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The Dallas Cowboys’ Problems Start at the Top

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As I'm sure you all know, the Dallas Cowboys are 5-6 and are long shots on making the playoffs this season. When we take a look at what the Cowboys have struggled with this season the list is rather long.

Whether it's the injuries to Sean Lee, Tyron Smith, or Dan Bailey, the six game suspension that the NFL smacked down on Ezekiel Elliott, or maybe the coach's inability to adjust, there is plenty to talk about when discussing the weaknesses of this Dallas Cowboys football team.

The biggest problem with the Dallas Cowboys comes from the top. Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones, and Will McClay deserve a lot of blame for what has happened to this football team.

In recent years, the Dallas Cowboys front office has been looked at as geniuses for drafting guys like Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, or signing guys like Benson Mayowa and George Selvie, unfortunately that luck has run out.

Cowboys 2016 Draft Class: Who Will Stand Out In 2017?

Dallas Cowboys during rookie minicamp, Front row left to right: Dak Prescott (4), Maliek Collins (96), Jaylon Smith (54), Ezekiel Elliott (21), Charles Tapper (79). Back row Anthony Brown (30), Darius Jackson (34), Kavon Frazier (35) and Rico Gathers (80). Photo by James D. Smith/Dallas Cowboys

Over the last few weeks I evaluated every draft pick the Cowboys have used since 2013. In my evaluation I pulled out guys who I had graded as above average and pro-bowl players. I was shocked to find out that out of 42 total draft picks, I had only seven draft picks graded out as above average players based on their careers so far.

(* = pro-bowl caliber player)

That is not a successful formula for building a super bowl team.

The lack of ability to draft, sign, and develop players to play at a high level is something that this team cannot afford to do, especially with the way they handle free agency.

Last offseason the Cowboys signed Damontre Moore, Stephen Paea, and Nolan Carroll in free agency. None of those players are currently with the team. In 2016, the Cowboys signed Benson Mayowa and Cedric Thornton to pretty big contracts. Benson Mayowa has yet to record a sack in 2017 and Cedric Thornton was one of the Cowboys' final cuts before the '17 season.

How do you fix this problem? It may be time to let Will McClay walk and try to help another team build its roster.

Practice Squad Poaching

While Will McClay has certainly helped this team a lot over the years with drafts and bringing in other guys off the street, he's struggled in building a championship team.

As we all know, the last time the Cowboys won a Super Bowl was January 28th, 1996, that's also the last time the Cowboys won an NFC Championship. That is a 21-year span that the team has gone without playing in an NFC Championship game.

Will McClay obviously knows what he's doing, but similar to the Cowboys coaching staff, he and Stephen Jones seem to be very stubborn in the way they do things. Like I mentioned above, McClay and Jones don't like spending big money in free agency, as we've learned over the last few off-seasons.

I understand why, but you better be able to hit on a good percentage of your draft picks if you're not comfortable paying proven veterans.

That stubbornness from the front office is something that must change in order for the Cowboys to get back to a championship caliber team. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like that's going to happen anytime soon.

On Stephen Jones radio show today with 105.3 The Fan he all but confirmed my "stubbornness" comment.

Jeff Cavanaugh on Twitter

It's very difficult for us to think we can pick a shorter defensive end and have success." - Stephen Jones on draft DEs.

This is something I will never understand with this front office. Their lack of ability to evaluate defensive talent has put this team in a bind for years now, and it doesn't seem like they are interested in changing their ways.

The comment from Stephen was made after Jeff Cavanaugh asked about Carl Lawson (7.0 sacks) and T.J. Watt (5.0 sacks). Jones practically made it clear that they will stay away from short pass rushers with short arms, hints the Taco Charlton pick. That is absolutely ridiculous seeing as some of the better pass rushers in the NFL are undersized (Carl Lawson, Melvin Ingram, Brandon Graham).

This type of mentality concerns me as someone who covers the team and as a fan.

Having confidence as an NFL general manager is one thing, being stubborn and not having the ability to adjust is another. Stephen Jones and Jerry Jones are not going anywhere, we know that. But it may be time to start thinking about getting someone new in the building to evaluate talent and make personnel decisions. The track record proves itself.

