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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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  • 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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Cowboys Defense is Ready to Win Now, Time for Offense to Prove the Same

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The Dallas Cowboys lead the NFC East at 1-1, and have a favorable schedule ahead of them. With such an inexperienced roster, early season growing pains were expected, and likely should be still as the team comes off their first win to play in Seattle on Sunday.

Through a season opening clunker in Carolina and hard-earned divisional win against the Giants, the Cowboys have exceeded already high expectations on defense.

With the currently 0-2 Seahawks, Lions, and Texans awaiting Dallas, the time is now for Scott Linehan's offense to hit their stride. It will take more than a five week assessment to determine if the Cowboys are truly playoff contenders for 2018, but it could take even less than that for Cowboys Nation to realize this team is fighting an uphill battle at QB and WR.

Following Dak Prescott's 64-yard touchdown pass to Tavon Austin against the Giants, the Cowboys punted on four of their remaining seven drives. The Cowboys did a better job mixing up their early down play calling to remain ahead of the chains for most of the night, but even still their execution was lacking. Finishing three of ten on third downs, the Cowboys didn't sustain the type of originality on offense that earned them an early cushion.

Thankfully, the Cowboys turning back the clock to 2016 on a clinching touchdown drive of 14 plays would be all the defense needed. Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott would both convert a pair of first downs on the ground. The Cowboys took a 20-3 lead, and more importantly the game clock down to 5:45 with an eight minute and 23 second march.

As such, the Cowboys offense is an enigma. With the return of Brice Butler, the team is currently carrying seven wide receivers and four tight ends.

On defense, the Cowboys are expecting reinforcements in Xavier Woods, Randy Gregory, and David Irving to further bolster this aggressive, blitzing unit in the coming weeks. For the offense, Dallas must make the most out of the unknown depth they have, without any drastic change in style around the corner.

The Cowboys record under Prescott proves they're at their best when Dak is efficient. The ceiling for a new-look Cowboys offense built for Dak is not as high for this reason. Through just two weeks, it's clear that the Cowboys offense will be as good as the sum of its parts - instead of relying on any individual talents.

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Cowboys' record when Dak Prescott ... Doesn't throw an interception: 20-4 Records at least a 100.0 passer rating: 15-1 Commits no turnovers: 18-1

After a strong preseason from rookie Wide Receiver Michael Gallup, the third-round pick has played less than half his team's offensive snaps through two games. Cole Beasley has seemed to regain his connection with Prescott, snagging a team high nine catches so far. Terrance Williams has been a non-factor, and the same is surprisingly said about FA acquisition Allen Hurns.

Regardless of what the Cowboys do over the coming weeks, a few narratives and lingering questions about the team feel evident. With the defense set to tee off against the Seahawks sub par OL this week, Rod Marinelli's unit will still likely not receive the credit it deserves heading into week four.

With the task at hand being maintaining their standing atop the division, the Cowboys must also be out to prove they can sustain success without a consistent passing game.

All of this to effectively say, the Cowboys are going to Seattle expecting to control the game on defense. To finish off Russell Wilson in his home opener (already at 0-2), it will take a sharper performance for a full four quarters on offense too.

A win at the Seahawks might not mean as much as it has in past seasons, but in improving the Cowboys record to 2-1 on the way back to AT&T Stadium, it could be all the confidence they need to understand the NFC East is theirs for the taking while continuing to truly find their identity.

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Cowboys Defense So Far So Good as Seahawks Up Next

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Dallas may only be 1-1 on the season, but the Cowboys are officially tied for first-place in the NFC East, and fresh off a workmanlike victory over divisional rivals, the New York Giants. It was a game they should have won, and did win, but the takeaways so early in the season are that, although the offense has not clicked on all cylinders, the defense is getting high praise.

The Cowboys sacked New York’s Eli Manning six times and limited the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft, Saquon Barkley, to a mere 28 yards rushing. It was also a night in which Dak Prescott not only out-gained Barkley by 17 yards on the ground, but torched the Giants’ secondary on a 64-yard touchdown strike to Tavon Austin which proved New York’s Safety Landon Collins wrong when leading up to this game he remarked that the key to a Giants’ victory would be getting Prescott to throw. When Prescott was made aware of the comment in a midweek interview he replied, "…challenge accepted," and the third-year veteran made good on his word leading to the 20-13 victory.

However, Prescott ended the night with just 160 yards passing yet the ankle injury he sustained in Week 1 showed no signs of rearing its head as Prescott moved seamlessly in the pocket and ran the ball well.

As we move ahead to the Cowboys meeting in Seattle, we take a quick check over to one of the most reputable online sportsbooks in the industry - Intertops according to the reviews - where we can monitor the line on this pivotal NFC clash as the week progresses.

