que no encuentra respuesta, la suspensión de Ezekiel Elliott de vuelta, un drama involucrando protestas y mucho más, no parece que las cosas se vayan a poner más sencillas.

Estamos viviendo una temporada en la que los aficionados de Dallas quieren culpar a todos por el desempeño del equipo hasta este momento. Es justo mencionar que apenas es la semana 6 en la NFL y quedan 11 juegos por jugar.

Y cuando analizamos los problemas del equipo, la verdad es que hay muchos. Son problemas que se pueden solucionar, y este equipo bien podría darle la vuelta a su temporada de un momento a otro.

No me parece justo, que en temporadas como esta, se le culpe a un jugador o entrenador individualmente. Las derrotas de este equipo no son sólo culpa de Terrance Williams, o de Ezekiel Elliott. Tampoco son culpa exclusivamente de la defensiva o de Jason Garrett. No, tampoco de Dak Prescott.

A lo largo de la temporada, varios aspectos del equipo han decepcionado. Sin embargo, insisto. Este es un equipo que puede darle la vuelta a su temporada en menos que nada. Y en este punto, los trabajos de los tres entrenadores principales de Dallas podrían estar en riesgo.

Coordinador Defensivo Rod Marinelli

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Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

El día de ayer escribí acerca de la posibilidad de que sea el último año de Rod Marinelli en Dallas. Aunque el equipo de los Dallas Cowboys tenga múltiples problemas, la defensiva sin duda es el principal.

Aunque muchos culpen a Dak Prescott y a Scott Linehan por su decisión de lanzar un pase en segunda oportunidad y por no deslizarse en la uno y dejarle menos  tiempo a Aaron Rodgers… La verdad es que perdimos porque la defensiva no pudo frenar a Green Bay con menos de un minuto y medio en el reloj.

Por muchos años, la defensiva ha sido un problema. Y aunque muchas veces se argumente que Marinelli no tiene talento en la defensiva, a veces subestimamos a los jugadores que tiene este equipo.

Quizá no sean lo suficiente para ser una defensiva de elite como la de los Denver Broncos, pero Marinelli no consigue que sean siquiera decentes. Con un equipo tan joven, los Cowboys quizá estén interesados en dejar atrás a Marinelli y a la defensiva Tampa 2 al terminar esta temporada.

Sea cual sea el resultado.

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Coordinador Ofensivo Scott Linehan

No hay duda de que Scott Linehan también ha tenido algunos problemas últimamente. Con una de las mejores ofensivas en la liga el año pasado, no ha cumplido las expectativas esta temporada.

Realmente, los Cowboys sólo han tenido una actuación dominante ofensivamente y fue contra los Packers. Lograron anotar 31 puntos y todos se vieron como se veían en el 2016. Pero fuera de ese encuentro, han tenido problemas.

Han tenido problemas dominando durante cuatro cuartos. Mantener su nivel de juego 60 minutos ha sido un reto para Linehan y su ofensiva, y no es algo que este equipo se pueda permitir.

Eso sin mencionar las jugadas cuestionables que manda en varios momentos del juego.

Scott Linehan debería estar en riesgo de perder su trabajo. Sin embargo, creo que la actuación de esta ofensiva lo salvará una vez más y permanecerá en el equipo.

Entrenador en Jefe Jason Garrett

Jason GarrettY ahora… lo que muchos aficionados a los Cowboys se preguntan cada vez que los Cowboys pierden un partido. No importa si ganan 13 partidos y el sembrado #1 de la NFC, siempre la atención caerá en los hombros del Coach del Año del 2016, Jason Garrett.

Y, por la naturaleza de su posición como Head Coach, creo que definitivamente es el más improbable de quedarse sin empleo al finalizar el año.

Sin embargo, es una posibilidad.

Y es algo que digo por primera vez en mi vida. Siempre he estado en contra de culpar a los entrenadores cada vez que el equipo sufra una derrota.

Pero, si los Cowboys terminan esta temporada debajo de las ocho victorias, no me sorprendería ver un cambio de entrenador en Dallas. Podría tener sentido, dependiendo de quien esté disponible.

