So the Cowboys reached November with a 5-3 winning record and typically this month suits Tony Romo. In all his 6 seasons as a starter November has been a great month for the team’s passer. The team comes from a heartbreaking loss at Detroit and it is time for us to continue with this season preview.
Week 9 vs. MIN
With a 10-6 record the Vikes made a playoff run grabbing the #6 seed in the NFC and loss 24-10 to GB, their division rivals in the Wildcard game. (We all remember how Adrian Peterson was 9 yds. short of breaking a rushing record) So, the Minnesota Vikings have one of the best RB in the business, but Christian Ponder lost one of his biggest weapons who went in free agency to the Seattle Seahawks, Percy Harvin. They grabbed in this year’s draft WR Cordarelle Patterson, and have Greg Jennings and that might be something to worry about. On the other side of the ball well, they have Jared Allen- a 10 year veteran-and one of the best DE 's in the league and they drafted Sharrif Floyd, those two should be without a question a BIG concern for Bill Callahan. Even then, I think that the ‘Boys have a great opportunity to shake off the loss with the Lions plus they have a better team than the Vikes. Our backfield tandem will put up for a great running game and there will be a pair of passing TDs. The Cowboys’ Stadium is going to be undefeatable. 6-3
Week 10 @ NO
So we travel to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Last year the Saints set a NFL record for most yards given up by a defense. Let’s cut them some slack since their head coach was suspended along with some players for the entire 2012 season (bounty scandal) and their Defensive Coordinator, Steve Spagnolo had just arrived for that season.
This time it is a whole lot different, Sean Payton is back and brought to the team no less than Rob Ryan - you still remember that guy? You know a football figured Santa Claus who last year wore a blue star in his cap. Well he’s dying to show what a big mistake it was for Jerry Jones to let him go, the same goes for Kenny Vaccaro, and they’ll have prepared something special for the Cowboys, I just can feel it. 6-4.
Week 11 @ NYG
Division game. It is always tough to go play at NYC; the cold, the fans, the generalized hatred toward the Dallas Cowboys , so this will be a difficult road game. The Giants aren’t going to be able to figure our offense yet. The 12 personnel lineup is still going to be a headache for the defensive coordinator. As for their offense I think Cruz might have 2 or 3 big yardage plays but no more. Our secondary is going to be pretty tight down there and our DL is going to keep pounding and pounding on Eli. 7-4
Week 12 BYE
WEEK 13 vs. OAK (Thanksgiving)
With all due respect to the Raiders this is going to be a blowout. There’s not a lot to say, I mean, thanksgiving, at home, vs. the Raiders? This is a no brainer win for our boys! In this game Romo, Bryant, Murray, Ware, Spencer will fire up their season’s stats. Trust me on this one. 8-4
We’ve come to the last 4 games of the regular seasons. The team looks pretty good on both sides of the ball, but here comes December, a month that has been the itch for Romo (except in 2012) in his career as a starter, Nevertheless all the players are pretty psyched up and with one goal in mind: PLAYOFFS.
The last 4 games of the season are pretty tough as I said in Part 1 of this preview, and with all the other divisional opponents breathing down our necks, this is the part where the Dallas Cowboys must ensure their ticket to be in the BIG GAMES.
Week 14 @ CHI
After 3 win in a row the ‘Boys head up north to Soldier Stadium to play against Jay Cutler’s boys. This is going to be a special game for the Bears because they’re going to honor legendary player and coach Mike Ditka at the beginning of this game. The Bears have Brandon Marshall, who’s one of the best wideouts in the league and Brandon Carr is going to have a long night trying to cover him up.
The Chicago Bears are always a big question mark for me. But sadly the winning streak ends at the windy city. 8-5
Week 15 vs. GB
Another difficult game at home. The Green Bay Packers are gooood! I do not know about you fellas but I have a huge respect for this team. First and foremost Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews scares the sh** out of me. But live I’ve said, this 2013 season the Cowboys at home will be unbeatable!! 9-5
Week 16 @ WSH
2nd bout. This time they win. Simply because they’re home… 9-6.
Week 17 vs. PHI
It is always special facing these Eagles, as I said in my week 7 preview, Philly always play their hearts out vs. the Cowboys. The last regular season game will be a thriller. The Eagles will make the best of their last game (I dont think they'll reach playoffs) but like I've said, at home the Dallas Cowboys will be unstoppable. 10-6
We've come to the end of the regular season! And after 3 long years without seeing our beloved team on the playoffs we are finally getting that joy, and if I might say it, it may be a long run.
