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Cowboys en Español: Robert Quinn Llega a Dallas

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Los Dallas Cowboys son criticados constantemente por su manera de abordar la agencia libre. Mientras varios equipos firman a jugadores estrellas de gran magnitud, los Cowboys suelen esperar hasta que pase el furor inicial de la agencia libre para poder obtener buenos jugadores por un valor más justo. Sin embargo, a pesar de no hacer movimientos de mucho ruido, Stephen Jones y compañía han hecho un excelente trabajo este marzo.

El equipo tiene huecos, pero todas aquellas posiciones de necesidad han sido atendidas hasta el momento.

Pero con su último movimiento, los Cowboys llevaron su offseason a otro nivel. Después de ver a Randy Gregory ser suspendido de nuevo, Dallas tenía que hacer algo por un defensive end que había pasado de ser un proyecto a un titular confiable. En 2018, consiguió seis sacks en 14 juegos jugando opuesto a DeMarcus Lawrence. Esto a pesar de haber sido reinstalado en la liga semanas antes de la temporada.

Parecía que Dallas estaba listo para brillar con dos excelentes caza cabezas, pero la historia ha cambiado mucho. Por un lado, Gregory está fuera. Por el otro, Lawrence está en espera de una extensión de contrato que si no llega a tiempo, resultará en el defensivo de segundo equipo All-Pro rehusándose a jugar la temporada.

Los Cowboys aún están trabajando en llegar a un acuerdo con su caza cabezas estrella. Siendo sincero, me parece que es cuestión de tiempo para que esto ocurra. Dudo mucho que los Jones se atrevan a dejar ir lo que por tanto tiempo han buscado. Un defensive end que ha producido como un jugador de elite en las últimas dos temporadas con apenas 26 años de edad. Si Lawrence no recibe una extensión, los Cowboys habrán tenido un offseason perdedor. Pase lo que pase.

Muchos han interpretado la adquisición del ex-Miami Dolphin, Robert Quinn, como un reemplazo para Lawrence. No debería ser tomado de esta manera. Quinn tomará el lugar de Gregory y contribuirá a esta defensiva a un alto nivel opuesto a D-Law.

Los Dolphins y los Cowboys habían sido un tema de discusión por bastantes días ya. Se hablaba del la posibilidad de un trade por Quinn como algo muy factible. Con los Dolphins cambiando su esquema defensivo, era preferible conseguir algo a cambio por él que simplemente cortarlo. Los Cowboys apenas tuvieron que pagar una selección de sexta ronda del año 2020 por el defensivo veterano.

Además de esto, tuvieron que darle un contrato nuevo a Quinn para poder facilitar el intercambio. Este consta de un año por 9.2 millones de dólares. Esto incluye el bonus ya pagado por Miami. Realmente, una opción accesible para Dallas.

A pesar de tantos movimientos en agencia libre, la prioridad para los Cowboys continua siendo la misma. Extender a DeMarcus Lawrence. Si el equipo consigue llegar a la temporada con estos dos DE, la defensiva brillará muchísimo por su presión al QB.

Es una línea delgada para los Cowboys. Si consiguen extender a Lawrence, este offseason será visto como uno excelente. Si no lo hacen, será visto como uno muy malo. Por ahora, no queda más que estar al pendiente de todo lo que suceda con DeMarcus Lawrence y sus negociaciones con el equipo. Dudo que no veamos al producto de Boise State vestir la estrella cuando llegue septiembre.

 

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Is Kavon Frazier Fighting a Losing Battle With the Dallas Cowboys?

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Is Kavon Frazier Fighting a Losing Battle With the Dallas Cowboys?

Dallas Cowboys Safety Kavon Frazier has one year remaining on his rookie contract, but may not see the end of it with the same team who drafted him. In fact, it really looks as if he is already fighting a losing battle in Dallas.

The Dallas Cowboys signed Free Agent George Iloka and drafted Donavan Wilson out of Texas A&M in the sixth-round of the 2019 NFL Draft in the hopes of upgrading the safety position. That doesn't bode well for Kavon Frazier, especially after seeing his defensive snaps take hit in 2018.

After the arrival of Defensive Backs Coach and Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard, Frazier saw his playing time on defense go from 21.24% in 2017 to 18.07% in 2018. It's not a huge difference, but it's pretty obvious the Cowboys value his special-teams ability, not his defensive play.

The way I see things, Kavon Frazier is a longshot to make the Cowboys final 53-man roster this year. At best, I have him fifth or sixth on the depth chart right now. Since Dallas typically only carries four safeties on the roster, it's looking as if Frazier could inevitably be the odd man out.

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Dallas Cowboys S Kavon Frazier

I personally have Xavier Woods, Jeff Heath, and George Iloka ahead of Kavon Frazier right now on the depth chart. That means he's competing with Darian Thompson, who is also playing on a one-year deal, and rookie Donovan Wilson for that fourth and final roster spot at the safety position. Unfortunately for Frazier, it looks as if the odds are against him.

