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Should Cowboys Take A Chance On QB Johnny Manziel?

Brian Martin

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Should Cowboys Take A Chance On QB Johnny Manziel?

The decision by the Dallas Cowboys to re-sign Kellen Moore likely means that he is the backup quarterback to Dak Prescott for 2017. I actually don't have a problem with the move because I doubt there is another QB in the entire NFL that knows offensive coordinator Scott Linehan's offense as well Moore. But, at the same time I believe in creating competition, which led me to the thought of whether or not the Cowboys should take a chance on QB Johnny Manziel?

My fellow Staff Writer, Jess Haynie, wrote an article earlier this week about whether or not the Cowboys should keep looking for a QB talent. If you haven't read it yet, then I definitely recommend it. In the article, he mentions several available free agent QBs that could be of interest to the Dallas Cowboys, but Johnny Manziel wasn't one of them.

You see, like Jess, a lot of people have completely forgotten or written off Manziel ever playing in the NFL again, let alone for the Dallas Cowboys. But, it is really starting to look as if the young troubled QB is serious about resurrecting his career.

At the beginning of March, Manziel rehired his agent Eric Burkhardt. That started a few rumors that there were teams around the NFL that could be interested in bringing him aboard. But, that's all there was were rumors. That is until Ian Rapoport identified via twitter one of Manziel's potential suitors.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

FA QB Johnny Manziel has kept a low-profile as he trains for a return. #Saints coach Sean Payton appears to have taken an interest in him.

It's not all that surprising the New Orleans Saints could be one of his suitors with QB Drew Brees getting up there in age. The Saints currently don't have his successor on the team and could probably use an upgrade at the backup QB position as well.

I'm sure by now you're thinking to yourself why should we as Cowboys fans care if the Saints have an interest in Johnny Manziel? Well, I think it all comes back to Owner/GM, Jerry Jones.

Jerry Jones/Johnny ManzielJerry Jones has always had an infatuation with Johnny Manziel. Jones was all set to draft Manziel with the Cowboys first-round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Fortunately, that never happened, but you can bet that JJ has been keeping up-to-date with the goings-on involving Manziel. This recent news of the Saints interest in the former Texas A&M star has probably only reignited that fire.

You see, Jerry Jones and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton have a very good relationship with one another. You can bet that if Sean Payton has an interest in Johnny Manziel, then Jerry Jones shares that interest, especially with his prior infatuation.

I think Johnny "Football" is like an itch that Jerry Jones just can't scratch. The only way for Jerry Jones to ever get rid of that pestering itch is to finally add Johnny Manziel to the Cowboys roster and see if the young QB still has any of that magic left in his tank that made him a Heisman Trophy winner.

I'm personally a little intrigued by the idea as long as the Dallas Cowboys protect themselves just in case Johnny Manziel reverts to his partying ways. It would definitely have to be a team friendly/prove it kind of contract, but I think that's what he would likely receive from any team.

I would just like to see what Manziel could do if he actually focused on his craft. I think he would do that with the Cowboys. They have a strong locker room full of leaders and they are all players that hold each other accountable. That could be exactly what he needs.

Manziel hasn't really proven he can be a starter in the NFL. He has only started eight games in his career throwing for 1,675 yards, seven touchdowns, and seven interceptions. But, he would be nothing more than a QB3/scout team player for the Dallas Cowboys and he could create competition for Kellen Moore, possibly becoming the backup to Dak Prescott.

This could be one of those risk/reward situations we have seen the Cowboys take in the past.

Do you think the Cowboys should take a chance on Johnny Manziel?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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7 Comments
  • Assassin

    Bring him into camp on a make-good contract. no guarantees. Hes got a lot to prove to everyone

    • Brian Martin

      That’s about the only way I would consider adding him to the Cowboys roster.

  • Randy Martin

    no, No, and NO!

  • Don

    Brian Brian Brian please y’all stop with the Johnny Football crap that is only pushed by you writers. A National writer wrote last week that breaking the news of his breakfast with Peyton was a ploy by his agent to get his name circulating out there again. I truly hope Jerry is over his itch and lets this pass on by. I live in East Texas and we get a butt load of info on him and I wouldn’t say he’s totally cleaned his act up. And NO do not bring him anywhere near camp…!

    • Brian Martin

      Don, it’s not being pushed by us writers. Jerry Jones himself has stated that if Manziel can get his life together, he would consider bringing him aboard. I am a little bit intrigued by the idea of adding him to the roster, but only if it benefits the Cowboys. I personally don’t think it will ever happen. I think the organization is starting to shy away from “troubled” players. At least I hope so.

