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Johnny Manziel Or Robert Griffin III: Who Would You Rather Dallas Sign?

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Wow, even after a 4-12 season the Dallas Cowboys are having big-time names say they want to play for Dallas next season. Too bad they are only big-time names in the media and not on the playing field.

Johnny Manziel and Robert Griffin lll have both expressed interest in coming to play for the Dallas Cowboys backing up quarterback Tony Romo. Who would be a better fit for the Cowboys?

Let’s look at why it would be a good idea and reasons why it would be a bad idea.

Johnny Manziel

Peter King on Twitter

JFF3: … Browns are so done with the guy. I will be stunned if he ever plays another snap for Cleveland. He wants to go to Dallas.

The Good

Johnny Football. I mean his name says it all. Manziel knows how to play football and can do it at a very high level. Manziel has yet to have a season under his belt where he starts all 16 games or even enter the season as a starter. Drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round with the 22nd overall pick in 2014, Manziel came out with high expectations. He was supposed to finally be the guy to lead the Browns to a Super Bowl. Cleveland was in an exciting time, not only did they just get Manziel, but LeBron James announced his coming back home party a few months later for the Cavaliers.

Johnny Manziel was loved by the Dallas Cowboys – or should I say just Jerry Jones. Jerry apparently was close to taking Manziel in the 2014 draft, but took Zack Martin instead. Obviously that turned into a great decision, but what if Dallas had taken Johnny?

Just by watching film on the 23-year-old, you see he has a knack for getting away from pressure and extending plays from inside the pocket, just like Tony Romo does. Johnny Manziel, if he came to Dallas, would learn behind Romo. Way better than being behind Josh McCown, right? It’s known that Johnny Manziel is a playmaker.

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The Bad

I am just going to make this simple for you. Johnny Manziel has so much God given talent to play in the NFL, but he continues to make mistakes off the field. It’s a bad choice because he is immature. I’ve said it before, Tony Romo and others will not put up with it.

Here’s a list of his off-the-field antics, they speak for themselves:

  • November 21, 2014 – Manziel allegedly involved in altercation at At The 9, a downtown Cleveland apartment building
  • February 2, 2015 – Manziel enters rehab
  • April 11, 2015 – Manziel is released from rehab
  • October 12, 2015 – Manziel and his girlfriend involved in roadside altercation
  • November 17, 2015 – Manziel cleared by NFL for roadside incident
  • November 23, 2015 – Manziel spends bye week at Texas night clubs
  • December 28, 2015 – Johnny Manziel makes headlines for a video of him holding an unidentified can
  • January 4, 2015 – ESPN Reported “Johnny “Billy” Manziel seen wearing disguise at Las Vegas Club”

 Robert Griffin III

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Report: Robert Griffin III wants to sign with Cowboys if cut by Redskins https://t.co/UNZT0vLZOa

The Good

Remember when we all dreaded playing the Redskins in Robert Griffin’s rookie year? That was the season RGlll led the Redskins to the NFC East title, seems like yesterday doesn’t it?

RGlll put up monster stats in 2012, passing for 20 touchdowns, throwing only 5 interceptions, and had a quarterback rating of 102.4. That wasn’t even the most deadly part of his game either, the option was so deadly his rookie year, defenses didn’t know how to stop it. RGlll ran for 815 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2012.

Obviously he was dangerous his rookie season and at least he has had success in the NFL, unlike Johnny Manziel. Griffin also had fans in attendance for the week 17 win over the Cowboys walking along the sidelines prior to the game. Oh, no big deal, that’s normal, but the fans had custom made #10 Cowboys jerseys with RGlll on the back side.

Robert Griffin III 2012-13 highlights (Clear Eyes Full Hearts)

Robert Griffin III, the amazing rookie quarterback who can run and throw amazingly. Check out his amazing plays right here. Music- Clear Eyes Full Hearts and Here Comes the Boom.

The Bad

After his rookie season his numbers went down and down fast.

Injuries started to pile up and he was never the same player again. The option game was quickly stopped and teams finally had a solution for it. Eventually, after several failed seasons, Captain Kirk Cousins took over. Cousins led the Redskins to a NFC East title this season and had a great year after being announced the starting quarterback.

The Redskins haven’t given Griffin a chance ever since. Robert Griffin lll was inactive for most games this past season. Another big impact is he never learned how to slide when running; he would always take the big hits from defenders. If you want to be the quarterback of someone’s franchise, you cannot go getting hit the way he does.

Below is a Twitter poll I ran to see who my followers would rather have in Dallas next season. Now the question is, who do you want?

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Who would you rather the Cowboys sign?