Personalmente, me gusta Garrett un poco más que a la mayoría de los aficionados, pero un cambio podría llegar a ser bueno para la franquicia si es que este equipo no logra ganar la mitad de sus partidos esta temporada.

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  • Hector Espindola

    I think the Joneses do not overestimate the players they have at Defense along with what they have not achieved at the draft (not the same results as with offensive players). Therefore, they accept all the good and (mostly more) bad days on a defense under reconstruction and that’s why Marinelli is not running out of time. Also, do not forget, due cap situation, that D-Law maybe wont be here next year if he wants to break the bank. What I am up to is that building and mantaining a competitive defense is going to take more time than expected. In the meantime, coaches can purge the bad players as Heath (they already did that with Caroll).

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      The thing is, I think this defense has better players than what we think. And for the young, athletic players such as Byron, Lewis, Awuzie, Woods, etc. I think a change would be good. This are aggressive players and I don’t think Marinelli’s conversavite approach is what they need. But I understand your point, thanks for reading, Hector!

  • Gustavo Diaz Barriga Arceo

    Hola Mauricio.
    En mucho me parece que solemos reaccionar los fans con el higado, mas que con el corazón, que con la cabeza. Para quienes piden la cabeza de Rod Marinelli, me gustaría primero preguntarles ¿cuantos jugadores defensivos hay en el equipo que han tenido todo el proceso de Rod al frente de la defensiva?.
    Las buenas defensivas requieren estabilidad. ¿Pudieran imaginar a la ofensiva cambiando cada año con nuevos corredores, receptores, linieros dejando unicamente a, por ejemplo Prescott, Witten, y Keith Smith como base? ¿Cual sería el resultado?

    Exactamente eso es lo que pasa con la defensiva. Sean Lee, Tyrone Crawford, y Kyle Wilber son los unicos jugadores que han llevado todo el proceso Marinelli. y este no comenzó hace 15 o 20 años. Sino desde el 2014 a la fecha. En tres años la defensiva ha sido desmantelada una y otra vez. Previo a 2014, la linea fue desbaratada. En 2015 hubo cambio delinebackers. Esta pasada offseason la defensiva secundaria. Así es impensable que se le pueda pedir resultados. Y no hablemos de experiencia. Es un grupo muy joven. Y armado sin el mismo esmero que la ofensiva ¿Cuántas selecciones de primera ronda estan en la defensiva?. Solo Byron Jones con experiencia de dos años, porque Taco charlton ni siquiera ha tenido los suficientes snaps como para decir que ya hizo presencia. A la ofensiva estan Bryant, Elliott, T.Smith, Frederick, Martin y Cooper. En ello si hay responsabilidad del coach Garrett, pues si bien se ha armado una ofensiva poderosa, no ha sido el mismo cuidado con la defensiva. Hay una clara tendencia a apoyar con todo un lado del ovoide. Y mientras no se busque un balance , aun en las selecciones colegiales, no es justo exhibir la cebeza del coordinador defensivo com el unico culpable de las derrotas del equipo. Marinelli ha probado que hace maravillas con linieros sacados de las piedras.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Hola Gustavo.
      Y créeme, yo nunca he sido de reaccionar con el hígado, sobre todo cuando se trata de coaches. Pero creo realmente que ahorita no es un pensamiento reactivo ni nada. El talento de la defensiva, en mi opinión, es mejor que lo que muchos le dan crédito. Y si bien no se ha invertido muchas primeras rondas en la defensiva, creo que hay mucho talento joven que puede ser explotado. Sin embargo, no creo que Marinelli sea el coordinador correcto en este momento.
      Es excelente como bien dices, sacando linieros de la nada. Es excelente maestro, y lo vimos con Brown y Jones cuando estuvo jugando con ellos como proyectos. Siempre hay un área en la defensiva que le va genial. Pero a la hora de manejar la defensiva entera, no creo que sea tan bueno como le damos crédito.
      Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, Jaylon Smith (cuando esté sano), Xavier Woods, Byron Jones podrían ser una defensiva muy buena con un esquema más agresivo. Muchos dicen que el personal no es el adecuado para Tampa 2, que es lo de Marinelli, y es cierto. Pero hay mucho talento que podría usarse en otro esquema. Y sería preferible cambiar de coordinador que conseguir personal adecuado para Tampa 2.
      Es el 2017, y si un coordinador es alérgico a los Blitz como lo es Marinelli, no es bueno. Menos con el talento que tiene esta defensiva que se podría usar en jugadas así.
      Saludos, gracias por leer Gustavo, siempre es un placer.

