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.
Ezekiel Elliott suspension a definite, rumors vary on length.
Ezekiel Elliott será suspendido por la NFL, de acuerdo a Adam Schefter.
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.
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.
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.
¿Qué Opinas Respecto a la Suspensión de Ezekiel Elliott?
Should Cowboys Consider Trading for Disgruntled Packers S Josh Jones?
Despite their insistence that upgrading the safety position was a top offseason priority, the Dallas Cowboys haven't really done much to improve the backend of their secondary. They did sign former Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals Safety George Iloka as a free agent and drafted Donovan Wilson in the sixth-round in this year's NFL Draft, but neither player looks like a clear-cut upgrade at this point. Fortunately, there's still time to find Xavier Woods' counterpart for 2019.
Xavier Woods is the only clear-cut starter at safety currently on the Dallas Cowboys roster. Other than that, your guess is as good as mine as to who starts opposite him this season. With that in mind, the Cowboys should be keeping all of their options open, including acquiring players who get released or even making a trade for someone they like. The latter is what I want to talk about today.
A potential safety who could be put on the trade block that I'm kind of intrigued with is Josh Jones, who has reportedly requested a trade from the Green Bay Packers.
Packers safety Josh Jones is skipping the voluntary OTAs and working out in Florida because he's hoping to be traded, a source told ESPN. The source said the 2017 second-round pick believes it would be best for both parties if they parted ways. Story coming on ESPN shortly.
Josh Jones clearly sees where he stands with the Green Bay Packers after they signed Adrian Amos in free agency and drafted Darnell Savage Jr. 21st overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, thus his absence from OTA's and trade request. He understands the business and knows he's not going to see the field much behind those two, meaning his best chance for playing time would be in a different uniform.
It's not all that shocking Jones has requested a trade. Even before the Packers added Amos and Savage he wasn't receiving a lot of playing time. He's just never seemed to fit into what Green Bay was trying to do on the backend of their defense. It may be in the best interest of both parties to mutually part ways. This is where the Dallas Cowboys come in.
I believe Josh Jones is exactly the type of safety Kris Richard would like to pair Xavier Woods with on the backend of the Cowboys defense. He fits the criteria Richard likes in his defensive backs as far as size, length, and speed are concerned. And, he also has the kind of skill set/mindset to become that Kam Chancellor "enforcer" type of strong safety.
Josh Jones is at his best when he can play around the line of scrimmage, much like Chancellor was during his time with the Seahawks. But, Jones also has the ability to be a factor in coverage as well. The only real question here is whether or not he's an upgrade over the likes of Jeff Heath, George Iloka, and maybe even rookie Donovan Wilson?
In all honesty, I don't have the answer to that question. Josh Jones really hasn't received a fair opportunity to prove himself in his first two years in the NFL. I believe the skill set is there to start in the league, but there's not much there to back up that belief.
Personally, I'd be willing to part way with a late round pick if I were the Cowboys to acquire Josh Jones. I like the idea of bringing him in to work with Kris Richard and allowing him to compete for the starting job next to Xavier Woods. This is exactly the kind of low risk/high reward move Dallas likes to gamble on, and it could potentially pay off in a big way.
Where do you stand? Should the Cowboys consider trading for Josh Jones?
How Can The Cowboys Force More Turnovers In 2019?
2018 seemed like the beginning of a new era. A defensive era. For the first time in years the Cowboys were able to consistently lean on their defense during games, staying alive even as their offense sputtered and limped through stretches early in the season.
The defense was downright prolific some weeks. They carried the Cowboys to an inspiring home victory over the New Orleans Saints to put them in prime position to make the playoffs. They dominated the Wild Card game in key moments, making key stops and holding the Seahawks to just 22 points in the win. They featured one of the league's best individual pass rushers in DeMarcus Lawrence, an All Pro cornerback in Byron Jones, and one of the league's most exciting young linebacker duos.
For all of this success, this defense still lacked one thing. Takeaways.
The Cowboys forced only 9 interceptions in 2018, ranking 26th across the league. In fact, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch was actually tied with Xavier Woods for the team lead in interceptions with just 2. When it comes to total takeaways the Cowboys' defense was a little better off, though, finishing 16th in the NFL.
Part of the "problem" seems to be their philosophy. The Cowboys have finished 26th, 24th, 27th, and 31st in interceptions dating back to 2015. They've also finished 9th, 25th, 18th, and 19th in team defense DVOA over that same stretch. Clearly there was an improvement in total defense in 2018, but neither their team defense nor ability to take the ball away has been strong since 2015.
The bigger problem, really, is a lack of luck. While this sounds like a cop-out, takeaways often do come down to just that. Of course putting yourself in the right place at the right time to benefit from a batted pass or overthrown ball matters, but those bounces finding the right hands is usually a matter of luck.
Turnovers are incredibly volatile year to year, and as much as you'd like your players to "make their own luck," randomness does play a part here.
You can certainly argue the Cowboys have done their best this offseason to increase their chances at takeaways, however. By trading for defensive end Robert Quinn, re-signing DeMarcus Lawrence, and adding talented players to the middle of their defensive line as well, Dallas has put an emphasis on getting after the quarterback and corralling the opposing running game. Putting pressure on quarterbacks can force them into quick decision making or bad throws, which could in turn breed interceptions.
This is far from guaranteed, though. Plus the Cowboys play against some of the league's top quarterbacks this year, which hurts their chances of taking the ball away further.
In the end the Cowboys will need both the skill of their pass rushers and defensive backs to put them in good positions, and luck to smile down on them, if they'd like to turn around their takeaway numbers in 2019. And after all, this demoralizing trend has to reverse itself at some point, doesn't it?
Will It Be The Cowboys, Or Another Team, Who Pays Byron Jones After 2019?
After having his fifth year option exercised for the 2019 season, cornerback Byron Jones enters a contract year this Fall.
Jones inarguably had the best year of his career in 2018: earning not only his first Pro Bowl selection but also Second Team All Pro honors for his performance. Doing it all without an impressive stat sheet, Jones was able to let his film speak for itself throughout most of the year, and he became the number one cornerback we'd all hoped he could be when the Cowboys decided to take the freakishly athletic defensive back in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
This contract year is quite unique for Byron Jones, however. Next offseason the Cowboys will be forced to re-sign and extend just about all of their key contributors on both sides of the ball. DeMarcus Lawrence already got his contract, but Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, and others still await their deals. Deals which the front office has all-but explicitly promised will come.
This leaves Jones, the former first round pick and now former All Pro, generally considered to be the odd man out. So while 2019 is a contract year for Byron Jones, he may be earning himself a contract from a completely different team.
Jones has had an interesting road to this contract season. One which would be a shame for the Cowboys to waste. Moving between cornerback and safety during the first three years of his career, Jones fell out of the coaches' good graces while playing out of his most natural position. Under Kris Richard's new regime, though, Jones had his best season to date. He looked to finally be comfortable in his role, and was now playing for a coach who believed he could be a special player.
Now that Byron Jones has found his place in the Cowboys defense, and has earned his way into conversations with the league's top cornerbacks, he's likely priced himself out of the Cowboys' future plans.
It's funny how that works out. Of course, Jones should go get paid, and I'd never fault a guy for maximizing his value on the market. But there's a good chance the Cowboys make the mistake of allowing a premier cornerback to walk out of their building next offseason. But if they want to retain players like Elliott and Cooper, they may not have any other choice.
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