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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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  1. Randy

    January 12, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    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.

  2. Chris

    January 12, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    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

      January 12, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      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.

  3. Zac Fields

    January 13, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    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.

  4. Sean Martin

    Sean Martin

    January 13, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    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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  5. Crouchgc

    January 13, 2016 at 2:35 pm

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

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  6. RJ Ochoa

    RJ Ochoa

    January 13, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    I prefer RGIII personally.

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  7. RJ Ochoa

    RJ Ochoa

    January 13, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    I prefer RGIII personally.

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  8. SilverandBlueSpirit

    January 14, 2016 at 12:13 am

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

  9. cjprine

    January 14, 2016 at 12:54 am

    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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  10. Blue Star

    January 14, 2016 at 1:09 am

    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 Chill While Pats & Rams Set to Thrill

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If you were to check out the line on the Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, you might wander over to Sportsbook Review, where you could read a 5Dimes review and see what all the best online sportsbooks, first and foremost among them 5Dimes, are dealing on this intriguing matchup. Tom Brady and the Patriots, much to everyone’s chagrin outside the six New England states, are back in it – again – and are currently slight favorites over the emerging LA Rams.

In New England’s 37-31 victory over the Chiefs, the Patriots did what they always seem to do, which is rally late and win in dramatic fashion. It’s become almost a ho-hum experience in New England while the rest of the country bites on a bullet, cursing the embarrassment of riches and success that has been the standard of this Patriots’ franchise for two decades. But this was supposed to be the season that the dynasty would end after viewing Tom Brady’s often mediocre performances and his All-World tight end, Rob Gronkowski, hobbling up and down the field without the same reckless abandon as we’ve seen in year’s past. And then their only truly talented speed merchant capable of stretching the field, Josh Gordon, left the team under a cloud of suspicion.

Unfortunately for the rest of the nation, the Patriots' once porous defense coalesced into a rather stout unit and apparently, the two weeks between the end of the regular season and the start of the Patriots’ postseason was enough time for Brady to heal from his rumored sprained MCL that he had been dealing with in silence all season long.

Gronkowski must have also visited the same shaman as Brady because he looked as dominating as ever in ripping the Chiefs on every critical third-down throughout the final quarter. Finally, the conduit to much of Brady’s success, Julian Edelman, is now being mentioned as a Hall-of-Fame candidate when his run is done.

It’s all a bit much for everyone else, but not for Patriots Nation.

The LA Rams will be the Patriots’ latest foe on the league’s grandest stage as they have a burgeoning superstar in Jared Goff. Los Angeles tore through the regular season off of the golden arm of Goff and his Juggernauts, winning 13 of 16 and earning a first-round bye. Their first foray into the 2018 postseason was a 30-22 win over the determined but overwhelmed Dallas Cowboys. The Rams then traveled to the lair of Drew Brees and the Saints down on the bayou and came away with a 26-23 overtime victory.

However, had it not been for an inexcusable non-call, it is far more likely LA would be watching, rather than participating in this year’s Super Bowl. If you didn’t see it or hadn’t heard about it, then the question begs; why are you reading this article?

Of course, you know that LA’s cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman steamrolled New Orleans’ wideout Tommylee Lewis as Brees’ pass was descending toward Lewis inside the five-yard line. It was a penalty without a flag and that one blown call forced the Saints to settle for a field goal that pushed them ahead 23-20. Yet, there was still enough time on the clock to give Goff and his prolific Rams’ offense one last gasp at either tying the game or putting a dagger through the hearts of Saints’ fans everywhere with a touchdown in the waning moments.

It was the former and not the latter that occurred, but an errant pass by Brees in overtime sealed the deal as the Rams picked it off and ultimately ended the contest off the thunderous foot of Greg Zuerlein.

If you want to check out the line movements over the next two weeks for Super Bowl LIII then get on over to Sportsbook Review, read the 5Dimes review, and see exactly where the money is moving the spread as well as the total in the game. Buckle up Cowboys’ fans, it’s gonna get even more interesting as February 3rd draws near.



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Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches

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Lamentablemente, la temporada 2018 de los Dallas Cowboys ha llegado a su fin. Lo hizo cuando el equipo visitó Los Angeles para intentar sorprender a los Rams en su propio campo en la Ronda Divisional de los playoffs. Ni siquiera con una invasión exitosa de la afición de Dallas pudieron ganarse un pase al Campeonato de Conferencia. En vez de eso, los Cowboys estarán viendo desde casa y la afición estará preguntándose: ¿qué sigue para los Dallas Cowboys?

Parece ya una tradición anual que no podemos dejar pasar. Este momento en el que comenzamos a cuestionar, una vez más, que entrenador es digno de quedarse en la franquicia y cual debe irse. En esta edición de "Cowboys en Español," hablaremos específicamente de los tres principales coaches en el equipo.

Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli Should Be On The Hot Seat

Coordinador Defensivo Rod Marinelli

El futuro del coordinador defensivo de los Dallas Cowboys no se puede tratar sin mencionar a Kris Richard. Fue la defensiva la que llevó al equipo hasta la postemporada y fue la unidad que cargó al equipo en muchas de sus victorias. Incluso con la llegada de Amari Cooper a Dallas, la defensiva fue siempre el pilar de la franquicia esta temporada.

Jaylon Smith y Leighton Vander Esch sorprendentemente se perfilaron como uno de los mejores duos de linebackers en toda la liga, la línea defensiva fue muy exitosa con Randy Gregory y DeMarcus Lawrence en los extremos y con la grata sorpresa que fue Antwaun Woods en el centro. La secundaria vio la mejor temporada en la controversial carrera de Byron Jones e hizo un excelente trabajo con un talento decente, pero no genial.