The Cowboys can't keep drafting projects or signing journeymen in free agency if they want to compete for a Lombardi trophy. Especially when you take into account the window you have with an extremely cheap franchise quarterback.

Do you think Will McClay is the right guy as the Dallas Cowboys "General Manager"? Let me know below!


Born in 1995, loved Football but more importantly the Dallas Cowboys since day one. Living in Redskins Country flying the Blue and Silver flag as high as possible. Covering the Dallas Cowboys for InsideTheStar.com and CowboysNation.com. Catch me on twitter @ConnorNFLDraft!

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20 Comments
  • Randy Martin

    I was a little taken aback when you made the statement that YOU only had 7 of 42 players with draft grades above average as I’m not sure what your credentials are? Should you be looking for a position with an NFL team? But as I set that aside and just went with the gist of the article I began to mull the idea. Will McClay has been enjoying a reputation as somewhat of a draft guru and someone that other teams would like to poach as a GM. Oddly though, his background and experience is all arena league from the Dallas Desperadoes which happened to be JJ’s team as well. A bit of an odd pedigree from a man in this position. It is also my understanding that McClay wanted TJ Watt in that pick and Garrett was pounding the table for Taco. When you say the problems start at the top, it’s really the very top. The best coach Jones ever hired was Jimmy Johnson and he was fired simply because the two egos could not co-exist. Since then it has been a cavalcade of yes men. Men that Jones could trust would, in the end, do his bidding. The long drought of super bowl appearances can be hung at the feet of Jerry Jones because in the end all the staff and player personnel decision are the responsibility of the owner by hiring the right personnel and delegating and letting them do their job. Jerry is unable or unwilling to do that. Dallas ownership will likely forever remain in the hands of a Jones family member so unless, until something happens to Jerry, and we see a different style from another family member (Stephen) I don’t expect to see a lot of change. You can hear it in everything that is said and everything that is done. As they say, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. All I hear is “we’re staying the course” and they don’t see the iceberg dead ahead!

  • JAMIE STARR

    When will they implement a draft for coaches ? These Cowboy coaches are not having this team ready to play games. Do you remember the GB game in the playoffs last year ? How do you have two weeks to prepare and you are down in the first half by 20 points ? Sounds like a coaching issue to me…… LET’S GET SOME REAL COACHES IN THIS B. TIME FOR JASON GARRETT TO GO !!!

  • Frego 17

    Great article my friends not too many call it, has it is, you do on this article, lots of people are afraid to criticized a rich man like Jerry, you do.
    That’s great.

    Money makes everyone stubborn, in you’re frame of mind you belive that you know it all,
    They have their right the Joneses, there the owners,
    But I really second guess this people if they really want to win. Everything points they don’t, the Jonese’s are bussiness people, not football talent evaluaters, but there so stubborn and ego maniacs, and they want to prove the world that is was them. not JIMMY.
    My question , is how long is going to take them to realize, there not good at What there doing.. 22, years in my opinión should br enough , to realize they need to step aside, and let someone do the talent evaluation.
    They are a super great, and I mean great bussiness family , but that’s about it.
    Thank you for you’re article was great..

  • Travis Diggs

    Connor you should be ashamed of yourself for implying that it starts at the top but put it on Mcclay, He’s at the top??Really??? Who signed Carroll, Thorton, Paea, and others??, It wasnt Mcclay, We all know who signed them, are yall that nieve at insidethestar. Jerry makes the final call, You and everybody knows that. You can’t fix a average defense with just the draft and one year deal players. This team is loaded with talent, its up to Jason Garrett how far they go and Rod Marinelli does what he can do with just ok players who only wanna play if Sean Lee’s with them. Talent is not the issue here. Jerry continues to mess up but writers and whoever else puts blame on everybody and anybody else without pointing the finger at the key issue here, Jerry

  • Duncan

    Repeating the obvious – we will never win unless changes are made in the front office and we all know that will never happen.
    The inability of our coaches have also put this team in peril – it’s painful to watch year after year.