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11 Comments
  • Randy

    It's real easy….none of the above. To say the Manziel can play at a very high level is a huge leap. While he has done some good things on the field we have not seen enough of him to make such a statement. But the guy is a train wreck and not anybody I would entrust my franchise to. Do you really think he would have the respect of the team? The guy cannot resist disaster! Who goes to Las Vegas in a disguise and then ask for everything to be comped???? That would be the guy that would not be my franchise QB. Is rather be wrong about him doing a 180 and let him get his life in order somewhere else.

  • Chris

    It's hard to say really anyone would be better then what we have as a back as Cassel is old and Vaughn surely doesn't look like the answer either. So bringing in either guy could be a high risk option I would take for insurance purposes, but all things considered I think both would do much better in Dallas. Manziel may slow his role if you gave the cry baby what he wants, his name on a Dallas jersey. He's always wanted to be a Cowboy so it just might be the thing he needs, however he is gonna wanna start sooner than later. He's purely a show boat, look at me not the team kinda guy, kinda like Cam just a season ago. But look where he is as a player once he finally matured and realized it's not a one man show. So again giving Johnny what he wants might help speed up maturity for him as an NFL player. Again high risk but could be high reward so long as he doesn't follow in Jordan Cameron's foot steps and starts actually learning from mistakes. Now Griffin is more high injury risk option but does have talent especially if he was to sign and be coached by Romo and Garrett. He could finally tighten up some things to be that stud he was back when he was a rookie, especially with the help of an amazing O-line and the reemergence of McFadden. And we all know as fans that Jerry loves his high risk guys (McFadden, McClain). But he also gets the guys he wants too again (McFadden) so I wouldn't be shocked to see either one sign with us the off-season. But if I was Jerry I go with Griffin or both cause both may sign pretty cheap. Then you could get the comparison, but 99.9% unlikely that will happen.

    • Randy

      Chris I think you have totally missed it on Manziel. You said if you give him what he wants he might speed up his maturity. That's exactly his problem! He's always gotten what he wants which is why he has no boundaries, no rules, and no accountability! He will either figure it out or wash out of the league. If the Browns cut him, the line for his services won't be very long. And I hope everybody else keeps Jerry out of the line! And as far as RG3…I just don't think his style of play fits Dallas' scheme. He might thrive in the right scheme but I don't think we need to roll the dice.

  • http://PigskinHub.com Zac Fields

    I just think the Dallas Cowboys and Johnny Manziel are not a good marriage when you consider the trouble Manziel has in handling the spotlight. If I'm Manziel's agent, or anyone who has his best interest at heart, I'm trying to either keep him in Cleveland or send him off to Detroit, Arizona, Kansas City, Buffalo or even Houston. Somewhere that's not going to ADD to the public spectacle that Manziel is already, but is also a place where he might get a shot to play in the next couple seasons.

    The last thing Manziel needs is to be in Dallas where his issues will be exploited by the media and blown up out of proportion. Bringing Greg Hardy here taught us that much.

  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    Pigskin ZacI just think the Dallas Cowboys and Johnny Manziel are not a good marriage when you consider the trouble Manziel has in handling the spotlight. If I'm Manziel's agent, or anyone who has his best interest at heart, I'm trying to either keep him in Cleveland or send him off to Detroit, Arizona, Kansas City, Buffalo or even Houston. Somewhere that's not going to ADD to the public spectacle that Manziel is already, but is also a place where he might get a shot to play in the next couple seasons.

    The last thing Manziel needs is to be in Dallas where his issues will be exploited by the media and blown up out of proportion. Bringing Greg Hardy here taught us that much.

    Well, Browns are about to make it official with Hue Jackson. I think that means the end of JFF. Let the speculation begin! [emoji52]

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  • Crouchgc

    You can bet you last bag of popcorn that one of them will be a Cowboy in 2016.

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  • RJ Ochoa

    I prefer RGIII personally.

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  • RJ Ochoa

    I prefer RGIII personally.

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  • SilverandBlueSpirit

    I don't want either one but if you force me to pick i'd say R.G. 3.

  • cjprine

    Well I'll say this, Cleveland is a joke! The only reason why Manziel get publicity is because it's Manziel! In college the media praised him put him on a pedals tool and stood by to watch him fall! (Not making excuses for the kid but the kid was put into a horrible situation in Cleveland! Head coach after head coach, no stable locker room! Heck he's in Cleveland!

    I think the kid can play, you give him low risk high reward contract, let him sit, learn a system- be surrounded by a veteran club! I think u can get a franchise QB!

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  • Blue Star

    Cleveland is a joke. I don't understand why Hue Jackson wants to go to another dysfunctional HC situation.

    Manziel played good against Steelers. In fact the games he started were against some good defenses. I think I would roll with Manziel over Griffin. Roberts injury history has me concerned. I see Griffin in Philly as I am sure he wants to stick it to the Skins.

