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Cowboys en Español: Ezekiel Elliott y Una Batalla Contra la NFL

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Ezekiel Elliott

La semana pasada, el RB de los Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott recibió una suspensión por parte de la NFL de seis juegos. Y si parecía que las cosas iban a calmarse después de que la liga anunciará su decisión final, no tardamos en darnos cuenta de que no estábamos ni cerca del final.

Este es un tema muy sensible por varias razones. Se trata de una acusación de violencia doméstica, la evidencia es muy especulativa, Roger Goodell no tiene muchos aficionados y simplemente, se trata de la super estrella de la franquicia más popular en el mundo de los deportes.

Así que, en realidad hay una gran variedad de opiniones respecto a este tema, que hoy acapara toda la atención de la media en el mundo de la NFL, y con razón.

Durante la semana, información en contra de la ex-novia de Elliott, Tiffany Thompson, emergió en las redes sociales. La información no es nada nueva, simplemente tomó furor durante este periodo después del anuncio de la NFL. Mensajes de texto, testimonios jurados y varias reclamaciones no han hecho más que quitarle credibilidad a Tiffany Thompson.

El reporte de la NFL, explica la decisión de la liga al suspenderlo, mencionando cosas como “generalmente le creímos” a la víctima. Y después de una investigación de 13 meses, los investigadores tomaron una decisión.

Sin embargo, falta mucha información, dejando al público un poco confundido. ¿Por qué no se habla de los mensajes de texto que muestran a Thompson pidiéndole a su amiga que mienta? ¿Dónde se mencionan los testimonios jurados que hablan de la incredibilidad de la acusadora?

Además, el comisionado Roger Goodell, no estuvo presente en el proceso de investigación y nunca tuvo una sesión con Ezekiel Elliott. ¿Qué tanta credibilidad puede tener una suspensión dada por alguien que al parecer, vio toda la investigación desde lejos? Este es el tipo de cosas que provoca más dudas de las que ya hay.

La NFL Contra la NFLPA

No es nada raro que la Asociación de Jugadores de la NFL y la misma liga estén en una pelea, pero el caso de Ezekiel Elliott llega a otro nivel. Tras nombrar a Harold Henderson el árbitro de la apelación del corredor, la NFL declaró lo siguiente.

Brian McCarthy on Twitter

New NFL statement

Jamás habíamos visto una declaración de la NFL donde atacaran a la NFLPA de esta manera. Criticando a la Asociación de Jugadores por difundir información “despectiva” sobre la “victima” en el caso de Elliott. Fueron un paso más allá diciendo que es una táctica común intentar defender al acusado intentando desacreditar a la víctima. Finalmente sugieren que es algo vergonzoso y una de las razones por las que las personas tienen miedo de denunciar este tipo de violencia.

Wow. Esa declaración si que fue mucho de parte de la NFL. No sólo eso, sino que la información que mencionan, es información que según Charles Robinson de Yahoo, venía en la misma investigación de 160 páginas de la NFL.

NFLPA on Twitter

The public statement issued on behalf of every NFL owner is a lie. The NFLPA categorically denies the accusations made in this statement.

Sorprendentemente, la NFLPA no se quedó callada y respondió con su propia declaración. En su declaración niegan las acusaciones de la liga y critican a la NFL por caer tan bajo. “Este es otro ejemplo de la hipocresía de la NFL” se menciona en la declaración

No es ningún secreto que la NFLPA y la NFL no son mejores amigos, pero verlos atacarse de esta manera públicamente, en Twitter, para ser exactos… habla mucho de la magnitud de este problema, y del impacto que puede llegar a tener.

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Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell (Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News)

El Dragón Dormido

En cuanto se dio a conocer la suspensión de Ezekiel Elliott, se reportó que Jerry Jones estaba “furioso” por la decisión de la NFL. Con razón. Y si yo fuera Roger Goodell, estaría temblando de miedo.

Jerry Jones es el dueño más poderoso de la liga, y estoy seguro que no es el enemigo que quieres tener. Una de las cosas por las que Jerry ha llegado a ser más criticado, es sin duda, que en veces es muy hablador.

Después de una semana, el nuevo miembro del Salón de la Fama no ha dicho ni una sola palabra… y el silencio resulta más aterrador. Como suelen decir, parece que esto es “la calma antes de la tormenta.”

Ezekiel Elliott Suspension: Can The Josh Brown Case Help Cowboys?

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott warms up before the Dallas Cowboys vs. the New York Giants NFL football game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, December 11, 2016. (Louis DeLuca/The Dallas Morning News)

¿Podrá Jugar Elliott en la Semana 1?

Normalmente, las apelaciones no llevan a ningún lado, y puede que este sea el caso para Elliott. Sin embargo, esto puede terminar en la corte, tal como el caso de Tom Brady terminó en la corte.

Claro, son dos casos muy diferentes, pero la NFL está suspendiendo a Zeke porque “generalmente le creyeron” a la víctima y a Brady lo suspendieron por algo que fue “más probable que no”.

Si este llega a ser el caso, Ezekiel Elliott no tendría una suspensión durante el proceso, lo cual significa que no tendríamos que preocuparnos por eso hasta el 2018. A pesar de haber recibido una suspensión la semana pasada, no descarten por completo ver a Elliott jugar toda la temporada del 2016.

Por último, quiero insistir en algo muy importante. Si Ezekiel Elliott es culpable, se merece un castigo. La violencia doméstica no es algo que se deba tomar como juego, ni mucho menos. Es algo serio, algo real y algo actual. Se tiene que actuar al respecto.

