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Dallas Cowboys’ Division Rival Claims “We Run The East”

Brian Martin

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With the impressive win over the Green Bay Packers, the Dallas Cowboys improved their winning streak to five straight games and sit atop the NFC East division with a 5-1 record.

The NFC East division has been somewhat overlooked the past several years, but so far in 2016 it's the only division in the NFL that has all four teams at or above the .500 mark.

Maybe it's because I'm a Dallas Cowboys fan, but to me America's Team has been one of most impressive teams in not only in the NFL, but the NFC East division as well.

Of course, not everyone would agree with me.  In fact, the Washington Redskins recently claimed that they are the best team in the NFC East division, not the Cowboys.

JP Finlay on Twitter

We run the East" https://t.co/VbIcYkpBu0

It's really amazing what you can find on Twitter, especially after the games are played over the weekend.

In the video above you see Washington Redskins players heading back to the locker room after narrowly escaping the Philadelphia Eagles at home. Naturally, they were on a victory high and you can hear several players boasting that "We run the East".

In all fairness, they still didn't know the outcome of the Cowboys and Packers game, but they still wouldn't have been in first place due to the fact the Cowboys beat them earlier this season and hold the tiebreaker.

I'm sure cooler heads have prevailed now and they know who the "King of the Hill" is right now, the Dallas Cowboys, who are one of the hottest teams in the NFL.

Of course, this is the Washington Redskins we are talking about and I might be giving them just a little bit more credit than they actually deserve, especially if you take Chris Baker and Ricky Jean François at their word.

"We run the damn East," Ricky Jean François said, via the Washington Post. "Not Philly, not Dallas, not all of them. We run the damn East. Better remember we got that damn title."

Fellow Redskins defensive lineman, Chris Baker, pretty much echoed François' statement in the video above.

"Y'all forgot who the real champs of the NFC East is," Chris Baker shouted, "everyone picking them trash-ass Eagles."

In all honesty, this is really one of those situations where all you can do is laugh and shake your head that the Redskins players can so easily forget they are currently sitting second in their division. Not only that, the only reason they probably won the division in 2015 is because Tony Romo was injured the majority of the season.

In fact, one of the Cowboys four wins in 2015 came against the Washington Redskins in  Week 13. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Redskins at FedEx Field with a score of 19-16, led by quarterback Matt Cassel.

I'll wait a little bit while you quit laughing.

Okay, have you composed yourself yet, because the Cowboys and Redskins would face off against one another again in 2015 to close out the season in Week 17.

Now, the Redskins won that game 34-23, but not before the Cowboys fourth quarterback of the season, Kellen Moore, threw for 435 yards and three touchdowns.

Go ahead, I give you permission to start laughing again.

But in all seriousness, to claim that you're the best team in the division based on last year's division title is just ridiculous.

The Redskins are on a four-game winning streak, but with the way the Cowboys are playing right now it will be difficult for them to keep pace with Dallas throughout the season.

The division title winner might come down to the next meeting between the two teams, when the Cowboys play the Redskins Week 12 for that Thanksgiving day game at AT&T Stadium.

I don't know about you, but there is already plenty of bulletin board material to get me pumped up for that Thanksgiving day meeting.

What do you think of the Washington Redskins claim as the top dog in the NFC East division?

Let me hear your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below so we can discuss this topic further.



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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11 Comments
  • Stephen l McGann

    The Redskins will show there true colors before the season is over, black and blue and they will be singing the blues after thanksgiving game against the COWBOYS.

    • Brian Martin

      LOL… Black and blue. I think I might have to still that from you Stephen. From what I’ve seen on watching the Redskins, they don’t look like a team that should threaten the Cowboys or one that will continue to win games like they have been.

