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Cowboys en Español: Ezekiel Elliott Suspendido por 6 Juegos, Inicio Duro Para la Línea Defensiva

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Ezekiel Elliott

A veces, Cowboys en Español está lleno de buenas noticias. A veces, está lleno de asuntos normales de football americano. Y a veces, de malas noticias. Lamentablemente, esta es una de esas ocasiones.

Ezekiel Elliott Suspendido

Antes de pisar un campo de NFL, Ezekiel Elliott ya traía un gran equipaje consigo mismo. La super estrella de los Cowboys se ha visto envuelto en un caso de violencia doméstica que arrastra desde sus días en Ohio State.

Después de más dramas como bajarle la blusa a una mujer en un desfile de San Patricio, visitar una tienda de marihuana (y no comprar nada), estar en un bar donde hubo un altercado donde se le acusó sin pruebas de estar involucrado y más, Elliott ha estado en la mira de la NFL por mucho tiempo.

Más de un año después, la NFL ha llegado a una decisión.

El jueves en la noche, Benjamin Allbright publicó en Twitter que una suspensión para Elliott era definitiva. Y sí, vaya que es una fuente confiable.

Benjamin Allbright on Twitter

Ezekiel Elliott suspension a definite, rumors vary on length.

Ezekiel Elliott será suspendido por la NFL, de acuerdo a Adam Schefter.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Cowboys’ RB Ezekiel Elliott is being suspended 6 games, per source.

En una racha de partidos donde se incluyen los New York Giants, Denver Broncos y los Green Bay Packers, Dallas extrañará a Ezekiel Elliott.

Claro que Darren McFadden detrás de esta línea ofensiva, tampoco suena como un mal plan. Realmente creo que los Cowboys tienen una gran oportunidad de ganar cuatro partidos. La peor situación posible sería un récord de 3-3 para iniciar la temporada, pero siendo realista y objetivo, no veo algo peor que eso.

No sólo hay juegos difíciles en esta racha. Entre ellos se encuentran también los Arizona Cardinals, los Los Angeles Rams y los San Fransisco 49ers. Estos son equipos que los Cowboys podrían ganar sin su corredor estrella fácilmente.

Dak Prescott tendrá la capacidad de sacar esta ofensiva adelante con el talento increíble que existe en la posición de WR. Ryan Switzer puede que tenga mucha más acción de lo que esperábamos desde la primera semana.

Sí, lo extrañaremos… pero quizá no sea momento de entrar en pánico.

Ezekiel Elliott tiene tres días para presentar una apelación. Es muy esperado que lo haga.

La Línea Defensiva Tendrá Problemas

Los Dallas Cowboys no son perfectos. Escuchen, amo este equipo, pero lo que es verdad… es verdad. La ofensiva es casi perfecta, por supuesto, pero ¿a qué me refiero cuando digo que nuestro equipo, los grandiosos Dallas Cowboys, no son perfectos?

Créanme que no me gusta decirlo, pero hay una razón. Y quizá ya imaginen a que me refiero, pero hablo de la defensiva. Los Dallas Cowboys son un equipo que sin duda alguna, serán contendientes legítimos para el Super Bowl. Sin embargo, la defensiva tiene que encontrar la forma de funcionar.

La secundaria muestra mucho talento prometedor y emocionante y será clave que logren funcionar para ayudar a este equipo a competir. Pero más que la secundaria, quiero hablar de la unidad más preocupante de la defensiva.

Esta preocupación ha existido por muchas temporadas, y esta semana no hizo más que incrementar, después de que Tyrone Crawford sufrió una lesión persiguiendo a Ezekiel Elliott en un entrenamiento. Parecía que su tobillo sería un problema, pero todo parece indicar, que volverá para comenzar la temporada regular.

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Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle Tyrone Crawford #98 (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Aunque la lesión parece no ser tan seria como se pensaba al inicio, fue un susto que nos dejó reflexionando. David Irving y Damontre Moore están fuera con una suspensión al inicio de la temporada.

Crawford, cuya posición original es Defensive Tackle poco a poco se ha convertido en un Defensive End. Ha dado resultados (aunque menores a los que se esperan con su contrato), y probablemente se quede en este lugar, sobre todo al inicio de la temporada.

Aparte de él, se cuenta con DeMarcus Lawrence y Benson Mayowa. Mayowa puede dar resultados, pero tiene que ser más consistente. Lawrence puede llegar a ser una sorpresa si realmente está sano. Otro jugador a quien hay que mantenerlo en la mira, es Charles Tapper. Apenas este año verá acción en el campo, y muestra potencial.

Por último, tenemos a Taco Charlton… Seré honesto, y diré que nunca fui muy aficionado de esta selección por parte de los Cowboys. Sin embargo, cada día pienso: “Espero estar equivocado.” Lamentablemente, tanto en training camp como en su único juego de pretemporada, no ha demostrado ser lo que tanto deseamos. No estoy seguro de que Charlton esté listo para ser un jugador de rotación, menos aún uno titular.

Esta línea defensiva no es una de elite, menos aún con Irving suspendido. Esperemos que los primeros cuatro juegos no sean una pesadilla, y que alguno de los jugadores tomé el control y superé las expectativas.

Si no, la defensiva de los Cowboys seguirá teniendo una presión al QB que no dejará queriendo más.

Algunas Noticias…

Nota: Para empezar la temporada del 2017, cada semana incluiré esta sección para cubrir noticias extras en el mundo de los Dallas Cowboys, así como una frase semanal que se gané un lugar en Cowboys en Español.

