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Cowboys Should Learn From Past Mistakes, Address QB2 Position

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Yesterday, fellow staff writer Brian Martin posed a question which Cowboys fans have wondered for many of the previous seasons.

Do the Cowboys have to worry about their backup quarterback situation?

After living through the Tony Romo-era, our immediate to that question tends to be a resounding "yes." Of course the Cowboys should shore up their QB2 slot, especially considering that he is just one play away from having the team's most important starting role.

But as it currently sits, a rather unproven and under-qualified Kellen Moore is the favorite to be the Cowboys' week one backup quarterback. While Moore has a rabid following and passionate fan base, he is yet to really perform to the standards his fans have set for him on Sundays.

Sure, he had a solid outing in garbage time against the Washington Redskins in 2015, but his game-time against the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets during previous weeks was certainly lackluster.

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ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Kellen Moore #17 of the Dallas Cowboys looks to hand the ball off against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

I think it is fair to say the Cowboys should at least be looking for a new backup quarterback, preferably a veteran presence who has proven he can operate an offense at the professional level.

Currently, the most proven quarterback available would be former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. I know he has become sort of a controversial figure in some circles, but the fact is that he can still play at a relatively high level. And, as a backup to Dak Prescott, he would the be perfect fit.

Another route the Cowboys could look towards is former Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III. Similar to Kaepernick, he has experience running a professional offense, and has had good success doing so. Despite poor team results for both quarterbacks in 2016, each performed the best they had in years individually.

I know these names don't necessarily excite you, but they would be able to serve the QB2 role in Dallas perfectly. Ideally, they wouldn't ever even have to play a snap for the Cowboys, but if needed, they could be plug and play guys with a ton of offensive talent surrounding them.

The point of this article isn't to give a comprehensive list of potential free agent quarterbacks, however. Instead, I wanted to give a response to Brian Martin's question on here yesterday.

I think that backup quarterback is arguably a top 3 need remaining for this roster. Similar to their right tackle need, however, it is not nearly as dire as was the cornerback position prior to the NFL Draft.

While this roster is built better than it ever has been to withstand an injury to its starting quarterback, the last thing you want is a revolving door at backup quarterback like the Cowboys had in 2015.

Even on draft day I was clamoring for the Cowboys to take another young quarterback later on in day three. As Miami Hurricanes QB Brad Kaaya continued to fall, I hoped the Cowboys would take a look in round six and potentially find a chess piece to move through trade later on.

The Cowboys can afford to go into the season with Kellen Moore as their backup quarterback. I, personally, would like to see them bring in some competition for the young quarterback though, and learn from their past roster building mistakes.



Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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  1. Ronnie Eckert

    May 4, 2017 at 10:41 am

    The 49ers ex is a POS! We don’t need his crap! This is a horrible post and your an idiot! FAN 4/55 YEARS. DC4L

  2. George_Johnson

    May 4, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Kevin Brady: Let me give you a few facts. S Linehan should be one of the top QB experts in the world. He certainly knows a lot more about what it takes to be an NFL QB than you and I. S Linehan knows K Moore well having been his coach for two years in Detroit and almost two years in Dallas. S Linehan says K Moore can play in the NFL. He also says he has a strong enough arm to play and knows his limitations. He has also said he compensates or overcomes his weaknesses with this outstanding pocket passing skills. S Linehan picked K Moore to be the 2nd team QB going into the 2016 season and has evidently picked him to be the 2nd team QB for 2017 also. You compared experience wise K Moore to Griffin and Kaepernick. It is true, K Moore has way less starting experience. However K Moore has been playing QB since he could walk so he actually has a lot more experience than many QBs coming into the NFL. He also is very smart about being a QB and plays instinctively so he may know as much or more than Griffin and Kaepernick. S Linehan has the confidence in him so why should you care about it or question S Linehan’s judgment.

    You mentioned K Moore being lackluster when he played two and one half games in 2015. However this was the first time K Moore had ever played in a season game and he had limited reps to get ready to play. In the Washington game he threw for over 435 yards even though it was mostly against the 2nd team. I would say compare his performance to the first two and one half games of any NFL QB starting in the NFL to get a fair comparison. I bet all things considered he did a pretty good job. Again I know S Linehan thought he played fairly well considering it was his first time playing and he had limited reps to get ready. Linehan said he did some really good things and moved the ball well, even though he made some mistakes or had things to clean up.