  • Suave Freddie

    ALL of ComboyNation should express what they feel about this team. Year after year, the Cowboys become the drama king of the NFL. They just make it easier for the HATERS to hate the Cowboys even more. J.J. & Stephen just don’t get it anymore. If you don’t know how to build a playoff caliber team, then it’s time to step down and hire those that have experience and ingenuity to build one. The Cowboys were better off before J.J. came into the picture. I’m sure there would have been/be flexibility to be a playoff caliber team by now without J.J.. This team is very STAGNANT in which it has been built. TOO PREDICTABLE!! NO ENTHUSIASM!! NO EXPLOSIVENESS!! NO ACCOUNTABILITY!! NO DISCIPLINE!! TOO EASY TO READ their playbook. Read article that Tony Romo would be a good head coach for the Cowboys.That would be something different to start of with. He’s an EXVELLENT commentator. Why noy as a coach. J.J. does not have anything to lose. Players would RESPECT him more than Garrett. Tony would discipline the team and hold them accountable.Just look at the Rams. IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE!! But in this real world of the Joneses, don’t expect too much.

  • Jamminn

    We all know it’s garrett and his layed back laxidasial approach to the game. Hisnpmay colling was vanilla when he was a off coordinator I said it then we will never win a sb with him here then they made him coach and I said it again he’s lame no balls approach clapping every damn game ? Saying even thought we lost 3 game we did some good things? Really? What good did we do sweep the locker room? This guy is a joke and Jerry is a business man he is a good business man but let me tell you if I owned a 4.5 billion$ franchise I would have the best coach money could buy not a back up washed up QB trying to learn how to coach on the fly which he’s not thank you Arron Rodgers 2 years in a row showing us. Can’t manage a game clock etc. see a real coach coaches takes young kids and turns them into power houses . Bilicheck takes a whole defense rebuilds it ends up in the super bowl. Remember when we played the 49ers and Steve young was out they had Elvis grirbach for crying out loud come in here and shalack the Boys moved rice to the slot taking Deon out of the game that my friend is coaching making adjustments. 1 player and you can’t win a game we have had great teams 12/4 13-3 teams before 11-5 etc 2 playoff wins? Really wasted Romos career now we are on our way to wasting Dak and Elliot’s .Go get John Gruden he’s a Dak fan who knows how to call plays and make adjustments go get Bill cower who will yell in a guys face in front of the whole nation hold a player accountable but oh yea Jerry’s they movie star here I remember now he’s the one in the spot light guess what u are a fool a rich fool but a fool non the less .until Jerry makes the best move and understands he has let at least 4 Super Bowl teams slip thru his rich fingers or croaks we will always be outside looking in 72-78-92,93,95 Super Bowls 22 years ago is HISTORY

    • pdstix78

      You would think they’d get tired of getting embarrassed on national TV. I’m sure Cousins will come out during and put numbers up. Nobody fears this team, especially on defense. Opposing offenses look forward to having their way every week

  • eric jensen

    I agree! Long arm Def players, not players that short arms ,not fast, and short in height!! Need players 6’4 or better, but faster 4:32! Look at B.Hayes, need that kind of players,but coaching staff & owners staff need to get their head out their asses!!

  • http://www.dallascowboyschat.com Cowboysdude

    What this writer is failing to understand is the obvious…..they aren’t trying to build a SB winner, they are building a bank account winner. They KNOW 2 things…..Cowboys fans are delusional about their team and 2. They just say what the fans want to hear and they just buy it.. YES both are true and it blows my mind totally. I don’t purchase anything Cowboys and haven’t since they hired the red headed clap monkey they loosely call a “HC”….. Could you imagine what the fan base of other teams would do if they hired a coach and told the fans he was “learning on the job”? WTF? At this level? UUhhhhhhhh No, just no. Wake up cowboys fans….. you are being taken for a ride….. quit paying the fare…..

  • oneputter

    Watt only looks better in Pittsburgh because of the talent next to him and behind him. you put him in dallas and he looks no better than TC does right now….c’mon people!

    the scheme is outdated, we run the same darn stunt on nearly every play….we blitz the same player every single time, c’mon you know who and from where it’s coming, my 11 yr old son can recognize our one blitz…..that’s the frkn problem with this defense.

    • pdstix78

      That’s what happens when you gotta proven loser running your defense

      • oneputter

        ba-lee dat!!!

