This is NOT meant as a defense of Jerry Jones, who is the single most responsible person for the ineptitude of the Cowboys over the past nearly two decades. But a lot of you who think Jerry is a joke and call him a Beverly Hills Hillbilly really have no perspective on how bad some of the other owners in professional sports have been.
New England Patriots - You had the New England Patriots owned by the Remington Electric Razor king, and they were pathetic.
Buffalo Bills - Do you think the Buffalo fans would trade Ralph Wilson and his 4 Super Bowl losses for Jerry Jones? Yes, in a heartbeat.
Washington Redskins - Daniel Snider is at least as bad as Jerry Jones, and even worse at wasting money on overpriced over-the-hill free agents. Witness the latest contract given to Jason Hatcher. At least when Jerry overspends for a free agent, it is on a younger guy like Roy Williams, Joey Galloway, or Brandon Carr. Snider regularly spends beaucoup money on guys over the age of 30.
Philadelphia Eagles - Before Jeff Lurie, the Eagles had a series of pathetic characters who owned the team. Look it up on Wikipedia.
Cincinnati Bengals - Mike Brown in Cincinnati was a huge joke for the longest time. His handling of contract issues with Chad Johnson and Carson Palmer are just his most recent examples of an owner who is self-destructive. His one good idea has been keeping Marvin Lewis around for so long, a real departure from how he used to manage the Bengals.
Cleveland Browns - Cleveland is an absolute embarrassment. Ever since the city ran the original Cleveland Browns out of town in the mid-90's, the ownership there has been a parade of clowns.
Detroit Lions - And are the Cowboys really worse off than the Lions - a team that has never even sniffed at a Super Bowl?
Minnesota Vikings - The Vikings had a used car dealer for an owner for a while about 15 years ago.
Carolina Panthers - Carolina's owner is respected, mainly because he was once an NFL player.
New Orleans Saints - The Saints were once the "Aint's” and fans wore brown bags to hide their faces. Was that ownership better than the Cowboys? The owner got lucky with Sean Payton, but has since been nationally embarrassed by Bounty-gate.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Buccaneers were more than a joke for a long, long time, and then fired the coach who built their championship team a year before they won it all. Their hand-picked replacement cost them two 1st round draft picks, and was able to hold it together for one season before running the team right back into the cellar.
Indianapolis Colts - The Colts have a guy owning them who was just arrested for DUI, and charged with 4 counts of drug possession. He has since checked into "rehab" to try to avoid punishment, and turned over the team to a girl.
Houston Texans - What has Houston done that their owner is given more respect than Jones. Did he save the league from committing financial seppuku in the early 90's by recruiting Fox Network to broadcast NFL games instead of agreeing to the pay cut CBS wanted? No? Hmmm.
Jacksonville Jaguars - What about the joke of team in Jacksonville. Are the owners there really due more respect than the Jones family?
Oakland Raiders - Al Davis. Nuff said...
Kansas City Chiefs - And I realize that EVERYONE holds the Hunt family in Kansas City in high esteem. I'm just wondering why a family who hasn't produced an AFC champion since the 1960's and was convicted of financial crimes when trying to corner the Silver market is more highly respected than an Oil Wildcatter.
St. Louis Rams - The Rams have been a disaster for the last decade.
Arizona Cardinals - And certainly, the Cardinals have been a much worse franchise for a whole lot longer than the Cowboys.
When it comes to criticizing Jones for his inability to keep his mouth shut, and his penchant for making himself the star of the Cowboys organization, count me among his biggest critics. But over-the-top criticism from local sports writers like Frank Luksa and Randy Galloway, plus sportscasters like Dale Hanson, smacks of hypocrisy of the highest order.
Both Luksa and Galloway were major proponents of firing Landry. That they get to talk out of both sides of their mouths by criticizing Jones over that one issue is ridiculous.
Both of them are just "good ole boys" who are just as much hicks and rednecks as Jones. And Hanson took money from Jones for years as a broadcaster on the Cowboys network. That he could take Jones' money while pretending to be such a big critic is more than a little rich for me. And ESPN keeps milking the Cowboys cow for ratings and money by continuously exploiting them – even after two decades of mediocrity.
Like I said to start with, Jones deserves much of the criticism that comes his way. But pretending he is "the worst GM in the NFL" just displays a complete lack of perspective with how badly many of the teams in the NFL have been managed for a long, long time.
Heck, Jones is not even the worst owner the Cowboys have had. That title goes to Bum Bright - the guy who was too scared of Landry to fire "the man in the hat" himself. At least Jones had the cajones to do what Bright wanted to do, but was too much of a pansy to do on his own.
Some fans ask why any player would want to play for Dallas given their recent lack of success - One answer is that the Cowboys are far from the worst team in the NFL over the past two decades. Another is that Jerry Jones has shown repeatedly that he is willing to pay, and even overpay his players. Money matters, too – at least to players, if not as much to fans.
And speaking of money, all the players currently in the NFL, and those who have played in the last 25 years, owe Jerry a huge debt of gratitude for driving up the TV Broadcasting license rates – something which the players share in. If not for Jones, many current and past NFL players would be much poorer than they are, not to mention the owners.
I have a lot of bad things to say about how Jones has managed the team. But at least I have some perspective on how much worse it could be. Some fans need to get a grip on their emotions, and take an "eyes-wide-open" look at how badly many other teams in the realm of professional sports have been managed. Then maybe, while they might still be critical, they wouldn't find the Cowboys so "embarrassing."
Believe me. It could be much, much worse - as many fans in other NFL cities would be happy to tell you.
Cowboys en Español: Evaluando la Administración
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?
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.
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.
Sack Numbers Don’t Tell DeMarcus Lawrence’s 2018 Story
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.
Can QB Dak Prescott Steal Back His Mojo From Atlanta?
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.
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:
66.7 completion percentage
102.4 passer rating
Prescott's stats since the Falcons game:
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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