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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 @PepoR99 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!

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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 @PepoR99.

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2 Comments
  • Hector Espindola

    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.

  • ArmyVet78

    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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Is 3-3 Without Ezekiel Elliott A Win For Dallas?

Kevin Brady

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Cowboys 2017 Roster Projection: Preseason Week 2
Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s funny how quickly perception can change in the NFL.

A little over two weeks ago, the sky was falling on the Dallas Cowboys. They had just been blown out three straight times, twice at home and twice against direct NFC playoff competitors. Cowboys Nation wanted firings – whether that meant head coach Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, Rod Marinelli, or all of the above.

Dak Prescott couldn’t survive without Ezekiel Elliott, and all of the change made to the defense was beginning to be called a failure by the masses.

Fast forward to this week. The Cowboys have now been the deliverers of butt-kickings the last two weeks, and now sit at 7-6 with an outside chance at a playoff spot. And while the team looked like a complete mess without Elliott previously, a win Sunday would put them at 3-3 over the course of the Pro Bowl running back’s suspension.

And is that really all that bad?

Heading into the suspension, most fans probably would’ve taken 3-3 without Elliott and 8-6 overall. Most fans would’ve though that would put the Cowboys right in the thick of the things in the NFC playoff hunt. And most would’ve assumed we’d be happy with an 8-6 Cowboys team.

Unfortunately, 8-6 most likely won’t be good enough in this year’s playoff race. Especially considering the return of Aaron Rodgers and previous losses to both the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons. Plus, the entire NFC South has been fantastic this season (besides Tampa Bay) and two teams from the West look legit as well.

So maybe this just isn’t the Cowboys’ year. But, the success of other teams in the conference shouldn’t cloud our perception of what the Cowboys have done this season if they were to win Sunday night. A win over the Raiders this week would qualify the team’s handling of the Elliott suspension as a “success” of sorts (in terms of on the field, at least) in my opinion.

They would have kept themselves alive in a deep NFC playoff race, discovered a legitimate offensive weapon in Rod Smith, maintained a solid rushing attack over the majority of the six games, and allowed for some real growth from their young quarterback Dak Prescott.

I know the first three games of the suspension were awful, and a team with the talent of the Cowboys shouldn’t be losing that way three times in a row, or three times in a season at all. But, something should be said about how the team has weathered that storm, and kept themselves above water in this competitive conference.

But, of course, the result Sunday night could change all of this if the Cowboys come out and lay an egg in Oakland, effectively ending their season before Zeke even gets back. In that case we will more vividly remember the three horrific losses in which the team was out-coached and embarrassed. But, still those games should be remembered regardless of Sunday’s outcome.

So maybe success is a bit of a strong word.

This week’s game is not only a huge one in terms of the 2017 playoff race, but also may be an important one for determining what the 2018 Cowboys will look like.

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Do We Know What The 2017 Dallas Cowboys Are Capable Of?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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For the Dallas Cowboys, the playoffs have begun a bit earlier. After putting themselves in a tough position, they need to win out in order to have a shot at playing in January… and even then, they need a ton of outside help to make it.

Less than a year ago, we saw the Cowboys become the #1 seed in the conference with a 13-3 record under rookie QB Dak Prescott. So naturally, it’s fair to say that the fact that after 14 weeks the record of this football team is 7-6 is very disappointing.

Some have even questioned, are they even worthy of being a playoffs team? 

Despite suffering from some key injuries and well… suspensions, the Cowboys shouldn’t be left off the hook. Players and coaches should be blamed. But even still, it’s hard to believe that Dallas wouldn’t have win at least one more game with Tyron Smith, Sean Lee or Ezekiel Elliott available.

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I’m convinced that if Zeke hadn’t been suspended, the Cowboys would at least have one more win. If that were the case, we probably wouldn’t be suffering thinking about what combinations would get our favorite team in the postseason.

All of this makes me wonder… Do we know what this team is capable of? 

I think not. Let’s take a quick look at the games Dallas has lost this year.

  • @ DEN Broncos 
  • vs LA Rams (No Sean Lee, Cowboys’ defense allowed 35 points)
  • vs GB Packers (No Sean Lee, Cowboys’ defense allowed 28 points)
  • @ ATL Falcons (No Tyron Smith, no Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys scored seven points)
  • vs PHI Eagles (No Tyron Smith, no Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys scored nine points)
  • vs LA Chargers (No Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys scored six points)

I believe in the “next man up” mentality. But not when you’re talking about going from Tyron Smith, who is arguably the best LT in the league to Chaz Green and Byron Bell. Sure, the coaching staff should’ve made a change earlier when Green was getting Dak killed, but Bell wasn’t much better.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to make excuses for this football team at all. In fact, it’s the same thing when you take a look at wins. Through 14 weeks, the Cowboys have just been able to beat one NFL team with a winning record: The Kansas City Chiefs. The thing is, despite being 7-6, the Chiefs are 2-8 since week 6. I’m not sure I’d qualify that as a winning team.

