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

Brian Martin

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Ezekiel Elliott

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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Dallas Cowboys “All or Nothing” Series to Shed New Light on HC Jason Garrett

Sean Martin

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Dallas Cowboys "All or Nothing" Series to Shed New Light on HC Jason Garrett

You likely already know by now that the 2017 Dallas Cowboys season -- by all accounts, a forgettable one for fans, coaches, and big-name players -- will be documented forever thanks to NFL Films' latest All or Nothing series.

Effectively, All or Nothing is a new spin on the popular Hard Knocks series with one major difference. This Amazon Prime exclusive doesn't just follow a team through training camp, as NFL Films gets inside team meetings and games throughout the entire season.

The 2017 Cowboys yielded just nine wins, creating more than enough drama for television along the way. This was yet another season where Head Coach Jason Garrett's job was put on the line, although early reviews of All or Nothing (available to the public April 27th) paint Garrett as the lead antagonist.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Jason Garrett drops at least 10 f-bombs in the first show. Before the Broncos game in Week 2: "You want to quiet the game down? Hand the f---in' ball to 21 and knock their ass off the ball.

Watching the Titanic and expecting a different outcome is a surefire way to set yourself up for disappointment, as will be reliving a frustrating season in Dallas. By the end though, Cowboys fans will have a much better understanding of where the 2018 team stands - particularly in the eyes of a Head Coach they looked to fire once again this offseason.

Jason Garrett has long been described as a "players coach", one that his Cowboys teams want to fight for. Whether or not the Cowboys have gone too far in constantly churning their roster in Garrett's image for little end result will likely be determined this season.

This is a Head Coach that has been in place for the departure of DeMarcus Ware, Tony Romo (serving as a pivotal decision maker for the Cowboys choosing Dak Prescott as their full-time starter in 2016), and most recently Dez Bryant.

An added bonus to All or Nothing will likely be that it captures Dez Bryant's final moments with the Cowboys.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Garrett to Zeke at practice after Broncos loss: "I want that f---in guy at Ohio St. who was running down on that kickoff. Remember after you played your 2nd play in the NFL against the Seahawks, you came over to me and you said, 'Give me the f---in ball!'

The Cowboys did not just lose Ezekiel Elliott in 2017 (serving his six game suspension), and All or Nothing will remind every one of just how much talent came off the field for Garrett's team last season. Coming out at the same time as the Dallas hosted 2018 Draft, Cowboys fans can build their excitement for a 2018 triumph back to the playoffs.

Anything short of this likely costs Jason Garrett his job, although everything he means to the Dallas Cowboys will be put in better-than-ever perspective by All or Nothing.

David Helman on Twitter

I don't wanna spoil the "All or Nothing" TV show more than what you've already seen or heard. But if you watch it, you're going to get a great look at: 1. Jason Garrett's actual persona 2. The dynamics of Dez's relationship within the team 3.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys “All or Nothing” Series to Shed New Light on HC Jason Garrett" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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Cowboys en Español: Definiendo la Urgencia por un WR este NFL Draft

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Pre-Playoff 7-Round Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft
Andrew Dieb / USA TODAY Sports

El líder en recepciones de anotación en la historia de la franquicia más emblemática en la historia de los Dallas Cowboys, Dez Bryant, ha visto su tiempo portando la estrella solitaria llegar a su fin. Un fin, por cierto, que dejó a algunos cuantos aficionados, administrativos y jugadores en un estado de descontento.

Por más que me gustaría entrar a detalle de si el veterano receptor merecía ser recortado o no, si el equipo tomó la decisión correcta o no, el NFL Draft está a menos de una semana de distancia. Así que, en vez de hablar de lo que pudo haber sido, hablemos de lo que puede ser. 

Los Cowboys, a pesar de ser conocidos como una potencia ofensiva en las últimas temporadas, necesitan a un wide receiver. Sí, Dallas consiguió al agente libre de Jacksonville Allen Hurns, pero siendo honestos, no parece ser suficiente talento para un equipo que quiere construirle una ofensiva amigable a su quarterback, Dak Prescott.

Si el roster sólo tiene a Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown y Deonte Thompson; se necesita un WR. Incluso con Bryant en el equipo, se necesitaba un receptor. Lo cual lleva a la gran pregunta: ¿el despido de Dez significa que a los Cowboys les urge aún más un receptor? ¿Significa que definitivamente buscarán mejorar la posición con su selección de primera ronda?

Algo queda claro, la administración sabía lo que sucedería. Dez Bryant no estaba en los planes para el 2018 y claramente sus planes para abordar el NFL Draft no se verán cambiados por la partida del apasionado #88.

Estas estrategias se plantean por meses y más meses. Los Cowboys se han fijado mucho en la posición de receptor, desde que fue el NFL Combine hasta las visitas privadas que toman lugar a lo largo de Abril.

Es un hecho que tienen en la mira a los receptores. Claramente, quieren añadir más talento a la ofensiva para Dak Prescott.