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Dallas Cowboys “All or Nothing” Series to Shed New Light on HC Jason Garrett
You likely already know by now that the 2017 Dallas Cowboys season -- by all accounts, a forgettable one for fans, coaches, and big-name players -- will be documented forever thanks to NFL Films' latest All or Nothing series.
Effectively, All or Nothing is a new spin on the popular Hard Knocks series with one major difference. This Amazon Prime exclusive doesn't just follow a team through training camp, as NFL Films gets inside team meetings and games throughout the entire season.
The 2017 Cowboys yielded just nine wins, creating more than enough drama for television along the way. This was yet another season where Head Coach Jason Garrett's job was put on the line, although early reviews of All or Nothing (available to the public April 27th) paint Garrett as the lead antagonist.
Jason Garrett drops at least 10 f-bombs in the first show. Before the Broncos game in Week 2: "You want to quiet the game down? Hand the f---in' ball to 21 and knock their ass off the ball.
Watching the Titanic and expecting a different outcome is a surefire way to set yourself up for disappointment, as will be reliving a frustrating season in Dallas. By the end though, Cowboys fans will have a much better understanding of where the 2018 team stands - particularly in the eyes of a Head Coach they looked to fire once again this offseason.
Jason Garrett has long been described as a "players coach", one that his Cowboys teams want to fight for. Whether or not the Cowboys have gone too far in constantly churning their roster in Garrett's image for little end result will likely be determined this season.
This is a Head Coach that has been in place for the departure of DeMarcus Ware, Tony Romo (serving as a pivotal decision maker for the Cowboys choosing Dak Prescott as their full-time starter in 2016), and most recently Dez Bryant.
An added bonus to All or Nothing will likely be that it captures Dez Bryant's final moments with the Cowboys.
Garrett to Zeke at practice after Broncos loss: "I want that f---in guy at Ohio St. who was running down on that kickoff. Remember after you played your 2nd play in the NFL against the Seahawks, you came over to me and you said, 'Give me the f---in ball!'
The Cowboys did not just lose Ezekiel Elliott in 2017 (serving his six game suspension), and All or Nothing will remind every one of just how much talent came off the field for Garrett's team last season. Coming out at the same time as the Dallas hosted 2018 Draft, Cowboys fans can build their excitement for a 2018 triumph back to the playoffs.
Anything short of this likely costs Jason Garrett his job, although everything he means to the Dallas Cowboys will be put in better-than-ever perspective by All or Nothing.
I don't wanna spoil the "All or Nothing" TV show more than what you've already seen or heard. But if you watch it, you're going to get a great look at: 1. Jason Garrett's actual persona 2. The dynamics of Dez's relationship within the team 3.
Cowboys en Español: Definiendo la Urgencia por un WR este NFL Draft
El líder en recepciones de anotación en la historia de la franquicia más emblemática en la historia de los Dallas Cowboys, Dez Bryant, ha visto su tiempo portando la estrella solitaria llegar a su fin. Un fin, por cierto, que dejó a algunos cuantos aficionados, administrativos y jugadores en un estado de descontento.
Por más que me gustaría entrar a detalle de si el veterano receptor merecía ser recortado o no, si el equipo tomó la decisión correcta o no, el NFL Draft está a menos de una semana de distancia. Así que, en vez de hablar de lo que pudo haber sido, hablemos de lo que puede ser.
Los Cowboys, a pesar de ser conocidos como una potencia ofensiva en las últimas temporadas, necesitan a un wide receiver. Sí, Dallas consiguió al agente libre de Jacksonville Allen Hurns, pero siendo honestos, no parece ser suficiente talento para un equipo que quiere construirle una ofensiva amigable a su quarterback, Dak Prescott.
Si el roster sólo tiene a Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown y Deonte Thompson; se necesita un WR. Incluso con Bryant en el equipo, se necesitaba un receptor. Lo cual lleva a la gran pregunta: ¿el despido de Dez significa que a los Cowboys les urge aún más un receptor? ¿Significa que definitivamente buscarán mejorar la posición con su selección de primera ronda?
Algo queda claro, la administración sabía lo que sucedería. Dez Bryant no estaba en los planes para el 2018 y claramente sus planes para abordar el NFL Draft no se verán cambiados por la partida del apasionado #88.
Estas estrategias se plantean por meses y más meses. Los Cowboys se han fijado mucho en la posición de receptor, desde que fue el NFL Combine hasta las visitas privadas que toman lugar a lo largo de Abril.
Es un hecho que tienen en la mira a los receptores. Claramente, quieren añadir más talento a la ofensiva para Dak Prescott.
En una clase de prospectos que cuenta con bastantes receptores, otra pregunta naturalmente, es ¿lo harán en primera ronda o más tarde? Me sorprendería demasiado si el equipo espera hasta la tercera ronda. Sin duda, es algo que tienen que atender con una de sus dos primeros picks.
