The 2016 Rio Olympics has come to an end. We have all witnessed some the best athletes from around the world coming together to compete in different athletic events.
I for one always hate to see the Olympic Games come to an end. I love watching these athletes give every bit of themselves in the events there competing in. They train for years for the chance to represent their country and perhaps put themselves in a position to win a medal.
While watching all of the different Olympic events, I really started thinking if there were any current Dallas Cowboys players that could have perhaps become an Olympian and what event they might be best suited to compete in.
Below are just a few of the Cowboys players I personally think would've made good Olympians if they would have chosen a different career path.
Tony Romo, Golf
The 2016 Rio Summer Olympics was the first time that golf was an Olympic event since the 1904 Summer Olympics. Golf might not be one of the more popular events at the Olympic Games, but that doesn't mean the players competing aren't all trying to win the gold medal.
We all know that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has a passion for golf and if he was to compete in an Olympic event this would be the one he would be most qualified to participate in.
Over the years a lot of Cowboys fans believed that Romo's willingness to spend his downtime on the golf course had a negative impact on his QB performance, but he reluctantly gave up the sport after his second back surgery.
Could you see Tony Romo representing USA as an Olympic golfer?
Byron Jones, Decathlon
Byron Jones is arguably the most athletic player on the Dallas Cowboys roster, if not the entire NFL. He already holds the unofficial world record for the standing long jump with a leap of 12'3". So, you would think his best Olympic event would be the long jump, but I think his rare athletic ability would serve him better competing in the decathlon.
The decathlon is 10 events total and is graded on a point system depending how each individual athlete finishes in the 10 events. The decathlon events include the 100 m dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 m, 110 m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and 1500 m run.
I'm basing my decision that the decathlon would be his best of Olympic event because he was one of the top performers in the 200 m and 400 m events in high school. He ran the 200 in 22.13 seconds and the 400 in 48.43 seconds.
If you combine his speed/athletic ability and then give him the time to train, you might be looking at an Olympic medalist.
Travis Frederick, Discus & Shot Put
Just looking at Travis Frederick you wouldn't consider him as being Olympic material, but just because he plays center in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys doesn't mean he couldn't excel at a different sport.
In fact, in high school he was a top performer in both discus and shot put. In 2008, he finished second in shot put at the BDN Invite, with a throw of 15.23 m (49'11"). He also took second in the 2008 WIAA Sectional Championships in discus with a throw of 49.30 m (161'10").
Frederick's athleticism is underrated by a lot of people, but if you've ever watched anyone throw a shot put or discus you would notice that these participants have to rely on their athleticism to be able to spin around several times while throwing a heavy object.
I have no doubt Frederick could do that. Plus, he's already used to flipping around a football.
Dez Bryant, Triple Jump
There is no denying that Dez Bryant is one of the most dominant wide receivers in the NFL. It's that fact alone why I had a difficult time deciding which Olympic event he would be best suited to compete in.
Not only did Bryant excel on the football field in high school, but he was also a top performers in a track and field. One of his better events where the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles. He ran the 110 hurdles in 14.56 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 40.70 seconds.
The hurdles however wasn't his best event, that was triple jump. He was one of the top performers in the state and his best personal jump was 14.17 m. That is why I decided this was his best Olympic event.
Can you imagine the excitement and electricity Dez Bryant would bring to the triple jump at the Olympics?
Ezekiel Elliott, 110 & 400 Hurdles
Deciding Ezekiel Elliott's best chance to compete in the Olympics was probably the easiest of all the players that made this list.
Elliott was a standout track and field athlete and was a state qualifier in different hurtling and sprinting events. In fact, he won four championships at the Missouri Class 3 state championships.
He won the 100 m dash with the time of 10.95 seconds and the 200 m dash with a time of 22.05 seconds.
Those are both really good times for a high school athlete, but I think the 110 and 400 m hurdles would be his best Olympic event. This is based on the fact that he ran the 110 m high hurdles in 13.77 seconds and the 300 m hurdles in 37.52 seconds.
Out of all of the Dallas Cowboys players on the list I think Ezekiel Elliott might have had the best shot to compete in the Olympics if he hadn't decided to pursue a career on the football field instead.
Do you think any of these Dallas Cowboys players could've possibly been Olympic athletes?