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Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 Rookies Need to Avoid Sophomore Slumps

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Ranking The Dallas Cowboys Rookies Through Week 8
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Right now, it’s pretty tough to predict how the 2018 Dallas Cowboys’ season will turn out. Even with Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan and Rod Marinelli all returning for next season, there’s a lot of change going on in Dallas. The Cowboys will have to deal with a lot of new position coaches as they try to get back to the top after a 9-7 season in 2017.

Obviously, there are a lot of things that’ll impact the outcome of this season.

One of those questions hasn’t been discussed much. That question is: how will the 2017 rookie class fare in their sophomore seasons? 

In 2016 and 2017, rookies were very important for this franchise.

Two years ago, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott took the NFL by storm, ending the season with a 13-3 record and the #1 seed in the NFC. Anthony Brown looked to be the Cowboys’ future shutdown cornerback, and Maliek Collins looked very promising.

Last season, the Cowboys didn’t have rookie seasons as spectacular as Dak and Zeke had in 2016 (I don’t think we’ll see anything similar in the NFL for a long time), but the rookie class ended up being a very important one for sure.

After letting a lot of veteran players walk in free agency, the team went ahead and fixed the secondary by drafting Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis in consecutive rounds, and trading up to get Xavier Woods in the sixth.

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Dallas Cowboys CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Chidobe Awuzie, S Xavier Woods (AP Photo / Ron Jenkins)

Jourdan Lewis made his presence felt early in the season, while we had to wait a bit to see Chidobe Awuzie in action. Both of them had surprising rookie seasons and they truly look like the future in Dallas’ secondary.

Both have shown what they’re capable of; we’ve seen them make plays and turn their heads to the ball… really, something we hadn’t seen in a long time.

Ryan Switzer didn’t get a chance to play as a wide receiver that much, but he was very impressive as a returner. He still has a long way to go, but I’m betting on Switzer to remain among the NFL’s best returners for a long time. After seeing him replace Cole Beasley in the season finale, I’ll be shocked if Dallas doesn’t give him more playing time on offense next year. He deserves a more important role.

Taco Charlton still has a lot to improve on, but surprisingly, he did a nice job during the final games of the season. It’s always premature to call a player a “bust” after a single season, and Taco’s been called a bust since the moment he was drafted. Let’s give him a chance.

For 2017, we set the bar high for the Cowboys’ sophomores.

We thought Dak Prescott would be among the best QBs in the league, that Ezekiel Elliott would pass the 2,000-yard mark, that Anthony Brown would be an ideal CB1, and that Maliek Collins could even lead the team in sacks as a defensive tackle.

There are a lot of reasons this team struggled in 2017, and some of those reasons still preoccupy us when thinking about next season.

The Cowboys will definitely need their 2017 rookies to continue playing quality football. It will be key if they want to leave a painful 9-7 season behind and get back to winning this year.

Here’s to hoping the Cowboys’ 2018 sophomores avoid the “inevitable slumps.” In a season filled with uncertainty, they’ll sure be needed.

Tell me what you think about “Dallas Cowboys’ 2017 Rookies Need to Avoid Sophomore Slumps” 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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Cowboys en Español: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018?

Dez Bryant es ese jugador que incontables veces me hizo gritar y saltar de alegría con sus excepcionales recepciones y su manera de pelear el balón en el aire. Tantos momentos tan memorables con Tony Romo e incluso algunos con Dak Prescott lo han vuelto uno de mis jugadores favoritos…

Pero ahora, después de una difícil temporada de los Dallas Cowboys, los sentimientos están encontrados.

En muchos momentos, no parece que estamos viendo al Dez Bryant de antes. Claro, podemos decidir recordar esa recepción de touchdown que rompió el récord de la franquicia contra los Redskins, o esa escapada de 50 yardas en New York en la semana 14.

Pero Dez no ha sido el mismo las últimas tres temporadas. Y este 2017, todos los momentos de frustración culminaron en el partido que eliminó a los Cowboys de la temporada.

Cuando los Cowboys se enfrentaron a los Seattle Seahawks, un fumble acompañado por un pase soltado de Dez que resultó en una intercepción, todos nos pusimos a pensar.

La cosa no es que Dez Bryant sea un mal receptor. El talento está ahí, y es fácil verlo en ciertas jugadas. A veces es visible cuando atropella a algún defensivo, a veces cuando busca el balón y consigue atraparlo de una manera impresionante.

Quizá el próximo año se sacuda la mala racha que ha tenido los últimos años y encuentre una manera de ser el jugador que alguna vez fue… el problema es la cantidad de dinero que se le paga.