      • Don

        Yes we are all well aware of Jerry’s mouth and that gives fodder to the media to run with such as this case when the original article was written that Johnny met and dined with Sean. Cowboys weren’t mentioned and now they are so yes the media helps drive this. I hope he isn’t considered and I also feel sorry for his family here since the embarrassment was too much for them for a while. I also hope the Cowboys are shying away from these troubled players as well.

  • Homer Price

    Trade Dak Prescott to the Browns for #1 draft pick, my have to trade 1st round draft picks to get this deal done, draft Myles Garrett, sign Manziel as backup to Romo, restructure Romo’s contract, see if DeMarcos Ware will come back for one more super bowl run

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Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Entre los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys, pocas cosas son criticadas tan frecuentemente como la administración de la franquicia que no ha ganado ningún Super Bowl en más de dos décadas. Se ha convertido en un equipo que, a pesar de ser el más valioso en el mundo deportivo, no ha sido nada relevante en el emparrillado. Lo que alguna vez fue una dinastía se ha convertido en una unidad que rompe frecuentemente los corazones de los fans.

Jerry Jones y Stephen Jones, siendo los operadores del ámbito deportivo del negocio familiar, son criticados semana tras semana y en gran parte por justa razón. Pero en gran parte, por cosas no muy válidas.

Cambios de Coach

A mi parecer, lo más criticable para la administración de este equipo viene cuando hablamos de los coaches. Muchos se burlan de los Cincinnati Bengals y de la manera en la que están atascados con el Head Coach Marvin Lewis. Con Jason Garrett al volante, la situación para los Cowboys no es nada diferente.

A mediados de la temporada 2018, no parece que esta narrativa vaya a cambiar. Una vez más, los Cowboys arrancaron de una manera muy inconsistente y ya no sabemos que esperar de ellos. Gran parte de las derrotas, la mayor parte, es el coacheo.

Sin duda el equipo no será exactamente el mismo en 2019, pero ¿serán suficientes los cambios como para decidir quedarse con el mismo capitán que no ha podido mantener el barco navegando por años?

El Draft

A diferencia de como se manejan muchos equipos en la liga, los Jones fungen como general managers de su propio equipo. Con la ayuda de Will McClay han logrado superar varios de los fracasos de los Jones de antaño, pero actualmente, siendo sinceros no han hecho un mal trabajo.

A pesar de las critícas de Abril, Leighton Vander Esch está probando haber valido más que la pena. Siendo objetivos, aparte de Taco Charlton en el 2017, todas las selecciones de primera ronda de los Cowboys han sido valiosas. La línea ofensiva, el corredor, un cornerback que por fin se está perfilando como uno de los mejores en la liga.

En cuanto a la segunda ronda, ha habido varias críticas, muchas con razón. Pero el mejor caza cabezas del equipo, DeMarcus Lawrence, el linebacker Jaylon Smith, Randy Gregory y más están teniendo un impacto muy fuerte en el equipo.

Decisiones difíciles

La administración se ha visto en la necesidad de tomar decisiones bastante difíciles después de una temporada de nueve victorias en 2017. El LB Anthony Hitchens fue liberado, Dan Bailey se fue inesperadamente, se confió en Byron Jones para tomar su opción de quinto año.

Hasta ahora, pura decisión digna de aplaudirse. Pero ninguna como la más reciente de todas: Amari Cooper.

Por más caro que haya salido, los Cowboys merecen bastante crédito por haber mejorado muchísimo su posición de WR. Si el equipo llega a tener una oportunidad esta temporada, será en gran parte por él.

No cabe ninguna duda en mi cabeza de que los Jones han cometido errores a lo largo de los años, el más evidente siendo la resistencia de dejar ir a Jason Garrett. Pero a pesar de esto, la administración ha tomado excelentes decisiones y ha realizado el draft muy bien. En ese aspecto en específico, les aplaudo.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración" 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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Sack Numbers Don’t Tell DeMarcus Lawrence’s 2018 Story

Kevin Brady

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Breaking Down DeMarcus Lawrence's League High 5.5 Sacks Through Week 4

Coming off of a career year in 2017, many fans expected DeMarcus Lawrence to continue his ridiculous sack production this season. After all, he is once again in a "contract year" due to the franchise tag, and fans are hoping the Cowboys can secure him longterm this offseason.

Through the first four games of 2018, Lawrence looked as ridiculous and unstoppable as ever. He had 5.5 sacks, tied for the league lead, and was dictating the pass protection schemes of every offense the Cowboys were facing.

