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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

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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?



Dallas Cowboy fan just like you, only difference is I get to write about them. I am an award winning radio broadcaster, who finished 3rd in my state. That gave me chances like: PxP Broadcaster for ESPN 3. PxP Broadcaster for ESPN Radio. I attend Indiana State University. #CowboysNation Follow me on Twitter @WZIS_CoreyClark

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Is Kavon Frazier Fighting a Losing Battle With the Dallas Cowboys?

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Is Kavon Frazier Fighting a Losing Battle With the Dallas Cowboys?

Dallas Cowboys Safety Kavon Frazier has one year remaining on his rookie contract, but may not see the end of it with the same team who drafted him. In fact, it really looks as if he is already fighting a losing battle in Dallas.

The Dallas Cowboys signed Free Agent George Iloka and drafted Donavan Wilson out of Texas A&M in the sixth-round of the 2019 NFL Draft in the hopes of upgrading the safety position. That doesn't bode well for Kavon Frazier, especially after seeing his defensive snaps take hit in 2018.

After the arrival of Defensive Backs Coach and Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard, Frazier saw his playing time on defense go from 21.24% in 2017 to 18.07% in 2018. It's not a huge difference, but it's pretty obvious the Cowboys value his special-teams ability, not his defensive play.

The way I see things, Kavon Frazier is a longshot to make the Cowboys final 53-man roster this year. At best, I have him fifth or sixth on the depth chart right now. Since Dallas typically only carries four safeties on the roster, it's looking as if Frazier could inevitably be the odd man out.

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Dallas Cowboys S Kavon Frazier

I personally have Xavier Woods, Jeff Heath, and George Iloka ahead of Kavon Frazier right now on the depth chart. That means he's competing with Darian Thompson, who is also playing on a one-year deal, and rookie Donovan Wilson for that fourth and final roster spot at the safety position. Unfortunately for Frazier, it looks as if the odds are against him.

Donovan Wilson has already had to step into Frazier's shoes while he was out in OTA's after having his knee scoped, and has been pretty impressive doing so. He has supposedly picked up the defensive scheme pretty quickly and is becoming a vocal leader on the backend. Being a younger, cheaper option, Wilson has a better chance of sticking around on the final 53-man roster over Frazier.

As you can see, Kavon Frazier is fighting an uphill battle with the Dallas Cowboys. It of course is nothing new for him. He's had to fight his way onto the roster ever since he joined the Cowboys, but this year just seems a little different in my opinion. It just looks as if the odds are more against him this time around.

I have no doubts Frazier will continue to fight with every ounce of his being, but if I'm being completely honest I think he's fighting a losing battle. It's going to be really interesting to see how this roster battle at the safety position plays out in training camp and preseason.

Do you think Kavon Frazier is fighting a losing battle with the Dallas Cowboys?



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Dallas Cowboys: The Case For Regression In 2019

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Predicting Dallas Cowboys Roster Locks, Pre-Training Camp Edition
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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.

Why The Numbers Expect Regression, But Success For Cowboys 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.



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Newly Acquired DE Robert Quinn Brings High Expectations

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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.



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