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Dak Prescott’s Name Puts Him in Championship Company

John Williams



Dak Prescott

We've seen the elite company Dak Prescott has joined in only his first season as an NFL quarterback; as a rookie, he tied Ben Roethlisberger for the most wins by a rookie quarterback in a season with 13. Roethlisberger, by the way, has won two Super Bowls and has been a perennial playoff quarterback.

Prescott's quarterback rating ranked him third in the NFL in 2016. Behind only Matt Ryan and future NFL Hall of Famer Tom Brady, and ahead of future NFL Hall of Famers Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. It's safe to say that Prescott is already in elite company after just one season.

What you may not know is that Dak Prescott is in Super Bowl company. For one simple reason: His Name.

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys Quarterback, Dak Prescott

What's in a Name?

I know I'm entering into R.J. Ochoa territory with this one, however, since he is the math guy, I'll try to be the grammar guy.

In looking back at all of the past Super Bowl winning quarterbacks I found something very interesting. Of the 51 Super Bowls that have been played, 38 (74.5%) times a Super Bowl has been won by a player with one syllable in their first name.

Here are the guys with one-syllable names that have won Super Bowls:

Of the 51 Super Bowls only 31 different quarterbacks have won Super Bowls. Of those 31 quarterbacks, 24 (77.4%) are quarterbacks with one syllable first names. In fact, from Super Bowl XV to Super Bowl XL, there was a 26-year run where only quarterbacks with one syllable in their first name won the Super Bowl.

Sounds like it pays to have a first name that is short and sweet.

Two-syllable first-named quarterbacks only account for 13 (25.5%) Super Bowl titles. Only seven different guys with two-syllable first names have one Super Bowls.

Here are the two-syllable Super Bowl winning QBs:

Roger Staubach

Roger Staubach

What about the Last Name?

Dak Prescott's last name also seems to have some syllabic significance as well.

Quarterbacks with two syllable last names in the Super Bowl era have won the Championship game 37 times, or 72.5% of the time.Those 37 Super Bowls belong to 20 different quarterbacks with two-syllable last names.

Not only has this group of two-syllable quarterbacks won a lot of championships, but nine of them have won multiple championships.

That leaves only 14 Super Bowl titles to go to the one and three or more syllable names.

Best of Both Syllabic Worlds

But what's the percentage of one-syllable first name and two-syllable last name quarterbacks to have won a Super Bowl? 49%.

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Former Cowboys quarterback, Troy Aikman

Fifteen quarterbacks whose first names have one syllable and last names have two syllables have combined to win 25 Super Bowls. It's far and away the highest number of all the possible syllable combinations.

One of those names is very familiar to us; Troy Aikman. His three Super Bowls are the second most for any one and two-syllable combination quarterback, second to Tom Brady's five.

Of the group that Dak Prescott could join with a Super Bowl win, five of the 15 have won multiple Super Bowls.

Which Combination is Next?

The next best first name/last name syllable combination is: two and two. That list includes; Roger Staubach, Terry Bradshaw, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Russell Wilson.

They've combined to win 11 of the 51 Super Bowls played.

What does it all mean?

Well, if you are a superstitious person, then it means that Dak Prescott is going to win a Super Bowl and possibly multiple Super Bowls. If you are only a little "stitious", then you probably think this gives him a better chance, but he has to prove it on the field.

If you don't believe in superstition, then you probably feel like you wasted your time reading this article, and for that I apologize. It's for fun anyway.

What is certain is that Dak Prescott has the game to go with the name.

In his first season as an NFL quarterback, he had his team a few plays away from the NFC Championship game. With a rookie quarterback that is all you can ask. Now we look forward to him taking the next step: leading this team to the next rung of contention.

Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could.


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NFL to Study Marijuana Use, Will It Impact Randy Gregory’s Status?

Mauricio Rodriguez



Cowboys Headlines - Rubbing Salt In The Wound That Is Randy Gregory

The NFLPA and the NFL have reached an agreement to research alternative pain-management tools for the players. They'll form joint medical committees to study different strategies, among which will be the use of marijuana. It's important to make it clear that said committees will not be exclusively about marijuana, but a lot of different issues related to pain-management in the league. However, it'll likely be one of the most important aspects of their work.