We haven’t seen this team face a strong, winning opponent and actually beat them. The Cowboys have one more game to win without Zeke, and then they’ll be on to face the Seattle Seahawks. If Dallas gets to that game with an 8-6 record, the outcome of the Seattle game could define the Cowboys’ 2017 season.

With Ezekiel Elliott, Sean Lee and Tyron Smith all ready to go, it’d be the first time this year we see the Cowboys go against a quality opponent with all of their star players. Will this defining game come too late? Perhaps. It’s no secret that the Cowboys need a ton of outside help in order to get into the playoffs with 10-6 record.

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Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten #82, QB Dak Prescott #4. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

But at least, it’d be nice to see our team at least doing the job they can control and winning out. Even if it’d be painful to see them go 10-6 and still miss the playoffs… as fans, we probably want to see them doing their job.

For now though, it’s all about the Oakland Raiders. One more week without Ezekiel Elliott. After surviving a trap game against the Giants, the Cowboys must do the same again as they prepare to face a football team that has also been disappointing this season but still has dangerous play-makers, such as Derek Carr.

And then, we might find out just how good the 2017 Dallas Cowboys really are.

Tell me what you think about “Do We Know What The 2017 Dallas Cowboys Are Capable Of?” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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!

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Should Cowboys Be Concerned About Ezekiel Elliott Long-Term?

Brian Martin

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Should Cowboys Be Concerned About Ezekiel Elliott's Future?

It’s funny how quickly some players are able to establish themselves as professional athletes and grow their fan base. That is exactly what Ezekiel Elliott has done in just a little over a years time since becoming a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Unfortunately, given his current situation, it’s that fan base that might be starting to turn on him a little and doubt his long-term future in the NFL.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are fully aware of the six-game suspension the NFL slapped Ezekiel Elliott with based on nothing more than accusations of possible domestic violence. Right or wrong, guilty or innocent, it happened and there is no taking it back. But unfortunately, because of the suspension Elliott will now have to walk the straight and narrow if he wants to have any kind of career in the NFL.

I honestly don’t think Ezekiel Elliott is a bad guy, but the slightest slip up will more than likely put his career in jeopardy. It doesn’t matter how big or small the infraction, the NFL has already decided they are going to make an example of him.

RB Ezekiel ElliottFrom here on out, Elliott is going to have to live like he is under a magnifying glass. Any kind of slip up, big or small, will likely cause the league to suspend him an entire season. This unfortunately has been weighing on the minds of a lot of Cowboys Nation and has to be at least a little bit concerning for the Cowboys organization.

You see, the Dallas Cowboys have Elliott under contract for at least three more years after this season. He has already proven how important he is to the offense and how much production dips without him in the lineup. They absolutely want him on the field because he makes them better. But, any kind of slip up would pretty much erase one of those three years. Look no further than what has happened with Randy Gregory.

I’ve heard many fans voicing their concerns about Ezekiel Elliott’s long-term availability with the Cowboys. They are afraid Elliott’s immaturity will end up getting the best of him and Zeke unfortunately has done nothing to ease those concerns so far.

I for one am not all that concerned about Zeke’s future in the NFL. I think his six-game suspension has served as an eye-opening experience and that he will do better from here on out to put himself in better situations and surround himself with better/more trustworthy people.

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel ElliottYou can see anytime Zeke is on the field his passion for the game and how much he enjoys it. I don’t think he’s going to put something he cares so much about in jeopardy. But unfortunately, he already has a bull’s-eye on his back and can’t afford to take a misstep. That will without a doubt put his future career in jeopardy.

I personally can’t wait to see how #21 responds when he is able to suit up once again next week against the Seattle Seahawks. I think he is going to play with a chip on his shoulder and run angry. That is the best way he can stick it to the league for suspending him based on accusations and another reason why I’m not concerned about his future in the NFL.

I know if it was me, my mindset would be to turn myself into the best player possible and once again become one of the more popular athletes in the league. That is about the only way he can say “F U” to the league, and I think that’s exactly what he will do.

Are you concerned about Ezekiel Elliott long-term?

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