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Finish The Fight: Ezekiel Elliott’s Fight With NFL Just Beginning

Brian Martin

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One of the more important mantras the Dallas Cowboys have been known to go by here recently is "Finish The Fight". That particular mantra is arguably more important now than it is ever been after Ezekiel Elliott, Jerry Jones, and the rest of Cowboys Nation learned of the NFL's decision to slap Elliott with a six-game suspension. This fight is just beginning and you can bet Elliott and Jerry Jones are prepared to fight tooth and nail with the NFL and see this thing through to the end.

The NFL in their infinite wisdom decided to hand down a six-game suspension without pay to the 2016 leading rusher, Ezekiel Elliott, for the alleged violation of the league's personal conduct policy. The key word here of course is "alleged". The NFL claims their decision was justified because of their "general belief" that the victim was telling the truth in all matters pertaining to the domestic violence accusation.

Ezekiel Elliott as you can imagine is completely infuriated by the turn of events and probably feels like he's been slapped in the face by the NFL. This seems to be just another case of the NFL hierarchies trying to flex their muscles and play judge, jury, and executioner. This is especially true considering the fact the Columbus (OH) criminal court dismissed all charges against Elliott back in the summer of 2016.

This fight is far from over, hence the reference to the Dallas Cowboys mantra "Finish The Fight" earlier in the article. Ezekiel Elliott and Jerry Jones are absolutely furious at the turn of events and are prepared to take whatever actions necessary in order to exonerate Elliott from any wrongdoings.

Charles Robinson on Twitter

I'm told #Cowboys Zeke Elliott is willing to take this whole suspension appeal through courts if he has to. This could drag out a long time.

The Dallas Cowboys second-year RB of course is not alone in this fight and has the full support of his owner Jerry Jones. In fact, the NFL should expect Jerry Jones to be on the warpath.

Patrik Walker on Twitter

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is 'furious' over Ezekiel Elliott verdict. (per @AdamSchefter)

What all this adds up to is a lengthy and probably ugly fight between Ezekiel Elliott/Dallas Cowboys and the NFL. There will be no simple solution and it could come down to a court ruling to finally get everything sorted out.

The only thing that I know for sure, is that we all need to buckle up and prepare ourselves for a long bumpy ride. It's the only thing we can do as Ezekiel Elliott and Jerry Jones prepared to "Finish The Fight".

How do you think this situation finally shakes out?



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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  • Charles

    He needs to fight this. Making an example of Zeke because of his popularity and the fact that he is a Dallas Cowboy. They had a chance to send a message when they had proof that Josh Brown was a spouse abuser. They had a chance to send a message with Pacman but he only got one game for assault and threatening a police officer. I’m quite sure Commissioner Mara…I meant to say Goodell is really proud of himself. No one is really talking about the fact that 2 of the 4 of the panel members are probably biased against the the Cowboys, especially the former prosecutor who is a die hard Giants fan.

  • Russ_Te

    If you read the letter from NFL to Elliott that was leaked, it’s written like they are positive of his guilt. I’m a Progressive politically and have always believed in full gender equality & voted for those candidates including Hillary Clinton.

    So it’s difficult to read that letter and imagine they could be right, and very uncomfortable for me to be a defender of someone possible guilty of domestic violence.

    But there is a gigantic problem with the NFL process. It is corrupted IMO and needs to be slapped down in court. The NFL is now it’s own crime investigative organization, and willing to contradict police findings. That’s sue-able.

    My argument from the other article:

    ESPN’s article today went into what the NFL obtained for it’s conclusions. Interviews of both parties, text messages, injury pics it said meta-dated to the time frame involved. It seems to have ignored that witnesses heard the woman threaten to ruin EE’s career, one reason the police did not charge.

    So if you run your own CSI shop and you are going to disregard police conclusions – and you decide he did it – then why is it only 6 games? Are you weak on DV, or are you rather on shaky ground with the whole endeavor…

  • Russ_Te

    And I think it will be challenged and beaten in court. And I agree it might get Goodell fired. He’s lost.

    Elliott is losing much more than game checks. He is being crucified now in the court of the national press. If you are a prominent sports star, you stand to make much more in endorsement deals than you do from your player contract.

    Elliott? No. That’s gone. And that’s why he will sue.

  • Suave Freddie

    I am SO glad that Jerry Jones & Family are all TICKED off by this decision. After all that Jerry Jones has done for the NFL. The NFL would not be what it is today with ALL that Jerry Jones has done. I hope that Goodell gets FIRED!! He is making a laughing stock of the NFL. This situation happened before Ezkiel Elliot was drafted. NFL should NOT any jurisdiction of what happened then. Also, how do you accuse someone of false accusations. His ex-girl girlfriend presented the information to the police of accusing Ezkiel falsely. The NFL is a BIG joke right now. The Dallas Cowboys brought the ratings up last year fo the NFL. The NFL’s ratings were very low, until they FLEXED Cowboys games. Chris Carter is no better person. He was involved with drugs & alcohol when he was in the NFL. Would would think someone like him would be more considerate for other players in the league. HE IS A POOR EXAMPLE IF WHAT THE NFL STANDS FOR!! No respect for him whatsoever. Hope & Pray Ezkiel comes out victorious and some NFL leaders get replaced!!

