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Cowboys Offense Must Involve Cole Beasley

Mauricio Rodriguez

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The Dallas Cowboys are struggling to get things going. On offense, on defense and on special teams, things are not going as planned. Not even close. After losing their second game of the season - this time against the Los Angeles Rams - the Cowboys have a lot to think about.

On offense, Dak Prescott and company looked alright during the first half. It was the second half when all started to fail.

David Moore on Twitter

Dak Prescott says he must improve his accuracy. QB was 9-of-21 for 97 yds w/ a TD and INT in second half.

After halftime, the Cowboys were out-coached, and they were outplayed. Dak missed some throws, and the offense as a whole failed to execute. The Cowboys scored only six points during the second half. The Rams scored 19.

After the first quarter of the 2017 season, the Dallas Cowboys are sitting at 2-2. It's only fair to say that, not even on those two wins, have the Cowboys had a dominant performance. They truly haven't.

I can't help but wonder about a specific player who was very important for this offense's success last year. A player we haven't seen that much this season.

Wide Receiver Cole Beasley.

Cowboys Headlines - Is Cole Beasley Looking At A Lesser Role In 2016?

In 2016, Cole Beasley led this team in receptions. He was one of the most important players for Dak Prescott's development as a rookie and he simply helped the team move the ball. When Dez Bryant was out with an injury, Beasley was the most important receiver of the team.

Let's take a look at Beasley's numbers through four weeks, compared to last season's stats.

  • 2016: 29 targets, 23 receptions, 279 yards.
  • 2017: 20 targets, 11 receptions, 86 yards.

Why hasn't Cole been as involved on this offense as he should be?

I think there are more than a couple of reasons for this. And I also think Scott Linehan should start thinking about how to get 11 more involved as soon as possible.

It's worth mentioning, that opposing defenses have been very cautious regarding the Cowboys' slot WR. He's faced double-teams, as well as triple-teams.

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3rd and 10. Look how ARZ covered Cole Beasley....

But that shouldn't be enough to limit Beasley, and that is probably not the reason he is not being used more by the Scott Linehan's offense.

Ever since the 2016 Cowboys season ended last January, we've been talking about how Dez Bryant and Dak Prescott would develop a chemistry that would take the QB-WR duo to another level.

But it just seems that chemistry isn't there. And at times, it even feels like Dallas is trying to force such thing. Maybe they should change things up a bit.

Last year, Beasley did have a connection going on with Dak Prescott. Why not go back to that? Even though he is being paid more attention by opposing defenses, this offense needs to find the way to make it work.

Scott Linehan should be working on ways to get one of the best slot wide receivers the ball and help this offense get going. He can be that difference maker.

Maybe even try to use him at the same time as Ryan Switzer. He might be a rookie, but with their similar skill sets, they can become a threat for other defenses. These types of receivers are not easy to cover, let alone two of them.

The Cowboys offense has had slow starts, and slow endings, as was the case yesterday. They need to find the way to be effective for 60 minutes.

Cole Beasley might be the answer. If he gets going, the whole offense will get going.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Offense Must Involve Cole Beasley" 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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  1. nick

    October 2, 2017 at 11:50 am

    I agree because dak is at his best in the short to intermediate passing game. Why not work to his strengths and get beasley and switzer on the field together on 3rd and short, it only makes sense. They can’t double everyone especially if zeke is in the back field. If witten or t-will or even zeke have to come off the field sometimes on 3rd down then so be it, I’m not saying take them off all at once but change it up a little, switzer and beasley would be very hard to defend. We need to spread these defenses out and get our QB comfortable in critical situations.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      October 2, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      I couldn’t agree more with you. And you said it perfectly, “it only makes sense.” Thanks for reading, Nick.

  2. Paul McDavid

    October 2, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    The Cowboys need to come up with some plays that include Cole Beasley & Ryan Switzer on the field at the same time! The Cowboys never seem to use the weapons it has on the team, come on the only time Ryan Switzer is on the field is to run that dump jet sweep. Let’s go 4 to 5 WR’s and spread the Defense out and make them go man to man coverage! Believe me someone will get open between Dez, Terrance, Cole , Butler and Ryan! That is if the Offense line will get their heads out of their butts and start pass blocking! How about, leaving a RB in to help pass block, that is a idea! Come on Cowboys! coaches and players! you can do so much better, just execute! and please stop playing so predictable and conservative!!
    GO COWBOYS #1 FAN!!!! P.S. someone tell Zek to put down those 12oz curls, and pick up some real weights! Because he is a step slower than that season, and looks like he wasn’t ready for the season!

    • Derek Johnson

      October 8, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      You know why? They seem scared to take Witten out of certain packages..or any packages period…ive been saying this for years. Witten is not the threat he once was..and having him out there sometimes..makes the Cowboys offense typical and easier to defend..like u said…more Switzer and Beasely in the same packages!

  3. dallas1966

    October 3, 2017 at 2:54 am

    I think the Cowboys offense and defense will be re-tooled after bye week. I truly believe that the Cowboys coaching staff will figure it out, by going to what made Dak successful, last year.

