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Cowboys en Español: Recapitulando el NFL Draft de los Dallas Cowboys

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Después de esperar por meses y meses que parecieron años, el NFL Draft 2017 ya vino y se fue. Todos los Mock Drafts que se hicieron antes del último jueves ya no son de relevancia. Las 32 franquicias de la NFL añadieron talento a sus filas.

Los Dallas Cowboys fueron una de estas franquicias, por supuesto, e hicieron un excelente trabajo. Añadieron a nueve jugadores que buscarán tener un impacto en el equipo. En esta edición de "Cowboys en Español", recapitularemos el Draft de nuestro equipo, y que tan bueno fue.

Primera Ronda, #28: DE Taco Charlton, Michigan.

Esta fue la selección que más incertidumbre le brindó a los aficionados de Dallas. Seleccionar a Charlton pareció ser un poco apresurado para el equipo y bastantes no estaban del todo contentos.

A Taco le faltan habilidades para vencer a los Tackles ofensivos de la NFL, pero Rod Marinelli podría encargarse de esto. Tendrá que lograr traicionar a Charlton para que juegue como ala defensiva derecha. El equipo tiene suficientes para el lado izquierdo del campo y la clave para solucionar nuestro problema de tantos años, la presión al QB es encontrar un ala derecha.

Esperemos que Taco Charlton pueda cubrir ese rol, y ayudar a esta defensiva joven a trabajar. En otra nota, esperamos una mercadotecnia increíble utilizando su nombre, Taco.

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Segunda Ronda, #60: CB Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado.

Después de tomar a un DE, los Cowboys quisieron mejorar la necesidad de su secundaria. Chidobe Awuzie fue el primer elemento para este proceso. Un jugador versátil durante su carrera en colegial, Awuzie es un jugador que jugó en muchos lugares de la secundaria siempre encontrando una manera de hacer jugadas importantes y robar el balón.

Imaginen un Orlando Scandrick mejor, más joven, más versátil y más explosivo. Chidobe será un titular pronto para Dallas y encontrará la manera de robar ese balón, cosa que los Cowboys llevan queriendo mejorar durante mucho tiempo.

Tercera Ronda, #92: CB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan.

El segundo defensivo de Michigan y el segundo Cornerback que los Cowboys seleccionaron en el Draft. No me cabe duda que si no fuera por el caso de violencia doméstica en su contra, Lewis hubiera sido seleccionado en la segunda ronda.

A pesar de no tener las medidas ideales, probablemente fuera de los mejores prospectos en cuanto a su habilidad de cobertura. No se despega de los receptores y no tengo duda que será un talento joven excelente cuando vista la estrella todos los domingos.

Cuarta Ronda, #113: WR Ryan Switzer, UNC.

En este momento estaba desesperado porque seleccionaremos a un Safety que estaba disponible (Xavier Woods, que terminó siendo un Cowboy al final del día.) Pero cuando escuche que Switzer era la selección, me enamoré de la decisión. Switzer es el arma perfecta para los Cowboys.

Un jugador similar a Cole Beasley. Switzer puede resultar un poco más físico y fuerte para atrapar balones en tráfico y tiene una explosividad increíble y encontrará muchas yardas después de la recepción. El arma que Dallas quería en regreso de patadas lo trae Ryan a la mesa.

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Ryan Switzer. Day 2 prospect all day long. RD2. https://t.co/bTcZIECoiz

Antes del Draft, mi opinión respecto a Switzer es que debería ser seleccionado en la segunda ronda y afortunadamente los Cowboys lo obtuvieron en la cuarta. Un robo que terminará siendo un impacto inmediato en el equipo.

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Sexta Ronda, #191: S Xavier Woods, Lousiana Tech.

Esta fue mi selección favorita para Dallas en el Draft. No porque crea que sea el mejor, ojo, pero porque creo que es el de mejor valor. En la sexta ronda nos llevamos a alguien que pudieron haber seleccionado en la tercera.

Predicción: Woods será titular desde el inicio de la temporada al lado de Byron Jones. Un jugador con expresividad, gran habilidad de derribar a los oponentes y una versatilidad de hacer lo que sea en el campo. Un duo de peligrosos profundos que podrán confundir a ofensivas contrarias.

Sexta Ronda, #216: CB Marquez White, FSU.