  3. Daniel Helms

    May 4, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I completely disagree. Stats alone invalidate the author’s arguement that Moore had somehow played terribly compared to other quarterbacks within same situation. Kellen played better than some of the biggest names in football and with zero practice. Look at Aikman and Peyton in their first three games. Often quarterbacks have issues with Ints vs TDs, but most of them got to practice with the first stringers and at least had healthy WRs, unlike Moore. Let’s not forget that Moore still outperformed “Golden Boy” Dak in regards to yard per game, avg 20 yd play per game, and most important much higher 3rd down conversion rate. Moore did that with a team who was playing for draft position. Let’s forget in who Dak played against, pobably the easiest schedule in Cowboy history.

  4. Charles

    May 4, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    As a veteran and Police Officer I would be offended and disgusted if Colin K was brought in as QB2 and with JJ’s stance on the National Anthem I really just don’t see that happening.

  5. Deez Bryant

    May 5, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Tired of the national anthem garbage. If he’s good enough,get him! He had every right not to stand and he didn’t. Time to move on.

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How The Tables Have Turned for 2019 Dallas Cowboys

Mauricio Rodriguez

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How The Tables Have Turned for 2019 Dallas Cowboys

The 2018 season was a two-part tale for the Dallas Cowboys. The first is the story of a mediocre 3-5 team that couldn't get it going offensively. The second part is about a football team that turned its season around, made the playoffs, got a win in the postseason and ultimately lost to the team that ended up representing the NFC in Super Bowl LIII, the Los Angeles Rams.

Surely, 2018 didn't go as planned. The storylines leading to last season are actually very different from the ones we're hearing today. Let's take a look at a few examples of how the tables have turned for the Dallas Cowboys.

The need for a true WR1

Last season, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys preached the philosophy of not needing a #1 wide receiver. While that could've sound encouraging at the time, once the season began the team was proven wrong. They did need a WR1. Fortunately, this season we won't have to worry about it. This year, Dez Bryant shouldn't be a discussion topic among Cowboys' fans.

Amari Cooper is in the house. And he's been pretty good since he started playing with a Star on his helmet. If we have conversations about the WR position, they will not be about who's the #1 guy. With Michael Gallup showing up late in the season, it probably won't be about who is #2 either.

How Cowboys Set up High-Stakes Division Meeting with Eagles at Home

Back on top of the NFC East

Last year, the Dallas Cowboys were not really the favorites to win the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles had just made history by winning their first Super Bowl ever and it seemed like the Cowboys would have to get a wildcard spot to play in January. Now it's the Cowboys back on top after sweeping the Eagles and turning their once 3-5 season around.

That of course, means a tougher schedule next season. However, it's nice to be back on top of the division. These two teams will surely have an intense race for the division title next season. Maybe we even see them both in the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Sean Lee's uncertain future

I'm pretty sure no one expected Sean Lee to be considered a potential cap casualty for the 2019 season. Even if he was, it would've probably been anticipating an injury or something like that. No one would've imagined that Leighton Vander Esch would be so good to take Sean Lee's job.

The Cowboys' first round rookie truly earned the starting role as the defense's weak linebacker and he should keep it. With Sean Lee set to return to the field, I'm sure we didn't expect him to be a backup by now. We'll have to wait and see if the Cowboys decide to part ways with him. As a fan, it would certainly be painful. But we can't deny it would be a move that makes sense.

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It's a crazy franchise on a crazy league. Who knows how things will go from now on, but the Dallas Cowboys certainly look like a promising team heading into the 2019 offseason. Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue to update you with the latest on your favorite NFL team.

Tell me what you think about "How The Tables Have Turned for 2019 Dallas Cowboys" 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!



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Cowboys en Español: Volviendo a la Idea de Earl Thomas

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Are the Dallas Cowboys Done Pursuing FS Earl Thomas? 1

El año pasado, Earl Thomas fue uno de los temas de conversación más frecuentes para los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys. Después de que los Seattle Seahawks no le dieran su deseada extensión de contrato, Thomas se convirtió en un candidato a ser intercambiado de su equipo. Entre los favoritos estaban los Cowboys, quienes tenían una necesidad en su defensiva secundaria. Ahora que la temporada 2018 llegó a su fin, la misma necesidad por un safety de calidad está presente en Dallas.

Sólo que en esta ocasión, Earl Thomas no está bajo contrato con ningún equipo. Su último momento con el uniforme de los Seahawks fue en un carro de lesiones, donde salía lesionado en dirección a su vestidor. Esto mientras se despedía de su equipo con el dedo de en medio extendido hacia sus entrenadores y compañeros. Así concluyó su temporada y su carrera en Seattle.

Ahora, listo para cumplir los 30 años en mayo, Earl Thomas probará la agencia libre cuando comience en marzo. Y sin lugar a dudas, uno de los equipos candidatos a firmarlo serán los Dallas Cowboys. Es un equipo que a pesar de tener una de las mejores defensivas la temporada pasada, se vería muy beneficiada con la llegada de un profundo del calibre de Thomas.

