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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.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: ¿Están Los Entrenadores de Dallas en Peligro?" 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 @PepoR99.

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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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Neutral Perspective: Dak Prescott is NOT a 1-Man Army

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Neutral Perspective: Dak Prescott is NOT a 1-Man Army

It doesn’t take a lot to cause an overreaction in the NFL, and fans and the media alike can be very fickle. Thus, when the Dallas Cowboys were beaten by the Carolina Panthers in week one the discussions surrounding their title credentials began, and even more so because Dak Prescott and his Cowboys offense was only able to score 8 points. He left the stadium still looking for his first touchdown pass of the season and wondering what went wrong.

By all accounts, Prescott wasn’t great, and his quarterback rating of 81.1 reflects that. His performance left the fans concerned and some asserting there were no shades of the Prescott of 2016. Nonetheless, a quarterback has to be helped by his offensive line, and allowing him to get sacked six times shows that improvement is needed up front.

In week 2, against the New York Giants, Prescott started the game with a booming 64-yard touchdown pass to WR Tavon Austin on the first series of the game. It was a play four whole quarters of football in the making and made fans explode in celebration following the lackluster performance against CAR. Prescott's rating jumped to 95.4 and he wasn't sacked during the contest. Even still, he threw the ball for 10 fewer yards than in week 1 and was 1.5% less on his completion percentage too.

Prescott’s best defense is the Cowboys' lack of stand-out wide receivers. The loss of Jason Witten and Dez Bryant – neither of whom has adequately been replaced – is the biggest cause of this perceived fall from grace. Those departures have undeniably created a problem, but one that many great quarterbacks over the years have managed to overcome.

While the doom and gloom felt by Cowboys Nation after week 1 has abated some with a victory over New York, for a franchise that has enjoyed the often wow-worthy play of Tony Romo, Dak Prescott has a way to go yet, to say the least.

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The current situation is difficult for the Cowboys, but there are also psychological mitigations. One of these is their presence in a division with the reigning Super Bowl winners, the Philadelphia Eagles.

This has long since put the Cowboys on the back foot in the futures betting markets, with an average moneyline price of +210 that makes them the least likely team to win the NFC East division. Unlike betting on individual games themselves, the futures market is a starker reflection of a team's form, rather than the more reactionary moneyline prices on individual games.

Criticism, from experts and fans alike, always intensifies after a defeat, and starting the season off at 1-1 isn't always enough to overcome said criticism. So too will the moneyline price of the Cowboys besting the Eagles lengthen, although the rewards for keeping faith in the Cowboys to do that – if they somehow do – will be all the more greater if they proceed to underachieve.

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The likes of Cole Beasley, Michael Gallup, Deonte Thompson and Allen Hurns aren’t going to be reaching the Hall of Fame, but they are more than capable of helping Dallas score more than 8 points in a game. Take away the opening-drive shot from week 2, the only TD pass Dak has thrown in 2018, and the Cowboys scored just 13 points against the Giants. It's hardly confidence inspiring, yet.

There have been numerous points so far where the Prescott of 2016 would have found the receiver, but for whatever reason, those throws just aren’t being made with any consistency right now. That is especially bad considering the breathing room that is given by an elite level running back, which can be found in the form of Ezekiel Elliott.

Zeke got the ball 15 times for 69 yards against CAR and 17 times for 78 yards against NYG, both of which have to be less than he would have liked. Yet, the Panthers were out to stop him, specifically, and the Cowboys offensive line couldn’t cope, which allowed Elliott to lack effectiveness and their quarterback to be put to the ground half a dozen times. The opening drive against the Giants certainly helped alleviate pressure on Prescott, but it's clear that the defense beat the Giants, overall.

These, however, are problems that an offensive coordinator needs to overcome, and Scott Linehan didn’t cover himself in glory either.

Ultimately, above all else, there seems to be a bit of disunity within the offense. The receivers feel unloved, the running backs face a lot of defenders on each play, and the quarterback must improve his accuracy.

These situations are where you need creative play calling and a unique approach.

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Spirit of 2016 Can Still Make an Impact

With every defeat, the next game is hugely important, in the mind if not on paper. If the Cowboys can step up and convincingly rack up some wins, then – as ever – it will start to go quiet.

One aspect that sometimes goes overlooked is the defense. Conceding 16 points against Carolina and 13 against New York should usually be more than low enough to secure a win. Thus, if the Cowboys keep up that level of performance, then they should win a lot more games than they lose. But that's because most offenses in the NFL are capable of scoring 20-or-more points a game. With the Cowboys defense performing as they have been thus far, the onus is on the offense the close out games.

There's a reason the quarterback position is regarded far above all others, and Prescott needs to carry the team with him to keep that winning feeling in the Cowboys’ locker room.

He needs to give the opposition’s defensive line more to think about, and make them fear the pass as much as Elliott’s or his own rushing ability. That will give his receivers more confidence and Elliott more space. If his offensive line isn’t doing its job then he and Linehan need to think of ways to get the ball out quickly and on target.