    • http://serenaporra.wordpress.com serenaporra

      its funny it look like your cowboys are doing the same thing right now

  • sam elrod

    everybody knows the redskins winning that division was a fluke im a cowboy fan and we win it the division this year

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for commenting Sam. I 100% agree with you. The Cowboys are playing like one of the best, if not the best teams in the NFL. Let’s just hope they can keep it up.

  • Roro Brown

    Soo I live in Maryland and unfortunately I’m surrounded by skins fans…don’t know who’s worst the deadskins or their irritating fans lol they were calling for their quarterback’s head the first two weeks and now they’re praising him. I’m not worried they Redskins never let me down, they always go back to stinking up the joint…now my boyz on the other hand…like you said we’re not slowing up!!

    • Brian Martin

      Roro, I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. I think I know how you feel. I live in the Houston area and Texans fans love nothing more than hating on anything to do with the Cowboys. I imagine it’s 100 times worse for you though since the Redskins and the Cowboys are division rivals. Hopefully the Cowboys will continue playing the way they are and allow you to hold it over all of your Redskin neighbors.

  • George Johnson

    I think Dallas can win the Division and get into the playoffs. They have four of the main ingredients needed; a good offensive line, a good running game, good QB play and a good defense. They should win enough games to take the Division. If the Redskins can beat them, then the Redskins are likely to take the Division.

    • Brian Martin

      George, I agree with you. The Cowboys seem to have everything going their way right now. I really don’t think the Redskins are as good as their record implies. I think if the Cowboys can continue to do what they’re doing, there won’t be another team within the division that threatens them.

  • John Mathis

    As long as the Cowboys stay healthy they take the East. I also believe if they can remain healthy and keep getting great defensive play they have a great opportunity to play for the NFC championship game.

    • Brian Martin

      Hey John! I went to school with a John Mathis at Barbers Hill. Who knows, you might just be the same person ha ha. I agree with you though. The Cowboys have done an outstanding job so far despite the injuries to some of their key players. If those players can return to the lineup and the rest of the team stays healthy, they have a really good chance of playing deep into the playoffs, if not the Super Bowl.

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How Will Safeties Xavier Woods, Kavon Frazier Fit Kris Richard’s Secondary?

Sean Martin

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How Will Safeties Xavier Woods, Kavon Frazier Fit Kris Richard's Secondary?
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Unfortunately, David Irving's most recent four game suspension is the main story for a Dallas Cowboys team finished with OTAs and mini camp, left only to wait for training camp now. I've chosen to focus on the players that were on the field for the offseason program, that will continue to contend for starting jobs in Oxnard. Standing out from a lackluster group of safeties, for a Kris Richard led secondary that is off to a fast start, are safeties Xavier Woods and Kavon Frazier.

Joined by Jeff Heath, Tyree Robinson, Jameill Showers, and Marqueston Huff, the Cowboys are lacking a dominant force at safety to pair with their young and talented group of cornerbacks. With the likes of Chidobe Awuzie, Byron Jones (the former safety), and Anthony Brown already improving under Richard, the Cowboys hope is that the same will apply to this group of safeties.

It's still entirely too early to know how the Cowboys want to deploy their safeties this season, but the only players that have shown their strengths and weaknesses over any period of time are Heath, Frazier, and Woods. This is sure to cause an uphill battle for the fringe players looking to push this trio of versatile safeties.

Jeff Heath has appeared in 77 games over five seasons with the Cowboys. Frazier and Woods combined? Just 24 games, with 16 of them making up Woods' rookie season a year ago. This makes finding a potential role for both players vital to the Cowboys.

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Dallas Cowboys S Kavon Frazier (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

Safety Kavon Frazier

Working mostly as a special teams player through two seasons in Dallas, Kavon Frazier has patiently awaited his opportunity to spark the Cowboys defense as a sixth round pick of 2016. Doing so in a memorable week 13 win over the Washington Redskins, Frazier earned an increased role as an enforcer on defense.