    With the opposition defense playing nine in the box, by selling out to stop the Cowboys running game, expect the Cowboys to counter. When the opposition stop blitzing to force Dak, to beat them from the pocket, expect the Cowboys to counter.
    Scott Linehan is being paid big bucks by Jerry Jones to figure out what is causing the Cowboys offense to be inconsistent, and to fix it, ditto Rod Marinell on the defensive side of the ball.

    This means, that some starters will be put on notice, and changes to be made on personnel, both offense, defense and special teams.

    If those expectations aren’t met, then it will be another disappointed season, and another 21years of Cowboys kool aid with nothing to show, but hype built on the legacy of the teams of Staubach-Dorsett-Pearson, and Aikman-Smith-Irvin, but productive of the Meredith, White, Romo era of miss opportunities to bringing home the coveted Lombardi Trophy.

    How many more years of suffering in the wilderness, which began January 1997, with the loss to the Carolina Panthers, in the playoffs?

  4. William Pep Hatcher

    October 3, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Beasley is not a great WR. He’s not big or fast and we don’t run illegal pick plays enough for him to get open like Welker and Kup. We need a TE and two more dynamic WR’s for this offense to shine. Defenses are way ahead of us talent wise. Cordell Patterson would have been perfect for us and Our dynamic TE is on IR. Next draft WR first rd, DT second rd and LB third.

  5. eric jensen

    October 3, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    They should with Beasly & Witten, but go 6-11yrds, this 2-4 yrs doesn’t cut it!! Make their cb&safety go 15-20 yrds,to open up middle of field! LB can’t keep Witten & Beasley! It open up run ,QB runs !! Either fire God damn off coordinator! Give or change ur system, be more creative with off!!

  6. Tristan Hays

    October 3, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I’m a huge Cowboys fan and I’ve always been honest when it comes to the team. The Cowboys are just not very good this year with every aspect of the team. It’s like a completely different team than last year. It’s going to take a few years to be where they need to be.

  7. Darryl Jones

    October 3, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I think that Dez is demanding more balls thrown to him, this disrupting the offense

  8. David Taylor

    October 3, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    I call this the “Diaper Baby Dez” effect. Dez is under the misconception that he has to be thrown the ball a bunch of times per game, even it doesn’t help the team. Time to roll out the script that worked so well….yes and Dez was out injured. I don’t believe that it is an coincidence

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Could Loaded FA Safety Market Drive Down Earl Thomas’ Value?

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Could Loaded FA Safety Class Drive Down Earl Thomas' Price Tag?

It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys and Earl Thomas share a mutual interest in one another. Thomas has publicly stated his desire to join America's Team and the Cowboys did their darndest to make that happen last offseason. Nothing ever materialized a year ago, but it's looking as if the stars have finally aligned and a union between the two could merely be just weeks away.

Surprisingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys may have dodged a bullet last year when the Seattle Seahawks refused to part ways with their All-Pro safety. Not only would they have had to surrender a high draft pick, but they would've also had to extend Thomas' contract. Fortunately, timing is everything and now the Cowboys might just have to do the latter.

A potential contract between the Cowboys and Thomas is of course what I want to dive in today. I'm not going to get into numbers right now, because it's nearly impossible to project any kind of contract for any safety this offseason, especially for the former Seahawk, Earl Thomas.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Right now, it's a little difficult to know who might have the advantage in contract negotiations, Earl Thomas or the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of times the one that has the leverage, however slight, is the one that gets the better of the deal. As surprising as it may be, the Cowboys might just have the advantage here and I'll tell you why.

First off, this year's market for free agent safeties is pretty stacked with starting caliber players. See below:

  • Earl Thomas
  • Landon Collins
  • Lamarcus Joyner
  • Tyrann Mathieu
  • Adrian Amos
  • Clayton Geathers
  • Ha-Ha Clinton Dix
  • Glover Quinn
  • Tre Boston
  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • George Iloka
  • Jimmie Ward
  • Adrian Phillips

Earl Thomas is obviously the headliner here amongst the free agent safeties, but having so many starting caliber players available could drive down Thomas' market value just a bit. This is especially true when you take into consideration the market for FA safeties just a year ago. It was almost a complete standstill last year, with only Kurt Coleman signing a three-year $16.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Not even the "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu could get more than a one-year deal.

With all of these safeties available in free agency, we could be looking at another stingy market. This of course could be good or bad news for the Dallas Cowboys, especially as it pertains to Earl Thomas. Since he is the top FA safety available, everything could once again be at a standstill until he is signed.

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Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Of course, we all know this will ultimately come down to determining Earl Thomas' market value. There is no denying he is still arguably the best free safety in the game today, but there are concerns about his age (30) and the two lower leg injuries he's sustained in the past three years.

Even with the loaded free agent market of starting caliber safeties and Thomas' age and recent injury history, he's still likely to receive a contract that earns him $10 million annually, give or take. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he gets another four-year deal worth $40 million, $25.7 million guaranteed, with a $9.5 million signing bonus like he signed with the Seahawks back in 2014.