Pero si es culpable, que lo demuestren. Que no sólo nos den información especulativa y polémica como las acusaciones de una acusadora que no parece tener mucha credibilidad. Esperemos que se tome la decisión que se tome, sea una informada, y que todos podamos saber la verdad pronto. Porque aún con toda la información que ha salido, no parece que estemos cerca de la mitad.

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.

  • Jaylon Smith jugará esta semana contra los Indianapolis Colts
  • El TE Connor Hamlett sufrió una lesión contra Rams
  • La audiencia de apelación de Elliott tomará lugar el 29 de Agosto.

Frase de la Semana

Creo que sería injusto no darle este puesto a la declaración de la NFLPA…

NFLPA on Twitter

The public statement issued on behalf of every NFL owner is a lie. The NFLPA categorically denies the accusations made in this statement.

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4 Comments
  • ArmyVet78

    La NFL tiene que poner una regla muy estricta sobre la CONDUCTA DE JUGADORES cuando no están en un juego. La vida privada afuera del trabajo viene a afectar a nuestro trabajo le guste a uno o no. Y la LEY no menciona edad. En el caso de dos jugadores de Dallas Cowboys tenemos a Ezekiel Elliott y a Dakar Prescott. Lo más de dos años de diferentes tienen. Que bueno que Prescott es mayor y un jugador muy maduro que no se involucrado en cosas negativa para hacer las noticias. Al contrario con Ezekiel Elliott es todo lo que a hecho el inmaduro y muy estúpido de pendejo es hacer muchas cosas negativa y está constante en las noticias. Yo puedo entender que el caso contra la MENTIROSA TIFFANY THOMPSON La Lega NFL no tiene casó para castigar a Elliott. Pero la Legs si tiene o pudiera tener caso para castigar a Elliott por su mala conducta en público.

  • ArmyVet78

    La edad no debe dé ser o jugar en el factor si un jugador es maduro ó no es maduro. Aquí tenemos a dos jugadores que entraron con los Cowboys al mismo tiempo. Tienes a Dakar Prescott y Ezekiel Elliott. Prescott sabe cómo mantenerse con su conducta afuera de las noticias y lo más tiene 2 años más que lo que tiene Elliott. Prescott sabe que el tiene que mantener su imagen limpio y nada de negativo. Si la Lega NFL lo más tomo la palabra de la MENTIROSA TIFFANY THOMPSON la lega hizo todo muy mal. Lo que la Lega NFL tiene que tomar es la conducta de Elliott en las otras cosas que el hizo muy mal y castigarlo por esa muy mala conducta. Y el castigo no debe dé ser más de dos juegos. Elliott tiene que aprender cómo comportarse en público y ser una persona muy positivo especialmente para nuestra juventud. Vamos a ver como lo va tratar la Lega NFL. Y el tiempo dictará si Elliott en realmente va querer madurar.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Esperemos que esto por lo menos le sirva a Ezekiel Elliott como un susto y lo ayude a corregir errores que ha cometido. Respecto a castigarlo por otras cosas, supongo que el incidente del día de San Patricio es lo único por lo que podrían hacerlo. Aunque cosas como la de entrar a una tienda de marihuana en Seattle no es muy bueno, la verdad es que no hizo absolutamente nada malo. Y lo del bar sólo fue un rumor.

  • Alfredo Martinez

    Roger Goodell esta haciendo de la NFL un circo… Ezekiell Elliott ya fue declarado inocente por un Juez Federal… No encontraron evidencias, e incluso, la novia fue desacreditada… Roger Goodell debe irse…Ahora enfrenta a dos enemigos poderosisimos… El sindicato de jugadores y a Jerrah…. Esto va a dejar muy mal acreditada a la NFL… Goodell a ido demasiado lejos… es hora de largarse…

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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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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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Months Later, it Seems Jaguars S Barry Church was Right

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Months Later, Jaguars Safety Barry Church Wa E

About five months ago, before the 2017 NFL season had even begun, former Cowboys safety Barry Church made comments which made Cowboys Nation scratch their heads. Now a Jacksonville Jaguar, Church said his current team was more talented than his former, the Dallas Cowboys.

At the time, many fans and writers alike laughed off his comments and chalked it up to typical preseason hype. Most people thought Church was crazy for suggesting a 13-3 team had less talent than the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team led by Blake Bortles.

Well, five months later, it’s become clear Barry Church was right.

Brian Chojnacki on Twitter

Jaguars safety Barry Church says he feels this Jags team has more talent than his #Cowboys squad last season. Dallas went 13-3. https://t.co/EcbxfUGsvy

This weekend the Jaguars went on the road to Pittsburgh, and came away with a wire-to-wire victory in January. The Jaguars were the more physical team from start to finish, and dominated from the opening kick off.

On the road.

Against the vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now the Jaguars are preparing to do something the Cowboys haven’t done in two decades: play in a conference championship game.

The Jaguars and Cowboys will be linked for the next decade or so due to decisions each made during the 2016 NFL Draft. And while it appeared the Cowboys pushed all the right buttons in 2016, it now looks as if the Jaguars are preparing to compete for AFC supremacy for years to come.

With their talented secondary, dominant defense, and physical rushing attack, the Jaguars have built their team in the mold of past champions.

The Cowboys have attempted to do some of the same, but it certainly looks as if Barry Church was correct in his preseason assessment of the two rosters.

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