Marijuana continues to be a highly debated topic and it's no different when discussing the NFL. Dallas Cowboys fans should be very familiar with the situation. Earlier this year, David Irving "quit" on football during an Instagram live stream while smoking weed. In the video, Irving talks about how he thinks it's better to be addicted to marijuana rather than certain medications used by NFL teams to treat their players.

Although David Irving is not an authority on substances, that is where all of this debate centers around. Throughout the league, players are given strong medication to deal with injuries and the physical pain of playing pro football. I'm not an expert either, but it's more than fair to say there's a strong argument here. Specially in a country where marijuana has already been legalized in 10 states and the trend points toward legalization continuing.

The current CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement) between the NFL and NFLPA will expire after the 2020 season and how the league's drug policy looks like in the new agreement will be a huge factor for reaching a satisfactory CBA for both sides.

Of course, the fact that the NFLPA and the league are working together on such an important task doesn't mean we will see any immediate changes or that the NFL's ban on marijuana will be lifted anytime soon. Many big question marks will have to be answered before we hear about teams implementing this substance as a pain management tool.

For the Dallas Cowboys, this will be a relevant narrative down the line. Pass rusher Randy Gregory was reinstated after serving an indefinite suspension due to substance abuse prior to the 2018 season. After a dominant year, Gregory was suspended again by the NFL and it all points toward him sitting out this upcoming season and perhaps even more.

Even still, the Cowboys are still standing behind their 2015 second round pick. If the league ends up lifting its ban on marijuana, they'll have to decide what they will do with players already serving a suspension for this reason. Guys like Randy Gregory, for instance. If it's decided they'll be reinstated to the NFL, the Cowboys will sure be glad to have supported Gregory all throughout the process.

Last year, the pass rusher proved how effective he could be even with a short period of time training. Hopefully, the Cowboys are able to get him back on the field eventually, where's been consistently dominant. In the meantime, we'll see how recently acquired Robert Quinn does in Dallas.

The NFL won't be lifting its ban anytime soon, but it's good to know they're at least open minded to changing the league's policy and consider alternatives that could benefit the players' health. We'll see how these new medical committees work and keep you updated here at Inside The Star.

Tell me what you think about "NFL to Study Marijuana Use, Will It Impact Randy Gregory’s Status?" 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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Should Cowboys Consider Trading for Disgruntled Packers S Josh Jones?

Brian Martin



Should Cowboys Consider Trading for Disgruntled Packers S Josh Jones?

Despite their insistence that upgrading the safety position was a top offseason priority, the Dallas Cowboys haven't really done much to improve the backend of their secondary. They did sign former Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals Safety George Iloka as a free agent and drafted Donovan Wilson in the sixth-round in this year's NFL Draft, but neither player looks like a clear-cut upgrade at this point. Fortunately, there's still time to find Xavier Woods' counterpart for 2019.

Xavier Woods is the only clear-cut starter at safety currently on the Dallas Cowboys roster. Other than that, your guess is as good as mine as to who starts opposite him this season. With that in mind, the Cowboys should be keeping all of their options open, including acquiring players who get released or even making a trade for someone they like. The latter is what I want to talk about today.

A potential safety who could be put on the trade block that I'm kind of intrigued with is Josh Jones, who has reportedly requested a trade from the Green Bay Packers.

Rob Demovsky on Twitter

Packers safety Josh Jones is skipping the voluntary OTAs and working out in Florida because he's hoping to be traded, a source told ESPN. The source said the 2017 second-round pick believes it would be best for both parties if they parted ways. Story coming on ESPN shortly.

Josh Jones clearly sees where he stands with the Green Bay Packers after they signed Adrian Amos in free agency and drafted Darnell Savage Jr. 21st overall in the 2019 NFL Draft, thus his absence from OTA's and trade request. He understands the business and knows he's not going to see the field much behind those two, meaning his best chance for playing time would be in a different uniform.

