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Cowboys en Español: Los Cambios Son Necesarios en Dallas

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Desde que tengo memoria, he sido un aficionado empedernido de los Dallas Cowboys. Como un fan joven, nunca he tenido la grandiosa oportunidad de ver a este equipo llegar a una final de conferencia, mucho menos a un Super Bowl.

Las mejores temporadas que he tenido la oportunidad de ver, han sido la del 2014 y la del 2016. La más dolorosa, la del 2015, sin duda. Y aún cuando no se compara con ese año en el que apenas y vimos a Tony Romo en unos cuantos partidos, la temporada del 2017 ha sido muy pesada.

A pesar de que los Cowboys tienen un récord de 5-6 y matemáticamente siguen en la pelea de playoffs, si somos realistas, esta temporada se terminó.

No sólo se trata de las ausencias que ha sufrido este equipo. Tyron Smith, Ezekiel Elliott y Sean Lee han sido jugadores que le han hecho mucha falta a Dallas este año, pero incluso cuando todos estén de vuelta, no creo que este equipo esté listo.

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Como después de cada derrota, los aficionados buscamos alguien o algo para depositar la culpa. Y el problema es que mientras unos apuntan a un coach, o a un jugador, se pasa por alto por completo que no es un solo problema.

Lo que ahorita los Cowboys están sufriendo no se le puede culpar a alguien individualmente. Hay muchos problemas que se tienen que solucionar si es que quieren cambiar para competir en el 2018.

No olvidemos que este era un equipo que no sólo se esperaba que iba a ganar su división, pero literalmente era uno de los favoritos para estar en el Super Bowl.

La verdad es que, en este momento los Cowboys son un equipo con demasiadas necesidades que tienen que atender. Y a pesar de que siempre pensamos que los problemas defensivos, entre estas necesidades están las posiciones de receptor abierto y guardia ofensivo.

Así es, aún con Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley y Terrance Williams, urge un receptor que le de una chispa a esta ofensiva que tanto lo necesita. También, por más que duela admitirlo, Jason Witten no será para siempre, e incluso ahora no es lo mismo de antes.

Los Cowboys han confiado mucho en Rico Gathers como prospecto, pero quizá sea hora de buscar a un TE en el Draft.

Dak Prescott no ha sido ideal, pero la verdad es que estos receptores tampoco se están desmarcando. Y sin Ezekiel Elliott, no hay nadie en la ofensiva que las defensivas oponentes teman de verdad.

En cuanto a la defensiva, una semana se ve mucha promesa de parte de la secundaria, y una se ven muy mal. Creo que hay muchos jugadores que serán piezas fundamentales para el crecimiento de esta secundaria, como Jourdan Lewis, pero aún hay mucho camino por recorrer.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, And Toes: Injuries Make Sean Lee Untrustworthy?Aún con Sean Lee, la posición de linebacker también debería de ser una prioridad. Con 31 años de edad e incontables lesiones, es hora de pensar en la vida sin Lee. Anthony Hitchens ha jugado bien y Jaylon Smith podría llegar a estar listo en algún punto pero definitivamente hace falta adquirir a otro LB para Dallas.

Los defectos no paran aquí, pero creo que es hora de hablar de los entrenadores.

Realmente creo que hemos llegado a un punto en el que estamos viendo los últimos partidos de los Cowboys con Jason Garrett. Con un equipo joven, es muy probable que no volvamos a ver una temporada con tantos problemas en Dallas, y si esta oficina quiere cambiar un poco las cosas, esta es la temporada para deshacerse de Garrett.

Si no, el próximo año tendrán una mejor temporada y de alguna manera se quedarán estancados con Garrett por más tiempo.

Pero siendo el head coach, sigue existiendo una posibilidad de ver a los Jones quedarse con Garrett más tiempo, pero no entiendo como es que podríamos volver a ver a los coordinadores Scott Linehan y Rod Marinelli de vuelta en Dallas.

A pesar de tener bajas muy considerables, en Dallas, los cambios serán necesarios.

Por ahora, sólo queda seguir apoyando al equipo que tanto amamos incondicionalmente.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Los Cambios Son Necesarios 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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  1. Hector Espindola

    November 24, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Habrán cambios si JJ reconoce que Zeke enmascara todos los problemas a la ofensiva y que Lee hace lo mismo a la defensiva. Si así no es, su “assessment” será una conjunción de situaciones adversas no imputables a los coaches y a caso a la falta de mejor banca. No veo la salida de Garrett ni Linehan.

  2. ArmyVet78

    November 25, 2017 at 1:15 pm

    Los Dallas Cowboys necesitan un cambio major completamente. Jerry Jones este año no va ir y ni va ganar el Super Bowl. Veremos que van hacer el próximo año.
    dak Prescott no es el quarterback que se esperaba. Se necesita buscar a un Veterano Quarterback si esperan ganar el Super Bowl en ese año. Que bueno que no tiro mi dinero en comprar nada en Dak Prescott ni Ezekiel Elliott. Dos jugadores que no valen para nada. Tienen que Madurar en todo estos dos jugadores. Como dice el dicho famoso “Dilme con quien andas y te dire quien eres”.

