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Is Ezekiel Elliott The “Right Kind Of Guy”?

Brian Martin

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If you're a fan of the Dallas Cowboys or a member of Cowboys Nation, then you know the meaning of the "right kind of guy" mantra. It all started when Jason Garrett took over as head coach of the Cowboys and has been echoed by nearly every member of the organization. But, due to recent events I've started wondering if Ezekiel Elliott is a "right kind of guy".

Ezekiel Elliott is without a doubt one of the best running backs in the entire NFL and seems to be well-liked by his teammates. But, that's the on the field stuff that has earned him the chance to play in the league. Unfortunately, it takes more than being talented and well-liked by your peers to have a lasting career in the NFL.

If Ezekiel Elliott isn't careful, he could be heading down a dangerous path that could lead to his career being shortened. Fortunately though, he really hasn't done anything illegal that would get him in trouble with the law, but that doesn't mean diddly squat to Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Goodell has the power to hand down suspensions even if an NFL player hasn't done anything technically illegal. That's the category Ezekiel Elliott finds himself in right now and why he could be looking at a suspension to start the 2017 season.

Ezekiel ElliottIf we are judging by recent events then Ezekiel Elliott doesn't fit into that "right kind of guy" mantra Jason Garrett has preached as a head coach. He believes players should be able to take care of their business on and off the field and that they are mature enough to do so. Unfortunately, Zeke's maturity is certainly questionable as things stand right now.

The Cowboys second-year RB has without a doubt found himself in some difficult situations since turning pro. In each instance the details are sketchy, but he's going to have to learn he is now a public figure and everything he does/says will be heavily scrutinized. Unfortunately, that's just the nature of the business.

Now, I still believe Ezekiel Elliott is the "right kind of guy" and the type of player the Dallas Cowboys try to build their roster around, but something is going to have to change. Fortunately for him though, he has several teammates who can help make sure he is going down the right path.

It sometimes just takes a little longer for professional athletes to figure things out. They go from a college athlete to a multi-million dollar professional player nearly overnight and that can sometimes be a huge adjustment. We're just going to have to hope #21 figures everything out sooner rather than later.

Do you think Ezekiel Elliott is the "right kind of guy"?



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  1. Kevin Black

    July 19, 2017 at 10:00 am

    RKG does NOT equal Boy Scout.

    They want RKGs on the field. Off they field they don’t really care as long as it doesn’t affect the team. Obviously suspensions hurt, but as long as Elliot isn’t a distraction in the locker room, then he’s an RKG.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      July 19, 2017 at 10:48 am

      I think the “right kind of guy” encompasses a lot more than just on the field production. They also want players that can keep their noses clean so that they are available to help the team when the time comes.

      • Kevin Black

        July 19, 2017 at 9:29 pm

        I disagree. Yes, you’d like theme to stay clean, but that’s not their RKG mantra. If it was, they would never have signed Hardy. They want people who live and breath football.

        I’m not saying it’s right. I’m just saying their RKG does not equal a Boy Scout. If you want that, then you would need them to change what RKG means because they have stated that it’s about football, not off the field.

    • fgoodwin

      July 19, 2017 at 11:32 am

      I agree with Brian on this. While Jerry is making excuses for Zeke (and Greg Hardy, Randy Gregory, Michael Irvin, etc.), why is it we never heard the same excuses being made for Dak, Emmitt, or Woody? I get that some players take longer to mature, but ultimately, each player is responsible for their own behavior.

      • Brian Martin

        Brian Martin

        July 19, 2017 at 11:47 am

        Exactly! I think Zeke just needs to do a better job of putting himself in better situations. Maybe take on a mentor to help him figure things out. Perhaps one of his teammates like Jason Witten.

        • Kevin Black

          July 19, 2017 at 9:33 pm

          Another thing about this, since we are talking about 21 year olds, you are getting the most cocky people on the planet. The best football players in my HS were the guys who were the biggest asses and did the most ridiculous things, usually covered up by the coaches, school and parents. To be shocked that his behavior continues when they reach the NFL is naive. They’ve been coddled all their lives and have never learned the skills to be mature beyond their age.

