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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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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.

The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.

After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.

So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.

What exactly is that role, though?

I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.

Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.

Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.

If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.

This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.



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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

Kevin Brady

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.

Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.

Randall Cobb on Twitter

Randall Cobb on Twitter

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In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.

This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Davante Adams on Twitter

Go do ya thang 18. Can't thank u enough for guiding me through this thing and showing us all how to be a pro. Love u brudda I'm excited for your next chapter ✊🏾 #187

RJ Ochoa on Twitter

Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb

Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.



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Malik McDowell Is Well Worth The Risk For The Dallas Cowboys

Kevin Brady

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Malik McDowell, Michigan State

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly brining defensive lineman Malik McDowell into The Star this week for a visit, as they decide whether or not to potentially sign him for the 2019 season.

McDowell is a former second round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, who fell to day two because of what scouts call "off the field" or "character" concerns. McDowell did not last long with Seahawks, as he was released in 2017 following an ATV accident in which he reportedly suffered "extensive brain and eye trauma" according to Charles Robinson.

None of us know much about who Malik McDowell is as a person, or what concerns their really should be with his health. But what I do know is that on tape at Michigan State, McDowell was a top 5-10 player in the 2017 draft class. He was a stud, and has the traits to continue to be a stud in the NFL.

2017 NFL Draft: Scouting Michigan State DL Malik McDowell - Slant Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft is chock full of talented, athletic, and productive defensive linemen. While most of the draft pundits have focused on EDGE rushers thus far, the defensive tackle class also possesses some of this year's top NFL prospects. Arguably the best of those defensive tackles is Michigan State's Malik McDowell.

Back in 2017 I wrote a full scouting report on McDowell, detailing why he earned such a high grade on my board. McDowell is a versatile linemen who is explosive off the ball, powerful and rangy against the run, and a skilled pass rusher who plays with a high motor. What more could you really ask for?

"McDowell is a patient pass rusher at times, setting up the blocker how he likes and then beating them with ease. McDowell’s ability to swipe hands off helps him greatly, but his quick swim is his most effective pass rush move.

On this play he uses that swim to perfection, forcing the center to power down to the right before swimming back to the other side."

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When the Spartans went to a three man pass rushing front, McDowell moved to the EDGE often and made plays with his quick, active hands and impressive swim move. He was much more impressive on the interior, however, and could be a direct replacement for David Irving as an explosive and powerful 3-technique for the Cowboys.

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I love that the Cowboys are bringing McDowell in for a free agent visit. His price will likely be low, as he is yet to play in an NFL game over the last two years, but his ceiling remains very high if he is healthy. It's rare for a player with his college production, natural ability, and measurables to completely fail in the NFL.

Maybe all McDowell needs is a second chance to get his head right and prove that he belongs in the league. Maybe he flames out quickly and can't get on the field due to "off the field" stuff. Or, maybe he simply isn't healthy enough to contribute as an NFL player. Regardless, for the price he'll likely command, McDowell is well worth the risk if the Cowboys are willing to take it.



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