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Cowboys en Español: Los 3 Mayores Problemas en Dallas

Mauricio Rodriguez

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En 2018, los Dallas Cowboys han sido uno de los equipos más inconsistentes en toda la NFL. Estamos hablando de un equipo que comenzó su temporada con un récord de tres ganados y cinco perdidos. Un equipo que a media temporada parecía no tener esperanzas para jugar en los Playoffs. Y ahora, aún estando a una victoria del título de la NFC East, con sólo una derrota en los últimos seis partidos, los Dallas Cowboys continúan siendo inconsistentes.

Son un equipo diseñado para vencer a cualquier otro en la liga, cuando las cosas salen bien. Con una de las mejores defensivas en la NFL y un juego terrestre capaz de controlar el reloj, son un caballo negro en la NFC que podría colarse incluso al Campeonato de Conferencia.

Sin embargo, la inconsistencia pesa. Hay muchos problemas que llevan a este equipo a ser inconsistente. Esta semana en "Cowboys en Español," les comparto mi opinión sobre los tres problemas más grandes de los Dallas Cowboys del 2018.

Scott Linehan Acknowledges Need for New "Wrinkles" in Cowboys Offense

Dallas Cowboys OC Scott Linehan (Tim Heitman / USA TODAY Sports)

1. Scott Linehan

Estoy completamente convencido de que el mayor problema para los Dallas Cowboys este año está en la posición de coordinador ofensivo, donde Scott Linehan está realizando un pésimo trabajo. Una ofensiva que cuenta con uno de los mejores corredores en la liga, Ezekiel Elliott, y el mejor receptor desde la semana 9, Amari Cooper, no puede estar fallando a la hora de anotar touchdowns.

Esta es la peor ofensiva en toda la NFL en zona roja, algo que muchos creerían imposible considerando el talento en el roster de Cowboys. A pesar de que a muchos no les agrade Dak Prescott, el tener a un QB móvil en zona roja es algo que le da un dolor de cabeza a muchas defensivas. ¿El problema? Linehan se rehúsa a utilizar a su mariscal en el juego terrestre a pesar de que sea una de sus fortalezas.

La selección de jugadas es desastrosa, llegando al punto de lanzar un pase pantalla a Allen Hurns en cuarta oportunidad y 14 yardas por avanzar contra los Indianapolis Colts la semana pasada.

Scott Linehan es el mayor problema en los Dallas Cowboys, y por mucho. Si este equipo contara con un buen coordinador ofensivo, serían una amenaza mayor en la NFC.

2. La Línea Ofensiva

Del 2014 al 2016, la línea ofensiva de los Dallas Cowboys era envidiada por muchos alrededor de la NFL. A pesar de las altas expectativas que esta misma unidad tenía para el 2018 tras seleccionar al OL Connor Williams en la segunda ronda del NFL Draft, es necesario apuntarla como uno de los mayores problemas que esta franquicia ha tenido este año.

En parte, se debe a las lesiones. Travis Frederick no ha participado en toda la temporada, Zack Martin se perdió el primer juego de su carrera (incluyendo su tiempo en Notre Dame y su tiempo en High School). Sin embargo, va más allá que eso.

La'el Collins ha sido un desastre este año. Su actuación como el tackle derecho de Dak Prescott ha sido una vergüenza, siendo el quinto tackle ofensivo que más ha permitido presiones en la liga. Incluso Tyron Smith se ha visto mal en varias ocasiones.

A pesar de que muchos de los sacks a Dak Prescott no se le deberían de culpar a la línea ofensiva (puesto que Dak continua sosteniendo el balón por mucho tiempo), la verdad es que se han convertido en uno de los mayores problemas en el equipo. Tanto el juego terrestre como el juego aéreo se han visto perjudicados severamente por esta unidad.

Jason Garrett

3. Jason Garrett

Nunca cuestionaré la voluntad de los jugadores para dar todo por su coach. Hemos visto, en repetidas ocasiones, a los Cowboys pelear por Jason Garrett. En 2015, cuando no había razón por la cual pelear, los jugadores en Dallas continuaban haciéndolo. Sin embargo, es difícil no señalar a Garrett como un problema en la franquicia.

Esta semana, Jess Haynie escribió sobre las muchas decepciones que nos ha traído Garrett en juegos importantes. A pesar de ir a postemporada, el Head Coach de los Cowboys debería de llegar por lo menos al Campeonato de Conferencia para demostrar que puede cambiar su historia.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Los 3 Mayores Problemas en Dallas" 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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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

Kevin Brady

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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.

https://twitter.com/tae15adams/status/1108158105957920770

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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

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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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