Todo esto, y el haber terminado como la sexta mejor defensiva en puntos permitidos (20.2) y la quinta mejor contra la corrida (94.6), hace a Rod Marinelli merecedor de una ronda de aplausos. Sin embargo, Richard probablemente merezca más aplausos.

Fue Richard quien revolucionó la defensiva de los Cowboys y la convirtió en un grupo mucho más agresivo. Fue él quien implementó jugadas de "blitz" en el equipo (algo no común con Marinelli) y quien en un punto de la temporada, comenzó a seleccionar las jugadas desde la banda.

En esta posición, me parece que los Dallas Cowboys tienen que enfrentar la dura decisión de decirle a Marinelli que es tiempo de dejarle el puesto a Kris Richard. Si bien no se llevó un trabajo de head coach, es muy probable que le llovieran ofertas a Richard si no se hace con el título de coordinador defensivo en Dallas.

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Dallas Cowboys OC Scott Linehan (Tim Heitman / USA TODAY Sports)

Coordinador Ofensivo Scott Linehan

Con un equipo tan polémico como este, la afición de Dallas no concuerda en muchas cosas. Sin embargo, lo hacen al hablar del pésimo trabajo que Scott Linehan ha realizado mandando las jugadas en ofensiva. Realmente ha sido doloroso de ver y es en mi opinión, el mayor problema que tiene el equipo actualmente.

Semana tras semana, fuimos testigos de pésimas decisiones en la ofensiva de los Cowboys. Vimos como el equipo se aferraba a llenar la caja de defensivos antes de correr el balón con Ezekiel Elliott. Vimos incontables pases pantalla en tercera oportunidad y largo. Pero no solo es lo que vimos, sino lo que no vimos.

A pesar de la innegable habilidad para correr el balón de Dak Prescott, Linehan se rehusó a explotar esta versatilidad de su QB. Vimos pocos "QB sneaks," jugada donde el mariscal toma el balón bajo centro y consigue poco yardage detrás del empuje de su línea ofensiva.

Siendo honestos, los Cowboys llevan dos años sufriendo por este coordinador. Dejarlo volver en el 2019 sería una decisión ridícula. Los comentarios en la radio de Jason Garrett no lucen prometedores, pero realmente sería una sorpresa que fueran ciertos. Linehan no debe volver... punto.

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Head Coach Jason Garrett

El futuro en esta posición será muy debatido durante los próximos meses, pero de los tres que hemos mencionado es sin lugar a dudas el más seguro de todos. Nos guste o no, Jason Garrett estará al frente del equipo la próxima temporada.

Garrett está lejos de ser un gran coach y aún le hace falta demostrar que puede cumplir las aspiraciones de los Cowboys de traer un sexto Trofeo Lombardi a casa. Pero siendo honesto, este equipo debería tener suficiente con Garrett y un par de buenos coordinadores. ¿El problema? No hay un par de buenos coordinadores en el equipo.

Sin embargo, Garrett ha demostrado que cuenta con el amor y apoyo de sus jugadores. Ha demostrado que efectivamente, puede ganar la división (lo ha hecho en tres de los últimos cinco años). Este año el equipo le dio la vuelta a la temporada después de comenzar 3-5.

Lo más preocupante en mi opinión, es la falta de urgencia para despedir a Linehan, por ejemplo. Quizá a puerta cerrada Garrett quiere un cambio en su staff, pero nunca lo sabremos.

Jason Garrett no es un coach excelente, pero podría ser suficiente para llevar a los Cowboys a un Super Bowl si tiene un equipo adecuado. Todo parece indicar que su trabajo está seguro (incluso más de lo que pensamos) así que es tiempo de esperar que se arreglen sus coordinadores.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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2018 Draft Class Season Review: LB Leighton Vander Esch

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As the first round draft pick of America's Team, any player would be under a ton of pressure from all angles. Whether it's from the fans on the outside or the organization on the inside, the expectations around being a first round pick for the Cowboys are immense. But the pressure placed upon linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, from the second he was announced as the 19th overall draft pick, was second to none.

It felt like Cowboys Nation let out a collective groan when Vander Esch was taken, with fans hoping for a more glamorous first round selection. Someone like wide receiver Calvin Ridley or edge rusher Harold Landry would've done the trick, but after Vander Esch's rookie season it's hard to imagine either of those players would have had the impact Vander Esch did in 2018.

Though he didn't start a game until week 4, and didn't become the unquestioned full-time starting WILL until week 10, Vander Esch earned Pro Bowl honors for his rookie season. Tallying 140 total tackles and 2 interceptions, Vander Esch made his presence felt week in and week out.

No counting stats can fully measure Leighton Vander Esch's impact as a rookie, however.

Prior to the 2018 season, the Cowboys defensive success often came down to the health of Sean Lee. When available and playing at his best, Lee led an overachieving Cowboys defense to solid performances each week. But, when Lee went out (as he often did), the entire Cowboys defense seemed to fall apart.5 Studs and Duds From the Dallas Cowboys 2018 Season

This year, though, that all changed. When Sean Lee was out with injury the Cowboys defense got better. Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith became a versatile, hard hitting tandem the NFL immediately feared, and helped to direct the Cowboys defense to signature wins throughout the 2018 season.

There are arguments against taking any off-ball linebacker in the first round, as the value of the position has been questioned due to the new style of offense in the NFL. Nowadays linebackers are relegated to two-down players, taken off the field in favor of faster defensive backs on critical passing downs.

Leighton Vander Esch is athletic enough to be both an old school run stopper, but also a three down linebacker in today's fast paced NFL.

Despite the doubts which surrounded the pick, the Cowboys absolutely nailed their first round selection in 2018. And Leighton Vander Esch made Dallas' front office look like geniuses each and every Sunday.



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