  • Tyron Smith ha tenido problemas no muy serios con su espalda, pero ha perdido tiempo de práctica por precaución.
  • Poco a poco, Ryan Switzer ha estado involucrado más y más en las prácticas después de una ligera lesión de tendón.
  • Sean Lee tuvo que ser llevado a los lockers tras una lesión pequeña de tendón. No parece seria y Stephen Jones dijo que era precaución.

Frase de la Semana

“No hay área gris. Hay blanco y negro.”

-Jason Witten, hablando de los problemas que varios jugadores han enfrentado en cuanto a suspensiones o posibles suspensiones.

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2 Comments
  • ArmyVet78

    Yo aprendi en mi juventud estás dos dichos y me ayudaron mucho en como vivir mi vida. La edad no toma parte del humano va ser maduro o inmaduro.
    1. Por cada ACCIÓN siempre va ver una REACCIÓN sea POSITIVA O NEGATIVA (IMPACTO).
    2. Dilme con quien andas y te diré quién eres.
    No se hace que tantos juegos siempre van a suspender a Ezekiel Elliott, 4 o 6 juegos es de lo menos del caso. Elliott jugó con fuego y tiene que pagar el precio. El es una persona muy inmaduro y la edad no debe de tomar parte de las acciones que el hace todos los días. Para mí Elliott se el Peor Pendejo y se está tratando de pasar como inocente y que no a hecho nada mal. El tiene que tomar responsabilidad por todas de las acciones que el hace cada día y no dar excusas y tratar de culpar a otra persona cuando el es culpable. En un año todo lo que lo más ha hecho es nada bueno. Elliott se su propio enemigo y se ha visto todo en un año. El es el peor cagá palo. Nada de lo que el hace tiene el olor de rosas. Solo el tiempo nos va a enseñar si Elliott va a MADURAR o va seguir siendo un INMADURO. Yo puedo decir mucho más pero la gente me fueran a llamarme racista. Que no tengo un hueso de racista en mi cuerpo.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Entiendo por completo el punto que compartes. Pero, en lo personal, no me atrevo a asegurar que Ezekiel Elliott es culpable de algo que tiene evidencia tan incongruente y especulativa. Al igual que no me atrevo a asegurar que es inocente. Hay que ser justos.

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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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Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense? 3

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.

Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense? 1

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.

Are Dallas Cowboys Building A Championship Defense? 2

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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Can Rico Gathers Make Cowboys Offense More “Dak-Friendly”?

Brian Martin

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Rico Gathers, Rams

The Dallas Cowboys unfortunately face all kinds of questions heading into the 2018 offseason. Right now, there are no answers to those questions, which means we’ll just have to sit back and take a wait-and-see approach. But, one question that absolutely has to be answered is how to make the Cowboys offense more Dak Prescott friendly.

Offensively, the Dallas Cowboys had an extremely disappointing year in 2017. Suspensions and injuries are the main culprits for the disappointment, but the Dallas Cowboys haven’t really changed things much in the scheme or personnel to help Dak Prescott succeed.

The sad truth is, the Dallas Cowboys are still operating as if Tony Romo is the starting quarterback. It’s pretty much the same personnel and scheme, but it really doesn’t suit Prescott.

It’s time for that to change. Unfortunately, this isn’t something that will happen overnight.

The Cowboys spent years putting together the personnel to help Romo. Just when they thought they had the missing piece — by drafting Ezekiel Elliott, Romo sustained a back injury, pretty much ending his career.

Anyway you look at it, the offensive personnel needs to improve in order to make this team more “Dak-friendly”.

Enter Tight End Rico Gathers.

Rico Gathers

Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

The Dallas Cowboys have invested two years in Rico Gathers’ development, but with the exception of a few flashes in preseason, they haven’t benefited from the fruits of their labor. The 2018 season should be Gathers’ coming-out party.

We all witnessed what the Cowboys offense looks like when they are forced to rely on the passing game. Dak Prescott struggled to find any kind of consistency throwing the ball — with the options he had at his disposal in 2017 — while Ezekiel Elliott served a six-game suspension.

Defenses decided to take Prescott’s favorite target out of the equation by bracketing Cole Beasley in coverage. Then, they also devoted extra attention Dez Bryant‘s way, making it difficult to get him the ball.

The only other option left really was Jason Witten on simple check downs.

And that is what the future Hall of Famer has been reduced to.

Jason Witten is no longer the threat he once was. Yes, he is still a reliable target, but his age is starting to catch up to him, which has unfortunately robbed him of some of his athleticism. We will no longer see Witten stretch the field down the seam, or run many routes further than 10 yards.

That’s why I think Rico Gathers could be a difference maker in 2018, especially for Dak Prescott.

Prescott needs more than an outlet receiver at the TE position. No offense to Jason Witten, but that’s pretty much what he has become at this point in his career.

Rico Gathers on the other hand is not only different from Witten, but also provides a different skill set than any other TE on the Cowboys roster. He’s a big target with athleticism, who cannot only move the chains, but stretch the field and break tackles in the open field.

Gathers’ sheer size alone creates mismatch problems against smaller defensive backs and linebackers, but his athleticism should allow him to create separation, something which fits into what Prescott needs from his receivers.

There is no reason why the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff can’t find a way to incorporate Rico Gathers’ unique skill set into the offense. They may not truly trust him to be an every down player, but that’s not happening anyway, not with Jason Witten on the roster.

If it was me, I would have a few packages in the playbook specifically designed for Gathers. I not only think this will help him grow as a player, but help the Cowboys offense become more “Dak-friendly”.

Can Rico Gathers make the Cowboys offense more “Dak-friendly”?

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