Marinelli tenía que estar contento con otra pieza para su secundaria. White no tuvo mucho juego en Florida State pero su tamaño y longitud de brazos son ideales para un prospecto que tiene potencial de desarrollarse en alguien de impacto.

No espero que veamos mucho de White, pero en la sexta ronda me pareció una muy buena selección para intentar desarrollar a este proyecto.

Séptima Ronda, #288 DT Joey Ivie, Florida.

Otro jugador con potencial de ser un proyecto en Dallas. Cuenta con una buena aceleración para llegar a los QBs, pero con profundidad en esta posición, será difícil ver a Ivie ganarse un lugar importante.

Séptima Ronda, #239 WR Noah Brown, Ohio State.

Los Cowboys tienen a un grupo de receptores extremadamente bueno. Pero lo que Brown trae a la mesa es más que nada apoyo en el juego terrestre. Es un bloqueador de primer nivel que no tendrá mucho problema haciéndolo en la NFL.

Excelente valor en la séptima ronda para Dallas.

Séptima Ronda, #246 DL Jordan Carrell, Colorado.

Su última selección parece ser otro proyecto, como es de esperarse en la séptima ronda, no muchos esperaban ver a Carrell ser seleccionado. Esperemos que tanto el como Ivie funcionen en esta defensiva. Carrell tiene un motor muy bueno a la hora de jugar y creo que ese es su mejor atributo.

Los Cowboys atendieron la secundaria, agregaron a Taco Charlton como una potencial solución a nuestra pobre presión al QB y se robaron a dos receptores. Una excelente clase de prospectos y se mostrará en el campo este 2017.

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Was Sunday A “Wake Up Call,” Or Were Cowboys Exposed?

Kevin Brady

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Was Sunday A "Wake Up Call," Or A Flashback To Reality?

Entering last Sunday's game in Indianapolis, the Dallas Cowboys were riding high. Having won five straight games, including key victories over the top seeded Saints and division rival Eagles, everything seemed to be breaking right for the Cowboys heading into the home stretch.

Their defense was playing like one of the best in football, and after firing Paul Alexander and trading for Amari Cooper their offense was clicking just as they'd hoped. They needed (and still need) just one win to officially close out the division and clinch a home playoff game in January.

Instead, the Cowboys got absolutely demolished by the Indianapolis Colts. Of course, there's no shame in losing a road game to an 8-6 team in the NFL, but the way in which they lost certainly deserves some shame. Not even the 23-0 score can encapsulate the complete butt-kicking Dallas received at the hands of the Colts, and it was the type of loss that can sometimes make you question the blueprint.

The Cowboys, however, are not looking at it that way. Multiple leaders in the locker room have spoke this week about how they "needed" to lose like that. Running back Ezekiel Elliott called the loss embarrassing, but also said it is better for Dallas in the "grand scheme of the season."

Clearly, the leaders and coaches are calling the putrid performance a wake up call, something that will galvanize them and reset their win streak heading into the postseason. But is this really the case, or was the shutout defeat more of a sign of things to come?

Obviously it's too early to say for sure, but I do think it can be a little bit of both.

No, the Cowboys are not the class of the NFC, despite beating what can be called the best team in the same conference a couple weeks ago. There probably will prove to be some drop-off from the top 3 seeds in the conference and the Cowboys, if for no other reason than Dallas will have to go on the road to play those teams in the playoffs. It's really hard to win on the road in the NFL, especially with the increased wackiness of 2018.

The Cowboys offense is far from perfect or prolific, though if clicking they now have the skill talent to drop 30+ points any given Sunday. Their defense is talented, has a high ceiling, but is still very young and inexperienced. Though they've played elite level games before, they've also had some stinkers against the Colts and Titans during the same season.

All of this can be true. The Cowboys can be a team deserving of the playoffs, a team we should not be panicking over, but still a very flawed football team. They can be a team that if "hot" could make a run through the postseason, but also will have to answer some tough questions about coaches and players during the next two offseasons.

After all, who isn't greatly flawed in today's NFL? Hell, we just saw the beloved Rams lose two straight games.



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Is it Too Late For Dallas to Fire OC Scott Linehan?

Brian Martin

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Grab your pitchforks and your torches, it's time to run the Dallas Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan out of town. His playcalling has been absolutely atrocious season and it's time for him to hit the road, even if there are only two regular-season games left on the schedule.