    • Tommy Davis

      Defensively, Marinelli is the problem. He put 9 players on the line and left 2 defensive backs to defend the entire field on 2 occasions resulting in touchdowns, that is unacceptable. Also, not utilizing your best cover corner (Jordan Lewis) more while allowing Anthony Brown to play outside corner when he is a major liability on the outside is unfathomable. Jeff Heath is too slow to be a starting safety, he does not have close out speed to be able to help in deep coverage. Jaylen Smith should play outside linebacker, not the middle. He could be a terrific pass rusher coming off the edge with his speed. We have a very good D-line, but we need to put the best players on the field in the secondary. When the cowboys utilize a four man front, 2 linebackers and 5 defensive backs, they are an excellent defense. They rarely line up that way.

  • Duncan

    Why is everyone on this forum so much smarter than the Clowns in the Cowboys front office who are making millions of dollars – that includes the coaching staff.
    After reading these post it’s comforting to see the passion of our fan base and how everyone is on the same page with the Jones’s family and the head coach.
    Watch Kirk Cousins will light us up Thursday nite on National TV “AGAIN”.

  • billy jack

    i dont know I thought Jerry was the general manger so he should be fired and let Mcclay given the chance to prove what he can do

  • John Williams

    Well written Connor.

    It’s tough man. Jerry Jones is the decision maker on the team and he puts a lot of trust in Garrett and McClay. Will McClay has done a great job streamlining the communication process between the scouts and the coaching staff and I think has done a good job finding diamonds in the rough.

    I had a huge issue with Stephen talking about a DE profile. He was the one guy in the room that I thought was open minded and willing to adjust if necessary. To me that’s evidence that Rod Marinelli hsa way too much influence in evaluations and in draft selection. I think Taco proves it.

    There are a lot of problems, but who knows what changes, if any will be made.

    • pdstix78

      This team is just a mess. Jerry won’t acknowledge it, but they’ll continue to spin their wheels with this current coaching staff

  • Gilbert Perez

    Jerry acting like a GM has been the problem for 22 years. Why not give Will McClay a shot at being GM. Can’t be any worst than Jerry’s decisions over the years

  • Jonathan Young

    Will McClay is not the PROBLEM. It’s Jerry Jones & his EGO, people have said this for years that Jerry needs to get out of his own way. Other than Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcells would be the only other coach that really coached the Cowboys. Until Jerry Jones is unable to be in the way. Then Stephen Jones or whoever wants to really put their heart into the day to day operations of the team we’re only going to be as good as we have been over the last 25 year’s…

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Can WR Noah Brown be a Surprise Starter in 2018?

Brian Martin

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Could WR Noah Brown be a Surprise Starter in 2018?

With all of the new faces the Dallas Cowboys added to the wide receiver position it's easy to overlook someone like Noah Brown. Everyone is anxiously awaiting to find out what the "new toys" can do, but they tend to overlook an ascending player who's already on the roster. That is exactly what I believe Brown is in his second-year and why he could be a surprise starter in 2018.

Noah Brown didn't have a large offensive role as a rookie in 2017, but he did show flashes of a player whose arrow is trending upward. And now that the Cowboys have revamped pretty much the entire receiver position, Brown has a chance to climb the depth chart and become much more than just a role player.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown

There is really no way of knowing exactly where and how the Dallas Cowboys plan to deploy their WRs this season. The only thing we really know right now is that Cole Beasley will once again be the slot WR. Everything else is completely up for grabs, which is why this could be the position battle to watch throughout the remainder of the offseason.

With Dez Bryant, Ryan Switzer, and quite possibly Terrance Williams all gone, someone is going to have to catch passes from Dak Prescott in 2018. Allen Hurns, who the Cowboys signed as a free agent, is expected to replace some of that lost production as either the X or Y WR. But, behind him there's a lot of unknown.

The third-round draft pick Michael Gallup has the skill set to also play either X or Y, and should be part of the equation as well. But, you never really know how these collegiate players will transition to the speed of the NFL.

That is why I believe Noah Brown has a real shot at becoming a starter this season. This is especially true with Terrance Williams recent off the field troubles. I kind of doubt he has a job much longer.

With Williams likely on his way out, Noah Brown moves up the depth chart. I believe he can immediately step in and replace #83's production in the passing game and as a blocker in the running game as well. We got a glimpse of him doing just that last season, which might be why he's getting first-team reps in organized team activities (OTA's).