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Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason?

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Super Bowl LIII is in the books, and the Dallas Cowboys can look back on a better-than-expected 2018 campaign. Having won the NFC East with a 10-6 record and bowing out to eventual finalists Los Angeles Rams, the Cowboys' young team can look ahead to 2019 as a chance to take another step forward.

The offseason is now upon us, with the NFL free agency period opening in the middle of March and the NFL Draft coming around at the end of April. Until those times, experts, pundits, and fans are left to assess their teams and predict their activities in the running to the start of next season.

The Dallas Cowboys are in a precarious position, with the team exceeding expectations, still being very young and having plenty of cap space, but also having many top-end players set to become free agents and being without a first-round pick in this year’s draft. There does, however, appear to be a way for the team to make improvements and solidify their place atop the NFC East and potentially go on to win in the Conference Finals.

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Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason?

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Many see DeMarcus Lawrence as the top potential free agent this spring, so the Dallas Cowboys need to do everything in their power to lock down the 26-year-old defensive end.

Vice President Stephen Jones has emphasized the team’s target of retaining their own stars, per Star-Telegram, with Lawrence, Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, and perhaps Byron Jones being in the discussion for long-term deals.

As it stands, the team will have roughly $48.5 million in cap space for next season, which leaves plenty of space to re-sign their top players. They look set to let go of Tavon Austin, David Irving, and quite possibly Cole Beasley, among others, leaving a need to add reinforcements.

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One of the most heavily rumored moves for Dallas in this free agency is picking up native Texan and former Legion of Boom linchpin Earl Thomas, per Forbes.

Against the Rams in the playoffs and throughout the season, the Cowboys lacked a defenseman who could make plays on the pass. Thomas is one of the notorious ball hawks in the league, boasting 28 career interceptions, three of which came in just four games of last season.

If the Cowboys can re-sign their stars while keeping some space for an Earl Thomas-sized contract, which clocked in at $10.4 million in 2018 for the Seattle Seahawks, their odds of going all the way next season will significantly increase.

Right now, the expected names of the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs lead the odds to win the next Super Bowl at +750. Behind them, the Rams sit at +900 having suffered a suffocating defeat in this year’s Super Bowl. Much further down are the Cowboys at +2500 right now with redbet. If they re-sign Lawrence, pay their young stars, and bring in Thomas, they’ll shoot up the table of favorites.

Then, there’s also the additions in the draft to consider.

The Cowboys may be without a first-round selection, but that may end up working in their favor. Round one of the 2019 NFL Draft is set to be laden with defensive selections according to most mock drafts, with a few quarterbacks sprinkled around and a minimal selection of offensive weapons. If the Cowboys re-sign Lawrence, they’ll be looking good at defensive end, so should then turn to giving Prescott another weapon in the passing game, which will also help to keep defenses honest and give Elliott more room to operate.

As stated, the NFL is a passing league, and Prescott exploded once he was given a viable option in Amari Cooper. Michael Gallup is expected to take another step forward next season, but just in case, the Cowboys can add another strong receiving option in the draft thanks to the strength of the defensive class. A.J. Brown of Ole Miss will almost certainly go in the first round, but exciting talents in D.K. Metcalf, Parris Campbell, Marquise Brown, and Deebo Samuel could all still be available when Dallas rings in during the second round.

Improving Dallas' pass options and pass defense will go a long way toward improving the team and allowing them to push on to a bigger and better campaign in 2019.



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Could Loaded FA Safety Market Drive Down Earl Thomas’ Value?

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Could Loaded FA Safety Class Drive Down Earl Thomas' Price Tag?

It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys and Earl Thomas share a mutual interest in one another. Thomas has publicly stated his desire to join America's Team and the Cowboys did their darndest to make that happen last offseason. Nothing ever materialized a year ago, but it's looking as if the stars have finally aligned and a union between the two could merely be just weeks away.

Surprisingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys may have dodged a bullet last year when the Seattle Seahawks refused to part ways with their All-Pro safety. Not only would they have had to surrender a high draft pick, but they would've also had to extend Thomas' contract. Fortunately, timing is everything and now the Cowboys might just have to do the latter.

A potential contract between the Cowboys and Thomas is of course what I want to dive in today. I'm not going to get into numbers right now, because it's nearly impossible to project any kind of contract for any safety this offseason, especially for the former Seahawk, Earl Thomas.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Right now, it's a little difficult to know who might have the advantage in contract negotiations, Earl Thomas or the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of times the one that has the leverage, however slight, is the one that gets the better of the deal. As surprising as it may be, the Cowboys might just have the advantage here and I'll tell you why.