This is a player whose straight line burst and power is ideal for a ST starter, and when Frazier connects coming downhill on defense, the results can be catastrophic for an opposing offense.  Surely these are traits that will remind Kris Richard even slightly of his Super Bowl winning "Legion of Boom" defenses.

The distinction between Frazier being a part-time player or one maximizing his potential to start deep in the Cowboys secondary is an important one. Limited in coverage, Frazier may be at his best when conceding snaps to another safety on the Cowboys roster with more of an all-around game -- which the Cowboys can only hope Xavier Woods continues to be.

Safety Xavier Woods

Xavier Woods may not have the pure stopping power that Kavon Frazier possesses, but as a fellow sixth-round pick there is more than enough to like about what Woods brought to the Cowboys in 2017 out of Louisiana State. With 14 interceptions and six forced fumbles out of college, Woods slid in the draft enough for the Cowboys to trade up for his services.

The team wasn't cheated out of their investment in Woods last season, giving him the "Byron Jones treatment" as Woods lined up all over the field. It was Richard that came to Dallas and almost immediately moved Byron Jones down to cornerback, seeing a better use of his natural size and skills there.

Doing the same for Woods -- while keeping the natural FS free to react -- should be next up on Richard's offseason to-do list. This is a player with sideline to sideline range, enough athleticism to cover down in the slot, and the functional strength to compete in the box.

Amidst this uncertainty for both Frazier and Woods, early reports out of the Cowboys practices thus far have Jeff Heath specifically matching up against the tight end. This is an ideal role for Heath, and one that could compliment Woods very well.

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Dallas Cowboys CB Anthony Brown, S Xavier Woods, Jeff Heath

Regardless of where Heath is on the field, Woods should be able to coexist with him as a similarly instinctive safety.

There is also the possibility that both Heath and Woods struggle to handle these "starting" responsibilities, leaving the Cowboys with very little trusted depth at safety. If there is an area Woods needs the most improvement in, it is the angles he takes against the run to consistently make stops, a weakness also potentially mitigated by the Cowboys improved linebacker play (investing the 19th overall pick at the position).

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Between Frazier and Woods, it feels safe to say the Cowboys must find a starter for a secondary that could still achieve great things in 2018. The Cowboys are entering this season with a loaded group of cornerbacks, all capable of making a safety's job relatively easy, especially while learning under Richard.

Such can be the hope for a raw player like Frazier and, in a sense, Xavier Woods. The second-year player in Woods is a great unknown for the Cowboys right now, as he'll remain that way for some time before next month's training camp.

With this, we'll have much more time to sit around and continue pondering what certain position groups will look like once meaningful Cowboys football graciously returns. I've written before that I'm paying close attention to this team's group of wide receivers, and you can add in the secondary players they'll be competing against too.

Tell us what you think about "How Will Safeties Xavier Woods, Kavon Frazier Fit Kris Richard’s Secondary?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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No, Cowboys Shouldn’t Cut David Irving

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys' Pass Rush: Who Will Be QB Sack Leader In 2017?
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For the past five years, Dallas Cowboys fans have gone through painful offseason stories regarding upcoming suspensions for defensive players. It doesn't matter how much talent the front office is able to find through the Draft, there's always one player that ruins what feels like a successful offseason. This time, for the second consecutive year, David Irving is the player to let Cowboys Nation down.

On Friday it was announced that Irving will serve a four-game suspension after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Understandably, a lot of Cowboys' fans want to see Irving released by the franchise that has preached the "Right Kind of Guy" philosophy while failing to establish such a thing. It's disappointing to see such a talented player limiting himself  by not "wanting it" bad enough and by making mistakes like this repeatedly.

However, even if it's a very frustrating situation, the Cowboys shouldn't cut David Irving. 

First of all, Irving's hit against the cap space is pretty minimum and nothing to be concerned at all. After being handed a second-round tender earlier in the year, #95 was set to earn $2.91M during the season. With a four-game suspension ahead of him, that number will be even lower.