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3 Things We Learned About The Dallas Cowboys In 2018
Coming into the 2018 season, loads of questions surrounded the Dallas Cowboys and the future of their roster.
Could their defense stay intact when the annual Sean Lee injury occurred? Was Kris Richard going to lead the Cowboys young secondary to places we thought they could be? And would Dak Prescott earn a contact extension and become the official franchise quarterback of America's Team.
Of course, there are tons of other questions that may have gone unanswered, but these three critical areas seem to find clarity in 2018.
Leighton Vander Esch And Jaylon Smith Are Legit
The Dallas Cowboys caught a lot of flack for their selection both of these linebackers, each for different reasons.
When they snagged Jaylon Smith in the second round of the 2016 draft, it was still unknown to the public if Smith could ever even play football again. When they took Leighton Vander Esch 19th overall last April, fans questioned how valuable an off-ball linebacker would be on a defense that already had Sean Lee.
Well, after their first full season together, it's easy to say that both Vander Esch and Smith are the linebacker options of the future in Dallas. Named to the Pro Bowl during his rookie season, Vander Esch took the world by storm in 2018. When Lee went down, he was there to not only fill his shoes, but to outplay the veteran all year long.
What is fun to consider is that as good as Vander Esch was this season, Jaylon Smith might be even better. Both posses insane sideline to sideline pursuit ability, and are some of the surest tacklers in all of football.
Watching these two grow together will be a pleasure over the coming seasons.
Their Young Secondary Is Coming Together
Like their linebackers, the Dallas Cowboys secondary is a young group, who fans are excited to watch grow throughout the years. It seemed like more pressure sat on the shoulders of young cornerbacks Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie than of Smith and Vander Esch, however.
With Kris Richard joining the staff and making the decision to move Jones to cornerback full time, it was do-or-die for the former first round pick. Byron Jones answered all the doubters, earning not only a Pro Bowl selection but also First Team All Pro honors for his performance.
Opposite him, Awuzie had a rough start to his sophomore campaign. While typically right there in coverage, wide outs too often made contested catches over him. Over the final few weeks of the year, however, that changed and Awuzie played some of the best football yet.
Xavier Woods, Anthony Brown, and Jourdan Lewis (in much fewer snaps) all had fantastic seasons as well, giving the Cowboys great hope and confidence in their secondary moving forward. They may need to add another safety during the offseason, however, though Jeff Heath remains more than just a viable option.
Dak Prescott Is Here To Stay
Whether or not you think it's justified, Dak Prescott is the quarterback of the future in Dallas. And he earned that right the back-half of 2018 and during the postseason. After a shaky start to his 3rd season, Prescott turned things around nicely, leading the Cowboys to a 7-1 finish to the regular season.
Prescott played the best football of his young career down the stretch, and showed just how valuable he is both on the field and in the locker room. It seemed like every game he made 2-3 winning plays that put the Cowboys over the top that afternoon.
Dak is going to get a contract extension, and will be locked in as a Cowboy for the foreseeable future, and with the way he played the final 10 games of his season, I can't second guess this decision much at all.
Jason Garrett Can’t be Serious About Retaining Scott Linehan, Can He?
One of the few positives most of us were looking forward to after the Dallas Cowboys Divisional Round loss to the Los Angeles Rams was the fact that Scott Linehan would no longer be the offensive coordinator for America's Team. Everything was pointing to his dismissal, but that may not be the case according to Head Coach Jason Garrett.
Jason Garrett said on 105.3 The Fan that offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will return in 2019. "We don't anticipate any significant changes on our staff," Garrett said.
I can't say that I was happy upon learning Jason Garrett plans on retaining Scott Linehan as the Cowboys OC in 2019. In fact, my first thought was… Well, something better left unsaid. I'm sure many of you can kind of read my mind, because I'm pretty positive you had all that the same thoughts running through your head as well.
In all honesty, I didn't think there was a snowball chance in hell Scott Linehan would return to Dallas after the conclusion of the 2018 season. After all, the Cowboys nearly fired him during the bye week earlier this season, meaning his job security was already on thin ice. He didn't do anything to improve things in my opinion.
I know Jason Garrett has said Scott Linehan will return as the OC in 2019, but not for a second do I believe it. We are less than 72 hours hours removed from the Cowboys exit from the playoffs and I highly doubt any of Dallas' decision-makers has had the time to sit down and discuss who stays and who goes. In fact, I know they haven't.
