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Cowboys en Español: ¿Qué Deben Cambiar los Cowboys Para Vencer a Packers?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: ¿Qué Deben Cambiar los Cowboys Para Vencer a Packers?

Los Dallas Cowboys perdieron la semana pasada 35-30 contra los Los Angeles Rams. Fue un golpe muy duro para el equipo. A pesar de que sólo es la segunda derrota de la temporada, era una que los Cowboys y sus aficionados no esperaban. Ahora con un récord de 2-2, tendrán la tarea de evitar una tercera derrota contra los Green Bay Packers.

Jugar contra los Packers ha tomado un significado muy diferente en los últimos años. De ser una rivalidad por muchos años, no ha hecho más que intensificarse. Las últimas dos ocasiones que Dallas ha estado en playoffs, han sido eliminados en derrotas muy doloras por Aaron Rodgers y compañía.

Ahora, en un juego que revelará mucho sobre este equipo y que nos dirá mucho de como irá la temporada, los Cowboys tienen que hacer algunos cambios para ganar el partido. En esta edición de Cowboys en Español, les comparto mi opinión.

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Xavier Woods Tiene Que Ser Titular

It's Time For Xavier Woods To Start At SafetyDesde el momento en el que Woods fue seleccionado por el equipo en Abril, sabíamos que los Cowboys se estaban llevando un talento fuera de lo común. Quizá la selección de mejor valor para el equipo, el novato de sexta ronda ha demostrado ser de calidad.

Con Jeff Heath teniendo una temporada hasta el momento decepcionante, Rod Marinelli y compañía deberían buscar darle una chispa a la secundaria de los Cowboys.

Es hora de darle a Xavier Woods, quien ha jugado muy bien y se ha ganado el trabajo, la titularidad como safety al lado de Byron Jones.

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No Forzar Jugadas con Dez Bryant

Se podría decir que Dez Bryant es el mejor receptor que tiene este equipo. Sin embargo, los Cowboys, junto con el coordinador ofensivo Scott Linehan, están forzando algo que no existe.

Durante todo el offseason, estuvimos hablando sobre la química que Dak Prescott y Dez Bryant desarrollarían tras una temporada entera de jugar juntos y tras un año de entrenar juntos. Pensábamos que llegarían a conquistar a la liga entera.

Sin embargo no han conseguido dicha química. Y en varias ocasiones, a los Cowboys les ha costado mucho más forzar las cosas con el veterano. 

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Tomen la jugada de arriba como ejemplo. Sí, Dez Bryant atrapa el pase. Pero realmente parece que Cole Beasley es la primera lectura de Dak, y por alguna razón, Prescott decide voltear a ver a Dez.

Los Cowboys tienen que volver a involucrar a Cole Beasley como en el 2016. Tienen que volver a buscar a Jason Witten. Tienen que encontrar la manera de utilizar a Ryan Switzer como algo más que un Lucky Whitehead 2.0.

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Usar Más Personal 10 y 11

Si me hubieran dicho que la línea ofensiva iba a ser un problema para Dallas en el 2017, no les hubiera creído. Pero eso es justamente lo que está pasando. Los Cowboys han tenido problemas tanto abriendo huecos para Ezekiel Elliott, como protegiendo a Dak Prescott.

Pero cuando hablamos específicamente sobre el juego terrestre, los Cowboys están usando muchos paquetes incluyendo múltiples alas cerradas (TEs).

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Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Elliott no está jugando mal esta temporada. Pero hay cosas que podrían ayudar al equipo a despegar. Una de ellas sería corriendo la bola desde personal "10" y personal "11".

Nota: El primer numero en el tipo de personal indica cuantos corredores hay en el campo. El segundo cuantas alas cerradas hay en el campo. Si tomamos en cuenta que hay cinco miembros de la línea ofensiva y el quarterback, el resto serían los receptores abiertos. Si tenemos un personal "11" significa que hay un corredor y un ala cerrada. 

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Anthony Hitchens Más Juego Que Jaylon Smith

Después de sufrir una lesión en la pretemporada que parecía que iba a dejar a Hitchens en la reserva de lesionados, el linebacker se prepara para ayudar a esta defensiva.

Y a pesar de la emoción que tenemos por el "novato" de segundo año Jaylon Smith, no parece que este listo por completo.

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I can promise you that Aaron Rodgers will look for Jaylon Smith over and over again on Sunday. Teams have completed 13 of 15 passes vs him.

En muchas jugadas, Jaylon falla a la hora de tomar ángulos y ha tenido un mal tiempo cubriendo pases. Jaylon Smith tiene todo el potencial de ser un gran LB para esta defensiva, pero no estoy seguro que en este momento sea la opción correcta.

Si Sean Lee no está listo para jugar este domingo, entendería que Smith viera mucho el campo. Pero si Lee está al 100% y Hitchens puede tomar sin preocupaciones el lugar de Jaylon, no me sorprendería si vemos mucho menos del #54.

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Los Dallas Cowboys tienen la oportunidad de hacer una declaración este domingo contra los Packers. Siendo sinceros, este es un equipo que debería ser mucho mejor de lo que han demostrado hasta este momento. Y si se pueden ir 3-2 antes de su semana de descanso, sería la manera perfecta de darle la vuelta al rumbo que llevan tras cuatro semanas.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: ¿Qué Deben Cambiar los Cowboys Para Vencer a Packers?" 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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Malik McDowell Is Well Worth The Risk For The Dallas Cowboys

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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.

