Una semana dentro de Julio y ya tenemos más malas noticias para los Dallas Cowboys. Por si los casos de Nolan Carroll y David Irving no parecían suficientes, Damien Wilson decidió sumarse a la lista de problemas disciplinarios en el equipo.
Damien Wilson fue arrestado por dos cargos de asalto agravado el Martes 4 de Julio. Parece ridículo, definitivamente. El mantra de "El tipo correcto de personas" de Jason Garrett parece cada vez más difícil de entender.
Mientras no se lo culpo al head coach, porque entiendo que algo como lo que hizo Wilson está fuera de control, en verdad creo que hay algo que no está funcionando con los Cowboys. Y llega un punto en el que es cada vez más difícil defender este tipo de problemas.
Sin duda, cortar a Wilson estará en la mesa para el equipo. Quizá quieran mandar un mensaje, de una vez por todas. Pero probablemente, lo mantengan para training camp. Al menos hasta que más información salga a la luz.
Aunque no lo hicieran, seguramente enfrentará una suspensión de la NFL. Se esperaba que Wilson peleará la titularidad con Anthony Hitchens, pero en este punto, ya ni siquiera habrá una pelea.
La posición de linebacker de por sí ya era posiblemente la más incierta de la defensiva, se acaba de volver más incierta. Ahora la pregunta es, ¿realmente es una buena y confiable unidad de LBs? La respuesta, para mí, es no. No lo suficiente.
No porque no tengamos a los titulares necesarios. Creo que Sean Lee es uno de los mejores de la NFL. Jaylon Smith se espera que esté sano, aunque siga sin ser nada seguro. Y Anthony Hitchens hará un buen trabajo quedándose en el puesto que jugó el año pasado o como un MLB si se necesita. Y Kyle Wilber podría tomar el lugar de SAM.
Realmente, quizá no sea un grupo ideal de titulares, pero puede que logren hacer el trabajo. El problema viene cuando hablamos de profundidad. No hay mucha. Casi nada.
Mark Nzeocha no tiene el nivel de titular o al menos no ha demostrado tenerlo aún. Y a pesar de que tiene experiencia, Wilber es para mí más que nada un banca, no un titular. Con este problema, creo que los Cowboys deberían estar buscando a alguien más.
Posibilidad en la Agencia Libre
Antes de este incidente, mi opinión era que los Cowboys no deberían de gastar en ningún agente libre en este punto del offseason. Ahora, creo que sería lo correcto. En cuanto esta noticia salió a la luz, Daryl Washington volvió a entrar a la discusión.
Hace unas semanas escribí acerca de porque los Cowboys se deberían mantener alejados de Washington. Creo que esto era cierto cuando lo escribí, y creo que hoy es más cierto. Si queremos que los Cowboys se deshagan de Wilson por el caso en el que se ve envuelto, ¿por qué contratar a un jugador que duró tres años suspendido por la NFL?
Washington sería un completo error. Ni siquiera lo hemos visto tomar el campo desde el 2013, así que es justo asumir que no sería lo mismo que antes.
Sin embargo, hay una opción que creo que los Cowboys deberían considerar muy seriamente.
LB Zach Orr
Las estadísticas de Orr en el 2016: 132 tackles, tres intercepciones, dos balones sueltos recuperados y cinco pases defendidos. ¿Por qué es agente libre?
Zach Orr tuvo un gran desempeño en los Baltimore Ravens hasta que se lesionó jugando contra los Pittsburgh Steelers. Se retiró en enero, pensando que tenía una condición médica que no le permitía jugar football americano.
Recientemente, nuevos diagnósticos demostraron lo contrario, causando que vuelva del retiro a la NFL.
Actualmente, es un agente libre y busca un equipo para su retorno. Realmente considero que sería lo correcto buscarlo. Claro, su salud puede ser un problema, pero con esta falta de profundidad en la posición, creo que sería correcto tomar este riesgo.
Quizá sea pequeño para jugar del lado fuerte o SAM. Pero hacerlo funcionar. O simplemente conseguirlo y obtener profundidad para la posición y que pelee por un puesto en el grupo de LBs.
Obtener a Orr les puede dar una gran versatilidad y posibilidades con tus apoyadores. Quizá Hitchens pueda jugar como el MIKE si Jaylon Smith no está preparado, o incluso Orr mismo.
Todo depende de la salud de Smith y que tan bien pueda jugar para determinar las posiciones de cada uno, pero alguien como Orr cambiaría el panorama por completo.
