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Could The Cowboys Sign NaVorro Bowman?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Could The Cowboys Sign LB NaVorro Bowman?

The San Francisco 49ers put an end to an era by releasing Linebacker NaVorro Bowman this Friday. It was a surprising move by San Francisco, no doubt. But, it makes a lot of sense for them. Rookie Reuben Foster will be able to take over and they'll give their beloved veteran a chance to find a new team. Perhaps, a Super Bowl contending team.

Naturally, a lot of NFL franchises will be interested in such a noteworthy free agent. He is an instant-impact player in just about any defense that needs a middle linebacker for their team.

Dallas Cowboys fans always want this team to sign just about every big-name FA available, and most of the time, this team isn't interested on them.

Well, NaVorro Bowman is a guy who they will be definitely interested on. Or at least, they should be.

We all know this football team has a lot of problems, but defense is the biggest one. With three losses through the first five weeks of the season, the Cowboys have a chance to improve Marinelli's squad.

Could The Cowboys Sign NaVorro Bowman?

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

While a big part of Cowboys Nation argues how the defensive line and the secondary are the biggest needs for this team, linebacker might be weaker at this point.

Sean Lee has missed the last couple of weeks to a hamstring injury, and without him... we all know the answer.

Jaylon Smith has been playing as the middle linebacker for the Cowboys all season and well... he doesn't seem to be ready. He might be a great LB down the road, but now he shouldn't be starting at all. He is hurting this defense.

If the Cowboys sign Bowman, they can play him as the MIKE, keep Sean Lee as the WILL, and there is your nickel defense. You give Hitchens some snaps too, and take it easy with Jaylon, who could use more time to get to his old Notre Dame shape.

It's not common to see Jerry Jones' team go out there and sign an expensive, older free agent when there are more than a couple of teams interested. This front office isn't into bidding wars that much.

However, for a team that has had a pretty slow start, a struggling defense and a lot of drama off the field, this could turn into a positive acquisition. Going after him would be a good thing for the Dallas Cowboys.

Tell me what you think about "Could The Cowboys Sign NaVorro Bowman?" 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 @PepoR99.

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25 Comments

  1. Fred Eriole

    October 14, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Sign him, a.s.a.p.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      October 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      Haha, I know that feeling.

  2. Pete186

    October 14, 2017 at 10:57 am

    How could we not sign him given he played at Penn State with LEE. IF healthy we should pounce on him. We have 10 Mill Cap space to burn.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      October 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      I agree, it could be a great addition.

  3. Tracy Prater

    October 14, 2017 at 11:09 am

    What’s there to discuss? Sean Lee, reach out to your buddy. Jerry, get out the checkbook.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      October 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      Haha, let’s make this happen Cowboys!

  4. Randy Martin

    October 14, 2017 at 11:26 am

    I read that Broaddus said Bowman is a liability in coverage. I think we can use him in everything else he brings

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      October 15, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      He would help this run defense A LOT.

      • Charles Shapley

        October 16, 2017 at 3:37 am

        We need coverage bro, more than anything, though he would help out of Lee keeps getting hurt…

  5. Rodney Simpson

    October 14, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Great idea but if he can’t cover we don’t need him that much our issue is the middle of the field teams are exploiting that space in pass and be run. If they don’t make adjustments real fast we are in big trouble

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      October 15, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      Our run defense is far from good, he could fix that.

  6. Scottie

    October 14, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    By signing him it can only help, it can’t get no worse

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      October 15, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      I agree, thanks for reading!

  7. Not your goat

    October 14, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Fisher said Thatcher was unhappy about not being on the field and we probably wouldn’t sign him because he wouldn’t want to come here and be a situational linebacker but he wasn’t just sitting pass plays, they were taking him out for entire series’.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      October 15, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Visiting Dallas after visiting Oakland, that would be awesome.

  8. Not your goat

    October 14, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    **

  9. Joshua

    October 14, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Sign him, you need to face the eagle twice

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      October 15, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      Make it happen, Cowboys!

  10. Will

    October 14, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Rest of season deal only, and I’m happy. More than that, not so much

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      October 15, 2017 at 5:46 pm

      That’s fair.

  11. Kenneth Zimmerhanzel

    October 15, 2017 at 6:34 am

    They should sign him today! Jaylon Smith is far from ready and is hurting the defense at the moment! This would buy time for him to recover fully and learn the position. If you have watched any of the meltdowns on defense a major part of it is Jaylon and Jeff Heath! Pleas upgrade these two positions! Heath should be replaced by the Colorado Kid or Woods! Jaylon by Bowman, because we do not have any other linebackers we can trust! Lee has always been hurt and Hutchins is good but not great! If we could get a Lee, Biwman and Hutchins on the field at one time then we would be pretty good! Someone needs to admit that Jaylon is not ready! It is not his fault and hopefully he will progress to a good player but he is miserably inept at this time!

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      October 15, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      I 100% agree.

  12. Michael Walker

    October 15, 2017 at 10:26 am

    This is a NO-BRAINER Jerry get the deal done. You idiot Donald Trump puppet.

