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Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de Earl Thomas, la NFL Sigue Equivocándose

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de Earl Thomas, la NFL Sigue Equivocándose
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A un mes de que inicie el muy anticipado "training camp" en Oxnard, California, el equipo de los Dallas Cowboys sigue viéndose envuelto en rumores y reportes relacionados con el tres veces "All-Pro", el Safety Earl Thomas. El veterano de los Seattle Seahawks sigue buscando una extensión de contrato, amenazando con no asistir a los entrenamientos que comenzarán el 25 de Julio.

Desde aquel momento en el que Thomas se acercó a Jason Garrett tras eliminar todas las esperanzas de los Cowboys de entrar a los playoffs, los aficionados de los Cowboys han fantaseado con la idea de tener a uno de los mejores profundos vistiendo la estrella en el 2018.

Sin embargo, la agencia libre vino y se fue, y el Draft también. Y en este momento, Thomas sigue siendo un Seahawk.

Pero, ¿seguirá siéndolo? ¿Qué va a pasar si Seattle no cede y no le otorga la extensión que tan desesperadamente quiere? Es posible, probable diría yo, que algunos cuantos equipos se interesen en ofrecerle un trade a John Schneider (GM de Seattle).

Vimos a los Cowboys considerar darles una selección de segunda ronda en Abril y luego ofrecerles una tercera ronda, oferta que Seahawks ni siquiera respondió. ¿Estarán dispuestos Jerry Jones y compañía a intentar conseguir al muy aclamado safety una vez más?

Cabe mencionar, que no sólo se trata de que equipo quiere a Earl Thomas para el 2018. Lógicamente, cualquier equipo querría llevarse a uno de los mejores en la liga. El problema es que si se obtiene a Thomas, es porque se le dará una extensión inmediatamente.

Para darnos una idea, Eric Berry (Kansas City Chiefs) promedia 13 millones de dólares al año. Thomas pedirá una extensión similar, merecidamente.

Jason Garrett, Earl Thomas

Dallas Cowboys HC Jason Garrett and Seattle Seahawks S Earl Thomas

No dudo que la administración esté dispuesta a entregar la selección de segunda ronda del Draft del 2019. Es la extensión cara la que me hace poner en duda un escenario en el que Earl Thomas juegue para Jason Garrett este año.

Además, ¿quién nos asegura que los Seahawks no prefieren quedárselo hasta que no tenga otra opción más que jugar? Thomas seguramente no quiere pasar tiempo fuera del emparrillado. A sus 29 años de edad, necesita probar de lo que es capaz si quiere recibir un contrato cuando se convierta en agente libre.

Estamos en un punto en el que pensar que el #29 será un miembro de los Dallas Cowboys es una esperanza muy optimista. Si tuviera que adivinar, diría que Thomas se queda en Seattle, sea por extensión o a la fuerza.

¿Y los Cowboys? Los aficionados del America's Team deberían de tener un poco más de fe en Xavier Woods y Jeff Heath. A pesar de que no se le acercan a Earl Thomas, son mejor que el promedio y podrán hacer un buen papel la próxima temporada.

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La NFL Sigue Equivocándose

El quarterback de los Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jameis Winston recibió una suspensión de parte de la NFL después de que la liga concluyó que Winston violó la política de conducta de la NFL "tocando a la conductora de una manera inapropiada y sexual sin su consentimiento."

A pesar de la gran campaña de la NFL por suspender a jugadores culpables en temas de violencia doméstica y violencia sexual por seis juegos, Winston fue suspendido sólo por tres partidos.

Así es. Winston negoció con la NFL, prácticamente aceptando la culpa. Incluso pidió una disculpa a la conductora y la liga le redujo la condena a la mitad. Un año antes, vimos a la NFL lidiar con el tema de Ezekiel Elliott de una manera pésima, y ahora, francamente se nota que la liga sigue sin tomar una posición firme.

Dejando el tema de Elliott de lado, realmente la NFL no es congruente con sus políticas.

Verán, la NFL no investiga y suspende a sus jugadores por estos temas porque necesite hacerlo. Lo hace porque quiere hacerlo. Ni la NBA, ni la MLB realizan este tipo de investigaciones. Sin embargo, la NFL busca tener un "estándar" más alto que el resto de la liga.

Por esa misma razón, comenzó la política de suspender a los jugadores que hicieran esto por seis partidos. Pero Winston recibe tres por una negociación. Jarvis Landry no es suspendido por ningún juego, a pesar de que hay un video del incidente.

El mensaje "duro" que quiere mandar la NFL, se pierde en el momento en el que no se ejerce congruentemente. Y si no lo hacen, ¿cuál es el estándar más alto?

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de Earl Thomas, la NFL Sigue Equivocándose" 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 @MauNFL.

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Dak Prescott Impresses, Draws Compliments All Minicamp Long

Kevin Brady

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Dak Prescott and Coaches Both to Blame for Cowboys Offensive Woes
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Dak Prescott stood before the media Thursday in a Stetson Cowboy hat, answering questions about his upcoming contract extension.

“I’ve got my cowboy hat on, so I’m a Cowboy, we’ll say that.”

Prescott has cemented himself as the franchise quarterback of America's Team, and now it's time for the franchise to pay him like it. Set to earn roughly $34 million per year (according to recent rumors/reports), Prescott is going to be a very rich and comfortable man in the near future.