We're talking about a guy who in eight games managed to get to the quarterback seven times in 2017 and consistently pressured opposing signal callers. Not to mention he's going to be just 25 years old when the season begins.

For the Cowboys, David Irving has the talent needed to average one sack per game. All of this for less than three million.

Irving has proven by now that he's not worth a long-term extension. That much is clear.  In order to get one of those, a player must prove his availability.

Talking specifically about 2018, though, I'm sure the Cowboys will be better off if they count on Irving for the final 12 games of the season. The team counts with pretty decent depth at the position with Maliek Collins, Datone Jones and Jihad Ward, but Irving has the potential to end the season with double-digit sacks.

The team gains nothing by releasing Irving. The team will not even be "sending a message" if they were to release #95. Maybe if the team had consistently sent this kind of "messages" over the years it would make sense.

However, we know this team sticks with their players and supports them in moments like this. They have done just that with Randy Gregory and it seems like it will pay off soon.

Whether we're mad at Irving's actions or not, the truth is letting him go wouldn't be wise at all. The Cowboys are not paying him big-time money, he's young and he'll be productive on the field when the defense needs him to.

We're talking about a football team that wants to make a run for the Lombardi Trophy. They can't be letting starting-caliber players go just like that. They need all the help they can get and even though his situation is far from ideal, David Irving will play a big role on defense.

Tell me what you think about "No, Cowboys Shouldn’t Cut David Irving" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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 Add Another Safety Before Training Camp?

Brian Martin

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Should Cowboys Add Another Safety Before Training Camp?

The Dallas Cowboys are extremely thin at the safety position. Fact. They haven't really brought in anyone to upgrade the position from last season. Fact. I just wanted to point that out because there's a lot of discussion as to whether or not the Cowboys need to add another safety before training camp.

I don't know where you stand on this debate or how I feel about it personally, but it's definitely something that needs to be discussed from the Cowboys end. It is the one position where there is a lot of unknown and inexperienced. If one of their current safeties were to go down with an injury and miss any time, the whole defense would suffer.

As things stand right now, Jeff Heath is the only one who will reprise his starting role on the backend of the Cowboys defense. Behind him are Xavier Woods and Kavon Frazier, but knowing exactly how they fit in at this moment is completely up in the air.

Unfortunately, that's the top three safeties for the Dallas Cowboys heading into the 2018 season. What's even more bothersome is their fourth might be an undrafted rookie, Tyree Robinson. I don't know about you, but I find that very concerning. But, maybe Kris Richard, the defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator, knows something we don't.

Kris Richard

Dallas Cowboys DB Coach Kris Richard

Fortunately, Kris Richard was recently asked if he had any concerns about the safety position on the "Doomsday Podcast" with Matt Mosley and Ed Werder. He said he had "none".

"I'm confident. I feel really good at this point in time and it's because the level of character of our guys," he said. "We're going to get better. That's the deal because our guys are young, focused, I think the hunger's there. I love the look in their eyes. I love how everyone is buying in, is focused and paying attention to detail. It makes a difference when guys care. It makes a difference when each one wants to teach one. We're trying to build something special. We want to be tribe-like. We want to be more than a team."

It certainly sounds like Kris Richard is excited about the Dallas Cowboys current safeties. Of course, he would never just come out and say that this group is terrible or he wished they'd add Earl Thomas another available safety. That's just not how things work. He's here to coach up the guys on the roster and not worry about personnel moves.

I don't know about you, but I know I would feel a lot better if they had one more experienced safety who could come in and compete for a starting job. Maybe someone like Tre Boston or Kenny Vaccaro, who are still unsigned. Maybe make that trade for Earl Thomas? That's a dream that just won't die.

Regardless, the Dallas Cowboys need to do something to address their depth at the safety position. I don't know what their plans are moving forward, but hopefully they have a contingency plan in place. It's just smart business.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys need to add a safety before training camp?



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