Después de la temporada del 2014, cuando Bryant terminó el año con 16 touchdowns y más de 1,300 yardas, el receptor estrella firmó un contrato por $70M.

Los Dallas Cowboys tienen frente a ellos una pregunta muy importante que resolver este offseason.

 

¿Deberían Deshacerse de Dez Bryant?

A pesar de tener una mala racha, la razón por la cual Dallas le diría adiós a Dez es su contrato. Dez está listo para cobrar $16.5M en el 2018 y otros 16 millones y medio en el 2019. De ser cortado, los Cowboys se ahorrarían ocho millones y medio la próxima temporada.

Suficiente dinero para firmar a un jugador que realmente haga impacto esta agencia libre.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (Brad Penner / USA TODAY Sports)

Normalmente, cuando hablamos de jugadores como él, hay muchos conflictos para los aficionados. Vaya, yo mismo acabo de plantear que es uno de mis jugadores favoritos, pero quizá a veces el cambio es necesario.

Sí, la producción de Dez Bryant no ha sido la misma desde la última temporada que tuvo con Tony Romo. Pero ¿es eso excusa suficiente?

Basta pensar en jugadores como Larry Fitzgerald y DeAndre Hopkins para darse cuenta de que no. Aún con quarterbacks mediocres, ambos se mantienen como receptores de elite en la NFL.

Es cierto que Dak Prescott no es el mismo QB que Romo era, y no es un jugador que vaya a lanzar pases profundos tan frecuentemente como Tony lo hacía, pero eso tampoco significa que sea algo malo necesariamente.

Este equipo le construyó un equipo a su ex-mariscal para sacarle todo el provecho al #9. Es hora de hacer lo mismo por Dak Prescott.

Insisto en que los Cowboys tienen que buscar a un WR tan pronto como en la primera ronda del NFL Draft o incluso hasta en agencia libre.

Los Dallas Cowboys tienen tantas cosas que hacer antes de la próxima temporada y decidir que hacer con uno de sus jugadores más emblemáticos de la actualidad, Dez Bryant, es una de ellas.

¿Les gustaría ver a Dez Bryant de vuelta en el 2018?

Tell me what you think about “Cowboys en Español: ¿Estará Dez Bryant de Vuelta en el 2018?” 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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Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018?

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Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018?

The Dallas Cowboys clearly had a specific role in mind for Ryan Switzer when they drafted him 133rd overall in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Come to find out, that role didn’t include being involved much on the offensive side of the ball, at least not as a rookie.

After watching the way the Cowboys utilized Ryan Switzer in 2017, it’s pretty obvious the sole purpose he was drafted was to improve the special-teams play in the return game.

They clearly didn’t envision him being a part of the game plan on offense, despite the continuous outcry from fans.

Like most rookies, Ryan Switzer didn’t really get off to a fast start, and took a while to get used to the speed of the NFL. But, once he calmed his nerves and regained his confidence, he proved to be an upgrade in the return game.

Switzer ended up ranking third in kickoff returns, averaging 25 yards per return in 2017 and 12th in punt returns with almost 9 yards per return.

He also became the first Dallas Cowboys player to return a punt for a touchdown since 2013. He accomplished this against the Washington Redskins, in Week 13 when he took an 83-yarder to the house.

Surprisingly enough, using Ryan Switzer solely as a return specialist wasn’t enough for a lot of Cowboys Nation. A lot of fans wanted to see his talents utilized more on the offensive side of the ball as well, but were only left disappointed.

Ryan Switzer

Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer

Getting Switzer involved in the offensive game plan just wasn’t in the cards in 2017.

He only managed to catch six passes for 41 yards and rushed four times for 5 yards. This isn’t exactly what Cowboys fans envisioned after hearing Switzer was opening a lot eyes in training camp and organized team activities (OTAs). That was the main problem.

He was hyped up so much heading into the season that fans expected to see him involved much more on offense.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, had something else in mind, but I doubt that’s the case for the upcoming 2018 season.

I really think we’re going to see an increased role for Ryan Switzer next season.

The Cowboys coaching staff should have a much better understanding of his strengths and weaknesses now that he has a year in the system under his belt. And, they’ve seen firsthand how explosive he can be with the ball in his hands.

What the Cowboys coaching staff will have to determine this offseason is just how big of a role Switzer will have next year.

Should Switzer take Cole Beasley‘s job?

Cole Beasley, like the rest of the Cowboys receivers, had a down year in 2017. We shouldn’t assume that his job is safe, especially with someone like Ryan Switzer waiting in the wings. But, is Switzer ready to take over full-time?

Tough decisions will have to be made eventually, but such is life in the NFL.

Will Ryan Switzer see an increased offensive role in 2018?

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