It's completely unorthodox for an NFL team to fire an offensive coordinator this late in the season, but just last week we saw the Minnesota Vikings do just that when they parted ways with John DeFilippo. It was definitely a bold move to make considering the Vikings are still in playoff contention, but it was something they believed was in the best interest of their team.

I believe if the Dallas Cowboys want to do what's best for their team right now and not later, then they should go ahead and cut ties with Scott Linehan. His predictability and un-creativeness as a play caller is holding back a talented offense, which is hurting the overall team as a result. He's been given every opportunity to turn things around, but enough is enough.

I'd personally be on board with Jason Garrett taking over the playcalling duties. He has the experience and held the position with the Cowboys from 2007 until Linehan was hired. I'd even consider giving Kellen Moore a shot as the OC. He knows the system and has worked closely with Quarterback Dak Prescott. Regardless, the Cowboys need to find some way to increase their offensive productivity.

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Dallas Cowboys QB Coach Kellen Moore

Right now the Cowboys offense is the 26th scoring offense in the NFL and are averaging just 19.7 points per game. To make matters worse they are the 31st ranked Red Zone offense in the league. I don't know about you, but I think that is completely unacceptable with the talent they have on the offensive side of the ball.

Firing Linehan has been a long time coming. The Cowboys flirted with the idea earlier this season during the bye week and should've pulled the trigger then, but for some reason or another decided to let him stick around. They are definitely still paying for that mistake now.

The Cowboys mistake not to replace Linehan could mean yet another early exit in the playoffs, something we have unfortunately become accustomed to. Scoring just 19 points a game isn't going to get them very far, which is truly unfortunate considering the talent they've acquired this season.

Unfortunately, as much as we would love to see Scott Linehan tarred and feathered and run out of town, I just don't see the Cowboys doing that before their season is officially over. But, in no way should he be allowed to retain his position beyond this season. He clearly isn't the answer any longer.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys should fire Scott Linehan?



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Despite Embarrassing Showing, Health Remains Biggest Cowboys Concern

Kevin Brady

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Zack Martin

What is it about the AFC South with these Dallas Cowboys?

Dallas' five game winning streak came to a close on Sunday, as they got straight-up embarrassed by the now 8-6 Indianapolis Colts on the road. The loss was the first since the Cowboys were embarrassed by a different AFC South competitor, the Tennessee Titans, on Monday night football earlier this season.

Though the final was 23-0, and not a single phase (or really even a single player) showed much fight or promise, the biggest concern I have for the Cowboys moving forward didn't change because of the putrid performance. It didn't change because the defense was gashed play after play or the offense failed to finish a single drive. And it didn't even change because both the Redskins and Eagles secured season-saving victories on the same day Dallas was dismantled.

The biggest concern is still their health, particularly across the offensive line.

That was not a playoff caliber interior offensive line the Cowboys put out their on Sunday. Not even close.

With their backup center in Joe Looney, backup guard in Connor Williams, and the very last interior offensive linemen on their roster in Adam Redmond playing for basically the entire game, this offense never had a chance. Dak Prescott wasn't any more inaccurate or indecisive than normal, but all those who like to scream "step up in the pocket" whenever he is sacked did not seem to have an argument this week.

There often was no pocket to step into, as those interior three, specifically Looney and Redmond, failed to provide much protection or confidence for Prescott at all. Joe Looney has actually been rather solid this season, but Sunday felt like one of his worst games of the entire year.

The Cowboys absolutely need Zack Martin to get healthy if they are to make any noise whatsoever in the postseason. At the very least, the need Xavier Su'a-Filo to come back and replace Redmond, and regain the form he displayed during his debut against the Eagles back in November.

Prescott already has issues with his pocket presence and footwork when pressured, so throwing three backup-level linemen right in front of him is not a recipe for success for the Cowboys.

I'm not jumping out of the window over this loss, and I don't think any of you should be either. Dallas had won three straight incredibly emotional and important home games to extend, save, and solidify their season respectively before this loss. They had also just about clinched the NFC East a week ago with their win over Philadelphia, and they played like a team that was due a flat performance

A letdown loss on the road, against a good team I might add, is not the end of the world. The bigger issue here is their health, because if Martin can return to anchor this offensive line, the offense should look a whole lot better than they did against Indianapolis.

It's time to move on from Sunday, go beat Tampa Bay, officially clinch the division, and get ready for Wild Card Weekend.



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