Jon Machota on Twitter

Second-year WR Noah Brown got a ton of work with the first-team. Lance Lenoir did also

It's easy to forget, but Noah Brown was mostly utilized as a blocking WR/TE last season. At 6'2", 225, Brown is now the biggest and most physical receiver on the Cowboys roster. His blocking ability is what got him on the field as a rookie, but he's no slob in the passing game if given the chance.

Brown is already a solid route runner, but he has been working during the offseason with a WR Guru, David Robinson, to improve this area of his game.

David Robinson on Twitter

@dallascowboys NFL WR Noah Brown has been in the lab 🔬 grinding hard folks! Look out for this kid he is going to be dangerous!!! "Train Like A Pro" @BobbyBeltTX @BenRogers @1053thefan https://t.co/0cDY4BJJit

Now, I may be a little biased since I was a fan of Noah Brown's before the Cowboys drafted him. I actually had a fourth-round grade on him coming out of Ohio, so I was ecstatic Dallas was able to get him in the seventh.

But, despite my favoritism, I can really envision him becoming a surprise starter when the season opens up. He not only has the skill set to do it, but a year in the system could gives him an advantage over these new additions. It could of making all the difference.

Do you think WR Noah Brown be a surprise starter in 2018?


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Creating a Monster: The Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line

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Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, offensive line

After years of building, drafting, and retooling, the Dallas Cowboys have completed their offensive line. And in the process, they've created a monster. The addition of Connor Williams in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft has reasserted the Dallas Cowboys offensive line as the best in football -- and it may not be close.

The team has been on this path since 2011 to create an identity for their football team that starts up front on the offensive line.

What transpired in the 2009 and 2010 seasons had a lot to do with the direction the team has taken over the last 8 seasons to ensure they were great up front.

Wade Phillips, Jason Garrett

Former and Current Dallas Cowboys' Head Coaches Wade Phillips and Jason Garrett

The End of 2009

In 2009, the Dallas Cowboys won the NFC East and proceeded to win their wild card game to reach the divisional round for the second time in three years, only to be beaten by the Minnesota Vikings 34-3.

What transpired in that game should have been enough for the Cowboys to address their offensive line in the 2010 draft as quarterback Tony Romo was sacked six times and threw an interception.

On the season, Romo was sacked 34 times, which is more than twice a game. Perhaps the wins on the season and the division title masked the issues the team had up front.

The Debacle of the 2010 Season

The team had lofty expectations heading into 2010. They had been to the playoffs three of the previous four seasons and, despite the drubbing at the hands of the Vikings, were still a formidable offensive team with some star power on defense in DeMarcus Ware.

Unfortunately, it was never to be.

Tony Romo only started six games and was sacked seven times in that span. Cowboys quarterbacks were sacked a total of 31 times, which would be right outside the top ten for most sacks allowed in the NFL in 2010.

Tony Romo went 1-5 in his six starts that season, getting sacked seven times in those six games before giving way to Jon Kitna and Stephen McGee for the final ten games of the season.

Head Coach Wade Phillips was replaced by Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett after a 1-7 start that culminated in an embarrassing loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.

More Than a Coach Was Changed

Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys on the Clock: Tyron Smith, #9 Overall

Dallas Cowboys T Tyron Smith (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

The change in coaching signaled a change in philosophy from a 3-4 defensive minded head coach to an offensive one who was rooted in the glory days of the Dallas Cowboys of the 90's.

Those teams were known for their elite offensive line play that set the tone for the rest of the team. They protected Troy Aikman, who is in the Hall of Fame, and paved the way for the NFL's All-Time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith.

The impact that the offensive line had on the Cowboys teams of the 90's can't be understated.

So in 2011, Jason Garrett's first NFL Draft as the Dallas Cowboys head coach, he convinced Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones that they needed to do more to protect their most valuable asset (Tony Romo) while becoming a team that could run the ball and control the clock.

With the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected Tackle Tyron Smith.

That selection was history making. It was the first time in the Jerry Jones era that they had spent a first round pick on an offensive lineman. A span of more than 20 years saw the Dallas Cowboys never invest a first in the offensive line.

Mission Accomplished

With the selections of Travis Frederick and Zack Martin in the first rounds of the 2013 and 2014 NFL Drafts, the Dallas Cowboys offensive line was complete.

