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Like it or not, the Cowboys Have Something to Learn from the Eagles

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Like it or not, the Cowboys Have Something to Learn From the Eagles
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It was a painful season. Ever since the Cowboys were destroyed by the Denver Broncos back in week 2, things didn't go as planned. We hoped our team would turn it around, but ultimately they didn't. Deep down, one can say we knew all along.

Tyron Smith and Sean Lee were injured, Ezekiel Elliott was suspended, Dak Prescott struggled and Dez Bryant failed to become a dangerous threat.

Everything that could've gone wrong, went wrong.

And here we sit, with a 9-7 record, ready to watch the Philadelphia Eagles play in the Super Bowl. Just when all of Cowboys Nation thought things couldn't be worse, one of their biggest and most hated rivals will get to play in "The Big One."

The Nick Foles-led Eagles still have to beat the Tom Brady-led Patriots to hold a Lombardi Trophy for the first time in franchise history, but even if they lose, they were a very impressive football team in 2017.

What they did is remarkable.

As Cowboys fans, there will always be something inside of us that makes us hate the Philadelphia Eagles. The fact that they're in our division should be more than enough. But while we may discuss whether Cowboys fans should be rooting for the Patriots or the Eagles, the truth is...

The Cowboys should learn from the Philadelphia Eagles.

For Dallas, it's always something. A tiny thing ends up being the reason why an entire football season goes to waste. At some point though, these stop being reasons and become just plain excuses.

Personally, as a young football fan, it's been a lifetime of unfulfilled promises justified by excuses.

Bobby Belt on Twitter

The excuses are often reasonable, but they are not acceptable. This is a 20-year stretch that would have earned any other franchise a 16-game schedule with nothing but noon kickoffs. Meanwhile, Philadelphia just MacGyver'd themselves to a Super Bowl appearance.

And while we're all still mad about the NFL suspending the Cowboys' star over a simple accusation, the Eagles stepped up big time.

We lost Tyron Smith for some games, they lost Jason Peters for the year.

Sean Lee was injured for a few weeks, Jordan Hicks ruptured his Achilles tendon.

Philadelphia also overcame the loss of CB Ronald Darby, K Caleb Sturgis, RB Darren Sproles, and DT Fletcher Cox.

One at a time, the Eagles overcame these injuries and instead of just preaching the "next man up" mentality, they applied it better than any other team in the league.

Then Carson Wentz took a huge (and maybe unnecessary) risk in week 14 versus the Los Angeles Rams by diving into the end zone. An ACL injury to the then MVP-front-runner changed the faith of the #1 seed in the NFC... except it didn't.

Carson Wentz, Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz

Not even the loss of the Eagles' franchise quarterback stopped them from upsetting the Falcons and the Vikings in the playoffs to finally make it to Minnesota in February.

They were able to face adversity and punch it in the mouth every time they did. They were able to make adjustments and execute. Both players and coaches, they were able to step up when things got tough.

The Cowboys' offense went from great to below-average without Ezekiel Elliott, and Sean Lee's absence turned the defense into a terrible one.

It's not easy seeing one of the Cowboys' biggest rivals play in the Super Bowl. And knowing that Dallas should learn from them can make it a bit tougher. But at the end of the day, they schooled the Cowboys.

The Eagles taught the Cowboys a lesson that hopefully, will get this franchise to try harder.

Tell me what you think about "Like it or not, the Cowboys Have Something to Learn from the Eagles" 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!


I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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5 Comments
  • Jamminn

    Yea like hire a real coach not a washed up 3rd string QB who don’t know how to adjust his plays and draw up something from this century

  • Travis Diggs

    Go back to last off season, the eagles treated off season like a team on the cusp while the cowboys acted as if they were already there. Outside of a decent draft class we did absolutely nothing in free agency(how did Paea, Carroll, and Bell work out?). While on the other hand, Philly also had a good draft class but they went out and got Alshon, Smith, Robinson, and traded for Darby, Jernigan, and Ajayi. Jerry’s arrogance as usual sets us apart. Every year you must upgrade, no time for getting comfortable. When will this team act like like theirs a sense of urgency. Jeffery Lurie put the pieces around Wentz to succeed. Jerry didnt do it for Romo now be’s doing it to Dak. Sometimes i hate being a cowboys fan

    • Adam Googs

      It’s not fantasy football, we can’t just go out and sign whoever we want due to our cap situation. You’re not wrong, but it’s not as simple as signing/trading for a few players and all of a sudden things will work out. For this team, it’s all about better coaching.

