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Cowboys en Español: Pensamientos Sobre la Guerra Entre Elliott y la NFL

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Harold Henderson To Hear Elliott Appeal, NFLPA Fires Back At NFL

Todos sabemos la noticia. Hemos hablado de este tema desde unos cuantos meses después de la selección de Ezekiel Elliott en el Draft del 2016. Una investigación larguísima de la NFL e incontables mociones legales después, parece que las esperanzas de ver al corredor super  estrella de los Dallas Cowboys vencer a la liga y a Roger Goodell están a punto de morir. .

Este lunes, la juez de New York no le otorgó a Elliott la restricción (injunction) que Zeke necesitaba para poder jugar. Así que, a no ser de que algo extraordinario suceda y la NFLPA y su equipo ganen una moción de emergencia, Elliott estará suspendido después de este domingo.

El día de hoy, se le otorgó al jugador la moción de que pueda jugar este domingo contra los Kansas City Chiefs, debido a que no se ha podido atender su última apelación, y no sería justo castigarle antes de escuchar su caso.

Sin embargo, no hay que confundirnos. Esto no incrementa las posibilidades de que Zeke gané el caso en su apelación final. Sólo es una orden para escuchar el caso de Ezekiel antes de suspenderlo y que sufra el mismo daño que está apelando.

No ha sido una situación fácil para los aficionados del equipo más popular en el mundo de los deportes, los Dallas Cowboys. Ha sido una historia que nos ha dejado a todos exhaustos, y que a pesar de desear que terminara, queríamos ver justicia.

Y siendo honestos, no se siente como un final justo.

Sólo dos personas saben la verdad absoluta respecto a la acusación en contra de Elliott. Tiffany Thompson (la ex-novia del corredor) y el mismo Ezekiel Elliott.

Nosotros no sabemos, y probablemente nunca sabremos si Zeke es culpable o no de lo que se acusa.

Lo que es cierto, sin embargo, es que la NFL suspendió a un jugador, uno de los más famosos y relevantes en la liga solamente sobre una acusación.

The NFL Is Not On a Witch Hunt Against The Dallas Cowboys

Roger Goodell (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

La manera en la que Goodell y compañía manejaron esta situación, no solo deja preocupados a los fans de los Cowboys, ni al mismo equipo. Sino a todos los aficionados de la liga, a todos los jugadores de la liga, y básicamente a cualquier persona involucrada con la NFL.

Esto no se ha tratado de la NFL intentando tener un "estándar más alto que el resto de las ligas", como dice la narrativa. Esto no se trata de conseguir justicia por Tiffany Thompson. Y esto, ciertamente, no se trata de serle justo a un jugador de la liga.

Y ojo, tampoco es una cacería de brujas en contra del America's Team. Esto es algo mucho más profundo que eso.

Lo que la NFL buscaba en todo este drama, era mejorar su imagen después del pésimo manejo del caso de Ray Rice. Lo que Roger Goodell buscaba, era mejorar la posición de la liga en sus propias políticas en contra de la violencia doméstica.

Y como se ha visto desde hace rato, parece que se equivocaron de caso para hacer un ejemplo. Vieron a una de las super estrellas emergentes en la liga, y que mejor que un jugador que usa la estrella en su casco.

Siguiendo el caso de cerca, es fácil notar que nunca hubo una neutralidad. Hechos como el de que la misma investigadora en jefe determinó que la testigo no era confiable. Una testigo que incluso envió mensajes (mismos que están documentados) incitando a sus amigas a mentir.

El hecho de que Zeke haya perdido este caso, no hace más que dejar más en claro el poder que Goodell tiene gracias al artículo 46 del CBA, que básicamente dice que el comisionado tiene el poder de suspender a quien quiera, si lo cree necesario. Goodell lógicamente está abusando de dicho poder, pero el problema es que puede hacerlo.

En el 2021, la NFL y la NFLPA (Asociación de jugadores) re-negociarán este acuerdo y sin duda alguna será una época muy dura para la liga donde podemos llegar a ver incluso amenazas de huelgas o cosas por el estilo.

La NFL no fue justa con Ezekiel Elliott. Y eso tiene en descontento a muchos fans. Y esto está retratado a la perfección en este artículo de mi amigo y compañero Jess Haynie. 

Una de las cosas que más me molesta, es que sin duda alguna habrá aficionados, escritores, reporteros y más que sin tomarse la molestia de estudiar el caso, la investigación y toda la información alrededor de la batalla de Elliott contra la NFL, no dudará en llamar al corredor un abusador, o decir cosas tales como "tenía que pagar las consecuencias."

Y eso, para Ezekiel Elliott más que nada, no es justo.

Ahora los Cowboys se preparan para jugar lo que probablemente es su último partido con Zeke antes de que sea suspendido.

Ezekiel Elliott's Suspension A Blessing In Disguise? 1

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Estoy convencido de que con un Ezekiel Elliott fresco, este equipo puede ganar los dos partidos que restarían en la temporada una vez que Zeke regrese. La pregunta es, ¿conseguirán ganar por lo menos tres durante su ausencia?

En una NFC que no tiene contendientes claros, un récord de 10-6 podría ser suficiente para ganarse un puesto de comodín y ganarse el derecho de jugar en Enero. En mi opinión, Dallas se lleva por lo menos tres victorias durante la suspensión de Ezekiel Elliott y se mantienen en la pelea.

Espero que los Dallas Cowboys, liderados por Dak Prescott, encuentren la manera de ejecutar sin uno de sus jugadores más valiosos y sorprendan a la liga y a sus aficionados.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Pensamientos Sobre la Guerra Entre Elliott y la NFL" 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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Dak Prescott Impresses, Draws Compliments All Minicamp Long

Kevin Brady

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Dak Prescott and Coaches Both to Blame for Cowboys Offensive Woes
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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.



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Does RB Ezekiel Elliott Have A Chance At NFL MVP?

Kevin Brady

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Ezekiel Elliott

Who is the Cowboys best player?

A question debated seemingly daily on social media, most fans seem to center their arguments around the same few names. Dak Prescott, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Ezekiel Elliott.

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.



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Amari Cooper Says He’s Focused On Football, Not His Next Contract

Kevin Brady

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Report: Cowboys Waiting Until After Season for Amari Cooper Contract Talks 1

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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