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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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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.

Davante Adams on Twitter

Go do ya thang 18. Can't thank u enough for guiding me through this thing and showing us all how to be a pro. Love u brudda I'm excited for your next chapter ✊🏾 #187

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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

Kevin Brady

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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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