Donovan Wilson has already had to step into Frazier's shoes while he was out in OTA's after having his knee scoped, and has been pretty impressive doing so. He has supposedly picked up the defensive scheme pretty quickly and is becoming a vocal leader on the backend. Being a younger, cheaper option, Wilson has a better chance of sticking around on the final 53-man roster over Frazier.

As you can see, Kavon Frazier is fighting an uphill battle with the Dallas Cowboys. It of course is nothing new for him. He's had to fight his way onto the roster ever since he joined the Cowboys, but this year just seems a little different in my opinion. It just looks as if the odds are more against him this time around.

I have no doubts Frazier will continue to fight with every ounce of his being, but if I'm being completely honest I think he's fighting a losing battle. It's going to be really interesting to see how this roster battle at the safety position plays out in training camp and preseason.

Do you think Kavon Frazier is fighting a losing battle with the Dallas Cowboys?



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Dallas Cowboys: The Case For Regression In 2019

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Predicting Dallas Cowboys Roster Locks, Pre-Training Camp Edition
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It's been a few years since things around the Dallas Cowboys felt this good prior to a season. Coming off a 10-6 year in which Dallas won both the NFC East and a home playoff game before losing a one possession road game to the future NFC champions, Cowboys Nation is expecting some big things in 2019.

After all, the Cowboys went out and improved their roster in multiple ways this offseason and brought in some new blood on their offensive coaching staff. Spirits are high among Cowboys Nation, and just about everyone is anticipating a two team race for the NFC East.

But some numbers indicate we should be thinking "not so fast."

The details of the 2018 season are not as pretty as the total picture. Rarely are they ever, of course, but these particular details point towards possible regression for the Cowboys in 2019.

Basically, their point differential a year ago spells out impending doom. (That was dramatic, but let's discuss).

The Cowboys were +15 in 2018, and by pythagorean wins expectation, they were about as strong as an 8-8 team (8.53 wins to be exact). This means they won nearly 2 more games (1.47) than would be expected, fourth most in the entire NFL.

This point is furthered when looking at their record in one possession games. Dallas went 8-2 when the game was decided by 7 points or less, winning close games at a rate that is simply not sustainable year to year.

These numbers make the Cowboys a prime candidate for regression in 2019, as they were in 2017.

Why The Numbers Expect Regression, But Success For Cowboys In 2017

Back in 2016, the Cowboys outperformed their pythagorean expectation by a whole 2 wins. The following season? Dallas finished the year 9-7. The model also indicated that the 7-9 Eagles performed 2 wins under expectations in 2016, meaning they would get back on track in 2017. As we know, they ended up winning 13 games and the Super Bowl the following season.

Of course, this isn't set-in-stone, and the Cowboys very well could outperform these expectations and avoid regression. This would mainly hinge on their coaching staff and quarterback performing at an elite level, carrying them through close games and winning more games by greater than one possession.



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Newly Acquired DE Robert Quinn Brings High Expectations

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Winning games in the NFL typically comes down to accomplishing two goals. One, being successful when passing on offense. And, two, stopping the opposing team's passing game.

The Cowboys set out to accomplish that second goal this offseason, re-signing defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, and trading for veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn. Quinn, who tallied 6.5 sacks last season for the Miami Dolphins, is one of the leagues more feared rushers when at his best. The former All Pro has multiple 10+ sack seasons under his belt, including a whopping 19 in 2013.

And, as expected, the Cowboys coaching staff is ecstatic to have such a respected pass rushing specialist on their roster.

“He’s got that first step. He’s an established pass rusher in this league, so he’s going to bring some good stuff for us.” - Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

The Cowboys acquired Robert Quinn for a 2020 6th round pick, which could end up being the steal of the offseason. Quinn has played with some top-notch pass rushers in the past, and each time they have brought out the best in his own game.

Back with the Rams in 2017, when Aaron Donald was on the same defensive line, Quinn got to the quarterback 8.5 times. And, last season, he remained consistent in his sack totals playing alongside Cameron Wake. Now he joins a DeMarcus Lawrence who has 25 sacks over the last 2 seasons.

"I think it was kind of one of those where I get to have fun, pin my ears back and just disrupt the backfield, which is what they want us to do." - Robert Quinn told NFL.com. 

Quinn and the always dominant Lawrence will form an impressive defensive end duo on passing downs, with the potential to be one of the best in all of football. Dallas is also hoping to add Randy Gregory into this mix, a piece which could prove vital late in football games if he is able to return from his current indefinite suspension.

Whether or not Gregory finds his way back onto the field, though, this defensive front will be in good hands. The edge combo of Quinn and Lawrence, combined with a plethora of skilled interior rushers such as Maliek Collins, gives the Cowboys a fearsome defensive line which should keep quarterbacks uncomfortable every Sunday.



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