You need to get EXCITED.
- It's Saturday.
- The Dallas Cowboys unveiled a new jersey two days ago.
- These Cowboys play tomorrow.
- You're about to read some bold predictions for that game.
- Tony Romo is back!
That's right! When the Dallas Cowboys hit the field tomorrow #9 will be behind center and everything will feel right in the world once again.
Things aren't going to feel right for the Miami Dolphins, though. Well to be fair losing seems right for them so maybe they will! They are going to get obliterated. You know it. I know it. They know it. In the words of Tony Romo's Tweets, "There's only one thing left to do."
If you read my Week 11 NFL Game Picks then you know how much I love to shout. You also know how much I love obscure 1980s movies references.
I've been shouting all over Twitter this week about how the Dallas Cowboys are not done, despite their 2-7 record. I've been shouting it on the phones. I've been shouting it on Twitter. I've been shouting it through carrier pigeons. Everywhere I've been... I've been shouting. You need to shout, too!
We're shouting as much as we can here at Inside The Star. We want you to join us. Tony Romo is back so let's crank up the music and SHOUT from the hilltops just how excited we are! Remember before you shout:
- Kick your heels up!
- Throw your hands up!
- Throw your head back!
- Come on now!
- Don't forget to say you will!
- Don't forget to say, "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah!"
In case you want to listen while you shout/read you can do so with one of the greatest scenes in movie history:
From Movie Animal House (1978) A Song by The Isley Brothers
Let's have some fun! The Dallas Cowboys are about to lock up a fresh win so let's get the celebration going early. 5 Bold Predictions... here we go!
Trey Williams Will Have Over 100 All-Purpose Yards
One of the offensive cogs that was spinning well early in the season was Lance Dunbar. It was unfortunate to see him go down with a season-ending injury in the game against the New Orleans Saints.
A few weeks ago the Dallas Cowboys went out and got a similar talent to Dunbar. His name is Trey Williams... but you'll know it after it's said a bunch of times during tomorrow's game.
Run DMC's health wasn't the only Cowboys Running Back news in the headlines this week as our own Ryan Ratty told you all about the release of Christine Michael.
Enter Trey Williams.
The Dolphins do have a fierce front four. Tony Romo is going to take advantage of situations where they send a lot of pressure and get it to his newest toy a lot.
A little bit louder now...
The Dallas Cowboys Defense Will Allow No More Than 200 Total Yards
This defense is angry. They've lost seven games in a row and had to watch Jameis Winston dance his way into the endzone against them a week ago. They've had enough.
I talked with Bobby Belt on this week's Cowboys Cast about how I believe this defense is designed to play from ahead. The only glimpse of that we've had this season has been in Philadelphia right after Tony Romo went down... and that was without the services of Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain.
For the first time this season the Dallas Cowboys will have all of their expected playmakers suited up and participating in the same game. FINALLY!
With Romo and Co. taking care of things on the offensive side of the ball the likes of Hardy, McClain, Crawford, Lawrence, Lee, Byron Jones... the list goes on and on, they're going to be shouting themselves. Look out, Ryan Tannehill.
A little bit louder now...
Byron Jones Will FINALLY Get An Interception
I've called this before. You've called it. Enough calling - this is happening.
Byron Jones has come so close to getting his first career interception (he almost had one off of a foot a few weeks ago) that we've been sniffing around this for quite some time. No more sniffing, we're about to get the full scent.
The pass rush that we daydreamed about during the offseason is going to show up with authority during this game... and that's going to lead to some bad throws.
If there's anyone on this defensive unit that's exceeded expectations it's Byron Jones. That's pretty remarkable considering just how high those expectations were.
Tomorrow is going to be one of those games where everything goes our way - you can feel it. Go get that pick, Byron!
A little bit louder now...
The Tony Romo To Dez Bryant Connection Will Combine For Over 150 Yards And 2 Touchdowns
It has been a very long time since we've seen a great play from Tony Romo to Dez Bryant. Just how long? Tomorrow will mark 330 days since we've seen our favorite math equation: 9 +88 = 6.
On Monday morning you'll be saying how it hasn't even been 24 hours.
Tony Romo's return brings a very real, immeasurable, advantage to this team. If there is any player across all of sports that feeds off of this type of energy - it's Dez Bryant.
We are going to see one of the finest performances in Dez Bryant's young career against the Dolphins. He and Tony Romo have a special connection that they have been itching to show off again for over 28 million seconds.
Tomorrow's math lesson for the Miami Dolphins: 9 + 88 = 6.
A LITTLE BIT LOUDER NOW...