      • Gustavo Diaz Barriga Arceo

        Mauricio. No digo que tu reacciones con el higado. Me consta que no. Lo veo en otros lados, en otros fans. El centro de mi comentario es que ningun coordinador defensivo puede funcionar con la rotacion de personal que han sufrido los Cowboys. ESTABILIDAD es la condicion necesaria para que una defensiva alcance su potencial. Y alli estan los ejemplos. Checa a Denver, hace unos años a Seattle. Estabilidad = exito.

        Marinelli ciertamente no es afecto a los Blitz. Y eso es en buena parte porque el principio de la Defensiva Tampa 2 es una linea defnesiva sofocante. Pero aqui entra la función del Head coach. Si Garrett las pide, Marinelli debe obedecer. Asi es con cualquier entrenador de cuaquier equipo. Si esto falta, el head coach debe ser el catalizador para que esto se de. Mas grave veo yo la poca capacidad para generar turnovers de parte de la defensiva y eso se logra solamente con compenetracion. Saludos amigo. Muy buenos articulos. Gracias.

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Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018?

Brian Martin

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Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018?

The Dallas Cowboys clearly had a specific role in mind for Ryan Switzer when they drafted him 133rd overall in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Come to find out, that role didn’t include being involved much on the offensive side of the ball, at least not as a rookie.

After watching the way the Cowboys utilized Ryan Switzer in 2017, it’s pretty obvious the sole purpose he was drafted was to improve the special-teams play in the return game.

They clearly didn’t envision him being a part of the game plan on offense, despite the continuous outcry from fans.

Like most rookies, Ryan Switzer didn’t really get off to a fast start, and took a while to get used to the speed of the NFL. But, once he calmed his nerves and regained his confidence, he proved to be an upgrade in the return game.

Switzer ended up ranking third in kickoff returns, averaging 25 yards per return in 2017 and 12th in punt returns with almost 9 yards per return.

He also became the first Dallas Cowboys player to return a punt for a touchdown since 2013. He accomplished this against the Washington Redskins, in Week 13 when he took an 83-yarder to the house.

Surprisingly enough, using Ryan Switzer solely as a return specialist wasn’t enough for a lot of Cowboys Nation. A lot of fans wanted to see his talents utilized more on the offensive side of the ball as well, but were only left disappointed.

Ryan Switzer

Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer

Getting Switzer involved in the offensive game plan just wasn’t in the cards in 2017.

He only managed to catch six passes for 41 yards and rushed four times for 5 yards. This isn’t exactly what Cowboys fans envisioned after hearing Switzer was opening a lot eyes in training camp and organized team activities (OTAs). That was the main problem.

He was hyped up so much heading into the season that fans expected to see him involved much more on offense.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, had something else in mind, but I doubt that’s the case for the upcoming 2018 season.

I really think we’re going to see an increased role for Ryan Switzer next season.

The Cowboys coaching staff should have a much better understanding of his strengths and weaknesses now that he has a year in the system under his belt. And, they’ve seen firsthand how explosive he can be with the ball in his hands.

What the Cowboys coaching staff will have to determine this offseason is just how big of a role Switzer will have next year.

Should Switzer take Cole Beasley‘s job?

Cole Beasley, like the rest of the Cowboys receivers, had a down year in 2017. We shouldn’t assume that his job is safe, especially with someone like Ryan Switzer waiting in the wings. But, is Switzer ready to take over full-time?

Tough decisions will have to be made eventually, but such is life in the NFL.

Will Ryan Switzer see an increased offensive role in 2018?

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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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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.

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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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