Jason Garrett's work to make the Dallas Cowboys in the image of the Super Bowl glory days of the 90's finally came to fruition.

The Dallas Cowboys offensive line led the way for Running Back DeMarco Murray to lead the NFL in rushing. They protected Tony Romo to have the best season of his career, leading the NFL with a passer rating of 113.2.

Everything looked to be coming together for a team that went 12-4, won the NFC East, and beat some notable teams like the Seattle Seahawks along the way.

Then the "Dez Caught It" moment happened and we all came crashing back to Earth.

That season, though it didn't end in a Lombardi Trophy, was still a success as it created a template that could be successful in the NFL. As teams attempt to spread out their formations to throw the ball, the Dallas Cowboys, while still using a lot of 11-personnel, showed the NFL that you can still be a run-first, physical football team and win.

With the template set, all the Dallas Cowboys have to do is to continue to retool.

Dallas Cowboys Have Big Hole on Offensive Line

Dallas Cowboys lineman including tackle Tyron Smith (77), offensive guard La'el Collins (71), center Travis Frederick (72) and guard Zack Martin (70) huddle up in the first half against the New York Jets at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, December 19, 2015.(Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Creating a Monster

Let's review how the Dallas Cowboys have collected this impressive group of humans to block for their football team.

  • Tyron Smith was the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft. Though he started out as a right tackle his rookie season, he made the move to the left side in his second year and has been considered one of the best tackles in the NFL since. Back issues have slowed him down, but he's still in his prime heading into his eighth (!!!) NFL Season.
  • Travis Frederick was the 31st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. A lot of the draft analysts around the league believed that to be a reach at the time when the Dallas Cowboys traded back to 31 to select Frederick. They don't think it's a reach now.
  • In 2014 the Dallas Cowboys, yet again, selected an offensive lineman in the first round of the NFL Draft. It was widely reported that if Ryan Shazier would have been there at pick 16, that he would have been the selection. Shazier's been a great player in the league, but I'm actually glad that they got Martin. He's considered the best guard in the NFL and will probably be so for the next ten years.
  • Right Tackle La'el Collins would have been a first round draft pick had his name not been attached to the murder of his ex-girlfriend. Instead of being a first round draft pick, the Dallas Cowboys, led by GM Jerry Jones, wined and dined Collins into signing a pretty nice deal for a UDFA. After rotating with Leary for a couple of seasons, he's now the RT for the best offensive line in football.

That brings us to the newest addition of what has been coined The OLuminati. 

Heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, the whole world knew -- or hoped -- the Dallas Cowboys would address the left guard spot early on. When the first round came and went, most of us, including this writer, thought they'd likely have to trade up in the second to still come away with a plug and play guard at pick number 50.

So when they landed Connor Williams while staying put at 50, Cowboys Nation erupted with joy.

Connor Williams is strong enough to play on the interior but comes with the movement and flexibility to get to the perimeter and the second level. Though he was good last year, Jonathan Cooper was the weak link because of his movement limitations.

Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy

I just watched season one of the YouTube Red production Cobra Kai, which follows the lives of The Karate Kid's main characters Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence as adults.

Johnny, broke as a joke, relaunched the Cobra Kai karate brand based on the philosophy, "Strike First, Strike Hard, No Mercy." While it's a harsh philosophy to be teaching a bunch of teenagers, it certainly has its place with the Dallas Cowboys offensive line.

This group has the attitude and the ability to ruin days for opposing defenses. They aren't just going to get in your way, they're going to hit you and go through you.

This group of lineman has no weaknesses and if we talk about the signing of Cam Fleming, now you have a guy that played tackle for the New England Patriots during the Super Bowl as your tackle off the bench if you need him.

No weaknesses.

The Dallas Cowboys are going to be able to run inside and outside and to both sides of the offensive line with regularity because of the strength, physicality, and movement ability of their starting five. Opposing defenses aren't going to be able to load up on one side of the line because of a perceived weakness on the other side.

With Ezekiel Elliott running behind them, who's shown the ability to stretch a play outside and make a big run or find a crease in the middle of the line for a huge play, this is the Dallas Cowboys running game that Jason Garrett has been looking for since he took over in 2011.