Stephen Jones says they won't comment on anything with coaching staff but that they need to take a deep look at why they fell short. Says it a little early to speculate about players or coaches. They haven't had a meeting about it yet.
I think once the Cowboys brass sits down and reevaluates the 2018 season, they will come to the conclusion they can do better than Scott Linehan as their offensive coordinator. There were just too many times throughout the season where the playcalling was a problem just. It's just time to move on, despite the vote of confidence by Jason Garrett.
Of course, this could just be me trying to read between the lines hoping and praying Scott Linehan is finally fired. Like many of you, I've grown way too tired of his predictable and dated playcalling. It's time to move on and find someone more innovative who can maximize the talent the Dallas Cowboys have on the roster, much like Kris Richard did with the defense.
You can either choose to believe Jason Garrett or not. I for one have a hard time seeing the Dallas Cowboys staying status quo with their coaching staff, especially their offensive coordinator. But, only time will tell.
Do you think it's time for the Dallas Cowboys to fire Scott Linehan?
Cowboys Rammed Out of Playoffs but 2019 is Bright
If you were to have clicked over to Sportsbook Review, you could have seen what all the premier online sportsbooks were dealing on the Cowboys/Rams game before kickoff. Sites like Bovada, which incidentally you can read a Bovada Review at Sportsbook Review as well, had the Rams favored in every quarter, in both halves, and installed LA as seven-point favorites over Dallas. As is often the case, the number was nearly spot on as the Rams bounced our 'Boys out of the postseason 30-22. It was a heart-wrenching loss for Dallas fans everywhere but for those who put their money where their mouths were, it was particularly painful in what turned out to be a one-point difference between losing and pushing.
Let’s look on the bright side, though. The Cowboys not only copped the division crown but the draft picks from April bore fruit this season. Linebacker and No. 19 overall pick Leighton Vander Esch is a certified stud while third-round pick Michael Gallup proved he is a bona fide NFL receiver. Second-round offensive lineman Connor Williams had difficulties at left guard, but at the very least, has a season under his belt at the next level and could turn into a legitimate bodyguard for Prescott in 2019.
And let’s not forget about the trade for Amari Cooper, which turned Dallas from a squad struggling to find its identity to an NFC East champ in winning seven of its last nine games since Cooper arrived. This year’s edition also bested a tough Seahawks team in the first-round of the playoffs.
Let’s face it, folks, no one expected the Cowboys to win a Super Bowl this season and what we got was about as much as we could have hoped with the current roster as it is presently constructed.
Dak Prescott has one more year on his rookie contract and will be looking to score a big payday at the end of next season, if not sooner. The Cowboys could enter negotiations and lock Prescott up for the foreseeable future, but it might be best for both parties to see what 2019 brings and go from there. Either way, Dallas will pay beaucoup bucks to keep Prescott in a Cowboys uniform so watching and waiting will most likely be the tact management takes with their star quarterback, with a franchise tag in 2020 as an option as well.
In the team’s immediate future will be signing their second-round pick in 2014, DeMarcus Lawrence. The talented defensive end provided the Cowboys with the edge rusher they needed for parts of this season and his combined 25 sacks over the last two seasons would be nearly impossible to replace. Dallas franchised him this season but will most likely put together a long-term deal for Lawrence in the offseason.
Ezekiel Elliott has also reportedly been hinting at his own contract extension even though he is contractually committed to the Cowboys for next season with a team option in '20.
Ironically, one of the strengths of the Dallas Cowboys in recent years was a relatively weak link this season. The offensive line was decimated by injuries and Pro Bowler Travis Frederick missed the entire season. But those wounds will heal for next season and the old gang will be back together again.
The Cowboys have loads of cap space but are without a first-round pick due to the trade for Amari Cooper. Nevertheless, the young blood on the team looks poised to contribute for many years and there will be money available to woo free agents to a club now viewed as a legitimate contender.
If you want to look at next season’s odds, make sure to educate yourself on which online sportsbooks are the most reputable, trusted, and reliable. Read the Bovada Review over at SBR and see what customers are saying about one of the industry’s top sportsbooks. Then, when the lines come out on next season’s division, conference, and Super Bowl winners, you can be informed and maybe throw a few bucks on the 'Boys from Dallas!
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