          Again, not saying it’s right, but to complain about it and not address the realities of the situation is reporting only half the story.

          • fgoodwin

            July 20, 2017 at 8:44 am

            Again, how is it that Dak manages to stay out of trouble, but Zeke cannot?

            Emmitt and Woody were both 21 at one time in their lives, yet neither made the headlines like Zeke is doing. Everytime somebody makes excuses for Zeke, I wonder why they never had to say the same about Dak, Woody or Emmitt? Were those guys supermen? I don’t think so.

            They simply chose to follow the straight and narrow. And it IS a choice!

          • Kevin Black

            July 20, 2017 at 9:34 am

            Easy. Dak matured early. His mother is a HUGE part of that. However, even in his childhood, he showed a maturity way beyond his years.

            Just be aware, Dak is the HUGE exception. Not the rule. Zeke is WAY closer to the norm.

          • fgoodwin

            July 20, 2017 at 12:29 pm

            Yes, Dak is exceptional, but that doesn’t make him the exception.

            There are lots of guys on the Cowboys roster who manage to stay out of trouble. Is Tyron Smith the exception or the rule? La’el Collins? Kyle Wilber? Anthony Brown?

            I could on and on. MOST of the Cowboys stay out of trouble. That makes them the rule and Zeke the exception. But keep on making excuses for him, and you’ll keep getting the same results.

            I’m done, you may have the last word.

          • Kevin Black

            July 20, 2017 at 1:04 pm

            To be fair, even Dak had a DUI shortly before the draft. La’el Collins was involved in a situation, not of his creation but people will point out that some of them were his friends.

            These are coddled 21 year olds. I’m not saying it’s right, but the reality is they think they are invincible and until you prove them otherwise, this kind of situation will come up. The Cowboys aren’t the only team with this issue.

      • Kevin Black

        July 19, 2017 at 9:31 pm

        You might want this, but this is not what the Dallas Cowboys consider to be an RKG. Their RKG is someone who lives and breathes football.

        I’m not saying it’s right, I’m just stating what they have stated is an RKG for them.

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Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches
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Lamentablemente, la temporada 2018 de los Dallas Cowboys ha llegado a su fin. Lo hizo cuando el equipo visitó Los Angeles para intentar sorprender a los Rams en su propio campo en la Ronda Divisional de los playoffs. Ni siquiera con una invasión exitosa de la afición de Dallas pudieron ganarse un pase al Campeonato de Conferencia. En vez de eso, los Cowboys estarán viendo desde casa y la afición estará preguntándose: ¿qué sigue para los Dallas Cowboys?

Parece ya una tradición anual que no podemos dejar pasar. Este momento en el que comenzamos a cuestionar, una vez más, que entrenador es digno de quedarse en la franquicia y cual debe irse. En esta edición de "Cowboys en Español," hablaremos específicamente de los tres principales coaches en el equipo.

Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli Should Be On The Hot Seat

Coordinador Defensivo Rod Marinelli

El futuro del coordinador defensivo de los Dallas Cowboys no se puede tratar sin mencionar a Kris Richard. Fue la defensiva la que llevó al equipo hasta la postemporada y fue la unidad que cargó al equipo en muchas de sus victorias. Incluso con la llegada de Amari Cooper a Dallas, la defensiva fue siempre el pilar de la franquicia esta temporada.

Jaylon Smith y Leighton Vander Esch sorprendentemente se perfilaron como uno de los mejores duos de linebackers en toda la liga, la línea defensiva fue muy exitosa con Randy Gregory y DeMarcus Lawrence en los extremos y con la grata sorpresa que fue Antwaun Woods en el centro. La secundaria vio la mejor temporada en la controversial carrera de Byron Jones e hizo un excelente trabajo con un talento decente, pero no genial.