  • Don

    Good article Brian and I’m not sure why I’m getting this 2 days later then the rest but agree with all those commenting. I have no use for DV of any sort whether it’s my neighbor your neighbor Joe blow and especially these prima donna athletes. If he indeed did it then not 6 games ban out,kick him out. That sends the message loud and clear. BUT the NFL isn’t the law and I know they have their rules but this was clearly a matter that had been handled by the law and Zeke was completely exonerated..Goodell has been a blight to the NFL for a pretty good while now and like another said he’s probably headed to unemployment.Good riddance..Read today where Zeke’s dad said get ready we are Lawyer’d up and we know Jerry is as well..Now it just popped up on my phone saying Goodell had little to do with this investigation…REALLY…Yes my blood is Blue & Silver since 63′ but if he’s innocent of all this then the NFL needs a slap in the face. I believe he is and if not he’s got to go flip burgers with Randy Gregory…!

  • ThePsychodad69

    If the NFL investigator realizes she’s a flake, because the only pics on record are selfies after a bar fight at a party she wasn’t invited to, then follows him home, confronts Zeke and friends in parking lot. Throws a few threats his way before calling the police. A few texts to her friend asking for a felony. Just wonder why Zekes restraining order against her never came up until now, could be the deathblow to Goodells throne.

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Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Can we Believe General Manager Jerry Jones?

Entre los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys, pocas cosas son criticadas tan frecuentemente como la administración de la franquicia que no ha ganado ningún Super Bowl en más de dos décadas. Se ha convertido en un equipo que, a pesar de ser el más valioso en el mundo deportivo, no ha sido nada relevante en el emparrillado. Lo que alguna vez fue una dinastía se ha convertido en una unidad que rompe frecuentemente los corazones de los fans.

Jerry Jones y Stephen Jones, siendo los operadores del ámbito deportivo del negocio familiar, son criticados semana tras semana y en gran parte por justa razón. Pero en gran parte, por cosas no muy válidas.

Cambios de Coach

A mi parecer, lo más criticable para la administración de este equipo viene cuando hablamos de los coaches. Muchos se burlan de los Cincinnati Bengals y de la manera en la que están atascados con el Head Coach Marvin Lewis. Con Jason Garrett al volante, la situación para los Cowboys no es nada diferente.

A mediados de la temporada 2018, no parece que esta narrativa vaya a cambiar. Una vez más, los Cowboys arrancaron de una manera muy inconsistente y ya no sabemos que esperar de ellos. Gran parte de las derrotas, la mayor parte, es el coacheo.

Sin duda el equipo no será exactamente el mismo en 2019, pero ¿serán suficientes los cambios como para decidir quedarse con el mismo capitán que no ha podido mantener el barco navegando por años?

El Draft

A diferencia de como se manejan muchos equipos en la liga, los Jones fungen como general managers de su propio equipo. Con la ayuda de Will McClay han logrado superar varios de los fracasos de los Jones de antaño, pero actualmente, siendo sinceros no han hecho un mal trabajo.

A pesar de las critícas de Abril, Leighton Vander Esch está probando haber valido más que la pena. Siendo objetivos, aparte de Taco Charlton en el 2017, todas las selecciones de primera ronda de los Cowboys han sido valiosas. La línea ofensiva, el corredor, un cornerback que por fin se está perfilando como uno de los mejores en la liga.

En cuanto a la segunda ronda, ha habido varias críticas, muchas con razón. Pero el mejor caza cabezas del equipo, DeMarcus Lawrence, el linebacker Jaylon Smith, Randy Gregory y más están teniendo un impacto muy fuerte en el equipo.

Decisiones difíciles

La administración se ha visto en la necesidad de tomar decisiones bastante difíciles después de una temporada de nueve victorias en 2017. El LB Anthony Hitchens fue liberado, Dan Bailey se fue inesperadamente, se confió en Byron Jones para tomar su opción de quinto año.

Hasta ahora, pura decisión digna de aplaudirse. Pero ninguna como la más reciente de todas: Amari Cooper.

Por más caro que haya salido, los Cowboys merecen bastante crédito por haber mejorado muchísimo su posición de WR. Si el equipo llega a tener una oportunidad esta temporada, será en gran parte por él.

No cabe ninguna duda en mi cabeza de que los Jones han cometido errores a lo largo de los años, el más evidente siendo la resistencia de dejar ir a Jason Garrett. Pero a pesar de esto, la administración ha tomado excelentes decisiones y ha realizado el draft muy bien. En ese aspecto en específico, les aplaudo.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración" 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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Sack Numbers Don’t Tell DeMarcus Lawrence’s 2018 Story

Kevin Brady

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Breaking Down DeMarcus Lawrence's League High 5.5 Sacks Through Week 4

Coming off of a career year in 2017, many fans expected DeMarcus Lawrence to continue his ridiculous sack production this season. After all, he is once again in a "contract year" due to the franchise tag, and fans are hoping the Cowboys can secure him longterm this offseason.

