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#DALvsDEN: Could Cowboys Embarrassing Loss Be A Blessing In Disguise?

Brian Martin



#DALvsDEN: Could Cowboys Embarrassing Loss Be A Blessing In Disguise?

As a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, I was extremely disappointed in the entire team's performance Sunday afternoon against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos dominated the entire game from start to finish and completely embarrassed a talented Cowboys team. But, this embarrassing loss for the Cowboys could actually end up being a blessing in disguise.

Now, don't get me wrong. I was completely shocked with the lack of discipline and effort the majority of the game for the Dallas Cowboys. It's a game that many of us would like to forget and soon. But, that doesn't mean it can't be a really good learning experience, especially for the younger players on the Cowboys roster. This is really the first taste of defeat many of them have experienced at the NFL level.

QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott

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Take Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott for instance. Both players had fantastic rookie seasons to start their NFL careers. They were both in the conversation for NFL MVP, but neither player has had to bounce back from a game where they were thoroughly beaten like they will have to next week against the Arizona Cardinals. Everything has pretty much been smooth sailing, but they are now entering into uncharted waters.

Make no mistake. This Dallas Cowboys team is still young in a lot of areas and they still need time to gain that experience. How they perform next week against the Arizona Cardinals could help determine this teams fortitude and willingness to scratch and claw in order to come away with a victory.

I will be the first to go on record and say that I believe the Dallas Cowboys will bounce back against the Cardinals Monday night. I think the Cowboys were so embarrassed that they will rally and put their best foot forward, and they have the Denver Broncos to thank and I'll tell you why.

Cowboys defense vs Broncos offenseThe Dallas Cowboys now know that they have to prepare themselves for the unknown. The Denver Broncos defense threw quite a few curveballs at the Cowboys offense and it noticeably caught them off guard. Fortunately, there really isn't another defense on the schedule this season as talented as the Broncos, but Kansas City and Seattle are close.

I have no doubt my mind that the Cowboys offense will get things right. They are far too talented to be shut down like they were against the Broncos. I wouldn't be surprised if they have some wrinkles of their own up their sleeve this week.

Also, the problems on defense are correctable. Injuries put the secondary in a tough situation, but it did allow some of the young CBs to gain some valuable in game experience. Jourdan Lewis to me played very well, despite missing the majority of the off-season because of injuries. He is going to be a player for the Cowboys and it might have to be sooner rather than later.

The majority of the problems on defense were due to poor tackling. I quit counting the number of times I saw defenders break down to make a tackle, only to let the offensive player slip through their grasp. You know you're going to have problems on defense when Sean Lee is missing tackles.

Fortunately, that just comes down to fundamentals and I have no doubts defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli makes that a focal point in practices this week. Injuries on the other hand will simply have to be worked around. The aforementioned Lewis could play a key role this week against the Cardinals, but hopefully Chidobe Awuzie can overcome his minor hamstring injury and get back on the field.

All in all, there's really no need to worry that the Dallas Cowboys team that played against the Denver Broncos Sunday is the same one we will see the rest of the season. I think we can just chalk it up to a bad game and hope that they can put it behind them. Unfortunately, we're going to have to wait and see if that is indeed what happens.

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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.

  • Hobbes49

    Every team takes a severe beating at some point, the “Boys number just came up. The Cardinals game will tell us a lot about this team. If they don’t play like their hair is on fire after the beat down in Denver, I will be concerned. I am excited to see how the combination of Damontre Moore and Demarcus Lawrence look on Monday night. Carson Palmer is a statue, that could be a lot of fun.

    • Brian Martin

      I agree with everything you said. I’m expecting a bounce back game from everybody and hopefully it puts the entire Dallas Cowboys team on the right track for the remainder of the season.

  • Mr. Jaguar

    Brian I wholeheartedly agree with you. I too truly believe that the Broncos game was a wake up call for not only for the players but the coaching staff as well.

    Even the Cowboys teams of the 70’s and 90’s laid an egg on the road to winning the Lombardi Trophy.

    It will be interesting to see how well the Cowboys bounce back from the Woodshed Whooping that the Denver Broncos put on the team.

    I was witness the whopping in person last Sunday @ Mile High Stadium.
    Hopefully that will be used as a reminder and a teaching tool throughout the 2017 season that nothing is given but earned each week in the NFL. That was the second Cowboys game I witness and the Cowboys lost the first was in 1989 @ the old Texas Stadium the Thanksgiving game against the iggles. Jimmy Johnson 1st year.
    Monday can’t get here fast enough. I stii believe that this is the Cowboys year once everyone is back @ full strength.