      • Travis Diggs

        Just last year we were criticizing Doug Peterson as a in game adjustment coach, year later he’s probably the coach of the year. Wasn’t jason garrett the coach of the year last year?? It’s not fantasy football but at the same time you have to build your team like you’ve never been there(which we haven’t) is exactly why we continue to fail as a franchise. It’s not a coincidence that Chris Long and Patrick Robinson both came to Dallas for a free agency visit but both chose to go to Philadelphia. Think about it Adam.

  • TiredProgrammer

    Sorry, but Garrett has shown that he is not able to actually ‘LEARN’ anything! He should have been fired several years ago.

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Could a Former Division Rival be Cowboys’ LG Solution?

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Could Former Division Rival be Cowboys' OG Solution?

When it comes to prioritizing the Dallas Cowboys offseason needs, offensive guard is definitely near the top of the list. Opinions will certainly vary, but for me, solidifying the offensive line with a new starting left guard is the top priority for the Cowboys.

I know many of you will disagree and believe the Dallas Cowboys need to continue to upgrade their defense. But, this teams success or failure will be determined by how their offensive line performs. That's just the way the Cowboys are built, which is why they have invested so heavily putting this unit together.

Four out of five of the Dallas Cowboys starting offensive line is set in stone, but there is currently no one on the roster to step into the vacant left guard position unless you want to see the coaching staff give Chaz Green another try.

No, I didn't think so.

With the start of the 2018 free agency just a few weeks away, the Dallas Cowboys have certainly narrowed down some of the potential free agents they would be interested in bringing aboard if the price is right. Remember, they have turned into "bargain shoppers".

There are a few intriguing free agent options who I believe could step in to upgrade the LG position for the Cowboys next season, and not break the bank. One such option is a former division rival of the New York Giants, Justin Pugh.

Justin Pugh

New York Giants OL Justin Pugh

The former 19th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft has spent five years in New York while playing out his rookie contract, but that time has come to an end. The Giants aren't likely to re-sign him, which means he will get his first taste of free agency.

Justin Pugh could step in and be an immediate upgrade over what the Dallas Cowboys employed at the left guard position in 2017. He has exceptional mobility. He reaches the second level with ease and plays with good body control and footwork. He is a perfect fit in a zone blocking scheme like the Cowboys employ.

Pugh is also versatile. He has played both right tackle and offensive guard for the Giants. He of course would be asked to play between Travis Frederick and Tyron Smith at LG with the Cowboys, but versatility to play another position is never a bad thing.

Unfortunately, Pugh doesn't come without baggage. He has missed a total of 13 games over the last two seasons with the Giants, including eight last season due to a back injury. This is definitely a huge red flag, especially for the Cowboys after dealing with the same issue with Tyron Smith.

But, this is why Justin Pugh will likely be in the Cowboys price range. Sportrac currently estimates his contract at 4 years at $23,983,847, which equates to $5,995,968 annually. I personally think that's a little low for someone of Pugh's caliber and versatility, but it certainly understandable when you take into account his recent injury history.

I personally think this is a longshot to happen because  the Cowboys would prefer to go younger and cheaper, but it wouldn't surprise me.

Do you think Justin Pugh makes sense for the Cowboys?


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Dallas Cowboys Wishlist: 2018 Free Agency Edition

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Dallas Cowboys Wishlist: 2018 Free Agency Edition
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Sadly, we can't wake up on Sundays to NFL football. The Dallas Cowboys are not on TV every week for us to watch them play. To make matters worse, we'll have to wait until September to get real football from our favorite team.

But that doesn't mean there's nothing to talk about until then! For the die-hard Cowboys fan, the offseason should be quite entertaining. Free agency will begin in March, and it should be an intense one for Dallas.

They need to handle a tight salary cap while trying to add a bit of help for this football team. Recently, Inside The Star Contributor John Williams wrote an in-depth piece about the Cowboys' cap situation and how they can manage to get things done, despite having little cap space right now.

Last season, I wrote a weekly Cowboys Wishlist about things I wanted to see for each game. Now there are no games, but I decided to write a special edition for this upcoming free agency.

Cowboys en Español: El Futuro de David Irving y DeMarcus Lawrence

Dallas Cowboys DL David Irving, DeMarcus Lawrence (Kevin Jairaj / USA TODAY Sports)

Wish #1: Keep The Rushmen

The front office will have one hell of a challenge trying to retain all of its free agents. The two most important ones may be their two defensive linemen. If they can keep them, DL won't be a top need heading to the Draft.

Lawrence is one of the biggest names in free agency this 2018, but the Cowboys should find a way to keep him from ever being available.

If they're able to franchise tag him, that'd be the way to go since he's only had one elite season in his four-year career and they may not want to sign him to a huge long-term deal and risk not seeing the same guy next season.