The Dallas Cowboys Will Recreate History With A 29-Yard Sack For A Safety
This game against the Dolphins will bring back great memories for Dallas Cowboys fans as America's Team defeated Miami to earn their first Super Bowl Victory in Franchise History.
Super Bowl VI had one of the more iconic plays in NFL History when Pro Football Hall of Famer Bob Lilly took down the Dolphins QB, fellow HOFer, Bob Griese for a 29-yard sack.
The 2015 version of the Miami Dolphins have allowed a safety in not one, not two, but three consecutive games. That sound you hear is Rod Marinelli salivating.
Can't you see it now? Ryan Tannehill freaking out, Greg Hardy in his face, running around, DeMarcus Lawrence in his face, running backwards, Sean Lee stopping in to say hello, running back again... and bam! Safety. Say you will, Tannehill.
A LITTLE BIT LOUDER NOW!
Get ready to shout tomorrow, Cowboys Nation. We're going to party.
What BOLD predictions are YOU feeling for when the Cowboys take on the Dolphins? How happy are you that Tony Romo is back? I want to know! Email me your thoughts at Roel.Ochoa.Jr@Gmail.com or Tweet to me @rjochoa!
2018 In Review: Byron Jones Emerges As CB1
Heading into the 2018 season Byron Jones was being asked to prove himself. The former first round pick had fallen out of the coaches' good graces during his third season, though many of his struggles could be attributed to those very coaches which were then questioning his ability.
Being asked to play out of position, or at least in a spot which did not maximize his natural ability, Jones struggled in 2017. Too often he was playing in the box as a safety where his lack of physicality was exposed by the opponent's run game. This was mostly due to the coaching staff falling in love with his tight-end-erasing ability in man coverage, but backfired when overused as a safety.
Once hired the following offseason, Kris Richard and company decided to move Byron Jones to cornerback full time, allowing him to utilize his excellent coverage skills and athletic ability to the fullest, rather than putting him at a disadvantage in the box.
The results? Well, Jones had one of the best seasons of any cornerback in football, earning All Pro and Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his young career.
Byron Jones had a dominant season for Dallas
Pro Football Focus graded Jones as the sixth best cornerback in all of football last season, allowing just 0.79 yards per coverage snap. Despite not having an interception on the season, Jones still earned national recognition as one of the best cornerbacks in the entire league.
Down the stretch of the season, Chidobe Awuzie started to play up to the level which fans had hoped for during the preseason. He had been sticky in coverage most of the year, but now he was making plays on the ball at a much better rate, forcing incompletions. This led to an increase in targets to Jones' side, and though the increase resulted in more catches given up by the number one cornerback, I don't think Jones' play faltered as much as some will have you believe.
The fact is, when you get targeted more you are bound to give up more catches and yards. The key is to force them into contested catches, and make things as difficult for the receiver as possible when targeted.
Byron Jones continued to do this all season long, and fans should be excited for the next step of his growth in 2019.
Cowboys en Español: Comentando el Tope Salarial
Por muchos años, el tema del tope salarial ha sido un tema sensible para los Dallas Cowboys. Entre dinero muerto y otros problemas, el equipo ha tenido una situación delicada en este aspecto. Sin embargo, para la temporada del 2019 tienen más espacio de lo que estamos acostumbrados.
Según Over The Cap, los Cowboys tendrán aproximadamente 48 millones de dólares disponibles en 2019. Es importante recalcar que este número no es definitivo y puede cambiar. Año tras año, esta administración ha sido aficionada de reestructurar los contratos de ciertos veteranos para liberar espacio salarial constantemente. Además de esto, hay varios jugadores bajo contrato que el equipo podría decidir cortar para liberar aún más dinero.
Al ver sólo 48 millones disponibles, es complicado imaginar un escenario en que el equipo logre satisfacer todos sus objetivos. Hay bastantes candidatos a grandes extensiones en el equipo, principalmente dos jugadores. En una liga en la que quarterback es la posición más importante, la segunda más importante podría ser la del caza cabezas, cuyo objetivo es ir tras el quarterback contrario.
Pues en Dallas, hoy dos jugadores en estas posiciones que hay que extender. El más urgente sin duda es el defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. Lawrence se puso el jersey del equipo cuando este lo designó a jugar bajo la etiqueta franquicia. Afortunadamente, el atleta de 26 años la hizo de soldado y jugó sin amenazar con faltar a entrenamientos ni pretemporada.
Lo que sí comentó es que no pasaría por lo mismo en 2019. Ahora, el momento está aquí y es tiempo de que los Cowboys lo extiendan. El valor de Lawrence es difícil de predecir, pero es bastante seguro que se acercará a los números de Khalil Mack. Mack hizo historia ganando un contrato que en promedio gana 23.5 millones al año. Si bien no anticiparía que lo supere, la cifra estará cerca al contrato del defensivo de los Chicago Bears.