The Cowboys of course would probably find a four-year $40 million deal for Earl Thomas acceptable. They would more than likely frontload the contract with a lot of protection in the details. They have the cap space to make this happen and still be able to sign their own, so money shouldn't be a problem.

Now, whether or not Thomas' market value may dip a little due to all of the above mentioned reasons will be something we will have to wait and find out. Regardless, I'd be a little shocked if Earl Thomas doesn't finish his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Earl Thomas' market value will take a little hit this offseason?



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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

What a difference a receiver makes, right? As Dallas fans, we know the impact of a player who can shake coverage, get open, and catch the ball. How was the season going before the Cowboys pulled the trigger for Amari Cooper in the deal with the Raiders? Cooper proved to be the lightning rod and a turning point in a season that was growing increasingly dismal. Dak Prescott and Cooper went together like peanut butter and jelly, while the Cowboys stormed to a division title and a postseason berth.

Now, imagine all of that times two… maybe even two and a half if Antonio Brown could be had from the Steelers. Scary right? We understand there’s only one ball to go around but that didn’t stop Kevin Durant from joining the Warriors, did it?

As of this writing, the best online sportsbooks like Intertops, are dealing Dallas as the seventh of 16 choices to win the NFC championship at odds of 12-1. Imagine how those odds would shrink if Brown wore a Cowboys uniform next season, giving Prescott the luxury of not one upper echelon wideout but that plus an elite receiver. Hut, hut, hut and a few clouds of smoke later the Cowboys would be moving the chains or celebrating in the endzone.

Brown and Cooper would be a devastating combination with Ezekiel Elliott coming out of the backfield. Brown was made for Dallas, it gives him an even grander stage than the one he shared with Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.

Despite the fact that the 'Boys haven’t won a Super Bowl since Barry Switzer was roaming the sidelines in the mid-90s, America’s Team still resides in Dallas. But we need a game-changer and Brown is just such an athlete. But what do we give in return and will that cost be worth whatever productive years Brown has left after this one? Let’s not forget that the mercurial Miami native will be 31 when the season begins and men who make a living with their legs don’t get better at that age. But Brown is so good and so unique that, even if he drops half a click, he's still amongst the best in the game.

That level of talent is hard to replicate and it could be the missing piece which allows Dallas to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season and the year after.

However, up to this point, we’ve been very good at dreaming of a Brown to Dallas trade but haven’t quite worked out the details. It takes two to tango and if we expect to get the Steelers’ attention we need to give them something valuable in return. Dallas surrendered their first-round pick (27th) this season when they traded for Cooper so that’s no longer an asset.

Pittsburgh would be vying for a first-round pick (and likely more) for Brown's services but some have speculated Dallas would consider dealing rookie-standout Leighton Vander Esch.

Wait... what? We know, you’re clutching your pearls, and the words are stuck in your gasp. We get it. The kid was a home run this past season, leading the Dallas defense in tackles and earning a Pro Bowl invitation in his inaugural NFL season. But this would be a Faustian deal.

The Cowboys give up a player who is poised to be a stud for years to come for a playmaker in Brown that could render a Super Bowl in the immediate future. Brown's expiration date will surely turn his milk sour sooner rather than later, but in the here and now, Antonio Brown could be the bell cow who leads the Cowboys to the promised land before he’s put out to pasture.

Just something to think about...



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2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back

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Anthony Brown's Resurgence A Great Sign for Cowboys Defense
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To say it's been an up-and-down start to the career of young cornerback Anthony Brown would be an understatement.

As a sixth round pick in 2016, everything Brown contributed during his rookie season was a plus. Due to injury he was asked to step into a greater role as the season went on, and he performed well enough to make the front office comfortable allowing multiple veterans to walk for nothing in free agency the following Spring. Brown looked like a legitimate starting cornerback in the league, and when Dallas brought in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis during the next draft, the young secondary seemed set.

Then 2017 happened. And Anthony Brown struggled. Really struggled.

These struggles, coupled with the emergence of both Lewis and Awuzie during their own rookie seasons, made Brown's status heading into 2018 rather uncertain. Some wondered if they would trade him for a day three pick, others thought Brown could even end up being cut. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were slated to compete for the nickel cornerback job in training camp, and as it turned out, all Brown needed was that one extra chance to compete.

Brown won the job outright during the preseason, and began 2018 as the starting nickel. A fan favorite, most thought Lewis would reclaim his rightful spot on the depth chart sooner or later, but Anthony Brown's play (and Kris Richard's preferences) kept Lewis on the bench for much of the season.

Simply put, Anthony Brown balled in 2018, and was the Cowboys' second best corner for most of the year. By the end of the season Chidobe Awuzie had regained form, but Brown and Byron Jones were the most consistently reliable corners on the roster all of 2018.

Brown tallied 44 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception in 2018, and finished third on the team in pass breakups with 8. As the slot corner Brown had an excellent season, especially for a former sixth round pick.

Now he enters a contract year, and with the Cowboys having so many guys to pay over the next two offseasons, he could find himself as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. And if he can keep up his play from last year moving forward, he could be in for a nice payday that Spring.



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