  • Don

    Brian I could have written your post word for word. The news has been all over Zeke for his lack of eagerness to participate in that interception,but from what I saw both sides of the ball stunk pretty bad and fingers should be pointed at everyone not just particular individuals. I truly hope it is and plays as a wake up call and it’s the perfect time for it if any…A good showing in Arizona should right the ship..,!

  • Luis Rene Berrios Santiago

    Hi Brian, maybe it is me, but it seems that Dallas’ coaching staff is slow to adjust, if at all, to what the opponent is doing. I think it has been mentioned before. If the running game was being stopped, why not introduce other plays, screen or short passes, dink and donk if you like, to keep the chains moving and give guys confidence? It is frustrating to see the same plays over and over when they have not worked. On the defensive side, no question, it’s almost a brand new secondary all across the board, and they will need experience by fire. I hope they will gain confidence as the season progresses. I am not quitting on my team, there is plenty of football yet to be played. Go Cowboys.

  • Datschu

    Man… I hate to say this… but so far 2017 is going exactly the way I predicted it would as soon as they named dak permanent starter over romo…. I said … “dak will have a good rookie season, they’ll send off romo, and in 2017 dak will come crashing back down to earth and everyone will be mad they shipped off romo”….
    it’s only 2 games but hear me out…. has dak looked similar to the way he looked in 16?? NO! He’s pressing and also he’s not as accurate and again…. he’s not very good at throwing deep. Argue all you want but the tape doesn’t lie…
    Also… when was the last time you saw the cowboys have BACK TO BACK dominant seasons? As far back as I can remember… they have a great 11-12 win season followed up by a stinker… then a couple mediocre seasons followed up by a dominant season then immediately following that season… another stinker…. and the routine continues….
    I’m not disappointed by dak Prescott… I’m just not as enamored by him as most fans are…. I feel that for his current contract he’s a steal… but when this deal is up….

    I don’t think dak will have the career romo had… success wise… or the longevity in Dallas romo had….
    Which stinks because romo didn’t accomplish anything of significance in his career….

  • Datschu

    This Arizona game will tell us A BUTT TON about the mental make up and intestinal fortitude of this team… also about the effectiveness of this coaching staff….
    this game Monday really tells the future of this franchise in more ways than just a win or loss….
    Here it is cowboys fans. Let’s see how the team responds

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Terrance Williams Contract Creates 2018 Job Security

Jess Haynie



Cowboys Headlines - Breaking Down Terrance Williams' Game-Ending Decision 1
Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News

There's been a lot of talk about what the Dallas Cowboys will do at the receiver position this offseason. While there's a great divide on what the team should do with Dez Bryant, there's a fairly unanimous opinion that Dallas should find an upgrade over Terrance Williams. No matter where he ends up on the depth chart, though, Williams' contract should keep him on the roster in 2018.

Last offseason, Terrance signed a four-year, $17 million deal to stay in Dallas. Because we are now just in the second year of that deal, it is cost prohibitive against the salary cap to release or trade him.

Williams is scheduled to count $4.75 million against the 2018 cap. If Dallas were to cut him, it would accelerate his remaining guaranteed money and create $7.25 million in dead money this year. He would cost more against the cap off the roster than on it.

Even the June-1st provision doesn't help. Williams' dead money in 2018 drops to $4.75 million, which is a net zero against his existing cap hit. It would also push $2.5 million of dead money to 2019. There's no benefit there, and you lose an experienced player who knows your system.

Did Terrance Williams' Big Game Quiet His Doubters?

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

If the Cowboys do like their WR depth enough to want to move on from Terrance, one option is to try to trade him. A trade would lower the cap penalty to $3.75 million and save $1 million. If he's traded after June 1st, it would save $3.5 million against this year's cap.

Of course, it takes two to tango in this scenario. Williams hasn't scored a touchdown since 2016 and has never proven he can take on a significant role in an offense. He was serviceable when Dez Bryant and Jason Witten commanded more attention, but he's a low-end WR2 at best and many teams likely wouldn't want him in their top 2-3 receivers.

Perhaps something could happen during training camps or preseason, when injuries may make other teams desperate. Then again, something could happen in Dallas that makes them less willing to part with Terrance.

As it stands, it seems unlikely that Terrance Williams won't be a Cowboy in 2018. And really, that's not bad thing.

Even if he gets pushed down the depth chart, Terrance would be a good insurance policy against injuries or any other issues that could happen between now and September. $4.75 million is more than you'd like to pay your fourth WR but it's a one-year problem.

If the Cowboys do add more WR talent this offseason, there is a trickle-down effect that strengthens the entire club. Williams, with his experience, is an upgrade over Brice Butler as the fourth receiver.

Therefore, unless circumstances both here and elsewhere allow Dallas to find a trade partner, Terrance Williams should be back next year.

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, Raiders

Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.

To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.

In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.

Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.

Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.

Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.

Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.

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