First off, this year's market for free agent safeties is pretty stacked with starting caliber players. See below:

  • Earl Thomas
  • Landon Collins
  • Lamarcus Joyner
  • Tyrann Mathieu
  • Adrian Amos
  • Clayton Geathers
  • Ha-Ha Clinton Dix
  • Glover Quinn
  • Tre Boston
  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • George Iloka
  • Jimmie Ward
  • Adrian Phillips

Earl Thomas is obviously the headliner here amongst the free agent safeties, but having so many starting caliber players available could drive down Thomas' market value just a bit. This is especially true when you take into consideration the market for FA safeties just a year ago. It was almost a complete standstill last year, with only Kurt Coleman signing a three-year $16.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Not even the "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu could get more than a one-year deal.

With all of these safeties available in free agency, we could be looking at another stingy market. This of course could be good or bad news for the Dallas Cowboys, especially as it pertains to Earl Thomas. Since he is the top FA safety available, everything could once again be at a standstill until he is signed.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Of course, we all know this will ultimately come down to determining Earl Thomas' market value. There is no denying he is still arguably the best free safety in the game today, but there are concerns about his age (30) and the two lower leg injuries he's sustained in the past three years.

Even with the loaded free agent market of starting caliber safeties and Thomas' age and recent injury history, he's still likely to receive a contract that earns him $10 million annually, give or take. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he gets another four-year deal worth $40 million, $25.7 million guaranteed, with a $9.5 million signing bonus like he signed with the Seahawks back in 2014.

The Cowboys of course would probably find a four-year $40 million deal for Earl Thomas acceptable. They would more than likely frontload the contract with a lot of protection in the details. They have the cap space to make this happen and still be able to sign their own, so money shouldn't be a problem.

Now, whether or not Thomas' market value may dip a little due to all of the above mentioned reasons will be something we will have to wait and find out. Regardless, I'd be a little shocked if Earl Thomas doesn't finish his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Earl Thomas' market value will take a little hit this offseason?



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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

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What a difference a receiver makes, right? As Dallas fans, we know the impact of a player who can shake coverage, get open, and catch the ball. How was the season going before the Cowboys pulled the trigger for Amari Cooper in the deal with the Raiders? Cooper proved to be the lightning rod and a turning point in a season that was growing increasingly dismal. Dak Prescott and Cooper went together like peanut butter and jelly, while the Cowboys stormed to a division title and a postseason berth.

Now, imagine all of that times two… maybe even two and a half if Antonio Brown could be had from the Steelers. Scary right? We understand there’s only one ball to go around but that didn’t stop Kevin Durant from joining the Warriors, did it?

As of this writing, the best online sportsbooks like Intertops, are dealing Dallas as the seventh of 16 choices to win the NFC championship at odds of 12-1. Imagine how those odds would shrink if Brown wore a Cowboys uniform next season, giving Prescott the luxury of not one upper echelon wideout but that plus an elite receiver. Hut, hut, hut and a few clouds of smoke later the Cowboys would be moving the chains or celebrating in the endzone.

Brown and Cooper would be a devastating combination with Ezekiel Elliott coming out of the backfield. Brown was made for Dallas, it gives him an even grander stage than the one he shared with Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.

Despite the fact that the 'Boys haven’t won a Super Bowl since Barry Switzer was roaming the sidelines in the mid-90s, America’s Team still resides in Dallas. But we need a game-changer and Brown is just such an athlete. But what do we give in return and will that cost be worth whatever productive years Brown has left after this one? Let’s not forget that the mercurial Miami native will be 31 when the season begins and men who make a living with their legs don’t get better at that age. But Brown is so good and so unique that, even if he drops half a click, he's still amongst the best in the game.

That level of talent is hard to replicate and it could be the missing piece which allows Dallas to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season and the year after.

However, up to this point, we’ve been very good at dreaming of a Brown to Dallas trade but haven’t quite worked out the details. It takes two to tango and if we expect to get the Steelers’ attention we need to give them something valuable in return. Dallas surrendered their first-round pick (27th) this season when they traded for Cooper so that’s no longer an asset.

Pittsburgh would be vying for a first-round pick (and likely more) for Brown's services but some have speculated Dallas would consider dealing rookie-standout Leighton Vander Esch.

Wait... what? We know, you’re clutching your pearls, and the words are stuck in your gasp. We get it. The kid was a home run this past season, leading the Dallas defense in tackles and earning a Pro Bowl invitation in his inaugural NFL season. But this would be a Faustian deal.

The Cowboys give up a player who is poised to be a stud for years to come for a playmaker in Brown that could render a Super Bowl in the immediate future. Brown's expiration date will surely turn his milk sour sooner rather than later, but in the here and now, Antonio Brown could be the bell cow who leads the Cowboys to the promised land before he’s put out to pasture.

Just something to think about...



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