  13. Tristan Hays

    October 15, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I wish you and I all know this isn’t going to happen! The higher ups with this team don’t make these moves at all anymore and haven’t for years!! They have too much faith in what we habe right now! Like this team will dramatically just turn it completely in a game or two! We will end up 8-8 this year or I even think worse. Same ole shit just another year…

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      October 15, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      He’s visiting Oakland on Monday and then he’ll visit Dallas, reportedly. This could happen.

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Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches
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Lamentablemente, la temporada 2018 de los Dallas Cowboys ha llegado a su fin. Lo hizo cuando el equipo visitó Los Angeles para intentar sorprender a los Rams en su propio campo en la Ronda Divisional de los playoffs. Ni siquiera con una invasión exitosa de la afición de Dallas pudieron ganarse un pase al Campeonato de Conferencia. En vez de eso, los Cowboys estarán viendo desde casa y la afición estará preguntándose: ¿qué sigue para los Dallas Cowboys?

Parece ya una tradición anual que no podemos dejar pasar. Este momento en el que comenzamos a cuestionar, una vez más, que entrenador es digno de quedarse en la franquicia y cual debe irse. En esta edición de "Cowboys en Español," hablaremos específicamente de los tres principales coaches en el equipo.

Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli Should Be On The Hot Seat

Coordinador Defensivo Rod Marinelli

El futuro del coordinador defensivo de los Dallas Cowboys no se puede tratar sin mencionar a Kris Richard. Fue la defensiva la que llevó al equipo hasta la postemporada y fue la unidad que cargó al equipo en muchas de sus victorias. Incluso con la llegada de Amari Cooper a Dallas, la defensiva fue siempre el pilar de la franquicia esta temporada.

Jaylon Smith y Leighton Vander Esch sorprendentemente se perfilaron como uno de los mejores duos de linebackers en toda la liga, la línea defensiva fue muy exitosa con Randy Gregory y DeMarcus Lawrence en los extremos y con la grata sorpresa que fue Antwaun Woods en el centro. La secundaria vio la mejor temporada en la controversial carrera de Byron Jones e hizo un excelente trabajo con un talento decente, pero no genial.

Todo esto, y el haber terminado como la sexta mejor defensiva en puntos permitidos (20.2) y la quinta mejor contra la corrida (94.6), hace a Rod Marinelli merecedor de una ronda de aplausos. Sin embargo, Richard probablemente merezca más aplausos.

Fue Richard quien revolucionó la defensiva de los Cowboys y la convirtió en un grupo mucho más agresivo. Fue él quien implementó jugadas de "blitz" en el equipo (algo no común con Marinelli) y quien en un punto de la temporada, comenzó a seleccionar las jugadas desde la banda.

En esta posición, me parece que los Dallas Cowboys tienen que enfrentar la dura decisión de decirle a Marinelli que es tiempo de dejarle el puesto a Kris Richard. Si bien no se llevó un trabajo de head coach, es muy probable que le llovieran ofertas a Richard si no se hace con el título de coordinador defensivo en Dallas.

Scott Linehan Acknowledges Need for New "Wrinkles" in Cowboys Offense

Dallas Cowboys OC Scott Linehan (Tim Heitman / USA TODAY Sports)

Coordinador Ofensivo Scott Linehan

Con un equipo tan polémico como este, la afición de Dallas no concuerda en muchas cosas. Sin embargo, lo hacen al hablar del pésimo trabajo que Scott Linehan ha realizado mandando las jugadas en ofensiva. Realmente ha sido doloroso de ver y es en mi opinión, el mayor problema que tiene el equipo actualmente.

Semana tras semana, fuimos testigos de pésimas decisiones en la ofensiva de los Cowboys. Vimos como el equipo se aferraba a llenar la caja de defensivos antes de correr el balón con Ezekiel Elliott. Vimos incontables pases pantalla en tercera oportunidad y largo. Pero no solo es lo que vimos, sino lo que no vimos.

A pesar de la innegable habilidad para correr el balón de Dak Prescott, Linehan se rehusó a explotar esta versatilidad de su QB. Vimos pocos "QB sneaks," jugada donde el mariscal toma el balón bajo centro y consigue poco yardage detrás del empuje de su línea ofensiva.

Siendo honestos, los Cowboys llevan dos años sufriendo por este coordinador. Dejarlo volver en el 2019 sería una decisión ridícula. Los comentarios en la radio de Jason Garrett no lucen prometedores, pero realmente sería una sorpresa que fueran ciertos. Linehan no debe volver... punto.

Jerry Jones Delivers Vote of Confidence in "Real Deal" Jason Garrett

Head Coach Jason Garrett

El futuro en esta posición será muy debatido durante los próximos meses, pero de los tres que hemos mencionado es sin lugar a dudas el más seguro de todos. Nos guste o no, Jason Garrett estará al frente del equipo la próxima temporada.