Doom and gloom often surrounds any first loss of a season, but if Prescott and Elliott can work together as they did in their first win of the season, then it’s going to be very hard to beat them, especially if their defense keeps playing to such high standards as they have.

Regardless, the Super Bowl is anything but a lock at this point, and the problems need to be fixed quickly, before "distant" becomes mathematically "impossible."



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Can WR Brice Butler Help Improve Cowboys Passing Game?

Brian Martin

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Can WR Brice Butler Help Improve Cowboys Passing Game?

In a somewhat confusing move, the Dallas Cowboys decided to re-add Wide Receiver Brice Butler to the roster in order to get something more out of the passing game, which to be honest has been pretty putrid in the first two games of the 2018 season. Something needed to be done, but I'm not sure that Butler is the answer.

I'm going to agree with my fellow Staff Writer, Jess Haynie, in saying that the Cowboys decision to reunite with Brice Butler makes no sense. Jess is actually much more polite than I would've been when I initially found out about this transaction. I personally hate the move and I'm not afraid to say it. But ultimately, it wasn't my decision to make and the only thing that really matters here is whether or not Butler can help improve the passing game?

With all of the questions surrounding the Cowboys receivers, Butler's addition just adds another one. Unfortunately, we are two games into the 2018 season and the receiver position still remains the biggest unknown. No one has really stepped up their game and with the exception of Tavon Austin's touchdown catch last week, there hasn't been any big plays in the passing game.

I don't really know how Brice Butler is supposed to improve things. Is he supposed to be the "go to" receiver now? Is he any better than what the Cowboys already have on the roster? Or, will he end up being more of a progress stopper? Like I said, he just adds more questions to be answered.

I for one don't see any upside in adding Butler. Yes, Quarterback Dak Prescott has a bond with him, but nothing ever really materialized there when #19 was here previously. He showed flashes, like he has at all of his stops in the NFL, but his inconsistencies couldn't convince the coaching staff to play him more. So, what's changed?

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Dallas Cowboys WR Brice Butler

The obvious answer here would be the subtraction of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten in the passing game. That's quite a bit of production missing that has yet to be accounted for. But again, I am still not buying into the Butler addition as a solution.

I know it sounds like I'm slamming Brice Butler pretty hard, but there was a time when I wanted to see him on the field more. Like many of you, the past few seasons I wanted to see him receive a promotion over Terrance Williams, but unfortunately that never happened. But, that was then and this is now.

Personally, I would much rather see Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin, or Michael Gallup be worked more into the offensive game plan. I just feel that we have already seen what Brice Butler has to offer and it just wasn't good enough for him to stick around before. It's time to move forward, not back.

There is a reason Butler was a free agent. I mean, he wasn't even good enough to stick with Arizona Cardinals, who probably have more problems at WR than the Cowboys. But who knows? Maybe I'll end up being wrong and he'll finally play up to his true potential and talent. Wouldn't that be great?

Now, this is just one person's opinion, but I just don't see Brice Butler improving the passing game for the Dallas Cowboys. I think the only way that happens is if Dak Prescott reaches the next phase in his development. Until then, I don't see things improving much. But, that's an article for another time.

How do you feel about the Dallas Cowboys reuniting with Brice Butler?



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Despite Seattle’s Record, Sunday Is No Cakewalk For Cowboys

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As Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a game-ending pick six on national television Monday night, all of Cowboys Nation was suddenly giddy.

Somehow, the team which looked completely lost and inept offensively to open the season was now staring down a chance at a 3-1 start if they could take care of back-to-back winless teams.

The first of those winless foes being the Seattle Seahawks.

Though the last 5 years or so have conditioned us to believe that Seattle is a defensive minded, physical football team, more recent history suggests they’ve fallen off quite a bit. No longer are prime Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor patrolling their secondary, or are waves of top tier defensive linemen cycling through during the game.

Now, the Seahawks are defined by a shaky offensive line, a lack of playmakers on the perimeter, and Russell Wilson hero-ball.

It’s an odd, and typically ineffective formula for winning games, but it’s the one the 0-2 Seahawks are currently stuck with.

Despite all of this, however, Sunday’s game will be an important test for the Cowboys. Though they were favored by 3 points last week, this game is the first time in 2018 that Dallas is truly “expected” to win. Ironically, they come in as Vegas underdogs, but it’s difficult to find informed football analysts who are on Seattle this Sunday.

This, of course, has more to do with how poor Seattle has played to open their season, but they’ve still been incredibly competitive in both losses, losing both games by just one possession.

Going to Seattle and getting a win is a task teams have dreaded for years, even before Russell Wilson and the Legion of Boom brought the Seahawks back to relevancy.Earl Thomas, Seahawks

Now when you add in factors such as this being Seattle’s home opener, and that they will be desperately fighting to avoid a potential season-killing 0-3 start, this is shaping up to be a very tough test for the Cowboys.

The young Cowboys need to handle their business the next two weeks and take advantage of 0-2 conference foes. These games will be huge down the stretch for potential playoff tie breakers and give them a chance to “fatten up” before entering the more challenging parts of their schedule.

Like two match ups with the Philadelphia Eagles, and running the rest of the NFC South gauntlet during the later months of the year.



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