Through the first four games of 2018, Lawrence looked as ridiculous and unstoppable as ever. He had 5.5 sacks, tied for the league lead, and was dictating the pass protection schemes of every offense the Cowboys were facing.

Since that hot start, though, DeMarcus Lawrence has recorded just 1 sack, falling behind some of the league leaders he was once ahead of. This has some people scratching their heads and wondering if Lawrence's career year in 2017 was just that, a career year. One which he will never replicate again, and one which the Cowboys should factor out when talking contract extensions.

Here's why those people are wrong.

Let's first talk about what makes DeMarcus Lawrence so good, and then we'll get into the full context of the Cowboys defense and how that explains some of the drop in sacks.

Lawrence, unlike some of the league's other top pass rushers, is a complete 4-3 defensive end. He is one of, if not the best run defending defensive ends in football, as shown by his 12 tackles for loss on the season (only Aaron Donald and Danielle Hunter have more).

Much of the year, the Cowboys run defense has boiled down to Lawrence making splash plays, as we saw against the Washington Redskins. Adrian Peterson was gashing the Cowboys during that game, and the only one who did anything to stop him was DeMarcus Lawrence, as indicated by his 3 tackles for loss that Sunday.

There's also the point that 6.5 sacks through half the season is, well, good. It's really good! And when you couple his sack numbers with his solid pressure and QB hit stats, you can see that Lawrence is having a very good season.

Then there is the context of this entire Cowboys defense, specifically their defensive line and pass rush. To put it bluntly, DeMarcus Lawrence has been their only consistent rusher this season. Though we came into the year with high hopes for Randy Gregory, and cautious optimism about first round pick Taco Charlton, neither have been all that impressive this season.

Somebody, anybody, has to step up and become a threat opposite of Lawrence. David Irving could help matters with his interior pass rush ability, but he has been unavailable for basically the entire season.

Without another pass rusher for offense's to even think twice about, Lawrence is getting double teamed and/or chipped by a tight end or running back on just about every rush. It's becoming rare that Lawrence is in a true one-on-one pass rush situation.

Of course, if you are elite, offenses are going to shift protections to you in this way and you still have to find ways to be productive.

And thus far in 2018, DeMarcus Lawrence is doing just that.



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Can QB Dak Prescott Steal Back His Mojo From Atlanta?

Brian Martin

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Can Dak Prescott Regain His Mojo Against Atlanta?
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When the Dallas Cowboys last traveled to Mercedes-Benz Stadium they were completely throttled by the Atlanta Falcons. It's a game a lot of Cowboys Nation would like to forget, but no one more so than Quarterback Dak Prescott. That game could very well be where his struggles really began.

It's almost exactly a year later and the Dallas Cowboys still find themselves haunted by that brutal beating the Atlanta Falcons handed them in Week 10 of the 2017 season. The Cowboys seemed to lose all confidence in themselves after that game, but it was almost as if it was the exact point in time where Dak Prescott lost all of his mojo as well.

Before that match up against the Falcons, Prescott was still playing at a pretty high level. But since then, he has been in a slump and there have been very few signs of recapturing any of that magic he once had. Heading back to Atlanta maybe the key for him finding and stealing back his mojo.

Things could definitely go a little differently this time around. The Cowboys will have Ezekiel Elliott and Tyron Smith in the lineup this week. Zeke missed the game last year due to the league mandated six-game suspension, and Tyron missed due to an injury. Having those two back in the lineup could pay huge dividends, especially for Prescott.

Without his starting left tackle and running back, Dak was pretty much beaten to a pulp by the Falcons defense a year ago. They applied relentless pressure, hitting and sacking him on a number of occasions. Unfortunately, I think that's where he started seeing ghost in the pocket and its haunted him ever since.

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)

The beating he took at the hands of the Falcons has really thrown off his entire game. His mechanics, accuracy, and effectiveness as a scrambler can all be traced back to that one matchup. He just hasn't been the same QB he was prior to that game.

Prescott's stats prior to the Falcons game:

24 starts
66.7 completion percentage
102.4 passer rating

Prescott's stats since the Falcons game:

17 starts
63.3 completion percentage
83.1 passer rating

As you can see, that's a notable difference. His passer rating has shockingly dropped nearly 20 points since last playing the Falcons and it's really hurt the entire offensive production. It's time for that to change.

Prescott has no choice this week. He has to get back up on the horse that bucked him off and hopefully regain that mojo he left in Atlanta a year ago. Fortunately for him, his confidence might be is as high as it's been since that last meeting after pulling off the upset against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

Now, he just has to go out and prove it!

Do you think Dak Prescott can regain his mojo against the Atlanta Falcons?



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