Seattle boasts a talented quarterback of their own in Russell Wilson but one who will find the sledding tough if the Dallas defense continues to shut down All-World wide outs like Odell Beckham Jr. and contain future rushing stars like Saquon Barkley. Outside of Wilson, Seattle is not loaded offensively, with their biggest target, Doug Baldwin, ailing with a knee injury and a backfield which consists of two young rushers in second-year man Chris Carson and a first-round rookie in Rashaad Penny who dealt with nagging injuries throughout the preseason and looked unsettled in Seattle’s 27-24 loss to the Broncos.

The Cowboys defense has already proven its worth in Carolina with Cam Newton under center and again last week against New York. The unit is surrendering an average of 14 ½ points per game and is incorporating more blitz packages than we’ve come to expect.

The difference this year is that the players they have on defense are capable of getting to the quarterback quick enough so that the coverage linebackers and secondary aren’t alone on an island for too long. The one concern is the status of Linebacker Sean Lee, who checked out of the game in the fourth quarter Sunday night and brought to mind his hamstring issues of a year ago, but apparently it was in fact cramping, and not straining, of the hammy which allowed Lee to return.

The bottom line in terms of the Cowboys' upcoming matchup on Sunday afternoon is that they will get the Seahawks coming off a short week, as Seattle played on Monday night and should be relatively healthy for the contest.

Dak Prescott may not have the formidable offensive line that he has had in the past, nor a top-tier arsenal of receivers, but he does have the elusive Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield and is capable of extricating himself from pressure situations when no target is available.

If the Dallas defense continues to play at the current level, it will not only be limiting the opposition on the scoreboard but putting its offense in good field position throughout. So check out Intertops, one of the most trusted and reputable online sportsbooks, to see where this line goes because a Dallas win and an ATS cover are just days away.



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Taco Tuesday: Cowboys DE Taco Charlton Starting to Dominate?

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Taco Tuesday: DE Taco Charlton Starting to Dominate?
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There has been quite a bit of talk about what a bad decision it was for the Dallas Cowboys to draft Taco Charlton with their first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Nearly everybody wanted someone different, not a player that needed time to develop.

Well, fast forward a year later and it looks as if the Cowboys made the right decision.

Don't look now, but Defensive End Taco Charlton is starting to live up to that first-round pedigree. In the first two weeks of the 2018 season, Charlton has already looked like a much improved player from what we saw a season ago. Imagine that, a little bit of time to develop and he's turning into a solid player.

I know I may be getting a little bit ahead of myself, especially suggesting that he is starting to dominate, but I can't help myself. I'm that excited about how much he has improved in one offseason. I may be alone here, but I have high hopes he could turn into something special.

In 2017, Taco Charlton failed to start a single game for the Dallas Cowboys as a rookie. That's not really what you want from your first-round draft pick. To makes matters worse, in 16 games he only registered 25 total tackles, four QB sacks, two passes defensed, and one forced fumble. As you can imagine, it didn't sit well with most Cowboys fans.

Luckily, it looks as if Charlton's offseason in the Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning program has paid off. Already in 2018 he has accumulated six total tackles, one QB sack, one pass defensed, and recovered a fumble. If he keeps this pace up, we could be looking at #97 reaching double-digit sacks this year.

Taco Charlton

Dallas Cowboys DE Taco Charlton

Now, I wouldn't call what Taco Charlton has accomplished so far this season dominating, but he is proving to be a starting quality DE along the Cowboys defensive line. It's a unit that has looked really good in the first two weeks of the season and is expected to be even better once Randy Gregory and David Irving are able to return to the field.

In the meantime, the Dallas Cowboys are happy to get plays like this from Taco Charlton.

Taco Charlton Eli Manning sack

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This is a play Charlton is expected to make. He was left unblocked, but we've seen players left unblocked before not make the play. So, it may not be as impressive as some QB sacks. But, I'll take the routine tackle any day over someone trying to make a splash play and failing.

If you're looking for an impressive play from Taco Charlton, take a look at what he was able to do against Odell Beckham Jr. in the passing game.

Taco Charlton covering Odell Beckham Jr

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In case you're wondering, that's Taco Charlton in OBJ's hip pocket 15 yards down the field in pass coverage. It looks as if that's where Eli Manning was wanting to go with the ball, but tight coverage by the Cowboys, and Charlton, across the board ended up resulting in a QB sack.

If you don't find that impressive, I don't know what will. A 275 pound DE covering arguably the best and highest paid wide receiver down the field is almost unheard of. I would count that as impressive.

What do you think of Taco Charlton's play so far in 2018?



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