Todo esto, y el haber terminado como la sexta mejor defensiva en puntos permitidos (20.2) y la quinta mejor contra la corrida (94.6), hace a Rod Marinelli merecedor de una ronda de aplausos. Sin embargo, Richard probablemente merezca más aplausos.

Fue Richard quien revolucionó la defensiva de los Cowboys y la convirtió en un grupo mucho más agresivo. Fue él quien implementó jugadas de "blitz" en el equipo (algo no común con Marinelli) y quien en un punto de la temporada, comenzó a seleccionar las jugadas desde la banda.

En esta posición, me parece que los Dallas Cowboys tienen que enfrentar la dura decisión de decirle a Marinelli que es tiempo de dejarle el puesto a Kris Richard. Si bien no se llevó un trabajo de head coach, es muy probable que le llovieran ofertas a Richard si no se hace con el título de coordinador defensivo en Dallas.

Scott Linehan Acknowledges Need for New "Wrinkles" in Cowboys Offense

Dallas Cowboys OC Scott Linehan (Tim Heitman / USA TODAY Sports)

Coordinador Ofensivo Scott Linehan

Con un equipo tan polémico como este, la afición de Dallas no concuerda en muchas cosas. Sin embargo, lo hacen al hablar del pésimo trabajo que Scott Linehan ha realizado mandando las jugadas en ofensiva. Realmente ha sido doloroso de ver y es en mi opinión, el mayor problema que tiene el equipo actualmente.

Semana tras semana, fuimos testigos de pésimas decisiones en la ofensiva de los Cowboys. Vimos como el equipo se aferraba a llenar la caja de defensivos antes de correr el balón con Ezekiel Elliott. Vimos incontables pases pantalla en tercera oportunidad y largo. Pero no solo es lo que vimos, sino lo que no vimos.

A pesar de la innegable habilidad para correr el balón de Dak Prescott, Linehan se rehusó a explotar esta versatilidad de su QB. Vimos pocos "QB sneaks," jugada donde el mariscal toma el balón bajo centro y consigue poco yardage detrás del empuje de su línea ofensiva.

Siendo honestos, los Cowboys llevan dos años sufriendo por este coordinador. Dejarlo volver en el 2019 sería una decisión ridícula. Los comentarios en la radio de Jason Garrett no lucen prometedores, pero realmente sería una sorpresa que fueran ciertos. Linehan no debe volver... punto.

Jerry Jones Delivers Vote of Confidence in "Real Deal" Jason Garrett

Head Coach Jason Garrett

El futuro en esta posición será muy debatido durante los próximos meses, pero de los tres que hemos mencionado es sin lugar a dudas el más seguro de todos. Nos guste o no, Jason Garrett estará al frente del equipo la próxima temporada.

Garrett está lejos de ser un gran coach y aún le hace falta demostrar que puede cumplir las aspiraciones de los Cowboys de traer un sexto Trofeo Lombardi a casa. Pero siendo honesto, este equipo debería tener suficiente con Garrett y un par de buenos coordinadores. ¿El problema? No hay un par de buenos coordinadores en el equipo.

Sin embargo, Garrett ha demostrado que cuenta con el amor y apoyo de sus jugadores. Ha demostrado que efectivamente, puede ganar la división (lo ha hecho en tres de los últimos cinco años). Este año el equipo le dio la vuelta a la temporada después de comenzar 3-5.

Lo más preocupante en mi opinión, es la falta de urgencia para despedir a Linehan, por ejemplo. Quizá a puerta cerrada Garrett quiere un cambio en su staff, pero nunca lo sabremos.

Jason Garrett no es un coach excelente, pero podría ser suficiente para llevar a los Cowboys a un Super Bowl si tiene un equipo adecuado. Todo parece indicar que su trabajo está seguro (incluso más de lo que pensamos) así que es tiempo de esperar que se arreglen sus coordinadores.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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2018 Draft Class Season Review: LB Leighton Vander Esch

Kevin Brady

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Leighton Vander Esch Lands on List of NFL's Top 10 Rookies

As the first round draft pick of America's Team, any player would be under a ton of pressure from all angles. Whether it's from the fans on the outside or the organization on the inside, the expectations around being a first round pick for the Cowboys are immense. But the pressure placed upon linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, from the second he was announced as the 19th overall draft pick, was second to none.