Since that hot start, though, DeMarcus Lawrence has recorded just 1 sack, falling behind some of the league leaders he was once ahead of. This has some people scratching their heads and wondering if Lawrence's career year in 2017 was just that, a career year. One which he will never replicate again, and one which the Cowboys should factor out when talking contract extensions.

Here's why those people are wrong.

Let's first talk about what makes DeMarcus Lawrence so good, and then we'll get into the full context of the Cowboys defense and how that explains some of the drop in sacks.

Lawrence, unlike some of the league's other top pass rushers, is a complete 4-3 defensive end. He is one of, if not the best run defending defensive ends in football, as shown by his 12 tackles for loss on the season (only Aaron Donald and Danielle Hunter have more).

Much of the year, the Cowboys run defense has boiled down to Lawrence making splash plays, as we saw against the Washington Redskins. Adrian Peterson was gashing the Cowboys during that game, and the only one who did anything to stop him was DeMarcus Lawrence, as indicated by his 3 tackles for loss that Sunday.

There's also the point that 6.5 sacks through half the season is, well, good. It's really good! And when you couple his sack numbers with his solid pressure and QB hit stats, you can see that Lawrence is having a very good season.

Then there is the context of this entire Cowboys defense, specifically their defensive line and pass rush. To put it bluntly, DeMarcus Lawrence has been their only consistent rusher this season. Though we came into the year with high hopes for Randy Gregory, and cautious optimism about first round pick Taco Charlton, neither have been all that impressive this season.

Somebody, anybody, has to step up and become a threat opposite of Lawrence. David Irving could help matters with his interior pass rush ability, but he has been unavailable for basically the entire season.

Without another pass rusher for offense's to even think twice about, Lawrence is getting double teamed and/or chipped by a tight end or running back on just about every rush. It's becoming rare that Lawrence is in a true one-on-one pass rush situation.

Of course, if you are elite, offenses are going to shift protections to you in this way and you still have to find ways to be productive.

And thus far in 2018, DeMarcus Lawrence is doing just that.



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Can QB Dak Prescott Steal Back His Mojo From Atlanta?

Brian Martin

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Can Dak Prescott Regain His Mojo Against Atlanta?
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When the Dallas Cowboys last traveled to Mercedes-Benz Stadium they were completely throttled by the Atlanta Falcons. It's a game a lot of Cowboys Nation would like to forget, but no one more so than Quarterback Dak Prescott. That game could very well be where his struggles really began.

It's almost exactly a year later and the Dallas Cowboys still find themselves haunted by that brutal beating the Atlanta Falcons handed them in Week 10 of the 2017 season. The Cowboys seemed to lose all confidence in themselves after that game, but it was almost as if it was the exact point in time where Dak Prescott lost all of his mojo as well.

Before that match up against the Falcons, Prescott was still playing at a pretty high level. But since then, he has been in a slump and there have been very few signs of recapturing any of that magic he once had. Heading back to Atlanta maybe the key for him finding and stealing back his mojo.

Things could definitely go a little differently this time around. The Cowboys will have Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith in the lineup this week. Zeke missed the game last year due to the league mandated six-game suspension, and Tyron missed due to an injury. Having those two back in the lineup could pay huge dividends, especially for Prescott.

Without his starting left tackle and running back, Dak was pretty much beaten to a pulp by the Falcons defense a year ago. They applied relentless pressure, hitting and sacking him on a number of occasions. Unfortunately, I think that's where he started seeing ghost in the pocket and its haunted him ever since.

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

The beating he took at the hands of the Falcons has really thrown off his entire game. His mechanics, accuracy, and effectiveness as a scrambler can all be traced back to that one matchup. He just hasn't been the same QB he was prior to that game.

Prescott's stats prior to the Falcons game:

24 starts
66.7 completion percentage
102.4 passer rating

Prescott's stats since the Falcons game:

17 starts
63.3 completion percentage
83.1 passer rating

As you can see, that's a notable difference. His passer rating has shockingly dropped nearly 20 points since last playing the Falcons and it's really hurt the entire offensive production. It's time for that to change.

Prescott has no choice this week. He has to get back up on the horse that bucked him off and hopefully regain that mojo he left in Atlanta a year ago. Fortunately for him, his confidence might be is as high as it's been since that last meeting after pulling off the upset against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

Now, he just has to go out and prove it!

Do you think Dak Prescott can regain his mojo against the Atlanta Falcons?



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