While they've had success in the past, I have huge expectations for this group in 2018. 1,600 rushing yards for Elliott if he plays 16 games should be the floor. There's no reason he shouldn't flirt with a 2,000 yard season.

Now, whether that leads to a Super Bowl Championship remains to be seen, but we've seen in the past that when the Dallas Cowboys have success in the run game, it usually leads to wins, and lots of them.


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Cowboys en Español: ¿Qué Pasará con el WR Terrance Williams?

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El receptor de los Dallas Cowboys Terrance Williams tiene una tarea difícil durante este offseason: mantenerse en el roster del equipo. El sábado pasado , Williams hizo de esa (relativamente sencilla) tarea, un reto mucho más difícil. El receptor fue llevado a la cárcel bajo cargos de intoxicación pública después de que la policía encontró su Lamborghini estrellado con un poste y abandonado.

Después de salir bajo una fianza de $369 dólares, T-Will está bajo investigación y enfrentando un futuro muy incierto en su carrera en la NFL.

A pesar de despedirse de Dez Bryant en abril, el cuarto de los receptores está repleto de jugadores listos para competir por puestos en el roster. Williams, quien no ha podido practicar debido a su lesión en el pie, no estaba en una buena posición para competir por su puesto antes del incidente.

Ahora, con una posible suspensión de por medio, la administración seguramente considerara despedirse del receptor de cinco años.

Vaya que Williams no es indispensable. Durante el Draft, los Cowboys seleccionaron a los wide receivers Michael Gallup (Colorado State) y  Cedrick Wilson (Boise State). Semanas antes, el ex-Jaguar Allen Hurns llegó a Dallas. Eso sin mencionar a Cole Beasley y a un puñado de receptores jóvenes como Noah Brown y Lance Lenoir quien han volteado cabezas en los entrenamientos.

Francamente, no es nada descabellado pensar que aún sin el incidente, Williams no estaría entre los tres titulares en la semana uno. Para Dallas, una ofensiva con Gallup, Hurns y Beasley como titulares podría resultar muy efectiva.

A pesar de destellos por aquí y por allá, Williams no ha podido demostrar una consistencia que avale su titularidad. Una semana hace una recepción increíble, a la siguiente es incapaz de salirse del campo para parar el reloj o para utilizar sus manos a la hora de atrapar el balón.

Eso sin mencionar que cuando se le pidió ponerse en los zapatos de Dez cuando este estaba lesionado en el 2015, Williams no pudo hacerlo. Tal fue el caso, que cuando Bryant volvió a caer en el 2016, Brice Butler tomó su lugar.

Tanto Gallup como Hurns pueden ser receptores "X." Williams, lamentablemente, no.

¿El defecto de una ofensiva sin Williams? Sinceramente, lo único que podría salir mal para los Cowboys si se deshacen del veterano, es que Dak Prescott perderá a tres de sus objetivos que ha tenido en su carrera en una sola temporada: Bryant, Witten y Williams.

Sin embargo, todas las contrataciones de nuevos WRs se han realizado para construir la ofensiva amigable para Dak, ¿no es así? Cowboys Nation debe confiar en el plan de la administración.

Incluso antes de ser arrestado, Terrance Williams estaba en Dallas simplemente por su contrato. Por ser apenas su segundo año, para los Vaqueros (desde un punto de vista financiero) no es viable cortar al receptor.

Una suspensión de la NFL podría hacer las cosas un poco más sencillas, pues si está suspendido, el equipo puede olvidarse del dinero garantizado y decirle adiós sin dudarlo. La NFL no ha mostrado ser muy consistente a la hora de asignar suspensiones, pero cualquiera que haya escuchado las declaraciones de Williams y visto el video imagina que una suspensión llegará inevitablemente.

Si es suspendido, Williams seguramente no vestirá la estrella en el 2018. De otra manera, las cosas se complican. Pero si el equipo llega a un punto en el que no están interesados en traer a nadie al equipo y no están preocupados por el tope salarial de la temporada, no veo porque se quedarían con él si prefieren utilizar el puesto de roster en cualquier otro jugador.

Terrance Williams tenía una oportunidad de oro para competir por la titularidad tras la partida de Dez Bryant. Lamentablemente, parece que soltó el último balón que pudo haber soltado.

¿Crees que Williams esté en el equipo este 2018?

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