But, for now, he still plays under his fourth round rookie contract. You wouldn't be able to tell by watching him on the field, however. Though it was just minicamp, Prescott was impressive as ever over the last couple weeks of practice, earning praise from all levels within the organization.

Veteran Jason Witten complimented both Prescott's anticipation and accuracy, saying his throws have been "off the charts" at minicamp. Prescott himself said that this is the best he's felt since he's entered the league, and it certainly makes sense for this to be the case.

"Is it three years under my belt or just seeing defenses a whole lot more clear, being quicker and faster in everything I want to do, having great teammates around me? Who really knows the answer, but I feel great. I feel confident, and my teammates do, as well.” - Prescott to DallasCowboys.com

If Prescott was ever going to be comfortable, hungry, and ready to go, this is likely the time that it would happen. He has three relatively successful seasons under his belt, and ended 2018 on the best stretch of his career. He is the unquestioned starting quarterback for this team, and has the backing of every key decision maker in the building.

Prescott now has an offensive coordinator who he has not only worked closely with (in some capacity) since he entered the league in 2016, but is also being lauded for his creativity as an offensive mastermind. His quarterbacks coach, Jon Kitna, has been receiving similar praise for how he can coach up Prescott and get his footwork consistent, to help him "throw it through a Fruit Loop."

The time is now for Dak Prescott, and it's encouraging to see how he is responding to this increased pressure and responsibility. Then again we should have no doubt that he will respond positively, as he as throughout his entire young career.

Whenever faced with adversity, Prescott has answered the bell. Now he has all the supporters he needs, and just needs to prove them right.



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Does RB Ezekiel Elliott Have A Chance At NFL MVP?

Kevin Brady

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Ezekiel Elliott

Who is the Cowboys best player?

A question debated seemingly daily on social media, most fans seem to center their arguments around the same few names. Dak Prescott, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Ezekiel Elliott.

As a running back, it's quite possible that Elliott is both the best of that bunch and the least important to the team's overall success. NFL.com's Adam Schein disagrees with the latter statement, however, placing Ezekiel Elliott among his top ten contenders for 2019 NFL MVP.

"I think the Cowboys are going to challenge for the Super Bowl in 2019 -- and I think Zeke fuels this team. When Elliott runs for 95-plus yards, the Cowboys are 19-4; when he falls below that benchmark, they're 9-8." - Adam Schein

Schein's prediction will no doubt make Cowboys Nation swoon, but does Elliott really have the opportunity to compete for an MVP award?

For one, this would require the Cowboys be among the best teams in the league this season. It's quite possible, as they did win 10 regular season and 1 playoff game a year ago, but it will have to happen once again for Elliott to be considered.

Next, Ezekiel Elliott would have to put up incredible numbers. Well, it's safe to assume this will likely be the case if condition one is met. Elliott is going to get a lot of opportunities to touch the ball each game, and finding himself among the league's rushing leaders has never been an issue for the young running back. Especially if the team has a lead and is running the ball to kill clock.

Even if both these conditions prove true, though, Elliott will still have trouble getting himself in the real MVP discussion. These awards tend to go to certain positions, and running back is not among that list. If Dallas has such a successful 2019, and their offense is clicking, it's more likely Dak Prescott will be the one contending for that MVP honor.

I know to some it sounds crazy, but Prescott will likely need to be closer to MVP level than Elliott if the Cowboys are to contend in the way Adam Schein suggests in his article.

So, likely, Schein should have named Prescott among his top ten MVP contenders, not Elliott.



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Amari Cooper Says He’s Focused On Football, Not His Next Contract

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It seems like all anyone has talked about this offseason is who the Cowboys should re-sign, and how they can go about doing so.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper, of course, is heavily involved in those conversations. The Cowboys used their 2019 first round pick to trade for the Pro Bowl wide out last season, and Cooper's emergence helped to turn their struggling offense around immediately.

In just 9 games with the Cowboys last season, he caught 53 passes for 725 yards and 6 touchdowns. He quickly gained the trust of quarterback Dak Prescott, and exhibited a chemistry with the young passer that no one else really has to this point. Outside of maybe Cole Beasley in 2016, perhaps.

While the football world seems to be focusing on what Amari Cooper's contract will look like after 2019, the receiver himself claims to be solely focused on the upcoming season. Cooper spoke with ESPN's Todd Archer about this very subject, emphasizing where his mind lies at this time.

"I just handle my business...I'm more anxious about camp and actually playing football." - Amari Cooper.

Amari Cooper has just one year left on his contract as he plays under the fifth year option from his rookie deal. Cooper will make $13.9 million this season, putting him behind some of the league's other WR1s like Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, and DeAndre Hopkins.

There had been speculation around whether any of the Cowboys left with just one year on their contract would hold-out through parts of offseason activity, but Cooper alluded that it never seemed to cross his mind.

"I just want to get better and I love football. That's why I'm here" - Cooper.

Of course, Amari Cooper will play a huge role in the Cowboys offense in 2019. Combining him with a second year version of Michael Gallup, and new versatile threats like Tony Pollard and Randall Cobb, will help make the Dallas passing game as multiple as it's been in years.

The Cowboys will eventually need to get Amari Cooper locked up long term, but for the time being it seems like both he and the franchise are more focused on what will happen on the field in 2019 than in the negotiating room next Spring.



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