Garrett está lejos de ser un gran coach y aún le hace falta demostrar que puede cumplir las aspiraciones de los Cowboys de traer un sexto Trofeo Lombardi a casa. Pero siendo honesto, este equipo debería tener suficiente con Garrett y un par de buenos coordinadores. ¿El problema? No hay un par de buenos coordinadores en el equipo.

Sin embargo, Garrett ha demostrado que cuenta con el amor y apoyo de sus jugadores. Ha demostrado que efectivamente, puede ganar la división (lo ha hecho en tres de los últimos cinco años). Este año el equipo le dio la vuelta a la temporada después de comenzar 3-5.

Lo más preocupante en mi opinión, es la falta de urgencia para despedir a Linehan, por ejemplo. Quizá a puerta cerrada Garrett quiere un cambio en su staff, pero nunca lo sabremos.

Jason Garrett no es un coach excelente, pero podría ser suficiente para llevar a los Cowboys a un Super Bowl si tiene un equipo adecuado. Todo parece indicar que su trabajo está seguro (incluso más de lo que pensamos) así que es tiempo de esperar que se arreglen sus coordinadores.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches" 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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2018 Draft Class Season Review: LB Leighton Vander Esch

Kevin Brady

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Leighton Vander Esch Lands on List of NFL's Top 10 Rookies

As the first round draft pick of America's Team, any player would be under a ton of pressure from all angles. Whether it's from the fans on the outside or the organization on the inside, the expectations around being a first round pick for the Cowboys are immense. But the pressure placed upon linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, from the second he was announced as the 19th overall draft pick, was second to none.

It felt like Cowboys Nation let out a collective groan when Vander Esch was taken, with fans hoping for a more glamorous first round selection. Someone like wide receiver Calvin Ridley or edge rusher Harold Landry would've done the trick, but after Vander Esch's rookie season it's hard to imagine either of those players would have had the impact Vander Esch did in 2018.

Though he didn't start a game until week 4, and didn't become the unquestioned full-time starting WILL until week 10, Vander Esch earned Pro Bowl honors for his rookie season. Tallying 140 total tackles and 2 interceptions, Vander Esch made his presence felt week in and week out.

No counting stats can fully measure Leighton Vander Esch's impact as a rookie, however.

Prior to the 2018 season, the Cowboys defensive success often came down to the health of Sean Lee. When available and playing at his best, Lee led an overachieving Cowboys defense to solid performances each week. But, when Lee went out (as he often did), the entire Cowboys defense seemed to fall apart.5 Studs and Duds From the Dallas Cowboys 2018 Season

This year, though, that all changed. When Sean Lee was out with injury the Cowboys defense got better. Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith became a versatile, hard hitting tandem the NFL immediately feared, and helped to direct the Cowboys defense to signature wins throughout the 2018 season.

There are arguments against taking any off-ball linebacker in the first round, as the value of the position has been questioned due to the new style of offense in the NFL. Nowadays linebackers are relegated to two-down players, taken off the field in favor of faster defensive backs on critical passing downs.

Leighton Vander Esch is athletic enough to be both an old school run stopper, but also a three down linebacker in today's fast paced NFL.

Despite the doubts which surrounded the pick, the Cowboys absolutely nailed their first round selection in 2018. And Leighton Vander Esch made Dallas' front office look like geniuses each and every Sunday.



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What Is The Cowboys Most Pressing Offseason Need?

Kevin Brady

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Finishing their season with a Division Round loss, Dallas Cowboys fans are getting a somewhat late start on the 2019 offseason. Of course, we'd much rather a later start, but the results are what they are.

Now Dallas must get better, and re-tool before heading into Dak Prescott's fourth season, and the Cowboys' 2019 campaign. Though they didn't feel all that close to a championship this season, looking around the roster, it's actually tough to identify one key need the Cowboys must address.

They are filled with young, talented players that they have high hopes for across the board. And in the places they are "older," such as across the offensive line, they have established veterans who aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

So what is the Cowboys' most pressing offseason need?

Well, despite already using their 2019 first round pick to address it, the answer very well might be wide receiver.

Adding Amari Cooper midseason provided a massive jolt to the Cowboys previously anemic passing attack, but on his own he is not enough to take this passing game to where it needs to be to compete in this new NFL.

Third round pick Michael Gallup is going to be a very good pro, and progressed really well as his rookie season went on. I think he can play opposite Amari Cooper nicely, and be the number two option in the passing game going forward.

Though arguably their best wide out against man coverage, Cole Beasley is a free agent, and if the reports are true about Scott Linehan returning in 2019 it could very well mean Beasley will not be opting to sign back with Dallas.

Regardless of Beasley's decision, however, the Cowboys need to seriously evaluate their pass catchers heading into next season.

This is a passing league. The rules have dictated that you must be able to pass the ball efficiently if you want to compete with the best of the best around the NFL. To take the next step in their progression, and reach an NFC title game and/or Super Bowl, Dak Prescott will need to have as explosive a group of pass catchers as possible.

The Cowboys have already taken solid steps to making this a reality, but another move or two this offseason could go a long way to putting Dallas in the conversation with teams like the Rams and the Saints in 2019.



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