Los Cowboys tienen linebackers que pueden ser titulares sólidos, pero tienen mucha incertidumbre. Sería un riesgo muy grande que no añadieran a nadie más. Con una presión al QB insuficiente y con una secundaria prometedora pero que quizá le falte desarrollo, sería bueno tener seguridad en los linebackers.
¿Qué opinas de añadir a Zach Orr al equipo?
Should the Dallas Cowboys Trade for These 2 Oakland Raiders?
The trade deadline on October 30th will be here faster than we know. It's the final opportunity that NFL teams will have an opportunity to make a significant upgrade to their roster. And if you're a frequent reader of the Dallas Cowboys, then you know that the Dallas Cowboys could use some help, especially on the offensive side of the football.
On Thursday, Marcus Mosher from The Raiders Wire on USA Today posed a hypothetical trade involving the Dallas Cowboys. In his scenario, he has the Dallas Cowboys trading for Wide Receiver Amari Cooper and thinks that Cooper could net the Raiders a top 75 draft selection.
Amari Cooper is a good wide receiver, but he's not a receiver I would trade a top-75 pick for. Cooper is a player that has a lot of talent, but has struggled with drops and inconsistency. Even now, with the Raiders he's having a hard time getting consistent opportunities.
Cooper's second on the team in targets, but third on the team in receptions behind a tight end and a running back. Cooper's also third on the team in yardage behind the two guys that I'd be way more interested in trading for; Tight End Jared Cook and Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson.
Yes, these guys are on the wrong side of 30, but they are guys that have been around a long time and can help your offense this season. Both would be upgrades at the position, even at their advanced NFL age.
Jared Cook - Tight End
You've heard the adage, "if you can't beat em, join em." Well, this is the reverse of that. "If he always beats you, acquire him."
That's what Oakland Raiders Tight End Jared Cook is to the Dallas Cowboys. Point of evidence.
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That remarkable catch by Jared Cook still haunts me and many of you in Cowboys Nation. It was a perfectly thrown ball by Aaron Rodgers and Cook made an incredible catch along the sidelines that led to Mason Crosby's game-winning field goal at the end of regulation.
Jared Cook's Oakland Raiders team isn't going anywhere this season. They're already four games back of the AFC West leading Kansas City Chiefs and the AFC is looking deeper than it has in recent years. The Raiders and the Indianapolis Colts are the only teams in the NFC with less than two losses. That means there are 14 teams with better records than Jon Gruden's Oakland squad. This week the Raiders face a Seattle Seahawks team that beat the Dallas Cowboys and lost by only a couple of points to the undefeated Los Angeles Rams.
Cook has been one of the better tight ends in the NFL this season and would be a veteran presence that the Dallas Cowboys could add if they felt like they could make a run at the playoffs.
At 31, Cook is averaging six catches and 78 yards receiving per game. He'd give the Dallas Cowboys someone they could run on post, corner, and seam routes to challenge safeties deep. Something that they're lacking from the tight end position at the moment. Cook is leading the Oakland Raiders in targets, receptions, yards, and is second on the Raiders in touchdowns in 2018.
No offense to Geoff Swaim, who's been surprisingly good this year, but Jared Cook makes this offense better. He allows you to make Rico Gathers your TE3, which would allow Rico to continue learning the game without the responsibility of being a primary target on certain pass plays.
Jared Cook is in the last season of his deal, so you wouldn't have to be committed to him beyond 2018. The perfect rental who could step in and play pretty quickly.
Jordy Nelson - Wide Receiver
I know this team is allergic to adding veteran players, especially veterans over 30, but Jordy Nelson is another name that they should take a long look at.
At 33 years of age, Nelson leads the Raiders in receiving touchdowns and is second on the team with 15.9 yards per reception. He's also third in receptions and second in yards.
His numbers -- 20 receptions for 317 yards and three touchdowns -- would lead the Dallas Cowboys in all receiving categories.
Nelson's still got some juice left and he's always been a good route runner with good hands.
Here are some highlights from Jordy's week three performance against the Miami Dolphins.
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Nelson doesn't have any guarantees left on the deal he signed this past offseason so if you cut him in the 2019 offseason, you'd get zero dead money added to your 2019 salary cap, but would get $7.2 million in savings.
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Because of their age and the fact that they'd likely be one-year rentals, I don't imagine that you'd have to give up much more than a fifth round pick for either of these guys. And while I don't think the Dallas Cowboys would take a look at trading for either veteran, it's something they should do if they have aspirations of making the playoffs in 2018.
The Dallas Cowboys offense could use a boost.
What's the most you'd be willing to offer for either Jordy Nelson or Jared Cook?
Cowboys’ Issues Are Deeper Than The Division Race
Yesterday, Inside The Star staff writer Jess Haynie posed an interesting question: "could the wide-open NFC East help Jason Garrett's job security?"