Josh Jones, Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers S Josh Jones

It's not all that shocking Jones has requested a trade. Even before the Packers added Amos and Savage he wasn't receiving a lot of playing time. He's just never seemed to fit into what Green Bay was trying to do on the backend of their defense. It may be in the best interest of both parties to mutually part ways. This is where the Dallas Cowboys come in.

I believe Josh Jones is exactly the type of safety Kris Richard would like to pair Xavier Woods with on the backend of the Cowboys defense. He fits the criteria Richard likes in his defensive backs as far as size, length, and speed are concerned. And, he also has the kind of skill set/mindset to become that Kam Chancellor "enforcer" type of strong safety.

Josh Jones is at his best when he can play around the line of scrimmage, much like Chancellor was during his time with the Seahawks. But, Jones also has the ability to be a factor in coverage as well. The only real question here is whether or not he's an upgrade over the likes of Jeff Heath, George Iloka, and maybe even rookie Donovan Wilson?

In all honesty, I don't have the answer to that question. Josh Jones really hasn't received a fair opportunity to prove himself in his first two years in the NFL. I believe the skill set is there to start in the league, but there's not much there to back up that belief.

Personally, I'd be willing to part way with a late round pick if I were the Cowboys to acquire Josh Jones. I like the idea of bringing him in to work with Kris Richard and allowing him to compete for the starting job next to Xavier Woods. This is exactly the kind of low risk/high reward move Dallas likes to gamble on, and it could potentially pay off in a big way.

Where do you stand? Should the Cowboys consider trading for Josh Jones?

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How Can The Cowboys Force More Turnovers In 2019?

Kevin Brady



Ranking The Dallas Cowboys Rookies Through Week 8
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2018 seemed like the beginning of a new era. A defensive era. For the first time in years the Cowboys were able to consistently lean on their defense during games, staying alive even as their offense sputtered and limped through stretches early in the season.

The defense was downright prolific some weeks. They carried the Cowboys to an inspiring home victory over the New Orleans Saints to put them in prime position to make the playoffs. They dominated the Wild Card game in key moments, making key stops and holding the Seahawks to just 22 points in the win. They featured one of the league's best individual pass rushers in DeMarcus Lawrence, an All Pro cornerback in Byron Jones, and one of the league's most exciting young linebacker duos.

For all of this success, this defense still lacked one thing. Takeaways.

The Cowboys forced only 9 interceptions in 2018, ranking 26th across the league. In fact, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch was actually tied with Xavier Woods for the team lead in interceptions with just 2. When it comes to total takeaways the Cowboys' defense was a little better off, though, finishing 16th in the NFL.

Part of the "problem" seems to be their philosophy. The Cowboys have finished 26th, 24th, 27th, and 31st in interceptions dating back to 2015. They've also finished 9th, 25th, 18th, and 19th in team defense DVOA over that same stretch. Clearly there was an improvement in total defense in 2018, but neither their team defense nor ability to take the ball away has been strong since 2015.

The bigger problem, really, is a lack of luck. While this sounds like a cop-out, takeaways often do come down to just that. Of course putting yourself in the right place at the right time to benefit from a batted pass or overthrown ball matters, but those bounces finding the right hands is usually a matter of luck.

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Nov 30, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown (30) returns an interception against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Turnovers are incredibly volatile year to year, and as much as you'd like your players to "make their own luck," randomness does play a part here.

You can certainly argue the Cowboys have done their best this offseason to increase their chances at takeaways, however. By trading for defensive end Robert Quinn, re-signing DeMarcus Lawrence, and adding talented players to the middle of their defensive line as well, Dallas has put an emphasis on getting after the quarterback and corralling the opposing running game. Putting pressure on quarterbacks can force them into quick decision making or bad throws, which could in turn breed interceptions.

This is far from guaranteed, though. Plus the Cowboys play against some of the league's top quarterbacks this year, which hurts their chances of taking the ball away further.

In the end the Cowboys will need both the skill of their pass rushers and defensive backs to put them in good positions, and luck to smile down on them, if they'd like to turn around their takeaway numbers in 2019. And after all, this demoralizing trend has to reverse itself at some point, doesn't it?

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