En el primero, la selección #19 global, podrían encontrar a uno de los tres mejores receptores del año. Calvin Ridley, de Alabama; Courtland Sutton, de SMU; DJ Moore, de Maryland. Si buscarán el "remplazo" de Dez Bryant en uno de estos tres jugadores, definitivamente será uno de estos tres prospectos.
Todos tienen lo suyo. Sutton es un receptor estilo "X" (como Dez Bryant) mientras Ridley, por ejemplo, es claramente un receptor "Z" (como Terrance Williams). DJ Moore brinda un poco de versatilidad entre ambos roles, y podría ser un jugador de impacto en cualquiera que se le juegue, aunque probablemente brillaría más si se le permitiera jugar como un "Z."
Afortunadamente para Dallas, el recién firmado Allen Hurns también es capaz de tomar cualquiera de los dos roles. Esto le da flexibilidad a los Cowboys de tomar al que más les guste, o en su defecto, a quien esté disponible.
En mi segundo Mock Draft del año, simulé a Courtland Sutton, producto de SMU a los Cowboys con el pick #19. Los coaches de la Estrella Solitaria han mostrado bastante interés por el producto local y no me sorprendería nada verlos aterrizar un receptor como él la próxima semana.
Ahora bien, si Dallas decide esperar hasta la segunda ronda para conseguir a un par de manos confiables, encontrarán talento. Definitivamente. James Washington, DJ Chark, Michael Gallup, Anthony Miller, entre otros podrían estar ahí en la selección #50 (segunda ronda).
Si el equipo quiere tomar talento para otra posición en la primera, lo podrán hacer sabiendo que encontrarán un WR talentoso al día siguiente.
Afortunadamente, esta ofensiva se basa en Ezekiel Elliott y el juego terrestre detrás de la línea ofensiva. Los receptores son importantes, por supuesto, pero no es necesario tener algo tan dominante como lo fue Dez Bryant en el 2013 y el 2014, por ejemplo.
Por ahora, sólo falta esperar como abordan los Cowboys esta necesidad la próxima semana cuando el NFL Draft del 2018 tome lugar en el mismo lugar en el que este equipo juega sus partidos e intenta pelear, el AT&T Stadium.
Con un poco de suerte, estrenaran el campo este 2018 obteniendo su primer victoria del año la próxima semana.
Kris Richard Taking Over For Rod Marinelli Earlier Than Expected?
Believe it or not, a lot of Cowboys Nation has grown tired of Rod Marinelli's simplistic and predictable 4-3 defensive scheme. Dallas Cowboys fans are ready for a change and quite a few of them believe that Kris Richard is the answer.
The Dallas Cowboys hired Kris Richard earlier this offseason to become the new defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator. Almost immediately, rumors and speculation began to circulate that he would be the next defensive coordinator, taking over for Rod Marinelli once he retires.
It's really not that big of a reach to see such a promotion happen, especially since Richard has found previous success as a defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks. But, as things stand right now, Rod Marinelli still has the title of DC in Dallas, but for how long?
We have already seen a few changes being made to the Cowboys defense that seem to have Kris Richard's fingerprints on them. Moving Byron Jones from safety to cornerback for instance is a perfect example.
Of course, we could see even more of Richard's imprint on the Cowboys defense next week when the 2018 NFL Draft gets underway. I think he will have a big say in the types of players they select if he is indeed expected to become the next defensive coordinator.
Further evidence Kris Richard will have quite a bit of input on the Cowboys defense this season is the fact that a lot of players have been watching game film of the Seahawks' defense.
Sean Lee said the Cowboys have been watching film of the Seahawks' defense. Said it's been fun being around new DB coach/passing game coordinator Kris Richard
I don't know about you, but for me this is pretty solid evidence the Dallas Cowboys are going to make some changes on the defensive side of the ball and that Kris Richard will have a lot of say in those changes.
I may be reading too much into all this or I may be hitting the nail right on the head. But, there's no denying there seems to be a renewed energy from the Cowboys defensive players. Maybe it's the hiring of Kris Richard or something else, but I personally find it intriguing.
I'm really looking forward to finding out how all of these pieces end up falling into place. I really don't care who holds the title of defensive coordinator in 2018 as long as we see improvement from the Cowboys defense.
For the Cowboys defense to improve from last season it's going to take a collaborative effort from the entire coaching staff, not just Rod Marinelli and Kris Richard. That's just the way things work in the NFL, but it's never going to stop us from speculating when some new blood is brought in.
Do you think Kris Richard is taking over for Rod Marinelli earlier than expected?
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