The Dallas Cowboys started off their season a disappointing 2-3, but despite this rough start, they are right in the thick of things in the NFC East. The defending champion Eagles, who most expected to run away with the division, are now just 3-3. The lowly New York Giants are probably done at 1-5, and the Washington Redskins looked pathetic on Monday night, dropping to 2-2.
This division looks average at best, though I still somewhat expect the Eagles' talent to take over at some point and allow them to make a run. Still the Cowboys are alive, and if they can pull off the upset at home this Sunday, they may even be in first place come Monday morning.
So, Jess fairly asks, could this help Jason Garrett and the Cowboys' coaching staff keep their jobs? After all, it's rare you see an owner change coaches after remaining competitive within the division throughout most of the prior season. And given Jason Garrett's relationship with Jerry Jones, it might take an awful season to see any real change occur.
Here's the thing: this team could win the division at 9-7, and it would still be time for changes. Incompetence of others does not mean that you are competent, even if you are competent in comparison to those others.
The Cowboys have players openly questioning play calls, alluding to lack of trust in the quarterback, and pretty consistent drama swirling around the locker room. Yes, some of that is the media created Cowboy drama we always see, but there is disfunction within the organization without a doubt.
As a franchise the Cowboys need new blood in the building. To be honest, they could use a general manager separate from the Jones family name, but that is very unlikely to ever happen. So we focus on the coaching staff, specifically on the offensive side of the ball where the Cowboys have struggled the most.
Dallas is 29th in passing yards, 28th in passing yards per attempt, and tied for 26th in passing touchdowns through five weeks. Plainly put, they're horrible, and bringing back an offensive minded head coach and/or offensive coordinator who oversaw this terrible passing offense is counterproductive.
Regardless of where the Cowboys stand within this average division, they need to look themselves in the mirror this offseason. They need to be seriously comparing themselves to teams like the Rams (and not by lying to themselves like Jerry Jones did), not the 1-5 Giants.
The Cowboys should be striving for more than just being the best of a group of average football teams, and if that means cutting ties with Jason Garrett, then so be it.
Opposition Outlook: Versatile T.J. Yeldon Too Much for Dallas Cowboys?
If you haven't heard the news yet, then let me be the first to tell you. Jacksonville Jaguars Running Back Leonard Fournette has been ruled out of this week's matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Jaguars. Don't let his absence fool you, though, T.J. Yeldon is a back that can hurt the Cowboys in many ways.
T.J. Yeldon was the Jaguars second round pick out of Alabama in the 2015 NFL Draft and was expected to be a featured back for them. That never really materialized and the Jaguars then went out and selected Fournette early in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Yeldon is now more of a passing game back for the AFC South contender, but with Fournette out, he's getting an opportunity in a full-time role. He's not at all the same back as Fournette, as Yeldon has much more ability in the passing game.
Already in 2018, Yeldon's caught 22 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns, which is more than any Dallas Cowboys wide receiver this season. T.J. Yeldon's averaging 8.8 yards per reception to go along with his 4.4 yards per carry on the season.
He's averaging 90 total yards per game on 16 touches and a touchdown a game. Even when Fournette was active in weeks one and four, Yeldon still received 17 and 21 touches in those games.
He's not at all an afterthought in the Jaguars offense and shouldn't be as the Dallas Cowboys defense prepares to stop them in week five.
Here's how he ranks among running backs with at least 24 targets:
- Tied for second in receiving touchdowns.
- 11th in receiving yards.
- 14th in reception percentage.
- Eighth in targets
- 10th in receptions
- Fourth in yards per reception
- Seventh in yards after catch
- Fifth in yards after catch per receptions.
- Sixth in receptions that led to a first down.
- Second in drops.
- He has the 10th highest quarterback rating among running backs when targeted.
T.J. Yeldon isn't the best back in the NFL, but as a dual purpose back, he's really good. He's 15th in the NFL in total yards and for two of those games he was sharing the load with a former top five pick.
The Dallas Cowboys have been really good against the run this season. They've allowed the 11th fewest rushing yards and their 3.4 yards per carry allowed ranks tied for second in the NFL. Where they've struggled is with running backs in the passing game.
Through five weeks this season, they've allowed running backs to go for 47.6 yards per game. In weeks one, two, and five, they allowed 66 yards receiving to Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley, and Alfred Blue.
If there's an area where the Jaguars can exploit the Dallas Cowboys defense, it will be in targeting T.J. Yeldon in the passing game. Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, and (hopefully if he plays) Sean Lee will be enough to slow him down and make Blake Bortles take chances down the field.
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