When you’re a fan of America’s team it’s hard to let go, say uncle, or tap out. But that’s exactly what we need to do in order to get on with our lives. There’s Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve on the horizon which will be so much more fulfilling without keeping one eye on the TV while feigning interest in Aunt Martha’s knee surgery. Now we can all just pretend to be interested while we give our undivided, and disinterested, attention to any relative yearning to be heard.
The Dallas Cowboys lost a game on Monday night that was their’s for the taking, especially when considering how eager the Titans were to gift-wrap the victory.
Tennessee turned the ball over twice to start the game and nearly a third time until it was overruled by the replay officials. Mariota looked dazed and confused while the Cowboys’ newest acquisition, Amari Cooper, caught a four-yard toss to draw first blood and put Dallas up 7-0 with six and change remaining in the opening quarter. It had the cottony-clean scent of a Cowboys’ blowout and Jason Witten was in attendance for the first time since his retirement to bask in the celebration.
Without rehashing the gory details, the Titans got it together, the Cowboys caught the lethargy and malaise that was apparently contagious from Tennessee and, when the dust settled, Dallas succumbed by the score of 28-14.
Can we all agree that it’s time for Jerry Jones to mercifully pull the plug on Jason Garrett and his regime? Do it now, do it later, but as the saying goes, “Just do it.”
Maybe then the Cowboys will have a chance to pick up the pieces and be great again. But letting go halfway through the season is difficult. Let’s face it, there are no juggernauts in the NFC East and when you think about it, Dallas is only two games back from the first-place Redskins and with a little hope and a whole lot of prayer….
Oh boy, we’re doing it to ourselves again when we swore that we wouldn’t.
We can’t give it up, we can’t tap out, and we certainly aren’t going to sit upright while listening to knee surgeries, back aches, and the achievements of our younger nieces and nephews from relatives we see once a year.
Okay, so let’s go through the grind that is the rest of the Dallas season and see if there’s any way, shape, or form that our 'Boys can make the postseason.
Week 10 @Philadelphia – Some of the best online sportsbooks found over at Sportsbook Review are pegging the Eagles as 6 ½ point home favorites over the Cowboys. There is no better sportsbook on the planet than BetOnline and the oddsmakers there are not wavering. After an epic fail like the one experienced against the Titans, we shouldn’t expect too much brotherly love from Philadelphia. Loss.
Week 11 @Atlanta – Matty Ice and his boys are heating up and with an anticipated victory this week in Cleveland, we can expect the Dirty Birds to be on a four-win tear. Doesn’t look good for Dallas against this high-octane offense. Loss.
Week 12 vs. Washington – The Cowboys kept it close in their first meeting held in DC when they bowed 20-17 so we can expect them to render a little payback. Win.
Week 13 vs. New Orleans – It’s nice that we can entertain the Saints in our playground but Drew Brees and that roaring offense is too much. And then there's the return of Dez Bryant too. Loss.
Week 14 vs. Philadelphia – Hopefully the Cowboys will be in much better spirits than this week when they face the Eagles and will have home field advantage to boot. Sure, we’ll mark it down as a W. Win.
Week 15 @Indianapolis – After their Week 14 win over the Super Bowl champion Eagles the Cowboys are reborn and Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper shred this poor excuse for an NFL defense. Win.
Week 16 vs. Tampa Bay – Come late December who knows who will be chuckin’ for the Bucs but let’s hope Winston is back under center so Dallas can pick him early and often. Win.
Week 17 @NY Giants – As the Cowboys enter the final week of the season they are 7-8 and the Giants are circling the drain at 3-12. Yeah, we can do this. Win.
Unfortunately Dallas fans, our crystal ball sees a pedestrian 8-8 season at best and simply not good enough to gain a postseason berth. But there’s always next year under new head coach Bill Belichick? We can dream.
Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb
Tras la partida del veterano Cole Beasley, los Dallas Cowboys tenían un hueco preocupante en la posición de receptor abierto. Incluso después de obtener a Amari Cooper la temporada pasada y el tener a un jugador joven y talentoso en Michael Gallup, el equipo tenía que hacer algo para reemplazar a Beasley como el receptor de slot en la ofensiva. Beasley fue increíble en su trabajo durante su carrera en Dallas, pero la administración nunca estuvo cerca de igualar las ofertas que recibió de los Buffalo Bills. Afortunadamente, ya encontraron el hombre para el trabajo.
A pesar de estar muy callados en la primera semana de agencia libre, los Cowboys empiezan a verse involucrados con varios jugadores disponibles. Su contratación más importante hasta el momento es sin duda la del ex WR de los Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb.
Hace unos años, Cobb atrapó el balón que terminó el partido de playoffs entre los Packers y los Cowboys minutos después de que la recepción de Dez Bryant fuera revocada. En 2019, vestirá la estrella.
Si bien es difícil argumentar que en este momento Cobb es mejor jugador que Cole Beasley, el contrato que la administración le dio al nuevo integrante del equipo es muy razonable. El ex-Packer jugará bajo un contrato por un año y cinco millones de dólares. Lo que preocupa a muchos sobre Cobb es su salud, ya que en 2018 sólo jugó nueve partidos. Sin embargo, su carrera no ha estado plagada de lesiones como muchos lo asumen.
Cobb será un titular en esta ofensiva que utilizará su habilidad para ganar en rutas rápidas. Sus manos son muy confiables y le dará a Dak Prescott otra arma en el juego aéreo. Simple y sencillamente una muy buena contratación de los Dallas Cowboys.
¿Robert Quinn, Por Favor?
Esta semana se reportó que el defensive end Robert Quinn estaba de visita en The Star, las instalaciones de los Dallas Cowboys. El DE no es un agente libre, siendo que aún está bajo contrato con los Miami Dolphins. Sin embargo, ambos equipos están en discusiones para llevar a cabo un trade por el caza cabezas de 28 años.
Después de que Randy Gregory volviera a recibir una suspensión, DE apareció entra las necesidades más urgentes del equipo y si no logran atender dicha necesidad previo al NFL Draft, tendrán que utilizar uno de sus primeros picks para conseguir un jugador que juegue opuesto a DeMarcus Lawrence.
Quinn, quien había jugado la mayoría de su carrera con los Rams, aún es joven y productivo. En las últimas dos temporadas ha logrado conseguir 15 sacks. De conseguirlo, los Cowboys tendrían que trabajar en una extensión para él.
Con un año en su contrato actual, no debe de ser muy caro conseguir un trade por él. Me atrevería a decir que la compensación que los Dolphins buscan por Quinn debe de estar en el rango de una selección cuarta y quinta ronda.
Parece un movimiento probable, pero no es difícil imaginar a otro equipo estando interesado en el jugador. Por lo pronto, sabemos que Quinn disfrutó su tiempo con Rod Marinelli y con el equipo de los Cowboys esta semana. Habrá que esperar para saber su destino.
DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line
The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.
The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.
After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.
So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.
What exactly is that role, though?
I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.
Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.
Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.
If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.
This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.
New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF
On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.
Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.
In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.
This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb
Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.
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