Los Dallas Cowboys tomaron un paso en la dirección correcta al despedir al coordinador ofensivo Scott Linehan que tanto le costó al equipo en las últimas dos temporadas. No es que Linehan fuera pésimo toda su carrera, pero ciertamente dejó de funcionar en el último par de años que pasó en Dallas y no supo aprovechar a su quarterback movible, Dak Prescott.
Se vienen cambios para los Dallas Cowboys. A pesar de que no es oficial aún, ya hay un candidato líder para heredar el puesto de Linehan. Se trata de Kellen Moore, quien fungió en 2018 como el coach de quarterback de los Cowboys.
Muchos aficionados no están contentos con esta idea, puesto que Moore realmente no demostró mucho en su tiempo como jugador en la NFL. Sin embargo, yo me siento bastante emocionado al respecto. La verdad creo que puede ser una decisión interesante para la franquicia.
Moore no fue un buen QB en su corta carrera en la NFL. Eso queda más que claro. A falta de talento, el producto de la universidad de Boise State logró alargar su estadía en la liga gracias a su inteligencia y conocimiento. Al tener a Moore como un mariscal en la banda, era como tener a un coach extra.
Cuando salió de universidad, muchos hablaron sobre su inteligencia. En Boise State, donde se convirtió en el quarterback con más victorias en la historia del football americano colegial, Moore corría un esquema ofensivo bastante complejo y extenso. Jon Gruden incluso llegó a mencionar que hacía más que algunos otros mariscales en la NFL.
Analistas como Daniel Jeremiah siempre aplaudió su inteligencia como prospecto y ha llegado a mencionar que otros equipos estarán interesados en él como head coach en algunos años. Suena descabellado, claro. Moore ni siquiera jugaba bien. Pero efectivamente, nada tiene que ver una cosa con la otra.
Ahora, muchos aficionados tienden a pensar que promover a Kellen Moore será "más de lo mismo" para los Dallas Cowboys. Pero a pesar de que Moore ha pasado casi toda su carrera aprendiendo de Scott Linehan, eso no significa que tendrá la misma filosofía, etc. Al final de cuentas, Moore trabajaba con la ofensiva de Linehan porque era su trabajo.
En la estación de radio "The Fan," Travis Frederick habló muy bien de Kellen Moore y mencionó que le encantaba la idea de tenerlo como coordinador ofensivo. Incluso comentó que Moore había diseñado una jugada que había resultado en multiples touchdowns para el equipo. Es bueno escuchar el apoyo tan genuino de uno de los veteranos más importantes en el equipo.
Con la NFL dando oportunidades a tantos entrenadores jóvenes de mentalidad ofensiva, la administración de los Cowboys puede estar en lo correcto decidiendo promover al joven Kellen Moore.
Finalmente quiero hacer hincapié en lo siguiente: el principal problema ofensivo de los Dallas Cowboys fue en la zona roja. La selección de jugadas nunca fue óptima. Pero movían las cadenas. Era un equipo que podía correr efectivamente y desde que llegó Amari Cooper a Dallas comenzaron a lanzar el balón mucho mejor.
Con unos toques de Moore, esta ofensiva podría pulir los defectos que tiene para convertirse en algo muy especial. Además, Moore contará con el apoyo de Doug Nussmeier, Jon Kitna y Jason Garrett al controlar a la ofensiva. Por primera vez en años, desde que Linehan se convirtió en amo y señor de la ofensiva de los Cowboys, parece que hay un plan más concreto en Dallas. Parece que el staff funcionará mucho mejor sin que Linehan tenga el control absoluto sin motivo alguno.
Ahora solo queda esperar. De mi parte, los invito a no odiar ciegamente esta decisión de los Dallas Cowboys. Hay motivos detrás de la probable promoción de Kellen Moore. Háganme saber lo que piensan en los comentarios o búsquenme en Twitter en @MauNFL y hablemos.
Dak Prescott Impresses, Draws Compliments All Minicamp Long
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.
Does RB Ezekiel Elliott Have A Chance At NFL MVP?
Who is the Cowboys best player?
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.
Amari Cooper Says He’s Focused On Football, Not His Next Contract
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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