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?
Please feel free to use the comment section below to provide your thoughts and opinions on this topic.
Dallas Cowboys: The Case For Regression In 2019
It's been a few years since things around the Dallas Cowboys felt this good prior to a season. Coming off a 10-6 year in which Dallas won both the NFC East and a home playoff game before losing a one possession road game to the future NFC champions, Cowboys Nation is expecting some big things in 2019.
After all, the Cowboys went out and improved their roster in multiple ways this offseason and brought in some new blood on their offensive coaching staff. Spirits are high among Cowboys Nation, and just about everyone is anticipating a two team race for the NFC East.
But some numbers indicate we should be thinking "not so fast."
The details of the 2018 season are not as pretty as the total picture. Rarely are they ever, of course, but these particular details point towards possible regression for the Cowboys in 2019.
Basically, their point differential a year ago spells out impending doom. (That was dramatic, but let's discuss).
The Cowboys were +15 in 2018, and by pythagorean wins expectation, they were about as strong as an 8-8 team (8.53 wins to be exact). This means they won nearly 2 more games (1.47) than would be expected, fourth most in the entire NFL.
This point is furthered when looking at their record in one possession games. Dallas went 8-2 when the game was decided by 7 points or less, winning close games at a rate that is simply not sustainable year to year.
These numbers make the Cowboys a prime candidate for regression in 2019, as they were in 2017.
Back in 2016, the Cowboys outperformed their pythagorean expectation by a whole 2 wins. The following season? Dallas finished the year 9-7. The model also indicated that the 7-9 Eagles performed 2 wins under expectations in 2016, meaning they would get back on track in 2017. As we know, they ended up winning 13 games and the Super Bowl the following season.
Of course, this isn't set-in-stone, and the Cowboys very well could outperform these expectations and avoid regression. This would mainly hinge on their coaching staff and quarterback performing at an elite level, carrying them through close games and winning more games by greater than one possession.
Newly Acquired DE Robert Quinn Brings High Expectations
Winning games in the NFL typically comes down to accomplishing two goals. One, being successful when passing on offense. And, two, stopping the opposing team's passing game.
The Cowboys set out to accomplish that second goal this offseason, re-signing defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, and trading for veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn. Quinn, who tallied 6.5 sacks last season for the Miami Dolphins, is one of the leagues more feared rushers when at his best. The former All Pro has multiple 10+ sack seasons under his belt, including a whopping 19 in 2013.
And, as expected, the Cowboys coaching staff is ecstatic to have such a respected pass rushing specialist on their roster.
“He’s got that first step. He’s an established pass rusher in this league, so he’s going to bring some good stuff for us.” - Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
The Cowboys acquired Robert Quinn for a 2020 6th round pick, which could end up being the steal of the offseason. Quinn has played with some top-notch pass rushers in the past, and each time they have brought out the best in his own game.
Back with the Rams in 2017, when Aaron Donald was on the same defensive line, Quinn got to the quarterback 8.5 times. And, last season, he remained consistent in his sack totals playing alongside Cameron Wake. Now he joins a DeMarcus Lawrence who has 25 sacks over the last 2 seasons.
"I think it was kind of one of those where I get to have fun, pin my ears back and just disrupt the backfield, which is what they want us to do." - Robert Quinn told NFL.com.
Quinn and the always dominant Lawrence will form an impressive defensive end duo on passing downs, with the potential to be one of the best in all of football. Dallas is also hoping to add Randy Gregory into this mix, a piece which could prove vital late in football games if he is able to return from his current indefinite suspension.
Whether or not Gregory finds his way back onto the field, though, this defensive front will be in good hands. The edge combo of Quinn and Lawrence, combined with a plethora of skilled interior rushers such as Maliek Collins, gives the Cowboys a fearsome defensive line which should keep quarterbacks uncomfortable every Sunday.
Can Rookie OL Connor McGovern Compete For A Starting Spot?
Raising eyebrows in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Cowboys added Penn State offensive lineman Connor McGovern to their already deep OL depth chart.
McGovern, who played guard for the Nittany Lions, was reportedly by-far the best player remaining on the Cowboys draft board when they came on the clock in round three. Still, with seemingly more pressing needs yet to be addressed, Dallas' selection of McGovern was certainly a surprise.
When you watch the tape, though, you immediately see what the Cowboys loved about Connor McGovern.
A "plug-and-play" type guard, Connor McGovern is the type of rookie you'd expect to contribute in year one. On many teams he may be a candidate to start at guard or center from the beginning of his rookie season, but here in Dallas, his role for the 2019 season is somewhat in question.
Clearly, being a day two pick, there's no doubt that McGovern will make the Cowboys roster. But can he compete for a starting job?
During OTA's McGovern took reps at both guard and center, pointing towards the possibility of him being the first interior offensive lineman off the bench if one of the starters were to go down with an injury. Fellow interior linemen Joe Looney and Xavier Su'a-Filo each contributed in big ways during the 2018 season, however, and will be tough to beat out during camp.
While possible, I would still say it's unlikely. The Cowboys selection of McGovern seems to be more about 2020 and beyond than it is about the 2019 season. With right tackle La'el Collins coming up on a contract year, Dallas might elect to let him walk in free agency, move Williams back to his college position of tackle, and slide McGovern into the left guard slot.
This seems fool-proof in theory, but this many moving parts across the offensive line could spell trouble early on in 2020. Regardless, Connor McGovern's arrival gives Dallas the flexibility to consider all options on their offensive line.
In reality, McGovern strengthened a strength for Dallas, and may be needed to prove himself as early as this Fall if injury issues arise.
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