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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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Though Not A Direct Beasley Replacement, Randall Cobb Would Bring Value To Cowboys’ Offense

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Not A Direct Beasley Replacement, Randall Cobb Would Bring Value To Cowboys' Offense

When the news broke Monday that veteran wide receiver Randall Cobb was visiting the Dallas Cowboys, most immediately assumed he would be a logical replacement for the departed Cole Beasley.

When you take a look at the film and each of their skillsets, however, you quickly see this is likely not the case.

While Cobb would be able to play in the slot as a receiver for the Cowboys if he signs, his value extends much further than just a slot receiver. Where Beasley makes his mark with precise route running, short area quickness, and 3rd down reliability, Cobb is much more of a threat after the catch. He's not the route runner that Beasley is, and really isn't an upgrade over Beasley as a receiver, but Cobb would be able to help the Cowboys' become more diverse in their offensive schemes.

Similar to Tavon Austin, Randall Cobb can be used in pre snap motion and jet-sweep packages, as well as a traditional running back. A college quarterback, Cobb's versatility is what makes him so attractive to NFL teams. Cobb would actually fit more of the Lance Dunbar "scat back" role of sorts for the Cowboys than that of the Cole Beasley slot receiver role. His versatility, however, allows him to carve out a lane within the offense which they haven't quite had before.

Another area Cobb could help the Cowboys is when the play breaks down. With experience in the Packers offense playing with arguably the greatest improviser we've ever seen in Aaron Rodgers, Cobb would be able to help Dak Prescott down the field when he breaks the pocket and the play is off schedule.

So often last season we talked about how the Cowboys offense is reliant on remaining on schedule, staying in front of the chains and not having to force the ball downfield. Unleashing the Mississippi State version of Dak Prescott, where he can improvise and use his legs to create big plays, tends to be when this offense is at its best, however.

Randall Cobb won't be a Pro Bowler if the Cowboys sign him, and depending on the money he receives, it might not even be a lock that he makes the final roster. But Cobb would be an exciting addition to a Cowboys offense which has lacked "creativity" over the last few seasons, and is looking to reinvent themselves to a certain extent.

A receiving corps headlined by Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, with versatile weapons such as Cobb and Tavon Austin behind them, is a pretty good one to head into draft day with.

Signing Cobb would keep the Cowboys from "needing" to take a wide receiver early in the draft, and would allow them to easily shed Allen Hurns if a receiving weapon did fall to them at 58th overall.



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Should Cowboys Inquire About Trading for 49ers DL Solomon Thomas?

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When it comes to making trades, the Dallas Cowboys are typically the buyer and not the seller. They proved that last season when they acquired Tavon Austin, Jamize Olawale, and Jihad Ward via trade and could be looking do the same once again this offseason. That's why today I want to talk about the Cowboys putting in a call to the San Francisco 49ers to inquire about potentially trading for Solomon Thomas.

New 49ers Defensive Line Coach Kris Kocurek is rumored to be evaluating Solomon Thomas' film in order to determine his fit and future with the organization moving forward. This is no easy task. In his two years in the league they've tried Thomas at DE and DT, but unfortunately the former No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft has yet to find his footing at either position.

Being a man without a position doesn't bode well for Solomon Thomas, especially after the 49ers acquired Defensive End Dee Ford from the Kansas City Chiefs last week via trade. The 49ers are suddenly stacked along the defensive line. That's not all though, things could actually get worse for Thomas.

To further complicate matters, the 49ers could use their second overall pick in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft on the either Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams. If that's what indeed happens, someone is going to be the odd man out. If you haven't guessed it yet, I think that player could be Solomon Thomas.

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San Francisco 49ers DL Solomon Thomas

As a former high first-round draft pick, Thomas would count $7,678,468 against the salary cap in 2019 and $8,958,213 in 2020. That's probably more than the 49ers want to pay for a rotational/backup defensive lineman. And cutting him this season would create $16.6 million in dead money, so a trade is the logical solution.

With all that in mind, it wouldn't surprise me if San Francisco put Solomon Thomas on the trade block any day now. He is only two years into his four-year rookie deal and comes with a fifth-year option as a former first-round draft pick. That means if a team does trade for him they have him under contract for essentially three more years.

If you add all of this up, it makes a lot of sense for the Dallas Cowboys. They need defensive line help and Solomon Thomas needs a fresh start. The Cowboys would get a young versatile defensive lineman and the 49ers get to dump his contract while also receiving some compensation in return. It's a win-win for all parties concerned.

I know what you're thinking though. What would the Cowboys have to give up in the trade? Well, it might not be as much as you think.

Fortunately, Thomas' failure to make an impact his first two years in the NFL favor the buyer, in this case the Dallas Cowboys. He has only four career quarterback sacks, three of which came in his rookie season. Stats of course don't always tell the entire story, but game film does. Unfortunately for Thomas, he can't escape his poor play.

I believe it wouldn't take more than a 2019 fourth-round draft pick to get Solomon Thomas away from the 49ers. Remember, just last season the New England Patriots sent a third-round draft pick to San Francisco and received Offensive Tackle Trent Brown and the fifth-round pick in return. Brown was a more proven player and was in the last year of his contract.

I don't know about you, but I kind of like the idea of Solomon Thomas in a Dallas Cowboys uniform. If anybody can tap into his potential, Rod Marinelli can. Giving up a 2019 fourth-round pick is well worth the gamble in my opinion.

Do you think the Cowboys should inquire about trading for Solomon Thomas?



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