Además está Dak Prescott, cuyo contrato probablemente estará por encima de los 25 millones anuales. Son contratos caros, pero son piezas fundamentales para el equipo. Definitivamente se les tiene que pagar a ambos. Son pilares que año tras año buscan equipos en toda la NFL.
Además de esto, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, Cole Beasley y más podrían tener un impacto en el tope salarial. Algunos buscan un contrato nuevo, otros una extensión. Pero honestamente, me parece que habrá más espacio en el tope salarial de lo que pensamos. Sólo es cuestión de tiempo para que los Cowboys comiencen a reestructurar a sus veteranos para ahorrarse unos cuantos millones para utilizar en agencia libre.
Tyron Smith, Tyrone Crawford entre otros pueden ser buenas opciones para comenzar este proceso. Antes era Jason Witten uno de los candidatos favoritos para este proceso, pero él ya se encuentra comentando partidos para ESPN. En Inside The Star, continuaremos actualizándote con contenido al día de los Dallas Cowboys.
Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason?
Super Bowl LIII is in the books, and the Dallas Cowboys can look back on a better-than-expected 2018 campaign. Having won the NFC East with a 10-6 record and bowing out to eventual finalists Los Angeles Rams, the Cowboys' young team can look ahead to 2019 as a chance to take another step forward.
The offseason is now upon us, with the NFL free agency period opening in the middle of March and the NFL Draft coming around at the end of April. Until those times, experts, pundits, and fans are left to assess their teams and predict their activities in the running to the start of next season.
The Dallas Cowboys are in a precarious position, with the team exceeding expectations, still being very young and having plenty of cap space, but also having many top-end players set to become free agents and being without a first-round pick in this year’s draft. There does, however, appear to be a way for the team to make improvements and solidify their place atop the NFC East and potentially go on to win in the Conference Finals.
Lock Down the Big Guns
Many see DeMarcus Lawrence as the top potential free agent this spring, so the Dallas Cowboys need to do everything in their power to lock down the 26-year-old defensive end.
Vice President Stephen Jones has emphasized the team’s target of retaining their own stars, per Star-Telegram, with Lawrence, Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, and perhaps Byron Jones being in the discussion for long-term deals.
As it stands, the team will have roughly $48.5 million in cap space for next season, which leaves plenty of space to re-sign their top players. They look set to let go of Tavon Austin, David Irving, and quite possibly Cole Beasley, among others, leaving a need to add reinforcements.
Adding New Talent
One of the most heavily rumored moves for Dallas in this free agency is picking up native Texan and former Legion of Boom linchpin Earl Thomas, per Forbes.
Against the Rams in the playoffs and throughout the season, the Cowboys lacked a defenseman who could make plays on the pass. Thomas is one of the notorious ball hawks in the league, boasting 28 career interceptions, three of which came in just four games of last season.
If the Cowboys can re-sign their stars while keeping some space for an Earl Thomas-sized contract, which clocked in at $10.4 million in 2018 for the Seattle Seahawks, their odds of going all the way next season will significantly increase.
Right now, the expected names of the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs lead the odds to win the next Super Bowl at +750. Behind them, the Rams sit at +900 having suffered a suffocating defeat in this year’s Super Bowl. Much further down are the Cowboys at +2500 right now with redbet. If they re-sign Lawrence, pay their young stars, and bring in Thomas, they’ll shoot up the table of favorites.
Then, there’s also the additions in the draft to consider.
The Cowboys may be without a first-round selection, but that may end up working in their favor. Round one of the 2019 NFL Draft is set to be laden with defensive selections according to most mock drafts, with a few quarterbacks sprinkled around and a minimal selection of offensive weapons. If the Cowboys re-sign Lawrence, they’ll be looking good at defensive end, so should then turn to giving Prescott another weapon in the passing game, which will also help to keep defenses honest and give Elliott more room to operate.
As stated, the NFL is a passing league, and Prescott exploded once he was given a viable option in Amari Cooper. Michael Gallup is expected to take another step forward next season, but just in case, the Cowboys can add another strong receiving option in the draft thanks to the strength of the defensive class. A.J. Brown of Ole Miss will almost certainly go in the first round, but exciting talents in D.K. Metcalf, Parris Campbell, Marquise Brown, and Deebo Samuel could all still be available when Dallas rings in during the second round.
Improving Dallas' pass options and pass defense will go a long way toward improving the team and allowing them to push on to a bigger and better campaign in 2019.
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