It felt like Cowboys Nation let out a collective groan when Vander Esch was taken, with fans hoping for a more glamorous first round selection. Someone like wide receiver Calvin Ridley or edge rusher Harold Landry would've done the trick, but after Vander Esch's rookie season it's hard to imagine either of those players would have had the impact Vander Esch did in 2018.

Though he didn't start a game until week 4, and didn't become the unquestioned full-time starting WILL until week 10, Vander Esch earned Pro Bowl honors for his rookie season. Tallying 140 total tackles and 2 interceptions, Vander Esch made his presence felt week in and week out.

No counting stats can fully measure Leighton Vander Esch's impact as a rookie, however.

Prior to the 2018 season, the Cowboys defensive success often came down to the health of Sean Lee. When available and playing at his best, Lee led an overachieving Cowboys defense to solid performances each week. But, when Lee went out (as he often did), the entire Cowboys defense seemed to fall apart.5 Studs and Duds From the Dallas Cowboys 2018 Season

This year, though, that all changed. When Sean Lee was out with injury the Cowboys defense got better. Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith became a versatile, hard hitting tandem the NFL immediately feared, and helped to direct the Cowboys defense to signature wins throughout the 2018 season.

There are arguments against taking any off-ball linebacker in the first round, as the value of the position has been questioned due to the new style of offense in the NFL. Nowadays linebackers are relegated to two-down players, taken off the field in favor of faster defensive backs on critical passing downs.

Leighton Vander Esch is athletic enough to be both an old school run stopper, but also a three down linebacker in today's fast paced NFL.

Despite the doubts which surrounded the pick, the Cowboys absolutely nailed their first round selection in 2018. And Leighton Vander Esch made Dallas' front office look like geniuses each and every Sunday.



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What Is The Cowboys Most Pressing Offseason Need?

Kevin Brady

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Finishing their season with a Division Round loss, Dallas Cowboys fans are getting a somewhat late start on the 2019 offseason. Of course, we'd much rather a later start, but the results are what they are.

Now Dallas must get better, and re-tool before heading into Dak Prescott's fourth season, and the Cowboys' 2019 campaign. Though they didn't feel all that close to a championship this season, looking around the roster, it's actually tough to identify one key need the Cowboys must address.

They are filled with young, talented players that they have high hopes for across the board. And in the places they are "older," such as across the offensive line, they have established veterans who aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

So what is the Cowboys' most pressing offseason need?

Well, despite already using their 2019 first round pick to address it, the answer very well might be wide receiver.

Adding Amari Cooper midseason provided a massive jolt to the Cowboys previously anemic passing attack, but on his own he is not enough to take this passing game to where it needs to be to compete in this new NFL.

Third round pick Michael Gallup is going to be a very good pro, and progressed really well as his rookie season went on. I think he can play opposite Amari Cooper nicely, and be the number two option in the passing game going forward.

Though arguably their best wide out against man coverage, Cole Beasley is a free agent, and if the reports are true about Scott Linehan returning in 2019 it could very well mean Beasley will not be opting to sign back with Dallas.

Regardless of Beasley's decision, however, the Cowboys need to seriously evaluate their pass catchers heading into next season.

This is a passing league. The rules have dictated that you must be able to pass the ball efficiently if you want to compete with the best of the best around the NFL. To take the next step in their progression, and reach an NFC title game and/or Super Bowl, Dak Prescott will need to have as explosive a group of pass catchers as possible.

The Cowboys have already taken solid steps to making this a reality, but another move or two this offseason could go a long way to putting Dallas in the conversation with teams like the Rams and the Saints in 2019.



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