A pesar de su edad y las lesiones, Thomas continúa siendo uno de los mejores en la liga. Su talento es innegable y tendrá toda la disposición de demostrar lo que vale cuando tome el campo la próxima temporada. Cuando llegue el momento, podríamos ver una guerra de ofertas entre varios equipos de la NFL para llevarse al veterano a sus respectivas ciudades.

La pregunta es: ¿estarán los Dallas Cowboys en esa guerra de ofertas?

Los Cowboys tienen espacio en el tope salarial. Sin embargo, este no durará mucho considerando que DeMarcus Lawrence está esperando su merecida y cara extensión después de jugar bajo la etiqueta franquicia en 2018. Además, jugadores que aún están bajo contrato también estarán buscando ofertas este offseason.

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, y Byron Jones están en la lista de quehaceres de la administración. Eso sin mencionar a Cole Beasley, cuyo contrato ya expiró y podría llegar a la agencia libre en marzo.

A pesar de esta complicada situación, los Dallas Cowboys deberían buscar conseguir a Thomas. Siendo sinceros, la defensiva tiene mucho talento y podría mantener su nivel en 2019. Pero hace falta un jugador en la posición de safety para llevar a esta unidad a otro nivel. Un nivel realmente capaz de ganar en postemporada enfrentándose a cualquier tipo de ofensiva. Sin importar que tan explosiva sea. Y además de esto, un jugador que sea capaz de robar el balón y hacer jugadas de impacto constantemente.

Cuando los Cowboys se enfrentaron a Seahawks en temporada regular, Thomas dio un buen ejemplo de esto interceptando en dos ocasiones a la ofensiva de Dak Prescott.

A pasos de un equipo de campeonato, un movimiento agresivo para obtener a Earl Thomas sería algo genial para Dallas. Vimos como los Rams de Los Angeles fueron agresivos al construir su equipo y llegaron hasta el Super Bowl este febrero. Quizá es tiempo de que Jerry Jones y compañía sean igual de agresivos y vayan por ese safety elite que la afición lleva pidiendo desde el offseason del año pasado.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Volviendo a la Idea de Earl Thomas" 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!



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Slot Machine: Amari Cooper in the Slot Could be Even More Dangerous

Brian Martin

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Slot Machine: Cole Beasley Out, Amari Cooper In?

Amari Cooper was a dangerous man with the Dallas Cowboys after he arrived via trade from the Oakland Raiders last season. He was one of the big reasons why they were able to turn around a season that looked as if it was circling the drain and I don't think anybody would argue the point. But, I think he could be even more dangerous in 2019, especially if Cole Beasley departs via free agency.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you pretty much know the topic of the Cowboys offseason so far has centered around Cole Beasley and his future with the organization. He has been invaluable in Dallas since arriving as an undrafted free agent in 2012, but it's looking more and more as if he could be taking his talents elsewhere in 2019.

With Beasley more than likely moving on, the Cowboys will need to find someone who can replace his production in the passing game, especially in the slot. Everybody assumes Dallas needs to go outside the organization to find that player, but I'm not so sure. I think they already have a wide receiver more than capable of stepping in, and he just so happens to be there first-round draft pick this year.

In case you haven't figured it out already, I'm talking about Wide Receiver Amari Cooper. He has mostly been used as an outside receiver in his professional career, but he does have the skill set and route running ability to be a really dangerous out of the slot. I'm not talking about a full-time move into the slot or anything, just a marginal increase in snaps.

Amari Cooper

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

According to Rotounderworld.com, only 12.6% of Amari Cooper's snaps in 2018 were out of the slot. For comparison sake, Cole Beasley's snaps in the slot was 85.9%, the highest of any receiver in the NFL last season. That's a huge difference, not one the Cowboys should try to match with Cooper or any other potential slot WR replacement.

Personally, I'd like to see Cooper's snaps playing out of the slot increased to around 20%. That would put him in Odell Beckham Jr. territory (19.9%), and we all know how difficult he is to cover all over the field. It would likely do the same for Amari Cooper.

I just really like the idea of him having the entire field to work with and the favorable matchup it creates with slot/nickel cornerbacks around the league. Can you imagine opposing defensive coordinators trying to figure out how to contain a player that has the kind of speed and route running ability that Amari Cooper has? They better stock up on Tylenol, because that is a surefire way to get a headache.

This is course is just speculation at this point, especially since we don't know what the Cowboys offense will look like with Kellen Moore taking over the playcalling duties. But if it was me, I'd be doing everything in my power to get the ball in the hands of my best WR, Amari Cooper, and that might mean increasing his snaps out of the slot.

What do you think about using Amari Cooper out of the slot more often in 2019?



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