En una clase de prospectos que cuenta con bastantes receptores, otra pregunta naturalmente, es ¿lo harán en primera ronda o más tarde? Me sorprendería demasiado si el equipo espera hasta la tercera ronda. Sin duda, es algo que tienen que atender con una de sus dos primeros picks.

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En el primero, la selección #19 global, podrían encontrar a uno de los tres mejores receptores del año. Calvin Ridley, de Alabama; Courtland Sutton, de SMU; DJ Moore, de Maryland. Si buscarán el "remplazo" de Dez Bryant en uno de estos tres jugadores, definitivamente será uno de estos tres prospectos.

Todos tienen lo suyo. Sutton es un receptor estilo "X" (como Dez Bryant) mientras Ridley, por ejemplo, es claramente un receptor "Z" (como Terrance Williams). DJ Moore brinda un poco de versatilidad entre ambos roles, y podría ser un jugador de impacto en cualquiera que se le juegue, aunque probablemente brillaría más si se le permitiera jugar como un "Z."

Afortunadamente para Dallas, el recién firmado Allen Hurns también es capaz de tomar cualquiera de los dos roles. Esto le da flexibilidad a los Cowboys de tomar al que más les guste, o en su defecto, a quien esté disponible.

En mi segundo Mock Draft del año, simulé a Courtland Sutton, producto de SMU a los Cowboys con el pick #19. Los coaches de la Estrella Solitaria han mostrado bastante interés por el producto local y no me sorprendería nada verlos aterrizar un receptor como él la próxima semana.

Ahora bien, si Dallas decide esperar hasta la segunda ronda para conseguir a un par de manos confiables, encontrarán talento. Definitivamente. James Washington, DJ Chark, Michael Gallup, Anthony Miller, entre otros podrían estar ahí en la selección #50 (segunda ronda).

Cowboys Draft: Should Cowboys Consider WR James Washington?

Oklahoma State WR James Washington (Rob Ferguson / USA TODAY Sports)

Si el equipo quiere tomar talento para otra posición en la primera, lo podrán hacer sabiendo que encontrarán un WR talentoso al día siguiente.

Afortunadamente, esta ofensiva se basa en Ezekiel Elliott y el juego terrestre detrás de la línea ofensiva. Los receptores son importantes, por supuesto, pero no es necesario tener algo tan dominante como lo fue Dez Bryant en el 2013 y el 2014, por ejemplo.

Por ahora, sólo falta esperar como abordan los Cowboys esta necesidad la próxima semana cuando el NFL Draft del 2018 tome lugar en el mismo lugar en el que este equipo juega sus partidos e intenta pelear, el AT&T Stadium.

Con un poco de suerte, estrenaran el campo este 2018 obteniendo su primer victoria del año la próxima semana.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Definiendo la Urgencia por un WR este NFL Draft" 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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Kris Richard Taking Over For Rod Marinelli Earlier Than Expected?

Brian Martin

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How Much Input Will Kris Richard Have in Cowboys Draft?

Believe it or not, a lot of Cowboys Nation has grown tired of Rod Marinelli's simplistic and predictable 4-3 defensive scheme. Dallas Cowboys fans are ready for a change and quite a few of them believe that Kris Richard is the answer.

The Dallas Cowboys hired Kris Richard earlier this offseason to become the new defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator. Almost immediately, rumors and speculation began to circulate that he would be the next defensive coordinator, taking over for Rod Marinelli once he retires.

It's really not that big of a reach to see such a promotion happen, especially since Richard has found previous success as a defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks. But, as things stand right now, Rod Marinelli still has the title of DC in Dallas, but for how long?

Rod Marinelli

Dallas Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli

We have already seen a few changes being made to the Cowboys defense that seem to have Kris Richard's fingerprints on them. Moving Byron Jones from safety to cornerback for instance is a perfect example.

Of course, we could see even more of Richard's imprint on the Cowboys defense next week when the 2018 NFL Draft gets underway. I think he will have a big say in the types of players they select if he is indeed expected to become the next defensive coordinator.

Further evidence Kris Richard will have quite a bit of input on the Cowboys defense this season is the fact that a lot of players have been watching game film of the Seahawks' defense.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Sean Lee said the Cowboys have been watching film of the Seahawks' defense. Said it's been fun being around new DB coach/passing game coordinator Kris Richard

I don't know about you, but for me this is pretty solid evidence the Dallas Cowboys are going to make some changes on the defensive side of the ball and that Kris Richard will have a lot of say in those changes.

I may be reading too much into all this or I may be hitting the nail right on the head. But, there's no denying there seems to be a renewed energy from the Cowboys defensive players. Maybe it's the hiring of Kris Richard or something else, but I personally find it intriguing.

I'm really looking forward to finding out how all of these pieces end up falling into place. I really don't care who holds the title of defensive coordinator in 2018 as long as we see improvement from the Cowboys defense.

For the Cowboys defense to improve from last season it's going to take a collaborative effort from the entire coaching staff, not just Rod Marinelli and Kris Richard. That's just the way things work in the NFL, but it's never going to stop us from speculating when some new blood is brought in.

Do you think Kris Richard is taking over for Rod Marinelli earlier than expected?


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