David Irving is a more polarizing player, with off-the-field issues. However, he's been a very disruptive guy and he has the chance to be a unique player. His talent is really out of this world. Keeping him and Irving would give this franchise a top defensive line for the first time in many years.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Wish #2: Pay Anthony Hitchens

When healthy, Sean Lee is one of the NFL's top linebackers. He is simply an outstanding player who's always around the ball and seems to know where the ball is going before the opposing coach even calls the play.

The problem is, he has a lot of trouble remaining available. Anthony Hitchens is a guy who's found the way to step up every time the General is out, and he's shown a great progression as a player year after year.

Lee will be 32 by the time the season starts, giving Dallas something to think about. Hitchens is a guy capable of starting and competing in the NFL. If the front office finds a way to keep him, they'll be getting closer to being less "Sean Lee-dependent."

Wish #3: Get Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas

When we talk about a potential big name addition to the Dallas Cowboys, we're usually a bit pessimistic. This team isn't one that makes splashes like this, but Earl Thomas to Dallas makes a ton of sense. Former Seahawks' defensive coordinator is now the Cowboys' defensive backs' coach.

With Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis (and maybe Byron Jones moving to CB), this team will have a promising secondary. Add Earl Thomas, and it will go from "promising" to "great" in a heartbeat.

The Cowboys could not only have a top DL, but a top secondary if they're able to get this veteran.

Let's hope the Cowboys listen to Thomas and they go get him.

A Case For Dez Bryant Remaining a Dallas Cowboy in 2018

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Wish #4: Get Dez Bryant to Take a Pay Cut

When I started writing this, I wanted to add a "get this wide receiver in FA"... but I won't. A few weeks ago, I wrote a case in favor and one against Dez Bryant remaining a Cowboy in 2018. Personally, I would be fine with him parting ways with the team.

However, I'm aware of how hard it can be finding a replacement for a guy like #88. The biggest issue with Dez is definitely his cap hit. He hasn't justified the money he's being paid on the field as he should be.

If they can get him to take a pay cut, it may end up being the ideal scenario for the Dallas Cowboys.

It'll be a very interesting offseason, and here at Inside The Star we'll continue to provide you with content about it all.

Tell me what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Wishlist: 2018 Free Agency Edition" 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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Switzer and Beasley: A Dilemma for Cowboys’ 2018 Offseason

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Switzer and Beasley: A Dilemma for Cowboys' 2018 Offseason

When the Dallas Cowboys drafted Ryan Switzer in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Cowboys Nation rejoiced. By some, including myself, the product out of North Carolina was considered a steal by America's Team. Taking a guy who could contribute from day one for special teams and for the offense was something to be happy about.

At the time, WR didn't look like much of a need. Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley were staying in Dallas and Terrance Williams had just been re-signed (little did we know he'd fail to score a single touchdown in 2017) pushing the receiver position down the team needs list.

But the front office had landed a very productive slot receiver from North Carolina. On top of that, they found a guy to replace Lucky Whitehead as a return specialist. However, offseason hype took over a large amount of Cowboys' fans, writers and analysts and the expectations for Switzer were very big.

Will Ryan Switzer see an Increased Offensive Role in 2018?

Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer

Naturally, he was compared to Cole Beasley since people started talking about him as an NFL prospect. His height, skills and playing style were similar and with the Cowboy veteran coming off from a big year in 2016, people were excited for what Switzer could do as a professional football player.

But it wasn't just about the rookie returning punts and kickoffs, it was about him contributing to an offense that already had a great slot receiver. Cowboys Nation was excited to see Switzer and Beasley on the field at the same time.

That never happened.

Switzer barely saw playing time in 2017 and when he was on the field as a WR, he was limited to running or faking jet sweeps. The coaching staff misused him and we didn't get to see him get a lot of snaps until the final week of the season, when #11 was injured.

And it was that same week when we saw what he was capable of. Switz showed how talented he is and how he can beat NFL defensive backs when he was asked to do so.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley (Matthew Emmons / USA TODAY)

With a busy offseason and a tight salary cap, the Dallas Cowboys' front office will be considering a lot of possibilities. One of them will be the future of Cole Beasley. Releasing him would free up more than $3M in cap space.

I know a large amount of Cowboys' fans prefer to see Dez Bryant gone over him, but we can't deny that there's already a clear replacement for Beasley in Switzer.

The Cowboys wanted Switzer to be a returner and a receiver for them, but if they're going to use him just as a gadget player on offense... was the fourth-round pick worth it? If you're not going to use one of them, why have two players who are very similar on your roster?

Cowboys Nation loves Cole Beasley, as they should. I for one wouldn't want to see #11 on another team. Even still, it's only fair to admit that it would make sense for Dallas if they were to say goodbye to one of their most beloved players.

Tell me what you think about "Switzer and Beasley: A Dilemma for Cowboys’ 2018 Offseason" 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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